A night at the museum!

Tickets are now on sale for those brave enough to join a late night ghost hunt at Erewash Museum, a serious five-hour exploration into unexplained and haunted happenings within the historic building.
 
The overnight event begins on Saturday 29 October at 8.30pm through to 1.30am and will be led by a specialist paranormal investigation team. Strictly for adults (18 and over), those taking part will have the chance to take park in live experiments and discover behind the scenes areas of the museum.
 
Erewash Museum is based in Dalby House at Ilkeston, a late Georgian building with Victorian extensions that was previously a family home and school before becoming Erewash Borough Council’s museum in the 1980s.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“There have been reports over the years, from our team and visitors, of unexplained activity at the museum, so this promises to be a very interesting evening. This is a serious investigation and not for the faint hearted – but if you’re brave enough it will certainly be a spine-tingling experience!”
 
Tickets are £28, which includes light refreshments, and are available from Erewash Museum. The museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. For more details 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

Fireworks tickets launched!

Tickets for this year’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks display are now on sale, with the annual extravaganza at Long Eaton’s West Park on Saturday 5 November expected once again to attract thousands of people.
 
Organised by Erewash Borough Council, it is one of the biggest community bonfire and firework displays in the area and will have a ‘Best of British’ theme in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday year.
 
The council is offering ‘sparkling’ discounts on tickets bought in advance – 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:
 
“Thousands of people from Erewash and beyond enjoy our Bonfire Night celebration, it is by far the biggest and best display for miles around. It might seem a long way off yet, but it makes sense to get your tickets sorted now and save some money at the same time!”
 
Tickets can be purchased from West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston; and Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls.

The way to West Park

Six new brown tourist signs have been put up around Long Eaton showing the way to the town’s Green Flag-winning West Park, the largest park in Erewash.
 
Erewash Borough Council has installed the signs at main junctions following a recommendation by Green Flag judges because of the size of the park and the number of visitors it attracts.
 
West Park was recently given the prestigious Green Flag Award for the second year running, an award that means it is one of the best in the country.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are very proud of West Park and the substantial investments we have made to provide all the attractions within it. It is extremely popular and the signs will now make it easier for visitors to find and enjoy all the many family facilities the park has to offer.” 
 
West Park covers 127 acres and dates back to the early 1900s. It has an extensive range of sports and recreational facilities including field sports, tennis, an outdoor gym, skatepark, splashpad, bowls and a café and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. A range of improvements have been made to the park over the last five years including new signage within it, improved play facilities and a significant tree planting programme.
 

Apply now for a small grant!

Community and voluntary groups in Erewash are being urged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them with their work.
 
There are just three weeks left to the latest deadline to apply for one of Erewash Borough Council’s Small Grants, with applications needing to be submitted by Monday 19 September.
 
The council has helped hundreds of groups over the last few years through the grants scheme and is still keen to hear from more groups – however large or small - that could use a small grant for specific projects that help people living in the borough.
 
Nearly 21 community and voluntary groups have already been helped in the first two rounds of this year, winning a share of just over £27,571 in total.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
 “We want to hear from groups of all kinds – our small grants are here to help you.  We know there are so many organisations out there doing so much good work in our borough to help residents of all ages and in all kinds of ways. So tell us about your work and get in touch. We’re here to help.” 
 
The next deadline for grant applications is 5.30pm on Monday 19 September. Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk  - click on the ‘Community and Living’ table and the link to ‘Grants’. Anyone needing help to fill in the application can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0115 907 2244.
 

Stanton – the way forward

Erewash residents look set to be urged to give their views on an important planning document that will drive the development of the Stanton site – one of the biggest development opportunities the borough has ever seen.
 
A meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week (Thursday 1st September) is expected to confirm the go-ahead for a six-week public consultation on a Stanton masterplan that has been produced by the council to take the site forward.
 
The masterplan has been drafted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and will be the key guide to for any developer wanting to put together a realistic planning application for the site.
 
Stanton Regeneration Site is featured in the council’s Core Strategy for redevelopment to provide, among other things, around 2,000 homes, a business park, land for general industry, a primary school, shops, open spaces, local jobs and other community facilities.
 
Councillor Chris Corbett, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
 
“Stanton is the most important development site in Erewash and this masterplan is aimed at addressing all the issues that surround it and to clearly set out the expectations we have to provide a quality redevelopment for residents of this borough.
 
“We have worked hard to produce a plan that will remove any uncertainty for developers and will be a guide to help them put together future planning applications that are likely to be successful.
 
“It is absolutely vital that our residents have their say on such an important document and help us to shape the expectations we have for the site – which is why we will vote on a six-week consultation at our Council Executive meeting next week.”
 
Details of the start of the expected consultation and where the public can view the draft SPD will be announced shortly. Residents can check out the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk  and keep up to date on the Twitter feed and Facebook page /erewashbc.
 
The meeting of Council Executive will be at Long Eaton Town Hall on Thursday 1 September at 10.30am.