Thursday, 26 November 2015


It’s tree-mendous! Erewash Borough Council’s popular Free Tree event is back and residents will once again be able to pick up some free trees for their gardens in the annual town centre giveaway. The council’s flagship Pride in Erewash campaign is behind the annual bonanza, which sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton – 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 – High Street on Wednesday 2 December, 10am-2pm

· Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 3 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 Council
s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“Our annual free tree event is a great offer for local residents and also a 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. Winter is the perfect time to plant trees, so go along to our stalls early to be sure of getting your favourites to plant.”
The 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.

Sunday, 22 November 2015



Breaston Art Group, would like to thank everyone who attended their 20th Annual Art Exhibition. Your generous contributions have helped us to raise raise £550. A cheque for this amount is being sent to the East Midlands Air Ambulance. Thank you all very much. This is a great achievement
Long Eaton & District Horticultural Society

The members attending the monthly meeting on Tuesday 17th November were treated to a tremendous presentation by Mr Don Whitton; his talk was entitled “Euphorbias” and listening to him and watching his slides it was very plain to see that the audience was enthralled.
This former schoolteacher who by his own admission was “a Yorkshireman with a sense of humour” proved he certainly had that. Using his humour to great advantage, as he explained with the help of his many slides the tremendous excitement his nationally renowned collection of Euphorbias gave both him and any audience that was fortunate enough to listen to him.
It was clearly evident Mr Whitton knew his stuff and following a question and answer session at the end the round of appreciation shown by the members present gave rise to that fact. An absolutely brilliant evening.
One of the announcements made by our Chairlady was the great news that the Salvation Army would be appearing at our annual Christmas Party on the 16th December. This event is always well attended and the Salvation Army we are sure will only add to the occasion.
If you wish to join the “Growing Community” you will be made very welcome and the first meeting for the coming New Year is on 19th January 2016 at the Moorlands Club, Curzon Street, Long Eaton and the guest speaker will be confirmed at a later date.
The November meeting was opened by the Noble Grand Sister Margaret Gregory with Short Ritual. Twenty seven members and ten visitors were present. There were six apologies. As this was the District Officers Visit the format of the meeting was slightly different. Raffle tickets were sold on entry to the Lodge. Proceeds of this would go to the Provincial Grand Masters Charity.

After Roll Call and Homage led by Sister Val Wilson, a minutes silence was observed. The District Officers then entered the Lodge and were greeted by the Noble Grand who welcomed them and offered the hospitality of the Lodge. She then offered the Honours of the Order.
Following this the usual business was conducted. The Secretary read out notices of forthcoming events. The Welfare Officer had contacted twelve people this month, several of whom had still had ongoing health problems. She would keep in touch with these members over the next few weeks. The Noble Grand thanked members for their offers of a selection of food for the Christmas Social and Buffet next month. She also thanked members for the raffle prizes.
Sister Margaret then invited the District Officers to give their speeches. Firstly the Provincial Grand Master followed by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, then the Past Provincial Grand Master. Sister Christine Shelton gave a small speech and read out an amusing poem. All were applauded and thanked by the Noble Grand.
The Lodge meeting was then closed by Sister Margaret. The Raffle was drawn and there were many delightful prizes chosen amidst a great deal of good humour. The buffet was set out and everyone helped themselves to an array of tasty food. Jo the Landlady was thanked by the Noble Grand.
After the buffet, the result of the raffle was presented to the Provincial Grand Master and he was very touched with the amount of £75 which was handed to him. He thanked everyone and said this would benefit his charity greatly.
The evening closed at 9.45pm.

The next meeting on December 14th at 7pm for 7.30pm will be the Christmas Social and Buffet. Please note this event will be members only.
Pares Lodge is a friendly group who meet on the second Monday of each month at the Coach and Horses pub Draycott. We welcome visitors and anyone who may be interested in becoming a member. Just come along at 7pm for 7.30pm and spend an enjoyable evening with us. The Oddfellows is a friendly Charitable Organisation and has lots of social events, in the Lodges and at the main meeting house in Charnwood Street Derby. For further details please contact our Secretary on 01159 723679.

