Thursday, 18 August 2016


When we came here in August 2006 Long Eaton was an amazing town centre which is why we chose to buy our shop here. Many changes have happened in Long Eaton since then and Long Eaton is still a great place to shop and business goes on as usual.
From a little newsagents we managed to raise over £800,000 for local good causes via the lottery. Now we have expanded to specialist tobacconist after taking over from Joshia Browns tobacconist in 2007. We have been appointed official Havana cigar specialist and tobacco/pipe specialist, selling the best cigars from all over the world. Our range of loose tobacco with over 100 different flavours to choose from is the largest in the area and you can blend your own flavours. We have now launched our very own on line business this year The shop has also now been renamed Holmes Cuban Cigars one of a handful of tobacconist in the uk.

However we still have the newsagents side which was Ferrys old shop. Pop in and see the shops mascot snoopy the labradoodle. The family run business would like to thank our trusted and loyal staff and the people of Long Eaton (past and present) for all their support and hope to be here serving you all for more years to come.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


Police are appealing for information after hundreds of cannabis plants were discovered in the Bengal Spice Restaurant in the Market Place, Long Eaton. Officers were called to the premises on Thursday August 4th just before 1pm. They spent the afternoon removing plants from the scene. A spokesman said that they had not yet arrived at a final figure but that it ran into hundreds. No one has been arrested yet but police would like to talk to anyone with any information.


A burglar climbed through the kitchen window of a house in Long Eaton and stole a purse and an empty handbag from inside. The house, in Ruskin Avenue, was targeted between midnight and 1am on July 17th. A black purse containing cash and an empty handbag were taken. Detectives investigating the break-in want to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area during the night. Witnesses or anyone who can help should call DC Emma Daniels on 101, quoting crime reference 16000196875. Alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


St Chads Water Transformed

Draycott and Church Wilne Parish Council are delighted to unveil their completed access improvements project at St Chad’s Water Local Nature Reserve, Draycott – which was funded by its successful £12,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help campaign. (see attached photograph). The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.
Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country.
The funding has helped to improve access around the lake at St Chad’s Water Local Nature Reserve for all ages and abilities throughout the year. Areas that have been prone to flooding and inaccessible during the winter have now been improved with embankments and drainage so that the path is accessible all year round and is suitable for everyone. St Chad’s Water Local Nature Reserve is a wonderful nature reserve for both wildlife and people. The site is free and open every day for everyone to enjoy.
Val Clare Draycott and Church Wilne Parish Council, said: “We are really pleased that our project was voted for the highest grant in this region. This has enabled more of the paths at St Chad’s Water to have been improved to a really good standard so that everyone can enjoy this fantastic reserve.”
If you would like to know more about this project and other events in Draycott please contact Val Lewis (Parish Clerk) on 01332 875 278 or email

Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “It is wonderful to see how the money from our Bags of Help initiative has been spent.

“This is money that has come directly from Tesco customers living and shopping in each of our regions up and down the country. The feedback for the project has been brilliant.”
Voting ran in store from 27th February until 6th March – with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.
Applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open in Spring 2017, (date to be confirmed). As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated all year around by people living locally. If you would like more information about the Bags of Help contact Marion Farrell at Groundwork on 07801 122 494 or email

Jewellery and cash stolen during daytime burglar

Burglars forced open patio doors at a house in Ilkeston and stole jewellery including an engagement ring and a wedding ring. The break-in happened at a house in Repton Drive between 10am and 2pm on Monday, July 25th. The burglars stole cash and jewellery, including a 22 carat gold wedding ring and a 22 carat engagement ring with three diamonds. They also took a rose gold T-bar necklace and a matching rose gold T-bar bracelet. All of the jewellery is of sentimental value to the owner and detectives want to hear from anyone who may have been offered similar items for sale. Witnesses to the daytime burglary, or anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area, should call DC Emma Daniels on 101, quoting crime reference 16000208041. Alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
New Season for Sandiacre Male Voice Choir
September not only sees the children back in school but it brings in the new season for Sandiacre Male Voice Choir. The choir is in its 96th year and already starting to look ahead to its centenary year and celebrations in 2020 but until then, with our wide repertoire from traditional hymns to theatrical show tunes and modern day songs, we are always looking for opportunities to entertain audiences throughout the county. So if you are holding a private function, a community event or a charity fundraising event then we have the songs to fit all occasions. New members are always welcome to join us and you don’t need to be able to read music! Just drop in, listen or sing along on Monday evenings from 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Butt Street, Sandiacre. For more information on booking the choir for an event or to talk about joining us please contact the choir Secretary, Anthony Taylor, on 0115 877 8669. Follow us on Twitter @smvc, see our Facebook Page #or our website is

