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Left: An artist’s impression of Ilkeston’s new train station, looking south towards Nottingham. Below: Steam train approaching the site after passing under Bennerley Viaduct.

East (Main) Car Park

Preparatory work set to begin at station Work to build Ilkeston’s long awaited and much delayed train station is now set to start at the end of this month, says a statement from Derbyshire County Council. Preliminary works, which include setting up the site with office cabins and investigation and treatment of any old mine workings underneath the new platforms was due to begin the week of September 28th. There will be several weeks while any mine workings are investigated and treated, then construction of the station can start, which is likely to be in November. Works in the coming months will include building the platforms, removing and installing a new and wider footbridge - making it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to pass - and building two car parks. The main car park, for 90 vehicles, will be on the east side of tracks between Coronation Road and Millership Way. The west car park next to Station Street will include disabled and cycle parking and a taxi drop off and pick up point. The platforms will include ticket machines, waiting shelters and customer information screens. Plus there will be new bus stops on Coronation Road to allow buses to serve the station. The station is due to take around seven months to build from the start of construction and is set to open in summer 2016.



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My Ilkeston—part 2 Crowds turn out for cycle race Meet Kirk Hallam the man My climb to top of Stanton furnace Have your say: our letters page Faith Journey Young Ilkeston bandsmen on TV Why I voted against Assisted Dying Bill It’s Fair time! The Ilkeston giant and today’s tallest man Your Space A faraway place called Ilkeston Childhood war time memories Groups, clubs and societies Boxing and football

For the first time in nearly 50 years Ilkeston will have train service. Trains will run hourly direct; north to Chesterfield, Sheffield and Leeds and south to Nottingham. Some trains will also go to Liverpool and Norwich. Councillor Dean Collins, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “It is great news that work to build Ilkeston Station is about to start. It will be a big boost for the town, benefitting the local economy and meaning much shorter journey times for people wanting to commute and generally get out and about more quickly.” “Building a railway station is a complex engineering project and while we’ve had some difficult issues to overcome along the way, these are now resolved and everyone working on the project is committed to getting the station open as soon as possible.” Derbyshire County Council is leading on the project, made possible after a successful bid for Department for Transport (DfT) New Station Fund (NSF) cash. The budget for the station is £9.938m, made up of £6.674m from the NSF, £2.264m from the county council and £1m from Nottingham Housing Market Area. Key project partners are Network Rail, the DfT and design consultants Aecom; services from train operators Northern Rail and East Midlands Trains will call at the station.

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My Ilkeston by Patricia Spencer PART 2 I did my bit for the community when I was a little girl by helping my grandfather post the election papers through the letterboxes. Especially where there were dogs in the house! I loved them. Grandfather hated them. As an adult I have been able to wave to Princess Anne as she passed by our home on a visit to Ilkeston. I also managed to get to see Princess Diana as she came back from opening the new Community Hospital on the 10th December 1987. For ten years I thoroughly enjoyed working for the League Of Friends on the Tea Bar at this same hospital. We were lucky enough when I was young to sport three picture houses in Ilkeston. My Mum loved to go to the pictures, so when Dad was working she would take me with her. I got to see all the cowboy and war films, the musicals and the comedies. It is still my favourite evening out, although we only have one picture house left in Ilkeston, The Scala. The Scala picture house was built in 1913 over a graveyard. It was always reputed to be haunted. One of my friends, who was a painter and decorator and did work for the Scala, said he always saw ghosts when he worked there. But they were harmless! The Kings picture house was demolished in 1964. The last film shown there was, ‘The Thrill Of It All’ with Doris Day. I am glad to say she has outlasted most of the old cinemas, as she is a favourite of mine. The Ritz cinema still stands on South Street but has for many years been a Bingo Hall. I have a fondness for this cinema, as it is where I met my husband to be in1964. We also had a theatre at the bottom of Wharncliffe Road. It was built in the 1890s. I remember going to see Mother Goose there when I was about eight years old. It was my first pantomime. Apparently many of the big stars played there, Gracie Fields and Charlie Chaplin to name two. I am afraid that has also been demolished to make way for a Nursing Home. Talking of the Theatre I must just mention two of Ilkeston’s most famous sons. William Roache, better known as Ken Barlow from Coronation Street and Robert Stevenson, better known as actor, Robert Lindsay from the TV comedy My Family. Robert has many other film, stage and T.V programmes to his credit. I wonder if Robert or William was influenced by the number of cinemas in Ilkeston and if that was what set them on the road to fame? Our third famous gentleman is Samuel William Roache Taylor, probably not so famous today as the other two outside of Ilkeston. He was known as the “Ilson Giant”. He was 7ft 4in. and he toured with local circuses. He was born in 1816 in Hallam Fields, a suburb of Ilkeston Robert Lindsay and died in 1875. He

