Historic Fair Is Back In Town

Ilkeston Charter Fair is one of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe and will once again be given its ceremonial opening on Thursday 22 October when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will ‘ring the bell’ – the official signal that this year’s 763rd Charter Fair is underway.
 
The traditional ceremony also includes a reading of the original 1252 Charter in front of Ilkeston Town Hall witnessed by local families and visitors, who join the showmen to celebrate and welcome the fair.
 
This year’s Charter Fair will be held from Wednesday 21 October to Saturday 24 October when Ilkeston town centre will again be transformed into a colourful spectacle as the rides and stalls packs into the Market Place and surrounding streets.
 
Guests at the ceremony will include representatives from other local authorities in Derbyshire and children from two local schools.
 
Opening Event Details - Thursday 22nd October
 
11.45am - Guests accompany the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, to the front of the Town Hall - (The Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, will open proceedings and call upon the Chief Executive of Erewash Borough Council, Mr Jeremy Jaroszek, to read the 1252 Charter)
 
11.55am - The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, prepares to open the Fair - Playing of the National Anthem.
 
12noon - The Mayor will ring the ceremonial bell to declare the 763rd Ilkeston Charter Fair open.
 

Road Closures & Temporary Suspension Of Residents’ Parking Schemes

Residents’ parking schemes close to Ilkeston town centre will be temporarily suspended during the week of the 763rd 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 19 October to Sunday 25 October inclusive, resuming on Monday 26 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.
 
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 5am on Tuesday 20 October until midday on Sunday 25 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)

Local MP Maggie Throup Opens New Bridal Shop In Ilkeston


Local MP Maggie Throup opened House of Oliver Bridal on Station Road in Ilkeston on Saturday 26th September. 
 
House of Oliver specialises in beautiful bridal wear without the designer price tag. At House of Oliver you get the designer experience, excellent customer service and stunning wedding dresses and accessories from renowned designers and some up and coming ones too all at under £500. 
 
Katie, 28 from Ilkeston wanted to give brides to be a more affordable solution when looking for their dream dress. Currently brides don't have many options if they don't want to spend thousands on their wedding dress. A big part of House of Oliver is being able to give brides the special experience that getting married deserves. House of Oliver stocks dresses from renowned designers such as Justin Alexander, MoriLee, Benjamin Roberts, Etenity Bride and some up and coming designers too. Brides to be can pop in between 9 and 3 Wednesday to Friday, Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays 10-4 or call 07709 544 939
 
House of Oliver is a Prince's Trust supported business and has received start up support from the Erewash Partnership
 
 

Business Leaders Cheer Fresh Lease Of Life For Old Building By Creating New Offices 

A new business centre at a prestigious building in Ilkeston town centre was officially opened on Friday 18th September.
 
Erewash Business Centre, set in The Old Police Station, Wharncliffe Road, was opened by local MP Maggie Throup.
 
The building lay empty and vandalised after police moved out until the former Ilkeston Co-op refurbished it. Enterprise agency Erewash Partnership took over the management in 2004 and used it as headquarters until last year when the building was closed and the Partnership moved to Bridge House on Derby Road, Long Eaton.
 
The building was bought from the Co-op by the Lester Point Pension Trust, which is solely-owned by Simon Woods, chairman of Erewash Partnership and managing director of education equipment manufacturer TecQuipment of Long Eaton.
 
The Trust paid for refurbishment of the1906 red brick building. This included new windows on three sides, replacement boiler and heating system, energy-efficient LED lighting, new carpets and redecoration. 
 
As well as 16 high quality offices – ranging from 15 – 35 sq metres – there is a conference room and large car park. Offices will be let on flexible terms through the Partnership which will use one for start-up advice and mentoring.  
 
Maggie told guests that earlier in the week she had spoken to Business Secretary Savid Jahid about the scheme and he sent his congratulations.
 
When she heard the premises were going to close she was concerned there would be another derelict building in Ilkeston.  Then along came a knight in shining armour in the form of Simon Woods.
 
“It's fantastic that somebody like Simon has put his trust and confidence in the people of Erewash and the businesses of Erewash,” she said. “We need more like Simon.”
 
He replied that he was passionate about the area, local businesses and the Partnership. “I'm proud that I am able to put something back into the local community,” he said.
 
Ian Viles, chief executive of the Partnership, which in the last financial year helped 97 businesses set up, said the centre would add to the variety of facilities for firms in the town and would complement its own business centre, Castledine House on Heanor Road.
 
“It is the first time we have worked with the private sector on such a scheme and such a prestigious building,” he added.
 
Other business leaders praised the initiative. Chris Hobson, East Midlands Chamber policy director, said it was great to see an important building have a new lease of life.
 
“We know that business growth and the economy in Erewash is strong and as a result there's demand for this type of premises. I look forward to seeing businesses come and use this space and add to the vibrancy of the Ilkeston business community and town centre.
 
Dawn Whiteley, chief executive of the National Enterprise Network, a membership body for organisations supporting enterprise, said the Partnership had done great work over 21 years.
 
“This centre is a beautiful facility and will be a beacon for enterprise in the town,” she said.
 

Sparkling Medal Success For Erewash

Erewash has again achieved medal-winning success in the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition – with Long Eaton taking a top spot Gold Medal and Ilkeston winning the prestigious Silver Gilt Award.
 
News of the outstanding success of both towns in the Large Town category was announced yesterday (Wednesday 16 September) during the awards ceremony at Rutland Water Golf Club.
 
Impressed Bloom judges were bowled over by Erewash Borough Council’s colourful town centre floral displays, which have won widespread praise from local residents. They also enjoyed the appearance and facilities of both towns during busy tours of the area in the summer.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“It’s been a sensational summertime of colour in both our towns and now Erewash can celebrate once more as our medal winning record in this prestigious competition continues.
 
“We know young and old enjoy, in particular, our baskets and floral planting that bring such vibrancy to the towns and certainly add to the feelgood factor. 
 
“There is so much to be proud of in this wonderful borough – the magnificent flowers and planting schemes, our beautiful and much-loved parks, our allotments and the many residents, schools and businesses that take part to help us in this annual competition because they also care greatly about the appearance of their town.
 
“This week’s Bloom success is another good news milestone and thanks go to all those involved, from the council’s own parks teams through to the many residents, schoolchildren and local support groups who work with us. Let’s celebrate!”
 
This year’s Bloom competition also brought awards for two community entries, with Draycott and Little Eaton both winning Silver Gilt in the Small Town category.