Parlour evening at museum

Erewash Museum will throw open its doors for a family evening of Victorian games and music to mark this year’s UK-wide Museums at Night 2016 Festival on Saturday 14 May.
The celebration event is free and will offer lots of throwback activities between 6.30pm and 8.30pm when visitors can take part in some good old-fashioned parlour games like tiddlywinks, cup and ball and the family favourite challenge of snobs.
There will also be a chance to watch traditional demonstrations, listen to period music and songs and children will be able to make a toy from years gone by. The popular Victorian game of croquet will be on offer in the museum gardens, weather permitting.
The museum’s newly-opened Old Stables Tea Room will be open for the evening when light refreshments will be served by volunteers of the Friends of the Museum.
Museums at Night is a national festival that is held twice-yearly with the aim of celebrating the UK’s heritage and encouraging more visitors to discover the delights of museums, galleries and heritage sites.

Revving up for a great day out!

Erewash Museum is gearing up for one of its most popular annual events . . .  when the exciting yearly motorcycle display rides into the gardens again on Saturday 14 May.
This year’s event has been dedicated to the memory of Ilkeston motorcycle enthusiast Steve Mellor, who died in December at the age of 57. Steve supported the museum for many years and will be sadly missed by the team.
The collection of motorcycles, both classic and new, is always a big hit with bike enthusiasts and families and the free event will be held between 12noon and 4pm.  The Museum will be open as usual from 10am – 4pm and refreshments will be available by the Friends of Erewash Museum in the newly opened Old Stables Tea Room.
Erewash Museum is situated 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

Open All Hours!

Local voluntary and community groups now have even more opportunities to apply for grants to help them with their work after Erewash Borough Council relaunched its Small Grants support into a new eight-week ‘rolling’ scheme.
The small grants programme offers the chance for community groups to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for innovative projects that help and support residents in the borough.
As part of the changes, the council’s awards panel will now meet every eight weeks to discuss the grant applications that have been received and make the awards to those groups that have been successful.
This week the council has announced its first two summer deadlines to enable community groups to start putting together their applications – with the first closing date confirmed as 5.30pm on Tuesday 31 May and the second as 5.30pm on Monday 25 July.
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“These changes mean that our small grants scheme now remains open all year rather than for the two or three ‘rounds’ that we have run previously. 
“This is good news for all those groups, both large and small, that we have in our borough and we now want to hear from them and how a small grant could help them in their work to help and support residents of all ages and in all kinds of ways.
“So we’re open for business and we’re calling on all those community groups out there to apply for up to £2,000. Shout about your work and start preparing your application for money that will help you – you have the next two deadlines!”
Subject to funding remaining available, the next ‘rolling’ deadlines will be announced shortly. 
Hundreds of groups in Erewash have been helped in recent years thanks to successful applications for a small grant and for the next awards, the council is particularly keen to hear about new or ground-breaking projects that could be helped by the money.
More details and an application form are available on the council’s website  – click on the ‘Community Living’ tab and then the ‘grants’ link. 
Anyone wanting more information about the Small Grants Scheme can also contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley on 0115 907 2244 ext. 3575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It’s Bloom Time Again

Erewash gardeners can put their spades and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers . . . the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this month!
The annual competition for green-fingered gardeners 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.
This year’s contest will be launched during National Gardening Week with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:
Wednesday 13 April - Long Eaton High Street, 10am - 2pm
Thursday 14 April - Ilkeston Bath Street, 10am - 2pm
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.
Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls. Alternatively, residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 13 April at or forms can be downloaded at
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 on 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.”
This year’s competition is being sponsored by The Oddfellows.  The friendship group is open to everyone and has 280,000 members and 139 branches all over the UK. The group has been part of social history for over 200 years, providing advice services, benefits and welfare support for those in need. For further information visit:

Family Day To Launch New-Look Museum

Erewash Museum will unveil its new learning and visitor centre on Easter Saturday 26 March with a fun Victorian Extravaganza for all the family.
The free family event will give residents the first chance to see the newly-completed Heritage Lottery Fund project, which also features a new Old Stables exhibition and a brand new tea room.
The launch event will run between 11am and 3pm and as well as exploring the new additions and its interactive exhibitions, there will be lots of entertainment including the chance to have a photo taken in a classic horse and carriage, horse shoe making, stilt walkers, lace making, a barrel organist and a penny farthing demonstration.
There will also be fascinating details about the residents of Dalby House - which is home to Erewash Museum - from across the years.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 “This will be a celebration day and we want as many people as possible to share it with us as we proudly launch our new-look museum after this major project.
“Our award winning museum is much loved by residents and these new facilities offer us so many more opportunities to extend and build on the magnificent work that is already carried out. Please go along, enjoy the day and take pride in this treasure of a museum that we have in our borough.”
A total of £563,600 funding was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Friends of Erewash Museum and Erewash Borough Council for the project.
Erewash Museum is just off the High Street in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Admission is free and it is open Monday to Saturday during school holidays between 10am-4pm. For more information contact Erewash Museum 0115 907 1141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit