Tuesday, 4 August 2015


Four brave members of BNI Parkside, a business network group in Long Eaton, completed the tough Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge on Saturday 18 July in aid of the British Red Cross. Embracing rain, wind and very un-summery temperatures, the group trekked 24 miles and took on three huge peaks along the world-famous route to raise funds for the lifesaving, life-changing charity. Members of the group taking on the walk were Nigel Grainger, of Fleet Risk Consultants, Ian Trembirth, of Trembirth Designs, Karen Sheldon, of Sheldon Flanders Financial Services, and Carl Firmstone, of Stator Electrical Solutions. Three out of the four were delighted to complete the full walk in less than 12 hours, with Carl sadly having to cut the trek short after the second peak due to a knee injury.
The team joined 220 other walkers from across the UK taking on the annual sponsored trek for the Red Cross. Now in its seventh year, the route covers 24 miles across beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside and takes in the magnificent peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Often quoted as being harder than the National Three Peaks, the event attracts experienced and novice walkers looking to push themselves to the limit and raise funds to save lives and help vulnerable people.
BNI Parkside is a proactive local business network that meets every Friday lunchtime at the Long Eaton Novotel, with the aim of finding business for other members. Members regularly take part in challenges and fundraising for their chosen charity.
Member Ian Trembirth said, ‘What an amazing day. All the volunteers around the route were brilliant, offering support and trying to gee us along. The reception back at the hall was great and I got a bit emotional realising what I’d done (still do). Thank you so much!’
Local Red Cross fundraiser Alex Gadsby said, ‘We’re so grateful to the brave BNI Parkside members who took on this incredible and tough challenge, and for all the fab fundraising. I’ve worked on this event for five years now and it’s a brilliant experience from start to finish – we love supporting our walkers from the moment they sign up, through their fundraising, to on the day, when we cheer them across the finish line and give them their medal back at base. This year was no exception!’
Registration for next year’s event, on Saturday 16 July, has already opened and the charity is hoping to attract more local businesses to take on the challenge. There is a registration fee of £10 to take part in the event and people are asked to raise £100 in sponsorship for the charity’s humanitarian work.Walkers receive full support from their local fundraiser, including a comprehensive sponsorship pack and regular hints and tips to help you achieve your target. The local fundraiser is also the point of contact for any queries about the event, and will be there on the day to present the participant with a medal and certificate to recognise their achievement.
Walkers can sign up at
www.redcross.org.uk/y3p or by calling Alex on 0115 852 8016. Anyone interested in attending a BNI Parkside meeting can find out more by also contacting Alex as above.

Monday, 3 August 2015


Magic at the Museum
Get your wands at the ready for a week of magic and mischief at Erewash Museum. Fantastic free crafts and activities are available from Monday-Thursday, 10 to 13 August, 11am -3pm. Children can also take part in Magic workshops taking place on Friday 14 August, suitable for ages 5 and upwards at a small cost of £1.50 per child. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:“The summer holidays are now well underway and children can have a magical time at Erewash Museum during this enchanting week of wizard crafts and activities.”
Anyone wanting more information can call in to the Museum or telephone 0115 907 1141 for more information. Residents can also check out the Facebook page –
Erewash Museum is just off the High Street in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Admission is free and it is open Monday to Saturday during school holidays between 10am-4pm.


A man who was arrested on suspicion of murder in April this year has been charged with manslaughter. Andrew Maling (46) of Main Street, Sigglesthorne near Hull was arrested on April 8th, 2015 after the death of Amy Gough on March 29th. He was questioned and released on police bail while further inquiries were carried out. On Friday July 24th he was charged with manslaughter and is due to appear before magistrates in Derby on Tuesday, August 11th. In March Ms Gough (34) was found injured at her home in Sandringham Road in Sandiacre. She was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where she later died. Police were informed the following day.
Detective Inspector Graham Prince, who is investigating the death, is appealing for anyone who knew Ms Gough to contact him. He said:
“I’d like to hear from anyone who saw Amy between Tuesday March 24th and Sunday March 29th. It’s very important that we piece together her movements in and around Sandiacre and possibly in Derby in the days before her death. Anyone with information can contact me on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”


On Saturday 18th July the Long Eaton United Reformed Church at the Green held a garden party. The weather was nice and it was busy. When I arrived the Silver Prize Training Band were in full flow. The event was organised to raise funds for the church which has recently refurbished the toilet facilities there and now boasts a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities as well as new suites in the ladies and gents. Bill who is involved with the church said ” These new facilities were much needed particularly when we have a well attended event.” The church hall is well used by many local community groups including Slimming World meetings. I believe a good day was had by all.


