Friday, 22 July 2016



A family fun day raising money for Macmillan with the main event being 4 brave ladies having their heads shaved and 4 brave fellas having their legs waxed. We have stalls and games and local business's attending. The event is being held at the White Lion in Sandiacre and will be held on Saturday the 23rd July. 2-6pm


Continued from last edition of the Website Extra
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway bus rally was held on Sunday 3rd July. Setting out at 9.23 for the station, I bought my ticket from Julian, crossed the road to redeem my Euromillions win (£2.50!) at Bains, and walked up to the platform, where old friend Peter Haddon was waiting for me. We got the train to Duffield, where we had slightly less than an hour wait for the 1st bus to Wirksworth. This was ex-Trent 1973 Bristol RE TCH 274L. I ate part of a pork pie, on the platform and then caught ex-Derby Corporation 1951 Crossley CRC 911, which usually appears at Elvaston Steam Rally at this time of year. This is a fine bus. I then had a choice, to get Coventry Corporation Daimler 334 CRW or Royal Blue Leyland PS2 coach FNV 557, both attractive propositions. Peter chose the former, and I opted for the latter. He had also been on ex-Bournemouth Daimler Roadliner KRU 55F on an extra run at 1145, which took 'til 1235 to get back from Carsington. In the meantime I had a ride up the 1in 27 incline to Ravenstor pushed by 0-4-0 saddle tank 'Brian Harrison', built by Andrew Barclay at Kilmarnock in 1954, same year as me. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire flypast was at 2.23. FNV 557 got back to Wirksworth station just as Leyland Leopard PRA 109R was departing, which disappointed me, as I wanted a ride on that bus. So, I waited for the next run of the steam engine up the incline, which just allowed enough time to get the last bus of the day, ex-Trent Bristol RE FRB 208H to Duffield, but I needn't have rushed, as it departed 8 minutes late. We had 1/2 an hour to wait for our train, so had a cup of tea from the brake van parked in the platform, from which I also purchased a Blackpool mug for 50p. I had a piece of Huntsman Pie (from Ashbourne) with my tea. The train was a couple of minutes late to Long Eaton. I wished well for Peter's mum, we parted, and I walked home. It had been a lovely, sunny day, and I enjoyed the outing enormously.
Derby 111 (CRC 911).

The new old booking hall @ Wirksworth
0-4-0 saddle tank 'Brian Harrison'
Tuesday 5th July was the occasion of the West Park Walkers' annual trip, this year to York. We had a Skill's coach, as usual now, and departed the Leisure Centre at 9am, on the dot. Travel was quick, via the M1, M18, A64, & A19, arriving at St. George's Field Riverside Coach Park at 1040. I am pleased to say there is a modern toilet block there, but with a charge of 40p. However, if you do not lock the door, you do not have to pay. A group of us walked along the river to the York Boat landing. I paid the Senior fare of £7, and the boat 'Captain James Cook' departed soon after. It went up to the Scarborough (railway) Bridge, before turning round, and going down to the Millenium Bridge, which was opened on 10th April in 2001, the true Millenium. They used to go to the Archbishop of York's palace at Bishopthorpe. I left the boat at the Ouse Bridge landing, and walked round the city centre looking for a lottery shop, buying a copy of the York Press newspaper, and stopping at Betty's to buy a Yorkshire Curd Tart and small Quiche Lorraine. I then went to Exhibition Square, the start point for the City Sightseeing open-top bus tour. After applying the senior discount, and presenting my boat ticket, the cost came down to £6. There was a live guide on the tour, which lasted 52 minutes. After this, I sat down in Exhibition Square, and ate a late lunch of pork pie and Mini Cheddars, from the lucky bag I had been handed just before I got on the coach. People who had checked on their phones, said there was going to be rain from 1 and a thunderstorm at 2. Fortunately this did not come to pass. I then walked to The Shambles, and looked round the market there. The thing that took my interest was a Hornsea Pottery cruet set for £7.50. I also bought a spinach and chickpea roll from the Bluebird Bakery for £1.50. My next call was at the York Brewery Yorkshire Terrier pub and shop, on Stonegate. There, I had a pint of the eponymous beer (4.2%), cost £3.15, with Camra discount, and bought a set of 3 beers for £6.30. I stopped at St. Helen's Square for a high tea snack of Seabrook sea salted crisps, and had another ride on the open-top bus to Fishergate, where I walked to the coach park for a 1/4 to 5, in good time for the departure south. I read the York Press, on the coach, and ate a dinner of Crunchy Oat Crummbles and Kit Kat Crunchy. I prepared to walk home as we arrived back at the Leisure Centre, but was delighted to be offered a lift by Burnley Dave, in his little grey Hyundai, which made the perfect end to a lovely day. I was in time to watch The 1 Show, with a delightful item on greyhounds v. cheetahs, and to let my pussy cat out in the garden. I had a piece of Betty's Yorkshire Curd Tart for my supper, which was lovely.

Friday, 15 July 2016


Jim Thompson
A new inspector has taken charge of policing in Erewash. Inspector Jim Thompson takes over the reins today (Monday, July 11) from Inspector Katie Andrews and is now responsible for policing Ilkeston, Long Eaton and surrounding areas. Inspector Thompson has more than 18 years of policing service which has seen him experience a number of roles and sections.
Jim, who joined Derbyshire police in 1998, has spent time working in Matlock, Swadlincote and Derby working his way from patrol constable, to sergeant, before promotion to inspector last year.
Inspector Thompson said of his latest move: “I am really pleased to have been given the opportunity to manage the Erewash Local Policing Unit. We have a committed policing team here and it is my aim that we listen to our community and work with our partner agencies to tackle the issues that affect them the most. I will endeavour to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and robustly target those who make the lives of others a misery to continue tokeep Erewash a safe place to live and visit”
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website.



Police have quashed rumours of an attempted abduction of a child in Sandiacre today. Despite allegations circulating on Facebook, officers have received no direct calls from anyone reporting an alleged attempted abduction of a two-year-old child today (Monday July 11th). Parents and local school teachers who have read the posts have contacted police for clarification.
In response to these concerns local officers are checking CCTV to see if there is any truth to the allegations. They are also trying to get more information about the original Facebook post.
General police advice to parents is that they should always keep small children close to them and warn older children about what to do if they are approached by strangers. 

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Generous shoppers at Tesco’s Long Eaton store donated more than 1.9 tonnes (1983.3kg) of food to the Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank last week. That’s equivalent to 5667 meals for people in need. The foodbank joined more than 440 other Trussell Trust foodbanks in last week’s nationwide collection (June 30th to July 2nd). The event was run in partnership with Tesco stores to provide emergency food parcels for people experiencing food poverty. In addition, the supermarket chain will be topping up customer donations by making a 20% financial donation of the value of the food collected.
“The summer holidays are a particularly difficult time for families whose children usually receive free school meals. Over that period our two foodbanks see a noticeable rise in need as parents already managing extremely tight budgets are pushed into food crisis,”
said Norman Thomas, spokesman for the foodbank. Supermarket collections are one of the main ways that our two foodbanks are stocked. During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items, such as long-life milk, cereals and tinned fruit and vegetables. We are delighted by the way the public has responded to our appeal to help those individuals and families struggling to make ends meet”.
More than 12.5 tons of three-day emergency food supplies were provided to 1171 local people by the Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank in 2015. Less than 5% of people coming to foodbanks are homeless, many are working families struggling to make ends meet. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for vouchers, obtained from front-line care professionals, such as health visitors, social workers, church and community workers. Clients are limited to three vouchers in a row and nine in a year. The main reasons people seek help from a foodbank are low income, benefit delays or change.
The foodbank is one of some 440 foodbanks in the UK working in partnership with The Trussell Trust, an ecumenical Christian charity. Many question the need for foodbanks, but the data collected nationwide by the Trussell Trust shows that Food poverty continues to be a serious issue in the UK despite the economic recovery.


