New Stanton tribute at museum

An expanded and updated exhibition celebrating the history of Stanton Ironworks has been unveiled at Erewash Museum and features all-new displays and historic objects and materials linked to the site.
 
The new look exhibition opened to the public on Friday (22 September) in the existing Stanton Gallery and is seen as a tribute to the ironworks, the role it played throughout its life and to the thousands of local people who worked at the site.
 
Current site owner Saint-Gobain PAM UK Ltd has funded the Stanton Gallery exhibition and worked together with Erewash Museum, which is committed to ensuring the industrial heritage of the site is properly recorded and acknowledged. The new display includes a dedicated family friendly area.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“We have no doubt this will be an incredibly popular exhibition in our Stanton Gallery at the museum. It was important to us to have the history of Stanton Ironworks brought to life and equally important that it is done so in Erewash, on the doorstep of this site that has a rich history and evokes memories for the many families whose members and ancestors worked there. The new look Stanton Gallery is a must-see.
 
“Be sure to visit the museum for this excellent display, and have a look around at what else is on offer too – including the tearoom and Hayloft area.”
 
The gallery charts the history of Stanton Ironworks and its development from the late 18th century onwards as well as the lives of those that worked at the site. The Ironworks became one of the biggest individual employers in the area and played an important role in the production of armaments in both world wars. During World War II, the male workers were conscripted into the military, meaning women made up the vast proportion of the workforce.
 
In 1985, the business was acquired by the French company which later became Saint-Gobain Pipelines, which still owns the site. Production stopped in May 2007.
 
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.
 

Birds of Peace installation

A moving and symbolic ‘Birds of Peace’ installation opens at Erewash Museum on 2 October – a poignant display that will see visitors able to create an Erewash Peace Dove as a mark of the borough’s remembrance for those who have lost their lives in war.
 
The dove will be in the museum’s War Gallery and visitors will be able to write their wishes and reflections for remembrance and peace – with the words becoming the bird’s feathers that help it take flight.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will launch the Erewash Peace Dove at Erewash Museum on Monday 2 October at 11am. She will be joined by members of St John’s Church, Long Eaton and children from Ilkeston’s Chaucer Junior School. Artist Ann Levett who is making the peace dove will also be there.
 
The Dove will be in the gallery for nearly six weeks leading up to Remembrance Day on Sunday 12 November.
 
In addition, visitors can also make a Japanese origami paper crane to add to the museum’s ‘senbazuru’ – a display of 1,000 cranes – which will be created to make a peace wish for the world from Erewash.
 
Residents can make a crane in advance by the Birds of Peace article on ‘Latest News’ at www.erewashmuseum.co.uk  - follow the link from ‘exhibitions’ to the ‘War Gallery’. Alternatively, origami instructions and paper to make the crane or write ‘feather’ messages for the Peace Dove will all be available at the museum. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This will be a beautiful tribute and a very special way for Erewash to remember those we have lost in war. I’m sure it will capture the imagination of young and old and it will be wonderful to see this Bird of Peace develop over the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day.”
 
Everyone is welcome to take part when they visit the museum. Group visits are welcome, but must be booked in advance to avoid overcrowding. Telephone 0115 907 1141.
 
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
 

Double Gold for Erewash

Erewash has again achieved medal-winning success in the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition, with both Long Eaton and Ilkeston winning Gold Medal awards.
 
A special award was also given to Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve, Ilkeston, marking it as the ‘best wildflower and conservation area’.
 
News of the outstanding success of both towns in the Large Town category was announced on Wednesday 13 September 2017 during the awards ceremony at St. Botolph’s Church, Boston, Lincolnshire, also known as the Boston Stump.
 
The Bloom judges were bowled over by Erewash Borough Council’s colourful town centre floral displays, which have won widespread praise from local residents and businesses. They also enjoyed the appearance and facilities of both towns during busy tours over the summer. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“My congratulations go to the council’s ‘Bloom’ team who have worked tirelessly throughout the year planning, developing and maintaining our wonderful displays and ensuring our towns are clean and welcoming. 
 
“We are also very grateful to the many volunteers, residents and schoolchildren who have worked with us, and shown great community spirit in helping us care for our local environment.”
 
As well as the council’s floral displays, local businesses, schools and residents helped provide the bloom success through their commitment to providing colourful flowers and baskets.
 
To recognise this support, the East Midlands in Bloom initiative also presented special Judges Awards for the Planet Garden at West Park, Long Eaton and to the Friends of Victoria Park and council staff. 
 
This year’s Bloom competition also brought awards for two community entries, with Breaston taking Silver and Draycott winning a Gold Medal and best overall entry in the Small Town category award.
 

It’s pantomime time – oh yes it is!

Erewash Borough Council will host the all-time favourite Jack and the Beanstalk panto at Long Eaton’s West Park Leisure Centre this December - a magical family treat in the lead up to Christmas.
 
Tickets are now on sale for two performances that will be held at 3pm and 5pm on Saturday 16 December courtesy of touring theatre company Gary Starr Pantomimes.
 
Featuring well-known characters, Jack faces the evil Fleshcreep and of course the villainous giant. The performances promise spectacular scenery, stunning costumes, songs and dances, fun and excitement as well as a traditional pantomime dame and talking pantomime cow. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are thrilled to be once again hosting this magical family treat that is certain to captivate the children in the run-up to Christmas. Tickets for our last year’s pantos sold out very quickly and we expect this year’s to be just as popular – so if you want to see this family favourite then get your seats booked now.”
 
Tickets are £5.50 children, £6.50 adults or a £22 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Available now from West Park Leisure Centre, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton.
 

Are you properly registered?

Canvass teams have delivered around 24,000 reminders to households in Erewash where residents have not responded to the household enquiry forms that confirm they are registered to vote.
 
Those residents who have received reminders are now urged to confirm their details or make any changes as soon as possible.  It is quick and easy to confirm your details with three options available – visit www.hef-response.co.uk; telephone 0800 025 3145 or 07507 319 820 (text only). When confirming your details you must have your household form and the 10 digit security code and 8 letter password on it to hand.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“If a reminder has been dropped through your letterbox, we urge you to take action straight away – please don’t put the form to one side and forget about it. The forms give clear instructions on what to do. Don’t lose your right to vote!”
 
Erewash Borough Council has issued a plea for those people to take action now ahead of the start of a door knocking phase during October when home visits will be made to anyone who has still not supplied the information.
 
The council’s elections team can help with any enquiries. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1190.