Rediscover the Iron Giant

A summer-long exhibition at Erewash Museum will showcase the heritage of Bennerley Viaduct – the impressive Grade II listed structure that is an Erewash Valley landmark.
 
Known as the ‘Iron Giant’, its story and its surroundings will be the key part of the exhibition which opens on 20 May and runs until 30 August.

 
National sustainable transport charity Sustrans owns the viaduct and has worked in partnership with Erewash Museum to put together the fascinating display that will look at the importance of the1,452ft long structure to the mining industry and its role with the Great Northern Railway.
 
The viaduct is currently part of a major £2m project by Sustrans to transform it into a cycle and walking path connected to a planned network of routes across the Erewash Valley.
 
The impressive structure has stood in the Erewash Valley for the past 135 years and visitors to the exhibition will discover its beginnings and fascinating facts about the ‘Iron Giant’, together with the history of the surrounding area.
 

Splash time summer fun!

Youngsters can enjoy summer-long splashtastic fun at West Park in Long Eaton thanks to the popular Splashpad water park, which has opened for the 2016 season.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Splashpad is open every day from 10am-7pm and will once again provide free playtime fun with its water jets, overhead water sprays, water cannons, ground geysers and water loops.
 
The water park is suitable for children of all ages and is fully accessible to all. It is also environmentally friendly, with the used water collected in a large tank and then recycled by the council’s parks team to water floral displays throughout the town.
 
Splashpad is next to the park’s café, toilets and changing room and will remain open for the summer season until the end of September. 
 

Parlour evening at museum

Erewash Museum will throw open its doors for a family evening of Victorian games and music to mark this year’s UK-wide Museums at Night 2016 Festival on Saturday 14 May.
 
The celebration event is free and will offer lots of throwback activities between 6.30pm and 8.30pm when visitors can take part in some good old-fashioned parlour games like tiddlywinks, cup and ball and the family favourite challenge of snobs.
 
There will also be a chance to watch traditional demonstrations, listen to period music and songs and children will be able to make a toy from years gone by. The popular Victorian game of croquet will be on offer in the museum gardens, weather permitting.
 
The museum’s newly-opened Old Stables Tea Room will be open for the evening when light refreshments will be served by volunteers of the Friends of the Museum.
 
Museums at Night is a national festival that is held twice-yearly with the aim of celebrating the UK’s heritage and encouraging more visitors to discover the delights of museums, galleries and heritage sites.
 

Revving up for a great day out!

Erewash Museum is gearing up for one of its most popular annual events . . .  when the exciting yearly motorcycle display rides into the gardens again on Saturday 14 May.
 
This year’s event has been dedicated to the memory of Ilkeston motorcycle enthusiast Steve Mellor, who died in December at the age of 57. Steve supported the museum for many years and will be sadly missed by the team.
 
The collection of motorcycles, both classic and new, is always a big hit with bike enthusiasts and families and the free event will be held between 12noon and 4pm.  The Museum will be open as usual from 10am – 4pm and refreshments will be available by the Friends of Erewash Museum in the newly opened Old Stables Tea Room.
 
Erewash Museum is situated 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

Open All Hours!

Local voluntary and community groups now have even more opportunities to apply for grants to help them with their work after Erewash Borough Council relaunched its Small Grants support into a new eight-week ‘rolling’ scheme.
 
The small grants programme offers the chance for community groups to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for innovative projects that help and support residents in the borough.
 
As part of the changes, the council’s awards panel will now meet every eight weeks to discuss the grant applications that have been received and make the awards to those groups that have been successful.
 
This week the council has announced its first two summer deadlines to enable community groups to start putting together their applications – with the first closing date confirmed as 5.30pm on Tuesday 31 May and the second as 5.30pm on Monday 25 July.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“These changes mean that our small grants scheme now remains open all year rather than for the two or three ‘rounds’ that we have run previously. 
 
“This is good news for all those groups, both large and small, that we have in our borough and we now want to hear from them and how a small grant could help them in their work to help and support residents of all ages and in all kinds of ways.
 
“So we’re open for business and we’re calling on all those community groups out there to apply for up to £2,000. Shout about your work and start preparing your application for money that will help you – you have the next two deadlines!”
 
Subject to funding remaining available, the next ‘rolling’ deadlines will be announced shortly. 
 
Hundreds of groups in Erewash have been helped in recent years thanks to successful applications for a small grant and for the next awards, the council is particularly keen to hear about new or ground-breaking projects that could be helped by the money.
 
More details and an application form are available on the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk  – click on the ‘Community Living’ tab and then the ‘grants’ link. 
 
Anyone wanting more information about the Small Grants Scheme can also contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley on 0115 907 2244 ext. 3575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.