A cyclist has been robbed of his mobile phone as he rode along a canal path. Sometime between 8pm and 8.15pm on Sunday, July 3rd, a 35-year-old man was cycling along the canal path between Sandiacre and Stanton, close to the footbridge which runs over the train line. He stopped on the path to answer a call on his mobile phone when two men appeared from the bushes nearby. One man produced a knife and demanded his phone, a Samsung. He also had an iPhone in his pocket, which the robber took.
The victim has described the man with the knife as black, in his 20s and of medium build. He had a shaved head and wore a diamond earring, black t-shirt and black Adidas tracksuit trousers.
The man he was with is white, in his 20s and with brown, cropped hair. He wore a blue Adidas tracksuit top, blue tracksuit bottoms and white trainers. Both men ran off towards the footbridge in the direction of Stapleford.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call DC Gary Oakland on 101, quoting reference 16000177933. Alternatively, send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Monday, 4 July 2016


Police are investigating reports that a woman was assaulted in Long Eaton. The 22-year-old was walking through the town following a night out when she was attacked. The incident happened on the waste ground parking area in Cross Street, at around 3am on Saturday, July 2nd. She suffered cuts and bruising. She did not get a good look at her attacker, only that he was male. Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 16000175815. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Saturday, 2 July 2016


Local gym hosts five-hour Boxathon for charity
Men and women of all ages and fitness are being encouraged to take part in a five-hour sponsored Boxathon with Ingram Boxfit, taking place on Sunday, 17th July, at Intrim Power, in Long Eaton, to raise money for Treetops Hospice Care. This is the first time that Treetops have encountered a Boxathon fundraiser! The fitness fundraiser runs from 8.00am to 1.00pm and will be led by professional boxer, Andy Ingram, 35, from Spondon, who runs regular Ingram BOXFIT and Ingram Boxing classes at the community-orientated gym.
Risley-base charity Treetops, provides nursing care and emotional support in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, including counselling services for adults, children and families. Andy had very personal reasons for starting boxing, as he explained:
“My dad passed away when I was very young and it was difficult. We got through it, my mum and I. We were inseparable and then when mum passed away, I bottled it up inside and became very angry. I found I needed to control my aggression as it was spiralling out of control and so I started boxing. It’s difficult when someone you love dies. We have to live with the pain every day. If I had had access to counselling, perhaps I may have taken a different path in life. I have always raised funds for charity through fighting, and the services that Treetops offers for free are really good.”
Andy and Francesca Balvert, known as Frankie, who trains with him boxing 2-3 times a week, are organising the sponsored Boxathon event together and are aiming to raise over £1000 in sponsorship. Frankie, 47, from Breaston, explained how people can get involved:
“We are looking for men and women to take part in tag teams, paying a £5 entry fee, with all proceeds to Treetops Hospice Care. Each team will do a 30 minute session before individuals are tagged by members of another team. This will ensure that those who need a break from the HIT work-out get one. Everyone should do at least one 30 minute session during the five hour event if not more. There will be some who will want to do an hour plus and that’s absolutely fine, the more the merrier. There should be a great atmosphere on the day with the teams at the side cheering them on. We are also looking for sponsorship for those taking part.”
Andy has 21 years of experience in boxing, having started very young. He reached 16th in the world heavyweight rankings, when David Haye was No. 1, and as a cruiserweight, reached 8th in the world rankings, beating British Champion; Shane McPhilbin.

Saturday, 25 June 2016


 Many members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne were involved on Sunday 12th May throughout the day in Draycott. During the morning they helped to improved the pathways and gardens within the Draycott School and then throughout the afternoon had a presence as marshals at the Draycott Village Queens Elizabeth tea party on the park.

Whilst the weather was disappointing in the afternoon it did not in any way put of the many families and friends who joined in the fun at the tea party. Photographs from the work being completed at the School.

