Melton Mowbray and Dove Cottage Hospice

The High Sheriff was the guest of Alan Hewson, Mayor of Melton Borough Council, and his wife Jane, on a visit to Melton Mowbray.

It was a fantastic day, which comprised a tour of the very busy livestock market, the Town Centre, a local hospice, a presentation on the innovative Melton Community Support Hub, and the opportunity to meet the incredible volunteers, and charities, who are doing so many great things locally.

The livestock market was busy as always bringing traders from across the country, and I was shown around by Hugh and Simon. Aside the very large weekly sheep sales, there are brilliant local food producers’ stalls and the new Stockyard. The tour included a really interesting visit to the Round Corner Brewery and Brentingby Gin distillery. I was impressed by the great work to support local food producers and efforts being made to cement Melton’s position as the ‘Rural Capital of Food’.

A tour of the town centre’s bustling market followed which was laid on by the historic Town Estate’s Wardens. It gave me a chance to meet the stall holders and to visit Melton’s famous ‘Ye Olde Porke Pie shoppe’, which was kindly hosted by Richard.

An amazing lunch was held at Dove Cottage, which provides invaluable day care support for adults within the local community. I met a such a dedicated team who care for so many and who continually need to raise money to provide the services for free. The residents were charming and kept me on my toes!

This was followed by a presentation by Melton Borough Council on their innovative Community Support Hub that is providing integrated services to help those with multiple needs. The day finished with an opportunity to meet up with Amanda from MADMAC, a charity that is doing so much to help those in debt. It is now rolling out a great service for schools that provides a fun way for children to learn about how to manage finances. I also met Sue and Marie who are trailblazers for Melton in Bloom. I heard about their amazing work and was able to see their Memorial Gardens, which included a brilliant display of ‘painting the town red’ which originated in Melton in 1837 when revellers coming back from the races took to decorating the town!

It was a truly wonderful day meeting so many incredible people doing fantastic things to make Melton such a busy, active and caring town. Thank you.

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