Come dine with us!

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, warmly invites local residents to join him at the annual Charity Civic Dinner on Saturday 2 March 2019.
 
The prestigious dinner is one of the major fundraising events in the civic calendar and residents and local businesses are once again invited to join the Mayor for the event, which this year will be held at the Pavilion Suite at the award-winning Morley Hayes Restaurant, Hotel and Golf Centre. 
The evening will commence with a wine reception at 7.15pm with dinner being served at 8pm. It is hoped that the evening will provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy delicious food and good company in a relaxing environment.
 
Background music will be provided by the Nottinghamshire Harpist and musical interludes by James and Hannah Dennis. 
 
Tickets are on sale now, with money raised going to the Mayor’s chosen charities - the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association and Erewash Community Action (Community Volunteer Service). A raffle will also be held to help raise money for the charities. The dress code is evening wear for ladies and dinner jackets or lounge suits for men.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, says:
“I’m really looking forward to welcoming guests to this year’s civic dinner which I’m sure will be a wonderful evening. It’s a lovely event to enjoy with residents, friends and family. This civic tradition is always extremely well supported and will help raise money for the well-deserving charities I hold dear.”
 
Tickets are £35 each for the four course meal, welcome drink and entertainment and are available from the Civic Office at Ilkeston Town Hall.  For more details, please contact Sue Dunkley, Civic Support Officer - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 9071115.
 

Get creative for Chinese New Year

A colourful and vibrant procession will take place in Ilkeston next month to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 
 
This year is the Year of the Pig and to mark the occasion there will be a drop-in family lantern making workshop with Spiral Arts at Erewash Museum on Saturday 9 February, between 1pm-5.15pm. For £1.50 per person, you can create your own recycled pop bottle lanterns to take along to the early evening parade. The lantern procession – set to be a riot of colour and noise – will make its way from the museum to Ilkeston Market Place, accompanied by drum players, dancers and children from Dallimore Primary school, who have worked with artist Ling Peng during a school residency. The parade will also feature a special processional pig lantern made by local artist Ann Levett of Avago Crafts.
 
Entertainment on the Market Place will include traditional Chinese music, ribbon dancing and lion dancing, and will feature costumed performers mimic the movements of a lion to bring good luck and fortune. There will also be singing and music from classically trained Ling Peng who will be playing the Chinese violin.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This event always proves popular with the public and has attracted hundreds of people to Ilkeston Market Place in previous years. Our Arts Development Team do a fantastic job in organising colourful, vibrant and creative activities for people of all ages. We hope that everyone will join us in celebrating the Chinese New Year.”
 
Organised by Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team, the Chinese New Year celebration is the final event in the council’s Festival of Light programme – a series of events to mark traditional and culturally diverse celebrations from September through to February each year. These feature Harvest Moon, Diwali, the Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks display, the Long Eaton Christmas Lights switch on events and Winter Solstice.
 
More information can be found at erewashmuseum.co.uk
 
Erewash Museum is located 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. You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum.
 

Raiders of the lost Museum

Take a step back in time and discover the treasures of the ancients when Erewash Museum hold their Treasure Hunters Week during 18-23 February.
 
Unleash your inner Indiana Jones and become an intrepid adventurer with fun treasure themed activities all week!
 
On Monday you can search for fossils, on Tuesday get creative with roman crafts, Wednesday have a go at carving mystical runes with the Vikings, and on Thursday there will be crafts inspired by Knights of the Templar. Friday’s adventure involves digging for Aztec gold! 
 
This event offers free admission with some activities being chargeable. 11am - 3pm daily.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, said:
 
“What a week for being a treasure explorer! The museum will be transformed into an ancient treasure ground with lots of fun activities and discoveries to uncover. Grab your explorer’s hat and see what you can find!”
 
Erewash Museum is located 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. You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum.
 

New Greenhouses Near Completion

A refurbishment project to upgrade the greenhouses at the West Park nursery complex in Long Eaton is close to completion.
 
The £110,000 project to upgrade the four glass houses started in September and saw the demolition of three greenhouses that were no longer fit for purpose. These have been replaced with modern aluminium structures which will contain more up-to-date heating, lighting and ventilation systems. A fourth is being refurbished. 
 
The finishing touches are now being put in place, including heating pipes, plant benches, the installation of footpaths and a water system. The new nursery complex is due to open in March when plant production begins.
 
Thousands of plants are grown at West Park Nursery by the council’s park teams every year for displays across the borough, including the flowers that formed the popular Union Flag displays which could be seen in Ilkeston and Long Eaton in the summer of 2018. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says: 
 
“The greenhouses are essential as this is where the colourful plants and flowers are grown that brighten up the borough. The upgrade project has been a great success so far and is on track to be completed next month. These new glass houses will save us money on maintenance and heating costs. We would like to again thank residents for their understanding while the work is completed.”

New Greenhouses Near Completion

A refurbishment project to upgrade the greenhouses at the West Park nursery complex in Long Eaton is close to completion.
 
The £110,000 project to upgrade the four glass houses started in September and saw the demolition of three greenhouses that were no longer fit for purpose. These have been replaced with modern aluminium structures which will contain more up-to-date heating, lighting and ventilation systems. A fourth is being refurbished. 
 
The finishing touches are now being put in place, including heating pipes, plant benches, the installation of footpaths and a water system. The new nursery complex is due to open in March when plant production begins.
 
Thousands of plants are grown at West Park Nursery by the council’s park teams every year for displays across the borough, including the flowers that formed the popular Union Flag displays which could be seen in Ilkeston and Long Eaton in the summer of 2018. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says: 
 
“The greenhouses are essential as this is where the colourful plants and flowers are grown that brighten up the borough. The upgrade project has been a great success so far and is on track to be completed next month. These new glass houses will save us money on maintenance and heating costs. We would like to again thank residents for their understanding while the work is completed.”