Monday, 31 December 2018

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

Friday, 26 January 2018


The latest night at the club house was devoted to fund raising. Members were invited to bring unwanted goods that could be sold at auction in order to raise club funds. Auctioneer and Host for the evening was Roy Maddison. Roy tackled the sale as though it was in one of the big auction houses, fun was had by all as well as the serious side of raising money for the club.

Monday, 15 January 2018


The Long Eaton man who died as a result of an attack in Loughborough has been named by detectives as Mark Swinhoe. Police were called to Moira Street in the town at around 3.20am on Sunday 14th January after two people were found injured in the street. Mr Swinhoe, 38, of Long Eaton, was being treated by the ambulance service for a stab wound when he died at the scene. His family have asked for privacy at this time.
A woman, who sustained minor injuries to her face, was treated at the scene. A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody where detectives are continuing to question him. Enquiries are continuing into the incident and officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or the events leading up to it to make contact. A car park in Moira Street was cordoned off following the incident to allow for a full forensic examination to take place and officers remain in the area to reassure the local community.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Smalley, from East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime Team, said: “Our enquiries are very much ongoing into this incident as we continue to investigate the incident to fully establish the circumstances, trawling CCTV and carrying out searches. We are working with our partner agencies to address any concerns people in the community may have. We urge anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to get in touch. It could help us with our enquiries.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident number 82 of 14th January. 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018


Police have announced that they have two new officers on the beat in Long Eaton. PC Helen Gallear, an officer with 16 years’ experience, has been joined by brand new Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Joe Constantine. Both officers will be working for the Safer Neighbourhood teams covering the town centre and Sawley areas of Long Eaton.

Helen started with Derbyshire police back in April 2002 and as such brings a wealth of experience to her new role. Her previous roles have seen her working as a detective dealing with burglaries, a family liaison officer helping victims in the most serious of cases and she also worked for nine years investigating sexual offences. Helen said:
“I have been working back at the front-line of policing now for the past six months covering the whole of Erewash, reacting to 999 calls and dealing with issues that the public have called us about. I am now really pleased to be joining the Safer Neighbourhood team at Long Eaton and getting to know the community and issues that affect them, then working with others to come up with longer term solutions. I know that there have been issues with anti-social behaviour and damage in the area and this will be one of the areas Joe and I will be working with the rest of the team in trying to solve."
In contrast to Helen, Joe is a new starter to Derbyshire police, having joined as a PCSO in November last year. He has now completed his initial training at HQ and is raring to get stuck in to his new role. Joe is 22 years of age and knows Erewash well as he lives in Ilkeston. He said:
“I only started with the team at Long Eaton at the end of December but already I am really enjoying my new job. The team are fantastic and so committed to making Long Eaton a safe place to live, work and visit. I know Long Eaton well and have actually lived there, not that I can remember much about that as we moved when I was only six months old. Like Helen I know there have been issues with anti-social behaviour and we are determined to target those responsible and help to improve the problem.”

To contact the Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team call them on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website

Saturday, 6 January 2018


Erewash Museum welcomes the touring exhibition Derbyshire Lives through the First World War on 20th January – a timely visit to the borough as the world prepares centenary commemorations to mark the end of the Great War. The exhibition, which will be in the Lally Gallery until Saturday 3rd March, was commissioned by Derbyshire Libraries and Heritage in 2016 and has been visiting venues across the county over the last two years and will continue through to December this year at other venues. Poignant stories of struggle, triumph and injustice are featured in the exhibition, which looks at life on the front line, the home front and how the individual lives of Derbyshire people were affected by the conflict. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This exhibition will bring to life the stories of people who lived through and died in the First World War and will help us all to imagine how horrific it would have been to fight in the trenches. We will also be able to find out more about what life was like for those left behind in Derbyshire.”
The display is the final stage of the wider Derbyshire Lives through the First World War project, which has supported local communities countywide to commemorate their experiences of the First World War. The project is supported by Derbyshire County Council with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).


Thursday, 4 January 2018


Erewash Borough Council will restart its garden waste collections at the end of January in the north of the borough and the beginning of February in the south. Residents living in the Ilkeston and north area of Erewash are reminded that their collection during the week (15-19 January) is the last refuse collection when recyclable waste can be put out in brown bins. After this week, brown bins must only be used for garden waste ahead of the restart of brown bin collections week commencing Monday 29th January.

For residents in Long Eaton and the south of the borough, week commencing 22 January is the last time brown bins can be used for recyclable waste ahead of the restart of garden waste collections on Monday 5th February. Householders who have been using their brown bins over the winter must revert to putting out kerbside recycling in green bags, which are free from either Ilkeston or Long Eaton town hall receptions, or they can purchase a blue bin. For more details call 0115 907 2244.

North zone – Ilkeston, Breadsall, Cotmanhay, Dale Abbey, Kirk Hallam, Little Eaton, Morley, Ockbrook, Stanley, Stanley Common, Stanton by Dale, West Hallam.
South zone – Long Eaton, Borrowash, Breaston, Draycott, Risley, Sandiacre, Sawley.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Councils Lead Member for Environment, says:
“The busy gardening season is on its way and I know gardeners will be ready for our brown bins collections to restart. There is no additional charge for garden waste collections in Erewash and the service makes gardening easier for everyone.”

Tuesday, 2 January 2018


A Long Eaton woman has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List 2018 by her Majesty the Queen for her outstanding work. The honours were first created in 1917 by King George V as a way to reward civilians and servicemen in support positions for their contribution to the war effort. Now they are used to recognise an achievement or service to the community in any area, such as the arts, charity or education.
Sadi Khan of Long Eaton was awarded an MBE for services to cultural and religious training and voluntary services to vulnerable women.

Friday, 22 December 2017


Erewash Mayor honours caring citizens

Community-minded residents and groups were honoured for their contribution to society at this year’s Erewash Mayor's Awards. Eleven caring residents and representatives from three local groups were presented with their awards by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, in the Mayor’s Parlour at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 19th December. The awards are to recognise groups or individuals who carry out vital work in their community without expecting anything in return. The judging panel looked at nominations, made by members of the public, for evidence of special qualities and service beyond simply being a ‘good neighbour’ when picking out the award winners. Councillor Mary Hopkinson, the Mayor of Erewash, says:
“Presenting these awards is one of the highlights of my year in office. It was a pleasure for me to recognise all the recipients and an honour to personally congratulate and thank them for all that they do for this borough. I have seen at first hand the work of the countless people in this borough who work so selflessly to help others in so many ways. It is a privilege to be able to present awards to some of those residents and organisations.”

The individual recipients of a 2017 Mayor’s Award are:

Mr Danny Corns, of Trowell

Danny is a well-known figure around Ilkeston town centre as a member of the Ilkeston and District Local History Society which promotes the town, its history and its residents. He regularly gives talks and presentations on the history of the town and if anyone wants to know about historic events then Danny is usually their first port of call.

Mrs Susane Drew, of Ilkeston
Susane is a retired nursing Sister from the former Ilkeston Hospital, but although retired she finds time to not only look after her grandchildren but also makes all the costumes for the local schools’ plays and also goes into school to help the children with their reading. She was nominated by a parent whose 19-year-old son she has helped to learn to read and write. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of three years old and was left with learning difficulties following his radiotherapy and chemotherapy. He left school at 16 unable to read or write. Susane took him under her wing and in three years, just one hour a week, she has taught him to read and write and therefore to be able to lead an independent life.

Ms Julie Genner, of Long Eaton
Julie has been a member of the Arts Forum (ArtsErewash) since 2011 assisting with Erewash Borough Council’s rEvive – Arts in Empty Shops project. She has supported other artists in the borough to have the confidence to show their work and develop their creative talents. Julie has been a strong member of the steering group and part of the working group which ‘revived’ the old Burton’s shop on Bath Street, Ilkeston and transformed it into a great gallery space. Not only has she volunteered many hours on these projects, she also helps and supports her elderly next door neighbour on a daily basis. 

