Festive scenes at the museum

The award winning Erewash Museum will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland of seasonal celebration during December leading up to the Christmas break.
 
The three-week festive wonderland will see the stables area of the museum’s historic Dalby House home decked out with all things Christmas, creating a magical scene where children can take part in a themed activity trail until Saturday 23 December.
 
Visitors can drop in to see the displays between 10am and 4pm on each of the museum’s usual opening days.
 
As part of the celebration the museum hosts its popular Christmas Fayre on Saturday 2 December between 11am-3pm when visitors have a chance to pick up gifts from a range of craft stalls. Santa will also be visiting and there is a chance to meet some reindeer. Admission is £1.50 for children over the age of 2 – free admission for adults (16 and over) and babies. 
 
Father Christmas will return for three Santa Saturdays, on 9th, 16th and 23rd December when he will be in residence in The Stables between 10.30am-3.30pm. Children can visit him for £2.50, which includes a present to take home.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We love to deck out the halls of Erewash Museum every December and we know the whole wonderland and Christmas celebration is very popular with families.  It’s a magical time and gives families a chance to get together and enjoy some festive fun in the lead up to the big day.”
 
Erewash Museum is situated 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. 
 
For all the latest news from Erewash Museum, including events and activities, residents can check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/erewashmuseum  or the website www.erewashmuseum.co.uk
 

Lawrence country at museum

Erewash Museum has secured a fascinating D. H. Lawrence exhibition for its Lally Gallery – a major coup for the awardwinning museum team.
 
 ‘D.H. Lawrence’s The White Peacock – The Real Places’ has been secured on loan from the author’s birthplace museum in Eastwood and opens on Saturday 2 December.
 
Fans of the internationally renowned Eastwood author will be able to discover the real life locations which inspired Lawrence to write his first novel The White Peacock, which was first published in 1911.
 
The White Peacock, which was set in the countryside surrounding Lawrence’s hometown, shows his passion and knowledge of the area and how he used real local locations in his fiction from the outset – something he would continue to do throughout his writing career.
 
The exhibition – which runs until 13 January - features photographs of key locations that appear in the novel alongside quotations from the novel relating to each site.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We know a lot of people will be very excited that this exhibition is coming to Erewash Museum. What a wonderful opportunity to see photographs of the very local landscapes that inspired Lawrence alongside extracts from his first novel. We’re delighted to have this on loan and expect it to be very popular.”

Long Eaton Christmas Lights switch-on

A magical evening of festive fun, seasonal sights and unmissable free family entertainment is on offer when Long Eaton’s big Christmas Lights ‘switch-on’ event is held on Thursday 30 November.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will ‘light up’ the town at 7pm to officially launch the Christmas season and Erewash Borough Council has once again lined up a feast of free family fun to ensure a fabulous night for everyone to enjoy.
 
Christmas and craft markets and a family fun fair will bring seasonal colour to the town centre while there will be traditional festive music and performances by the Long Eaton Silver Prize band. Street entertainers, fun ‘reindeer walkabout’ characters and a visit by Santa Claus will also ensure a magical night as Long Eaton begins its countdown to Christmas.
 
In addition, there will be a chance for celebration sing-a-longs with a Take That tribute band who will be playing from 6.20pm-6.45pm and 7.00pm-7.30pm.  
 
The event will take place in and around the Market Place area of the town centre from 5.30pm to 8.30pm - with the Mayor switching on the lights at 7pm.
 
Highlights of the event will be children from the local Dovedale Primary School taking part in a light procession of handmade illuminated puppets inspired by snowmen, while children from the Long Eaton School will entertain the crowds with festive songs and playing of musical instruments
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We look forward to seeing everyone at this festive celebration, which is always a very popular event, full of seasonal spirit and great entertainment for all the family.
 
“The event always has a wonderfully warm family atmosphere and is the perfect way for us all to welcome the start of the Christmas season and is an opportunity for us to get together to celebrate our town centre and all that it has to offer.”
 

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.