Lighting up the Solstice

Erewash Museum will host celebrations to mark the Winter Solstice this month, an event organised as part of Erewash Borough Council’s Festival of Light programme.
 
This year’s event will take place on Saturday 20 December and includes fun craft activities between 11am and 3.30pm.  Admission is free with a small charge of £1.50 for children wanting to take part in the workshops – which will include creating magical illuminations that can be added to the museum gardens.
 
Residents can also enjoy the free ‘Illumination Finale’ - an hour-long salute to the solstice in the gardens between 4pm and 5pm when there will be a moment of stillness and peace as the sun sets to reveal a nature-inspired installation of light in the gardens.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure says:
 
“This is a magical event that is always popular with families and people of all ages. Enjoy the workshops or simply join us for the finale when the museum gardens will be transformed into an illuminated delight when the sun goes down.”
 
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, Diwali, Winter Solstice, Christmas and Chinese New Year.
 

Christmas Carol Service

The traditional Christmas Carol Service will take place in Ilkeston Market Place on Christmas Eve from 7pm, a perfect seasonal get-together for all the family. 
 
The service is always a popular event as people gather in front of the Town Hall to sing some favourite carols, accompanied by the Salvation Army Band. The event marks the countdown to Christmas and will also feature a short service by the Rev Michael Petitt, of St Mary’s Church and members of Ilkeston Methodist Church, while Santa also hopes to make an appearance despite his busy schedule!
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, will attend the event and a collection will be held in aid of his chosen charities – The Royal British Legion and Cadet Units.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, welcomes residents and visitors to the annual Christmas Carol Service:
 
“This Christmas Carol Service is a heart-warming and traditional way for people of all ages to gather in Ilkeston’s Market Place and starts the real countdown to the big day. It is always a wonderful and welcome atmosphere and I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Free Festive Films!

Erewash Borough Council and Reel Cinemas Ltd have teamed up again to bring free film screenings to Ilkeston’s historic Scala cinema every Saturday in December. Films will start at 10am, with doors opening at 9:45am. Seats will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
 
The free film screenings are part of the council’s on-going town centre regeneration drive and is aimed to encourage people of all ages to enjoy a Saturday morning in the heart of Ilkeston before taking advantage of the nearby market and shops.
 
The films are as follows:
•  6/12 – Paddington
13/12 – Frozen
20/12 – The Lego Movie
27/12 – The Boxtrolls
 
Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“Our free film screenings have been a huge hit, so it’s great to celebrate the Christmas season with some of this year’s biggest films. The films are sure to provide something for everyone and fun for all!”
 
Paddington is a 2014 reimagining of the classic children’s tale featuring many well-known actors including Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters and Nicole Kidman. Frozen is Disney’s highest grossing film of all time, despite having only been released at the end of 2013. The Lego Movie brings the classic children’s favourite to life with the help of Hollywood actors including Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks. The Boxtrolls is based on Alan Snow’s Here be Monsters, and includes the voices of Ben Kingsley and Nick Frost.
 

More Free Parking For Erewash

Erewash Borough Council will provide free one hour parking in its town centre car parks in Ilkeston and Long Eaton next year after the scheme was approved at the Council Executive meeting this morning. (Thursday 30th Nov)

Councillors gave the go-ahead for a six month trial of the free parking as part of the council’s wider programme of town centre regeneration.

The council’s pilot scheme will begin on 5 January next year and run through to the end of June – meaning all the spaces in the busiest town centre car parks will be free for one hour.

Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“We see this as a very positive scheme that will be welcomed by both traders and residents alike – and we are confident it is a major step in our continued drive to help regenerate our high streets. We certainly hope it will encourage more residents to support their town centre and to shop locally. Over the six months we will be asking traders to help us monitor the impact and see if it does make a difference.”

The free one-hour scheme will replace the free 30-minute bays that have been available over the last year.

The car parks which will have the free one-hour parking next year are: Ilkeston – East Street, Baker Street, Chapel Street, Pimlico, Station Road, Wilton Place, Albion Centre, Albion Centre extension, Club Row, Queen Street and South Street. Long Eaton - Claye Street, Gibb Street, Beaconsfield Street, Lawrence Street and the Town Hall.

Taking The Lead With FREE Microchipping

DogErewash Borough Council is holding five days of FREE dog microchipping at sites across the borough in December.

The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will host the ‘chipping days’ from 1st-5th December and have urged dog owners to take advantage of the free offer.

Microchips hold all sorts of vital information, including details of the owner – meaning that if a dog is picked up as a stray, vets, dog wardens and others can easily scan the ‘chip’ and reunite the pet with its owner.

The free microchipping events will be between 10am-3.45pm and owners can turn up with their pets at any time. The locations are:

Monday 1 December - Sure Start, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay
Tuesday 2 December - Grasmere Road, Petersham Estate, Long Eaton
Wednesday 3 December - Queen Elizabeth Way Shopping Precinct, Kirk Hallam
Thursday 4 December - Sawley Park, Draycott Road, Sawley
Friday 5 December - Sure Start, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay

Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“We are delighted to be able to offer a week of free microchipping – an early Christmas present for owners and their dogs! We hope as many owners as possible take advantage of this great offer. One of the key responsibilities of our Neighbourhood Dog Wardens is dealing with stray dogs and they always work hard to reunite the owners and lost pets – a task made much easier with a microchip.”