Saturday, 30 April 2016


The stage was being erected in the back yard at the New Inn on Thursday ready for their Bank Holiday Weekend Festival. Bands appearing include Voodoo Moon, Rebel Rebel, Tick Tick Boom and a David Bowie Tribute Band.

Sunday May 1st  Daytime    VOODOO MOON
                     Evening 7pm    REBEL REBEL
Monday May 2nd                 TICK TICK BOOM

HARRINGTON ARMS Derby Road, Long Eaton
Are holding a Charity Beer Festival from 29th April -1st May
in support of the Miscarriage Association. Theres a variety of Ales and Ciders, a charity raffle held on Sunday May 1st and childrens face painting / bouncy castle. In addition there will be Live Entertainment and food will be available.

May Day Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2016

There's plenty to do and see, races for the children, a dog show, food stalls, amusements and much, much more. The Gala opens at 11am, and continues until about 4pm. Entrance is free. Programmes cost £1 and are entered into a draw - with £100 in cash as first prize! Get your programme in advance from local shops, or on the day.

Dako Flying Angels The Dako Flying Angels make a welcome return to Breaston May Day Gala. Based in Sneinton, Nottingham, the DFA are a gymnastics display club performing everywhere from village galas like Breaston’s to gymnastic festivals across the world.

Dog Show Registration for our fun Dog Show opens at 11am. We have lots of classes: Puppy up to 6 months; Small dog; Medium dog;Large/Giant dog; Waggiest tail; Best rescue dog;Best child handler; The dog the judge would like to take home; and Best in Show for winners of each category. During the morning, lovable cuddly Newfoundland dogs will be in the Dog Show arena giving rides to children in little carts that they pull behind them. Bring your children.

Children's entertainments We've got bouncy castles, slides and rides, a model railway, a climbing wall, Punch and Judy and children's races - plenty to amuse the young ones. And Breaston Park Football Club will be running a penalty shoot-out competition too.

Marching Bands The Breaston Highlanders and the Nottingham Boys and Girls Brigade bands will be entertaining you with their marching and musical displays.

Thursday, 28 April 2016


The Treetops Lottery is a weekly prize draw, which gives players the chance to win up to £10,000.
Since the Treetops Lottery was launched in 1996, it’s raised nearly £1 million towards providing care to people with life-limiting illnesses.

The lottery is drawn weekly on a Friday, and costs £1 per entry per week. Players must be 16 or over.

Join the Lottery now or buy one-off tickets from our charity shops.

Results 22nd April
002119 (£5800) NOT WON
075824 (£1000) MICKLEOVER
129430 (£100)
015191 (£5) Chaddesden
024713 (£5) TOTON
034231 (£5) ASHBOURNE
037573 (£5) MICKLEOVER
050595 (£5) LONG EATON
058471 (£5) SHERWOOD
065918 (£5) NOTTINGHAM
079235 (£5) MACKWORTH
088229 (£5) Borrowash
099036 (£5) STAPLEFORD

Our rollover is now £6,000

Wednesday, 27 April 2016


Two Long Eaton men have appeared Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court following an incident in Petersham on February 11th. The court heard that Aaron Brennan and Matthew Elliott had taken cases of beer from the local Co-op store before climbing on to the roof of Petersham Hall, For eight hours, they shouted abuse at members of the public and threw beer bottles from the roof. Elliott managed to flee the scene but was later arrested at his home. Brennan was arrested at 1.25am the following morning after coming down from the roof. They pleaded guilty to public order offences and theft. Brennan, 23, of no fixed address was jailed for 50 weeks. Elliott, 27, was handed a 24-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.


Maggie Throup, Member of Parliament for Erewash has welcomed new dedicated funding from the Government to fill nearly 1 million potholes across the UK, including £1,106,000 to fill an estimated 20,868 potholes across Derbyshire. Local motorists will benefit from the dedicated funding after the Government announced that nearly £50 million of funding will be made available to local councils over the next 12 months. This is part of a wider move to fill 105,943 potholes across the East Midlands with over 100 councils in England receiving funding. 

The funding has been made available to councils as part of the Government’s £250 million Pothole Action Fund included in last month’s budget, which will see over four million potholes fixed by 2020/21, and is part of the Government’s plan to invest in infrastructure to secure a better future for our economy. Ms Throup commented:

"The state of our roads is consistently raised with me by local residents and remains a great source of frustration for drivers. This new funding is welcome news for families and businesses in Erewash who rely on our roads to get around. I’ve been campaigning for a long time for greater investment in road repairs, and I’m encouraging the council to make full use of their allocation locally. I’m glad that the Government is investing both nationally and locally to improve the standard of our local roads. It shows that we are delivering on our commitment to invest in infrastructure to attract businesses and secure Britain’s future.”


Man jailed following police crack down on road traffic crime and offences

A Long Eaton man has been jailed for 18 weeks after he was caught in a police operation to crack down on road traffic crime and offences. Officers from the Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team ran the operation on Thursday, March 24th using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to identify suspicious vehicles being used in the town.
One such vehicle, a Citroen C4, was being driven by Graham Shreeves, 43 years, from Bracken Close in Long Eaton. Shreeves was a disqualified driver at the time of the stop and as a consequence appeared at South Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Friday, April 8th. The magistrates heard that in June last year Shreeves had received a suspended sentence for drink-driving and so they jailed him for 10 weeks and he received a further eight weeks for driving whilst disqualified and no insurance. He was also ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge and was disqualified from driving for a further 12 months. Officers seized the vehicle under Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act.
PC James Crookall from the team said: “We run these operations as we are very much aware that there are sections of the community that use vehicles to commit crime. We also know that some people are prepared to use vehicles when they are disqualified and subsequently with no insurance which is dangerous to other road users.

“The ANPR gives us access to intelligence held on certain vehicles and drivers, this then allows us to target our resources accordingly. In this case we were pleased that our actions stopped this individual from driving whilst disqualified and without insurance and he will, hopefully now be able to reflect on his actions.”
You can follow the work of the Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood team on Twitter @LongEatonSNT


Man arrested and charged after CCTV appeal
Officers investigating an assault in Long Eaton have arrested and charged a suspect with assault. A 51-year-old man was arrested in the town on Friday morning, April 15th, as a direct result of information from the public. It’s alleged that he assaulted another man on College Street on April 6th, causing minor injuries.
PC Tom Craig who investigated the crime would like to thank everyone who responded to the appeal for information. He said: “After we issued CCTV images yesterday we had an overwhelming response from people who thought they recognised the man in the pictures.”
The man has been released on police bail and is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday May 3th.


March Print Competition Results

Judge - Steve Myall.

Monochrome Prints
1st Silkie Neugaertner. 2nd Roy Maddison. 3rd Alan Birkin

Colour Prints
=1st Roy Maddison. =1st Paul McLaughlin
=3rd Carol Cheetham. =3rd MSilkie Neugaertner

The latest club night was a tutorial on the use of the Program "Light Room" by Club Chairman Paul McLaughlin, which was very educational and informative. Long Eaton Library has agreed to host a selection of club members prints in a forthcoming exhibition. The exhibition will be from the 4th of June until the 15th of July 2016.


Dear Editor,
my name is Megan Doyle and I am currently Fundraising for Action For Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) Pulmonary Fibrosis is a fatal disease with no cure affecting 15,00 people in the UK. Most survive Fewer than 5 years from Diagnosis. It gradually destroys the lungs and makes breathing impossible.
I felt motivated to help this charity after loosing a dear friend to this illness, I am doing a sponsored walk on the 6th of August this year and wondered if you could help me with the advertisement of my event. All the money raised will go to the charity and further research into treatment. My story is included on my JustGiving page.

Kind Regards. Megan


The Erewash Valley Cycling Club has launched a Spring recruitment drive to boost membership of its twice weekly social rides.
Says organising secretary Malcolm Griffin: “We need more riders for our Wednesday section aimed mainly at retired people who would like to get out and about in the friendly company of like-minded pension-aged men and women. These rides cover between 20 and 30 miles mostly along cycle tracks, canal towpaths and quiet country lanes whenever possible. Rides are at a leisurely pace so nobody gets left behind.”
The club’s regular and popular Sunday ventures, suitable for riders of all ages and abilities, are split into 50 mile fast runs for experienced members, and slower, shorter distances for those wanting a more relaxed ride. The latter usually covers up to 30 miles in total, with the option of going further or returning via a shorter route.
“All rides include a refreshment stop along the way,” says Malcolm. “and are led by an experienced leader with a first aider usually in attendance”.
For further details contact Malcolm, either by emailing, telephone (0115) 939 7060 (leave message) or by post to 6 Westerlands, Stapleford, Notts, NG9 7JG.

Wednesday riders pictured at Redhill Marina

Monday, 11 April 2016


Residents in the villages on the outskirts of Long Eaton are being given the opportunity to help police and partners at Erewash Borough Council to set the policing priorities for the next three months. The agencies are holding a Safer Neighbourhood panel meeting on Tuesday, April 12th at 7.30pm in the Draycott parish rooms on Elvaston Street, Draycott where those living in the villages of Breaston, Draycott, Stanton by Dale and Risley area are invited to attend.
Inspector Katie Andrews, the officer in charge at Erewash local policing unit said:
 "The rural areas of Long Eaton are a really lovely and safe place to live, work and visit but that does not mean they are without problems. We work hard with the partnership to reduce crime and disorder and this is an opportunity for the residents to let us know what they would like our policing priorities to be for the next three months. We think it is really important that people who live in the area have a say in the issues we deal with and how we deal with them so I would encourage people to attend if they can.”
For more information contact the Long Eaton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police, send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website
here.   You can follow the team on Twitter @LongEatonRural
A group of men took a pensioner from his home while accomplices burgled the property. At around 1.45pm on Saturday, April 2, a man in his 70s was at home in Brooke Street, Sandiacre when a group of five men knocked on the door. They offered to carry out repair work on the roof and clear the gutters, to which the man agreed. Two of the men took the victim in their van under the pretence that he needed to sign paperwork for scaffolding hire. After driving around for almost ten minutes, they took the man back home and dropped him off. He realised his house had been broken into and cash stolen.
He has described three of the men as white and speaking with Irish accents. One was aged around 30, muscular and had a shaved head. Another man was in his late 20s and had fair hair while the third was in his late 40s, around 5ft 8ins tall and stocky. He wore a brown flat cap. The van is white, in good condition and only a few years old. It is right hand drive and has a sliding door on the driver’s side.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call DC Leah Conner on 101, quoting crime reference 14457/16. Alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Thursday, 7 April 2016


The body of the missing 22year old Josh Cotton was found in the river Trent on Tuesday April 5th. Mr Cotton was last seen at around 4pm on March 11th near his narrow boat ‘Spirit’ at Sawley Marina. His disappearance triggered a major search by police, volunteers, police divers and officers from other forces. His body was found by Leicestershire Police at 1pm between Trent Lock and Attenborough Nature Reserve. Josh’s death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016


February & March Meetings 2016 After the heavy rain and high winds of Hurricane Imogen, the theme for February’s prepared writing was ‘Naming the Storm’, titles included, ‘What Storm?’, ‘Reflections on Naming the Storm’ and ‘The Weather Watcher’. Jeanne White made us all laugh with her poem ‘Future Storm.’

I name this windstorm Donald,

In honour of Mr Trump,

For strange hair is his trademark,

And hot hair he does pump,

Ominous in his advent,

Destruction in his wake,

Oh! Flatulent noisy Donald,

You make us British quake!

An alternative theme was ‘Root/Route of Evil’. Titles included, ‘Money Troubles’, ‘Root of Evil’, ‘Money is the Root of all Evil’, ‘Mandrake’, ‘The Route of Evil’ and ‘The Last Taxi.’
Rod White won October’s Flash Fiction Competition with his story ‘The Intruder’ which he’ll be reading out to the group at the next meeting. Congratulations Rod!
The results of the Limerick Competition came in, Pam Gordon 1st, 2nd Sylvia Lake and 3rd Ian Wilkinson.
6 entries were handed in for EWG’s next competition which is for a Travel Article with a maximum word count of 1000.
John Barnes has recently self-published ‘Book One: Boyhood’ in his trilogy ‘Ryan’s Journey’. It’s 1939, the outbreak of World War Two, and ten year old Ryan Brannigan newly arrived from Ireland experiences the horrors and excitement of war. Well done John! John has his own website: where full details of how to buy a copy can be found.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016


The search for missing 22-year-old Josh Cotton has entered its second week and is intensifying with more and more police officers and support staff joining the enquiry to trace him. Searches have continued in the area of Sawley Marina where Josh lived on his red narrow boat “The Spirit”. Having searched underwater in the south side area of the Marina where Josh’s boat is moored, officers then widened their search into the area around the marina, on scrub land and fields.
Other officers have been conducting detailed examination of items of property found on Josh’s boat in the hope they reveal clues as to where he may be, whilst further enquiries are being made with Josh’s friends and associates in the hope they may have vital clues about his whereabouts.
As well as leafleting some 400 boats moored at the Marina and speaking to scores of residents and Marina staff, Leicestershire Police have posted numerous Facebook messages, released media statements and tweets as well as making appeals through websites, newspapers, radio and TV stations and made three video appeals which have been viewed more than 150,000 times.
Enquiries have been made throughout the East Midlands involving officers from Nottinghamshire Police and Derbyshire Constabulary with a number of key lines of enquiry being actively pursued. But despite these efforts, and a significant and positive response from the public, the last known sighting of Josh remains 4pm last Friday afternoon when he spoke to the occupant of a neighbouring narrowboat.
Officers have been stopping and speaking to people at the four entrances to the Marina and handing out new appeal leaflets in an attempt to jog people’s memories and see if anyone may have seen Josh. Several people have come forward reporting sightings of Josh in the days and hours leading up to 4pm on Friday, including one person who saw Josh at around 1pm that day at the Marina. Understanding Josh’s movements last Friday afternoon is a priority, and it’s hoped recent activity at the Marina may identify eye witnesses who have yet to come forward.
Sgt James Cross, from the Missing Persons Team at Leicestershire Police said: “Searches have continued throughout today in an area to the south of the marina which borders the railway and the M1 motorway.
“Tomorrow marks a week since the last sighting of the 22-year-old and as time goes on, we are of course growing increasingly concerned for Josh. I'm urging people to think back to a week ago. Were you at the Marina? Did you see Josh? A team of officers will be there tomorrow and want to hear from you if you have any information at all. Even the smallest details could help us.”
When he was last seen, Josh was wearing black jogging bottoms, dark grey high-top trainers and a short brown hooded coat with fur along all of the external seams and above the pockets.
Anyone with any information should call Leicestershire Police on 101.


Police are appealing for information after they were called to an alleged attempted robbery in Long Eaton. t around 3.10am on Sunday, March 13, a 30-year-old man said that when he was walking along a jitty off Nelson Street he was approached by two other men.
He said they demanded his phone before stabbing him in the stomach. They left empty handed. The two offenders were described as white, aged between 18-20-years-old and about 6ft tall. The men were of medium build and both wore dark plain hooded tops, with the hoods pulled up over their faces. The victim suffered a minor wound that did not require stitches.
Following the incident, officers are appealing to anyone who may have seen two men matching the description above to contact them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Scott McDermott on 101, quoting crime number 11230/16, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police are appealing for information after a theft from a snooker club in Long Eaton. Between, Thursday, February 25th at 11pm and Friday, February 26th at 10.40am cash was stolen from a fruit machine and till at the Three Counties Snooker and Pool Club on High Street. It is thought that the thief hid in the toilets after closing time, attacked the fruit machine and till and left via a rear fire exit.
Officers investigating have released an image of a man who they would like to speak to in connection with this crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Matthew Watts on 101 quoting crime number 8672/16 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


In the February 25th 2016 issue of the Website Extra there was a query from Graham Haslam about the Sawley Windmill. When the Windmill cottages were being renovated recently by my neighbour I researched the history for him. I have attached the information.
Anne Higton


The windmill was sited where the twitchell crosses Hawthorne Avenue now. The millers cottage is on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Tamworth Road opposite the Royal Oak and is now two cottages. These have recently been renovated and are now painted white.

The cencus of 1841 shows William Allen who was the miller living in the cottage with his wife Hannah and 5 children. Hannah died in 1847. In 1851 William Allen was living with his mother Sarah (who is shown as formerly the millers wife - could Williams father have been the miller before him) and 7 children.
In 1861 William Allen is married to Dinah and has 3 children living with them in the cottage. His occupation is still shown as ‘Miller’as is his 17 year old son, John.
In 1871 William and Dinah Allen have left the cottage and are living in Longmoor Lane, Breaston. His occupation is still shown as ‘Miller‘.
Richard Bradshaw and his wife Sarah are living in the Millers cottage - shown as ‘The Old Mill House’ on the cencus. He is a farmer of 26 acres.
It would seem that the mill stopped working between 1861 and 1871.

Thursday, 17 March 2016


A Long Eaton man has died and two people are seriously injured following a collision on the A52. The accident occurred near Risley at midnight on Saturday, March 5th. An Audi A6 collided with a Volkswagen Beetle, it is thought one of the vehicles could have been travelling in the wrong direction.
The 56-year-old Audi driver, Gary Gladstone who is from Long Eaton, died at the scene. The occupants of the Beetle, a 28-year-old man and 29-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening. They were taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment. Police are investigating the circumstances around the collision and asks anyone with information, or anyone who saw the cars before the collision to call 101 quoting incident 1 of March 5th.


Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery at a petrol station in Long Eaton. The incident occurred on Monday, February 29th at the Junction Service Station on Wilsthorpe Road. Three youths on push bikes approached the petrol station from the direction of the leisure centre. They entered the service station at around 9.45pm and threatened a member of staff but left the shop empty handed and rode off on their getaway bikes back towards the leisure centre. The youths were described as between 15-16 years old; they were all wearing hoods over their heads. One of them had a red scarf over his face and one was riding a white push bike.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Robert Nicholls on 101 quoting incident number 703 of February 29th or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016


Local Bus Consultation
Derbyshire County Council are making proposals to cut funding for Subsidised local bus services and Community Transport, one of those being to withdraw funding for subsidised buses from October 2017. Anyone wishing to read these proposals and make a comment may do so at or collect a printed form from Long Eaton Library. The closing date to register comments is Sunday 24th April.

On the website the council have made the following statement:
By 2020 the funding we get from Government will be more than a third lower than in 2010. We're protecting frontline services and vulnerable people as much as we can, supporting businesses and the voluntary sector and protecting local jobs. We've done everything we can to keep services running while our budgets are cut back year-on-year. We've sold off land and buildings, reduced back office costs and significantly cut the number of senior managers. But the size of the cuts mean we have no choice about scaling back most of the services we provide - particularly when, by law, we do not have to provide them.
It'll mean many of the services we provide will change and some will stop altogether. Legally we don't have to provide subsidised local buses or community transport Dial-a-Bus shopping buses. Like every council, we've got difficult decisions to make about the cuts but we want local people to work alongside us to make these hard choices.
Most bus services in Derbyshire are run commercially without any financial support from us, but we do pay for buses where there are gaps in service. These are subsidised bus services. So tell us now what you think about our future plans for buses that we pay for and Dial-a-Bus shopping buses. There are four proposals:

To withdraw all funding for buses paid for by the council - subsidised buses - from October 2017
To withdraw all funding for community transport Dial-a-Bus (DAB) 'shopping buses' from October 2017
To provide a new, limited, Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service in the place of subsidised and DAB shopping buses
To provide a new, limited, Door-to-Door Plus service for people who currently use DAB shopping buses and who would be unable to use the proposed DRT service.

Who to contact about this consultation
Name Steve Cannon Address Economy, Transport and Transport, Derbyshire County Council, County Hall, Matlock, De4 3AG Telephone 01629 538148 Email  
After hearing peoples concerns about their Gold Card the Extra rang Derbyshire County Council they sent us this statement:
To clarify on the position of Gold Cards. Whatever the outcome of this consultation, Gold Card holders will continue to travel free-of-charge on local bus services. Gold Card is Derbyshire’s version of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme which is set by Government and the county council is not in a position to make changes to this scheme. The Gold Card fare which is being raised from £2 to £3 from 1 April 2016 only applies to community transport Dial-a-Bus Services. This is at the discretion of the county council and the price increase is being brought in following a previous consultation where 67 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to pay a higher price.