Monday, 27 April 2020

Tribute to Cllr Andrew Jackson

It is with deep regret that Melbourne Parish Council has announced the death of one of its long serving Councillors, Andrew Jackson, who died from a brain tumour in the early hours of this morning, at the age of 76.

Andrew was born, raised and lived in Kings Newton.  He was very much part of the Melbourne tradition of market gardening and was widely credited as an innovator behind one of Melbourne's largest market gardening firms, employing scores of local people. He was one of the founders of our village newspaper, The Village Voice, which has become the foundation of our Village information system.  Andrew’s passion was to serve the community and he worked hard for the benefit of all within our community, he was proud to be a Melbourne resident and served on the Parish Council for 37 years in many roles including Chairman of the council in 1989/90 and again in 2000/2002, and as committee Chairman for many years.  Most recently, he was the chief promoter of the hugely successful 100 year World War 1 remembrance beacon.  For his long service and dedication to the community he was awarded the Freeman of the Parish in 2019.

Those who knew Andrew are aware that he took a very active role in all the organisations that he has been involved with, always a force for change.  He was a voluntary driver for Community Care and was often seen driving the minibus around the village.  He was an early advocate of a plan to create much-needed new sports facilities in our village, and became one of the founder members, representing the Parish Council on the Melbourne Sporting Partnership board. In addition, Andrew was one of the founder members of The Melbourne Town Band, playing the baritone at many events locally and regionally, he was a member of The Melbourne Male Voice Choir and of Achoired Taste – he loved to sing.  He was a founder member and trustee of Kings Newton Bowls Club and the considerable time and effort he gave to the establishing of the Club has contributed to its ongoing success.  Andrew was also a member of the Round Table.

Andrew was a modest man who did not seek recognition or reward and through his ingrained love of Melbourne and Kings Newton, which was matched with a deep sense of civic duty, he has left the parish with many legacies.  He leaves two sisters and many friends.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.  We will sorely miss his contribution, his energy and dogged determination that anything is achievable.

Sheila Hicklin
Melbourne Parish Council

Monday, 20 April 2020

Reopening of the Packhorse Road Cemetery - Monday 20th April 2020 9.30am

In line with the Government direction, the Council has taken the decision to reopen the cemetery to members of the public for the purpose of paying respects to a loved one, for funerals and interments; essential staffing and emergency or urgent works on site only.   Council staff will continue to manage the maintenance of the cemetery and its grounds.  

Adherence to social distancing must be observed at all times by all who are using the Cemetery.

Access to vehicles and the public to use the area as an open space or to walk through is strictly prohibited.  The path through the cemetery is a permissive path and not a public footpath; the Parish Council retains the right to close the permissive path and the cemetery if either is being misused.

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 and staff in mind and to ensure that government advice is followed, however the Parish Council will continue to monitor and review the use of the cemetery; the cemetery will be immediately closed if the Parish Council considers that the use of the cemetery is being misused or abused.

Your health and safety are paramount and we appreciate your continued support.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS from 24th March 2020
Following Government directives, the attendance at a graveside funeral remains unaltered at
A maximum of five members of the immediate family of the deceasedMinister or officiate for the ceremony/service
Funeral Director

Coronavirus. Stay Home. Protect the NHS.
Save Lives

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who is helping during these unprecedented times.
Thank you to the NHS staff, to the key workers and to volunteers, all of whose selfless actions are appreciated. 
And a special thank you to everyone in the community for abiding by the regulations and helping to combat Covid19.


Thursday, 9 April 2020

Big Shout Out

Another big expression of thanks to everyone who is helping during this crisis, in whatever way you are contributing, your continuing work and dedication is appreciated.
Thanks go to all the volunteers in the community and to the new NHS Good Sams.

Thank you

Friday, 3 April 2020

Latest information from S Derbyshire CVS

Dear all,

Please find below, some clarification on support available provided by CVS and partners, to local people affected by Covid 19.

There have been reports on social media and elsewhere saying that the CVS Food Bank has moved to Greenbank Leisure Centre – this is NOT the case and anyone needing a Food Parcel should make a referral to CVS as described below.

