Celebrate Chinese New Year

Lion dancing, dragons, lights and music will all come together in a triumph of colour and sound as Erewash Museum celebrates the Chinese New Year in style next month.
 
2020 is the Year of the Rat and to mark the occasion the museum will be holding a rat-themed lantern making workshop on Saturday 25 January, between 1.15pm - 5.15pm with a nominal charge of £1.60 per person to cover costs.
 
In the build up to Chinese New Year and the procession, traditional Chinese artist Ling Peng will deliver cultural workshops to Dovedale Primary and Parklands Infant and Nursery Schools in Long Eaton and Mapperley C of E Primary School, teaching pupils the history of this significant festival and why it is celebrated all around the globe.
 
A spectacular lantern procession will then mark the finale of the Erewash Festival of Light, making its way from the museum at 5.30pm to Ilkeston Market Place. Led by the Nottingham Seven Star Lion Dance, pupils from local schools will be taking part in the parade which will culminate in a lively session of dancing, sounds and tales. 
 
Artist Ann Levett of Avago Crafts has created a colourful rat lantern which will go on tour to visit each of the schools involved and then head up the procession.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, said: 
 
“This is a lovely way to welcome in the Chinese New Year and a great event for all the family to get involved with. The procession through the town really is a sight to behold and brings together all ages and walks of life from around the borough. Holding cultural workshops within local schools is a great idea, educating children all about one of the biggest events celebrated across the globe.” 
 
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

On the right track…

All aboard! Erewash Museum’s ever popular Model Railway weekend rolls into Ilkeston from Friday 10 January until Sunday 12 January  offering plenty of fascinating insights and fun for model enthusiasts of all ages.
 
Davey Jones, from the Nottingham Model Railway Society, will be displaying his amazing model of a 1930s Ilkeston Town Railway Station in the Hayloft. Due to popularity, Davey’s model will also be on display at the museum on Thursday 9 January and Tuesday 14 January.
 
Ilkeston Woodside Model Railway Club will be presenting their ‘drive it yourself’ Thomas the Tank engine layouts as well as a replica of the Old Station at Heanor and a model section of
Bennerley Viaduct.
 
Members of the Toton Sidings Remembered Project will be taking along their model of a hands-on hump shunting track design. Hump yards are the largest and most effective classification yards, allowing vehicles to roll down an incline or ‘hump’, pushing the cars into pre-set routes in the railway yard. 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, said: 
 
“It’s fascinating to see just how much detail and devotion goes into creating these incredible 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
 

Just the ticket

Eight contactless payment machines have been installed in some Erewash Borough Council car parks this week to make life easier for drivers.
 
In Ilkeston town centre, contactless payment is now available at two of the three pay machines in the Albion Centre car park; both machines at Pimlico; and the pay machines at Queen Street and South Street car parks.
 
Rail commuters have also had a boost at Long Eaton Train Station, where they can pay contactless at both machines.
 
The council is also in the process of providing electric vehicle charging points in some car parks and will confirm the details shortly.

Ilkeston lights up for Christmas

Join us on Friday 29 November as Ilkeston celebrates one of its most popular dates of the year, the annual Christmas lights switch-on! There’ll be seasonal sights a-plenty, fairground fun and festive songs . . . and a visit from a very special person, Santa!
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, will ‘light up’ the town to officially launch the Christmas season, during a fantastic night of family-friendly fun.  
 
The celebration event will take place between 5.30pm-8.30pm in Ilkeston town centre, with the Mayor switching on the lights at 7pm after which the sky will explode in a riot of colour as fireworks add to the magical festivities.
 
 Join in the funfair atmosphere with rides for all ages, enjoy a musical performance by singer Trevvy and marvel at the stilt walkers who will be weaving their way around entertaining the crowds. There will also be the Ilkeston Christmas Market organised by SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.
 

Time is ticking . . . 

Residents who will be on holiday or working away for next month’s general election still have time to apply for a postal vote.
 
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is Tuesday 26 November at 5pm. When voting by post, the ballot papers are posted out to the elector who can then return the completed papers in the envelope provided.
 
In addition, residents who are unable to get to the polling station on Thursday 12 December also have the option of appointing a proxy to cast their vote on their behalf at the designated polling station. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.
 
Any Erewash residents wanting to apply for any of the above should contact the Borough Council’s elections team by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 0115 907 1190.
 
To be able to vote in the forthcoming election, the first December Parliamentary Election in nearly a century, residents must be registered on the electoral register by Tuesday 26 November.
 
Anyone who failed to register in the recent canvass, has recently moved house or moved into the borough must take action before the deadline.
 
It is quick and easy to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote