Saturday, 4 June 2016




Judith Wright presented a fascinating talk about the Boots company during WW1. By the end of the war over 4,000 Boots employees had joined the services, including Jesses son John and 330 had died.

When war broke out Britain could no longer import aspirin and saccharin from Germany and so Boots had to make their own. Boots First Aid Kits came in very useful during the conflict. In July 1916 the praises of a tin of Boots Iodine Ampoules, a product for treating wounds and sores, was praised for saving a soldiers life. He had been hit by a bullet which deflected off the tin in his pocket. Items sent to the front included Vermin Powder, Foot Comfort for sore feet, Water Sterilizers, Fly and Mosquito Powder, Rat Poison, and a small stove called Tinned Heat. Tinned Heat produced heat without smoke or fire, so the soldiers could make a hot drink of cocoa or tea from tea tablets, without being seen by the enemy. Parcels were also sent to the troops for Christmas containing, crackers, cocoa, cheese, cigarettes, chocolate, mufflers, socks and a letter from the Boots Comforts Committee. To provide a link between Boots and company employees serving abroad Jesse started a newsletter called Comrades in Khaki.

Margery Boot, the younger daughter went to France to establish a cafĂ©, kitchen and nursing assistance for wounded soldiers and her mother Florence organised a series of fund raising events to support this. She also held Christmas parties at her home for Wives and Weans. Jesse gave money to a club for discharged soldiers and sailors and £50,000 to the Nottingham General Hospital.

The Boot family remain well remembered local benefactors.
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Feet first for fun parties
Parents looking for summer ideas for children’s parties now have a new and novel way to celebrate birthdays and more. Erewash Borough Council organises fun Footgolf parties at its Pewit Golf Course in Ilkeston, an increasingly popular sport that follows similar rules to golf but is played on a course with size 5 footballs.

Parties are £65.45, which includes Footgolf and room hire in the golf pavilion for up to 20 children. Pewit Golf Course is at Rutland Sports Park, West End Drive, Ilkeston. For more information contact 0115 930 2033. Visit or Facebook/erewashleisure

Carnival time in Ilkeston
A colourful parade, music, dance and lots of family fun . . . it must be carnival time in Ilkeston again! This year’s 26th Ilkeston Lions Carnival takes place on Saturday 11 June with the traditional parade of floats and marching band leaving Belfield Street at 12.30pm and travelling up Bath Street, through the Market Place and down to the Rutland Recreation Ground.

Organised by Ilkeston Lions Club, the annual event is always a great family day out as onlookers watch the parade and then enjoy the entertainment at the carnival showground. The carnival site will be open from 12noon and includes lots of stalls and things to do, vintage cars and a whole range of family entertainment in the arena. The ever-popular tug of war competition will also be held throughout the afternoon and teams of five can enter on the day – with a £50 prize up for grabs.

House in Ilkeston burgled
Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary on Hexham Avenue in Ilkeston during the early hours of Wednesday May 11th. The occupants of the house woke at about 2am and heard noises downstairs. No-one was seen in the house but in the morning sets of keys were missing. It’s possible the burglars were disturbed.

Anyone with information about the crime should contact DC Leah Conner on 101, quoting crime number 20470/16 or send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website People can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online