Sunday, 29 March 2020

Packhorse Road cemetery

In line with the Government direction on social distancing, the Council has taken the decision to close the cemetery to members of the public with immediate effect and until further notice.  Access for the foreseeable future is only permitted for funerals; essential staffing and emergency or urgent works on site.

Tending to graves or memorials at the cemetery is not considered essential, council staff will continue to manage the maintenance of the cemetery and its grounds.

Access to vehicles and the public is closed with the exception of a hearse for funerals and vehicles carrying a maximum of five immediate family members.

It is important not to breach any fences, closed gates, sectioned off areas and closed facilities. 

The Parish Council appreciates this may cause disruption and distress but it is necessary to limit the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the health and safety of the community. 
The decision has been taken with the safety of residents in mind and to ensure that government advice is followed.
Your health and safety are paramount and we appreciate your continued support.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS from 24th March 2020
Following Government directives, only the following people are authorised to attend a graveside funeral
  • A maximum of five members of the immediate family of the deceased
  • Minister or officiate for the ceremony/service
  • Funeral Director

Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives

Friday, 27 March 2020

DCC - Community Response Unit launched to help those in need

Derbyshire County Council Community Response Unit is now ready to take requests for assistance from members of the community who don’t have friends or family able to help them.

Help is available for people across the county if they are:
  • Self-isolating because either themselves or a member of the household is at risk
  • Struggling to meet basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions
  • Pregnant
  • Have underlying health conditions
  • Aged 70 or over.
Volunteers from over 200 different organisations will be able to help with shopping, fetching prescriptions or offering a befriending service.
Volunteers could be asked to help with food shopping and delivery, checking up on people who are isolated with a phone call or online help to prevent loneliness and check whether there is anything they need, or collecting and delivering prescriptions.

How to get help

Residents needing help should visit the Community Response Unit information on our website or phone 01629 535091. At this stage the phone line will only be available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm.

How to give help

Organisations are still looking to recruit more volunteers. Anyone who wants to help and is aged 18 to 70 and fit and well should also visit the Community Response Unit information on our website to register their interest.
Some organisations are looking for volunteers to offer a befriending telephone service, so anyone who wants to help but can’t leave their house could offer this kind of assistance.  

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Staying safe from scammers during the coronavirus outbreak

Working with Derbyshire police, Derbyshire trading standards officers are urging people to be wary of possible new coronavirus-related scams being used by doorstep callers and online fraudsters.
DCC has issued the following advice and are urging people to be aware and stay safe:

On the doorstep

  • Anyone offering to carry out a coronavirus test at your home or sell you a self-testing kit is bogus. Neither the police nor the NHS are offering such a service
  • Companies that offer to clean your drives and doorways to kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of the virus are also bogus
  • Don’t hand over cash or bank cards to strangers offering to do your shopping or other errands so that you can stay at home. You may not see them again
  • Only answer the door to people you trust
  • Make sure doors and windows are locked, even when you’re home
  • If someone visits and claims to be from a utility service, the health service or similar, ask to see their ID. Ask them to wait while you close the door, call their employer and check their credentials. If they’re a genuine caller, they won’t mind
  • Some people are putting notices in their windows asking for help which may make them vulnerable. It’s better to use trusted channels of support.

On the phone

  • Remember your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN number or to transfer money from your account to another. If you receive such a call, hang up.

Refund scams

  • Companies offering fake holiday refunds for people who have been forced to cancel their trips. If you’re seeking a refund also be wary of fake websites set up to claim holiday refunds.


The general online advice applies at this time. Do make sure you have the latest software protection on your devices and don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails. Never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details. There are some coronavirus specific scams to be aware of:
  • The biggest area of these is people ordering protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which never arrive. Don’t be tempted by these sites. For any online purchases use a credit card if possible for better protection in case of fraud
  • Another area of concern is ‘phishing’ emails. These attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing people’s personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details. While these are always a threat there are some specifically coronavirus-themed ones to look out for:
  • These include fraudsters pretending to have detailed information of coronavirus infections in your area. They will offer you details and updates which will either be bogus or never arrive. Delete them
  • Likewise delete emails offering investment scheme and trading advice to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn
  • Also look out for fraudsters pretending to be from the HMRC tax office offering a tax refund. They set up fake websites, often using the HMRC logo, where they aim to get you to hand over personal and financial details.
DCC Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:
“It’s shocking that people are using the coronavirus to come up with new ways to take money from people through scams, but our trading standards team is continuing to work hard in these challenging times to protect Derbyshire residents.
“It’s fine to accept help from trusted friends and relatives but otherwise please be cautious. While a lot of people are being kind and offering to help older and vulnerable people, unfortunately there are people who will see this as an opportunity to take advantage of them.
“We don’t want people to worry, but just want them to protect themselves and there’s lots of ways they can do this.”
Relatives, friends and neighbours are being asked to keep an eye on anyone who may be vulnerable and report anything suspicious. Derbyshire Police can be contacted on Facebook or @DerPolContact on Twitter. People who can’t report via social media should call on someone else to do it for them. If this isn’t possible they should call 101 although there may be a longer wait than usual before calls are answered.
You can help to protect your neighbours by joining Friends Against Scams. Their website provides free online training modules to empower people to take a stand against scams.
There are other sources of support including:
  • For the latest health information and advice about COVID-19 please visit
  • Call Derbyshire: 01629 533190
  • Citizens Advice Consumer Service 0808 223 1133
  • Action Fraud 0300 123 2040
  • Crimestoppers you can call anonymously on 0800 555 111
  • For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit Action Fraud's website

