Christmas Lights Switch-On

A magical evening of festive fun, seasonal sights and sparkling free family entertainment is on offer when Long Eaton’s big Christmas Lights ‘switch-on’ event is held on Thursday 26 November.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will ‘light up’ the town at 7pm to officially launch the Christmas season and Erewash Borough Council has once again lined up a feast of free family fun to ensure a fabulous night for everyone to enjoy.
A Christmas market and family fun fair will bring seasonal colour to the town centre while there will be traditional festive music and performances by the Long Eaton Silver Prize band. Street entertainers, fun ‘walkabout’ characters and a visit by Santa Claus with his reindeer will alos help ensure a magical night as Long Eaton begins its countdown to Christmas.
In addition, there will be a chance for celebration sing-a-longs with local band Money Spiders who will be playing from 6.20pm - 6.50pm and 7.10pm - 7.30pm.  
The event will take place in and around the Market Place area of the town centre from 5.30pm to 8.30pm - with the Mayor switching on the lights at 7pm.
One of the highlights of the event will be a striking illuminated procession by local children from Dovedale School, who will walk from Long Eaton Town Hall to the Market Place in time to light up the stage for the switching on of the Christmas lights. The school will be working with artist Anna Roebuck ahead of the event to create the procession.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“This festive celebration is always a popular event, full of great entertainment for all the family and we look forward to seeing everyone there.
“The event has a wonderfully warm family atmosphere and is the perfect way for us all to welcome the start of the Christmas season and to get together to celebrate all that our town centre has to offer.”

That Old Chestnut Fair!

Long Eaton will once again welcome its ever popular Chestnut Fair, when the town centre will light up to the sights and sounds of the traditional street funfair.
This year’s fair will be held between Thursday 19 November and Saturday 21 November and will be given a funfair-style opening by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance.
Councillor Custance will officially open the 2015 event on Thursday 19 November at 6pm from the fairground favourite, the dodgems ride – which will be on Waverley Street.
The Chestnut Fair is now in its 16th year and features fair rides and stalls for all ages, from carousels for the young to the latest white-knuckle rides for daredevil fans. It runs along Waverley Street and through High Street and to the Market Place. 
The fair is open from 6pm-10pm on Thursday 19 and 1pm-10pm on Friday 20 and Saturday 21.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The Chestnut Fair is a wonderful tradition that is loved by people of all ages who look forward to enjoying some great family fun in the heart of the town centre. It is certainly a case of all the fun of the fair . . . so go along and enjoy!”
Motorists should note that there will be some disruption with Waverley Street closed to traffic and Cross Street, Union Street and the Market Place also affected.

Lest We Forget

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will join local residents and Civic guests in Ilkeston at this year’s Remembrance Service on Sunday 8 November.
Residents planning to attend Ilkeston’s parade are asked to be at South Street car park no later than 10:20am. The march will make its way to the Cenotaph on the Market Place for the Remembrance Service which will commence with the wreath laying ceremony at 10.40am.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will join residents in Long Eaton. Those planning to attend the parade need to be at West Gate by 10:20am. The march will make its way to the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at 10:45am.
A service and mass will be held at St Laurence’s Church from 9:30am prior to the parade.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, said:
“It’s important to remember the people whose lives were lost during both World Wars and more recent conflicts. I’m proud to pay tribute to the men and women not just locally, but throughout the Commonwealth, who have given their lives serving their country – We will remember them.”

Putting On The Bonfire Blitz!

