Family Day To Launch New-Look Museum

Erewash Museum will unveil its new learning and visitor centre on Easter Saturday 26 March with a fun Victorian Extravaganza for all the family.
The free family event will give residents the first chance to see the newly-completed Heritage Lottery Fund project, which also features a new Old Stables exhibition and a brand new tea room.
The launch event will run between 11am and 3pm and as well as exploring the new additions and its interactive exhibitions, there will be lots of entertainment including the chance to have a photo taken in a classic horse and carriage, horse shoe making, stilt walkers, lace making, a barrel organist and a penny farthing demonstration.
There will also be fascinating details about the residents of Dalby House - which is home to Erewash Museum - from across the years.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 “This will be a celebration day and we want as many people as possible to share it with us as we proudly launch our new-look museum after this major project.
“Our award winning museum is much loved by residents and these new facilities offer us so many more opportunities to extend and build on the magnificent work that is already carried out. Please go along, enjoy the day and take pride in this treasure of a museum that we have in our borough.”
A total of £563,600 funding was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Friends of Erewash Museum and Erewash Borough Council for the project.
Erewash Museum is just off the High Street in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Admission is free and it is open Monday to Saturday during school holidays between 10am-4pm. For more information contact Erewash Museum 0115 907 1141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Ancient Music In Long Eaton

The renowned Erewash early music consort Aitone is soon to perform ancient sacred music in Long Eaton.
Featuring renaissance and baroque music for Holy Week, the concert begins at 7.30pm on Palm Sunday, 20th March, at St Francis Church on Tamworth Road.
Admission is free, and a collection will be shared between the group and the Retired Priests Appeal, which is trying to build up a fund to support retired clergy who find themselves in financial difficulty.
Fr Martin Sylvester, parish priest of St Francis parish in Long Eaton, said, "Everyone who's been to one of Aitone's Holy Week concerts has come away marvelling at the richness of the early music repertoire for this season, and impressed by the group's musicianship. Some visitors who'd never heard early music before were surprised by its power to move their hearts, and the brief introductions the group give to the pieces makes the night an education as well as an entertaining and spiritually uplifting musical treat."
Maps, public transport information and driving directions can be found at and the programme for the concert can be found at

Free One Hour Parking 

The popular free one hour parking in Erewash will continue, but Erewash Borough Council has agreed that changes to other car parking charges are needed to fund the scheme.
Parking charges will increase in all car parks from Monday 4 April in a move aimed at helping fund the one hour free parking in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centre car parks.
The charges at Long Eaton Train Station commuters’ car park, which are currently very cheap compared to other station car parks, will also increase to keep it more in line with other similar stations.
A review of the free scheme confirmed that its ongoing cost could not be sustained, with the council having lost £100,000 between April and September last year and continues to face losses of around £18,000 a month.
The free parking was introduced as a town centre regeneration initiative and has become increasingly popular with residents and town centre businesses.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“These are financially challenging times for all local authorities and although the free one hour parking is extremely popular and residents want it to continue, we have to find ways to fund it.
“The parking charges have not been increased since 2008 and any attempt to offset the cost of the free one hour parking has to come from the parking budget. Even with this increase in the parking charges, we are still potentially looking at losses, so we will have to continue to review the situation.”
The new charges will be the same in all the council’s car parks, removing the different tariffs which have existed in some car parks – a move which has been asked for by many drivers.
All the new parking fees will be applicable Monday to Saturday from 8am-6pm from 4 April.

Mayor’s Award

Erewash Borough Council is calling on its residents to nominate someone they admire for their selfless work for others in the borough and who deserves a pat on the back for their tireless work for the community.
The council has relaunched its Mayor’s Award scheme to honour the special people of Erewash - and it is calling on residents to make their nominations in recognition of those people who go that extra mile without expecting anything in return.
The closing date is 31 March when a panel will then consider the nominations, looking for evidence of special qualities and service beyond being a ‘good neighbour’.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, says:
“I have been so proud to serve this wonderful borough and have been truly humbled by the many people out there who work so tirelessly to help others. There are some very special people who are so caring of others and their warmth, kindness and compassion is overwhelming. 
“I ask residents to please take a moment to nominate the people they know who deserve to be recognised.” 
Nominations will be in confidence and publicity only given to people who actually receive a Mayor’s Award. Please note that awards cannot be made to serving councillors of the county, borough or parish councils or their employees.
Forms are available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Hall receptions and online at or send full details in a letter to Susan Dunkley, Democratic and Civic Officer, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, DE7 5RP.
For more details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1115.

Get involved with Sport Relief

On your marks, get set . . . .  Erewash residents have the chance to take part in a Sainsbury’s Sport Relief mile when Ilkeston hosts the fundraising event on Sunday 20 March.
Enthusiastic ‘milers’ will set off from Rutland Sports Park and  Erewash Borough Council is now urging local people and families to register to take part and dust down their trainers to join hundreds of other like-minded walkers and runners for the fun event.
Setting off at 10 am, fundraisers can choose to run or walk one, three or six miles. The one mile route is on the running track at the sports park, while the 3 and 6 mile routes will take place in the lovely scenery of the Nutbrook Trail around the back of the centre.
Adding to the fun atmosphere will be additional free activities on offer for children and adults with the climbing wall, smoothie bike and football and multi-sports.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Our Sport Relief Mile event  is a great way for the local community to come together, have fun and raise much needed money for those in this country and around the world who live incredibly hard lives.  It doesn’t matter if you run or walk, so get out those trainers, join your friends and family and make yourself proud. You can make a difference.” 
Residents can enter now by registering for the ‘Rutland Mile’ at  The money raised makes a difference, with 50% used to help people living in the UK and the other 50% funding projects in the world’s poorest communities.
Anyone wanting more information about the event at Rutland Sports Park can contact the council’s Sport and Physical Activity Co-ordinator Kevin Hatton by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 907 2244.