Melbourn Magazine

Spring 2021 Issue 105

Thank you to everyone who has sent in articles for this issue and we hope that you are all well and comfortable in these difficult times. At least Spring is now on the way. 
The beautiful front cover photograph of a Melbourn Sunrise was taken by a member of the Girl Guides Laura Sharman , aged 12. All the entries to their photographic competition can be seen on page 58. Congratulations to you all, obviously you all have a good eye and are very talented.
Of course no village functions are happening, but people are staying as active as they can, and our schools are busy. Members of the Playgroup are adding pages from stories for children to find and read on their woodland walks see page 29. The Principle of the Village College stresses how they are maintaining contact with their students and helping them to continue learning.
On page 42 there is an article about the founding of the original All Saints’ Playgroup by the late Rosemary Gatward. Many people will remember the happy times they or their children spent there. 
Our Churches are also remaining active and hold services on line. They are open for individuals to visit and the Minister of the Baptist church reminds us that the Bible says we were born in a garden see page 55. So, as the weather improves get outside, enjoy your garden and celebrate Easter.
Read about Nature in and around the village, and continue the walk around the neighbourhood started in the last magazine. We can also travel further afield via the Travelogue. There are book reviews too, so despite lockdown there is plenty for us to do.
We all hope that by now the older and more vulnerable amongst us has had a ‘jab’.
We are fortunate to stay in such a lovely and helpful village. Many thanks to The Parish Council for delivering leaflets telling us where to find help when needed.
A Very Happy Easter to everyone! 
Stay safe and well.
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About the magazine The award winning Melbourn Magazine was first issued in January 1995 and produced quarterly thereafter. It began as four sheets of A4 paper, stapled and was available on a ‘pick-up’ basis as distribution was, at the time, difficult, So local residents could collect a copy from the local Post Office. Today, it has developed into a glossy looking 72 page, 4-colour, award-winning publication and is still produced entirely by volunteers … continue reading
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Melbourn history

Melbourn has had its fair share of troubles through the ages. The unrest during the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381, the Ship Money riots which took place at the Cross in 1640, the Civil War in the 17th century, to the tragedies emerging from the Boer War and the First and Second World Wars, where many Melbourn men were injured or killed. There were a number of recorded fires in the village which destroyed many thatched cottages. The first was on St. Bartholomew’s Day, 24th August 1724, when in the space of an hour ...25 dwelling houses together with all the out houses, barns and stables and Recks of Corn were burnt down. The devastation caused by a fire in 1915 is well documented and describes the loss of housing and the anguish it caused. … continue reading

from A Glimpse into Melbourn’s past.

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