Mrs Sylvia Gething, of Ilkeston
Mrs Gething is described as a wonderful person, full of love, kindness and compassion. She helps so many people – visiting people in hospital, helping people with shopping and cleaning and has run a coffee morning at St Andrew’s Church for many years. She also volunteers weekly at the Treetops Hospice shop and helps to raise funds for MacMillan and the Royal British Legion. She gives her time freely to so many.

Mrs June Hartley, of Stanley
Mrs Hartley was nominated to recognise a wide variety of volunteering she has undertaken over the years – nine years with the Ilkeston and Heanor Citizens Advice Bureau; the befriending scheme with the Erewash Volunteer Bureau and as a volunteer at Broomfield College. She is joint editor of the Stanley Parish Magazine and also organises musical evenings at the Parish Hall and St Andrew’s Church, the proceeds of which are given to church funds.

Keith and Sue Holbrook, of Borrowash
Keith and Sue are the founder members of the Ambassadors Show Band which has existed in Borrowash since 1979. The Band takes part in numerous carnivals and competitions as well as the village’s annual Remembrance Service Parade. They have given countless hours since 1979 to running the band and organising events - Keith with writing and organising the band displays, band practice every week and giving extra tuition and Sue as secretary. After 37 years they have reluctantly taken the decision to retire this year.

Mrs Patricia Morley, of Ilkeston
Mrs Morley has been nominated for an Award in recognition of her service with the League of Friends of Ilkeston Community Hospital over the last 21 years which has seen her carrying out a variety of duties, the most recent being the organisation of the new refreshment bar. She is also actively involved with the running of the Erewash 50+ Forum as its Chairman.

Mr Kenneth Moreton, of Draycott
Ken epitomises true community spirit. Each day he is out and about in the parish, litter picking and noting issues which require attention which he then passes to the parish council. He also volunteers at the Treetops Hospice shop in the village and is an enthusiastic member of Draycott in Bloom. 

Mrs Nancy Plummer, of Breaston
Nancy has been running the Erewash Visually Impaired Group (VIPs) for almost 20 years. The group is attended by people who are blind, deaf and partially sighted, some of which are wheelchair users. Nancy arranges all the transport along with the weekly programme of activities. The group meets weekly in Breaston and gives vulnerable people the opportunity to socialise with other people and receive support and friendship.

Mrs Kerry Wheatley, of Ilkeston
Kerry is passionate about her community and the people who live in it. She is a teaching assistant at a local junior school but the work she carries out on extra-curricular activities goes far beyond her duties, giving endless hours of her own time at weekends and in the evening. For the last 14 years she has run the school’s gardening club, winning countless awards over the years and even getting a stand at the Chelsea Flower Show. She encourages children to help their local community through gardening – planting at the Cenotaph, Victoria Park and the recently opened Ilkeston Station. She has touched the hearts and minds of so many of the school’s pupils and has made a difference to so many.

Jeff Wynch, of West Hallam
Jeff’s contribution to the work of local community groups has had a lasting and positive impact on the area. As Chair of the Friends of Straws Bridge for the last seven years, he has been a key organiser of many of the events and activities which have improved the site and led to it winning Green Flag status. Jeff leads by example and regularly litter picks the site and has worked hard to increase membership of the group and generate funds which have been used to improve the site for visitors and the wildlife there. He is now Chair of the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct, a group of people working with Sustrans to restore the viaduct to preserve its heritage and provide cycling and walking trails. He is also a member of the Borough Council’s footpath and bridleways initiative.

The Group Award winners for 2017 are:

Ilkeston Life community newspaper
The Ilkeston Life newspaper was founded two years ago by Bob Attewell and Paul Opiah and now has a very large readership. This is a free publication enjoyed by so many within the town and neighbouring areas and the input is made entirely by volunteers – people who are helping keep residents informed through this community newspaper.

The Friends of Hayworth Park, Sandiacre
This group was nominated for their inspirational work in transforming Hayworth Park from a neglected space into a tidy, clean, safe park for the local community to enjoy. They work tirelessly with the council to maintain the park and organise community events.