This year’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks extravaganza will be held on Thursday 5 November and promises to be a spectacular, blitz-themed display set to some rocking music.
Organised by Erewash Borough Council, the annual fireworks celebration is held at West Park in Long Eaton and always attracts thousands of people as one of the biggest community bonfire and firework displays in the area.
The gates at West Park will open at 6pm, with a funfair, stalls and food on offer to ensure a fabulous 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 Val Custance, and will be followed at 7.30pm by the start of the dazzling firework display.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This is by far the biggest and best fireworks display and community bonfire for miles around and we have no doubt that this year’s ‘Bonfire Blitz’ will again see thousands of people of all ages share what is always a spectacular and memorable evening. It will be a dazzling night of family fun – so get your tickets now and have a sparkling time!”
Advance tickets are on sale and offer great savings for everyone - family tickets (2 adults and up to 3 children) are £9.50, a £3 saving on the ‘on-the-night’ price. Adults can snap up advance tickets for £3.90 instead of £5 on the night and anyone aged 16 and under or 60 and above can buy tickets for £1.70 instead of £2.50. Admission is free for children aged 5 and under.
Advance tickets can be purchased from West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Ilkeston Town Hall, Long Eaton Town Hall, Victoria Park, Ilkeston and Erewash Museum.

The Walk Of Britain team enter the Midlands! - Six wounded veterans, 1,000 miles, 72 days!

This week (Tuesday 13th October) six veterans have entered the midlands, marking the beginning of Week Eight of their epic 1,000 mile, 72 day expedition from Scotland to London.  All six individuals have either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty.  

Please can you help our wonderful Pride of Britain Winners - Walking With The Wounded. They will be setting off from Draycott this Saturday at 9.00am (17th October) as part of their 1000 mile Walk of Britain, which finishes at Buckingham Palace on November 1st. Their route this Saturday passes through Draycott, Breaston, Long Eaton, Toton, Chilwell, Attenborough, Beeston, Clifton, Nottingham City Centre, West Bridgford and finally finishes at Morrisons, Gamston.

One of the six veterans doing the 1000 mile walk is from Draycott, his name is Stewart Hill. He suffered a traumatic brain injury whilst serving in Afghanistan. Members of Draycott village fund and various volunteers are trying really hard to give the team a wonderful send off this Saturday. The main road and side streets are already  lined with Union Jacks. On the day we are expecting two bands, a choir, a piper, a scooter club & biker club salute & send off. The Mayor of Erewash has also arranged to come and meet the team to show her support. Also the Draycott village fund has arranged for 500 small flags to be handed out on the day, so lots of cheering and flag waving and a great send off.

Draycott are already doing a great job in supporting this event, however it would be fantastic if we could get support for the team throughout the whole day as they pass through various villages, towns and Nottingham City Centre on the way to Gamston. It would be wonderful if we could get people standing at the side of the roads to show their support. Please can you help with any reporting, publicity and promotions.

A couple of my friends and I are walking with them that day to show our support and appreciation of their wonderful efforts.

The core team consists of:

  • Stewart Hill suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on 4th July 2009 whilst commanding B Company, 2 MERCIAN in Afghanistan which has resulted in brain impairments within his executive function brain area, chronic fatigue, memory problems, severe and persistent tinnitus and bilateral hearing loss.
  • Matt Fisher sustained a gunshot wound to his left foot on Boxing Day 2009 in Afghanistan which resulted in subsequent elective left leg amputation 12 months later
  • Alec Robotham suffered severe right leg trauma as a result of shrapnel damage from a suicide bomb incident whilst on operation in the Helmand district of Afghanistan in 2010.  He also suffered puncture wounds in his right leg, right arm, secured hearing damage and a left foot drop (metal plate was then inserted).
  • Scott Ransley is blind in his right eye as a result of an IED blast whilst clearing an IED factory
  • Kirstie Ennis suffered full thickness facial trauma, oral and maxillofacial reconstruction, damage to her cervical and lumbar spine, hearing impairment, bilateral shoulder trauma, a traumatic brain injury, and left foot limb salvage
  • Andrew Bement suffers from PSTD with depression and suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury resulting in diminished executive functioning.

The team hope that as they travel through the country, people will turn out and support them, and everyone will get behind them as they head towards their goal.
Please do follow our Walk Of Britain expedition and help us to spread the word, raising awareness of and funds for our wounded:  #WalkOfBritain @supportthewalk.

About Walking With The Wounded - Walking With The Wounded is a charity established to support the employment aspirations and vocational outcomes of our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, those who have been physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged by their service.

WWTW recognises the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and wants to compliment these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace.  We offer assistance through our programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in gaining independence through new long term careers outside of the military.  This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.