Let The Bells Ring Out . . .


Erewash Borough Council has welcomed the completion of the project to repair the bells of St Mary’s Parish Church in Ilkeston.
 
The council pledged £9,500 to the church’s community fundraising drive for the major restoration work, which included refurbishing the frame and fitting and re-hanging the bells.
 
Councillor Chris Corbett, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“It is wonderful to hear the bells of St Mary’s ringing out again across Ilkeston, as they have done since 1732. We are delighted to have been able to give money for this important repair and restoration work. This council values the history and heritage of our borough and is committed to protecting it – so keeping the church bells ringing, an age-old tradition in this country, is very important to us.
 
“Well done to all those involved with this refurbishment at Ilkeston’s parish church, which stands at the very heart of the town.”
 
The original bells of 1732 were recast and added to in 1910, resulting in the current ring of eight bells – widely accepted as one of the finest in Derbyshire.

Christmas Carol Service

The traditional Christmas Carol Service will again take place in Ilkeston Market Place on Christmas Eve from 7pm to ensure a perfect seasonal get-together for all the family. 
 
The service is always a popular event as people gather around the Christmas tree in the Market Place to sing some favourite carols, accompanied by the Salvation Army Band. The 30 minute event marks the countdown to Christmas and will also feature a short service by the Rev Michael Petitt, of Ilkeston’s St Mary’s Church, and members of other local churches - while Santa also hopes to make an appearance despite his busy schedule!
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will attend the event and a collection will be held in aid of her chosen charities - Clic Sargeant and the Bone Cancer Research Trust, in memory of inspirational Ilkeston schoolboy Alex Reid, who lived within the Mayor’s ward
 
Councillor Custance hopes to welcome as many residents as possible to the annual Christmas Carol Service: 
 
“This annual Carol Service is a heart-warming and traditional way for people of all ages to gather in the centre of the town and start the real countdown to the big day. It is always wonderfully atmospheric and I look forward to seeing everyone there.”
 

Free 24-Hour Festive Parking In Erewash

Erewash Borough Council will once again offer 24-hour FREE parking in all its car parks over the busy festive season.
 
The council has confirmed that its car parks will be free from Monday 14 December to Monday 28 December
inclusive – an initiative aimed at giving a major boost to the borough’s 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:
 
“Offering 24-hour free parking is a further demonstration of our commitment to the on-going drive to help and support our town centres. We know this good news will be warmly welcomed
 
“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 welcome this news and, most importantly, show their support by shopping locally.”
 
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the Long Eaton Railway Station commuters’ car park.
 

Winter Solstice Salute

Erewash Borough Council will host celebrations to mark Winter Solstice this month, an event organised as part of the council’s Festival of Light programme.
 
Winter Solstice is a magical family event and there will be two opportunities to take part in free lantern making workshops - at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park Leisure Centre on Saturday 12 December between 1pm and 5pm and at Erewash Museum on Saturday 19 December between 11am and 3pm.
 
A Solstice finale will be held from 4.30pm on 19 December in the outside setting of Victoria Park, Ilkeston with a free lantern lit procession by residents and the Friends of Victoria Park.
 
The procession will start at the Band Stand and will end with a short musical performance of traditional folk music by Derbyshire based Sarah Matthews and Doug Eunson, who will play the fiddle and melodeon. The music will celebrate the turning point of the year when, following Winter Solstice, the sun grows stronger and the days gradually become longer.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“Children of all ages will have great fun in making lanterns and other crafts at our free workshops so we look forward to welcoming as many young people as possible for the sessions. They can then join the procession at the finale with all the lanterns ensuring a spectacular sight around Victoria Park.”
 
The Erewash Festival of Light is part of the council’s arts development programme and features workshops and events that celebrate occasions like Harvest Moon, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Winter Solstice, Christmas and the Chinese New Year.
 

Ilkeston Christmas Lights Switch-On

Seasonal sights, Santa, Scrooge and fairground fun . . .  just some of the festive family entertainment lined up for the bigger than usual Christmas Lights switch-on event in Ilkeston on Friday 27 November.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will ‘light up’ the town to officially launch the Christmas season during a fab 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 local band Money Spiders and Ilkeston Brass Band – while the festive fun will also include a small local market, lots of ‘walkabout’ characters and carol singers.
 
In addition, Erewash Museum will relocate to the Market Place for the night and join the free festivities with a fun Dickensian theme to celebrate Victorian Christmas traditions and customs. Residents and children can meet Ebenezer Scrooge, listen to Victorian carol singers and meet some of the residents of Dalby House, the museum’s usual home.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“The countdown to Christmas 2015 is underway and we look forward to another wonderful celebration to light up the town. It is always a lovely, family event and brings everyone together to welcome the festive season and is a great opportunity for us to celebrate all that our town has to offer.”