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.

The Walk Of Britain team enter the Midlands! - Six wounded veterans, 1,000 miles, 72 days!

This week (Tuesday 13th October) six veterans have entered the midlands, marking the beginning of Week Eight of their epic 1,000 mile, 72 day expedition from Scotland to London.  All six individuals have either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty.  

Please can you help our wonderful Pride of Britain Winners - Walking With The Wounded. They will be setting off from Draycott this Saturday at 9.00am (17th October) as part of their 1000 mile Walk of Britain, which finishes at Buckingham Palace on November 1st. Their route this Saturday passes through Draycott, Breaston, Long Eaton, Toton, Chilwell, Attenborough, Beeston, Clifton, Nottingham City Centre, West Bridgford and finally finishes at Morrisons, Gamston.

One of the six veterans doing the 1000 mile walk is from Draycott, his name is Stewart Hill. He suffered a traumatic brain injury whilst serving in Afghanistan. Members of Draycott village fund and various volunteers are trying really hard to give the team a wonderful send off this Saturday. The main road and side streets are already  lined with Union Jacks. On the day we are expecting two bands, a choir, a piper, a scooter club & biker club salute & send off. The Mayor of Erewash has also arranged to come and meet the team to show her support. Also the Draycott village fund has arranged for 500 small flags to be handed out on the day, so lots of cheering and flag waving and a great send off.

Draycott are already doing a great job in supporting this event, however it would be fantastic if we could get support for the team throughout the whole day as they pass through various villages, towns and Nottingham City Centre on the way to Gamston. It would be wonderful if we could get people standing at the side of the roads to show their support. Please can you help with any reporting, publicity and promotions.

A couple of my friends and I are walking with them that day to show our support and appreciation of their wonderful efforts.

The core team consists of:

  • Stewart Hill suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on 4th July 2009 whilst commanding B Company, 2 MERCIAN in Afghanistan which has resulted in brain impairments within his executive function brain area, chronic fatigue, memory problems, severe and persistent tinnitus and bilateral hearing loss.
  • Matt Fisher sustained a gunshot wound to his left foot on Boxing Day 2009 in Afghanistan which resulted in subsequent elective left leg amputation 12 months later
  • Alec Robotham suffered severe right leg trauma as a result of shrapnel damage from a suicide bomb incident whilst on operation in the Helmand district of Afghanistan in 2010.  He also suffered puncture wounds in his right leg, right arm, secured hearing damage and a left foot drop (metal plate was then inserted).
  • Scott Ransley is blind in his right eye as a result of an IED blast whilst clearing an IED factory
  • Kirstie Ennis suffered full thickness facial trauma, oral and maxillofacial reconstruction, damage to her cervical and lumbar spine, hearing impairment, bilateral shoulder trauma, a traumatic brain injury, and left foot limb salvage
  • Andrew Bement suffers from PSTD with depression and suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury resulting in diminished executive functioning.

The team hope that as they travel through the country, people will turn out and support them, and everyone will get behind them as they head towards their goal.
Please do follow our Walk Of Britain expedition and help us to spread the word, raising awareness of and funds for our wounded:  #WalkOfBritain @supportthewalk.

About Walking With The Wounded - Walking With The Wounded is a charity established to support the employment aspirations and vocational outcomes of our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, those who have been physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged by their service.

WWTW recognises the inherent skills of our armed service personnel and wants to compliment these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace.  We offer assistance through our programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service and assist them in gaining independence through new long term careers outside of the military.  This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored.