Paintings donated to Erewash Museum

Paintings by the late Ilkeston artist Rick Scollins have been donated to Erewash Museum to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.

The original watercolours were presented to the museum by donor Barrie Whittamore, a long-time friend of the town’s much-lauded artist.
Rick became a very collectable local artist, he was an accomplished landscape painter and also specialised in military subjects. The images donated to the museum are the originals for his book ‘The Soldier’ which he co-authored with Richard Humble.
Barrie, who together with Rick was a member of comedic local folk band ‘Ram’s Bottom’, has fond memories of his friend:
“Rick was a great friend and band member. He was a talented artist, a good musician and an avid military historian. He was passionate about his home town and a champion of the Erewash Valley dialect – he was a co-author of the popular book Ey Up Mi Duck. He was always a proud Ilkestonian and wanted to preserve our amazing local culture. Sadly he died too young.”
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, has thanked Barrie for the kind donation:
“We are very grateful that Erewash Museum is now custodian for this work by a much-loved Ilkeston artist and we are honoured to have received it, our thanks go to Barrie. Rick had many creative strings to his bow and was widely known across the country – particularly for his military work and his work within the folk world.”
The pictures have been taken, along with a collection of other material such as posters, scripts and photos, for conservation before they go on display – but the museum team is keen to hear from anyone who would like to share their memories of Rick. Please email the museum’s Collections Officer Kate Crossley on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Erewash Museum is situated 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. 
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Timely arrival for touring war exhibition

Erewash Museum welcomes the touring exhibition Derbyshire Lives through the First World War on 20 January – a timely visit to the borough as the world prepares centenary commemorations to mark the end of the Great War.
The exhibition, which will be in the Lally Gallery until Saturday 3 March, was commissioned by Derbyshire Libraries and Heritage in 2016 and has been visiting venues across the county over the last two years and will continue through to December this year at other venues.
Poignant stories of struggle, triumph and injustice are featured in the exhibition, which looks at life on the front line, the home front and how the individual lives of Derbyshire people were affected by the conflict.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This exhibition will bring to life the stories of people who lived through and died in the First World War and will help us all to imagine how horrific it would have been to fight in the trenches. We will also be able to find out more about what life was like for those left behind in Derbyshire.”
The display is the final stage of the wider Derbyshire Lives through the First World War project, which has supported local communities countywide to commemorate their experiences of the First World War. The project is supported by Derbyshire County Council with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Garden waste collections

Erewash Borough Council will restart its garden waste collections at the end of January in the north of the borough and the beginning of February in the south.
Residents living in the Ilkeston and north area of Erewash are reminded that their collection during the week (15-19 January) is the last refuse collection when recyclable waste can be put out in brown bins.
After this week, brown bins must only be used for garden waste ahead of the restart of brown bin collections week commencing Monday 29 January.
For residents in Long Eaton and the south of the borough, week commencing 22 January is the last time brown bins can be used for recyclable waste ahead of the restart of garden waste collections on Monday 5 February.
Householders who have been using their brown bins over the winter must revert to putting out kerbside recycling in green bags, which are free from either Ilkeston or Long Eaton town hall receptions, or they can purchase a blue bin. For more details call 0115 907 2244.
North zone – Ilkeston, Breadsall, Cotmanhay, Dale Abbey, Kirk Hallam, Little Eaton, Morley, Ockbrook, Stanley, Stanley Common, Stanton by Dale, West Hallam.
South zone – Long Eaton, Borrowash, Breaston, Draycott, Risley, Sandiacre, Sawley.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“The busy gardening season is on its way and I know gardeners will be ready for our brown bins collections to restart. There is no additional charge for garden waste collections in Erewash and the service makes gardening easier for everyone.”

Erewash Mayor honours caring citizens

Community-minded residents and groups will be honoured for their contribution to society at this year’s Erewash Mayor's Awards.
Eleven caring residents and representatives from three local groups will be presented with their awards by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, in the Mayor’s Parlour at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 19 December at 6pm.
The awards are to recognise groups or individuals who carry out vital work in their community without expecting anything in return.
The judging panel looked at nominations, made by members of the public, for evidence of special qualities and service beyond simply being a ‘good neighbour’ when picking out the award winners. 
Councillor Mary Hopkinson, the Mayor of Erewash, says:
“Presenting these awards will be one of the highlights of my year in office.  It is a pleasure for me to recognise all the recipients and an honour to personally congratulate and thank them for all that they do for this borough.
“I have seen at first hand the work of the countless people in this borough who work so selflessly to help others in so many ways. It is a privilege to be able to present awards to some of those residents and organisations.”

Have a cuppa with the Mayor!

Residents and town centre shoppers can call into Ilkeston Town Hall to have a cuppa with the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, when she hosts a charity coffee morning on Saturday 16 December between 10am and 12noon.
The warm and welcoming event will be in the Mayor’s Parlour and will raise funds for the Mayor’s chosen charities – Alzheimer’s Research, Sight Support Derbyshire, The Canaan Trust and Ben’s Den, an Ilkeston-based charity that provide holidays for families with children diagnosed with cancer and leukaemia.
Councillor Mary Hopkinson, the Mayor of Erewash, says:
“These charities are very close to my heart so I wanted to host this Christmas coffee morning to raise as much money as possible to help them in the work they do. I’m sure the town centre will be busy with festive shoppers, so please take a break and have a warming cup of coffee with me.”
A raffle will also be held during the morning, with tickets 50p each, to boost the fundraising further.