Exhibition in for home run at museum

Cricket fans can prepare to be bowled over with an exhibition that is coming to Erewash Museum.
Staff at the Ilkeston based museum have teamed up with the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation to showcase items of memorabilia and artefacts including photographs about cricket in Derbyshire.
The free exhibition takes place throughout October in The Hayloft and will include items collected as part of the foundation’s Heritage Project. 
People with a passion for the sport will be able to take along their own artefacts and photographs for ‘show and tell’. They can also share their memories and recollections of the game with staff and volunteers on 6 and 27 October, to be recorded for the museum archives.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says: 
“This exhibition is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in cricket. For those who haven’t been to Erewash Museum before it will also provide a perfect opportunity to explore the rest of the museum and what it has to offer.”
The CDF aims to use the power of sport to educate, motivate and inspire people living in Derbyshire, making a lasting and positive impact. Over the last 18 months, as part an exciting Heritage Lottery Funded project, the foundation has been filming people’s memories and recollections of the popular game. Almost 200 recordings have been captured so far and will be made available on the CDF’s YouTube channel. 
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.

Fairground memories in Ilkeston 

Erewash Museum is reminiscing in days gone by with a one-day ‘Fairgrounds of the Past’ exhibition on Saturday 20 October.
Fairground enthusiasts and visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to see and hear an original street organ and showmen’s engine in the museum grounds. The Fairground Association of Great Britain will be displaying their fairground models in the Hayloft.
Enter into the spirit of the 766th Ilkeston Charter Fair by joining in with a taste of how fairs used to be operated in the past - the free event is on between 11am - 4pm. The Old Stable Tearoom will also be open serving food and drinks.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“This event encourages us to discover more about the history of fairgrounds. It’s always popular with families and enthusiasts and you gain a real sense of the past, so get down there and take a step back in time.”
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. For more information contact the Museum on 0115 907 1141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.facebook.com/ErewashMuseum

Blue lid trial for recycling

A new waste scheme is being trialled in the borough as part of the continuing drive to make Erewash even more environmentally-friendly.
Erewash Borough Council is offering residents who have no need for their brown garden waste bin the chance to convert it to a recycling bin by applying for the lid to be changed to a blue one.
There is no charge for switching to a blue lid, but residents who successfully apply must understand that the move is a permanent one and the brown bin cannot be used again for garden waste.
This free option is being offered on a first come, first served basis to 500 residents and the uptake and impact of the scheme will be reviewed after a trial period.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“This is very much about extending our waste collection service, about finding ways to further improve our recycling rate here in Erewash. We know there are people in the borough who have asked to use their brown bin for recycling all year round – well, this gives them that chance.
“We hope those who apply for this will increase the amount of waste they recycle. We all have our part to play.” 
The latest figures for Erewash show that around 12 per cent of waste disposed of in the black bin is recyclable – the equivalent to around 3,000 tonnes of recyclable material being sent to landfill every year.
Diverting as much of this material as possible into the recycling stream would go towards significantly improving recycling figures for Erewash.
It is hoped that offering the chance to change the brown bin to a blue-lidded bin for recyclable waste will appeal to residents who have no gardening to do and that it will encourage those who take part in the trial to recycle more.
Anyone interested in the scheme can apply now by calling the council on 0115 907 2244.

May the ‘savings’ be with you

Tickets for this year’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks display will be on sale Monday 10 September, with out of this world savings to be had with the introduction of our new online tickets sales facility. Stellar discounts are also on offer for pre-paid tickets bought in advance. 
The 2018 display at Long Eaton’s West Park on Saturday 3 November is once again tipped to attract thousands of people. Organised by Erewash Borough Council, it is one of the biggest community bonfire and firework displays in the area and this year’s theme is ‘Space Odyssey’.
It has never been easier to purchase your tickets for the extravaganza with tickets available online from www.gigantic.com where huge savings can be made. Adult tickets are £5, children under 16 and senior citizens (over 60) pay just £2 and family tickets (2 adults and up to 3 children) can be snapped up for just £10, a massive saving on the £20 on-the-night price. 
Pre-paid tickets bought from West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston; and Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls are another way the council can offer fantastic value for money savings to the event – a family ticket is £15, adults can take advantage of a ticket for £7 and children under 16, and those over 60, pay only £2.
Tickets can also be bought on the night at the West Park entrance with family tickets at £20, adult tickets for £8, and children 16 and under and senior citizens paying £5.
Admission is free for children aged 5 and under.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Even though Bonfire Night seems a long way off, it makes sense to take advantage of these great savings on your tickets, especially with the bonus this year of being able to purchase online. Our display and celebration is by far the biggest and best for miles around and is enjoyed every year by thousands of people – so we’ll hope see you there!”

Away with the fairies

Erewash Museum will be whisking us away to the land of the fairies when their Enchanted Garden event opens on Saturday 15 September between 11am and 3pm.
Come and meet the Queen of the Fairies in her grotto, have your photo taken with a beautiful 
unicorn, join in with the fairy craft activities and take part in the magical fairy trail activity around the decorated gardens. To get in to the spirit of the occasion, why not come in costume dressed as a fairy or an elf? 
The Old Stables Tea Rooms will be open for you to enjoy a well-earned rest from the magic and sparkle. 
There will be a small charge for some activities.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Join us for a magical day at the museum, the enchanted garden day is always an extremely popular event and it’s a delight to see how it ignites the imaginations of both young and old visitors.”