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                                   May 2019


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Melton Ramblers have a five mile circular evening walk around Old Dalby on Wednesday, 1 May. They're meeting at the Belvoir Brewery, ready to set out at 6.30 pm. To take part, phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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Dr Len Holden will give a talk entitled Witchcraft In 17th Century Leicestershire, presented by Melton Fieldworkers at Melton Carnegie Museum on Wednesday, 1 May at 7 for 7.30 pm. Tickets are 5, available in advance from 0116 305 3860.
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The third annual Belvoir Art Trail takes place from Friday to Monday, 3-6 May with exhibitions, open studios and workshops featuring the work of 62 artists showcased at 14 different venues across the Vale of Belvoir. Admission is free. For full details see www.belvoirarttrail.co.uk
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A secondhand equestrian tack sale is being held by Pablo's Horse Sanctuary in the Melton Mowbray Toy Soldiers Bandroom at the far end of the Wilton Road car park in Melton on Saturday, 4 May from 11 am until 3 pm.
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A car boot and yard sale is taking place at Sproxton on Saturday, 4 May from 1 pm until 4 pm in aid of the village hall. A pitch or yard costs 5 - bookings on 07929 191 641 - and refreshments will be available in the village hall .
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The Artisan Cheese Fair takes place at Melton Cattle Market on Saturday and Sunday, 4 and 5 May from 10 am until 4 pm. More than 60 cheesemakers and producers will showcase over 300 varieties of cheese. Other foods will also be represented and there will be displays, demonstrations and workshops. Admission is 4 in advance - tickets available from Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe - or 5 on the gate. Accompanied children go in free.
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Melton Ramblers have a five mile circular walk around Stathern on Sunday, 5 May. They're meeting at The Plough in Main Street, ready to set out at 10 a.m. To take part, phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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Wymeswold Duck Race is on Sunday, 5 May with stalls, games, rides, a tug of war and refreshments, starting at 10.30 am. The racing is in Brook Street from 12.30 pm. Proceeds will go to village charities.
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A music quiz for teams of up to five people is being staged at the Nevill Arms, Kinoulton, on Sunday, 5 May at 7 pm. The quiz-master is 103 The Eye presenter George Icke. Entry is 1 per person and funds raised will go to the Air Ambulance.
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The 31st annual Denton Street Market is on Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May from 9.30 am until 4 pm with more than 100 stalls, plus family entertainment and refreshments, There's a dog show with registration from 10 am and judging at 11. St Andrew's Church will be open with arts and crafts stalls and organ recitals. Proceeds will go to the village hall, the school, church and other organisations in Denton.
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Melton Ramblers have a five mile circular evening walk around Ashby Folville on Wednesday, 8 May. They're meeting at the Wilton Road Car Park in Melton, ready to drive out at 6.30 pm. To take part, phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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Hickling History Group presents a talk by the author Rebecca Gregory entitled Viking Settlements in the Area. She's speaking on Wednesday, 8 May at 7.30pm in Hickling Parish Church which has a monument from this period. You are welcome to take photographs of this. Tickets, including light refreshments, are 5 from Melton 822835.
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Shout4Residents are holding a tabletop sale at The Edge Community Centre in Dalby Road, Melton on Saturday, 11 May from 9 am until 4 pm. Admission is free. For details phone 07506 880362.
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The Muso Jumble Sale is being held at Manor Farm, Brookside, Rearsby, on Saturday and Sunday, 11-12 May from 10 am to 4 pm. Items on sale range from folk instruments to electric guitars and amplifiers, plus accessories, records and memorabilia. There are live acoustic stages and light refreshments will be available. For information phone 07703 648007.
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The Greatest Showman is the theme of the Saturday activities morning at St Mary's Church in Melton on 11 May from 10.30 am to 12 noon. Visitors can dress as their favourite circus character, learn circus skills and hear the Performing Stars Senior Children's Choir. There will be trips up the tower, an exhibition by Melton Photographic Society and many other activities plus refreshments. The morning concludes with a short act of worship. Everyone is welcome and entry is free.
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Bingham and District Choral Society stages its spring concert at St Mary's Church, Radcliffe-on-Trent on Saturday, 11 May at 7.30 pm. The programme celebrates the countryside and its traditions as interpreted by English composers. Tickets are available from Bingham Library or the Pen 2 Paper shop in Radcliffe, or phone 0115 878 0642
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The Belvoir Wassailers are staging a five mile circular walk in aid of Prostate Cancer UK on Saturday, 11 May, starting and finishing at the Dirty Duck, Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir. The scenic route follows the Jubilee Way, Viking Way, the banks of the River Devon and the Grantham Canal. Participants should arrive from 9.30 am ready to set out at 10 am. There's a social event with food after the walk and there will be a collection for the charity. To join in phone 01476 870780 07513 503758.