Left: Ilkeston’s Scala cinema was built on the site of a burial ground and is often linked with ghostly goings-on. Below: The carved wooden statue of Samuel Taylor the Ilkeston Giant who is buried in Stanton Road Cemetery. Further down: The lower half of Bath Street as it is today, photographed early one sunny Sunday morning.

is buried in Stanton Road Cemetery and it now boasts a beautiful statue of the man, carved from a tree, to commemorate him there. Ilkeston has changed an awful lot since I was a child and awful is what I mean. However times change and we must change with them. Ilkeston is now much more than the “one irregular street” is was in 1859 when it was already almost 800 years old. Ilkeston has suffered in recent years as many other town centres have all over the country. Ours started its downward trend when the town centre was made into a pedestrian area. It might be a lot safer, but oh! Is it boring? Every town centre now looks the same. They stopped the buses from going down Bath Street. Then they started charging parking fees. Most of the small family businesses are gone and now a lot of the big businesses are moving out because of high rents. We are now left with Banks, Building Societies, Estate Agents and charity shops. Bath Street is a steep hill and it used to be

a good shopping centre. When you look at the old sepia or black and white photographs of the town you can see the character of the place. The trams, the trolley buses and then buses all had their time motoring up the steep hill from Cotmanhay to the market place. Ilkeston had the distinction of having the first fully electrical tram system in Derbyshire. It ran from1903 until 1931 when it was replaced by the trolley buses. One of my earliest memories is of riding on the trolleys in the early l950s when I was a little girl. So, that’s my town. Now it is more of a satellite town. “A place where people live and travel outside to work.” How sad is that! But it’s still home.

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ACROSS: 1. Ilkeston shopping precinct (6) 4. The — Spot in Kirk Hallam once had a popular boating lake (6) 5. Threefold (6) 7. Caught (6). DOWN: 1. Vestment worn by a priest (3) 2. Go faster than our mascot (4,3) 3. A spectacular month in Ilkeston’s calendar (7) 6. Finish (3).

Across: 1. Albion, 4. Beauty, 5. Treble, 7. Snared. Down: 1. Alb, 2. Beat Ron, 3. October, 6. End.

Answers: Racing down Nottingham Road. Photo: Adam Gouldson of Denham J Gouldson Photography

HUNDREDS WATCH TOP CYCLISTS PASSING THROUGH ILKESTON Ilkeston came to a standstill for half an hour on Friday 11th September when competitors in the Aviva Tour of Britain Cycle Race sped through White Lion Square on their way to Nottingham during the 189km stage. They were cheered by Erewash residents from the moment they entered Stanley Common, proceeding to West Hallam, Straw’s Bridge, and then up Derby Road into the square, then down Nottingham Road towards Trowell. People had started gathering round the large island over an hour before the first cyclists appeared be-

hind a convoy of police motorcycles and race marshals, with a helicopter whirling above. It was all over, very quickly, such was the speed of the riders. Ilkeston Craft Bombers had placed their amazing bright yellow knitted bike on the roundabout and it was much admired by spectators. St John’s Church and Nottingham Road Methodist Church had opened their premises to serve refreshments, and some schools allowed their students time off to view the spectacle.

Above: Victoria Park, Ilkeston. Right: basket displays in Long Eaton.

Well done Erewash gardeners—their artistic skills are recognised again Erewash towns won top prizes when the East Midlands in Bloom competition was judged last month. Long Eaton earned a Gold Medal and Ilkeston the Silver Gilt Award for their lovely floral displays in the Large Town category. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “It’s been a sensational summertime of colour in both our towns and now Erewash can celebrate once more as our medal winning record in this prestigious competition continues.

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Greetings from a man called Kirk Hallam! Big Kirk Hallam is a project to improve a place. Big Kirk Hallam is also a man who used to live in Kirk Hallam. Recently Big Kirk Hallam the project got in touch with big Kirk Hallam the man as they are keen to link up with anyone of that name and send them a Big Kirk Hallam T-shirt. The recipient (pictured) who lives in Los Angeles, is a relative of Wendy, a friend of the group. He took a selfie wearing the T-shirt and replied: "I'm so happy you sent me the shirt and merchandise from my namesake Kirk Hallam. I was there about 8 years back and couldn't find anything with our mutual name on it to buy, but I had a great time visiting with people at the local pub. They thought it was hilarious that my name really WAS Kirk Hallam! Hopefully we can all visit there sometime soon. It's a beautiful place, isn't it? Please tell the townspeople that they are welcome to come stay with us if they're ever visiting Los Angeles. Lotsa love, Kirk.“

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The tallest living man in the world today— page 10.

