Free 24-Hour Festive Parking In Erewash

Erewash Borough Council will once again offer 24-hour FREE parking in all its car parks over the busy festive season.
The council has confirmed that its car parks will be free from Monday 14 December to Monday 28 December
inclusive – an initiative aimed at giving a major boost to the borough’s 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:
“Offering 24-hour free parking is a further demonstration of our commitment to the on-going drive to help and support our town centres. We know this good news will be warmly welcomed
“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 welcome this news and, most importantly, 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.

Winter Solstice Salute

Erewash Borough Council will host celebrations to mark Winter Solstice this month, an event organised as part of the council’s Festival of Light programme.
Winter Solstice is a magical family event and there will be two opportunities to take part in free lantern making workshops - at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park Leisure Centre on Saturday 12 December between 1pm and 5pm and at Erewash Museum on Saturday 19 December between 11am and 3pm.
A Solstice finale will be held from 4.30pm on 19 December in the outside setting of Victoria Park, Ilkeston with a free lantern lit procession by residents and the Friends of Victoria Park.
The procession will start at the Band Stand and will end with a short musical performance of traditional folk music by Derbyshire based Sarah Matthews and Doug Eunson, who will play the fiddle and melodeon. The music will celebrate the turning point of the year when, following Winter Solstice, the sun grows stronger and the days gradually become longer.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
“Children of all ages will have great fun in making lanterns and other crafts at our free workshops so we look forward to welcoming as many young people as possible for the sessions. They can then join the procession at the finale with all the lanterns ensuring a spectacular sight around Victoria Park.”
The Erewash Festival of Light is part of the council’s arts development programme and features workshops and events that celebrate occasions like Harvest Moon, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Winter Solstice, Christmas and the Chinese New Year.

Ilkeston Christmas Lights Switch-On

Seasonal sights, Santa, Scrooge and fairground fun . . .  just some of the festive family entertainment lined up for the bigger than usual Christmas Lights switch-on event in Ilkeston on Friday 27 November.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will ‘light up’ the town to officially launch the Christmas season during a fab free night of fun for people of all ages. 
The celebration event will take place between 5.30pm-8.30pm in Ilkeston town centre, with the Mayor switching on the lights at 7pm after which the sky will explode in a riot of colour as fireworks add to the magical festivities.
There will be traditional music and songs with local band Money Spiders and Ilkeston Brass Band – while the festive fun will also include a small local market, lots of ‘walkabout’ characters and carol singers.
In addition, Erewash Museum will relocate to the Market Place for the night and join the free festivities with a fun Dickensian theme to celebrate Victorian Christmas traditions and customs. Residents and children can meet Ebenezer Scrooge, listen to Victorian carol singers and meet some of the residents of Dalby House, the museum’s usual home.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“The countdown to Christmas 2015 is underway and we look forward to another wonderful celebration to light up the town. It is always a lovely, family event and brings everyone together to welcome the festive season and is a great opportunity for us to celebrate all that our town has to offer.”

Lest We Forget

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will join local residents and Civic guests in Ilkeston at this year’s Remembrance Service on Sunday 8 November.
Residents planning to attend Ilkeston’s parade are asked to be at South Street car park no later than 10:20am. The march will make its way to the Cenotaph on the Market Place for the Remembrance Service which will commence with the wreath laying ceremony at 10.40am.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will join residents in Long Eaton. Those planning to attend the parade need to be at West Gate by 10:20am. The march will make its way to the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at 10:45am.
A service and mass will be held at St Laurence’s Church from 9:30am prior to the parade.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, said:
“It’s important to remember the people whose lives were lost during both World Wars and more recent conflicts. I’m proud to pay tribute to the men and women not just locally, but throughout the Commonwealth, who have given their lives serving their country – We will remember them.”

Putting On The Bonfire Blitz!

This year’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks extravaganza will be held on Thursday 5 November and promises to be a spectacular, blitz-themed display set to some rocking music.
Organised by Erewash Borough Council, the annual fireworks celebration is held at West Park in Long Eaton and always attracts thousands of people as one of the biggest community bonfire and firework displays in the area.
The gates at West Park will open at 6pm, with a funfair, stalls and food on offer to ensure a fabulous 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 Val Custance, and will be followed at 7.30pm by the start of the dazzling firework display.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This is by far the biggest and best fireworks display and community bonfire for miles around and we have no doubt that this year’s ‘Bonfire Blitz’ will again see thousands of people of all ages share what is always a spectacular and memorable evening. It will be a dazzling night of family fun – so get your tickets now and have a sparkling time!”
Advance tickets are on sale and offer great savings for everyone - family tickets (2 adults and up to 3 children) are £9.50, a £3 saving on the ‘on-the-night’ price. Adults can snap up advance tickets for £3.90 instead of £5 on the night and anyone aged 16 and under or 60 and above can buy tickets for £1.70 instead of £2.50. Admission is free for children aged 5 and under.
Advance tickets can be purchased from West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Ilkeston Town Hall, Long Eaton Town Hall, Victoria Park, Ilkeston and Erewash Museum.