Monday, 26 October 2020

Remembrance Parade 2020

 It is with sincere regret that, in the interest of public safety due to Covid-19, the decision has been made to cancel this year’s Remembrance Parade in Melbourne.  Residents are instead being urged to mark Remembrance Sunday from home.

 The parish council agreed that the need for social distancing meant the traditional Civic Procession to the War Memorial and the ceremonial laying of wreaths at the War Memorial should be cancelled.  The flag in the Market Place will still be flown at half mast and poppies will be placed on the lampposts.

There will be a service of remembrance on Sunday 8th November but attendance will be limited to members of the clergy, the Chair of the parish council, a bugler, a standard bearer and the Chair of the Melbourne branch of the RBL.

Cllrs took the decision at a meeting held on 21st October by acknowledging their duty to protect the public as its over-ridding principle whilst acknowledging and respecting the emotions around the act of remembrance.

The Chair of the parish council – Cllr Hicklin said “It is with enormous sadness that I have to announce this year’s remembrance parade has been cancelled. This has not been an easy decision for the parish council and there has been much discussion as to how it may be possible to provide a safe event, but as the parade always has large numbers, including many veterans, it is irresponsible to have the parade and the normal service which would put so many at risk of covid.”

The parish council knows many people will be very disappointed by this news and maybe tempted to go along to the War Memorial regardless on 8th November, but the parish council would urge people not to.  Remembrance Sunday should not be forgotten and the Royal British Legion is recommending a range of ways in which this important day can be observed at home, for example holding a small service in your own garden. There are some innovative ideas of fundraising and on the act of remembrance, the link to their website is

 If you wish to take photos of your acts of remembrance from home and share them with us, please send them to the Clerk at

 The parish council hopes that residents understand the decision that has been taken and encourages people to participate in memory of the fallen but in a Covid-safe way.  As the Royal British Legion website says “we encourage everyone to make Remembrance their own – however you choose to remember”.


Friday, 23 October 2020



Free Trees! It’s that time of year again in South Derbyshire… The allocation is two x trees per resident or 10 per organisation (school, community group, local business etc). This year’s choices are: Alder Buckthorn, Hazel, Rowan, Spindle CLOSING DATE 9/11/2020 5pm. The flier is below.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Melbourne Parish Council embraces renewal energy sources

 Melbourne Parish Council is committed to operating responsibly and sustainably and has extended this to the way we manage our buildings.  The Council wants to demonstrate this commitment to the environment and to be in a position so that more resources can be dedicated to community activities. The first stage has been with the new toilet facilities where the energy is from 100% renewable energy.  The Parish Council will continue to look at ways to improve its carbon footprint.

Thursday, 24 September 2020


 Lets work together and stop the dog poo offenders in our village

 Time to take action!!

Once again the Parish Council has received complaints about persistent dog fouling in our village.

South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC) has told us that people who fail to pick up after their dog has fouled are committing a criminal offence. If the owner can be identified SDDC can issue a fixed penalty notice which is a fine of £75 or they can prosecute through the Magistrate’s Courts where the maximum fine upon conviction is £1,000. 

Can you answer any of the following questions which will enable SDDC to take action and/or patrol the area and issue a fixed penalty notice on the spot?

  • Do you see the same person walking their dog, at around the same time each day and failing to pick up?
  • Do you know where they live? Can you describe them and/or their dog?
  • If the dog owner was using a car, did you note the registration number?

If you have any information as to who is committing these offences please contact SDDC on 01283 221000 or via the website

Any information given will be treated and dealt with in the strictest confidence.

 There are no excuses!!

Over the years the Parish Council has arranged for extra bins to be provided in locations around the village; all of which are there to help with the problem.  Sadly, it is a few  individuals that are spoiling it for everyone.

It’s a health risk to all our residents but especially children. There are some nasty diseases that can be caught from the bacteria and parasites excreted in dog faeces including roundworms (toxocariasis), hookworms, tapeworms, salmanellosis, campylobacteriosis, giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis.

 There really is no excuse!

You can buy purpose-made 'poop-scoops' to pick up your dog's mess but a supermarket carrier bag will do just as well. Special bins are provided in the village, otherwise, use a litter bin or your wheelie bin at home; first making sure that the material is securely wrapped.

This law applies to almost all areas in the open air to which the public have access. SDDC Dog Wardens, Police Community Support Officers and others are authorised to give offenders Fixed-Penalty Notices – an on-the-spot fine.



Tuesday, 8 September 2020