Second time a winner

The prestigious Green Flag will once again be raised in Long Eaton’s West Park, the second consecutive year the park has achieved the top honour – meaning it remains one of the best in the country.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will officially raise the Green Flag near the park entrance, off Wilsthorpe Road, on Tuesday 18 October at 2pm. He will be joined by representatives from West Park Friends Group and park’s staff.
 
West Park dates back to the early 1900s and is the largest park in the borough covering 127 acres. It boasts an extensive range of sports and recreational facilities including field sports, tennis, outdoor gym, skatepark, splashpad, bowls, and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. Over the last five years improvements have been made to the park including new signage, improved play facilities and a significant tree planting scheme.
 
The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the area boasts the highest possible standards and is beautifully maintained.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“I know local residents share our pride at seeing the Green Flag flying over this much-loved park. The award is testament to the year-round hard work that goes in to ensuring the park is properly maintained and I congratulate everyone involved. 
 
“We hope that as many residents and visitors as possible will join us at the flag raising ceremony and share in the success of achieving Green Flag status for the second year running.”
 

Historic fair is back in town

Ilkeston Charter Fair is one of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe and will once again be given its ceremonial opening on Thursday 20 October when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will ‘ring the bell’ – the official signal that this year’s 764th Charter Fair is underway.
 
The traditional ceremony also includes a reading of the original 1252 Charter in front of Ilkeston Town Hall witnessed by local families and visitors, who join the showmen to celebrate and welcome the fair.
 
This year’s Charter Fair will be held from Wednesday 19 October to Saturday 22 October when Ilkeston town centre will again be transformed into a colourful spectacle as the rides and stalls pack into the Market Place and surrounding streets.
 
Guests at the ceremony will include representatives from other local authorities in Derbyshire and children from Ilkeston’s Hallam Fields Junior School and St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School in Stanley.
 

Erewash Festival of Light

The ancient Hindu festival Diwali is celebrated in Erewash this week as part of the borough council’s Festival of Light programme.
 
Erewash Museum is working with schools all this week with Diwali themed workshops and on Saturday (15 October) will host a Diwali Day for families. The day will feature free activities including Diva lamp and Rangoli workshops, storytelling and some Bollywood dance workshops between 11am and 2pm with a final Diwali celebration at 2.15pm.
 
To book a place for the Bollywood dance workshops contact the museum on 0115 907 1141.
 
In another event, pupils from Draycott Primary School and Longmoor Primary School in Long Eaton will perform music, dance and stories about Diwali at the Friesland Performing Arts Centre in Sandiacre on Friday (14 October) between 4pm and 6pm.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s arts development team has worked in the schools with professional artists Pritam Singh and Sanjukta Sahu to help the children prepare for their performance and bring the story of Diwali to life.  The Indian Community Association of Erewash is providing free samosas and sweets after the performance.
 
This event is free but ticketed and priority has been given to parents and carers of the children at Draycott and Longmoor schools. Anyone wanting more information can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are always pleased to be able to provide educational and fun activities for the colourful celebration that is Diwali.”
 
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 

Hat trick for Erewash Museum

Award winning Erewash Museum has struck gold again with a hat trick of honours at the Derbyshire Heritage Awards – including scooping the prestigious ‘best museum’ title with the overall Award for Excellence.
 
It is the third time in six years that Erewash Borough Council’s museum has taken the top award, which again confirms it as the best in the county.
 
The honours were handed out during a ceremony at Crich Tramway Village on Friday (7th October), when the museum team were also presented with two Highly Commended awards – the first for reaching new audiences through its foster families project and the other for running the International Women’s Day project on a limited budget.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This is an outstanding achievement and proves once again that in Erewash Museum we have a real treasure that continues to be a pacesetter. There are many, many good museums across the whole of Derbyshire, but we have the very best of the best right here in our borough.
 
“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 Friends volunteers who support them.”
 
The museum’s foster families project featured workshops and was run in partnership with Derbyshire County Council to reach foster families through heritage and culture.
 
To celebrate International Women’s Day staff and volunteers wrote a series of blogs and staged an exhibition exploring the histories and lives of women who had lived or worked at the museum’s Dalby House base in Ilkeston.
 
The good news follows the opening of a learning and community centre at the museum earlier this year. The old coach house and stables were transformed into the new centre thanks to a total of £563,600 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Friends of Erewash Museum and Erewash Borough Council.
 
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
 

Ilkeston’s historic fair is back!

Roll up, roll up . . . it’s all the fun of the 764th Ilkeston Charter Fair, which is back in town from Wednesday 19 October to Saturday 22 October.
 
One of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe, the Charter Fair attracts thousands of people and transforms the town centre into a colourful spectacle with some of the biggest and best travelling rides and sideshows in the country.
 
This year’s event will be given its usual ceremonial opening at 12noon on Thursday 20 October when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will ‘ring the bell’ to get the 2016 Charter Fair officially underway.
 
The ceremony, which includes the reading of the 1252 Charter, takes place in front of the Town Hall and sees local families and visitors gather round to join the showmen for the traditional opening.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Generations of families from across the borough have enjoyed the colour and excitement that the Charter Fair brings to town. It is a spectacular sight as it stretches out across the town centre, bringing fun for everyone – from the traditional side stalls and family rides to the white knuckle rides for all the daredevils!”
 
The fair transforms the Market Place and the surrounding streets – Bath Street, East Street, South Street, Queen Street, Wharncliffe Road and Pimlico. Attractions are open from 6pm-11pm on Wednesday 19 October and from 12noon-11pm on Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October.