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 19 December to Monday 2 January 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 is part of our commitment to the on-going drive to help and support our town centres and we know this good news will be warmly welcomed by both 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 to show their support by shopping locally.”
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the Long Eaton Railway Station commuters’ car park.

Museum goes festive 

Santa, trees, tinsel and all things festive will be at Erewash Museum in December as it begins the countdown to Christmas.

Throughout December the museum will be transformed into a winter wonderland when visitors can drop in anytime to see the festive displays, while children can take part in a seasonal-themed activity trail.

Father Christmas will call in to the museum for two Santa Saturdays – on the 3rd and 17th December between 11am and 3pm – when children can meet him in the Stables. Admission to the grotto is £1.50 per child which includes a present. 

Saturday 10 December will be a family fun Super Santa Day between 11am-3pm. Santa won’t be in his grotto to visit on this day but he will be around and there will be the chance to meet some reindeers, while children can make some reindeer food to leave out on Christmas Eve. There will also be craft stalls for some Christmas shopping ideas. Admission is £1.50 for children over the age of 1. Adults (16 and over) free.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Erewash Museum is a much loved place and to see it transformed into a Christmas wonderland is magical and our Santa days are certain to be popular with families with the festive season in full swing.”
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

Ilkeston Christmas Lights switch on

Seasonal songs, live music, fun fair rides and fireworks will all be part of the Christmas lights switch on events in Ilkeston on Friday 25 November.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will ‘light up’ the town at 7pm to officially launch the Christmas season, but the whole evening has lots of fun on offer for all the family.
The celebration event will get under way at 5.30pm when Ilkeston Brass Band will entertain the crowds and build up the festive atmosphere. They will be followed at 6.20pm by a Motown Girls Trio who will perform all the classic hits in a 30-minute set that is certain to get everyone dancing and singing.
The switch on of the festive lights will be followed by a two minute firework display to sparkle and light up the sky. This will be followed by more music, including a few more big hit songs from the Motown Girls Trio.
Santa will be putting in an appearance and there will also be Victorian stilt walkers mixing with the crowd, while the funfair is sure to keep the children entertained.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The countdown to Christmas is now well underway and we look forward to another big turnout to celebrate the lighting up of Ilkeston. It signals the start of the festive season and is a great reminder for us to support our town centre by shopping locally.”

Ilkeston Food Fair is quietly growing into something rather special. The brain child of Carol and Gordon Pringle, the first Ilkeston food fair was held in 2014 with 26 exhibitors and was a great success. The most recent fair in October 2016 attracted over 86 exhibitors and 1000's of visitors. Carol and Gordon are now excited to announce plans for a Traditional Christmas Market  on the 11th December  2016 at Ilkeston Rugby Club DE7 4AZ 10am to 4pm
The market will be opened to the rousing sound of The Long Eaton Silver Prize Band, a community based brass band organisation, which promotes and encourages live music within the borough of Erewash, encouraging  people of all ages to play or learn a musical instrument, targeting young and disadvantaged groups.
There will be Christmas Carols from The Imari Ladies choir and a rather special man will be in attendance with his real reindeer, giving both adults and children the fantastic opportunity of meeting the reindeer and learning all about them.
An artisan food, drink and craft market showcasing food from all corners of the world, real ale,  an English vodka maker, pickles and preserves will be joined by Masterchef finalist 2015 Pete Hewitt, and  a new exhibitor Jorge Artisan Foods which is run by professional chef George Bennett who has worked in the past with Jamie Oliver. 
This is not just any food fair this is a food fair also joined by M&S and  together with live music from the talented Megan Kelsey, an 18 year old singer songwriter from Nottingham, and puppet shows guarantee a fun filled day out for all the family
A great chance to get into the spirit of Christmas and stock up on last minute gifts.
We are also proud to announce we are raising funds for the Brain Tumour Charity in memory of a friend taken suddenly and far too soon.
  • Entry £1
  • Carpark £1 ( All proceeds go to the local scouts and guides)
We also have an exhibitor who has had a grant from The Princes's Trust and the October event was his first ever event, his mentor and executive are coming to The Christmas Market.
Here is what Jason from Ruckabies has to say about the help he received
'The Prince's Trust is great, they help you think about so many things you may have not considered and offer constructive advice to get the best possible start. They have given me the start that I needed and offer an immense amount of encouragement and support and do everything they can to make sure we succeed. Both my mentor and executive will be coming in December for the Christmas event to offer support and try the food which is great and I am excited for them to see what their help has achieved.

Concert in St Mary’s Church, Ilkeston - November 26th at 7.30pm

J26 Sinfonietta perform music from Haydn, Handel & Bach among others.
Our own Organist, John Sears, will be playing the organ at the beginning of both parts of the concert in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the installation of the Church Organ.
Tickets are £5 and will be available on the door- accompanied children, under 16yrs, are free!