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The Nottinghamshire County Show is at Newark Showground on Saturday and Sunday, 11-12 May. There will be livestock competitions, agricultural displays and demonstrations, arena entertainment, a wide selection of foods, children's attractions and many other actitivies. For full details see www.nottinghamshirecountyshow. com or phone 01636 705796.
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A social evening is being held to encourage newcomers to help organise this year's Melton St Mary's Church Christmas Tree Festival as several long-serving volunteers have retired. The meeting is at the church on Saturday, 11 May from 6 until 8 pm and light refreshments will be provided. For more information phone Melton 564227 or just come along on the day.
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The Fair Trade Fashion Show takes place at the Samworth Centre in Burton Street, Melton, on Saturday, 11 May at 7.30 pm. It features new spring and summer styles, plus accessories, and entry is 5 including light refreshments. Fair Trade ensures that people in developing countries receive fair payment for the goods they produce, so they can improve healthcare and education, and give their families a decent standard of living.
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The Performing Stars Junior Academy are staging Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Melton Theatre with performances on Saturday, 11 May at 6.30 pm and on Sunday, 12 May at 2.30 pm. For tickets phone Melton 851111 or see www.meltontheatre.co.uk
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Bingham and District Choral Society stages its spring concert at St Mary's Church, Radcliffe-on-Trent on Saturday, 11 May at 7.30 pm. The programme celebrates the countryside and its traditions as interpreted by English composers. Tickets are available from Bingham Library or the Pen 2 Paper shop in Radcliffe, or phone 0115 878 0642
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Dove Cottage Day Hospice at Stathern is holding its fete and family dog show on Sunday, 12 May from 11 am until 3 pm. There will be stalls and entertainments, a bouncy castle, face painting, a vehicle display, car boot sale and refreshments. Entry is free. Car parking 5.
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Ragdale Carnival Committee is recreating Ragdale's Roaring Twenties on Sunday, 12 May from 12 noon until 5 pm at Home Farm. There will be live music, stalls, carvery baps and a bar. Proceeds will go to two charities: Hope Against Cancer and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
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There's a lunchtime organ recital at St Mary's Church in Melton on Tuesday, 14 May at 1 pm. The organist is Anne de Graeve, a former Director of Music at St Mary's. Admission is free, refreshments will be available and there will be a collection for the church organ fund.
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Melton Ramblers have a four mile circular evening walk around Ab Kettleby on Wednesday, 15 May. They're meeting at the Sugarloaf pub in the village at 6.30 pm. Newcomers are welcome. To join in, phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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Melton In Bloom are holding their annual meeting at the changed venue of Melton Cattle Market on Wednesday, 15 May at 7 pm and anyone interested in the work of the organisation is welcome to attend. Plans for judging this year's East Midlands In Bloom competition will be outlined and there are two guest speakers: Zara Matthews Market Town Museums Manager from Leicestershire County Council and Mick Clowes from the Melton and Oakham Waterways Society.
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Radcliffe-on-Trent Drama Group are staging Duets - a comedy by Peter Quilter - at the Grange Hall, Radcliffe from Tuesday to Saturday, 14-18 May at 7 for 7.30 pm. Tickets are 9 from 0115 933 2906, from Pen 2 Paper at Radcliffe, or see www.radcliffe-on-trentdramagroup.co.uk
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Geoff Ashton will give a talk entitled Inside Bingham on Thursday, 16 May at 7.30 pm at Bingham Methodist Centre as part of Bingham Heritage Trails Association's annual lecture series. For more details see www.binghamheritage.org.uk or phone 01949 876635.
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Melton Mowbray Lions Club have a quiz for teams of up to six people at Melton Royal British Legion Club on Friday, 17 May at 7 for 7.30 pm. Tickets are 8 which includes a supper of fish or pie with chips. To book phone Melton 565544.
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The Lodge Trust in Main Street, Market Overton is celebrating its 35th anniversary at the annual fun day on Saturday, 18 May from 10.30 am until 3.30 pm. There will be numerous stalls, vintage fair games, birds of prey, entertainment by the Rock Choir, a barbeque, children's attractions, an outdoor gym plus various displays.
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Waltham Charter Fair takes place in and around the village hall on Saturday, 18 May with family entertainment from 11 am until 5.30 pm. There's a dog show, live music, circus skills, fairground rides, stalls and a barbeque. Admission is free. Full details on www.walthamcharterfair.co.uk
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Leicestershire and Rutland Young Farmers Clubs are holding their annual county rally at Flaxlands Farm, South Croxton on Saturday, 18 May from 10 am until 4 pm. There will be competitions, demonstrations and displays showcasing YFC activities and the event is open to the public. Entry is 4, YFC members 2.
