Friday, 4 June 2021



Born 5th June 81 died 8th June 81

Son of Debra and Martin Wiles

Sister to Cara Wiles

Always in our hearts and never will be forgotten

Our Angel

BROWN, Josephine. Sadly passed away on 17th May 2021 aged 96. Beloved Mum and Grandma. Funeral at Bramcote Crematorium on 15th June 2021 at 1.30pm. Donations to British Heart Foundation at

Wednesday, 2 June 2021


Rotary Club of Church Wilne Guest Speaker Evening

World Vision by Sue Tinney

On the 17th May 2021 members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne were treated to an informative and interesting presentation from Sue Tinney of World Vision on how the organisation is combating climate change and is helping the young and vulnerable to combat it and give them a voice to make their views known.

 Sue informed the members the bench mark was set out in the 2015 Paris Climate Summit. One of its objectives was to give children a chance to be heard and introduced a project to encourage youngsters to participate, make a difference and to take part in the next summit scheduled for later this year. The summit  also acknowledged an increase in global hunger and highlighted that more must be done to help the poorest become resilient to climate catastrophes'.

Climate change has  caused natural disasters such as floods, drought and famine with consequences such as migration and homelessness through people fleeing their homes. Two countries show contrasting causes of problems caused by climate change. Mali in West Africa has suffered significant loss in food production caused by drought.  World Vision established projects and employed agricultural engineers to train farmers to use different farming methods to increase farm yields. It showed them tree management techniques, new methods of planting and the use of drought resistant seeds to help them combat the drought and become self sufficient. Over the last four years the lives and livelihoods of the people in Mali have been rebuilt. 

In contrast, The Philippines have been severely affected by hurricanes, typhoons and flooding. World Vision has worked with the populous and the authorities to give training for disaster mitigation such as evacuating schools and other public buildings and clean up initiatives following flooding. They were trained in  disaster reduction strategies and shown how to build better houses with stronger structures to withstand these adverse events. The policy of world vision is that it is committed to ensuring vulnerable people have a future and can adapt to the problems caused by climate change. It is keen to give the younger generation a voice and seeks to encourage them to use it..

The vote of thanks was given by Rotarian Mick White who said we had learnt a lot and agreed children must be engaged in combating this problem. It was heartening to see that climate change was being confronted and positive action taken.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021


Boat magnets, crazy jumping birds and sailing boats are all part of the half term fun at Erewash Museum as popular family activities return following the  pandemic. In step with safety guidelines, however, booking for timed slots is essential for the activities which will take place 11am-2pm from Tuesday to Saturday next week in the museum gardens. To ensure everyone is safe only two households or six people can be booked per slot and those visiting will also be able to explore a fun trail and new displays - while the tea rooms will also be open. Contact the museum to book a slot on or call 0115 907 1141. Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says: 

“It is great news that the museum is able to finally restart its popular events. We have to proceed with caution and safety at all times, but how wonderful it is to see a half term week back on the calendar again at our award winning museum. We have to keep our fingers crossed for the weather, but hopefully we can see the start of welcoming back visitors, old and new, to our hidden gem in the heart of Erewash.” 

Craft activities to make a sailing boat magnet take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday next week (1, 3, 5 June ) while children can enjoy creating jumping birds on Wednesday 2nd June and ice cream magnets on Friday 4th June. To ensure covid safety; hand sanitizers, regular cleaning and social distancing measures will be in place and toilets and baby changing facilities are available 

Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. 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, 24 May 2021


Local MP, Maggie Throup, has given her backing to a Parliamentary petition established by a young Erewash resident calling on the Government to criminalise the distribution of unsolicited sexual images commonly referred to as ‘nudes’. This follows shocking statistics which show that 41 per cent of women aged between 18 and 36 have reportedly received non-consensual sexual images. Speaking about the campaign, Maggie commented:-

“I am delighted to back this campaign, which has been set up by a brave young woman living in Erewash, following her own her own personal experience of receiving unsolicited sexual images. In recent years, the Government has made significant progress in this area, banning the abhorrent practice of ‘upskirting’ through the passage of the Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 and ‘revenge porn’ through the Criminal Justice and Courts Act in 2015, and has made a commitment in this year’s Queen’s Speech to publish new strategies to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls and Domestic Abuse. Whilst these developments are to be welcomed, in an age where more people are now making contact online with people they do not necessarily know, it is important that Parliament continues to update the law to reflect the potential threats that this type of interaction poses.

