The great tree giveaway!

Tree-mendous!  Erewash Borough Council’s popular Free Tree event is back  . . . and will once again give Erewash residents the chance to pick up a free bush apple tree for their gardens.
 
The annual town centre giveaway is organised by the council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton – with residents of the borough able to claim one free bush apple tree per household.
 
This year’s giveaway dates for the diary are:
 
Long Eaton – High Street on Wednesday 29 November, from 10am
Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 30 November, from 10am
 
150 bush apple trees will be available at each of the Free Tree Giveaways and they will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to residents of Erewash only. The varieties will include Cox, Red Falstaff and James Grieve. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Apple trees are very popular and one of the easiest fruit trees to grow. We will have apple trees for every size of garden, including ones that can be grown in containers, and once established they are very low maintenance. So go along to our stalls to get your favourite to plant – but remember, it’s first come, first served, so get there early!”
 
The council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information and to promote trees.
 

Free 24-hour festive parking in Erewash

Erewash Borough Council will once again offer 24-hour FREE parking in all its car parks, with the exception of Long Eaton Railway Station, over the busy festive season.
The council has confirmed that its car parks will be free from Monday 11 December to Wednesday 27 December 2017 inclusive – an initiative aimed at giving a major boost for town centre traders and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas and over the festive break.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
The Christmas free parking scheme remains a key part of our on-going drive to support our town centres and we know this good news will once again be warmly welcomed by traders, residents and visitors to the borough. We have excellent markets and shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton - as well as local shops in villages across the borough - so we hope residents will use the free parking and shop locally to show their support this festive season.
 
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the Long Eaton Railway Station commuters’ car park.

Award for Museum

Erewash Museum has won the ‘Engaging Children and Young People’ category at this year’s East Midlands Heritage Awards for its work with children and young people on the Young Creative Curators programme.
 
The honour was handed out during a ceremony at Trent University on Thursday (9 November), when museum staff and volunteers were presented with their award.
 
The Young Creative Curators programme offers work placements to local secondary school pupils and university students. It also offers volunteering opportunities to all young people, including those with autism spectrum disorder and learning difficulties.
 
The museum was also highly commended in the ‘Volunteer Empowerment’ category for its work with volunteers and the volunteer-run tea room. The impact of volunteering allows the museum to involve more of the community in its activity programme. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We’re very proud that Erewash Museum’s excellence has been recognised for everything it offers, from exhibitions and events through to the tremendous work it does with schools across the borough. These latest awards are another tribute to the hard work of our museum team and the wonderful volunteers who support them.”
 
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 
 

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.