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The website has been relaunched as The Long Eaton Website Extra. The original website had almost a million hits. It will probably take a while for people to realise we are still here with a new name.

Saturday, 19 May 2018


Balloon modelling and bubble blowing will all be part of the fun for children when Circus Week returns to Erewash Museum this month. Taking place during half term, from Tuesday 29th May to Friday 1st June, there will be free crafts for children on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11am to 3pm. Youngsters will also be able to enjoy family circus skills workshops and giant bubble blowing demonstrations.
On the Thursday (31st May), there will be a special circus party, costing £1.50 per child (over the age of two), giving little performers the chance to try their hand at circus skills. There will be giant bubble workshops taking place throughout the day.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We are delighted to be holding circus week again at Erewash Museum. There is a wide variety of circus activities which always prove very popular with children and parents. It is a great way to keep youngsters entertained during half term. The children enjoy learning new skills and showing them off to their friends and family.”
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, Monday to Saturday during school holidays, and closed on bank holidays. Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum .

Thursday, 17 May 2018


To celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Long Eaton’s Petersham Community is holding a street party on Saturday, from 2pm to 4pm.
Events will include a bouncy castle, a Great British Bake Off-style competition and face painting. If you want to join in the fun come along to the Petersham Community Hall with a chair, some party food to share and, if you are entering the baking competition, a cake.
Sandwiches will be provided. visit for further details.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Anyone wanting to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in style can head to Erewash Museum on Saturday 19th May to join in with a traditional garden party.
The free event has been organised by Ilkeston Methodist Church and takes place between 2pm and 5pm. There will be a range of activities all based around the garden party theme such as relay races where people can dress up in tiaras and royal attire. People will also be able to make their own royal flag and decorate a straw boater hat. Bunting will adorn the gardens and those who attend will be able to enjoy a cream tea at the Old Stables Tea Room. Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This event will be a chance to for people in Erewash to join in with the Royal Wedding celebrations. The borough has many royal links and we know that many people will enjoy what is set to be a great traditional and fun event.”
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 or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum

Tuesday, 15 May 2018


Police are appealing for witnesses after a large quantity of jewellery was stolen during a burglary in Long Eaton. Between 6pm and 11.15pm on Tuesday, April 10th, entry was forced to the house on Ashview Close. A pillow case looks to have been used to carry the stolen items away from the property.
We have released images of several items similar to those that were taken, much of which held sentimental value for the owners having been passed through several generations. We are asking anyone who witnessed anything suspicious, have seen items similar to those in the pictures or have recently been offered jewellery for unofficial sale in the local area to contact us.
You can call DC Adam Richmond on 101 quoting reference 18000161827. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Monday, 14 May 2018


An exhibition by a Kenyan-born artist who discovered her talent for art following a bout of ill health will be on display at Erewash Museum from 10th May until 6th July.
Colour, expression and depth are the key to the Vibrant Reflections exhibition by artist Nila Shah, who says that art and mixed crafts have been a therapeutic journey of healing and self-discovery for her since she began her creative journey in 2009. Her exhibition showcases colourful and intuitive pieces that invite people to unlock their own imaginations.
Nila, born in Kenya, of Indian origin and brought up in the East Midlands is currently based in Derbyshire. She is a mixed media artist who shares colour, expression and depth through her work. A lot of her work in this exhibition is intuitive and involves a number of layers and techniques including art journaling. Nila continues her passion for working with a wide variety of artworks for therapeutic reasons and is still exploring ways of incorporating different techniques and mediums in her work.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We are delighted that Nila’s work will be on display in Erewash. Anyone who appreciates art will be certain to enjoy this colourful exhibition.”
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 or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum

Friday, 4 May 2018


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It is also good to hear of a new business taking to the streets of Long Eaton and the latest that we hear of is no exception. After the sale of their former family travel business back in 2014, new company managing director Martin Laver and his family launched a new escorted coach holiday venture in late 2016 and have now chosen Long Eaton to be home to their very first Travel Shop. However, there is a twist in every tale as they say and in this one the twist involves fresh Italian ground coffee, homemade cakes, freshly made sandwiches, toasted teacakes & much more too!
On 5th April 2018, "all about TOURS Ltd" opening the doors to their new shop, adjoining Rowlands Pharmacy on Midland Street, close to Asda. The event was advertised to their existing customers and over 130 attended in a little over 3 hours, with the earlier birds there to witness the cutting of the 'launch' ribbon by the deputy Mayor, Councillor Chris Corbett. Councillor Corbett expressed publicly his appreciation of the new company and ethics that it had in providing such a personal and attentive service. "I have never had a coffee and cake whilst booking a holiday before and certainly not where the company Director is happy to call me 'Chris!' There is an extremely friendly feel to 'all about TOURS' - one that we can certainly recommend."
The new travel shop, opposite the police station is unique in the midlands, as it houses "the COACH cafe" and as far as they are aware, it is only the 2nd such collaboration in the country! So whether you are booking a Round the World cruise, an escorted tour to Scotland, a short weekend's self-drive to Derbyshire - or simply fancy a quality cuppa and a sumptuously fresh bite to eat, we urge you to try the new Travel & Coffee Shop at 'all about TOURS' - where a friendly Laver family welcome is always assured.