Breaston in Bloom
This bloom team was formed in January 2017 and members have worked closely together to engage with their local community through flowers. They have raised funds, increased sponsorship, engaged with local businesses and involved all age ranges of the community in an effort to improve the village for residents and visitors alike. They have in turn made new friends and Breaston has started to come alive. From small beginnings of just two residents there are now 25-30 people involved. The team entered the East Midlands in Bloom Competition and achieved a silver medal in the Small Town Category; a Judges’ Award and a Special Award. This is an amazing achievement in just a few months and the team are to be television stars - the BBC filmed them in action during the summer and the show ‘Blooming Marvellous’ will be aired in February 2018.

Thursday, 21 December 2017


Police from the Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team are trying to trace the owner of a possibly stolen pedal cycle. The bike (pictured) was found on Tuesday, December 19th, near to Trent Lock in Sawley, along with another bike that is know to have been stolen.
If you think you know who the Carrera Subway mountain bike belongs to, please contact PCSO Matt Boyer on 101 quoting reference number 17000551482. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017


Linby in the snow
High Peak Buses are now accepting the Derbyshire Wayfarer on all their services. This includes, significantly, the Transpeak. The biggest transport event, locally, in 2018, is going to be, the closure for improvements, of Derby railway station. This is now not going to be a complete shut down, but will be partial, from 22nd July to 7th Oct. It will cost £198m. Work has already begun, this month, with the closure of the goods lines- some track has already been lifted. This is for the new platform 6. The existing platform 5 will be removed. Signalling will also be improved. Closer to Long Eaton, is the development of the Rail Distribution Centre, at Kegworth. This has already led to the roadworks, for electrical improvements, in the town, which have caused absolute chaos. This draws attention to the critically inadequate road network in the area. Recent problems have made the bus network unusable. It does not help that Notts & Derby Traction have shown themselves to be practically incapable of running a bus service, which threatens the future of the 12/12A. Shock, on December 14th, was the withdrawal by the Heritage Lottery Fund, of support for the Great Central Railway new museum, in connection with the National Railway Museum, at Leicester. Bemusement, and bewilderment, has been expressed. 

2 Leyland Atlanteans in the snow at Hucknall
Sunday 10th December was the day of the snow. I had looked up the Nottingham Heritage Vehicles website, and saw that their open day was from 10 am, so planned to be there soon after. When I woke up at 6.30, I looked out of the window- I could see no snow, but when I went out at 8.14, there was a covering, so I wore snow grippers on the bottom of my shoes. These proved to be quite painful during the day, due to the studs pushing up through the soft rubber, but at least I remained upright. The Skylink was 12 minutes late at Sawley Junction, arriving at 8.42, but made good progress to Friar Lane, Nottingham. I had a bit of a wait for a tram, but this took me to Hucknall in 1/2 an hour, getting there at 10 o'clock. I was at the old Trent bus depot before a 1/4 past. I bought a cheese salad white cob (£1.20 and c400kc) with a cup of tea (£1), from the refreshment table. 1st bus out, at 11 o'clock, was the star of the day, ex-Trent Leyland Tiger Cub, YRC 191, named Serenity. My friend Peter Haddon, wouldn't have made this, as he planned to get the 9.51 Skylink from Sawley, but he cancelled, anyway. A photostop was made in Linby, as on all the runs, opposite the Horse & Groom pub- the buses looked great in the snow. I bought 3 bus mugs, at £6 each, and an orange hi-vis vest, £3, for use on Branch Line Society signal box visits and such. Next was NCT Leyland Atlantean AN68 RNU433X, at 12. I had a lunch, of egg mayo white cob, to keep the nutrition flowing, and a ham one later. South Notts Bus Co Leyland Olympian G129 NRC went out at 1 o'clock. Last run for me was ex-Trent Volvo B10B L127 LRA at 2- which probably saw service on the 15, in the '90s. This went down to Moor Bridge, before turning up to Linby. I decided not to stay for the last run of the day- NCT Leyland AN68 OTO 540M, as I had already sampled this type, and wanted to be home in time to let my pussy cat out in the garden. The times all fitted in well- I walked to Hucknall tram station, where a group of young people were amused by the sound of my snow grippers on the tram floor. The 1450 got me to Old Market Square for 1517. I caught the 1530 Skylink to Sawley, and walked home, in the fading light, for 4.20. I thankfully removed the snow grippers from my shoes, and was pleased at a highly satisfactory day. My pussy cat had a little gambol in the garden, before it was dark. 

