Nila Shah Exhibition

An exhibition by a Kenyan-born artist who discovered her talent for art following a bout of ill health will be on display at Erewash Museum from 10 May until 6 July.
 
Colour, expression and depth are the key to the Vibrant Reflections exhibition by artist Nila Shah, who says that art and mixed crafts have been a therapeutic journey of healing and self-discovery for her since she began her creative journey in 2009. Her exhibition showcases colourful and intuitive pieces that invite people to unlock their own imaginations.
 
Nila, born in Kenya, of Indian origin and brought up in the East Midlands is currently based in Derbyshire. She is a mixed media artist who shares colour, expression and depth through her work. A lot of her work in this exhibition is intuitive and involves a number of layers and techniques including art journaling. 
 
Nila continues her passion for working with a wide variety of artworks for therapeutic reasons and is still exploring ways of incorporating different techniques and mediums in her work. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“We are delighted that Nila’s work will be on display in Erewash. Anyone who appreciates art will be certain to enjoy this colourful exhibition.”
 
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 

Royal Garden Party

Anyone wanting to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in style can head to Erewash Museum on Saturday 19 May to join in with a traditional garden party.
 
The free event has been organised by Ilkeston Methodist Church and takes place between 2pm and 5pm. There will be a range of activities all based around the garden party theme such as relay races where people can dress up in tiaras and royal attire. People will also be able to make their own royal flag and decorate a straw boater hat.
 
Bunting will adorn the gardens and those who attend will be able to enjoy a cream tea at the Old Stables Tea Room. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This event will be a chance to for people in Erewash to join in with the Royal Wedding celebrations. The borough has many royal links and we know that many people will enjoy what is set to be a great traditional and fun event.”
 
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

A taste of the 1920s

The first ever 1920s day is to be held at Erewash Museum next month when there will be singing, dancing and make-up demonstrations from the era.
 
The free Gatsby-style Roaring 20s event will be held on Saturday 26 May between 11am and 3pm and entertainment will come from popular performer Johnny Victory.
 
Among the attractions will be a 1920s Ford Model T car on display while visitors will also be able have a fun picture taken in a retro photo booth and learn how to get the 20s look with hair and make-up demonstrations. 
 
The event has been organised by Isobel Davidson, a student from the University of Nottingham, as part of her studies.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:   
 
“This looks set to be an exciting and nostalgic new event in the museum’s calendar and we hope that people will come along and join in the fun. We are grateful for all the hard work that has been put into organising what promises to be an event to remember.”  
 
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 
 

Looking after our nature

Local residents are being asked if they support a proposal to grant Local Nature Reserve (LNR) status to the wildlife hotspot Trent Meadows in Long Eaton.
 
Erewash Borough Council wants to add the site to its official nature reserves in the borough, saying the area is a valuable open space for the local community, visitors and nature conservation.
 
Trent Meadows is in a wildlife-rich area alongside the River Trent, Attenborough Nature Reserve and a number of local wildlife sites and declaring it a LNR would help protect the site for nature and for the recreational enjoyment of visitors.
 
News of the council’s proposal follows the announcement that it is also seeking to grant conservation area status for Sawley’s popular tourist spot Trent Locak and is also asking for residents to give their views on that proposal.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We firmly believe that Trent Meadows deserves to be a Local Nature Reserve to give it the protection it deserves but we do want to hear from residents that they would support this move.
 
“We currently have nine LNRs in Erewash and we hope this site can become number 10. It shows this council’s commitment to protecting and maintaining important wildlife and natural sites – there is much to celebrate in Erewash and we have so many gems right on our doorstep.”
 
Residents can complete a short survey online at www.erewash.gov.uk or hard copies are available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls until Friday 8 June.
 
Alternatively, residents can show their support and share their comments by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The public consultation on the proposed conservation status for Trent Lock is also available online at www.erewash.gov.uk/trentlock until 8 June. Hard copies are available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls and at Ilkeston and Long Eaton libraries.
 

Time to Bloom - 2018

Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers  . . . it’s time to launch the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition!
 
The annual competition for green-fingered gurus is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.
 
The 2018 contest will be launched with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:
 
• Wednesday 25 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-1pm
• Thursday 26 April – Ilkeston, Bath Street, 10am-1pm
 
This year’s competition has also seen Trent Barton get on board, with the bus company sponsoring the Front Garden Category.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Put the dates in your diaries and come along and visit our Bloom stalls - it’s time to sharpen your shears, spruce up your flower bed and bring out the baskets! We expect another record-breaking year for our Erewash in Bloom, which remains a summer-long favourite with residents of all ages in all corners of our borough.”
 
Residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 25 April at www.erewash.gov.uk/erewashinbloom or forms can be downloaded at www.erewash.gov.uk/pride
 
The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.