Police investigating an incident where a large amount of air freshener was stolen have released images of two men they want to speak to. At around 1.35pm on Sunday, July 12th, two men stole 40 air freshener cartridges from the Co-op, in The Green at Breaston. They left the shop and got into a black Renault.
Anyone with information should call PC Robert Smith on 101, quoting crime reference number 29375-15, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Residents in Long Eaton are being encouraged to get their vehicle security into gear at an upcoming police event. Officers from the town’s Safer Neighbourhood Team are set to host a series of security events following reports of number plates being stolen from unattended vehicles in the area. Police will be teaming up as part of the Erewash Community Safety Partnership to encourage motorists to bring their vehicles to the events to have tamper-proof number plate screws fitted for free.
The screws, which will be fitted to both the front and rear registration plates, are designed to deter thieves and cannot be removed with a normal screwdriver. The fitting will only take a few moments and there is no booking is needed. The team will be visiting Asda on Midland Street in Long Eaton on Thursday, August 6th. They will be in the car park, close to the car wash, between 2pm and 5pm.
An event will also take place at the Co-operative Store carpark on Victoria Avenue, Borrowash between 2pm and 5pm on Thursday, August 13th. For more information about the event, contact PC Sarah Carlile on 101, or email at: sarah.carlile.14149@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk


Safer Neighbourhood officers in Long Eaton Rural are vowing to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) after residents raised concerns at a recent community panel meeting. Members of the team met with local people on Tuesday, July 14th and heard how ASB at the park on Hopwell Road and around the multi-user games area (MUGA) on Derby Road in Draycott was an issue. Sergeant Nick Pitt and PCSO Karen Pykett are now hoping to tackle the issue by increasing high visibility patrols in hotspot areas; encouraging the community to report nuisance behaviour and taking positive action with individuals or groups found to be persistently causing ASB.
Local residents who witness ASB or would like to report suspicious behaviour are being urged to contact the team on 101, giving details of the time and place where it occurs and description where possible of perpetrators. The area’s next community panel meeting is set to take place between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Thursday, October 1st at Stanton by Dale Parish Council Rooms.


Generous shoppers help feed those in need with over 3.6 million meals donated nationally during recent Neighbourhood Food Collection in partnership with FareShare and The Trussell Trust. TESCO customers have donated an incredible 3.6 million meals during the sixth nationwide Neighbourhood Food Collection this summer. The figure is an increase of 13% compared to last summer’s collection. At the beginning of the month, as part of a national Neighbourhood Food Collection in partnership with Trussell Trust, the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank received food donations from the public at Tesco Long Eaton for three days (Thursday to Saturday, July 2nd – 4th).

The foodbank is extremely grateful to the generous shoppers who handed its volunteers more than 2 tons (2382.2kg) of food, and the work of the Neighbourhood Wardens in transporting the donations to its Sawley store. An added bonus of this collection is the cash donation by Tesco to the foodbank representing 30% of the value of all the food donated.

The charity has also received food and money donations throughout the year from individuals, local schools, local churches and local businesses, plus a generous donation secured by Derbyshire Community Foundation from the Walbrook fund.

The foodbank functions as a as a community resource. Since commencing operating in October 2012, 2819 people (1868 adults and 951children); have been given emergency food parcels by the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank. It is one of some 420 foodbanks in the UK working in partnership with The Trussell Trust, an ecumenical Christian charity.