Update on Parish Council working

After careful consideration the Parish Council has decided to keep council employees in their essential roles, although this decision is being reviewed on a daily basis under guidance from the government.
The Parish Council urges members of the parish to observe the guidance on social distancing in order to protect key workers who are carrying out essential work in the community.

If you have an issue you wish to bring to the Parish Council’s attention, do not speak to councillors or employees directly in person, please contact the clerk:
or the Chair of the council:

Thank you for your support - it is saving the NHS and saving lives.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Funerals and Cremations

Attendance at the Packhorse Cemetery for Burials and Cremations.
The question concerning the number of mourners allowed to attend a burial (earthen or ashes), scattering of ashes or placing of a headstone is high on the agenda of many service providers. In considering this matter it is important that the central role of the funeral ritual to the grieving process for many families is not overlooked. Attendance at a service, to 'say goodbye', provides many people with comfort and any proposal to limit this important religious or secular occasion must be carefully considered.

However, during these extremely challenging times the transmission of the coronavirus at funeral gatherings to the elderly, frail, those in vulnerable groups along with funeral directors and staff cannot be overlooked. Nor can the fact that many elderly people will be concerned about attending funerals but will feel compelled to go out of a sense of duty.

The current advice is to adopt a risk-based approach and apply Government rulings; this is the approach adopted by Melbourne Parish Council.

The Government has stopped all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies, funerals are currently allowed with attendance by the immediate family ONLY.

These new rules will initially last for the three weeks from 23rd March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

Cemetery Service Attendance Advice
In considering reducing the transmission of the coronavirus through gatherings at all funeral services, Undertakers must limit attendees to the immediate family (maximum 5):
  • Spouse/Partner
  • Parents/carers
  • Brothers/Sisters
  • Children (and partners)
Please do not attend if:
  • You are aged 70 or over.
  • You are in a high risk group (i.e. have an annual flu inoculation)
  • You show any symptoms of Coronavirus
  • You are self isolating due to being infected or anyone in your household are self isolating.
Non-compliance to these strict regulations by everyone or change in advice received from the Government could mean that Melbourne Parish Council reserves the right to close the Packhorse Cemetery; this is a drastic action but one which could be taken in the interest of public health.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Lothian Gardens

In light of the Government announcement last night (23rd March 2020), the Lothian Gardens play area has been closed and will remain closed until further notice.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Market Place bus shelter

The Market Place memorial/bus shelter has been undergoing some repairs and general TLC and the first phase of cleaning is now complete; the second phase of repairing the oak pillars will be undertaken in late spring. The work to clean the plaques has been particularly successful and the memorial itself is now looking very good.

    1. Victoria memorial plaque before.jpg   2. Victoria memorial plaque during.jpg    3. Victoria memorial plaque after.jpg

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Thursday, 12 March 2020

Coronavirus 19


The Parish Council is aware that there are growing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.  For further information and advice the Parish Council is directing residents to follow government advice, this can be accessed via the link below

Alternatively the link to the Derbyshire County Council website and advice on coronavirus is below

Please note that Public Helath England (PHE) are leading the UK response to the COVID - 19 outbreak.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020


The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Monday 9th March 2020 at 7.30pm in The Lounge at the Assembly Rooms. Refreshments will be from 7.00pm.

This is not a standard Parish Council meeting. Over the past few years, this meeting has been used as an opportunity for local groups to give a report on their activities and for residents to learn more about what's happening around the village.  It is also an opportunity to discuss local issues with council members in a more informal setting

This meeting is an opportunity to hear and to ask questions about what the Council has been doing during the last year and in particular to hear from Mr P Heath about the refurbishment project at the Packhorse Road Cemetery.

The meeting is open to all local electors in the parish of Melbourne and we look foward to welcoming you.