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Family business and Gas works tragedy remembered I was very interested in the painting and article by Betty O'Neill: ‘Bostock’s OffLicence’ last month as that is my family.

watching the trains shunting up and down parallel with Rutland Street. My uncle Bill worked in the signal box. He had an illness The Bostocks were my maternal family and that prevented him going to war. I enjoyed spending the night at my grandthere were eight children altogether, three boys and five girls. The off-licence they ran parents as my aunty Kath would take me up was popular with workers at the Gas works to bed by candle light, there was no electricity. There was only one lavatory down the and the Town railway station. The boy mentioned was Tom who was pre- back yard, so you can guess what was kept under the bed! viously a cobbler and worked from home, There was a tale told of my mother who having his front room set up with all his wanted to stay on at school and go to colgear. The grandson who died was his son Philip. Sadly none of the siblings are alive lege. The headmaster came to see my grandfather who disagreed, saying that only boys today. could stay on at school so my mother and all There was quite a tragedy some years ago her sisters were sent t to work at the factory. when there was an explosion at the Gas works which were next to my grandparent's This was Armstrong's Mill down at Ilkeston Junction. home. Being such a large family and both grandparents running the business, it is not I was at school (Hallcroft) with Betty O’Neill and always admired her art work; surprising that they had a 'live in maid'. she will remember me as Margaret HenThe cellar was flooded and the maid who shaw. had been holding my mother passed her to one of the family and minutes later she was Sadly I have lost touch with some of my drowned. I believe the story can be found in cousins. a book about Ilkeston. Margaret Turner My own memories of Rutland Street were

Disagreement over quiz answer On the 1871 census there were already houses on Eyres Gardens. I believe that the Reverend Nash Eyre became vicar at St. Mary's around 1873. According to the 1871 census Rev. Nash Eyre was living in Hampshire. Therefore Eyre's Gardens I have met him on several occasions, both could not have been named after him. through the Ilkeston Local History Society I would like to think that Eyres Gardens and through family connections. was named after my ancestors, builders of However, I believe that his source on the some of the first houses on there. facts on Eyres gardens may be incorIn fact my father was brought up on Eyres rect. For the past good few years I have Gardens, and there were members of my been tracing my family history (Eyre). branch of the Eyre family from shortly My great, great, great grandfather Thomas after 1871 to 1978 living there. Eyre, a mason by trade, built several houses My Grandfather James Eyre, the last in the on Eyres Gardens. I believe his family had family to live there, passed away in 1978. land in that area. Even perhaps gardens Marion Newbold (maiden name: Eyre) belonging to the Eyre family.

Referring to the How Well Do You Know Your Ilkeston quiz in the May 2018 issue of Ilkeston Life, I have great respect in Danny Corns, an avid follower of the history of Ilkeston.

What’s your verdict on train station? Now that the new train station has been in I for one believe it has been a success and a operation for over a year, I would be inter- big plus for Ilkeston. ested in hearing people’s views about it. I would love to see extended services to A number of people are saying they use the service to Nottingham, the only complaint being the train is sometimes overcrowded. (Just like the buses at certain times— inevitable.)

Derby and excursions, etc., though there is an increase this year - Portsmouth -YorkBeamish etc . Come on Network rail and other operators, give us more!

Bill Smith

June 2018


Last call for relatives of submariners killed in action Since becoming aware of these two WWI Submariners graves in the late 1990's the Derbyshire Submariners have undertaken a short graveside service of Remembrance every year proving W e Will Remember Them. However, extensive enquiries to trace descendants of the men – ERA1 JOHN BROOKS d/269639 and Signalman CHARLES A BUTTLE D/J9244 - who both have untended Commonwealth War Graves in Nottingham Road Cemetery, Derby, have proved fruitless. On this centenary of their deaths in action this will be the final attempt to trace any relatives and to invite them to our Annual Graveside Remembrance Service, where this year we will again mark the hundredth year of their loss with a Wreath Laying ceremony. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

