The stars at night

Erewash Museum is hosting a FREE Astronomy Night on Saturday November 11, when amateur astronomers can look at the night sky with the help of experts.
 
Members of the Ilkeston and District Astronomy Society will be on hand in the museum gardens between 7pm and 9pm when visitors will get the chance to learn more about astronomy, planets and the galaxies. Interactive science demonstrations will also be taking place throughout the evening.
 
There will also be the opportunity to use professional stargazing equipment and the museum rooms will be open for a chance to view the building and exhibitions – while the Old Stable Tea Rooms will be open for refreshments.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“This evening event is always popular with people of all ages interested in learning more about astronomy, the planets and galaxies. There is also the added bonus of being able to use professional equipment to view the stars in greater detail.”
 
Please bring warm clothing and suitable footwear. Use of professional equipment is weather permitting.
 
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.
 

Bonfire & Firework Display

This year’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks extravaganza will be held on Saturday 4 November and promises to be as spectacular as ever with a stunning ‘Heroes and Villains’ themed display set to some rocking music.
 
Organised by Erewash Borough Council, the annual celebration is held at West Park in Long Eaton and is one of the biggest community bonfire and firework displays in the county, attracting thousands of people.
 
The gates at West Park will open at 6pm, with a funfair, stalls and food on offer to ensure a great night out for all the family. The event will begin at 7pm with the official lighting of the bonfire by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, and will be followed at 7.30pm by the start of the dazzling firework display.
 
Residents have already been snapping up advance tickets to make ‘sparkling’ savings on admission prices – a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) is £10, instead of the £15 payable on the night. Adults can snap up a ticket for £5 while anyone aged 16 and under or 60 and above pay £2 – both a £1 saving on the on-the-night price. Admission is free for children aged 5 and under.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our community bonfire night spectacular is by far the biggest and best event for miles around and we promise another sparkling night of family fun – so get your tickets now and have a dazzling time!
Advance tickets are available at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston; and Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls.
 

Fair play to the people of Ilkeston!

Erewash Borough Council has sent out a thank you to the residents and businesses of Ilkeston for once again welcoming the annual Charter Fair to their town and for making last week’s event such a big success.
 
The 765th Ilkeston Fair – one of the largest and oldest street fairs in Europe - was attended by people of all ages and proved another colourful spectacle as stalls and rides helped create a family fun atmosphere.
 
The council has also given its thanks to the Showmen’s Guild, local bus companies, the emergency services – including Derbyshire Constabulary and the Fire and Rescue Service – and the security and medical teams who helped ensure the historic event ran so smoothly.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This historic fair has taken place for 765 years, but we know it does cause disruption and we applaud local residents for their patience and understanding and the welcome they give to this wonderful street fair. The opening ceremony saw a remarkable turnout despite torrential rain. Well done, too, to all the people and organisations who worked tirelessly to make it such a success.”
 

Times change at Friesland centre

New opening hours at Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre come into force on Monday 30 October after Erewash Borough Council approved the changes due to low levels of daytime usage on weekdays.
 
The new hours are as follows:
Monday to Friday 
Squash courts and gym 3pm – 10pm
All other activities 4.30pm – 10pm
 
Saturday 8:30am – 6:30pm
Sunday 9:30am – 7:00pm
 
Councillors agreed to reduce the opening hours after a report showed that over the last five years visits to the centre by residents during the day on weekdays were very low and the latest figures showed 89.87% of usage is during the evening and the weekend.
 
A consultation was carried out on the revised opening hours, with responses from the public seeing little objection to the proposal and all comments received showed an understanding of the council’s position. Leisure facilities are on offer at nearby West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton for those who want to visit during the day. The move is expected to save the council just over £65,500 a year. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Everyone is well aware that these are financially challenging times for all local authorities and we continue to look at ways to save money and be more efficient. At our Sandiacre sports centre it is clear that the high demand to use the facilities is during the evening and weekends – and, as such, the new opening hours reflect this.”
 
The centre opened in 1975 and is in the grounds of Sandiacre Friesland School. A successful partnership agreement between the council and the school is in place which will see the school continue to use the sports hall and a range of facilities during term time.
 

Time to have your say

The final eight-week consultation on the proposals for new parliamentary constituency boundaries in the East Midlands have opened today (17 October), with residents having until 11 December to give their views.
 
Initial proposals have been revised following a previous public consultation earlier this year and this is now the last chance to contribute views to the Boundary Commission on the best ‘pattern’ of constituencies.  The Commission is due to recommend its new boundaries to Parliament next year. 
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“Residents have an important role in the decision-making process so I would strongly urge everyone to get involved in this boundary review.”
 
All the information needed to see the proposals and contribute to the review can be found at www.bce2018.org.uk