Many question the need for foodbanks, but the data collected nationwide by the Trussell Trust shows that Food poverty continues to be a serious issue in the UK despite the economic recovery. Commented the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank’s manager Pat Hassall: “Over the past year Trussell Trust foodbanks have provided three days’ emergency food and support to 1,084,604 people in crisis, of which nearly 400,000 were children. In July to September of 2014, over 20,000 more people were referred to a foodbank than in the previous three months.”

“The summer holidays can be a particularly difficult time for families whose children usually receive free school meals. During this time foodbanks notice arise in need as parents already managing extremely tight budgets are pushed into food crisis.”

Nationwide, there has been a significant increase in the amount of food customers are donating day in day out at in-store permanent collection points. Over 2.1 million meals worth of food were donated at permanent collection points in 507 Tesco stores in the first six months of 2015, almost as much as the whole of 2014 combined. The total of meals donated to people in need since The Neighbourhood Food Collection began in December 2012 is now at 27.5 million. This includes food donated at in-store permanent collection points, local collections, Tesco’s 30% top-up, plus surplus food from Tesco’s dotcom distribution centres. The total figure for 2015 alone is over 6 million.

*Please contact the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank manager if you know of people in food crisis or if you would like to help as a volunteer: info@longeatonsawley.foodbank.org.uk or tel. 07950 547671.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

CANAAN TRUST [Formerly The Aspire Trust]

As the work of the trust is celebrating its 20th anniversary, Dean Anderson gives the website extra exclusive insight into the trust’s beginnings from his book ‘EXTRACTS FROM AN ORDINARY LIFE’

From 1990 to 1992 Lynnette, my wife, and me were working as church leaders on the Meadows in Nottingham. We had a full community programme that included a Friday Night Youth Club. I also visited some of the hostels in the city that cared for the homeless.

In 1992 we were asked to engage in the work of a local church in Long Eaton with particular emphasis on youth and community. We were excited about this but sad to leave the work in the Meadows.

With the help of a great team, the youth work in Long Eaton developed quickly and different avenues opened up to us. We worked with Derbyshire County Council Youth Team and with Erewash Borough Council. Many schools locally invited us to take assemblies and to hold discussions on all sorts of subjects including faith.

In 1995 our volunteer team had developed to such a point that some of the team were released to engage in outreach work on West Park. This particularly happened on a Friday night.

In the early Summer of that year it became apparent to us that a small group of young men had no home to go to. We were greatly surprised to find that there were homeless people sleeping rough in Long Eaton. We talked to them about the reasons why they were homeless and found the reasons wide ranging.

One particular individual had lost both his parents and had been evicted from the family home because he hadn’t been able to manage living by himself. I was disturbed by this situation and made an appointment to speak to the Erewash Housing Officer.

After our meeting I was even more disturbed as the officer related the issues in Erewash and a particular need for young men to find accommodation.

At the next meeting of the church leadership I explained what we had discovered. I expressed my desire to want to do something about their plight. It was clear to me as someone who loved God, that God wanted us to do something for them. The meeting agreed for me to look at what we as a church could do.

It wasn’t long before we had gained charitable status for The Aspire Trust. Tony Shaw, Jill Williams, Gary Wilds and me worked tirelessly to form the trust that would pave the way for the first place in Long Eaton to specifically help young homeless men.

Our first property was some five months away, and in late Summer 1995 something happened that would catapult this work further.

I had a phone call from the Erewash Housing Officer asking if we had managed to secure a property. I explained our position, then, he went on to relate the story of Kenny. I knew Kenny from our Friday night outreach work.

Kenny had received some 30% burns after an incident of sleeping rough in a skip right in the centre of Long Eaton. Nottingham City Hospital could not release him because he had no home to go to. I felt frustrated that we were not in a position to help Kenny.

I prayed.

That evening I sat with Lynnette and our two sons, Michael and Nathan. I told them about Kenny’s situation. We agreed as a family that we wanted to help but that would mean one of our lads would give up their bedroom so Kenny could come and stay.

On the 16th September 1995 I drove to Nottingham City Hospital to collect Kenny. He had a small but comfortable bedroom. He lived with us for three months.

Three months that would see the Aspire Trust acquire its first property through the generosity of a dear couple in the church. A host of volunteers who fund-raised and gave of their practical skills and expertise and a supportive church who got behind the project, enabled a fast tracking of what we believed was a God given project.