ERA John Brooks was aboard Submarine C16 when it collided with the destroyer HMS Melampus and sank in sixty feet of water. Signalman Charles Buttle died when Submarine C25 came under machine gun fire when attacked by five German seaplanes. He is known to be the son of Mrs Janet Buttle of Normanton Road, Derby. The centenary of ERA Brooks was last year and featured on the BBC Midlands News with very good coverage. The Signalman this year will, I hope, get the same high profile reporting. Further details can be obtained from Terry Hall, Honorary Secretary, Derbyshire Submariners. Contact, or telephone 07749 359211. Terry Hall, Stanley village

Stanton book to be republished Twenty years ago, Danny Corns and Andrew Knighton pubished a book called Bygone Stanton, which took a look at Stanton Ironworks, Hallam fields, new Stanton and Stanton Gate through the camera lens.

of the area and pictures of groups of Stanton employees, some of whom may be your family members. The society needs to charge £8 for this book due to the large number of photographs and it will be on sale at the U Choose Smoothie Bar on Bath Street and Blinkinks on South Due to demand and with the authors’ permission, the Ilkeston and District Local His- Street, along with the society stalls throughout the summer. tory Society have decided to republish this book which contains nostalgic photographs Ilkeston and District Local History

Could you be a volunteer at Treetops? I have been a volunteer at Treetops Hospice Care for 10 years.

A variety of entertainments are arranged regularly. We have had choirs, jazz bands, pantomimes, exotic pets and at Christmas last year we even had a festive pony who stood patiently all morning being fussed and groomed by the guests! At about 11.30 we offer drinks followed by a wholesome lunch at 12.30 with a choice of menu each day. We are happy to assist the guests with their lunch if they wish. After lunch we offer tea and coffee and further activities or guests are free to please themselves before being driven home on the Treetops buses or by a volunteer driver at 3pm. The hospice relies so much on volunteers and regular training courses are offered. There are volunteer kitchen assistants, day care assistants, receptionists, administrative staff, gardeners, drivers to bring the guests in and take them home and shop assistants in the Treetop shops. Treetops fundraising and lottery also uses volunteers and volunteers assist in the Cheetham Centre which offers support for adults and children. The amazing "hospice at home" service provided 39,500 hours in people's homes in 2016/17. There are also proposals to build a 12 bed inpatient unit. It's very worthwhile volunteering. Many of the guests attend regularly so we really get to know them. We enjoy the experience of helping others in a relaxed and caring environment. We believe that every day counts. Treetops has grown and developed so much since I started back in 2007 and it goes from strength to strength offering a wonderful and invaluable service in our community. If you would like to volunteer contact Treetops Hospice Care on 0115 9491264 or see their website for vacancies.

It's a place where people of all walks of life come together to receive physical and emotional support for themselves, their carers and families and benefit from meeting and interacting with others who are facing similar challenges. They are referred by their G.P, hospital trust or district nurse or they can refer themselves. I help in Day Care on Thursdays in a large, warm, bright and comfortable room where guests are invited on a regular basis - usually in groups of 12 to 15. There are generally about 6 volunteers assisting the full time qualified nursing staff. Regular and volunteer drivers bring the guests in around 10 am. We offer tea and coffee, biscuits and home made cakes or toast on their arrival and assist with transferring them into our chairs. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and guests soon relax. There is no pressure but they are free to join in at the craft table where Leah organizes different crafts and art work. This can be anything from planting their own hanging baskets, making bird boxes or shopping bags or attempting some drawing and painting. If a guest suggests something they would like to do Leah tries to make it happen. There are also various activities and games such as playing cards, scrabble, dominoes or they can join in the very popular quizzes. Some people prefer to read newspapers or books to attempt a crossword or simply chat to each other. Many of the guests have been coming into Treetops for some time and have made good friends and there is always lots of chatter, laughter and banter. Guests can join in the art therapy and complimentary therapies both are referred services. The volunteers Pam Stevenson also offer hand massage and manicures.

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