Monday, 15 August 2016


Local MP Maggie Throup has recently held her first Pensioners Advice Fair in Long Eaton's ShopMobility Centre. The Fair, which was well attended by residents from across Erewash, showcased a number of organisation that provide help, support and advice to people in later life.
Speaking about the event Maggie said:
“It is clear from my constituency casework that local residents over the age of 55 often contact me looking for a similar type of support. I therefore thought that it would be a good idea to organise a community event, specifically targeted at older constituents, which brought together a range of local partner organisations under one roof. I would like to thank all of today’s exhibitors; Citizens Advice Bureau, Pension Wise, Age UK, Alzheimer's Society, Derbyshire Carers Association, 50 Plus forum and Derbyshire Police. In addition I would also like to thank those residents who attended the Fair, I hope they found it useful.” 


The Trinity Methodist Church on Cross St Long Eaton has recently installed a Defibrillator on the outside of its building for use by the public if an emergency arises. It follows discussion at a Church Council meeting in February to which members gave its approval. A subscription list was set up and generous donations were received from Church members and friends, the Long Eaton Rotary Club, the Salvation Army and the Long Eaton Judo Club. At a short service on Saturday morning the 16th July a plaque was unveiled to mark its installation and give thanks to all who donated towards it.
On the above photo Left to Right are- Howard and John Fletcher(Church Property and Finance) Barbara James and Roger Alton(LE Rotary),Lynn and David Dent(LE Salvation Army) and Rev Arnold Dixon(Minister of Church)


One of the two Anglican churches in Long Eaton – St John’s on the corner of Canal Street and College Street – is to have a new vicar. The Reverend Sam Tredwell, with her husband and daughters, will be moving to Long Eaton from Newark, Nottinghamshire. Sam is currently part of the team ministry covering the churches of Newark and Coddington. The service to launch Sam Tredwell’s ministry in Long Eaton will be at St John’s Church, on Thursday 15 September at 7.30pm. Everyone in the parish and town is welcome to attend.

Friday, 5 August 2016


          Early Derby County Season Ticket Discovered in North Derbyshire

On a recent Matlock valuation day, I discovered dark blue booklet of tickets. Closer inspection showed that this was a very rare survivor: a set of season tickets for Derby County Football Club, dated 1939-1940. The 'subscribers' tickets, allowing entry to all games including the FA Cup, cost £2 2 s, a price many a football fan these days would be more than willing to pay, although this figure would still have represented more than half a week's wages for a working man.
I was initially puzzled by the fact that only one ticket had been torn from the book but then quickly realised that this season's matches had to be abandoned due to the outbreak of World War Two: our young men, unfortunately, had other duties to perform. Whether the original owner was one of the many called away to war, and what his fate may have been, we will probably never know. Being an enthusiastic Derby County fan this is just the sort of item which appeals to me. Particularly fascinating is the list of fixtures at the back of the book. Derby was due to play another historic Derbyshire club, Chesterfield, on 24th August but along with the others the match never took place. Derby County's history goes back to 1884 and was one of the first to join The Football League, formed in 1888. The club is still going strong today. Perhaps next season we'll see them heading back to the Premiership under Nigel Pearson's management.

The game of football has a much longer history than might be supposed, although in Elizabethan times it was considered a disreputable sport and enjoying a game could even land you in jail for a week! We have here in Deryshire, of course, our own Shrovetide Football Match, held each year in Ashbourne, when the Up'Ards and Down'Ards compete in a rather dangerous version of the game which has hundreds of players and very few rules.