Kenny moved in to the Trust’s first property just before Christmas 1995. The two other places were quickly taken. The project had begun.

Taken from ‘Extracts From An Ordinary life’ by Dean Anderson
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Thursday, 16 July 2015


By Caroline Simms

At approximately 8.30pm on Thursday July 9th at the bus stop opposite the Soldiers and Sailors Club on Tamworth Road all hell let loose. A black VW Golf going too fast had attempted to overtake another vehicle (Vauxhall Astra) at the Long Eaton Train Station roundabout. Soon after the VW Golf lost control hitting the railings on the corner and continued to career through the hedge and gardens of two houses next to the bus stop ending up in the front garden of one of the houses .
During the crash the out of control car took out several concrete posts and fences and ended up hitting the electronic bus timetable post which was severed in half. Looking at the trail of destruction left after the incident several people said it was lucky there was no one waiting at the bus stop. Becky Walker who working behind the bar at the Soldiers Club witnessed the event. She commented, “ I heard what sounded like thunder and then the next thing I saw was a car hurtling through the air with soil and garden debris and hedges flying everywhere.
I rushed to the window and saw the car crashed in the front garden opposite next to the bus stop. I rang the emergency services and told them there’s been a car crash. The fire brigade arrived quickly, followed by police and ambulances. Some of the pool team from the Soldiers Club went out to see if they could help. They said it was carnage.”

Then what followed was bizarre. The man in the crashed car who wasn’t badly injured was assaulted by a passer-by who had witnessed the incident.
Another eyewitness who lives a few doors down from where the incident happened said, “ I heard an almighty crash and as I looked out of my window I saw a car crashed in the garden of the house next to the bus stop. We were informed that the driver of the car was arrested at the scene. He was subsequently breathalysed but was not intoxicated.”
This just goes to show no one knows what’s around the corner. 


Would-be robber tries to snatch bag in Long Eaton
A would-be robber punched a man in the face and tried to take his bag. At around 12.30am on Monday, July 6, a 21-year-old man was walking along Bennett Street, Long Eaton, when a man came out of an alleyway and tried to snatch his bag.
The victim resisted and was punched in the face. He got free and ran home to call police. He suffered grazing to his face. He has described the man who attacked him as white with brown hair. He wore a white t-shirt. Anyone with information should call DC Mike Stott 101, quoting crime reference number 28491/15 or Crimetsoppers on 0800 555 111.
Moped stolen from outside flats in Long Eaton
Police are appealing for information after a moped was stolen from Long Eaton.
Sometime between Sunday, June 21 at midnight and Monday, June 22 at 4am a black Longjia moped was stolen from outside flats on High Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Robert Smith on 101 quoting crime reference number 26184/15.
To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Safer Neighbourhood team members in Long Eaton are the latest officers to get involved with a national scheme to encourage school pupils to choose more active and environmentally friendly ways of travelling to school.
PC Karen Rockley and PCSO Jon Duggan from the Long Eaton North Safer Neighbourhood Team took part in a Scooter Smart event with youngsters from Longmoor Primary School on Friday, June 26, as part of the Modeshift STARS award.
The officers joined Rob Bounds from Derbyshire County Council’s sustainable travel team at the Newstead Road school, to help promote scooter safety.
Pupils practised their skills of control and stopping to help remind them to look out for others using the pavement and to cross the road safely. During their visit the Safer Neighbourhood officers also security marked pupils scooters.
Rob explained: “Modeshift STARS is a national award scheme aimed at promoting more environmentally friendly ways of travelling to school.
“Lots of children own and ride scooters so the Scooter Smart partnership with the police is a great way to encourage children to travel safely and to help keep their scooters safe and secure as well. This work also contributes towards the school achieving their Modeshift award.”
Safer Neighbourhood teams across Derbyshire have been involved in the scheme, including: PC Neil Hopwell and PCSO John Midgley from Kilburn; PCSO Emily Stanesby and PCSO Jenny Lorimer from the Codnor, Waingroves and Langley Mill beat; Belper Town’s PC Richard Martin, PC Andrea Smith and PCSO John Hardy, and PC Anna Welberry, PC Sarah Allcock, PCSO Emma Fisher and PCSO Courtney Chetwyn from the Heanor and Loscoe team.
You can find out more about the Scooter Smart initiative here:
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Inquests into the deaths of Amy Smith, Ruby-Grace Gaunt and Edward Green in the Langley Mill fire have been opened and adjourned. The three died in the blaze during the early hours of Sunday June 21st.
The three inquests were all opened and adjourned at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner's Court on July 3rd. A police spokesman said: "The fire service were called to a house
fire in North Street Langley Mill, at 4am where the bodies of Amy Smith, Ruby-Grace Gaunt and Edward Green were found."
Miss Smith and Mr Green, both 17, were identified by dental records and DNA , while Ruby-Grace was identified by her DNA . A post mortem, at Leicester Royal Infirmary, found that the cause of all three deaths were due to smoke inhalation. Peter Eyre and Anthony Eyre, both of Central Avenue, Sandiacre, and Simon Eyre, of New Tythe Street, Long Eaton, who have each been charged with three counts of murder have been remanded in custody.


