Beacon Shield

The Beacon at the Melton Road playing fields , which was installed as part of the centenary commemorations of the end of WW1, has now been augmented with a shield depicting the Melton emblem (also seen on the village sign). Designer Simon Benton joined members of the Melton Heritage group and Rachel Smith-Lyte and Colin Birkbeck, who kindly made donations towards the costs, to mark the shield being installed.

Members of the Melton Heritage Group and benefactors with the Beacon

Claire McBurney, Colin Birkbeck, Jen Hall and Cllr Chas Taylor (l-r)

Members of the Melton Heritage Group, benefactor and shield designer

Cllr Rachel Smith-Lyte, Andy Pritchatt, Doreen Bartlett, Simon Benton, Mary Burgess and Cllr Bryony Abbott (l-r)

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across Melton will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021. The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

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Behind the Name website has launched

It was during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in 2008 that an invisible thread of curiosity, somehow contrived to connect certain individuals gathered there in the churchyard on that bleak November morning. Shadowy memories of a collection of wooden crosses slowly decaying on the ancient walls of Melton Old Church swirled in the mind. Who were these men? How did they die? Where did they live and work? What happened to their families and loved ones?

Miraculously, this like-minded faction was drawn together and determined to pursue answers to these questions; thus, the original Behind the Name team, came into being. Team members had little or no experience as researchers, but were fired with enthusiasm and encouraged by local interest and the gratitude expressed by ancestors of those who served. The aim of the project was not only to preserve the history of Melton in wartime, but, perhaps more importantly, to pay tribute to all that was given, and at such cost, by the men, women and children of Melton.

In 2014, just before the Great War Commemorations began, the Melton Heritage Group, a partnership with St Andrew’s Church, Melton Old Church Society, Melton Parish Council, Melton Primary School, and Melton Women’s Institute, was created to oversee the village’s commemoration events and to revisit the original booklet. A small team of individuals with an interest in local history set about researching the village. The commemoration events starting with an open day at the Burness rooms where villagers could bring along memorabilia about the village or the Great War. This was followed up with exhibitions in St Andrew’s Church each Remembrance Day and at certain important dates such as the anniversaries of the Battle of the Somme and Passchendaele. There were also annual “Poppy Walks” following a route along public footpaths between St Andrews Church and the Old Church.

A website has now been created which attempts to reproduce the information the team collated over a period of five years and it also includes some information that was not included in the book. New information is coming to light all the time and when possible, it will be updated even though the project is now officially closed and the Melton Heritage Group are no more.

Behind the Name website