Christmas Eve Carol Service

Children will be able to see Santa in Ilkeston on Christmas Eve when a traditional carol service takes place in Ilkeston Market Place from 7pm.
 
This will be a wonderful event for family and friends to celebrate a very special time of year with carols and readings. Santa will be meeting children and handing out sweets before he heads off to make his deliveries.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, says:
 
“This is one of the most popular events organised by the Council, and really brings home the true meaning of Christmas, especially after all the hustle and bustle of preparing for the big day. Come down and join in with the festive carols!”
 

Lighting the way

Join in with the Winter Solstice celebrations in Ilkeston on Saturday 15 December as Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team hold lantern-making workshop. 
 
Workshops will be held at Erewash Museum from 12pm to 5pm and at Victoria Park from 3pm to 5pm. 
The day will culminate with a beautiful lantern parade winding its way through the town from the museum to Victoria Park where there will be poetry, lanterns, story-telling and Morris dancing with Black Pig Border Morris.
 
The Lantern Parade takes place from 5.15pm to 6.30pm. People can meet at Erewash Museum at 5.15pm or wait by Victoria Park Bowling Pavilion where the parade will arrive at around 5.30pm.
 
Erewash Museum will also be holding a Winter Wonderland the same day between 11am and 3pm where children can meet Santa and his reindeers. 
 
Admission is £1.50 for children including lantern making.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, says:
 
         “What a lovely way to mark the shortest day of the year. The Winter Solstice lantern parade will look stunning weaving through the streets of the town, so join us if you can to celebrate this annual midwinter event.”

Fair views needed

Erewash residents are being asked for their views on a request from the Showmen’s Guild to extend Ilkeston Charter Fair by one day.
 
The fair currently runs from Wednesday tea-time through to Saturday night, but the Guild wants to see Sunday as the final day, opening between 1pm and 9pm.
 
Erewash Borough Council has now opened a consultation on the proposal and is keen to hear the views of the public. The Fair’s Royal Charter, originally granted in 1252, means the council cannot decide to simply extend the event and must follow a legal process that requires the Home Secretary, currently Sajid Javid, to approve any change.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“The Home Secretary will only grant an extension of the fair if he believes that the change is for the convenience and advantage of the public. He would expect us to have asked local people for their views and for the responses to be included in any approach to him. That is why it is important that residents tell us their thoughts – do you want to see Ilkeston Charter Fair open on Sunday or is it something you would be against?”
 
A short survey can be filled in online at www.erewash.gov.uk while a paper copy of the survey is available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton town halls or can be requested by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
The 12-week public consultation is already underway and is open until 10am on Friday 15 February with the results taken to a meeting of Council Executive for consideration before being sent to Full Council for approval or otherwise.
 

Lighting the way

Join in with the Winter Solstice celebrations in Ilkeston on Saturday 15 December as Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team hold lantern-making workshop. 
 
Workshops will be held at Erewash Museum from 12pm to 5pm and at Victoria Park from 3pm to 5pm and cost £1.50 per person.
 
The day will culminate with a beautiful lantern parade winding its way through the town from the museum to Victoria Park where there will be poetry, lanterns, story-telling and Morris dancing with Black Pig Border Morris.
 
The Lantern Parade takes place from 5.15pm to 6.30pm. People can meet at Erewash Museum at 5.15pm or wait by Victoria Park Bowling Pavilion where the parade will arrive at around 5.30pm.
 
Erewash Museum will also be holding a Winter Wonderland the same day between 11am and 3pm where children can meet Santa and his reindeers. Admission is £1.50 for children and there will be a small charge for a photo and gift from Santa.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, says:
 
         “What a lovely way to mark the shortest day of the year. The Winter Solstice lantern parade will look stunning weaving through the streets of the town, so join us if you can to celebrate this annual midwinter event.”
 

Free parking for Christmas

Erewash Borough Council is once again offering 24-hour FREE parking in all its car parks, with the exception of Long Eaton and Ilkeston Railway Stations, for the busy festive season.
 
The council has confirmed that its car parks will be free from Monday 10 December to Wednesday 26 December inclusive – a festive gift aimed at giving a major boost for town centre traders and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“The seasonal free parking scheme remains a key part of our on-going drive to support our town centres and we know it is warmly welcomed by traders, residents and visitors to the borough at this busy time of year.
 
“Now, more than ever, we all have a role to play in supporting retailers here in Erewash. ‘Shop Local’ is the call-to-action in the run-up to Christmas and beyond - if we all get behind this, we can make a difference. So please use the free parking to make the most of the excellent markets and shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton, as well as local shops in villages across the borough.”
 
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the Long Eaton Railway Station commuter car park. Ilkeston Railway Station commuter car park is not owned by the council.