Museum hosts Diwali celebration

Help celebrate the ancient Indian festival of Diwali with craft activities, dance and music at an arts-themed day at Erewash Museum on Saturday 10 November between 11am-3pm.
 
Diwali celebrates the Hindu festival of lights and visitors will get the chance to take part in craft-based mini workshops, making Lord Ganesha- inspired elephant fabric hangings and mini rangoli designs. Rangoli is a type of art traditionally created on the floor with materials such as coloured sand, flower petals, coloured rice or dry flour and is thought to bring good luck. 
 
Craft activities run between 11am - 2pm. £1.50 per person, and at 2.30pm there will be a traditional dance performance to round off the day.
 
Diwali celebrations continue in the afternoon with free storytelling, music and a dance finale between 2.30pm - 3pm. There will be a Diwali fact- finding trail on all day.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are always happy to welcome the Diwali Day celebrations to Erewash Museum as it’s such a warm and colourful festival. The educational and fun activities really help people mark this ancient tradition.”
 
Erewash Museum is located 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. You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum.

Erewash joins the nation to remember

Poignant events to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War will be held in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres during the evening of Remembrance Sunday.
 
Residents can join the historic Battle’s Over and Ringing in of the Peace events on Sunday 11 November to honour the day peace was declared 100 years ago.
 
Erewash Borough Council has organised the events as part of centenary commemorations taking place throughout the United Kingdom to give local residents the chance to pay their respects and remember all those who lost their lives.
 
In Ilkeston Market Place, Johnny Victory will entertain from 6.15pm with wartime songs and refreshments will be on offer from local church members. 
 
In Long Eaton Market Place, also from 6.15pm, the Long Eaton Silver Prize Band will be playing nostalgic wartime music plus songs from a guest singer.
 
The remembrance will then continue in both towns:
 
7pm – beacons will be lit to join towns and venues across the country as part of the nation’s tribute to 100 years of remembrance.
7.05pm – residents will hear the bells of St Mary’s Church, Ilkeston and St Laurence’s Parish Church, Long Eaton, ringing out – joining churches across the country and around the world to ‘ring in the peace’ and commemorate the day the guns fell silent.
Councillor Chris Corbett, the Mayor of Erewash, says
 
“This will be a fitting and moving tribute – an occasion that I am sure will see large crowds in both our town centres to remember this historic day. We are honoured to be able to organise these events to ensure the residents of Erewash can join the nationwide Battle’s Over commemoration.”
 
Tea lights will be available for a donation, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion, for those who want to remember the fallen.

 

 

Honouring the fallen 

Erewash Museum will be home to a fascinating insight into how residents from the Borough experienced, commemorated and remembered the end of the First World War, during an exhibition being held from 27 October -15 December.
 
‘Erewash Remembers: 100 years of commemorating the First World War’, will be showcased in the Lally Gallery and feature audio-visual displays, pictures and panels detailing how local people collectively coped with the grieving process both during and after the war, including the different ways in which the end of the war has been commemorated – from the history of war memorials as to why poppies are used as a remembrance symbol.
 
Local people have also generously donated war memorabilia such as medals and old photographs and these will also be on show to the public.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
         “This poignant exhibition will provide a rich and valuable insight into how people from our borough coped after the end of the First World War, and will help educate different generations about how we rallied together to keep the memories alive of those who fought for our country.”
 

Fair inspires pupils’ artwork 

Children from two local schools will present specially-designed artwork to the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, during Ilkeston Charter Fair’s official opening this Thursday. (18th)
 
Pupils from the town’s Kensington Junior School and Chaucer Junior School will take a starring role in the ceremony after creating two stunning banners that depict the history of the fair.
 
The children have produced the artwork thanks to a project with local artist Jackie Ward, of Treehuggery, and Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Officer Katherine Brown, with the pupils learning new creative skills as well as finding out about the heritage of the fair, which dates back to 1252.
 
The banners will be seen for the first time on Thursday when the children join the ceremonial launch, which starts at 11.45am outside Ilkeston Town Hall, of the 766th Ilkeston Fair. They will then be on display for a fortnight in the main reception area of Ilkeston Town Hall.
 
Ilkeston Charter Fair’s rich history originally saw people come to buy and sell items including tools, cloth, fruits, vegetables and smaller livestock. Victorian times saw a change to the fair with more emphasis on fun, and the introduction of rides and side shows. The Charter Fair is now one of the largest traditional street fairs, with rides and stalls taking over the market place and surrounding streets for four days every October.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, says:
 
“These banners look amazing, all thanks to this fantastic arts project which has enabled the children to have fun while being given new creative skills and learning all about the history of the fair.  They have done a wonderful job and the banners will look really bright and colourful as part of the official launch. Well done to everyone involved!
 

Report outlines key successes

Erewash Borough Council’s Annual Report, which outlines the key achievements across its priority areas, has been approved at a meeting of Council Executive this week (Tuesday 2 October).
 
The 2017/18 report also includes the financial position and the council’s priorities and vision to take the borough forward.
 
Messages and achievements in the report include:
That for every £1 of council tax paid by a resident, Erewash Borough Council receives 11p. Derbyshire County Council receives 74p, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner 11p and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority 4p.
The council works with a wide range of partners to help improve the quality of life for residents – including with neighbouring authorities, Erewash Partnership Ltd, and national and regional organisations. The council also funds Erewash Citizens Advice Bureau.
A total of £525,000 was awarded to 73 people in the borough to help them to live independently in their own homes.
The council supports local communities in many ways, including making over £130,000 available for community and voluntary groups.
There was a 38% drop in fly tipping incidents in the borough – the third consecutive year the council saw a reduction in incidents.
The council has worked hard to improve its environmental performance and thanks to the LED lighting programme and other ‘green’ energy measures, the council achieved a 28% reduction in CO2 emissions over the last five years. 
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“We are committed to keeping our residents informed about how their money is being spent on the things that matter in our borough and this Annual Report is an important platform that allows us to do just that.
 
“I am delighted to be able to report that we again performed well against our targets in the last financial year and that yet again, we delivered a balanced budget. These are financially challenging times, however, and the hard work continues to ensure we provide efficient and best-value services for everyone.”
 
The Annual Report 2017/18 is available to view online at www.erewash.gov.uk while a small number of printed copies are on display in the reception areas of the council’s buildings. Hard copies can be provided on request by calling 0115 907 2244.