Award for Museum

Erewash Museum has won the ‘Engaging Children and Young People’ category at this year’s East Midlands Heritage Awards for its work with children and young people on the Young Creative Curators programme.
 
The honour was handed out during a ceremony at Trent University on Thursday (9 November), when museum staff and volunteers were presented with their award.
 
The Young Creative Curators programme offers work placements to local secondary school pupils and university students. It also offers volunteering opportunities to all young people, including those with autism spectrum disorder and learning difficulties.
 
The museum was also highly commended in the ‘Volunteer Empowerment’ category for its work with volunteers and the volunteer-run tea room. The impact of volunteering allows the museum to involve more of the community in its activity programme. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We’re very proud that Erewash Museum’s excellence has been recognised for everything it offers, from exhibitions and events through to the tremendous work it does with schools across the borough. These latest awards are another tribute to the hard work of our museum team and the wonderful volunteers who support them.”
 
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 

Lest we forget

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will join local residents and representatives of local organisations at this year’s Remembrance Service in Ilkeston on Sunday 12 November.
 
A Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Parish Church will start at 10am ahead of the traditional parade. The parade sets off from South Street car park at 10.35am and will make its way to the Cenotaph in the Market Place where the Act of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony will start at 10.50am.
 
The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, will join Long Eaton residents to attend the service and Mass at St Laurence’s Parish Church at 9.30am before the parade.  The Long Eaton procession will start at 10.20am from West Gate and make it way to the War Memorial outside the Church for the wreath laying ceremony at 10.45am.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, has also given her support to this year’s Poppy Appeal:
 
“I join the residents of Erewash in wearing my poppy with pride. I will be honoured to represent the borough at the Ilkeston Remembrance Service to pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country and I know that the Deputy Mayor is equally honoured to be attending the Long Eaton event.”
 

Caring café society

Erewash Museum joins a wide circle of heritage venues to launch a Local History Café this month, the first of monthly wellbeing get-togethers for the over 50s who feel lonely or socially isolated.
 
Aimed at tackling loneliness in our communities, the Local History Café will be a place to meet and make friends over tea and cake – while there will be heritage-themed presentations and the chance to take part in creative activities.
 
The first café will be on Thursday 30 November between 10am and 12.30pm and will feature a talk by the museum staff. Cafes will then be held on the last Thursday of every month and each session costs £3, payable on the day. 
 
Beauty and Utility Arts, a Leicestershire based social enterprise, is behind the project that has seen Local History Cafes take off in venues across the East Midlands, developing supportive environments to help those over-50s who feel lonely for whatever reason.
 
All the cafes are encouraged to use social media to keep in touch with each other and to share ideas and inspiration.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are thrilled to host a monthly Local History Café at our award winning museum, it is a heart-warming project that reaches out to people and helps with the growing issue of loneliness in our local communities. The sessions will be informal, friendly and uplifting and I have no doubt will become a must-go-to group for many.”
 
 
Anyone interested must book a place in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1141. The £3 fee can be paid at the event.
 

The stars at night

Erewash Museum is hosting a FREE Astronomy Night on Saturday November 11, when amateur astronomers can look at the night sky with the help of experts.
 
Members of the Ilkeston and District Astronomy Society will be on hand in the museum gardens between 7pm and 9pm when visitors will get the chance to learn more about astronomy, planets and the galaxies. Interactive science demonstrations will also be taking place throughout the evening.
 
There will also be the opportunity to use professional stargazing equipment and the museum rooms will be open for a chance to view the building and exhibitions – while the Old Stable Tea Rooms will be open for refreshments.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“This evening event is always popular with people of all ages interested in learning more about astronomy, the planets and galaxies. There is also the added bonus of being able to use professional equipment to view the stars in greater detail.”
 
Please bring warm clothing and suitable footwear. Use of professional equipment is weather permitting.
 
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.
 

Bonfire & Firework Display

This year’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks extravaganza will be held on Saturday 4 November and promises to be as spectacular as ever with a stunning ‘Heroes and Villains’ themed display set to some rocking music.
 
Organised by Erewash Borough Council, the annual celebration is held at West Park in Long Eaton and is one of the biggest community bonfire and firework displays in the county, attracting thousands of people.
 
The gates at West Park will open at 6pm, with a funfair, stalls and food on offer to ensure a great night out for all the family. The event will begin at 7pm with the official lighting of the bonfire by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, and will be followed at 7.30pm by the start of the dazzling firework display.
 
Residents have already been snapping up advance tickets to make ‘sparkling’ savings on admission prices – 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:
 
“Our community bonfire night spectacular is by far the biggest and best event for miles around and we promise another sparkling night of family fun – so get your tickets now and have a dazzling time!
Advance tickets are available at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston; and Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls.