Hat trick for Erewash Museum

Award winning Erewash Museum has struck gold again with a hat trick of honours at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards – including scooping the prestigious ‘best museum’ title with the overall Award for Excellence.
It is the third time in six years that Erewash Borough Council’s museum has taken the top award, which again confirms it as the best in the county.
The honours were handed out during a ceremony at Crich Tramway Village on Friday (7th October), when the museum team were also presented with two Highly Commended awards – the first for reaching new audiences through its foster families project and the other for running the International Women’s Day project on a limited budget.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This is an outstanding achievement and proves once again that in Erewash Museum we have a real treasure that continues to be a pacesetter. There are many, many good museums across the whole of Derbyshire, but we have the very best of the best right here in our borough.
“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 Friends volunteers who support them.”
The museum’s foster families project featured workshops and was run in partnership with Derbyshire County Council to reach foster families through heritage and culture.
To celebrate International Women’s Day staff and volunteers wrote a series of blogs and staged an exhibition exploring the histories and lives of women who had lived or worked at the museum’s Dalby House base in Ilkeston.
The good news follows the opening of a learning and community centre at the museum earlier this year. The old coach house and stables were transformed into the new centre thanks to a total of £563,600 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Friends of Erewash Museum and Erewash Borough Council.
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

Road closures and temporary suspension of residents’ parking schemes

Residents’ parking schemes close to Ilkeston town centre will be temporarily suspended during the week of the 764th Charter Fair – a move which is taken every year in an effort to free-up car parking space.
The schemes will be suspended from Monday 17 October to Sunday 23 October inclusive, resuming on Monday 24 October.
Streets belonging to the two residents parking schemes are:
St Mary Street Area: Burns Street, Fullwood Street, Fullwood Avenue, Gregory Street, Jackson Avenue, New Lawn Road, St Mary Street, Wilmot Street. Queens Drive Area: Albert Street, Cedar Park, Darwin Avenue, Queens Drive, Lissett Avenue, Moss Road.
A one-way system will be in place along Wharncliffe Road, Albert Street and Queen’s Drive to the junction with Oakwell Drive. Diversions will be in place and signposted.
Several town centre car parks are always closed throughout Ilkeston Charter Fair week to make way for the rides, stalls and fair vehicles.
The following road closures will be in place from 6am on Tuesday 19 October until midday on Sunday 23 October:
  • South Street (from its junction with Derby Road to the Market Place)     
  • Wharncliffe Road (from Albert Street to the Market Place)
  • Queen Street - in its entirety
  • Market Place - in its entirety
  • East Street (from the car park to the Market Place)
  • Bath Street (from Wilmot Street to the Market Place)
  • Pimlico (from its junction with New Lawn Road to Burns Street)

Flying the flag in Victoria Park

Ilkeston’s Victoria Park will host a celebration ceremony on Tuesday 11 October at 2pm to mark its success in securing a Green Flag Award for the sixth successive year.
The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will officially raise the prestigious flag near the park entrance at the junction of Drummond Road and Bristol Road.
The Green Flag is a national award handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to recognise the very best parks, green spaces and nature reserves. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that Victoria Park boasts the highest possible standards and is well maintained.
Erewash Borough Council secured £740,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund for the restoration of key features within the Green Flag park – including the bandstand, the bowls pavilion, a new pergola and the installation of impressive new entrance gates based on the original Victorian design.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“It is only right we celebrate this amazing result. It is with great pride that we will once again fly the Green Flag above Victoria Park – a fitting tribute to all those involved in working hard all year round to ensure this lovely park is properly maintained and developed. We know local residents and visitors to our borough always find Victoria Park a delight and we remain committed to maintaining the high standards for everyone, both today and for generations to come.”

Ilkeston’s historic fair is back!

Roll up, roll up . . . it’s all the fun of the 764th Ilkeston Charter Fair, which is back in town from Wednesday 19 October to Saturday 22 October.
One of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe, the Charter Fair attracts thousands of people and transforms the town centre into a colourful spectacle with some of the biggest and best travelling rides and sideshows in the country.
This year’s event will be given its usual ceremonial opening at 12noon on Thursday 20 October when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will ‘ring the bell’ to get the 2016 Charter Fair officially underway.
The ceremony, which includes the reading of the 1252 Charter, takes place in front of the Town Hall and sees local families and visitors gather round to join the showmen for the traditional opening.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Generations of families from across the borough have enjoyed the colour and excitement that the Charter Fair brings to town. It is a spectacular sight as it stretches out across the town centre, bringing fun for everyone – from the traditional side stalls and family rides to the white knuckle rides for all the daredevils!”
The fair transforms the Market Place and the surrounding streets – Bath Street, East Street, South Street, Queen Street, Wharncliffe Road and Pimlico. Attractions are open from 6pm-11pm on Wednesday 19 October and from 12noon-11pm on Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October.