On Thursday14th December., I accidentally missed the Long Eaton Time Swap meeting, by not knowing about it. I went home from the Horizon group, and had a boiled egg. Setting out at 5.18, I caught the 1738 Matlock train, which was about 10 minutes late. I walked straight from Cromford station, to the Gothic Warehouse (no fish & chips this time), and paid my subs at Matlock Railway Club. Railway films, including Lost Railways of East Anglia (which showed the roadside Wisbech & Upwell Tramway, which I saw at its closure on my way with the 15th Long Eaton Sea Scouts to the Decoy Broad camp in 1968) were being shown, prior to the main programme- this was the Christmas party, and a neutral choice was going to be on. A number of Disney Pixar animations were the 1st. There was a break of about 1/2 an hour from 9 o'clock, during which the buffet was served. I had about 1,500 cals, consisting of sausage rolls, sandwiches, crisps, chips etc., and an iced cake, with a slug of sherry. It was very tasty and filling. I had a couple of bottles of beer I had bought at Aldi in the morning- 0.88pt. each of Shepherd Neame Bishop's Finger (5.4%, £1.25), and Marston's Wainwright (4.1%, £1.29). Main feature was Eric Sykes' 'It's Your Move', about a young couple moving into a house. Players included Richard Briers, Jimmy Edwards, Johnny Vyvyan, Irene Handl, and Brian Murphy (this film was actually shown at last year's Christmas party). It was genuinely funny, compared to some of the so-called humour nowadays. It finished at 10 o'clock. Friend Tony Fisher gave me a lift to the station, and we chatted for a while before I went onto the platform, and waited about 15 minutes for the train to go up to Matlock, and return through Cromford at 11 o'clock, to Long Eaton. I took home with me the extremely difficult Matlock Railway Club Christmas Quiz, got in at 7 minutes to 12, and fell asleep in my chair, after watching 'This Week' & 'Question Time'. 

I agreed to support a lady as part of the Time Swap scheme, to go to the Christmas Concert on Saturday 16th December, at the May Hall, Trent College. The lady in question was Della, who had requested companions, to accompany her to the concert. I set out on the penultimate 12 of the day, which left Ruskin Avenue at 5.59, getting to Wilsthorpe Island at 6.03, then it was a 10 minute walk along Derby Road, to the College. People were already gathering, for the event. I waited about 10 minutes, before John, the other member of our group, arrived. Della was there at 10 to 7. Tickets were £10 each, which John remarked, was good value. We found seats, not too far back, and the concert, by the band of Derbyshire Army Cadet Force, started at 3 minutes past 7. Tunes included 'Have yourself a merry little Christmas', 'Our Winter Wonderland', and 'Do they Know it's Christmas', all well played. There was some Carol singing, with 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' and 'O Come, all Ye Faithful'. 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' featured towards the end- participation was key. There was a 25 minute break at 1/2-time. I had a bottle of 'Bomber' ale to start (£1.50), with a mince pie (50p.), and Jennings' Cumberland Ale (4%, also £1.50) for the 2nd half. I won some Baylis & Harding's bath and body lotion in the raffle. Major Tex Calton introduced the concert, and entertained us with his jokes. Director of Music was Lieutenant Peter Ward. Organiser of the concert was The Rotary Club of Long Eaton. I do not usually approve of events with a military theme, as 'military' is about people getting hurt, and we have recently been 'celebrating' the obscenity of the 1st World War, but this was a very enjoyable event, and brought out the spirit of Christmas. It was a Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen on her Sapphire (65th year) Jubilee. It finished at 12 minutes to 10, and I walked with John to the bottom of College Street, to get the last 15 to Sawley, of the day. I was home at a 1/4 to 11, and had a piece of Bakewell Pudding, then fell asleep in my chair. 

CR Davis