Youngsters to sing out for community

Pupils from five Ilkeston schools will be part of a first ‘feelgood’ Singathon in the town’s award-winning Victoria Park, giving the chance for the young people to connect through the power of music on the newly restored bandstand.
 
The magical morning that will see the school choirs perform for the local community will be on Wednesday 29 November between 10.45am and 11.45am and is the first event of its kind in the park – while they will all join together to perform the premiere of a newly-written ‘Song for Derbyshire’.
 
The school choirs from Dallimore, Granby and Chaucer primary schools, Cotmanhay junior school and Ormiston Academy will each sing their own winter and Christmas songs before the new song is performed, which has charming words about the county and an inspiring message that children should be ‘the best they can be’.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This will be a wonderful event, hearing the sound of our school choirs singing some seasonal songs – and what better setting than on the stunning Victorian bandstand in this lovely park. A finale of all five choirs performing the Song for Derbyshire is certain to be very moving and a memorable moment.”
 
Community Ranger Helen Mitchem, who continues to organise a whole range of activities in the park for local residents, has organised the event. The children’s families, local residents and park visitors are all welcome to listen to the voices of the choirs, which will be heard across the park and will signal the start of the festive period.
 
The event will be another landmark for Victoria Park, which has recently seen all its key features restored thanks to a £740,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.
 

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