Friday, 24 June 2016


The man accused of killing his girl friend, Amy Gough, with a blow to the stomach and found guilty of manslaughter was today jailed for 10 years. Nottingham Crown Court heard that Andrew Maling, 48, who now resides at Main Street, Sigglesthorne, Hull, had assaulted Ms Gough, of Sandringham Road Sandiacre, a number of times.
On one occasion surgeons had to drill into her skull to relieve the pressure on her brain. He admitted that he had been drunk when the previous assaults had taken place but that on the night she was fatally injured he had not been drinking. Four day after this incident Maling called paramedics and told them she was very pale and may be sick. On the way to hospital she suffered a heart attack in the ambulance and pronounced dead at 10.54pm on Sunday March 29th 2015. The jury heard that Amy had died from a blunt trauma injury to the abdomen which caused internal bleeding.


REMAIN          25,791    38.8%
LEAVE             40,739    61.2%
TURNOUT      66,530    76%
At a meeting held on 10th May 2016 at the Chequers Inn, Breaston, the Long Eaton Chamber of Trade discussed the EU Referendum. Those present were asked to indicate their view prior to any discussion – Remain or Leave. Discussion topics included Sovereignty, Democratic Accountability, Trade, Economy, Jobs, Policing & Security.
Following the debate Members were then asked to complete a further Remain or Leave slip.  When counted the results were unchanged before and after with a 2:1 majority in favour of leaving

There is a lot of talk today about article 50. In his latest article John Raymond spelled it out.
The question must be : What would happen if BREXIT won the referendum. I am told that the process for leaving the EU is actually covered by Article 50 of the European Treaty. So I have included it below.

Article 50 states:
1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
3.The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.

4. For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or the Council or in its decisions concerning it.
A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union.
5. If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.
 So, a leave vote would actually initiate a two year period to negotiate the "Terms of Exit". If this period proves too short it can be extended (Presumably this would be done by those with incredible personal expenses). However...Given that the UK is only partially in the EU: If the UK were to quit (as described in the Lisbon Treaty) it could probably renegotiate all (or at least some) of the trade treaties it now enjoys with the EU. In the same way that Switzerland and Norway (who are not members of the EU) have a special relationship with the EU so could the UK.
Naturally the UK would not be part of the single currency nor would it be expected to operate open border policy. So in that respect nothing would change. Illegal migrants would still wade ashore. Those in positions of power would continue to reap the benefits of their importance, and the first cause of death of those under 35 in our country will still be suicide. Not that anyone seems concerned about this latter point.


Thursday, 23 June 2016


600 women took to the streets of Derby at 10pm on Friday 17th June for the seventh annual Moonlight Walk in aid of Treetops Hospice Care. It is anticipated that over £51,760 has been raised in sponsorship for the charity which provides nursing care and emotional support for free for adults and their families in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The 5k and 10k walk started at the University at Derby at 10pm, the same time that Treetops Hospice at Home nurses begin their shifts supporting patients in their homes.
Showing their support.
Helen Saroi, 50, from Allestree took part in the walk to show her support for the Hospice at Home nurses who helped her mum:
Helen Saroi and team

“We really appreciated the support when my mum was poorly. She had terminal cancer and wanted to die at home. At the time I had two very young children and I wasn’t in a position to help her all the time when she needed care. Treetops nurses gave her support overnight and would sit with her and tend to her care. It was really, really useful and a big weight off my mind.”

A team of Treetops nurses took part in the walk themselves as Nicola Ward, 41, from Ilkeston, team member, explained:

Nicola Ward (centre) with friends
“I decided to take part to help raise money for this amazing charity. As a Hospice at Home nurse I see first-hand how we support and care for people and their families at very difficult times. With the support of Treetops we really can make every day count. I feel honoured to provide nursing care and support to the families that welcome us into their homes.”
Other walkers included Hannah Winsbury, 23, whose mum living in Long Eaton has been receiving support at the Risley-based hospice.
“My mum has advanced breast cancer and has found the support from Treetops to be invaluable. She really enjoys the complementary therapy as it always leaves her feeling good about herself. She’s quite a reserved person but has also really benefited from the counselling service which is something we never thought she would do. She’d tried other counselling services previously but didn’t get much out of them so it must be down to how open and friendly and how comfortable it is at Treetops.”
Huge congratulations and thanks