Hello, I am Michelle Booth a Derbyshire County Councillor serving the Ilkeston West Division. I represent Ilkeston West for all issues to do with Highways, Social Services, Education and many other matters. Visit me at the Councillor’s Surgery every second Saturday of the month, held at the Ilkeston Town Hall from l0am until 12 noon. Or get in touch through any of the contact details below: 0115 944 4658 or 07748 920 087. I am planning another community litter pick very soon— contact me for further details of this and receive a regular email from me once a week—informing you about something that is happening in OUR Town. The emails that I send out are always of a community interest, no-one gets to see your contact detail as I blind copy everything and if you email me today, I can add you to my ‘Round Robin’ list straight away. Email me at: michelle.booth@derbyhire.gov.uk Ilkeston West Division covers the West side of Ilkeston from the Cat and Fiddle pub—all areas on the left side of Town, Dale View and including West End Drive and beyond, up to the Ilkeston Community Hospital and all Shipley View. If you need help on any issue and you do not live in an area that I represent, please feel free to contact me anyway and I will connect you with your own Councillor by return of post.

My climb to the top of Stanton furnace to rescue a pigeon

Ilkestonian Geoff Hayes has been writing some stories of his life. Last month’s memory about a stolen bike was enjoyed and commented on by many readers.

By Geoff Hayes I was employed as a rigger’s mate on and around the iron furnaces at Stanton Ironworks. It was generally hard and brutal work. You were involved with heavy blocks and tackle, pull lifts, always clambering and climbing the furnaces and the gas stoves. I had been doing this work for at least 15 years, so I knew a little bit about furnaces, gas plants, cleaning plants, casting plants, the works. One lovely summer Friday afternoon, when I was the last man in the queue patiently waiting to clock out at about 4pm, I looked skywards idly watching a flight of pigeons travelling high towards the ironworks. To hazard a guess, I would say there were about 25 of them. I calculated they were about 150 feet high, flying past in full racing mode. They looked small for pigeons but fit and businesslike. They were passing over No.3 Furnace when the unthinkable happened – one of them collided with the boom wire at the top. It spiralled down in a small heap. I guessed it was quite dead, lying on the very top of the furnace platform where it would be blown with the skips of coke and other materials into the furnace. I stood there, just taking in the scene. The rest of the birds continued their flight and disappeared into the distance. It must be dead, but just suppose it isn’t, I thought to myself. Will it be lying there helpless?

Story in Ilson

dialect By Jim Sumner

Mi Fost Visit ter Wembley wi’ a Class Afta ard bin taychin’ fer a cupple a years, a thowt ard tay mar class wi a lot more scowls dern ta Wembley ta say the Schoolboy International football match. It wa all organised for us so it wa easy ta gerrowd o’ the tickets a wanted an’ thi wera train gooin’ from Ilson Station so it wa just a matter a gerrin’ em theer on time an’ mayin’ sure way garrall the kids back agen afta way’d sayn the match. A few parents comm anall ta ’elp us lowk after the kids so way wa all lowkin’ forrard tow it. A munth or tow later way went t’Ilson Station an’ gorron ta th’train ta Wembley. Ard made sure all the kids were in small groups wi an adult in charge so when way got theer it’d bay easy ta kayp an eye on ’em. Everythin’ wa fine, way saw the match, England won 2-1, an’ way all ’ad a good time. All way ’ad ta do wa to tay th’kids back ta th’station an’ goo back on the train. Way stopped a few times an’ cernted ’em, an’ as way got ta th’station a stopped an’ cernted ’em for the last time. Thi wa one missin’! Ar cuddna believe mi eyes. Ar

I moved forward to clock out and, having done so, made up my mind to find out. I walked with my cycle back down to the furnace yard. My luck was in. There was no one about, the entire area was deserted and there was no one in the haulage winding house. I looked all around again, then it was up and over the safety gate and I was soon racing up the steel staircase to the landing walk. I walked fast and came to No.3 Furnace. I was soon climbing up the vertical steel rungs to the summit of the furnace. I was nearly drowned by the cooling waters, but not to worry, I was almost at the top. I reached and pulled myself on to the platform, I passed through the safety rails, and I soon saw the poor little bird. I picked him up and shoved him, very gently of course, down my shirt front and soon was making my way down again. Where I’d been was strictly forbidden unless all arranged and having specially trained safety officers in attendance. There was a well told story about a furnace workman who disappeared from the furnaces a few years before my time. He was working on the coke burners and disappeared completely. It was assumed he had fallen down the shute into the large skip, lost consciousness, then tonnes of coke and materials had tipped on to him. The skip would then have been hauled up the rails to the summit, then tipped its contents into the furnace. He’d disappeared; he’d clocked in as usual that morning, then went missing, never to be seen again, ever.

cernted agen, And agen. But thi wa no dert abert it, thi wa one short! Ar ’ad to dow some quick thinkin’. Ar tewd all on ’em, taychers, children an’ ’elpers, ta goo an’ gerron th’train that wa due ta leave for Ilson in abert aif an hour, an ard goo an’ try ta find th e missin’ lad. Ar retraced mi steps an’ started lowking fer this eer lost lad. Ar noticed a lotta St John’s Ambulance men walkin’ abert so I asked one or two on ’em if thid sayn a lost lad anyweer. Ard nearly gin up when one on ’em said “Owd on it minute, a saw a lad who’d ’it ’is ’ead on a post an’ way took ’im away ta ay a look at ’im ta say if ay wa all rayt.” Rayt away a said “Tay me theer quick, way’ve got ta goo rayt nar. Way’ve gorra a train waitin’ ta gerrom.” A went wi’ ’im an’ sure enough it wa the missin’ yewth. Ay looked a bit shaky but ay said ’e wa all rayt. A thanked the St John Ambulance man an’ ’elped the yewth ta the railway station. Way got theer wi abert tow minutes ta spare and gorronta th’train straight awee. A sank dern in mi seat wi’ the lad next to me so a could kayp mi eyes on ’im. It worna a pleasant journey gooin’ back cos kids wa comin’ from other compartments an’ bayin’ real nuisances, shertin’, swearin’ and dowing things thi shuddner. Tow or thray on us who wa taychers went an’ blocked the doors an’ stayed theer an’ never let ’em through, an it wa like this all the way back ta Ilson. But gerrin’ back ta Ilson wornt the end o’ mi story. Ar’ll tell thi more next time.

I scuttled down the furnace staircase, climbed over the gate and with my bike to hand, set off for home. I shouted for my wife, June, and retrieved the little bird. We checked him over. The poor bluey-grey creature had a wound the size of half a crown on his body, caused by the collision with the wire at the furnace top. We were not sure if he was dead or alive. We treated his would with antiseptic. Then I took him to a nice dog kennel, placed him on some straw, left him some drinking water and locked the door – we would wait and see. At first light the next morning, I went to check him out and was delighted to see him on his feet. It made June and I feel good. I managed to buy some pigeon meal, I put a perch up and he was kept in quiet for a week. Soon he was hopping on his perch. I then made enquiries from a pigeon trainer I knew in Trowell. I got the address of the Pigeon Racing Association, sent them the bird’s racing number and included a stamped addressed envelope with my details. Eventually, a letter arrived from the bird’s owner who lived in Northumberland. The bird was an expensive one. I contacted him and told him the story. He came on a Saturday morning while June and I were out. He took the pigeon, leaving me a lovely letter of thanks which ended with the words ‘Yours in sport’. I read this over and over. Those three words meant everything. I just smiled. It would need a king’s ransom, in fact more than a king’s ransom, to surpass my pure joy.

Runners raise over £2,000 for Ben’s Den On Saturday 29th August Ilkeston Running Club held their 11th annual Double or Quit race at Shipley Park. The Double or Quit race, is a 2 lap course that give runners the choice to complete a single 5 mile lap or tempt them on to a second lap to create a 10 mile circuit. The aptly named ‘Double or Quit’ race was sponsored by Ilkeston’s Anytime Fitness and was organised and hosted by over 50 volunteer members from Ilkeston Running Club. This year’s event boasted record numbers of nearly 300 runners and welcomed chip timing for the first time. A dedicated race village including stalls from Anytime Fitness, Lucozade, Coffee Express, AJ Sports Massage, Ben’s Den and JC Race Solutions was established to create an exciting race atmosphere for both runners and spectators. The Double or Quit race is well known for donating the race profits to charity, and this year the chosen charity decided by Ilkeston Running Club members was the Ben Parker Trust Fund. Ben’s Den is a

dedicated children’s charity based in Ilkeston, and set up in memory of Ben Parker, who sadly passed away in 2003 following a battle with leukaemia. The aim of the charity is to support the families of children fighting leukaemia or cancer, by gifting them a free holiday and allowing them to spend much needed, quality family together away from the overwhelming hospital environment. The charity was set up by Ben’s parents in March 2004. Since then, they have held many fundraising events and now have two fully equipped caravans, named ‘Ben’s Den 1’ and ‘Ben’s Den 2’, at the Haven holiday site in Mablethorpe. The 2015 Double or Quit race proudly raised £2056.11 for Ben’s Den and the charity received the cheque at Ilkeston Running Club’s Annual Awards evening on Friday 11th September. Pictured: Tracey and Darren from Ben’s Den and several Ilkeston Running Cub Members. For more information on Ben’s Den visit http://www.bensden.com/ New members at Ilkeston Running Club always welcome. For more information on Ilkeston Running Club go to http:// www.ilkestonrunningclub.co.uk/

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The question of whether Ilkeston should take in Syrian refugees was a hot topic on our Facebook page last month. The majority were against, saying we should look after our own people in need first. The post was viewed by well over ten thousand people and a record 170 comments were made on the thread. We also received the following letters for publication here.