The forthcoming Online Harms Bill provides us with a golden opportunity to close the gaps and I have already held discussions with the Home Secretary about how a ban on these types of unsolicited images could be included in the legislation.” 

 To view and sign the petition, please visit

Friday, 14 May 2021


A landmark ‘memory quilt’, a tribute to the phenomenal work of the Long Eaton Scrubbers in supporting the NHS, will be showcased at Erewash Museum when it re-opens on Tuesday 18th May.  The Long Eaton Scrubbers, founded by co-ordinator Angela Manson, consists of over 40 women and girls who had never met, and came together in the first lockdown in March 2020 to make much needed items for NHS care workers after seeing a comment on social media highlighting the lack of scrubs. When the need for scrubs, bags, headbands and ear protectors reduced; 540 scrubs sets were distributed to hospitals, care homes and surgeries, a remarkable achievement. To mark their incredible journey, the group set about creating a special quilt with scrub fabric and by June 2020, exactly 3 months after the UK went into lockdown, they had not only helped and supported the NHS and care sector, but finished a memory quilt ready to be displayed around the borough which is a colourful commemoration of the pandemic times. Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Carol Hart, says

 “Of all the initiatives that have taken place during the pandemic in the borough, this is one of the most heart-warming and uplifting projects I have seen. The determination of these ladies to help provide our NHS care workers with much needed scrubs and other protective equipment is a shining example of how the spirit of Erewash has been used to full effect. The idea of a memory quilt to commemorate their shared experiences is lovely and I encourage everyone to visit the museum, safely, and take a look at their incredible creation.”

 The museum’s opening times are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 10.30am and 3pm - with admission by advance booking only to ensure the safety of everyone. The safety of visitors is paramount and a range of covid-secure measures are in place. Contact Erewash Museum on 0115 907 1141 or email Visit Facebook/erewashmuseum

Wednesday, 12 May 2021


Following the significant outbreak of Coronavirus which was identified as originating at Wilsthorpe School in Long Eaton, Maggie is urging residents to be vigilant as cases increase. Commenting Maggie said:  “I have been in constant contact with Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health, Dean Wallace, in order to monitor the situation and to offer my support, and I would like to thank him and his team for the amazing work they have done so far to contain the spread. The management team at Wilsthorpe School also acted rapidly to contain the virus and have worked extremely hard along with the public health professionals. Testing is a key part of the effort and over the weekend 2,200 PCR tests were conducted which will undoubtably help to cut the number of community transmissions."

“I want to urge all residents with links to the school, who are not displaying symptoms and who have not already done so, to come forward and get a lateral flow test at West Park Leisure Centre as soon as possible. However, those displaying symptoms should call 119 to book a PCR test straight away at the testing site closest to you home. In addition, a dedicated website has been established to provide the community with updates as and when the situation changes which can be accessed at: This outbreak shows that the virus is still circulating in our communities and has not gone away, and it continues to be vital we all follow the simple rules of Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air.”

