A night at the museum!

Tickets are now on sale for those brave enough to join a late night ghost hunt at Erewash Museum, a serious five-hour exploration into unexplained and haunted happenings within the historic building.
 
The overnight event begins on Saturday 29 October at 8.30pm through to 1.30am and will be led by a specialist paranormal investigation team. Strictly for adults (18 and over), those taking part will have the chance to take park in live experiments and discover behind the scenes areas of the museum.
 
Erewash Museum is based in Dalby House at Ilkeston, a late Georgian building with Victorian extensions that was previously a family home and school before becoming Erewash Borough Council’s museum in the 1980s.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“There have been reports over the years, from our team and visitors, of unexplained activity at the museum, so this promises to be a very interesting evening. This is a serious investigation and not for the faint hearted – but if you’re brave enough it will certainly be a spine-tingling experience!”
 
Tickets are £28, which includes light refreshments, and are available from Erewash Museum. The museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. For more details 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 

Apply now for a small grant!

Community and voluntary groups in Erewash are being urged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them with their work.
 
There are just three weeks left to the latest deadline to apply for one of Erewash Borough Council’s Small Grants, with applications needing to be submitted by Monday 19 September.
 
The council has helped hundreds of groups over the last few years through the grants scheme and is still keen to hear from more groups – however large or small - that could use a small grant for specific projects that help people living in the borough.
 
Nearly 21 community and voluntary groups have already been helped in the first two rounds of this year, winning a share of just over £27,571 in total.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
 “We want to hear from groups of all kinds – our small grants are here to help you.  We know there are so many organisations out there doing so much good work in our borough to help residents of all ages and in all kinds of ways. So tell us about your work and get in touch. We’re here to help.” 
 
The next deadline for grant applications is 5.30pm on Monday 19 September. Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk  - click on the ‘Community and Living’ table and the link to ‘Grants’. Anyone needing help to fill in the application can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0115 907 2244.
 

Stanton – the way forward

Erewash residents look set to be urged to give their views on an important planning document that will drive the development of the Stanton site – one of the biggest development opportunities the borough has ever seen.
 
A meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week (Thursday 1st September) is expected to confirm the go-ahead for a six-week public consultation on a Stanton masterplan that has been produced by the council to take the site forward.
 
The masterplan has been drafted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and will be the key guide to for any developer wanting to put together a realistic planning application for the site.
 
Stanton Regeneration Site is featured in the council’s Core Strategy for redevelopment to provide, among other things, around 2,000 homes, a business park, land for general industry, a primary school, shops, open spaces, local jobs and other community facilities.
 
Councillor Chris Corbett, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“Stanton is the most important development site in Erewash and this masterplan is aimed at addressing all the issues that surround it and to clearly set out the expectations we have to provide a quality redevelopment for residents of this borough.
 
“We have worked hard to produce a plan that will remove any uncertainty for developers and will be a guide to help them put together future planning applications that are likely to be successful.
 
“It is absolutely vital that our residents have their say on such an important document and help us to shape the expectations we have for the site – which is why we will vote on a six-week consultation at our Council Executive meeting next week.”
 
Details of the start of the expected consultation and where the public can view the draft SPD will be announced shortly. Residents can check out the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk  and keep up to date on the Twitter feed and Facebook page /erewashbc.
 
The meeting of Council Executive will be at Long Eaton Town Hall on Thursday 1 September at 10.30am.

Preparations well advanced as classic car owners take to the road again for show!

Organisers and proud owners are gearing up for the fourth annual heritage and classic vehicle show that will take centre stage on Ilkeston's historic Market Place next month.
 
The show, organised by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership, is expected break records as more than 250 vehicles from across the Midlands are expected to bring the sights and sounds from yesteryear to the town centre.
 
The free show, which has been a popular attraction for family members of all ages will take place on Sunday August 14 in the square and surrounding areas from 10am-4pm.
 
The oldest exhibit set to be on show is almost 100 years old -  a 1920 Foster General Purpose engine 'Sprig' which will take pride of place in a new section devoted to steam.
 
Not far behind in the age stakes is a 1926 Morris Commercial lorry. Colson Transport of Heanor will be showing off a lorry which competes in truck races.
 
For those who remember the days of bus services that ran to and from the Market Place Nottingham Area Bus Society will be taking along old Barton, Trent and Midland General exhibits.
 
But owners are not just keen to show off their pride and joy vehicles; they will also be hoping to win prizes sponsored by various firms, mainly from the motor trade.
 
Colson will be awarding the 'Best Commercial Trophy', Gary and Valerie Pitts will be sponsoring a new category for 'Best Tractor' and 2 Counties Rider Training has steered its way to supporting the 'Best Motorbike.'
 
Ilkeston car dealership Ron Brooks will again be awarding a prize for car of the show, and there is also an Erewash Mayor's award.  
 
For those who don't have the drive to admire the wide variety of gleaming engines there are plenty of other attractions.
 
For the third year in succession characters from the Star Wars films in the form of the 501st Legion UK Garrison will take the area by storm and mystery man The UKG Stig will be present.
 
There will also be a craft fair, Ilkeston Brass will be blowing away to entertain, and there will be various refreshments. Erewash Museum and St Mary's Church will be open as will some nearby traders.
 
Ian Viles, chief executive of Erewash Partnership, said: “The show has become an established favourite in the Ilkeston calendar, with thousands of people attending.
 
“Thanks to our sponsors and others the Partnership is delighted to put on a super show with so much for all the family to enjoy.”
 
Roads around the Market Place will be closed to normal traffic as vehicles start to arrive. The closures will be in place from 5.30am to 6.30pm on Sunday August 14. Bath Street from East Street to the Market Place, Wharncliffe Road from Albert Street and South Street from Coronation Street are the affected routes.
 

To book your vehicle in please follow this link!

Oh we do like to be beside . . . 

Sandcastles, buckets and spades and all things seaside . . . Erewash Museum will host its first ever beach this summer when the gardens will be transformed into a seashore setting.
 
The purpose-built beach will offer free holiday fun throughout the school break and will be launched on Saturday 23 July with a Victorian-themed day between 11am and 3pm. The fun event will include Punch and Judy shows, donkeys, characters in Victorian costume and juggling demonstrations – plus a bathing machine that youngsters can climb into and have a splash around.
 
The seaside fun will continue throughout the summer holiday until Saturday 3 September, giving families the chance to lounge in a deckchair, enjoy some light refreshments from the Old Stables Tea Room or build sandcastles on the beach – buckets, spades and sand play equipment will be provided.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The beach is a first for Erewash and has been made possible thanks to funding from the Friends of Erewash Museum – so a big thank you to them. What could be better than enjoying a day trip to the beach with the whole family without having to leave Erewash?
 
“It’s going to be great fun, so pull up a deckchair, keep your fingers crossed for sunshine and enjoy this summertime special!”
 
Families can go to the Erewash beach until Saturday 3 September. The museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm during the school holiday, with the exception of Bank Holiday Monday. Beach play will be subject to weather conditions.
 
Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Admission is free. For all the latest news from Erewash Museum, including events and activities, residents can check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/erewashmuseum  or the website www.erewashmuseum.co.uk