Police are appealing for the public’s help reuniting the family of a decorated war veteran with his medals, after they were stolen from a Long Eaton school. The medals had belonged to Squadron Leader Gerald de Lucie Carver, an ex-pupil of Trent College, who served in bomber command during the Second World War. They had been on loan to the school since 2009 from Mr Carver’s family after his death in January 2008 at the age of 86. Mr Carver was a pupil at Trent College from 1936 to 1938. During the second world war he served as a bomber pilot on Wellingtons in No.37 Squadron and then Halifaxs in No. 78 Squadron, flying in 58 operations.
The medals, pictured, included a Distinguished Service Order (DSO), Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), 1939-1945 Star, The Air Crew Europe Star, The Africa Star, Defence Medal 1939-45, War Medal 1939-45 and the Malta 50th Anniversary Medal 1942-1992. The coveted DSO was awarded to the then Flight Lieutenant Gerald de Lucie Carver after the plane that he was flying became badly damaged, but despite this he continued with the mission. Reports stated: “This officer has displayed great courage and devotion to duty and his achievements have won great praise.” (London Gazette, Friday, December 10, 1943).The medals had been on display in a wooden, wall mounted case in the museum at the college on Derby Road in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, when sometime between Monday, February 19th and Thursday, February 22nd, they were stolen. The theft is being investigated by PC Helen Gallear from the Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team, who said: “The theft was reported to us nearly two months after the medals had been found missing. We are now appealing for anyone who may recognise the medals from being on sale somewhere or having been offered them for sale in unusual circumstances.”
Melanie Harris, Mr Carver’s daughter, said: “My father was such a lovely man and the family are very proud of his war time efforts, particularly as he was so young at that time. He wanted the medals to be displayed at the school to help in teaching the pupils about the sacrifices that were made during war time. It is so sad that they have been stolen and we appeal for anyone who knows of their whereabouts to make contact with PC Gallear.”
If you have any information about this incident please contact PC Gallear on 101, quoting reference number 18*166566. You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting

Sunday, 29 April 2018


Residents are being asked for their views on granting conservation area status for Sawley’s popular tourist spot Trent Lock. A six-week public consultation was launched on Monday 30th April to find out if people agree the site should be granted the status to protect its heritage and history.
Trent Lock is at the confluence of three late 18th Century waterways – the Loughborough Navigation (1778), the Erewash Canal (1779) and the Trent Navigation (1787). If the conservation area proposal goes ahead it would also recognise the rarity value of a group of buildings at Trent Lock that date back to these waterways. The historic interest of Trent Lock is reflected in its inclusion in key gazetteers of industrial archaeology. The Canal & River Trust has also described it as one of the ‘particular highlights’ of the Erewash Canal and a site with ‘high heritage values’ – saying the lock chamber, the former Erewash Navigation Inn building and the former toll booths are all ‘significant’ features. Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
“It is vital that we protect our borough’s heritage and we firmly believe that Trent Lock – which is a popular and much-loved site - needs that protection for its important buildings that have great architectural and historic interest. We want to know if our residents agree with us and I encourage everyone to get involved with this consultation and give us their view.”
The consultation opened on Monday 30th April and will run until Friday 8th June. Residents can respond online at where a document giving more details about the proposal along with a map showing the designated area is also available. Alternatively, consultation forms and details are also available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls and Ilkeston and Long Eaton libraries.

Saturday, 21 April 2018


Police have issued a video showing the moment a group of men brazenly entered a store in Long Eaton and stole two motorbikes. The incident took place at Leisure Trail, Beech Avenue, Long Eaton between 1.40pm and 2pm on Friday, April 13th. You can view the footage by visiting the Derbyshire Constabulary website. 
Of the two bikes taken, one, a blue Honda has since been recovered. The whereabouts of the second, a blue Husqvarna, registration DK14 HPE remains unknown.
Police want to speak to all four of the men on the CCTV in connection with the incident. The footage also captures the same individuals browsing the shop just a few minutes prior to the thefts. If you recognise any of these men, have seen the missing motorbike, or have any information, please call PC Louise Munday on 101 quoting reference 18000166573. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.