Sunday, 9 May 2021


Major news this time is that East Midlands Railway conductors are staging 3 1-day strikes on Suns. 16th, 23rd and 30th May., in a dispute over pay and conditions. At the moment there is a serious problem with cracks being found on new Hitachi class 800 trains, which will not be easy, cheap or quick to fix. Fortunately these do not run through Long Eaton. East Midlands Gateway has been a big success, with several freight trains daily (except Sundays). It can take 16 775m. trains per diurnal cycle and is handling about 10,000 containers a month. There is storage capacity for 4,000 20ft. length equivalent container units. Roadworks on Derby Road, Nottingham affect the Trentbarton indigo and i4 from Mon.10th-Thu.13th May. The road will be closed at Sawley Junction on 15th, 22nd and 23rd May. This will affect the 15, Skylink and CT4N 29. The closure of Kirkhill in Shepshed may divert the Skylink Coalville. Notts & Derby have some new 2nd hand double deckers to serve their vastly reduced network. Nottingham City Transport have helped in the raising of £138,000 for Emmanuel House homeless charity. 


We are back in the world of day trips now, thanks to the rollout of vaccinations. I have had both mine now. My 1st outing was to the Great Central Railway, on Saturday 17th April (the day of Prince Philip's funeral), the 1st operating day for the GCR, booked in March. It only cost £11, which, with the Anytime Day Return, with Senior Railcard, from Long Eaton to Loughborough, made it quite a cheap excursion. The rest of the time, I was using my bus pass, so no costs there. The 0841 London train was on-time, with very few passengers. I was soon on the NCT South Notts no. 1, at Loughborough Midland, and this terminated at Baxter Gate, where I had about 10 yards to walk, to get the Centrebus no. 154 to Quorn station, the only boarding point for the steam trains. Class 08 no. D4137 shunted 6990 'Witherslack Hall' into Quorn Yard at 10 to 10, for people to look at. I got the 10 o'clock, formed of ;9F' 92214 'Leicester City', the LMS Inspection Coach and 5 British Railways mark 1 carriages. There was a signal check on the way up to Leicester North, and another one on the way back. I ate my pork pie before the return journey, washed down with water. We were late back at Quorn, but I did not see the 154 bus, as I walked back up to Chaveney Road. I asked a lady if she had seen it go- she said "No". I adjudged it was wise to wait, and I was proved right, when it hoved into view a few minutes late. I transferred to the South Notts no. 1 at Baxter Gate- the garage at Gotham, and former HQ of this firm, was to close this weekend, and had 5 minutes to catch my train, at the Midland Station. We did not know, then, that the Brush factory, overlooking the station, was to close, but 5 days later, it was announced, with 300 redundancies, another blow to Loughborough, after 3M went, a few years ago. My train was on-time, and I got home at 1211. The Camra Zoom AGM and Conference was postponed 'til Sunday, out of deference to Prince Philip, which meant I was able to see the whole lot. And, also in recognition of him, the last train at the GCR was cancelled. It had been a sunny morning, and a sunny, cloudy afternoon, with a very light breeze, quite pleasant overall.

 C R Davis

Thursday, 6 May 2021


DATE:             5th May 2021

1st         Shaun WEED (Old Works AC) 49-08
2nd        Tim BULL (Meadowlands) 40-12
3rd         Mick CHAPMAN (Leamington Spa) 40-08
4th         Stuart GOULD (Rugby) 31-15
5th         John ADAMSON (NISA Feeders) 30-14
6th        Chris LEE 29-03
7th        Martin HINCKS (Ajax AC) 27-01
8th        Allan NEALE (Stratford Fishing & Outdoors)
9th        Terry WINSTONE (Meadowlands) 24-15
10th     Rob LOWE 12-08
Number of pegs:  12 (Paid top 3)

The bitterly cold weather continued, with yet another overnight frost and, although the wind was from the western quarter, it was cold and brought showers of rain.  In general, the carp failed to co-operate, and although the top 4 all had carp, most of the other weights consisted of “silvers” (bream, roach and perch).

Shaun Weed again drew peg 1, and again won the match, although he struggled to catch until he found a few carp in front of him, and he caught on bomb and pellet to put 49-08 on the scales.

Tim Bull (peg 23) included a big grass carp in his second placed 40-12 catch which consisted of 4 fish, 2 falling to pellet waggler and two on bomb and pellet, just enough to push Mick Chapman (peg 20) into third place.  Mick had five carp on bomb and pellet for 40-08.

