Saturday, 13 December 2014


My partner John is trying to trace his birth mother , Peggy Thompson, who was living at number 58 Grosvenor Avenue Long Eaton in 1957. Johns birth father, Leslie Thompson, was killed in a fall whilst working at the Castle Donnington Power Station in January 1957 and John was adopted soon after his birth the following May. We believe Peggy already had three children, a girl called Caroline or Carol who was around 12 years old at the time and two boys. We have spoken to residents who have lived on Grosvenor Avenue long term and who can remember the family but they think they moved to Coventry in the early 1960s. If any of your readers can remember the family or have any information, for example, if Peggy remarried and changed her name we would be most grateful.
You can contact us at or telephone 01623 427565.
Thank You
Marion And John

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


Erewash Museum hosts its free Christmas Fair on Saturday 13th December when shoppers have the chance to snap up some last minute gifts from a whole range of craft stalls. Father Christmas and his little helpers will also be there to enjoy the event between 11am and 3pm. Children can visit Santa, with a small charge of £1.50 per child and booking is essential. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure says:
“Our award-winning museum always stages this fabulously festive fair that is popular with shoppers and with children keen to see Santa. It’s a lovely Christmas event, so put the date in your diaries and enjoy the day!”
Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free. For more information contact Erewash Museum 0115 907 1141 or email


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:

13th December – Frozen
20th December – The Lego Movie
27th December – 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.


An on-demand FREE garden waste collection during the winter months for all Erewash residents looks certain to get the go-ahead this week. Erewash borough councillors are expected to approve the new service at a meeting of Council Executive on Thursday, with the collection offered as a trial as part of the popular free bulky waste collections.
The council’s brown bin collections always finish for the winter from early December and restart in March - but councillors recognise that unpredictable weather means some residents may still be gardening during this time. If given the green light, the winter service will be on offer to residents as soon as the regular brown bin collections have ended, meaning gardeners can make use of the free collections from Monday 15th December.
Residents will be able to telephone the council in advance to request a collection of their garden waste and this will be arranged free of charge. Householders will be allowed one per fortnight on their normal collection day, although the service will be suspended during Christmas and New Year week in line with all bulky waste collections - residents are required to request the new service at least 24 hours before their normal collection day. Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“This trial is aimed at providing a hassle-free service to all those keen gardeners in our borough who get out in their gardens during the winter if the weather permits. We don’t know how big the demand will be, but our message is clear . . . the regular brown bin collections may have ended, but we can still arrange a FREE collection of your garden waste if you need us.”
If approved, the service will be monitored over this winter to assess the overall demand and cost. The council’s free bulky waste service was introduced at the start of this financial year and has been a big hit with residents across Erewash, with more than 3,200 collections made between 1st April and 31st October.
For more information on the extended garden waste collection service please visit or contact the council on 0115 907 2244.


The swimming pool at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton will be closed for around five weeks over the Christmas and New Year period for essential maintenance and repair work. The pool will be closed from 1pm on Saturday 13th December and work will start immediately on the complete refurbishment of the circulation pipework, which is the original system that has been in place since the 1970s. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“We would like to apologise for this inconvenience, but we are unable to undertake the repairs without draining the pool. We have deliberately chosen the Christmas and New Year season to do the work as we believe this will cause the least inconvenience – and we will get the pipework up to scratch and the pool re-opened as quickly as possible for those wanting to kickstart the 2015 fitness regime!”

Swimmers can use the pools at Victoria Park Leisure Centre in Ilkeston while the work is carried out in Long Eaton. The Victoria Park swimming timetable can be found on the council’s website

Thursday, 27 November 2014


Re Leopold Street. Planning Inspectorate Ref FPS/U1050/7/80

Dear Editor Any one who can remember how convienient it was to walk from Broad Street and up Leopold Street (or the other way round). Would you like this path re-opened? There is a meeting at Long Eaton Town Hall on December 2nd at 10.00 am. This could be your last chance to get an old foot path re-opened, so attend the meeting and have your say. This path has been there a long time and yet again its closed with out any consutation of the local people.

Taking the lead with FREE microchipping

Erewash 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.”

Monday, 24 November 2014


It’s tree-mendous! Erewash Borough Council is once again hosting its popular Free Tree event, the town centre giveaway when local residents can pick up some free trees for their gardens. The council’s flagship Pride in Erewash campaign is behind the annual bonanza, which sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres – with residents of the borough able to claim up to FIVE free trees per household.

This year’s giveaway dates for the diary are:
· Long Eaton – Old Market Place / High Street on Wednesday 3rd December, 10am-2pm

· Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 4th December, 10am-2pm

Anyone interested can simply turn up on the day and the trees – all native to the UK – are given away on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Councils Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The free tree event is incredibly popular and is a great offer for local residents - and it’s also a great way of encouraging every one of us to plant trees. Trees are important to the environment and what we plant today will help shape the look of our wonderful borough for the next 100 years and beyondThe council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information and to promote trees, while Derbyshire County Council's Waste Exhibition Vehicle will also be there to promote recycling, composting and waste collections in Erewash. As part of the Free Tree Giveaway, schools, parish councils, community groups and land owners will be able to apply for up to 50 free trees to plant within the borough of Erewash. These will not be available at the Giveaway Days and need to be applied for separately. An application form can be requested by telephoning Erewash Borough Council on 0115 907 2244 ext 3874.


