All the fun of the Chestnut fair

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 16 November and Saturday 18 November and will be given its usual funfair-style opening by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson.
Councillor Hopkinson will officially launch the 2017 event on Thursday 16 November at 6pm from the fairground favourite, the dodgems ride, which will be on Waverley Street.
The Chestnut Fair is now in its 18th 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 17 November 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 become a wonderful, family tradition and I know that people of all ages look forward to mid-November and to welcoming this three-day fair to Long Eaton town centre. “
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 Mary Hopkinson, will join local residents and representatives of local organisations at this year’s Remembrance Service in Ilkeston on Sunday 12 November.
A Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Parish Church will start at 10am ahead of the traditional parade. The parade sets off from South Street car park at 10.35am and will make its way to the Cenotaph in the Market Place where the Act of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony will start at 10.50am.
The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, will join Long Eaton residents to attend the service and Mass at St Laurence’s Parish Church at 9.30am before the parade.  The Long Eaton procession will start at 10.20am from West Gate and make it way to the War Memorial outside the Church for the wreath laying ceremony at 10.45am.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, has also given her support to this year’s Poppy Appeal:
“I join the residents of Erewash in wearing my poppy with pride. I will be honoured to represent the borough at the Ilkeston Remembrance Service to pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country and I know that the Deputy Mayor is equally honoured to be attending the Long Eaton event.”

Caring café society

Erewash Museum joins a wide circle of heritage venues to launch a Local History Café this month, the first of monthly wellbeing get-togethers for the over 50s who feel lonely or socially isolated.
Aimed at tackling loneliness in our communities, the Local History Café will be a place to meet and make friends over tea and cake – while there will be heritage-themed presentations and the chance to take part in creative activities.
The first café will be on Thursday 30 November between 10am and 12.30pm and will feature a talk by the museum staff. Cafes will then be held on the last Thursday of every month and each session costs £3, payable on the day. 
Beauty and Utility Arts, a Leicestershire based social enterprise, is behind the project that has seen Local History Cafes take off in venues across the East Midlands, developing supportive environments to help those over-50s who feel lonely for whatever reason.
All the cafes are encouraged to use social media to keep in touch with each other and to share ideas and inspiration.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We are thrilled to host a monthly Local History Café at our award winning museum, it is a heart-warming project that reaches out to people and helps with the growing issue of loneliness in our local communities. The sessions will be informal, friendly and uplifting and I have no doubt will become a must-go-to group for many.”
Anyone interested must book a place in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1141. The £3 fee can be paid at the event.

The stars at night

Erewash Museum is hosting a FREE Astronomy Night on Saturday November 11, when amateur astronomers can look at the night sky with the help of experts.
Members of the Ilkeston and District Astronomy Society will be on hand in the museum gardens between 7pm and 9pm when visitors will get the chance to learn more about astronomy, planets and the galaxies. Interactive science demonstrations will also be taking place throughout the evening.
There will also be the opportunity to use professional stargazing equipment and the museum rooms will be open for a chance to view the building and exhibitions – while the Old Stable Tea Rooms will be open for refreshments.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
“This evening event is always popular with people of all ages interested in learning more about astronomy, the planets and galaxies. There is also the added bonus of being able to use professional equipment to view the stars in greater detail.”
Please bring warm clothing and suitable footwear. Use of professional equipment is weather permitting.
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.