irst of all I'd like to congratulate you on your great work - I've been reading the magazine for a while, but the first newspaper issue has really stepped it up a notch. I especially enjoyed Patricia Spencer's opening piece, and Geoff Hayes’ story, and Grant Shaw's article on Laura Martin really stood out to me as well. Anyway, to the matter at hand; your page on Facebook solicited letters or comments regarding the "Welcome Refugees to Ilkeston" petition thread. I've have tried to make my letter as moderate and accessible as possible, and whilst I don't think it will offend anyone on either side, it isn't as brief as I had hoped. It is very serious subject matter though, and that's exactly why I object to the general over-simplification I'm finding across traditional media. It's a complex topic, and after five rewrites and some additional fact checking, this is as much as I can distil it down to. Here goes: On the one hand there is the fear of overpopulation and the dilution of culture, and on the other, there is the natural reaction from seeing images of war, and of children dying or dead. People's views are strongly held, and with very strong emotions attached. With so much talk of refugees and the Middle East, I wanted to add my 2 cents, because not a lot of people, even in the papers or on TV, have little idea of the 'big picture'. Only two years ago, in 2013, the UK sought to topple our enemy in Syria, their leader Assad. A group called the Free Syrian Army were also trying to overthrow Assad. The only problem, was that a large proportion of this group used to be associated with Al-Qaeda. Despite this, we decided to give them military training and aid, along with massive amounts of armaments. When the last of our troops pulled out of Iraq, this group moved out of Syria and into the vacuum we left. They are now ISIS. Al-Qaeda, the 7/7 bombers, Boko Haram and ISIS all have one thing in common,

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which is also in common with the Saudi Monarchs. That is Wahabism, the radical and violent sect of Islam. It's tiny as well, only accounting for 0.006% of all Muslims. Saudi Arabia is the ultimate source of this underlying extremism, and the UK still allies with them as they spread it. ISIS cannot be contained, let alone destroyed, as long as the UK continues to add fuel to this particular fire. All other points are moot whilst this is the case.

How much does it cost for a year to house each person?

The chances of a Syrian refugee settling in Ilkeston is slim, and if they did, remember there are brain-surgeons and rocket scientists amongst them. Over 3000 unaccompanied (orphaned) Syrian children are waiting to be helped. Some of them only know English as a European language, and many have been mistreated along the way in Hungary and Turkey.

Ben Weald, Ilkeston.

Furthermore and finally, if we bomb ISIS in Syria or Iraq without anything changing with Saudi Arabia, there will be only be more refugees to come in the future and little else to show for it. I hope this is usable for you, and I look forward to the next issue (I want to hear what advice was given on Premier Christian Radio, page 7!). Kind Regards,

Matt Beaumont, Ilkeston.


efugees or not! That is the question.

Should Ilkeston take any from Syria was put up on the Facebook page and a debate took place. Well, when we have people in Ilkeston that require food banks and when elderly have to choose between heating and eating, the answer is NO. We also have homeless people and give millions to countries in aid. We have parents in this country who send their children to school early so they get food because they cannot afford to feed them , then the answer is NO. The Nottinghamshire budget for people with special needs is being cut by 300 million over the next 5 years (I'm sorry I do not know the Derbyshire figure) and front line police are being cut. Councils are being told to make drastic cut backs to save money so they do not go bankrupt and this shows quite clearly in the winter when gritters are used sparsely because they can’t afford more grit. Then we are asked if we can take some refugees? But the fact is it’s not just taking them it's feeding them, housing them, etc. How many have long term illness or will want their families to join them so it costs more? Do we check their background to see if they are criminals or terrorists ?

The answer I do not know, but I do know charity begins at home with the British people and in Ilkeston we should take care of our own first.


saw the on-line petition asking that Erewash Council welcome refugees which I wholeheartedly support. I come at the current crisis from a humanitarian point of view yet there are other political and economic viewpoints that are of equal value. I try but I really can’t imagine what it is like to live in Syria. To be fearful that at any time my home and everyone in it could be destroyed by a bomb loaded with chemical weapons. A bomb dropped by my own government. I try to imagine but I can’t what it would be like to be at risk of beheading at any time as ISIS come ever closer to m y home. I try to imagine but I can’t that I believe my only option is to gather my family and leave everything I own behind to seek some kind of refuge in another country. Which country I know not and what future I might have, I know even less. The pictures circulating in the press and on social media at the moment couldn’t highlight any clearer the human cost of such decisions. Dead children on beaches. Crying women at railway stations. Traumatised men in refugee camps. I wonder if anyone who thinks we shouldn’t welcome refugees has a failure of imagination too. A failure to imagine the feeling of compassion and hope that might arise from welcoming refugees to our town. To imagine that they have something to offer, not just something to take. I agree with the Government that work must continue to be done to support people in their own countries and we do offer aid to help with this. But we also have

capacity to welcome many more refugees than we currently do whilst we wait for change to come in Syria, if indeed it comes at all. Countries surrounding Syria have taken more than 2 million refugees. Germany almost 1 million and many other EU countries are taking far more than we are. I struggle to see why we can’t do as others have done and offer sanctuary to people who have perhaps stopped imagining anything but fear and hopelessness. I hope to see the day when Erewash welcomes refugees; when we can share the good things that we have with people who deserve so very much more than bombs, beheadings and dead boys on beaches.

