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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.

Monday, 13 November 2017


 A large crowd turned out once again on a sunny but chilly remembrance Sunday morning. The parade departed from West Gate at 10.20am and made its way to the War Memorial for the wreath laying ceremony at 10.45am. Bishop Roger Jupp, Vicar of St Laurences, conducted the service. The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, who join Long Eaton residents at the service and Mass at St Laurence’s Parish Church before the parade, welcomed the assembled company. After the service the band and organisations formed up and marched round the Green, saluting the War Memorial on return before marching up the High Street where they were dismissed. The Borough Council wish to acknowledge the help and co-operation of the Long Eaton Branch of the Royal British Legion and of Bishop Roger Jupp in organising the service.

Saturday, 11 November 2017


What a treat the camera club members had when they Nat Coalson gave the latest lecture at the club. Nat born in raised in Colarado, and now living in Leicester, gave us photographic tour of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and the South of California. Nat started off by showing some photographs of abandoned mining towns in Colorado, the towns were abandoned when the gold and silver ran out. Next we were treated to pictures of the Rocky Mountains. Over the course of the lecture, we moved from Colorado to Arizona to Utah. Each state has different landscapes and al photogenic. Nat’s, penultimate showing was the spectacular White Sands Dessert which is located in the north New Mexico, the pictures were both amazing and stunning as he captured images of the glorious white sands. The lecture finished up in southern California, where the rocks in the desert move under their own power. Apparently the movement is caused by a combination of rain and wind power, the rain makes the desert surface light and fluid thus allowing the wind to move the rocks. Some of the photographs of rock structures appear to be manmade, but in actual fact are eroded by the wind. On such example was castle rock, which looks like a manmade castle but is in actual fact, been shaped by the wind over the centuries. Nat likes to challenge conventional photograph by having more than one focal point in his photographs each focal point leads you to the main image that he has capture. A well worthwhile lecture and well received by all club members.
Bonfire and fireworks night  2017 sent in by Ian Clifford member of Long Eaton Camera Club

Friday, 10 November 2017


Back in 1994, 40 pen pals arranged a meeting at the little angel pub in Whitby this was to be the origins of the Whitby Goth Weekend otherwise known as WGM. Twice a year all manner of Goths from all walks of life descend upon the town, boosting tourism in the area with around 1,500 people from all other the UK and further afield. The main focus for the event being the music at the spa pavilion, featuring live music from hands off Gretel, theatre of hate, the membranes and pussycat and the Johnson’s, tickets were priced at around £65 for a day. Not able to stretch to a ticket, I and a friend headed over to check out the markets and fringe events. Having been a WGW virgin, I was amazed by all the people there was always something new to see, everything about the event makes you stop and look, the outfits people wore where fantastic there was no barrier or outfit that was too much, anything goes, from the industrial type Goths to the steam punk influenced and beyond. Photographers were everywhere clicking away as if life depended on it. Whitby Kustom show was also on that day so we headed to look at the vintage cars, with adapted VW beetles, a few hearses and even the mystery machine. No trip to the coast is complete without a stop off at a chippy, after which we browsed the antiques shops and markets, collecting outfit ideas for another time; I could have quite easily spent a fortune. We took a walk along the cliffs to see the abbey from which Bram Stoker found inspiration for his novel Dracula. Stopping for a drink at the little angel pub to watch the world go by. We left for home tired but happy, the next event is 27th-29th April for those who dare.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017


Police are sharing a warning from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau about bogus bailiffs. Action Fraud has said that it has recently received an increase in calls about fake bailiffs, requesting payments for a ‘phantom’ debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone claiming to be a bailiff working on behalf of a court, attempting to recover funds for non-existent debt. The caller will ask for payment by means of a bank transfer and if this is refused, will threaten to visit the premises to recover the debt that is owed. The NFIB say that several different businesses and individuals have been targeted. Although the fraud can occur throughout the UK, Action Fraud has seen a large number of reports coming from Yorkshire. We’re sharing the following advice: ·If you receive a call, confirm what the debt is regarding; bailiffs are only used to recover certain debts such as council tax, child support and compensation orders. Bailiffs are not used to recover debts relating to private advertisement – these would be collected by debt collectors, who do not have the same legal powers as bailiffs. ·If you work for a business and receive a call from a bailiff or debt collector, speak to your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debt yourself on behalf of the business. Some fraudsters have suggested employees do this, claiming they can be reimbursed by their employers. ·Double check with the court or originating company to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline, make sure you hear the dialling tone before dialling as the caller could still be on the line. Also be sure to search independently for the telephone number to call and clarify; never use a number provided by the caller without doing your own research. ·Request details of the debt in writing to confirm its legitimacy, Don’t feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Saturday, 4 November 2017


