Trio of experienced directors boost board of agency regenerating local economy

TWO senior politicians and a high-profile figure in the building industry have joined the board of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership.
 
The new directors are councillors Carol Hart and Tony King and Ian Hodgkinson, director of builders Hodgkinson based at Pride Park, Derby, who started his business in Ilkeston.
 
In May last year Councillor Hart became the first female leader of Erewash Borough Council taking over from Councillor Chris Corbett who had stepped down after 10 years and is now deputy mayor.
 
A resident of West Hallam, she has been a member of the council since 2001 and represents West Hallam and Dale Abbey. She has also been a member of Derbyshire County Council since 2005, representing the Breadsall and West Hallam Division and serves as the cabinet member with responsibility for health and communities.
 
A fellow Conservative, Councillor King, who lives in Ilkeston, joined the county authority in May representing Ilkeston West. He is the cabinet member responsible for economic development and regeneration.
 
Career-wise, he was initially involved in engineering, including at board level for a public company. He worked for the former East Midlands Development Agency as innovation manager for transport equipment and also for Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership. As a freelance, he works for Innovate UK.
 
Ian Hodgkinson's business supplies skilled bricklayers for a range of projects, locally, nationally and internationally. His business has been a driving force behind the newly-created National Construction Academy.
 
That centre, dedicated to encouraging young people to join the construction industry, was officially opened by television presenter Nick Knowles of the BBC's DIY:SOS programme. Ian has also been involved in projects featured on television.
 
Ian is involved in a project to transform a hall at St Martin's Methodist Church in Allenton, Derby, into a vibrant community hub after creating a community space at Derbyshire County Cricket Club's 3aaa ground in Derby.
 
Ian Viles, Partnership chief executive, said: “The board is delighted to have welcomed three new high-calibre directors. They bring a wide variety of top-level experience coupled with strong local knowledge and a passion for helping the Partnership deliver regeneration and enterprise projects.”
 
The Partnership, whose headquarters are in Long Eaton, helps boost the economy of Erewash by various activities, particularly helping people start a business and then nurturing them to grow.
 
In the last financial year it helped entrepreneurs set up 55 businesses, organised 370 advisory sessions and gave practical support to more than 100 established businesses.
 

Dementia Action Week

Specialist self-help books on dementia are to be made available at Erewash Museum to offer advice and comfort to those affected by the illness.
 
The dementia friendly library is being launched as part of Dementia Action Week from 21 May to 27 May, during which the Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people to unite and take actions to make a difference to the everyday lives of people with dementia. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet many people feel excluded and face the disease alone. 
 
From 22 May the reference library section of Erewash Museum’s Hayloft space will permanently house ‘reading well books on prescription’ for dementia. The scheme helps people with common mental health problems feel better through self-help reading. The 25 titles on the ‘reading well books on prescription’ for dementia list have been recommended by health experts as well as people with experience of dementia. 
 
Visitors will be able to sit in the recently converted Hayloft with a book.  If the Hayloft is ever busy with a booking, the museum reception team will be happy to show visitors a list of titles and get one from the library for them to read. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“These books will provide lots of useful information and advice for people in Erewash who have questions and concerns about dementia. This is a fantastic initiative for Dementia Action Week and I am sure that lots of people will take this opportunity to visit the museum and take time out to read a book.” 
 
More information can be found at www.alzheimers.org.uk/DementiaActionWeek and reading-well.org.uk/blog/launch-of-reading-well-books-on-prescription-for-dementia
 
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 
 

Circus Week at Museum

Giant bubbles will be part of the fun for children when Circus Week returns to Erewash Museum this month.
 
Taking place during half term, from Tuesday 29 May to Friday 1 June, there will be free crafts for children on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11am to 3pm. Youngsters will also be able to enjoy family circus skills workshops and giant bubble blowing demonstrations. 
 
On the Thursday (31 May), there will be a special circus party, costing £1.50 per child (over the age of two), giving little performers the chance to try their hand at circus skills. There will be giant bubble workshops taking place throughout the day. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are delighted to be holding circus week again at Erewash Museum. There is a wide variety of circus activities which always prove very popular with children and parents. It is a great way to keep youngsters entertained during half term. The children enjoy learning new skills and showing them off to their friends and family.”
 
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, Monday to Saturday during school holidays, and closed on bank 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.
 

Nila Shah Exhibition

An exhibition by a Kenyan-born artist who discovered her talent for art following a bout of ill health will be on display at Erewash Museum from 10 May until 6 July.
 
Colour, expression and depth are the key to the Vibrant Reflections exhibition by artist Nila Shah, who says that art and mixed crafts have been a therapeutic journey of healing and self-discovery for her since she began her creative journey in 2009. Her exhibition showcases colourful and intuitive pieces that invite people to unlock their own imaginations.
 
Nila, born in Kenya, of Indian origin and brought up in the East Midlands is currently based in Derbyshire. She is a mixed media artist who shares colour, expression and depth through her work. A lot of her work in this exhibition is intuitive and involves a number of layers and techniques including art journaling. 
 
Nila continues her passion for working with a wide variety of artworks for therapeutic reasons and is still exploring ways of incorporating different techniques and mediums in her work. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“We are delighted that Nila’s work will be on display in Erewash. Anyone who appreciates art will be certain to enjoy this colourful exhibition.”
 
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 
 

Royal Garden Party

Anyone wanting to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in style can head to Erewash Museum on Saturday 19 May to join in with a traditional garden party.
 
The free event has been organised by Ilkeston Methodist Church and takes place between 2pm and 5pm. There will be a range of activities all based around the garden party theme such as relay races where people can dress up in tiaras and royal attire. People will also be able to make their own royal flag and decorate a straw boater hat.
 
Bunting will adorn the gardens and those who attend will be able to enjoy a cream tea at the Old Stables Tea Room. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This event will be a chance to for people in Erewash to join in with the Royal Wedding celebrations. The borough has many royal links and we know that many people will enjoy what is set to be a great traditional and fun event.”
 
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