Erewash Museum is hosting a traditional Victorian Christmas for all the family on Friday 28th November. Come along and see Santa’s reindeers resting in the stables before their big flight on Christmas Eve - there will also be traditional carol singers, actors depicting the Artful Dodger, Jack Dawkins; Fagin, the cold hearted Ebenezer Scrooge and other well-known characters.  Traditional festive music will be playing throughout the Museum and the gardens will be illuminated with Christmas lights – you can also purchase hot chestnuts on the day. Admission to the Victorian Christmas fun is free and takes place between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. The event is being run alongside the official opening of the Christmas Lights taking place on Ilkeston Market Place. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Take time out from the Christmas lights switch on festivities and pop down to the Museum and enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional Victorian Christmas - the Museum and grounds make a wonderful setting for Christmas family festive fun!
Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free.

Friday, 21 November 2014


Long Eaton once again welcomes its annual Chestnut Fair this month, when the town centre will come alive to the sights and sounds of the traditional street funfair. The fair will be held from Thursday 20th November to Saturday 22nd November and will be given a funfair-style opening by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal.
Councillor Athwal will officially launch the 2014 event at 6pm on Thursday 20th November from the fairground favourite, the dodgems ride – which will be on Waverley Street. The Chestnut Fair is now in its 15th year and fair rides and stalls stretch along Waverley Street and through the High Street to the Market Place. It always features rides for all the family, from roundabouts for the very young through to the latest white-knuckle thrillers for daredevil fans. The fair is open from 6pm – 10pm on Thursday and Friday and from 1pm – 10pm on Saturday. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The Chestnut Fair has become a wonderful, family tradition and I know that people of all ages look forward to mid-November and to welcoming this three-day fair to Long Eaton town centre.”


Police in Long Eaton have been granted additional enforcement powers to help prevent any potential anti-social behaviour in the town centre during the visit of Chestnut Fair.  The decision to introduce the Dispersal Order has been taken by Derbyshire police and Erewash Community Safety Partnership, to ensure that the general public can enjoy the fair this weekend.
The Section 34 Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 was created to enable uniformed police officers and PCSOs the power under Section 35 to ask people to disperse if they are engaging in behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any member of the public in the designated area.
The order also allows officers to take anyone under the age of 16 within the group to their home address, if they are not supervised by a parent or responsible adult. Officers can also direct the person to surrender any items in their possession or control that they believe has been or is likely to be used in behaviour that harasses alarms or distresses members of the public.
If individuals refuse to move on from the area they could be arrested, and face penalties of up to three months in prison and/or a fine of £2,500. Sergeant Liam Caldecott of Long Eaton Neighbourhood Policing Section said: “I am using the new powers under Section 34 to enable my officers to exclude the minority of individuals from the area of the fair who insist on acting in an anti-social manner at the earliest opportunity.
“It will also allow officers to confiscate anything which can be used to cause annoyance. We are working closely with our colleagues in Erewash Borough Council to ensure the fair is a safe and enjoyable occasion for everyone as it has been for many years. The introduction of the order shows our on-going commitment to work in partnership to address anti-social behaviour and to use all available tools and powers that are at our disposal.”
The dispersal order will run from 5.00pm on Friday 21st November 2014 and will last until 7.00am on Monday 23rd November 2014. Posters featuring a map have been produced to highlight the designated dispersal area in Long Eaton. These will be displayed in prominent areas.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Police and Ambulance Services were called to the Erewash Canal near Derby Road bridge after reports of a body in the canal. A dog walker raised the alarm just after 10am on Friday November 7th. Officers recovered the body of 36 year old Kevin Thompson and Ambulance crew tried to resuscitate him before he was taken to Queen's Medical Centre where he was pronounced dead.
Police told the Extra “The death is not being treated as suspicious. The Coroner will determine the cause and circumstances surrounding the death.”
A Long Eaton man appeared in court accused of raping a woman on July 6th. Jason Sedgewick, 30, formerly of Northcote Street pleaded not guilty when he appeared at Derby Crown Court on Monday morning. He also pleaded not guilty to the sexual assaults of two other women. One between October 31st and December 1st last year and the other between March 31st and May 1st this year. Sedgewick was remanded in custody. The trial is scheduled for on March 16th next year.

Burglars broke into the Bell on Tamworth Road and stole money from the fruit machine. The landlady Michelle Rigg was asleep upstairs and by the time she got down the raiders had gone. The robbery took place at 4.30am on Monday November 3rd. Entry was gained by breaking a side window. Nothing else was taken.

