Melbourn Magazine

Spring 2020 Issue 101

As I write this at the beginning of February Spring is already arriving and together with global warming we may not get a ‘real’ winter.

Congratulations to the Parish Council and Melbourn Village College for winning one of the new South Cambridge District Council Zero Carbon Communities grants, with the Community Refill Project. Refillable water bottle stations will be installed around the MVC site to reduce the use of single use plastic. See page 16.
Congratulations also to the Hub on their 6th birthday, a great asset at the centre of the village. Check out the activities available at the Hub over the coming year.See page 6.
The Fete returns this year, on June 20th with farming as the theme. See page 8.
We have an interesting article in this issue by Peter Guest a former Melbourn resident, whose family still live in the village. Peter works for the UN World Food Programme. See page 20. Bruce Huett continues his ‘Travelling the Himalayas’ series of interesting stories and photographs of a place very few of us get to visit. See page 26.
There are many lovely photographs in this issue, starting with the front cover taken at the RSPB Reserve, also accompanying the excellent articles on wildlife in the environs of the surrounding area.
We are fortunate to live in such a pleasant village with so many amenities and events to look forward to.
We welcome contributions from members of the community, without your support there would be no Magazine.
Enjoy the Spring!
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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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