Friday, 20 November 2015


The Twitchel Inn in Long Eaton is one of 34 pubs that JD Wetherspoon are to dispose off after it warned of a second year of falling profits. It is the biggest sell off since the chain was founded 36 years ago. CBRE have been appointed to deal with the sale of the 34 outlets from Portsmouth to Glasgow which are estimated to be worth around £40million. Weatherspoons currently have 953 pubs.
Chairman Tim Martin said: “This is a periodic review of the portfolio. The pubs we are selling average 20 to 30 per cent less sales than other Wetherspoon pubs.”
Second biggest high street pub operator Stonegate Pub Company are expected to lead the way in snapping up Weatherspoons cast offs, so drinking on Howitt Street may not necessarily be coming to an end.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

A man has been jailed for 18 years for a string of historic abuse charges.Kenneth Hutchinson (68) of Pitesto Arges, Romania attended Birmingham Queen Elizabeth II Crown Court on Thursday, November 5th and was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault and three counts of rape against two girls. The incidents took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the abuse started when the girls were aged 9 and 11.
Hutchinson, previously of Long Eaton, was extradited from Romania on January 22nd, 2015 when he was arrested and remanded by Derbyshire officers. He pleaded not guilty to all charges against him but a jury gave a unanimous guilty verdict to all 10 counts. He was also ordered to sign the Sexual Offenders Register for life.


Residents in Long Eaton are being invited to have their say on local policing issues at an upcoming priority event. Officers from the Long Eaton Town Safer Neighbourhood Team are set to host a panel meeting on Monday, November 30th to discuss community issues with local people. Residents will have the chance to voice their concerns before team members use feedback to set policing priorities to work towards tackling.
A current priority for the team, made up of Sergeant Nick Pitt, PC Claire March and PCSO Heidi Andrew, is targeting theft from motor vehicles in the area. Officers have been conducting high-visibility and covert patrols in problem hotspots and offering advice to local motorists on how to secure their vehicles effectively.
Officers have also been working to tackle shoplifting in the town centre by stepping up patrols in the area, sharing useful information with local businesses to prevent crime and taking action against offenders. The panel meeting is set to take place from 5pm to 6pm Long Eaton Police Station on Derby Road.
If you are unable to attend the meeting but you would like to submit your priority suggestions, you can do so via this link:
To speak to a member of your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101. You can also follow @LongEatonSNT on Twitter to keep up to date with policing in your area.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015


Dear Members,
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the November meeting of the Long Eaton & District Heritage Society had to be cancelled.

Owing to the uncertainty of obtaining a speaker for our next meeting scheduled for; Thursday, December 10th, please read the December issue of the "Long Eaton Chronicle" and other local publications for information.

In order for us to give you more up-to-date information for the rest of 2015, please pass on this message to people not on the Internet and I would urge you to ask people interested in attending our meetings to send me their email address to us in order to improve communications now that we don't charge a membership subscription.


The Right Reverend Patrick McKinney, the recently ordained RC Bishop of Nottingham celebrated Sunday Mass at St Francis of Assisi Church on Tamworth Road on 4th October and awarded parishioner Angela Barnes, the Bene Merenti medal from His Holiness Pope Francis. The medal is awarded to Catholics who have given long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church. In Angela's case, she set up and ran the Guide and Brownie packs at St Francis for 32 years until recently. Angela also worked for many years for Age UK as a fund raising co ordinator.


Less than two weeks after being handed a 12 week suspended prison sentence for three separate shoplifting offences Jordan Werkowski-Freeman, 25, was back shoplifting in Long Eaton stores. On October 3rd he stole stole a basket full of meat from the Co-operative store in Grasmere Road, three days later he stole an artificial Xmas tree from Home Bargains on Tamworth Road. The same afternoon he attempted to steal another basket full of meat.from the Grasmere Road store. Finally the next day October 7th he stole two floor cleaners from Family Bargains. He pleaded guilty to all of the offences and for failing to surrender to bail. He was jailed for 16 weeks and must pay criminal court charges and a victim surcharge totalling £230.


A Sandiacre man has appeared at Nottingham Crown Court charged with 17 counts of abuse on four girls over a 30 year period. Peter Staley, 70, from Sycamore Crescent, Sandiacre, pleaded guilty to 16 of the 17 charges. His victims were aged between 10 and 14. Staley was jailed for 16 years.


