Oh we do like to be beside . . . 

Sandcastles, buckets and spades and all things seaside . . . Erewash Museum will host its first ever beach this summer when the gardens will be transformed into a seashore setting.
 
The purpose-built beach will offer free holiday fun throughout the school break and will be launched on Saturday 23 July with a Victorian-themed day between 11am and 3pm. The fun event will include Punch and Judy shows, donkeys, characters in Victorian costume and juggling demonstrations – plus a bathing machine that youngsters can climb into and have a splash around.
 
The seaside fun will continue throughout the summer holiday until Saturday 3 September, giving families the chance to lounge in a deckchair, enjoy some light refreshments from the Old Stables Tea Room or build sandcastles on the beach – buckets, spades and sand play equipment will be provided.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The beach is a first for Erewash and has been made possible thanks to funding from the Friends of Erewash Museum – so a big thank you to them. What could be better than enjoying a day trip to the beach with the whole family without having to leave Erewash?
 
“It’s going to be great fun, so pull up a deckchair, keep your fingers crossed for sunshine and enjoy this summertime special!”
 
Families can go to the Erewash beach until Saturday 3 September. The museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm during the school holiday, with the exception of Bank Holiday Monday. Beach play will be subject to weather conditions.
 
Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Admission is free. For all the latest news from Erewash Museum, including events and activities, residents can check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/erewashmuseum  or the website www.erewashmuseum.co.uk

New Mayor of Erewash

The new Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Abey Stevenson, who was formally elected to the role during Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting last 

night (12 May).
 
Councillor Stevenson has represented the Little Eaton and Breadsall Ward on the Borough Council since 2011, which also covered Morley. In 2015 he was re-elected to represent the ward, which now also includes Stanley.
 
During his mayoral year, Councillor Stevenson will be supported at civic engagements by his wife Anne, while his daughters Sara Abigail Oakes and Johanna McNeill will also step in for some events. He will be accompanied at various events by the Mayor’s Cadets from the Derbyshire Air Cadet Force, the Air Training Squadron and the Long Eaton Sea Cadets.
 
Events will be held throughout the year to raise money for the Mayor’s ‘charity pot’ from which charitable groups and organisations from within the borough will benefit at the end of his term of office. 
 
Councillor Stevenson is looking forward to representing the residents of Erewash during his civic year:
 
“I feel very honoured to have been elected as Mayor and it is my greatest pleasure to serve not only the Borough Council but also the residents of our wonderful borough during my civic year.”
 
Councillor Stevenson was born in Bombay and moved to England where he joined Loughborough College to study Mechanical Engineering. After university he joined International Combustion in Derby in the contracts department and then the project management team on the Dungeness Nuclear Power Station.
 
After leaving IC Limited he and Anne set up Ziggi’s, a fashion store, on Sadler Gate in Derby and Victoria Street in Nottingham, both of which included the popular ‘The Q in the Corner’ coffee shop.  Both he and his wife retired from the business in 2009.
 
In his spare time, the Mayor is a keen car enthusiast and enjoys going to events to display his cars, while he and his wife also enjoy spending time with their family – they have a son in the USA, two daughters, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 
 
The Reverend Gill Turner-Callis of St Andrew’s Church in Stanley Village, will be the Mayor’s Chaplain for the 2016/17 civic year.
 
The new Deputy Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Mary Hopkinson, who represents the Little Hallam Ward on the Borough Council.

Poll cards signal referendum countdown!

More than 86,000 poll cards will be hand-delivered to every Erewash resident who is on the voting register.
 
Delivery of the poll cards is the first key stage in the countdown to the EU referendum  on Thursday 23 June, when voters will turn out to decide on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s poll card team will deliver the cards between Wednesday 18 May and Tuesday 24 May. The card gives electors their voter number and details of their polling station - or it will confirm details for those residents who have requested a postal vote.
 
Residents who want to check that they are registered to vote in Erewash can fill in a form online that will be responded to within one working day by the council’s elections team. Visit www.erewash.gov.uk  and click on the ‘Your Council’ tab and follow the ‘elections’ link.
 
Residents who know they still need to register to vote can do so easily and quickly online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before the deadline of Tuesday 7 June.
 

Rediscover the Iron Giant

A summer-long exhibition at Erewash Museum will showcase the heritage of Bennerley Viaduct – the impressive Grade II listed structure that is an Erewash Valley landmark.
 
Known as the ‘Iron Giant’, its story and its surroundings will be the key part of the exhibition which opens on 20 May and runs until 30 August.

 
National sustainable transport charity Sustrans owns the viaduct and has worked in partnership with Erewash Museum to put together the fascinating display that will look at the importance of the1,452ft long structure to the mining industry and its role with the Great Northern Railway.
 
The viaduct is currently part of a major £2m project by Sustrans to transform it into a cycle and walking path connected to a planned network of routes across the Erewash Valley.
 
The impressive structure has stood in the Erewash Valley for the past 135 years and visitors to the exhibition will discover its beginnings and fascinating facts about the ‘Iron Giant’, together with the history of the surrounding area.
 

Splash time summer fun!

Youngsters can enjoy summer-long splashtastic fun at West Park in Long Eaton thanks to the popular Splashpad water park, which has opened for the 2016 season.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Splashpad is open every day from 10am-7pm and will once again provide free playtime fun with its water jets, overhead water sprays, water cannons, ground geysers and water loops.
 
The water park is suitable for children of all ages and is fully accessible to all. It is also environmentally friendly, with the used water collected in a large tank and then recycled by the council’s parks team to water floral displays throughout the town.
 
Splashpad is next to the park’s café, toilets and changing room and will remain open for the summer season until the end of September.