All aboard at Erewash Museum

Choo- choo! Erewash Museum’s Model Railway Day rolls into Ilkeston on Saturday 26 January. Join representatives from the Nottingham Model Railway Society to see their amazing model of a 1930s Ilkeston Town Railway Station which will be on display in the Hayloft. Two model layouts of Toton Sidings will also be on display alongside a children’s railway themed activity trail.
The lay-out, designed by Davey Jones and Dave Jacques, depicts the half mile branch line from Ilkeston Junction Station on the main LMS Erewash Valley Line from Nottingham to Sheffield, to the Ilkeston Town terminus station. It reflects the daily train movements, 70 in total, that were time-tabled in that era. In years gone by, passenger trains also ran to and from Ilkeston Junction calling at Trent, Nottingham, Sheffield and Mansfield.
The model will be on display to the public from Thursday 24 January until Tuesday 29 January. Free admission, all ages welcome. 11am - 3pm each day.  
Also, at 7pm on the Tuesday evening Davey Jones will be giving a free talk at the museum’s Lally Gallery on the research and building of the model.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, said: 
“It is always fascinating to see how much detail and devotion are put in to creating these exceptional model railways, and even more interesting to see how Ilkeston and the surrounding areas used to operate their rail infrastructures in bygone years.”
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.

Contract signing signals new leisure era

A landmark agreement that will see established company Parkwood Leisure Ltd take over the running of Erewash Borough Council’s leisure services will be marked with a contract signing on Friday 18 January at 11am.
The council’s Leader, Councillor Carol Hart, will be joined by Parkwood’s Operations Director Glen Hall, for the signing of the 10-year contract in the Mayor’s Parlour at Ilkeston Town Hall.
The milestone moment will confirm that, from 1 February, Parkwood will manage the council’s leisure services at Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Rutland Sports Park and Pewitt Golf Course in Ilkeston, as well as West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton and Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre. 
It was agreed to outsource leisure at a meeting in November, with councillors saying the deal will bring substantial savings at a time when local authorities continue to face financially-challenging times.
The council will retain ownership of the leisure facilities, meaning Parkwood will lease the facilities and be in place to manage and deliver a leisure service on behalf of the council. 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says:
“We are on the threshold of a new era for leisure services here in Erewash and the formal signing of the contract is a significant moment. It is also an exciting one and we know Parkwood have ambitious plans to invest in and develop the facilities on offer.
“We see working in partnership with Parkwood as an innovative decision that will bring significant savings for us but – most importantly – it will mean a better deal for our residents and leisure-users. That has been at the heart of this process throughout.” 
Improvements to be made by Parkwood will include the expansion and improvement of gym facilities; new gym, spin and weight lifting equipment; improvements to customer retail and vending facilities; and the introduction of a number of new activities. 
Outsourcing the provision of the leisure service will save the council approximately £6 million over ten years. Approximately £1.3 million is expected to be invested to improve facilities for residents with Parkwood Leisure providing £800,000 and a further £500,000 earmarked for upgrading the leisure centres through a loan from the council, which will be paid back over the term of the contract.

Christmas Eve Carol Service

Children will be able to see Santa in Ilkeston on Christmas Eve when a traditional carol service takes place in Ilkeston Market Place from 7pm.
This will be a wonderful event for family and friends to celebrate a very special time of year with carols and readings. Santa will be meeting children and handing out sweets before he heads off to make his deliveries.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, says:
“This is one of the most popular events organised by the Council, and really brings home the true meaning of Christmas, especially after all the hustle and bustle of preparing for the big day. Come down and join in with the festive carols!”

Lighting the way

Join in with the Winter Solstice celebrations in Ilkeston on Saturday 15 December as Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team hold lantern-making workshop. 
Workshops will be held at Erewash Museum from 12pm to 5pm and at Victoria Park from 3pm to 5pm. 
The day will culminate with a beautiful lantern parade winding its way through the town from the museum to Victoria Park where there will be poetry, lanterns, story-telling and Morris dancing with Black Pig Border Morris.
The Lantern Parade takes place from 5.15pm to 6.30pm. People can meet at Erewash Museum at 5.15pm or wait by Victoria Park Bowling Pavilion where the parade will arrive at around 5.30pm.
Erewash Museum will also be holding a Winter Wonderland the same day between 11am and 3pm where children can meet Santa and his reindeers. 
Admission is £1.50 for children including lantern making.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, says:
         “What a lovely way to mark the shortest day of the year. The Winter Solstice lantern parade will look stunning weaving through the streets of the town, so join us if you can to celebrate this annual midwinter event.”

Fair views needed

Erewash residents are being asked for their views on a request from the Showmen’s Guild to extend Ilkeston Charter Fair by one day.
The fair currently runs from Wednesday tea-time through to Saturday night, but the Guild wants to see Sunday as the final day, opening between 1pm and 9pm.
Erewash Borough Council has now opened a consultation on the proposal and is keen to hear the views of the public. The Fair’s Royal Charter, originally granted in 1252, means the council cannot decide to simply extend the event and must follow a legal process that requires the Home Secretary, currently Sajid Javid, to approve any change.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“The Home Secretary will only grant an extension of the fair if he believes that the change is for the convenience and advantage of the public. He would expect us to have asked local people for their views and for the responses to be included in any approach to him. That is why it is important that residents tell us their thoughts – do you want to see Ilkeston Charter Fair open on Sunday or is it something you would be against?”
A short survey can be filled in online at while a paper copy of the survey is available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton town halls or can be requested by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
The 12-week public consultation is already underway and is open until 10am on Friday 15 February with the results taken to a meeting of Council Executive for consideration before being sent to Full Council for approval or otherwise.