Twelve cars found unlocked in vehicle security operation Police found a total of 12 insecure vehicles and two with valuables on show during a security check in Sandiacre. Officers from Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team were joined by a group of police cadets for the checks on Thursday, October 22nd. They spent the evening checking a total of 159 cars parked in Sandiacre and Risley. Twelve were insecure, while bags and other valuables were clearly displayed in two.
PCSO Heidi Andrew, from the team, said: “The number of insecure cars was low compared to the amount we checked, but there were still a dozen potential victims of crime. Thieves are opportunists and if they come across an insecure car, they won’t hesitate to look inside and take whatever valuables they can find. Making sure there are no valuables on show and locking your car when you leave it are two quick and easy ways to deter a thief and prevent you from becoming a victim.”
Officers from the team will be holding a security marking event at the recycling point at West Park Leisure Centre, in Long Eaton, from 1pm to 4pm on November 7th.
They will be there to mark people’s valuables, whether they are tools, electrical items, bicycles or watches. There will also be crime prevention items available, such as car alarms and stickers. It comes after a rise in the number of thefts from vehicles in the area over the last few weeks.
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Witnesses sought after couple were assaulted in Ilkeston Police are appealing for witnesses after a couple were assaulted in Ilkeston.
At around 4pm on Friday, October 23, an 18-year-old man was cycling along Granby Street when he saw his 17-year-old girlfriend at the bus stop.
He alleges that a group of two men and a woman, whom he knows, were shouting at his girlfriend and he went over to intervene.
An argument broke out and the victim said he was punched several times by one of the men and the woman. He told police his girlfriend came to his aid and the couple left the scene.
The victim has a fractured eye socket and bruising and cuts to his face and body. His girlfriend suffered bruising to her arm.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm while a 20-year-old woman has been arrested for two counts of assault by beating.
Both have been released on bail while the inquiry continues.
Anyone with information should call DC Donna Parkes on 101, quoting crime reference number 46096/15, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Detectives try to trace Good Samaritan who intervened in Long Eaton robbery
Detectives are trying to trace a Good Samaritan who intervened in a robbery in Long Eaton.
Sometime between 9.30pm and 10pm on Tuesday, October 20th, an 18-year-old man was walking along Wilsthorpe Road when he realised two pedestrians and someone on a bicycle were behind him. The cyclist rode off.
As he approached the footpath which leads to Edale Close, one of the pedestrians grabbed him and he turned around. He was punched in the face and fell to the floor. The robbers took his mobile and cash from his wallet. He heard someone telling the robbers to leave him alone and the two people ran off. Police are trying to trace the passer-by who intervened in case they have information which could help with the inquiry.

The man who punched him is black with dreadlock hair. He was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a black fleece. He is around 6ft 2ins tall and in his 20s. The victim is unsure as to the gender of the second robber but they are white and wore black bottoms with a red stripe down the leg.

Anyone with information should call DC Kevin Beresford on 101, quoting crime reference number 45515/15, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Saturday, 7 November 2015


I regret to report that, owing to a change in management, the function room at the Sportsman is no longer available - perhaps you can imagine the chaos it has caused;
We have to cancel this week's market, scheduled for the 8th. November, and notices will be displayed outside the venue.

Thursday, 29 October 2015


Tamworth Road was closed after a lorry travelling towards Long Eaton struck the Railway Bridge near Long Eaton Station. The incident occurred around 7.15am on Friday October 16th. As a result of the crash debris fell into the road. Engineers were called to assess the condition of the bridge and after they gave the all clear police reopened the road. No one was injured but the closure caused chaos for the Friday morning rush hour and by 7.30 the congestion meant traffic on the A52 was crawling along at 10mph.


Four people were arrested after a car crash in Long Eaton. The incident occurred on Fields Farm Road, Long Eaton, at 11.30pm on Monday October 12th. A Vauxhall Corsa left the road and hit a lamppost it is alleged that the four occupants then left the scene. Two men and two women were later found Nathaniel Road and were taken to hospital where they received treatment. A Long Eaton couple, a 29 year old man and a 26 year old woman, were later arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence. The other couple a 23-year-old man from Hayling Island and a second Long Eaton woman aged 22 were arrested on suspicion of drink driving and vehicle theft.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101quoting incident number 856 of October 12th.


Police investigating the theft of a motorbike from a garage in Sandiacre have released a photo of it in a bid to track it down. The KTM 250EXC motorbike was taken from the garage, in Travers Road, between 1.25am and 1.45am on Sunday, October 18th. The thief forced open a door to the garage and cut the chain securing the bike.
The motocross style bike has orange, white and black patterning on the frame, KTM written on the side and long suspension rods on the front wheel. Anyone who has information on the whereabouts of the bike should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 44864/15.
You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.