Winter Solstice Salute

Erewash Borough Council will host celebrations to mark Winter Solstice this month, an event organised as part of the council’s Festival of Light programme.

Winter Solstice is a magical family event and there will be two opportunities to take part in free lantern making workshops - at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park Leisure Centre on Saturday 12 December between 1pm and 5pm and at Erewash Museum on Saturday 19 December between 11am and 3pm.
 
A Solstice finale will be held from 4.30pm on 19 December in the outside setting of Victoria Park, Ilkeston with a free lantern lit procession by residents and the Friends of Victoria Park.
 
The procession will start at the Band Stand and will end with a short musical performance of traditional folk music by Derbyshire based Sarah Matthews and Doug Eunson, who will play the fiddle and melodeon. The music will celebrate the turning point of the year when, following Winter Solstice, the sun grows stronger and the days gradually become longer.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“Children of all ages will have great fun in making lanterns and other crafts at our free workshops so we look forward to welcoming as many young people as possible for the sessions. They can then join the procession at the finale with all the lanterns ensuring a spectacular sight around Victoria Park.”
 
The Erewash Festival of Light is part of the council’s arts development programme and features workshops and events that celebrate occasions like Harvest Moon, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Winter Solstice, Christmas and the Chinese New Year.
 

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.