Ilkeston Christmas Lights switch-on 2017

Seasonal sights, Santa, fairground fun and festive songs . . .  just some of the family entertainment lined up for the usual Christmas Lights switch-on event in Ilkeston on Friday 1 December.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will ‘light up’ the town to officially launch the Christmas season, during a fab and free night of fun for people of all ages.  
 
The celebration event will take place between 5.30pm-8.30pm in Ilkeston town centre, with the Mayor switching on the lights at 7pm after which the sky will explode in a riot of colour as fireworks add to the magical festivities.
 
There will be traditional music and songs with Johnny Victory along with performances from Ilkeston Brass Band – while the festive fun will also include a Christmas Market and ‘reindeer walkabout’ characters.   
 
Erewash Museum also joins the free festivities with a fun Dickensian theme to celebrate Victorian Christmas traditions and customs. 
 
A cook will be demonstrating a range of recipes and foods that were traditional to a Victorian Christmas.  Visitors to the Museum will also be entertained by a beautiful Winter Fairy as she thrills the audience with her skilful contact juggling, as well as holding audiences spellbound with her stunning costume that literally lights up. 
 
The Museum will be open during the evening giving visitors the opportunity to see exhibitions or purchase Christmas gifts from its shop, while the Old Stable Tea Room will be serving refreshments. A traditional hot chestnut seller will be in the museum grounds with an old favourite.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“As the countdown to Christmas 2017 is underway we look forward to another night of light, music and entertainment.  This event is a firm family favourite that brings everyone together to welcome the festive season and a great opportunity for us to celebrate all that our town has to offer.” 
 

The great tree giveaway!

Tree-mendous!  Erewash Borough Council’s popular Free Tree event is back  . . . and will once again give Erewash residents the chance to pick up a free bush apple tree for their gardens.
 
The annual town centre giveaway is organised by the council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton – with residents of the borough able to claim one free bush apple tree per household.
 
This year’s giveaway dates for the diary are:
 
Long Eaton – High Street on Wednesday 29 November, from 10am
Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 30 November, from 10am
 
150 bush apple trees will be available at each of the Free Tree Giveaways and they will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to residents of Erewash only. The varieties will include Cox, Red Falstaff and James Grieve. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Apple trees are very popular and one of the easiest fruit trees to grow. We will have apple trees for every size of garden, including ones that can be grown in containers, and once established they are very low maintenance. So go along to our stalls to get your favourite to plant – but remember, it’s first come, first served, so get there early!”
 
The council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information and to promote trees.
 

Free 24-hour festive parking in Erewash

Erewash Borough Council will once again offer 24-hour FREE parking in all its car parks, with the exception of Long Eaton Railway Station, over the busy festive season.
The council has confirmed that its car parks will be free from Monday 11 December to Wednesday 27 December 2017 inclusive – an initiative aimed at giving a major boost for town centre traders and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas and over the festive break.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
The Christmas free parking scheme remains a key part of our on-going drive to support our town centres and we know this good news will once again be warmly welcomed by traders, residents and visitors to the borough. We have excellent markets and shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton - as well as local shops in villages across the borough - so we hope residents will use the free parking and shop locally to show their support this festive season.
 
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the Long Eaton Railway Station commuters’ car park.

Award for Museum

Erewash Museum has won the ‘Engaging Children and Young People’ category at this year’s East Midlands Heritage Awards for its work with children and young people on the Young Creative Curators programme.
 
The honour was handed out during a ceremony at Trent University on Thursday (9 November), when museum staff and volunteers were presented with their award.
 
The Young Creative Curators programme offers work placements to local secondary school pupils and university students. It also offers volunteering opportunities to all young people, including those with autism spectrum disorder and learning difficulties.
 
The museum was also highly commended in the ‘Volunteer Empowerment’ category for its work with volunteers and the volunteer-run tea room. The impact of volunteering allows the museum to involve more of the community in its activity programme. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We’re very proud that Erewash Museum’s excellence has been recognised for everything it offers, from exhibitions and events through to the tremendous work it does with schools across the borough. These latest awards are another tribute to the hard work of our museum team and the wonderful volunteers who support them.”
 
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays.  Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum 

Lest we forget

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will join local residents and representatives of local organisations at this year’s Remembrance Service in Ilkeston on Sunday 12 November.
 
A Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Parish Church will start at 10am ahead of the traditional parade. The parade sets off from South Street car park at 10.35am and will make its way to the Cenotaph in the Market Place where the Act of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony will start at 10.50am.
 
The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, will join Long Eaton residents to attend the service and Mass at St Laurence’s Parish Church at 9.30am before the parade.  The Long Eaton procession will start at 10.20am from West Gate and make it way to the War Memorial outside the Church for the wreath laying ceremony at 10.45am.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, has also given her support to this year’s Poppy Appeal:
 
“I join the residents of Erewash in wearing my poppy with pride. I will be honoured to represent the borough at the Ilkeston Remembrance Service to pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country and I know that the Deputy Mayor is equally honoured to be attending the Long Eaton event.”