Litter fines set to increase

Residents caught dropping litter will face an increased fine from 1 April due to new government legislation.
 
New regulations come into force nationally next month which mean that the ‘lesser penalty’ – i.e. early repayment fee – cannot be less than £50, an increase from the current £40 rate. The full fixed penalty is also increasing to recognise the importance of dealing with environmental offences.
 
Councillors at a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive on Tuesday (20 February) are expected to send the new Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) rates to next month’s Full Council meeting with a recommendation that members approve the higher fines.
 
If agreed, it will mean that anyone caught dropping litter in Erewash after 1 April will be issued with a £100 FPN, an increase on the current £75 rate, with an early repayment rate of £50.
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says: 
 
“These higher rate changes are coming into force as a result of national legislation. We do continue to support the crackdown on environmental crime and, together with our residents, work to keep Erewash clean and tidy.
 
“There is, of course, a clear message here – don’t drop your litter. It’s as simple as that. Dispose of your litter responsibly and you won’t be out of pocket.
 
Similar proposed increases in FPNs issued for other environmental crime are also expected to go to Full Council for approval, including fly posting and graffiti.

Art in the community at Kirk Hallam

Free arts and crafts sessions for older residents living in Kirk Hallam get underway this Thursday (25th January) thanks to a joint project by Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team and the National Lottery-funded Big Kirk Hallam group.
 
Drop-in sessions will be held in the new Kirk Hallam Community Centre café space on Thursdays between 10.30 am and 12.30pm from this Thursday through to Thursday 22 March, excluding  the school half term holiday.
 
The two hour informal get-togethers are part of the council’s Arts at the HeART project that uses art to improve the wellbeing of older members of the community by bringing them together and encouraging them to get creative.
 
Artists Dawn Turner and Ann Levett will introduce a new activity each week and provide all the materials and resources.  No experience is necessary, but any residents that already enjoy being creative can go along and share their skills with everyone.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Arts and crafts can bring such a sense of well-being for older people in our community, which is why we are delighted to be working with the Big Kirk Hallam group to provide these weekly sessions. They will bring people together and I have no doubt that many will carry on being creative with their newly-learned skills.”
 

It’s play time at museum!

Three themed play time and story sessions for toddlers and pre-schoolers are to be held at Erewash Museum – a fun time for parents and their children.
 
Teddy bears and animals is the theme of the first play session on Tuesday 30 January and this will be followed by pirates fun on Tuesday 27 February and a spring time theme on Tuesday 24 April. All sessions are between 10.30am-11.45am and are free, with no need to book.
 
The museum’s tea room will be open and offering parents or carers a free hot drink when buying lunch for their toddler.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“There has already been considerable excitement from parents since we announced these three story and playtime events aimed specifically at toddlers and pre-schoolers. We have lined up some fun themes for the children as our award winning museum continues to be a firm family favourite.”
 
Erewash Museum is 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 
 

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. 
 
For all the latest news from Erewash Museum, including events and activities, residents can check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/erewashmuseum  follow the team on Twitter @erewash_museum or the visit www.erewashmuseum.co.uk
 

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).