Long Eaton will once again be host to the popular Chestnut Fair, when the town centre will light up to the sights and sounds of the traditional street funfair. This year’s fair will be held between Thursday 16th November and Saturday 18th November and will be given its usual funfair-style opening by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson.
Councillor Hopkinson will officially launch the 2017 event on Thursday 16th November at 6pm from the fairground favourite, the dodgems ride, which will be on Waverley Street. The Chestnut Fair is now in its 18th year and features rides and sidestalls for all ages – from carousels for the young through to the white knuckle rides for daredevil fans. It runs along Waverley Street and stretches through the High Street to the Market Place. The fair is open from 6pm-10pm on Thursday 16th November and from 1pm-10pm on Friday and 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. Motorists should note that there will be some disruption with Waverley Street closed to traffic and Cross Street, Union Street and the Market Place also affected."


Whispering in corners, surreptitious planning, secret invitations and stealth organisational tactics all contributed to the success of a surprise buffet lunch at Long Eaton Baptist Church for John Perry who has retired from his position as Church Treasurer after serving for over 48 years. John was astounded when it was announced at the beginning of the service on Sunday 29th October that a celebratory buffet lunch would be taking place afterwards. A gathering of forty people from the Church made this a memorable occasion for John. Pastor David Shaw presented John with a present from the members of the Church and said, “We did not believe that it would be possible to keep the lunch a secret as John generally knows about everything that happens at LEBC! I am delighted that we have been able to celebrate John’s faithful and committed service as Church Treasurer. I and many other people are very grateful for all the many hours that John has spent supporting the Church during his 48 years as Treasurer”

Thursday, 2 November 2017


Erewash Museum is hosting a FREE Astronomy Night on Saturday November 11th, when amateur astronomers can look at the night sky with the help of experts. Members of the Ilkeston and District Astronomy Society will be on hand in the museum gardens between 7pm and 9pm when visitors will get the chance to learn more about astronomy, planets and the galaxies. Interactive science demonstrations will also be taking place throughout the evening. There will also be the opportunity to use professional stargazing equipment and the museum rooms will be open for a chance to view the building and exhibitions – while the Old Stable Tea Rooms will be open for refreshments. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This evening event is always popular with people of all ages interested in learning more about astronomy, the planets and galaxies. There is also the added bonus of being able to use professional equipment to view the stars in greater detail.”
Please bring warm clothing and suitable footwear. Use of professional equipment is weather permitting.
Erewash Museum is located in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum. You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum.

Monday, 30 October 2017


The British Legion were selling poppy’s on the Market Place this week. Tony Bryan, (Parade Marshall), behind the wheel, said they had done very well and their boxes were full. The Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, will join Long Eaton residents at the service and Mass at St Laurence’s Parish Church at 9.30am before the parade. The Long Eaton procession will start at 10.20am from West Gate and make it way to the War Memorial outside the Church for the wreath laying ceremony at 10.45am.
 The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson has also given her support to this year’s Poppy Appeal: “I join the residents of Erewash in wearing my poppy with pride. I will be honoured to represent the borough at the Ilkeston Remembrance Service to pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives in the service of their country and I know that the Deputy Mayor is equally honoured to be attending the Long Eaton event.”

Saturday, 28 October 2017


The final eight-week consultation on the proposals for new parliamentary constituency boundaries in the East Midlands opened in October and residents having until 11th December to give their views. Initial proposals have been revised following a previous public consultation earlier this year and this is now the last chance to contribute views to the Boundary Commission on the best ‘pattern’ of constituencies. The Commission is due to recommend its new boundaries to Parliament next year. Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
“Residents have an important role in the decision-making process so I would strongly urge everyone to get involved in this boundary review.”
All the information needed to see the proposals and contribute to the review can be found at