Update from South Derbyshire CVS – Community Support

Following recent measures to increase social distancing and self-isolation, we have received a huge number of requests for help and support. We are working hard to meet the demand and doing our best to respond as quickly as possible - please be patient and if you have left a message please don’t ring again – we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We currently offer the following support:
  • Food Bank (emergency parcels for people in financial difficulties) A number of our referral partners are holding a supply of food parcels to give out directly; they can also be collected from CVS by appointment only. Food for individuals in the high risk group who are self-isolating can be provided via the shopping service and should be referred in to the Community Response Unit at county. Ordinary food bank referrals (non self isolating groups) can be emailed directly to
  • Essential food shopping and collection of prescriptions, for people aged over 70 and/or in high risk groups, who have no family or friends who can help: These will be safely dropped off to people’s doorsteps, by trusted delivery drivers
  • Telephone befriending/welfare calls for self-isolating people who need a regular friendly chat
  • Information about, and referral into, other community support services. A list of local and national support services, updated regularly can be found at or email

We would also love to hear from individuals wanting to volunteer and from groups and businesses offering community support services.

Individuals needing help:
All requests for individuals needing help should now be directed to the Derbyshire Community Response Unit. This is for vulnerable people who are self isolating and who don’t have any family or friends to help. Register at or telephone 01629 535091 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm / Saturday 9am to 1pm. They will refer as appropriate into local services – including those provided by SDCVS and local Stronger South Derbyshire partners.

Anyone in the ultra high risk/shielding group can register for priority help. If they’ve not had a letter but have one of the conditions listed, and they don’t have anyone who can support them, they can register directly or call the government helpline on 0800 0288327.

If you need to reach CVS directly:
Like most organisations we’ve had to close the offices and most staff are working from home, so email is the best way to get in touch

For all things to do with our response and community response to CV19 visit

We have also produced a Stronger South Derbyshire Community Response leaflet please feel free to share this with your networks and contacts, along with the other information in this email.

Thursday, 2 April 2020


The Parish Council would like to join the nation and give a massive shout out to all the key workers who continue to keep the country running at this time of crisis.
Whether you’re on a long shift at the hospital or care home, stacking shelves, delivering goods or working at the schools, however you are helping, on behalf of everyone at Melbourne Parish Council, thank you for your incredible work

A huge THANK YOU to all key workers in the Parish and across the country

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

SDDC Environmental Health update

Further to the government announcement about the closure of all non-essential ‘public facing’ businesses, please find below a coronavirus lock down guidance note. This highlights all the businesses which should now be closed as well as those which can legally remain open.

There are some exceptions but the businesses allowed to remain open are:
  • Takeaway and delivery services
  • Supermarkets and other food shops
  • Health shops
  • Pharmacies
  • Petrol stations
  • Bicycle shops
  • Home and hardwear shops
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Garages
  • Car rentals
  • Pet shops
  • Corner shops
  • Newsagents
  • Post offices
  • Banks

Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches should also be closed where possible. If you are responsible for any playgrounds that can be closed (i.e are fenced and can be locked) then you will need to do this. You may also wish to remove and football goals etc if this is possible to help prevent social gathering.

The closures are enforceable by law and any ‘non-essential’ business which remain open will be subject to a Prohibition Notice and could face an unlimited fine. This will be enforced by Trading Standards and Environmental Health, supported by the police.

This has been put into place to protect members of the public and to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus but we need your help. If there are any businesses that you are aware of that are still open which do not meet the criteria please let us know via emailing us with the name and address of the business to . You may also wish to put something on your parish websites encouraging parishioners to do the same. Please be assured that any information you give will be treated confidentially.

If you have any queries in regards to the above, please do not hesitate to contact us, again using the environmental health email address. We will do our very best to respond as soon as possible but please be aware we are currently working at limited capacity.

Kind regards

The Environmental Health Team

SDD & CVS distribution of food parcels

Today sees the start of the co-operation between SDDC and CVS in the distribution of food parcels to those most in need across the district. At this point it seems they have all the volunteers and SDDC employees they need but I will receive notice if they need more help in our area.

The priority group will be those identified by the NHS as requiring shielding because of medical issues; CVS also have lists of those in food poverty, the vulnerable and others needing special help which will become the next level of priorities.

The Swadlincote Leisure Centre will be the hub of distribution (abiding by all necessary precautions) and some private businesses have agreed to support the normal CVS (meals on wheels) delivery drivers.

If you know of anyone that needs help and they are not already supported by CVS you can send their details to CVS using the contact page on their website at

In other news Swadlincote market will stay in operation but only the food stalls - all necessary social distancing practices will be in place.