Museum hosts garden concert

The popular Bold as Brass programme draws to a close this Bank Holiday weekend when Erewash Museum hosts the Rolls Royce (Derby) Band for a concert in its gardens on Saturday 26 August.
 
Brass music fans should take along chairs for the performance, which starts at 2pm. Refreshments will be available in the Old Stable Tea Rooms during the concert.
 
In the event of bad weather, the concert will be held in nearby St Mary’s Church in Ilkeston Market Place.
 
 Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with family and friends while listening to popular brass tunes at our award winning Museum. Here’s hoping the weather holds out!”
 
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.  Follow on Twitter @Erewash_Museum
 

Bank Holiday boating bonanza!

One of the biggest events to be hosted in Erewash is happening this Bank Holiday weekend when Ilkeston welcomes the prestigious IWA Festival of Water, a colourful spectacle that is expected to attract thousands of people from all over the country.
 
The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, will officially open the three-day festival on Saturday 26 August at 12.30pm at the Gallows Inn, Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, alongside the Erewash Canal. 
 
The Festival of Water takes place throughout the holiday weekend - on Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Bank Holiday Monday 28 August on the stretch of canal alongside the Gallows Inn and off the water on the adjacent playing fields.
 
The annual festival, organised by The Inland Waterways Association (IWA), will bring three days of entertainment - with up to 130 boats, including leisure, trade, heritage and working narrowboats, expected to be at the festival and all decked out with colourful bunting.
 
On offer will be a wide range of attractions both on and off the water, making it a fun day out for all the family. The playing fields site will include a display of classic cars, craft stalls, birds of prey, children’s rides and a chance to listen to live music and enjoy a real ale bar.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We have worked closely with IWA and invested in and supported this free event to enable this national festival to be brought to our wonderful borough.
 
“It will be a milestone event, full of colour and fun. We are expecting thousands of people to join us for what will be a landmark festival and a celebration of the beauty and rich history of the Erewash Canal.”
 
The Inland Waterways Association is a national charity working to protect and restore the country’s 6,500 miles of canals and rivers and announced last year that it would be bringing its annual IWA Festival of Water to Ilkeston in 2017.  
 

Erewash celebrates another hat-trick

Erewash Borough Council has again retained its Green Flag awards at three popular leisure sites in the borough, it has been confirmed today. (Wednesday 19 July)
 
The good news means Long Eaton’s flagship West Park and Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve at West Hallam have secured the prestigious award for the third time while Victoria Park at Ilkeston celebrates the honour for a seventh successive year.
 
The Green Flag award is the benchmark national standard for England and Wales and is presented to high quality parks, green spaces and nature reserves that have excellent facilities and are well-maintained and well-managed.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This is another tremendous achievement and more good news for Erewash. We are very proud to fly the Green Flags at the three sites, which are now rightly confirmed as among the best in the country.
 
“Our continued success is testament to the hard work of our dedicated team who work all year round to manage these sites and we also send out a very big thank you to the volunteers and the Friends Group members who enthusiastically help us to maintain and further develop the popular sites. They play such a big part in making them such beautiful places for all to visit and enjoy.”
 
West Park is the largest in Erewash at 127 acres and dates back to the early 1900s. It is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year and has seen substantial investment over the last few years. It offers an extensive range of sports and recreational facilities including an outdoor gym trail, a skatepark, a splashpad water park, bowls, tennis and football and cricket.
 
Victoria Park dates back to 1896 and a major heritage project to restore key Victorian features within it has just been completed after the council secured a £740,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
 
Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve features three ponds that are surrounded by woodland, scrub, meadow and wetland – while it is also connected to the Nutbrook Trail. It attracts many types of birds but is particularly famous for its swans, leading to its affectionate nickname ‘Swan Lake’.
 

Going swimmingly!

Fabulously fun family pool parties have again been lined up at two Erewash leisure centres to provide some splashtastic summertime fun for the school holidays.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s popular pool parties are held at its swimming pools at Victoria Park Leisure Centre in Ilkeston and West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton.
 
Music, an inflatable obstacle course and fun and games for the whole family are on the agenda and this year’s party dates for the diary are:
 
Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston – Saturday 29 July and Saturday 2 September between 3.30pm-4.15pm and 4.30pm-5.15pm.
West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton – Saturday 5 August and Saturday 26 August between 3pm-3.45pm and 4pm-4.45pm.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our pool parties are incredibly good fun and have become a firm favourite for the summer holiday. So dig out the swimming costumes and have a splashingly good time!”
 
The parties are limited to 100 places on a first come, first served basis on the day. All summer pool parties are free for junior summer swim members. 
 
Admission for others is £2.40 for juniors (5-16th birthday) or £1.80 with a leisure card. Adult admission is £4 (£3.40 with a leisure card). A family admission (two adults and up to three children) is £11.60 (£11 with a leisure card)
 
The parties are for 5 years to adults, but children under eight years must be accompanied by an adult.