Dickensian Christmas

Erewash Museum is hosting a traditional Victorian Christmas for all the family on Friday 28 November.

Come along and see Santa’s reindeers resting in the stables before their big flight on Christmas Eve - there will also be traditional carol singers, actors depicting the Artful Dodger, Jack Dawkins; Fagin, the cold hearted Ebenezer Scrooge and other well-known characters. 

Traditional festive music will be playing throughout the Museum and the gardens will be illuminated with Christmas lights – you can also purchase hot chestnuts on the day.

Admission to the Victorian Christmas fun is free and takes place between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. The event is being run alongside the official opening of the Christmas Lights taking place on Ilkeston Market Place. 

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“Take time out from the Christmas lights switch on festivities and pop down to the Museum and enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional Victorian Christmas - the Museum and grounds make a wonderful setting for Christmas family festive fun!

Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Monday to Saturday during school holidays.   Admission is free.

It’s ‘FREEcember’ . . . free festive parking!

Christmas shoppers are reminded that Erewash Borough Council’s 24-hour FREE parking starts on Monday 1 December in all its car parks. The council’s bumper ‘FREEcember’ boost will run until Saturday 3 January – the most extensive free festive parking offered by the council so far.The scheme is part of the council’s on-going town centre regeneration drive and is aimed at attracting visitors to the borough and encouraging residents to shop locally during the busy run-up to the festive season and into the New Year.

Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“The extension of our annual free Christmas parking scheme to cover the whole of December is a major investment by the council and a clear demonstration of our commitment to helping and supporting both the business community and local residents.

“We have excellent markets and shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton – and in villages across Erewash – so let’s all take advantage of ‘FREEcember’, do our Christmas shopping locally and support our borough.”

All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the Long Eaton Railway Station commuters’ car park.

Taking The Lead With FREE Microchipping

Erewash Borough Council is holding five days of FREE dog microchipping at sites across the borough in December.

The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will host the ‘chipping days’ from 1st-5th December and have urged dog owners to take advantage of the free offer.

Microchips hold all sorts of vital information, including details of the owner – meaning that if a dog is picked up as a stray, vets, dog wardens and others can easily scan the ‘chip’ and reunite the pet with its owner.

The free microchipping events will be between 10am-3.45pm and owners can turn up with their pets at any time. The locations are:

Monday 1 December - Sure Start, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay
Tuesday 2 December - Grasmere Road, Petersham Estate, Long Eaton
Wednesday 3 December - Queen Elizabeth Way Shopping Precinct, Kirk Hallam
Thursday 4 December - Sawley Park, Draycott Road, Sawley
Friday 5 December - Sure Start, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay

Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“We are delighted to be able to offer a week of free microchipping – an early Christmas present for owners and their dogs! We hope as many owners as possible take advantage of this great offer. One of the key responsibilities of our Neighbourhood Dog Wardens is dealing with stray dogs and they always work hard to reunite the owners and lost pets – a task made much easier with a microchip.”

Businesswoman Returns Home To Unveil A Plaque And Open Partnership's New HQ

ENTREPRENEUR and television personality Saira Khan returned to her home town of Long Eaton (FRIDAY 17TH NOV) to officially open the new headquarters of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership.

Saira, who was born in Long Eaton, went to school there and still has family there, said she felt humbled and privileged to be opening Bridge House on Derby Road.

Unveiling a commemorative plaque, she told guests, most of whom had worked to transform the building which had been empty for years: “If somebody had hold me when I was a pupil at Harrington junior school I would be talking to you important people I would have said 'get off'.'

“I'm a working class girl from this small town and I have achieved because of the values of the local people – friendliness, hard work, helping each other and building a strong community, ”said the businesswoman who rose to fame as runner-up in the first series 10 years ago of The Apprentice.

Saira said Bridge House, which also has suites let out to local businesses, plus a meeting room, was just what Long Eaton needed.

“There's lots of potential out there for young people and entrepreneurs.  Bridge House allows such people from lots of businesses to come here and create a business community.”

Welcoming guests, Councillor Val Custance, deputy mayor of Erewash, remarked that the Partnership, which inspires enterprise, was celebrating its 20th anniversary.

“During this time the officers have assisted with the formation and development of numerous small businesses within the area,” she said.

“This is a terrific achievement and I know that the borough council would like to offer its congratulations and thanks for the partnership work that has been carried out in order to promote economic and social wellbeing throughout the borough.”

Partnership chief executive Ian Viles thanked all those, including the board and staff, who had helped make the move of the headquarters from Ilkeston to Bridge House possible.

This included the borough council, Derbyshire County Council which had given a grant towards cycle facilities, and the generosity of contractors, one of whom had given building work worth more than £4,000 and another who had fitted the access system for a nominal £1.

Later in the evening Saira presented special business awards at a glittering dinner held in Trent College, Long Eaton, to mark 20 years of the Partnership.