Starry, starry night…

Stargazers will have the chance to listen to experts and use professional equipment when members of Ilkeston and District Astronomical Society host a ‘Stargazing Night’ at Erewash Museum on Saturday 17 November.
 
The equipment will be set up in the museum grounds between 6pm-9pm for anyone wanting to take part in this illuminating free event and discover more about astronomy. Cool Science will be on hand to entertain budding young scientists.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The stargazing event will be a brilliant chance for people of all ages to listen to the experts and get interesting advice on all things celestial.”
 
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 
 

Leisure changes on the cards

Five leisure facilities run by Erewash Borough Council look set to be outsourced to an independent leisure provider.
 
Councillors at a Full Council meeting this week (Thursday 8 November) are expected to give the green light to awarding a 10-year contract to the preferred bidder - which cannot be named at this stage for legal reasons, but is a well-established company that has an extensive portfolio of clients and has a very good reputation within the industry.
 
The leisure facilities involved are Long Eaton’s West Park Leisure Centre, Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre; and Ilkeston’s Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Rutland Sports Park and Pewit Golf Course.
 
The council intends to retain ownership of the leisure facilities, meaning that the proposed bidder will lease the facilities and be in place to manage and deliver a leisure service on behalf of the council. 
 
If the contract is given the go-ahead, more than £1 million is expected to be invested to provide improved facilities for Erewash residents – with up to £500,000 provided by the council and the rest from the bidder’s own funds. This investment would include expanded and improved gym facilities, new gym, spin and weightlifting equipment, plus new activities.
 
It is estimated that outsourcing the provision of the leisure service will save the council approximately £6 million over 10 years or £600,000 a year. It is hoped that the contract, if given the green light, will start in the New Year.  
 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our residents and leisure customers have been at the heart of this process throughout. There has been a commitment to achieve two key aims – to ensure the leisure facilities on offer are invested in and improved and that we, as a council, achieve the important savings we need in these financially challenging times.
 
“If this contract is awarded to the proposed bidder, we believe those aims will be more than achieved and customers will see enhanced and new facilities. This bidder has exciting ideas to develop facilities, which will be unveiled in due course.”
 
The council has built into the proposed contract a protection for a number of local clubs and groups as well as an agreement that prices will be frozen for a minimum of six months, while certain concessionary prices will have further protection.
 
The meeting of Full Council is at Long Eaton Town Hall on Thursday 8 November at 7pm.

Erewash joins the nation to remember

Poignant events to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War will be held in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres during the evening of Remembrance Sunday.
 
Residents can join the historic Battle’s Over and Ringing in of the Peace events on Sunday 11 November to honour the day peace was declared 100 years ago.
 
Erewash Borough Council has organised the events as part of centenary commemorations taking place throughout the United Kingdom to give local residents the chance to pay their respects and remember all those who lost their lives.
 
In Ilkeston Market Place, Johnny Victory will entertain from 6.15pm with wartime songs and refreshments will be on offer from local church members. 
 
In Long Eaton Market Place, also from 6.15pm, the Long Eaton Silver Prize Band will be playing nostalgic wartime music plus songs from a guest singer.
 
The remembrance will then continue in both towns:
7pm – beacons will be lit to join towns and venues across the country as part of the nation’s tribute to 100 years of remembrance.
7.05pm – residents will hear the bells of St Mary’s Church, Ilkeston and St Laurence’s Parish Church, Long Eaton, ringing out – joining churches across the country and around the world to ‘ring in the peace’ and commemorate the day the guns fell silent.
 
Councillor Chris Corbett, the Mayor of Erewash, says
 
“This will be a fitting and moving tribute – an occasion that I am sure will see large crowds in both our town centres to remember this historic day. We are honoured to be able to organise these events to ensure the residents of Erewash can join the nationwide Battle’s Over commemoration.”
 
Tea lights will be available for a donation, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion, for those who want to remember the fallen and for the moment the guns fell silent.
 

Lest we forget

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, will join local residents and representatives of local organisations at this year’s Remembrance Service in Long Eaton on Sunday 11 November.
 
A Remembrance Service and Mass at St Laurence’s Church in the Market Place will start at 9.30am ahead of the traditional parade. The parade will start at 10.20am from West Gate and make its way to the War Memorial, which is outside the Church, for a short service and wreath laying at 10.45am.
 
The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, will join residents in Ilkeston, where a Remembrance Service will take place at St Mary’s Church in the Market Place at 10am. This year’s parade will be headed by Ilkeston Brass and will leave the South Street car park at 10.35am to the Cenotaph in the Market Place for the wreath-laying and service at 10.50am.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, has also given his support to the annual Poppy Appeal:
 
“This year, Remembrance Sunday is a particularly poignant occasion as it marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. With commemorative events also planned for the evening to mark the end of that war, it will be a day filled with remembrance.
 
“I will be honoured to join residents throughout the day to pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives in the service of this country.”
 
Erewash Borough Council has organised Battle’s Over events in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres during the early evening as part of organised events taking place across the UK to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
 
Wartime songs and music will start at 6.15pm before the lighting of beacons at 6.45pm as part of the national tribute. At 7.05pm the bells of St Mary’s Church in Ilkeston and St Laurence’s in Long Eaton will ring out, along with church bells across the country, to ‘ring in the peace’ – commemorating the day the guns fell silent 100 years ago.

Museum hosts Diwali celebration

Help celebrate the ancient Indian festival of Diwali with craft activities, dance and music at an arts-themed day at Erewash Museum on Saturday 10 November between 11am-3pm.
 
Diwali celebrates the Hindu festival of lights and visitors will get the chance to take part in craft-based mini workshops, making Lord Ganesha- inspired elephant fabric hangings and mini rangoli designs. Rangoli is a type of art traditionally created on the floor with materials such as coloured sand, flower petals, coloured rice or dry flour and is thought to bring good luck. 
 
Craft activities run between 11am - 2pm. £1.50 per person, and at 2.30pm there will be a traditional dance performance to round off the day.
 
Diwali celebrations continue in the afternoon with free storytelling, music and a dance finale between 2.30pm - 3pm. There will be a Diwali fact- finding trail on all day.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are always happy to welcome the Diwali Day celebrations to Erewash Museum as it’s such a warm and colourful festival. The educational and fun activities really help people mark this ancient tradition.”
 
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.