Although Stuart Gould in fourth place with 31-15 from peg 27 had three carp, half of his weight was made up of perch, while fifth placed John Adamson (peg 10) had one seven pound carp with the bulk of his 30-14 consisting of bream taken on pole in the last 90 minutes.
Photo is of Shaun Weed with his winning catch.
NB.  ‘NISA Feeders’ Opens are at Meadowlands Fishery every Wednesday. You must book a place before 10pm the previous Monday evening (see Facebook: Nisa - midweek open matches), draw in car park 8:30am-9:00am, fishing 10:30am-4:30pm. 

Tuesday, 4 May 2021


Police were called to an incident in Long Eaton during the early hours of May 3rd after a taxi driver ended up on top of another car after swerving to avoid a cat. Images taken by police at the scene show a red Toyota taxi perched on the side of an orange Jeep. No one was injured.

Friday, 30 April 2021


On Friday, April 30th, a Stapleford woman attended a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court via a link from HM Prison Foston Hall, Derbyshire. The woman was charged with murder following the death of a pensioner in a property in Moorbridge Lane shortly before 6.20am on Wednesday morning, March 3rd. Ann Dixon, 48, of Moorbridge Lane, Stapleford could not appear in court earlier because she had tested positive for Covid-19. Progress in the case was discussed before an adjournment until a further hearing on June 18th. Dixon was charged with murder on Thursday, March 4. Emergency services were called after a man allegedly suffered stab wounds. Raymond Dixon, 77, died shortly afterwards. The case has been given a provisional trial date of November 22nd.

Thursday, 29 April 2021


28th April 2021

 1st         Chris LEE 152-15
2nd       John ADAMSON    110-03
3rd        Mick BULL   107-12
4th        Andy FARNDON  96-03
5th        Tony LAMB   74-01
6th       Allan NEALE   61-01
7th       Terry WINSTONE 56-15
8th       Colin PERRY  55-07
Number of pegs:  11 Paid Top Three

For the fourth week in succession anglers had to combat a cold and strong NE wind blowing straight down the lake, but in spite of that everyone caught fish and decent weights were recorded. Top weight was taken by Chris Lee from peg 27.  Chris caught decent carp on pole, with pellet and corn as bait, mainly from the margins, and put an excellent 152-15 on the scales for a clear win.

At the other end of the match length on peg 1, organiser John Adamson enjoyed an excellent day, and catching smaller carp on bomb and pellet  (mainly between 3 and 6 lbs) he put a total of 110-03 on the scales to take second place, just enough to push Mick Bull (peg 9), who had 107-12 of decent carp, into third place.  Mick caught mainly on pole and corn. Andy Farndon (peg 3) filled fourth place with a method feeder caught 96-03, just missing the money.

 NB.  ‘NISA Feeders’ Opens are at Meadowlands Fishery every Wednesday. You must book a place before 10pm the previous Monday evening (see Facebook: Nisa - midweek open matches), draw in car park 8:30am-9:00am, fishing 10:30am-4:30pm.  

Tuesday, 27 April 2021


The time has come for people in Erewash to once again showcase their fantastic flower displays and gardens through an annual competition run by Erewash Borough Council. The hugely popular Erewash in Bloom crowns winners across a range of categories, all of which will help make Erewash bloomin’ marvellous this summer. The competition is being held online this year due to the fallout from coronavirus and entries are now open. Unlike previous years where judges visited the gardens of finalists, this time entrants will be asked to submit five photographs per category through an online entry form. There are 11 categories for residents, community groups, businesses and schools, with final judging by a virtual panel in August. The top three entrants in six of the categories, including best front garden and tallest sunflower, will receive cash prizes or vouchers. There will be certificates and trophies for the winners in the other five categories. 