Mary Rose, community fundraiser for Treetops, thanked everyone who had taken part on the night:
trentbarton brought the 5km walkers back in style
“We are absolutely thrilled that so many women have come out this evening and want to say a huge congratulations and thanks to everyone. It’s been a great evening with a lovely atmosphere and everyone is going home to their beds knowing they’ve made a big difference to Treetops. We also want to thank everyone who’s been involved in making the event such a success from the marshals who’ve manned the route including volunteers from Repton Security, the University of Derby for hosting us once again, trentbarton for driving our 5k walkers back to the start, Pure Gym for their energetic warm-up and many more people behind-the-scenes. We couldn’t do it without them!”
Treetops need to raise over £3 million each year to run the hospice. Each overnight Hospice at Home nursing shift costs just over £300 so every penny raised for the charity makes a big difference. Those inspired by the sponsored event can register now for the Colour Rush taking place on Sunday 11th September at Elvaston Castle.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Jordan Werkowski- Freeman, who was last seen on June 14th, has been found safe and well in Long Eaton. Thanks to everyone who helped to publicise the appeal.

Monday, 20 June 2016


Jewellery and cash have been stolen from a house in Long Eaton. Sometime between 8.30am and 3.35pm on Tuesday, June 14th, a burglar smashed the back door of a house in Curzon Street. They took money boxes, pocket watches and jewellery. Witnesses or anyone with information should call DC Lesley Smith on 101, quoting crime reference 25984/16.
Alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Monday 4th April 2016 Ref: 15404-16
The female above assaults male bus driver by verbally abusing him and then being sick on him. Female got on the bus on Nottingham Road, Long Eaton. Members of the public should not approach anyone displayed in the images but should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and give the identity of the person shown, quoting the reference number accompanying the picture. You can also provide information anonymously using the Crimestoppers online form.
Officers investigating a burglary at an office on Market Street in Draycott have released an image of a man they’d like to speak to. The sneak-in burglary happened between 1.10pm and 1.25pm on Friday May 27 when a man went into the building, searched the office and allegedly stole a laptop. Anyone who recognises the man in the image or who knows anything about the incident should contact PC Mark Karim on 101, quoting crime number 23076/16 or send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of the website. People can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online

Sunday, 19 June 2016


Police would like the help of the public in trying to find missing Long Eaton man. Jordan Werkowski-Freeman (26) was last seen at his home address on Clarence Road in Long Eaton at 8am on Tuesday, June 14th. Mr Werkowski-Freeman is 5ft 10ins tall, of a slim build and has short brown curly hair and often has stubble on his face.
He also has a tattoo on his neck. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of him is asked to ring 101 quoting incident number 462 of June 17th.

Saturday, 18 June 2016


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You may be aware of Thursday nights flooding. One of the things residents are angry about is the rubbish which has been dumped outside number 16 by a former resident when she moved out a few days ago. This was reported to the council for several days prior to flooding and assurances were given that it would be removed. It was not collected and during the flood there were nappies and all sorts of other litter floating down the street.
Derbyshire county council have failed in their duties and let residents down.
Sue Barber
Pictures by Jane Phillips


Friday, 17 June 2016


Stage four of the five in the world-ranked Aviva Women's Tour will take the race 74 miles from Nottingham to Stoke – taking in Long Eaton, Breaston, Draycott, Borrowash, Swarkestone, Aston on Trent, Weston on Trent, Willington, Burton and Uttoxeter along the way. The race this Saturday starts from Nottingham at 10.30am.

Riding for the Dutch-based Boels-Dolmans team,is 29-year-old Draycott cyclist Nikki Harris.

This race is the biggest women's road race to be staged in this country and will pass through Long Eaton at around 10.45am on Saturday morning.