Christmas lights switch-on in Long Eaton

A magical evening of festive fun, seasonal sights, live music and free family entertainment will all be on offer when Long Eaton’s big Christmas Lights switch-on event is held on Thursday 24 November.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will ‘light up’ the town at 7pm to officially launch the Christmas season, but the evening has a Santa sackful of fun on offer.
 
Long Eaton Silver Prize Band will get the event underway on the pedestrianised Market Place at 5.30pm before a Take That Tribute takes the stage at 6.20pm when the crowds will be able to sing along to the classic hits – with a generous sprinkling of Christmas songs as well.
 
One of the highlights of the event will be a heart-warming illuminated procession featuring handmade puppets made by pupils from the town’s Dovedale School using recycled plastics in workshops with professional artist Anna Roebuck. The children will begin their procession at 6.40pm at Long Eaton Town Hall and will lead the Mayor to the Market Place for the official switch-on.
 
There will also be a fun fair and more to keep the whole family entertained.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our annual celebration to turn on the festive lights display is always a wonderfully warm family event and is the perfect way for us all to join together to welcome the start of the Christmas season and to celebrate all that our town centre has to offer.”
 
Once the lights have been switched on, the Take That Tribute band again belt out the hits from 7.30pm and the music and celebrations are expected to continue until around 8.30pm.
 

Erewash remembers

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will join local residents and civic guests in Long Eaton at this year’s Remembrance Service on Sunday 13 November.
 
Residents planning to attend the parade need to be at West Gate by 10.20am when the march will set off and make its way to the War Memorial in the Market Place for the Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at 10.45am. A service and mass will be held at St Laurence’s Church at 9.45am prior to the parade.
 
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will join residents in Ilkeston. Those planning to attend Ilkeston’s parade are asked to be at South Street car park no later than 10.15am. The march will make its way to the Cenotaph in the Market Place for the Remembrance Service which will begin with the wreath laying ceremony at 10.30am.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, says:
 
“It is a great honour and it will be with great pride that I will represent the borough of Erewash at the Remembrance Service in Long Eaton. It is important that we always remember those who have lost their lives in conflict. They gave their lives for their country and so that others may live.”
 

Chestnut Fair is on its way!

Long Eaton will once again be host to the 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 17 November and Saturday 19 November and will be given its usual funfair-style opening by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson.
 
Councillor Stevenson will officially launch the 2016 event on Thursday 17 November at 6pm from the fairground favourite, the dodgems ride, which will be on Waverley Street.
 
The Chestnut Fair is now in its 17th year and features rides and sidestalls for all ages – from carousels for the young through to the white knuckle rides for daredevil fans. It runs along Waverley Street and stretches through the High Street to the Market Place.
 
The fair is open from 6pm-10pm on Thursday 19 October and from 1pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The Chestnut Fair has quickly established itself as a firm family favourite and brings a colourful and welcoming atmosphere to the heart of the town centre. So go along and enjoy all the fun of the fair!”
 
Motorists should note there will be some disruption with Waverley Street closed to traffic and Cross Street, Union Street and the Market Place are also affected.
 

Reach for the stars

Budding stargazers have the chance to get tips from the experts and use professional equipment when members of Ilkeston and District Astronomical Society host a ‘look to the skies’ night at Erewash Museum.
 
The equipment will be set up in the museum grounds on Saturday 12 November between 7pm-9pm and anyone wanting to learn more about astronomy can go along to this free event.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This will be an out of this world event for people of all ages and offers a wonderful opportunity to get expert advice on the night sky, the moon, planets and all things celestial.”
 
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 
 

A model attraction!

It will be all the fun of the fair when the Long Eaton Fairground Model Show offers residents a chance to see everything in miniature on Saturday 19 November between 10am and 4.30pm.
 
The one-day family-friendly show at Long Eaton Town Hall runs alongside the last day of the town’s Chestnut Fair and is expected to attract model fans from far and wide.
 
This year’s event features 25 local exhibitors who will showcase their intricate work, with visitors able to see everything the street fair has to offer . . . only in miniature form.
 
On show will be all the favourite fairground rides including the waltzer, the big wheel, carousels, the ghost train, speedways and many more. Models will also cover everything that makes up a travelling fair, including transport, caravans, stalls and children’s rides.
 
Alongside the models will be a display of photographs, fairground artwork and artefacts such as carousel horses and speedway bikes.
 
The model makers are all local, both young and old, and have created their work from various materials including wood, metal, plastic and Lego.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The fairground models are incredibly detailed and when you see them you have to applaud the skill and craftsmanship that has gone into creating them. They are a delight to see and this is a must-visit show for all the family.”
 
A variety of scales will be on show, from HO (model railway scale) and 1/48th (Corgi scale) to 1/24th and 1” (doll’s house scale).
 
Admission is free, but there will be a collection bucket on the door.