An engagement ring and laptop are among the items stolen from a house in Long Eaton. Sometime between noon on Saturday, June 27 and 10.30am the following day, a burglar forced open a window of a house in Ladylea Road. They searched the house and took a widescreen television, laptop, cufflinks, necklace, thick gold wedding band and a platinum and sapphire engagement ring.
Two men’s watches, made by Timex and Sekonda, were also stolen. Anyone with information should call DC Lesley Smith on 101, quoting crime reference number 27193/15, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Thursday, 9 July 2015


Police in Long Eaton are appealing for witnesses to an assault in the town in the early hours of Sunday June 21st. Officers were called to a report that a man had been injured during a fight outside The Twitchel Inn on Howitt Street at about 1.35am. A 21-year-old man sustained a cut on his leg during what is thought to be a racially aggravated assault. The man received treatment at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
Anyone who saw the disturbance or who has any information that would help the police investigation should contact Detective Constable Mike Stott on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015


Thieves broke into a house in Sandiace and took a beige 08-plate Vauxhall Astra from outside.They also stole a white Sony Vaio laptop and a digital camera. The burglary took place on West Avenue between 1.30am and 8.45am on Saturday June 20th. Police would like to hear from anyone with information on the crime. Call 101.


The PDSA charity shop at the Market Place Long Eaton has reopened. The shop closed in February after a break in an subsequent fire. Shop manager Moira Earley told the Extra
“ Its nice to be back. We have been well supported whilst closed but now need people to come in and buy. We would also welcome volunteers so if any of your readers has any spare time call in at the shop.”
The re-launch took place on Friday 19th June with the Lady Mayor cutting the ribbon to officially open the shop.


Tuesday, 7 July 2015


A burglary took place on Stafford Street between Wednesday 17th June at 11.30pm and Thursday 18th at 2.10am. The offender entered through a front ground floor window after reaching through a smaller upper window to open the larger window. Vehicle keys were taken and used to steal a 10 plate, Seat Ibiza. Crime 25516/15. If you have any information or saw anything suspicious contact the Volume Crime Team on 101, quoting the relevant crime number.

Monday, 6 July 2015


Police have charged three people with murder following the fatal flat fire in Langley Mill. Peter Eyre (43) and Anthony Eyre (21), of Central Avenue, Sandiacre and Simon Eyre (24), of New Tythe Street, Long Eaton have each been charged with three counts of murder. The father and two sons appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Friday, June 26th. A 17-year-old, Long Eaton man also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on bail.

The arrests were made in connection with the flat fire at Langley Mill in which three people died. Police were called to flats in North Street, Langley Mill at 4.04am on Sunday, June 21st, following reports of a fire. Amy Smith (17) and her six and a half month-old daughter Ruby-Grace Gaunt, who lived in the flat, died along with friend Edward Green (17), who is from Belper. Two men, aged 18 and 17, who were also inside the premises at the time, were rescued from the three storey property by neighbours and treated for smoke inhalation.