Ilkeston Food Fair is quietly growing into something rather special. The brain child of Carol and Gordon Pringle, the first Ilkeston food fair was held in 2014 with 26 exhibitors and was a great success. The most recent fair in October 2016 attracted over 86 exhibitors and 1000's of visitors. Carol and Gordon are now excited to announce plans for a Traditional Christmas Market  on the 11th December  2016 at Ilkeston Rugby Club DE7 4AZ 10am to 4pm
 
The market will be opened to the rousing sound of The Long Eaton Silver Prize Band, a community based brass band organisation, which promotes and encourages live music within the borough of Erewash, encouraging  people of all ages to play or learn a musical instrument, targeting young and disadvantaged groups.
 
There will be Christmas Carols from The Imari Ladies choir and a rather special man will be in attendance with his real reindeer, giving both adults and children the fantastic opportunity of meeting the reindeer and learning all about them.
 
An artisan food, drink and craft market showcasing food from all corners of the world, real ale,  an English vodka maker, pickles and preserves will be joined by Masterchef finalist 2015 Pete Hewitt, and  a new exhibitor Jorge Artisan Foods which is run by professional chef George Bennett who has worked in the past with Jamie Oliver. 
This is not just any food fair this is a food fair also joined by M&S and  together with live music from the talented Megan Kelsey, an 18 year old singer songwriter from Nottingham, and puppet shows guarantee a fun filled day out for all the family
 
A great chance to get into the spirit of Christmas and stock up on last minute gifts.
 
We are also proud to announce we are raising funds for the Brain Tumour Charity in memory of a friend taken suddenly and far too soon.
  • Entry £1
  • Carpark £1 ( All proceeds go to the local scouts and guides)
We also have an exhibitor who has had a grant from The Princes's Trust and the October event was his first ever event, his mentor and executive are coming to The Christmas Market.
 
Here is what Jason from Ruckabies has to say about the help he received
 
'The Prince's Trust is great, they help you think about so many things you may have not considered and offer constructive advice to get the best possible start. They have given me the start that I needed and offer an immense amount of encouragement and support and do everything they can to make sure we succeed. Both my mentor and executive will be coming in December for the Christmas event to offer support and try the food which is great and I am excited for them to see what their help has achieved.
 
 

Concert in St Mary’s Church, Ilkeston - November 26th at 7.30pm

J26 Sinfonietta perform music from Haydn, Handel & Bach among others.
 
Our own Organist, John Sears, will be playing the organ at the beginning of both parts of the concert in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the installation of the Church Organ.
 
Tickets are £5 and will be available on the door- accompanied children, under 16yrs, are free!

Erewash remembers

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will join local residents and civic guests in Long Eaton at this year’s Remembrance Service on Sunday 13 November.
 
Residents planning to attend the parade need to be at West Gate by 10.20am when the march will set off and make its way to the War Memorial in the Market Place for the Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at 10.45am. A service and mass will be held at St Laurence’s Church at 9.45am prior to the parade.
 
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will join residents in Ilkeston. Those planning to attend Ilkeston’s parade are asked to be at South Street car park no later than 10.15am. The march will make its way to the Cenotaph in the Market Place for the Remembrance Service which will begin with the wreath laying ceremony at 10.30am.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, says:
 
“It is a great honour and it will be with great pride that I will represent the borough of Erewash at the Remembrance Service in Long Eaton. It is important that we always remember those who have lost their lives in conflict. They gave their lives for their country and so that others may live.”
 

Reach for the stars

Budding stargazers have the chance to get tips from the experts and use professional equipment when members of Ilkeston and District Astronomical Society host a ‘look to the skies’ night at Erewash Museum.
 
The equipment will be set up in the museum grounds on Saturday 12 November between 7pm-9pm and anyone wanting to learn more about astronomy can go along to this free event.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This will be an out of this world event for people of all ages and offers a wonderful opportunity to get expert advice on the night sky, the moon, planets and all things celestial.”
 
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 
 

Tales of the unexpected?

An evening of spooky stories featuring creepy characters is on offer at Erewash Museum on Halloween for those wanting a ghostly celebration of All Hallows’ Eve.
 
Storyteller Pat Ashcroft will weave the words for the spooky evening which starts at 7.30pm on Monday 31 October.
 
Tickets for the event are £4 and are on sale at the museum. The evening is suitable for everyone aged 12 and over (all under 16s must be accompanied).
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The dark nights are here and what better way to celebrate Halloween than a gathering at Erewash Museum for some spooky tales. It will be ghostly – but fun as well, so see you there!”
 
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. 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