The little book of Derby County tickets shows how an object which could so easily have been thrown away as 'worthless' has its own form of value, which will certainly be translated into rather more than its original cost!
The season ticket is expected to make up to £60 when it is entered into our World Cup Football Auction on Tuesday 23rd August. We are currently seeking similar entries, as well as golf, tennis, rugby and cricket memorabilia. For more information please contact the saleroom on 01283 733988 or email
Written by Charles Hanson

Thursday, 4 August 2016


On Tuesday tea time Stage One presented Treetops with a cheque for £1,105. The money was raised from a sponsored headshave and chestshave, Indoor BBQ, Raffle, Penny Jar, Pay to Sing, Burst the Balloon and an ice cube game where the winner was the person who could spit an ice cube the furthest. This competition was won by Zoe.


Sunday, 31 July 2016


Police are appealing for information after sentimental items, including a WW1 cigarette case and an antique RAF pocket watch, were stolen from a home in Long Eaton. Overnight between 11.55pm on Sunday, July 10 and 7.15am the following morning, thieves used tools from the victim’s shed to force open a window of their property on Bennett Street in Long Eaton.
Once inside, thieves carried out an untidy search of the home before making off with a number of items including bank cards, a black and grey Italian leather rucksack, and cash. A number of sentimental items were also stolen during the burglary including a sterling silver WW1 cigarette case with ‘DB’ and ‘1914’ engraved on the front, and an original RAF issued pocket watch.
Anyone with any information about the burglary, or who knows the whereabouts of the stolen items, should contact PC Phil Harris on 101, quoting crime reference 16000 188127, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can also send PC Harris a message online using our Contact Us pages.


 A safe and valuable items have been stolen from a house on Tamworth Road in Long Eaton. The burglary happened between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday July 14 when someone broke in through the back door and searched the house.
The safe contained cash, jewellery, a passport and a birth certificate. A pair of Oakley sunglasses, a Lumix camera, a Donkey Kong watch and Samsung tablet were also taken.
Anyone with any information about the burglary should contact Detective Constable Leah Conner on 101, quoting reference number 16000193533, or send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website
People can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online


Police are reminding people of the dangers of swimming in lakes, reservoirs and rivers as high temperatures continue. Open water such as lakes, reservoirs and other sites like disused, water-filled quarries can be extremely dangerous even for experienced swimmers.
Officers are urging people not to go in the water to cool down if the weather is hot as they could endanger their own lives and the lives of others. There may be hidden dangers under the surface, strong currents or steep sides.
Derbyshire officers were called to assist colleagues from Greater Manchester Police at around 5.45pm yesterday following reports that a 16-year-old boy had gone into the River Etherow, near the greater Manchester and Charlesworth border. Police and firefighters searched the water and the youngster’s body was found later that evening. There are no suspicious circumstances.


Local MP Maggie Throup joined the Chief Cashier and members of the Bank of England team in Parliament recently to learn more about the New Fiver before it is issued on 13thSeptember. Maggie was able to try out the new security features and find out how local businesses and the public in Erewash can prepare for the new note.

The new Bank of England £5 note features former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and will be made of polymer, a thin flexible plastic. This means that the note is cleaner, safer and stronger. The introduction of polymer banknotes allows for a new generation of security features which make it even harder to counterfeit. The note also remains in much better condition for longer, and The New Fiver is expected to last at least 2.5 times longer than paper notes around 5 years.
The New Fiver will begin making its way into cash machines and shop tills from 13 September. Paper £5 notes will be gradually withdrawn once the New Fiver enters circulation and will cease to be legal tender in May 2017, up until then everyone can carry on spending paper £5 notes as usual.
A new polymer £10 note, featuring the novelist Jane Austen, will be issued in summer 2017 and a new polymer £20 note featuring the artist JMW Turner will enter circulation by 2020. These notes will include a tactile feature to help the vision impaired people distinguish between denominations. The New Fiver will be distinguishable through its absence of a tactile feature.


