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.
 

Bonfire & Firework Display

This year’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks extravaganza will be held on Saturday 4 November and promises to be as spectacular as ever with a stunning ‘Heroes and Villains’ themed display set to some rocking music.
 
Organised by Erewash Borough Council, the annual celebration is held at West Park in Long Eaton and is one of the biggest community bonfire and firework displays in the county, attracting thousands of people.
 
The gates at West Park will open at 6pm, with a funfair, stalls and food on offer to ensure a great night out for all the family. The event will begin at 7pm with the official lighting of the bonfire by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, and will be followed at 7.30pm by the start of the dazzling firework display.
 
Residents have already been snapping up advance tickets to make ‘sparkling’ savings on admission prices – a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) is £10, instead of the £15 payable on the night. Adults can snap up a ticket for £5 while anyone aged 16 and under or 60 and above pay £2 – both a £1 saving on the on-the-night price. Admission is free for children aged 5 and under.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our community bonfire night spectacular is by far the biggest and best event for miles around and we promise another sparkling night of family fun – so get your tickets now and have a dazzling time!
Advance tickets are available at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston; and Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls.
 

Fair play to the people of Ilkeston!

Erewash Borough Council has sent out a thank you to the residents and businesses of Ilkeston for once again welcoming the annual Charter Fair to their town and for making last week’s event such a big success.
 
The 765th Ilkeston Fair – one of the largest and oldest street fairs in Europe - was attended by people of all ages and proved another colourful spectacle as stalls and rides helped create a family fun atmosphere.
 
The council has also given its thanks to the Showmen’s Guild, local bus companies, the emergency services – including Derbyshire Constabulary and the Fire and Rescue Service – and the security and medical teams who helped ensure the historic event ran so smoothly.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This historic fair has taken place for 765 years, but we know it does cause disruption and we applaud local residents for their patience and understanding and the welcome they give to this wonderful street fair. The opening ceremony saw a remarkable turnout despite torrential rain. Well done, too, to all the people and organisations who worked tirelessly to make it such a success.”