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First issue: We received a number of congratulatory comments on Facebook, among them these: Got the paper, very impressed—Andy Golds. Very informative, miles better than the [other paper]. This is about us, our town, and long may it continue—Steve Bell. Got one today. Hope I can get another one to send to an Ilkeston family now residing in Somerset—Beryl Wolverson. Got it through the door yesterday. Great paper, read it from cover to cover. Ilkeston needed a paper like this, about our town and our people. So much better than the [other paper] —Pauline Ames. I got my copy through the door, loved it—Jo Meggie Jo. Got one and thought it was well put together—Victoria Oxley. Thanks for delivering my copy. I really enjoyed it and will definitely pass it on— Esther Collington.

A real Stanton wagon On a recent holiday in South Devon I decided to take my grandchildren on a trip on the South Devon Railway which has a line between Buckfast and Totnes. The other attraction was that we could buy a combined ticket into the Totnes Rare Breeds Centre which stood next to the station. On pulling into the station, imagine my surprise and delight to see this wagon on the platform. A REAL Stanton Wagon, unlike the one at the bottom of Bath Street which is an ex- Markham Colliery wagon which the council had to buy after they allowed the previous one to rot beyond repair. Surely this should be the wagon to stand in memory of our town's connections with Stanton, not the deception we have at the moment.

Cllr Frank Phillips, Ilkeston

News from local churches

On offer for adults is a Friendship Club for people on their own, every first Thursday of the month, 2 till 3.30pm. There is also the Soul Café every second Sunday night at 7 with drama, film, music clips and refreshments. There are men’s and ladies’ nights, and the church is looking for musicians to strengthen its worship group. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

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Premier’s Top 50 worship songs and hymns

Have in Jesus 22 Above All 23 It is Well With My Soul 24 The Lord's My Shepherd 25 To God be the Glory 26 Indescribable 27 When I Survey 28 Beautiful One 29 The Power of the Cross 30 I Can Only Imagine 31 Shout to the Lord 32 Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah 33 Hosanna (Praise is Rising) 34 Dear Lord and Father of Mankind 35 Happy Day 36 Come Now is the Time to Worship 37 Mighty to Save 38 Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus 39 Psalm 23 40 A Thousand Little Things 41 See What A Morning 42 Crown Him with Many Crowns 43 The Father's Song 44 You Never Let Go 45 All Hail the Power 46 Love Divine 47 Praise My Soul the King of Heaven 48 Here Is Love 49 Nothing But the Blood 50 Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty

Premier Christian Radio has a late night programme on Sundays where listeners can ring in and seek advice from a doctor, psychiatrist, lawyer, counsellor or whoever happens to be in the studio at the time. Recently a man rang in and said: “I am a new Christian and I am troubled AUTUMN FAIR because church friends say I shouldn’t be Ilkeston’s Charter Fair is not the only fair STORY CAFE gambling any more. I have been a horse Recently, Premier Chrisin October. Ilkeston United Reformed West Hallam Methodist Church (next to racing enthusiast most of my life and it has Church (the Green Spire church, just off Bottle Kiln on High Lane West DE7 6HP) tian Radio counted given me much enjoyment. I have studied the market square) holds its Autumn Fair will be staging its fourth Story Café down our favourite on Saturday 3rd October, starting form and have become very knowledgeable worship songs and on Friday 16th October at 7.30pm. Story at 11am. From 11.30am until about the racing scene; so much so that I hymns, as voted for by Café showcases guest artists who enter1.30pm light lunches will be available. have won a lot of money from it. Since I tain the audience and share their life stolisteners. Organisers are hoping that after a hard became a Christian I have been able to give ry. This time the guests will be Ilkeston’s morning's shopping, letting someone else own Debbie & Rob Swain. Debbie was 1 10,000 Reasons several generous donations to my church make the lunch and bring it to your table and other Christian charities. If I were to 2 In Christ Alone born to entertain! With her father a sucwill have a real appeal. Or visitors can stop gambling, these deserving causes 3 Amazing Grace cessful saxophonist, it was natural for her just pop in for a coffee anytime. to follow suit. Rob joined Debbie both as would miss out. Should I give up or should 4 Cornerstone All the usual stalls will be there too a boyfriend and as a fellow musician in I use this skill God has given me to help 5 Be Thou My Vision cakes, tombola etc. and . . . something 1980 and their journey began. They will others?” 6 How Great Thou Art different . . . antiques valuation. People share that journey with stories and The programme presenter and the Christian 7 And Can it Be can find out if that thing in the attic really songs. Rob is well known to many musicounsellor were slightly taken aback by this is worth a fortune! 8 Oceans cians as the proprietor of Zebra Music on unusual call, but their considered verdict 9 Blessed Be Your Name Nottingham Road in Ilkeston. Coffee, was that the man should not gamble beHOW CAN THEY HELP? 10 Here I am to Wortea, soft drinks and cakes will be on sale. cause of the example he may be setting othNottingham Road Methodist Church in the café environment during the evenship ers, an example that may lead someone else is asking through its Facebook page: ing. 11 How Deep the Fainto deep financial trouble. Some churches, What can we do for you? It already has ther's Love including notably The Salvation Army, will a variety of activities for different age LICENSING 12 Great is Thy Faithfulnot accept Lottery cash for this reason. groups. The licensing of Rev Paul Waters as ness Friday night is children and youth night Priest in Charge and Rev Christine The Bible does not specifically condemn 13 How Great is Our with the TRASH Club for 5 to 11-yeargambling, betting, or the Lottery. The Bible French as Associate Priest of St John God olds, 5.30 till 7pm; then follows the does warn us, however, to stay away from the Evangelist Church, Nottingham 14 There is a Redeemer senior youth club for 11 to 15 year-olds Road, Ilkeston, will take place at the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10; He15 Before the Throne of who play sport, games, drama, etc., brews 13:5). Scripture also encourages us to 7.30pm on Wednesday 14th October, God Above from 7 till 9pm. stay away from attempts to “get rich 2015. All are welcome to attend. 16 Shine Jesus Shine quick” (Proverbs 13:11; 23:5; Ecclesiastes 17 Because He Lives 5:10). 18 The Servant King Gambling most definitely is focused on the 19 Blessed Assurance love of money and it undeniably tempts 20 All Heavens Declares Scout. “We are what we are inside,” he said. people with the promise of quick and The Christian Motorcyclists Association 21 What a Friend We easy riches. “God sees beyond our outward appearance; visited All Saints, Kirk Hallam on 20th he sees our hearts.” September. The CMA is an ecumenical group of Christians who love talking about CMA was started in America by Herb Shreve, an Arkansas pastor who purchased a Jesus and riding their motorbikes. motorcycle to close the generation gap with They have stalls at biker weekends and festi- his rebellious son. As they rode together to vals where they talk about the love of God biker events and rallies, it was apparent that over a mug of tea. But they also break stere- the church had no outreach toward bikers. otypes of bikers, as Mary, a wheel chair user, At first, he prayed that others would take this proves when she arrives on her trike! mantle of ministry, but he accepted the task Activities, music and a simple meal for you and your children They attended both the 9.30am Holy Comhimself and began evangelizing alone munion and the 11am Parade Service with at motorcycle rallies. In 1975, he resigned Scouts, Brownies, Beavers, etc. and gave out from his church to start CMA. ‘Biker Bibles’. CMA UK website says: As Christians MotorLeading the service, Colin Wood brought cyclists we are passionate about sharing the shrieks of laughter from the children when he Gospel in every area of the motorcycling swapped articles of clothing with a Cub community. As motorcyclists there is nothScout to demonstrate that just because the ing more exciting than riding a motorcycle, boy was wearing leather gear it didn’t make but as Christians we have discovered there is Ilkeston URC (Green Spire Church) Sat. 10th Oct. 4 - 5.30 pm him a motorbiker and him wearing a necker- nothing as fulfilling as knowing Jesus perchief and woggle didn’t make him a Cub sonally. Ilkeston Methodist Church at St Andrews, Thur. 22nd Oct., 3.30 - 5.30pm

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Extracts from the diaries of our Church friends…

Vicar’s white cat had come into Church too, quickly thinking as she sniffed the bread I ran behind the back of it, I’m not sure if she saw me but there was also made of bread a little mouse on the corner of the loaf. Thank heavens the smell was so beautiful as it gave me chance to escape while the cat was busy sniffing away.

And then, with my tummy full of bread, and me thanking God for the narrow esA Church Mouse writes…. cape, I had another blessing, from out of Dear Diary, the skies can an apple heading straight at me, I’m not sure where it came from, but Wow, what a wonderful and very exciting rather than hitting me it bounced off the day today. I love this time of the year, pew and hit the floor and split open, wow it’s when the people bring lots of food into – an fresh red juicy apple – pudding time! Church and there are plenty of treats for us So as I saw the Vicar pick up her naughty to have – if we are careful. cat and take her out of the Church I sat It was the yummy smell of fresh bread that back, relaxed and gorged myself on the delicious sweet apple. Life was good tonearly cost me dearly; with my nose day, I love Harvest time in the Church. twitching like mad I sneaked up to the Altar where I was to discover the freshest, Bye for now – warmest and biggest loaf of bread I’d ever seen and I was just nibbling away at a corner of it when I hadn’t realised but the

