There’s a ghost in the house

A chilling overnight ‘Ghostly Gathering’ is being hosted by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, in the oldest part of Long Eaton Town Hall on Friday 19 February.
 
The five-hour fundraising night will start at 9pm and go through the night until 2am and has been organised after a similar event at Ilkeston proved a big hit last year.
 
The event, which is being run with the help of a local psychic investigation group, is strictly for adults and will be a serious exploration into unexplained activity and haunting at the Old Hall.
 
Anyone wishing to attend is asked to raise a minimum of £25 which will go to the Mayor’s chosen charities - the children’s cancer charity Clic Sargeant and the Bone Cancer Research Trust, in memory of inspirational young Ilkeston schoolboy Alex Reid, who lived within the Mayor’s Ward.
 
Those taking part will be given the chance of experimenting with dowsing rods, crystals and other professional ghost-hunting equipment as they explore normally unseen areas of the building. 
 
The Old Hall and its associated buildings were built in 1778 as the home and farm of gentleman farmer, Henry Howitt.  The Howitt family lived in The Hall until 1839 when it was sold to the Reverend Francis Gawthorne whose heirs then sold it to lace manufacturer Joseph Fletcher.  In 1921 the Hall was bought by Long Eaton Urban District Council for its town hall.
 
During the event there may also be an opportunity for participants to view The Howitt Bequest, a selection of oil and watercolours which were left to the authority by the family.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, says:
 
“As with other old buildings within the borough, The Hall in Long Eaton has a colourful history dating back to the 18th century. This event is for those people who are interested in local history and paranormal activity so – if you dare – please come along and join me for this spookily different gathering!”
 
Refreshments will be provided during the evening and anyone wanting to take part should contact Sue Dunkley, Democratic and Civic Officer, on 0115 907 1115 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

Special event for museum fans

Historic documents and objects will be dusted down and put on show for a one day Behind the Scenes at Erewash Museum on Saturday 23 January.

The award winning museum team want to give residents the unique chance to see items not usually on display by opening up its wider collection for the event between 11am and 3pm.
 
Visitors will also be able to discover how objects in the museum’s collection are cared for and find out more about conservation techniques.
 
Artefacts being brought out of store will include some pieces from the lace collection, photos of Erewash, Stanton related items, ceramics from the Museum’s West Hallam pottery collection and more.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We expect this to be a popular event with all those who love our museum and who are keen to seen more items that feature in its ever-expanding collection. It is one of the first events for 2016 and offers a great opportunity to view historic items and chat to the experts in this relaxed and welcoming event.”
 
The museum’s volunteers will also be on hand to chat to visitors about the museum and their role in its continued success.
 
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.  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 Year Boost For Erewash Groups

Voluntary and community groups across Erewash can apply for funding to help them with their work when Erewash Borough Council opens another round of its Small Community Grants scheme on Monday 11 January.
 
Groups both large and small can apply for up to £2,000 before the closing date of 5pm on Monday 8 February.
 
More than 50 local community groups have already been helped through the grants scheme over the last year, winning a share of just over £43,000 in total. Now the council wants to hear from more groups that are helping people in the borough and which could benefit from a grant to help them provide services and projects for local people.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“There are many, many groups and charities in our borough that play a vital role in our communities and provide wonderful support for residents of all ages in all kinds of ways. Our small grants scheme offers these organisations a real lifeline in what are challenging times.
 
“So I would urge groups to get in touch and apply for a grant. We want to hear from everyone but we are particularly keen to encourage those voluntary groups who have not applied before or who may have missed out in the past. Let’s hear from you – we’re here to help!”
 
The council stepped up its support for voluntary organisations last year when it doubled the amount of money available for small grant awards to £80,000  - and it made that amount available again for this 2015/16 financial year .
Organisations that have already been helped include Tree Tops Hospice, Stanley Village pre-school, Long Eaton’s West Park Walkers and the 16th Ilkeston Scouts.
 
Anyone wanting more details or help with how to apply for a grant can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley on 0115 907 2244 ext 3575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Information about how to apply can also be downloaded from www.erewash.gov.uk – click on the ‘Community and Living’ link at the top of the home page and then ‘grants’.

Christmas Carol Service

The traditional Christmas Carol Service will again take place in Ilkeston Market Place on Christmas Eve from 7pm to ensure a perfect seasonal get-together for all the family. 
 
The service is always a popular event as people gather around the Christmas tree in the Market Place to sing some favourite carols, accompanied by the Salvation Army Band. The 30 minute event marks the countdown to Christmas and will also feature a short service by the Rev Michael Petitt, of Ilkeston’s St Mary’s Church, and members of other local churches - while Santa also hopes to make an appearance despite his busy schedule!
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will attend the event and a collection will be held in aid of her chosen charities - Clic Sargeant and the Bone Cancer Research Trust, in memory of inspirational Ilkeston schoolboy Alex Reid, who lived within the Mayor’s ward
 
Councillor Custance hopes to welcome as many residents as possible to the annual Christmas Carol Service: 
 
“This annual Carol Service is a heart-warming and traditional way for people of all ages to gather in the centre of the town and start the real countdown to the big day. It is always wonderfully atmospheric and I look forward to seeing everyone there.”
 

Free 24-Hour Festive Parking In Erewash

Erewash Borough Council will once again offer 24-hour FREE parking in all its car parks over the busy festive season.
 
The council has confirmed that its car parks will be free from Monday 14 December to Monday 28 December inclusive – an initiative aimed at giving a major boost to the borough’s traders and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas and over the festive break.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“Offering 24-hour free parking is a further demonstration of our commitment to the on-going drive to help and support our town centres. We know this good news will be warmly welcomed
 
“We have excellent markets and shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton – as well as local shops in villages across the borough – so we hope residents will welcome this news and, most importantly, show their support by shopping locally.”
 
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the Long Eaton Railway Station commuters’ car park.