Residents can enter using the online form at where photographs for each category can be uploaded. Entries close on Friday 2nd July. Entries can also be posted to: Erewash in Bloom, Merlin House, Merlin Way, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 4RA. Please include your name, contact details and which category you are entering.

Monday, 26 April 2021


Erewash MP Maggie Throup has welcomed the publication of the terms of refence for a fan-led review of football by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, The Rt. Hon. Oliver Dowden CBE MP. The review, which is part of the Government’s 2019 General Election manifesto, will be wide-ranging in scope and examine the potential for changes to ownership models, governance, how finance flows through the game and how to give supporters a greater say in the running of the game. The Secretary of State has appointed former Sports Minister, qualified FA football coach and avid football fan, Tracey Crouch MP to Chair the review, with the final report expected to include recommendations on what steps can and should be taken, and how they should be implemented. Speaking about the fan-led review, Maggie said:

“Following another turbulent week off the pitch with the controversy surrounding the proposed formation of a European Super League, I am delighted that the Culture Secretary has brough forward the Government’s fan-led review of football. Football means so much to many people across the country and teams are ultimately nothing without the loyal fans who support them through good times and bad. Tracey is a fantastic advocate for the grass-roots game, and I have no doubt she will lead this root and branch review with the same passion she shows for her own team….even if it is Spurs! I look forward to inviting her to a match at one of our amazing local clubs here in Erewash in the very near future, so that she can see for herself the immense contribution that loyal fans make to community football.”   

Tuesday, 20 April 2021



Dear Editor,
The murder of Sarah Everard is a terrible reflection of our times. And that a policeman can commit this atrocity, who is supposed to be protecting us, more so. But, even worse, highlighted by the reaction to it, it shows up a growing sexual apartheid. The numbers of women the target of such attacks, have not increased in 20 years, and 3/4 of the victims are male. I recall a similar atmosphere being about in the 1970s, but when I looked at the figures, found that young males, into which category I fell, were most at risk. Indeed, I was the victim of an attack in 1971. In those days, men and women were fairly close together, now there is a widening gulf. The murder of Sarah Everard is grist to the mill for the feminist man haters. It suits their misandrist agenda. Their approach is to say "Women good, men bad". This is the source of their spat with transgenders. I am in agreement with Anne Widdecombe, not someone I would usually agree with, who says "Women have never had it so good". What happened to the Equal Pay Act, and the Sex Discrimination Act? 
 'Our Silent Emergency' presented by Roman Kemp, at 9pm on BBC1 TV on Tuesday 16th March drew attention to the national emergency of male suicide. They account for 3/4 of this phenomenon. Women treat men very harshly, and this contributes critically to low self-esteem. I witnessed a friend of mine receiving such harsh treatment, and I recall an occasion when I was within earshot of such haranguing when I was at work. and there is also the reality of lesbians attacking heterosexual males. Women cannot expect to be the perpetrators of such dross without consequences. Yes, some men are over-zealous in their pursuit of women. So, this situation is a scenario of 2 sides. We are all responsible. But, the outlook is bleak. With the antagonistic, antithetical culture originally perpetrated by Margaret Thatcher, narrow-minded attitudes have become the norm. We need to get back to the old ideals of Love and Peace from the progressive decades of the '60s & '70s.

 C R Davis

Sunday, 18 April 2021


The name of a man who died after being hit by a train at Long Eaton railway station has been released at the inquest into his death. Dylan Slezak died after being hit by a train on Thursday, April 15th. Emergency services were called to the station at around 7.13pm, but sadly the 49-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Slozak, whose address was given as the Novotel hotel in Bostocks Lane, Long Eaton, was identified by his fingerprints. His provisional cause of death was given as severe chest and abdominal injuries caused by a rail collision.

Lousie Pinder, assistant coroner for Derby and Derbyshire opened an inquest into his death at Derby Coroner's Court on Wednesday, April 28th. She confirmed that multiple agencies including British Transport Police are drafting reports that will be used in the full inquest. She adjourned the hearing for six weeks at which point it will be reviewed.