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Two gardens at Grimston are open on Saturday and Sunday, 18-19 May from 10 am until 5 pm in aid of the National Gardens Scheme which supports several national charities. The gardens are Fourwinds and The Yews Farm and the joint admission price is 5. Home-made teas will be served at the Village Hall. Also open on Sunday is the garden of The Old Vicarage in Whissendine from 2 until 5 pm. Admission is 5 and teas will be served at St Andrew's Church. Also - the gardens of Church House and Hunters Moon at Hoveringham are open on Sunday from 1 until 5pm. Admission 4.50 and Hoveringham WI will serve teas in the village Hall. Rose Cottage Gardens at Keyworth are open on Sunday from 12 noon until 5 pm, admission 3.50 and refreshments will be on sale in aid of another charity. Accompanied children go in free at all these gardens. For more details see www.ngs.org.uk
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Melton Mowbray Orchestra presents a concert of classical music at Sage Cross Methodist Church in Melton on Saturday, 18 May at 7.30 pm. They will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. Tickets, including refreshments, are 8 for adults, children 4, bookable in advance on Melton 854748. Proceeds will go to the Looking To The Future For All fund.
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The Melton Matters environmental group is organising a community litter pick in the Nottingham Road area of Melton on Sunday, 19 May from 10 am to 12 noon. New and current volunteers are needed to help and equipment will be provided. The group will meet up near to Tesco Express.
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The Buckminster Bunker is open to the public on Sunday, 19 May from 10 am to 4 pm. You can step back to the days of the Cold War with re-enactments and tours of the underground bunker which was a shelter and communications centre in case of a nuclear attack. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Please note that the village hall is not the meeting place this time, but there is car parking three minutes' walk from the bunker.
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Melton Ramblers have a five mile circular evening walk around Rearsby on Wednesday, 22 May. They're meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 6.30 pm. Newcomers are welcome. To join in, phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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There's a fashion show at St Mary's Church in Melton in aid of church funds on Wednesday, 22 May at 7 pm. It's being staged by M & Co and tickets, price 5 including a drink, are available from M & Co in Nottingham Street, Melton.
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A quiz for teams of four people is being held at the Melton Vale Sixth Form College on Friday, 24 May at 7.30 pm. The quizmaster is Richard Angrave. Entry is 5 per person, including light refreshments. To book your place phone Melton 569493. Proceeds for Melton Interact.
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The Mosaic Chamber Choir are in concert at St Mary's Church in Bottesford on Friday, 24 May with a programme ranging from Bach to The Beatles. Doors open at 6.30 pm and the concert starts at 7.30 pm. This event is organised by the Friends of St Mary's who are raising money for the maintenance, restoration and repairs of the church building. For ticket information and bookings phone 01949 843427.
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Melton Ramblers have a nine mile circular walk around Whissendine on Saturday, 25 May. They're meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. Newcomers are welcome. To join in, phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Great British Dog Walk is taking place at Belvoir Castle on Sunday, 26 May with registration from 10 am. You can walk 8 Km or 3 Km. Proceeds for the Hearing Dogs charity. Entry is 12 for adults, 10 on line and children can enter free of charge. Details on www.hearingdogs.org.uk
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The Melton Space community workshop is staging its Afternoon Tea In The Park event on Sunday, 26 May from 2 until 4 pm. It's based at the visitor centre in Melton Country Park, near the entrance off Wymondham Way. Come and see what the workshop has to offer in terms of repairing broken household items, recycling materials to make new things, and teaching practical skills. Individual tickets for the afternoon tea are 9.50 or a table of six people can book for 50. Phone 07894 049888 or see www.meltonspace.org.uk
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The Old Manor House, Long Clawson - reputedly the oldest house in the Vale of Belvoir dating from 1580 and earlier - will be open for conducted tours on Sunday and Monday, 26-27 May from 12 noon until 5 pm. Entry is 5 and tickets will be on sale on the day from St Remigius Church (opposite). There will also be stalls and Jacobean-style refreshments. All proceeds will go to the church. Details on Melton 822698.
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The Melton Mowbray Show and Festival takes place on the Playclose Park on Sunday and Monday, 26-27 May from 10 am. There will be arena entertainment, fairground rides, stalls and refreshments. Admission is free.
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Melton Mowbray Rotary Club are holding a duck race on the River Eye near the Playclose on Monday, 27 May at 2.30 pm. Around 1,000 plastic ducks will be racing and tickets will be on sale at the Melton Mowbray Show. Proceeds will go to Rotary charities.
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There's a lunchtime organ recital at St Mary's Church in Melton on Tuesday, 28 May at 1 pm. The organist is Ian Orr, Organist Emeritus at St Thomas' Church in Leicester and the programme also includes works performed by pianist Nicky Booth from Staffordshire. Admission is free, refreshments will be available and there will be a collection for the church organ fund.