CANNABIS GROWER JAILED A 26year-old man has been jailed for eight months after police found cannabis plants in his house during a drugs warrant. Officers executed the warrant at an address in Gibb Street, Long Eaton, in the early hours of February 27th, 2014. They found a number of cannabis plants growing inside the address, along with various items of growing equipment. Liam Brinley was arrested at the scene and later charged with producing the class B controlled drug and possessing class A drugs. The 26-year-old, of Gibb Street, Long Eaton, was sentenced to eight months in prison at Derby Crown Court on Friday, October 10th.

Police appeal after a burglary at a house in Long Eaton. On Tuesday, October 28th between 1.45pm and 4.15pm a house on Longmoor Road was broken into. A number of garden centre vouchers were stolen along with a Samsung Galaxy tablet and a Samsung laptop. Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Lesley Smith at Ilkeston police station using the non-emergency number 101. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Missing Long Eaton man contacts the police Craig Morris, who was reported missing from his home in Long Eaton on Wednesday October 29th, has contacted the police. Officers would like to thank everyone who has helped with the investigation to trace him.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

         Witnesses sought to a serious collision in Long Eaton
At approximately 12.30pm on Tuesday October 28th a serious road traffic collision occurred on Trent Street, Long Eaton (near to Asda). The incident involved a red Citroen people carrier and a pedestrian. The 75-year-old female pedestrian was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she is being treated for serious injuries and is in a critical condition. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to ring Derbyshire police on 101 and quote incident number 308 28/10/14.


A burglar who raided Stage One three times in the space of 24 hours in August has been jailed. Matthew Denning of Bailey Street, Stapleford and his teenage accomplice later broke into a house in Norfolk Road, Long Eaton, and the Town Hall.
Derby Crown Court, sitting at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court sentenced Denning, 21, to prison for 15 months. His teenage partner in crime who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had already been handed a youth referral order after he pleaded guilty to the offences.
The Court heard that the pair broke into the function room of Stage One twice within an hour at around 8pm on Saturday August 9th removing bottles of spirits. They returned at tea time the following day and took more bottles of alcohol. At around midnight that evening, Sunday August 10th, they broke into a house in Norfolk Road, Long Eaton. The owner heard noises coming from his conservatory and went downstairs to see the defendant leaving through the conservatory door. He called the police who arrived and apprehended the defendants in a side alley. At about 2am on August 19th while on bail for these offences they broke into Long Eaton Town Hall. When the police arrived they escaped but the defendant was identified by a fingerprint left on a window.
Judge Stuart Rafferty said: “These offences are serious, you broke into Long Eaton Town Hall while on bail for burglaries you had done just a week before. But your enjoyment was cut down by the intervention of the law."


A police officer was taken to hospital suffering from whiplash injuries after the car he was in was rammed by a stolen van. The incident occurred on Stanhope Street, Long Eaton, at 9am on Sunday October 19th.
The van driver saw the police car and drove into it before making off and dumping the stolen van in Bennett Street. The officer was released from hospital later the same day. No arrest has been made.
Long Eaton firemen were called to two car fires over the weekend. The first fire occurred at the Wilsthorpe roundabout just after 5pm on Saturday October 11th and appears to have been an engine fault. No one was injured, The second occurred on Victory Close at 3am on Sunday October 12th. Firemen put out the blaze and police in attendance said they suspected arson.

Congregation wear their Wellies to Church. To show support for Farm Africa's 'Give Hunger the Boot' campaign the congregation at Long Eaton Baptist Church wore their wellies to the Harvest Service. The service led by Pastor David Shaw focused on how money raised for Farm Africa is distributed, even the collection was taken in a child's wellington boot. A donation of over £200 from the church has been sent to Farm Africa to help in their work.
A video presentation showed the congregation the work that Farm Africa is doing in Tanzania, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya & Uganda.
Farm Africa’s local staff provide the tools and expertise to enable smallholders in eastern Africa to increase their harvests, whether they farm crops, livestock, fish or the forest.
They train them to be more commercial, adding value to surpluses by milling, drying, or turning their produce into products that fetch a higher price.
With better food for their families and reliable incomes from their businesses, farmers can build for the future. After the service, the congregation sat down to enjoy a ploughman's lunch together.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a group of masked men forced their way into a shop in Draycott and stole a large amount of cigarettes. The burglary happened at the Family Shopper store in Derby Road at about 10.40pm on Wednesday, October 8th. Four men dressed in black clothing with their faces covered forced open the shutters to the store, which was closed at the time, and stole cigarettes from the cabinet. They then drove off from the scene in the direction of Long Eaton.
Detectives want to hear from witnesses or anyone who saw suspicious activity or a dark vehicle in the area to get in touch.
Anyone with information on the offence should call 101, quoting crime reference 42595/14, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of growing cannabis after police carried out a warrant at a house in Long Eaton. Officers searched a property in Pennine Close at about 9am on Thursday, October 9 and found what were believed to be cannabis plants inside.

A 26-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of producing a class B controlled drug with intent to supply. The suspected cannabis plants were seized by officers along with other equipment from the address.

If you have any information on suspected drugs activity in your area, call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.