A small number of historic cast iron street name signs have been restored by Erewash Borough Council and re-fixed onto buildings in the borough. The signs have been refurbished as part of an ongoing programme to restore and preserve original street signs in and around our town centres. The council has reinstated the first batch of refurbished historic cast iron street name signs to buildings in the borough together with a street sign found by a local resident in his back garden who kindly refurbished the Gibb Street sign at his own expense.

Many of the signs, which date back to the 1900’s or earlier, were attached to private buildings and permission to remove and restore them had to be sought from the property owner before any work could be undertaken. Councillor Michael Powell , Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
“We are delighted to have restored and reinstated these historic street signs and are extremely grateful to the local
resident for restoring the Gibb Street sign to its former glory. It is the council’s policy to always retain street name signs that have historic importance to the borough and will continue to do so with the help of property owners.”
If anyone has a cast iron street name sign attached to their property that is in poor condition, they are asked to email the Green Space & Street Scene Team at and provide a photo of the sign so that it can be considered for refurbishment. A consent form will then be forwarded.     


A family-run garage in Long Eaton is celebrating after winning a training accolade for the second year in succession. Beaconsfield Garage has been helping people care for their cars since 1946. The current owners, Andy and Karen Bates, took it over in 1989 and employ son Anthony and Chris Wilson as technicians. Based in Beaconsfield Street, off the town centre end of Tamworth Road, the garage does general car repairs, MOT testing and diagnostic testing. The garage takes part in a scheme run by training specialists Exponentia who organise industry-recognised qualification courses with exams. After a certain number of courses have been completed a business receives a Master Garage title award, which Beaconsfield has now received for the second year running. It is the only garage in the town to have won this title. Andy said:
“We are delighted to have won this recognition, which is particularly fitting after so many years in the business. Our commitment to continued training is paramount, both for our reputation and also customers' peace of mind. We are a little garage behaving like a big company.”
The training even extends to administration, which is dealt with by Karen in her front office and reception role, allowing the men to get on with their mechanical work. “We believe in putting customer services and care as a priority,” she said.
The garage tends to the needs of customers from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire and even a couple from Scotland who have MoT and servicing done on their vehicle while holidaying in the area. In addition to the Master Garage award ,the business has just received accreditation from the Institute of the Motor Industry, the professional association for individuals working in the motor industry. This allows the garage to service hybrid and electric cars ahead of a legal requirement for such vehicles which comes into effect in January.
Beaconsfield has other accreditations – Approved Garage from Auto Care, the organisation for Independent garages; Motor Code, a Government-supported scheme for self-regulation through consumer codes of practice;, and the Trusted Trader scheme run by Derbyshire County Council Trading Standards. The tradition of a caring and professional family firm is carried on by 26-year-old Anthony who, although he has a BSc honours degree in aerospace engineering was keen to join the business.


Members of the Club travelled to the City of Litchfield on the Evening of Monday the 25th of July. After struggling through the road works we arrived in the City only to met with a summer deluge, which lasted for approximately 20minutes. At one stage we were ready give up as the weather was so dismal, eventually the sun came out and the skies turned blue. Litchfield is a beautiful city, with a very ornate cathedral. In the end it was a most enjoyable night. The summer season is drawing to a close rapidly. The club indoor season start Monday the 6th of September at the Womens Institute, Wilne Road, Sawley, door open 19:30.

Summer has been a bit of a washout, but that hasn't stopped members of the camera club visiting distant places. The latest night out was to Comfort, where members took a leisurely walk along the canal, happily snapping points of interest on the way. The walk back was less than pleasurable as the heavens opened and the rain came down and we all got soaked. Although wet, we all had a pleasurable evening. Thanks to all who visited the clubs photographic exhibition at the library.

The weather was beautiful for the Clubs outing to Highfield Park at Nottingham University, the best night of the summer so far, it was almost to hot to take pictures. As well as looking for the ultimate picture to frame, the night out is a good leisurely stroll for the Club members. About sixteen members took part. We will have to wait until the autumn to see some of the photographs.

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.