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Buzz and Bumble is the title of half-term activities for children on the theme of Busy Bees at Melton Carnegie Museum. They run from Tuesday, 28 May to Saturday, 1 June, each day from 10 am until 4.30 pm. There will be crafts, a bee hunting trail and other activities, most of them free of charge. There's no need to book, just drop in and join the fun.
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Melton Ramblers have a five mile circular evening walk around Hoby on Wednesday, 29 May. They're meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 6.30 pm. Newcomers are welcome. To join in, phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Real Dad's Army is the title of a presentation organised by Eastwell History Group at the village hall on Wednesday, 29 May at 7.30 pm. Historical re-enactor Jed Jaggard will explain the role played by the Home Guard during WW2 and the public are invited to bring along items from that era to display. Entry for visitors is 3.
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Foxy Lots and Olivia Barnes are staging a Doggie Fashion Show in aid of the Dogs Trust on Friday, 31 May from 6 to 8 pm at Foxy Lots, 54 King Street in Melton. There will be various stalls, displays of canine accessories, a dog photobooth, doggie treats and a raffle.
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Melton Mowbray Model Engineering Society is holding its annual steam show on Saturday and Sunday, 1 and 2 June at the Sports Club, Melton Road, Whissendine. A variety of locomotives will be giving rides and there will also be miniature traction engines and steam wagon plus displays of model railways, slot car racing, drone flying model aircraft and model engineering displays, plus arts and crafts and refreshments. There's a dog show on Saturday. Admission to the steam show is free and proceeds will go to LOROS, the Leicestershire Hospice.
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The Rock Choir will be in concert at St Mary's Church in Melton on Saturday, 1 June at 7.30 pm. Tickets are 8 in advance or 10 on the door and they include a drink during the interval. Phone Melton 564306 for details. Proceeds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
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The Belvoir Big Band are playing at a dance in Cotgrave Welfare on Saturday, 1 June at 7 or 7.30 pm. The music will range from rock 'n'roll to Latin, blues, jazz and swing. There will be a raffle and proceeds will go to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. Tickets are 8 for adults, 3 for children under 12. For full details see www.belvoirbigband.co.uk
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The Rutland County Show is being staged on the showground at Oakham on Sunday, 2 June Showground with arena entertainment, livestock competitions, displays and demonstrations on a countryside theme, plus trade stands, live music, refreshments and children's entertainment. For full details see www.rutlandshowground.com
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The annual coffee morning in memory of June Roper will be staged at the Hamilton Tennis Club in Melton on Friday, 7 June from 10 am. Proceeds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Details from Melton 560961.
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Bingham Summer Fair is taking place on Saturday, 8 June with family fun, entertainment and stalls all day from 10 am to 5 pm in the market square. Full details on 01949 831445.
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Hathern Band are staging a summer concert with popular classics, hymns and songs from the musicals, at St Mary's Church in Melton on Saturday, 8 June at 7 pm. The audience are encouraged to bring Union Jack flags to wave. Tickets are 8 in advance from Melton 569245 or 503530 or 10 on the door and they include a drink during the interval. Proceeds will go to the St Mary's Church Refurbishment Project.
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Driveway sales are taking place at Hickling on Sunday, 9 June from 10 am until 2 pm. You can spend the day strolling around the village, alongside the Grantham Canal. There will be stalls and refreshments in the village hall. Proceeds for hall funds.
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Churches Together In Melton are holding an event entitled Jesus Is The Light Of The World on Sunday, 9 June at 9.15 pm in Melton Market Place. Everyone is welcome to join in to prayers and to hold up lighted torches at 9.30 pm.
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Distilled is a gin and spirits festival being staged at St Mary's Church in Melton on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm. You can meet the producers and enjoy talks, tastings and demonstrations. Tickets are 4 in advance or 5 on the door, Over 18s only. Please drink responsibly. For full details see www.spiritsfest.co.uk
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Great Dalby open gardens event is on Sunday, 23 June. Proceeds for charity.
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There's an afternoon tea with music by the Melstrum Ukelele Orchestra at Gloucester House in Melton on Saturday, 29 June from 2 until 4 pm. Tickets are 7 from Gloucester House, the Age UK shop in Nottingham Street, or phone Melton 410253.
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Melton Mowbray Choral Society presents A Summer Serenade on Saturday, 29 June at 7.30 pm. Enjoy beautiful music in the magnificent setting of St Mary's Church in Melton. Tickets include interval refreshments and are available for 10 in advance from the Samworth Centre or via the website www.meltonmowbraychoralsociety.co.uk or 12 on the door.
 

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