Wednesday, 3 September 2014


A new housing scheme in Long Eaton from Housing & Care 21, a national provider of extra care housing, has been named as Lacemaker Court. The name was chosen after two people from the local area, Mrs Jill Smith, and Stuart Allan, put forward the historical suggestion. It commemorates the vast lacemaking industry in Long Eaton which developed in the mid 1800’s. By the beginning of WW1, when the population of the town stood at 20,000, the industry had grown to 240 lace manufacturers operating 1,400 lace machines in total.

A ceremony recently took place at the site to officially title the extra care scheme. Over 60 one and two bedroom apartments will be available to rent or buy for people aged 55 or over, by early summer 2015. The apartments are being developed in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, and supported by Erewash Borough Council.

The housing development will also provide a specialist residential care scheme with 16 en-suite rooms and a 24 hour care service. The scheme, along with the additional day centre facility, run by Derbyshire County Council, will promote independent living and help to reduce isolation for older people.

Councillor Clare Neill, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Lacemaker Court is a great choice of name for this new centre and truly reflects the area’s heritage. It will be a modern, purpose-built centre and meet our very high standards, offering the best quality care and support to older people with a wide range of care needs from Long Eaton and surrounding areas. We are very proud to be a part of this development with our partners and are confident Lacemaker Court will be an important addition to Long Eaton and a great asset to the area as a whole.”

Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council, said: “Lacemaker Court will provide well-designed, affordable homes for many Erewash residents, which will be easily adaptable to help people who may have disabilities or mobility problems. We can see that this extra care scheme will be an asset not only to the new residents, but also to this area as a whole. I look forward to returning again in 2015 to have a look at the completed scheme, and to meet with some of the new residents.”

Karen Lewis, regional director for the Central East at Housing & Care 21 said: “We are grateful to the two members of the community who helped us by suggesting a fantastic name for the scheme.

“It’s wonderful that the community are already getting involved with this development, which will provide a vital and vibrant housing and support service for local older people. There will be self contained, spacious apartments available for residents to rent or own, as well as a care service, communal areas, and facilities and activities, promoting independent living, sociability, and choice.
We can’t wait to welcome residents next year.”

The extra care scheme in Tamworth Road is being constructed by Keepmoat and will be complete by April 2015. For more details, contact Housing & Care 21 on0370 192 4000.


Erewash Borough Council will honour over 40,000 brave comrades who perished during the Second World War when it marks the annual Merchant Navy Day on Wednesday 3rd September. The council will raise the Red Ensign – the flag, commonly known as the ‘The Red Duster’, that flies on British Merchant Ships – at both Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls to commemorate the occasion.
Wreath-laying ceremonies will also take place on behalf of the residents of Erewash at the war memorials in Ilkeston and Long Eaton at 11am on the day. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to be there for 10.45am.

The Merchant Navy was a reserved occupation, with merchant seamen not permitted to join the armed forces during the Second World War. Merchant Navy seamen made an essential contribution to the war effort and each day 200,000 of them faced danger at sea to keep the country’s vital supply lines open.
Within hours of the start of the war, the first casualty – the liner ‘Athenia’ was torpedoed with the loss of 118 lives. From that day until the war ended an average of more than one ship was lost every day, whilst battles with ‘U’ boats alone resulted in the sinking of over 2,500 merchant ships.

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, says:
“It is important to honour the role played by merchant seafarers during the Second World War, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. Erewash Borough Council is proud to fly the ‘Red Duster’ above both its Town Halls in recognition of everything they did for this country.”
Residents are welcome to join the council at the wreath-laying ceremonies in remembrance of the Merchant Navy and seafarers lost in the Second World War.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Erewash Borough Council is providing drug awareness training in response to Pubwatch concerns over the prevalence of drugs misuse in licensed premises. The training is aimed at helping staff who work in the licensing trade to identify the types of drugs available and their interaction with alcohol. They will learn how to recognise the signs of drug use and will be offered advice on the control of substance misuse in licensed premises.

Two training sessions have been arranged and these will be held at Ilkeston Town Hall on Monday 15 September and Long Eaton Town Hall on Tuesday 16 September. The sessions are free of charge to all licensing trade staff and will be delivered by Derbyshire Police. Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“This is a great example of how we are working with the police and with the licensing trade within our borough to do something positive to help tackle the problem of drug misuse in pubs and clubs. It is partnership working at its best and sends out a clear message to anyone taking drugs in licensed premises . . . we are on your case, it will not be tolerated.”
Anyone wanting to know more about the training can contact the council’s licensing team on 0115 907 2244 ext 3120.

Friday, 22 August 2014


A garage sale will take place on Saturday 23rd August between 10 am and 3 pm. It is at the garage between 258 and 260 Bennett Street Long Eaton Nottingham NG10 4JA. We are selling the following:- New & Nearly New Clothes - Crafty Bits, Glass - Boating Bits - Ornaments - Books,Vintage Tools - Vintage Annuals - China, Handmade Cards - Household Goods, Fancy Bookmarks - Farming & Gardening Bits, New & Nearly New Shoes



The annual Flower Festival at All Saints’ Church, Sawley is to be held over the Bank Holiday Weekend; 23rd-26th August. This year’s theme will be ‘To Everything there is a Season’. The Festival will be open each day and, in addition to the floral displays, there will be refreshments and various stalls. The Long Eaton Silver Prize Band will provide a concert in church on Saturday 23rd at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the night, priced £6.00. There’ll be special services on Sunday 24th at 10.00am for Holy Communion and 6.00pm for Songs of Praise. The 2195 Long Eaton Squadron ATC will be giving drill displays on the Monday afternoon at 2.30pm and 3.30pm. For more information e-mail:

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Erewash Borough Council’s popular Bold as Brass programme draws to a close this month with a Bank Holiday concert by Matlock Band in the gardens of Erewash Museum. Brass music fans can take along chairs and pack up a picnic to enjoy the free summertime concert on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August between 2pm and 3.30pm. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“What better way to spend a Bank Holiday afternoon than with family and friends while listening to popular brass tunes and enjoying a picnic in the beautiful surroundings of our award winning Museum.”
Erewash Museum is just off the High Street in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from Market Place. Admission is free and it is open Monday to Saturday during school holidays between 10am-4pm.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014




WHEN: 23 August 2014 to 24 August 2014
Between 2300hrs and 1200hrs
WHERE: Close Sawley Road, Breaston from a point 825 metres south of its junction with A6005 Main Street, Breaston to a point 875 metres south of that junction (at the Level Crossing).
REASON: To facilitate Level Crossing renewal work.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Will be via A6005 Main Street/Draycott Road/Station Road – Sawley Road (Draycott) – Wilne Road – Plant Lane – Draycott Road and Vice Versa

Access will be maintained, whenever reasonably possible, on the affected length of road. The road will re-open as soon as the work is finished. This may be earlier than advertised.

Derbyshire County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused while work takes place. Anyone needing further information should ring Call Derbyshire 01629 533190.

This notice is given under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) to prohibit its use by traffic.

Mike Ashworth, Strategic Director – Economy, Transport and Environment, County Hall, MATLOCK DE4 3AG

Monday, 18 August 2014


A Long Eaton pub has been robbed three times in the space of 24hours. Thieves targeted the function room at Stage One on Derby Road. The thieves one aged around 25 and the other slightly younger struck the first time at 8pm on Saturday evening. They entered the empty function room and stole bottles of spirits before leaving through the Derby Road entrance. On Sunday afternoon at 5.45pm one man came in through the Derby Road entrance and again slipped into the function room where he let his accomplice in through the rear entrance on Oxford Street. Not content with the first two robberies the cheeky thieves returned again at 6.50pm the same evening to finish the job off. All the spirits from the bar and the optics were taken between £500 and £600 pounds worth in total.
Landlady Shell told the Extra: “They obviously thought it was easy so they came back for more. Unfortunately for them we have a cracking CCTV system here and have handed footage and pictures to the police.” 


A man has been arrested following a robbery at Tesco on Waverley Street in Long Eaton. The raid occurred when a delivery van pulled up at the store at 2.20pm on Tuesday August 5th. A black car containing four masked men followed the van and when the driver left the vehicle they stole a quantity of cigarettes. Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101 quoting crime reference number 397/5 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Police investigating an alleged serious sexual assault in the grounds of Long Eaton library have released a CCTV image of potential witnesses they want to trace. A 30-year-old woman was allegedly attacked as she walked through an area outside the library, in Tamworth Road, on July 6th. Detectives who are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened between 3am and 4am, have now released a CCTV image of two men and a woman who were walking along Broad Street around the time of the alleged offence. Officers want to speak to them to see if they could have information to help the inquiry. Jason Sedgwick, 29, of Northcote Street, Long Eaton, has been charged with rape in connection with the incident and has been remanded in custody. He will be tried on March 16th next year. Sedgwick will next appear at Derby Crown Court on October 24th for a plea and case management hearing. Anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 28140/14.


Derbyshire County Council are urging people who want to give their views on proposals to close Southlands Care Home to come forward now. They have until August 24th when the consultation period ends. A decision is expected to be made in October.

The Council announced their plans to close Southlands Care Home, on Main Street, Long Eaton, at the beginning of June as part of their shake-up of care accommodation. If Southlands closes residents would have to move to alternative care in the summer of 2015. In June Councillor Clare Neill said: “If, following the consultation, a decision is made to close Southlands, we will work closely with residents to find the right accommodation. One of the options would be a move to the new Lacemaker Court development.”
The new £10 million development Lacemaker Court which is currently under construction is on the site of the old Grammer school on Tamworth Road. To take part in the consultation people can go to the county council’s website at



Derbyshire police conducted 150 questionnaires in Long Eaton Market Place and the results showed that residents are more concerned about criminals breaking into their homes than any other crime. 39% of those who took part voted burglary as their biggest worry. Other concerns were underage drinking and drug-taking. Crime commissioner Alan Charles said:- "Burglary rates have fallen significantly over the past 10 years and my job is to ensure the force continues to tackle burglary proactively.”


Staff at Routen Chaplin, an insurance broker in Long Eaton, are backing a fun new fundraising event for their local hospice. It’s called Tea for Treetops, and encourages businesses, friends, schools and community groups to hold a tea party to raise money for Treetops Hospice.
Pat Wileman, company manager at Routen Chaplin, said “We all agree that Treetops Hospice is a really worthy cause to support. We all know someone who’s been affected by cancer, and it’s the support it offers to carers that’s so important too.”
This isn’t the first time that the company have supported their local hospice. Pat explains “We’ve chosen Treetops as our charity of the year, so we’re getting involved in all sorts of things to raise money. Last month we had a dress down day and raised £130, and we’ve donated an extra £100 to their Photo-Logo corporate challenge too.”
Tea for Treetops is a brand new fundraising opportunity for Treetops Hospice. At home, school or in workplaces, anyone can get involved by holding a tea party to raise money for their local hospice. Angela Stafford, corporate fundraiser at Treetops Hospice, said “We all love the chance to indulge in a bit of cake and have a natter with friends. So why not raise a little bit for your local hospice too? Routen Chaplin have been great supporters of Treetops this year, so we’re really pleased they’re joining in with Tea for Treetops. I think their team will be enjoying plenty of tea and cake!”
Treetops is offering a fundraising pack for everyone who registers to hold a tea party. It includes recipes, invitation cards and lots of ideas for making the most out of the party. It also includes a template and instructions for making your own bunting.
Register your tea party at or call 0115 949 1264.

Thursday, 7 August 2014


Long Eaton’s Will Sharman was pipped to Commonwealth Games gold in the 110m hurdles by four hundredths of a second in Glasgowon Tuesday evening. The 29-year-old, who came second four years ago in Delhi, clocked 13.36 seconds behind Jamaica's Andrew Riley who won in 13.32. Shane Brathwaite from Barbados took the bronze. After a good start Sharman and Riley hit the front but a mistake at the eighth let in Riley who pipped him at the post.


A Long Eaton man has been fined £350 after his car collided with fencing in Draycott Road. Kevin John Cooke, 46, of Hilton Close, Sawley, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention when he appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court. He also pleaded guilty to damaging property and failing to stop following an accident. On top of the fine Cooke had his driving licence endorsed with seven penalty points and was ordered to pay £35 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.


A burglar was disturbed by a vigilant member of the public after breaking into a bungalow in Long Eaton. The offender had smashed a hole in a patio door in Tamworth Road and searched the inside of the property. During the offence, a member of the public who had heard a bang in the bungalow disturbed the burglar, who ran out of the property and escaped.
A Swarovski necklace was stolen during the burglary, which took place at about 1.55pm on Sunday, July 20th. The offender was white, in his late teens or early-20s, about 5ft 8ins and of muscular build. He wore a grey tracksuit, with a grey hooded top with the hood up.
Witnesses or anyone with information on the offence should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 30130/14. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Police are concerned for the safety of a Long Eaton man who has not been seen for a month. Jonathan Grimwade left his home in Long Eaton on Thursday, June 19th, after telling his family he was going to the Summer Solstice Festival at the Nine Ladies stone circle, in Stanton Moor. He is described as white, stockily built with receding brown hair and he usually wears a baseball cap. Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call Police on 101.

Frank Innes, in the Market Place, Long Eaton, has been broken into, Thieves gained entry by removing a pane of glass on a first floor window. Petty cash and a number of laptops were stolen from the premises. The burglary took place between 6pm on Monday 21st and 6am on Tuesday 22nd July. Anyone with information should call 101.

Thursday, 24 July 2014


A 29-year-old man has been charged in connection with an alleged rape in Long Eaton. The incident happened outside the library in Tamworth Road between 3am and 4am on Sunday, July 6th. A 30-year-old woman had been heading along the road and had taken a short-cut through the library grounds when the alleged offence took place.
Jason Sedgwick, of Northcote Street, Long Eaton, was arrested in connection with the incident. The 29-year-old has now been charged with rape. He appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 18 and was remanded in custody.
Police are appealing for information after a shed was broken into in Breaston. The incident occurred on Wednesday, June 25th between 8am and 9.30am. The offenders attempted to break into a house on Longmoor Lane, entry was not gained and offenders then broke into the shed. A Diamond Back mountain pedal cycle and a Diamond Back electric drill were stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Lesley Smith at Erewash Volume Crime Unit using the non-emergency number 101. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

An inquest has been held into the death of a man at Long Eaton Railway Station last July. The man Martin Symms 49, of Sawley Marina, was hit by the train at 11.15am on Wednesday July 17th 2013. He suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger on the platform who heard Mr Symms say: "I've had enough – I'm going to end it." tried to talk him out of it but he walked on to the track and stood in a crucifix position in front of an approaching train. Louise Pinder, assistant coroner at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court concluded that Mr Symms death was suicide. A report from Mr Symms GP said he was suffering mental health issues which were caused by alcohol. A British Transport Police officer said the train driver had been badly affected by what had happened but there was nothing more he could have done.