Martha Mouse

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The Way We Were

Young players put Ilkeston in TV spotlight regime, but if you did something to enhance the reputation of the school, like we did, you could get away with anything. We got on with him really well!” Hallcroft School pupils Michael Lacey, They were taught to play their instruments David Burrows and Keith Freer, and Heanor Grammar School pupil Peter Moon by music teacher ‘Ben’ Noon and Bill Beecham of Stanton Ironworks Band, who appeared on the BBC’s ‘All Your Own’ came to the school regularly to instruct programme compered by Huw Wheldon. them in brass band techniques. They were invited to the London studios The Hallcroft boys perfected their perforafter being spotted in Ilkeston. The promance by practising instead of doing PE gramme was aired on a Sunday afternoon sometimes, and by practising in their own in February, and was eagerly watched by time. family, friends and school associates. David Burrows, who now lives in Birching- Pictured left to right in their school uniforms are Michael Lacey (euphonium), ton-on-Sea, Kent, recalls the piece they David Burrows (tenor horn), Keith Freer played was ‘Clouds and Sunshine’. (second cornet) and Peter Moon (solo corHe told us: “Much has been written about net). Hallcroft headmaster Austin Nash’s harsh

An Ilkeston quartet of young musicians brought mention of our town to the TV screen for the first time in 1953.

A page from the Trade Section of the Ilkeston Directory 1965-66.

friends were able to view some of the works of art on display. We were also able to inform everyone of our forthcoming ChristMembers of the Smoothie Art Group premas Art Fayre which will also be held in pared and served a traditional afternoon the Catholic Church Hall on Sunday 22nd tea at the Catholic Church Hall on SunNovember. This provides a wonderful opday 6th September. This was in response to portunity for the people of Ilkeston to many requests to repeat the occasion, folsee the range of local artistic talent availalowing last year’s very successful ble. Admission is free - look forward to event. As well as the delicious food, seeing you there.

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Why I voted against Assisted Dying Bill —our MP Erewash MP Maggie Throup has revealed why she voted against the Assisted Dying Bill in Parliament last month. “Like so many who have written to me on the subject, I have a personal story to back up my decision to say ‘no’ to the Bill,” she said. “My mother used to say we should ‘shoot her’, metaphorically speaking, if she became a burden. “Over the last few years of her life idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis took its toll and for the last 12 month of her life she was dependent on oxygen to breathe. “Yes, we could have found that virtual gun to end her suffering, but then she would have missed out on so many precious moments which came in her final days.

“The day before Mum died, two of her close friends came to visit her and they said afterwards they had had a wonderful afternoon together. Mum obviously enjoyed her final day – a day that the Bill could have denied her.” Maggie said her mum had received amazing palliative care both in her own home and at a hospice. She said: “Life is too precious to be cut short artificially and that is why I voted against the Bill.” Supporters of the Bill made the point that people who are of sound mind have a right to choose if they want to end their lives because of pain or incapacity. Pet owner Ian Carter said: “Recently my dog had terminal throat cancer and I was allowed to end his suffering, so why, if it was my life, cant I?” In a free vote in the House of Commons, 118 MPs were in favour and 330 against plans for the right to die in England and

OCTOBer Walks You can join one of these groups and enjoy an invigorating walk in the country this month.

Cromford Meadows (Pay) (SK300570). Leader: Trevor Bamford. 7 miles. Wednesday 14 October, Erewash Ramblers 10.30am, Short Walk in Draycott Area. Meet Friday 2 October to Monday 5 October: Weekend away in Gilsland, Cumbria. Contact at CP behind chip shop, Draycott (SK442833). Leader Brian Marshall. Margaret Chapman for possible vacancies. Sunday 18 October, 10.00am: Area Get ToThursday 8 October, 10.30am, 6 miles, Sydgether. Choice of Walks. Meet at Alport nope Dale. Meet at Darley Bridge car park Heights CP (SK304505). Lunch stop at Al(SK270624). Leader: Joyce Mold. derwasley Village Hall. Monday 12 October, 10.30am, 7 miles (steep Wednesday 21 October, 7.30pm: Group AGM ascent), Cromford & Riber Castle. Meet at followed by free buffet. West Hallam Village Hall.

Wales. It was their first opportunity to vote on the issue in almost 20 years. How MPs in our region voted: Andrew Bingham (High Peak) and Nigel Mills (Amber Maggie Throup Valley) voted in favour of the Bill. Maggie Throup (Erewash), Dennis Skinner (Bolsover), Amanda Solloway (Derby North), Andrew Griffiths (Burton), Patrick McLoughlin (Derbyshire Dales), Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) and Toby Perkins (Chesterfield) all voted against. Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire), Natascha Engel (North East Derbyshire), Margaret Beckett (Derby South) and Heather Wheeler (South Derbyshire), did not vote. Thursday 22 October, 10.30am, 6 miles. Seven Spouts & Derby Hills. Meet at Ticknall Village Hall (SK353241, DE73 7JW). Leader: Tony Beardsley (07989 314242).

Diary Dates Ilkeston Local History Society Grace's Diary: the Journal of Grace Jane Dexter, 1884-93. The life and aspirations of a young teacher in late Victorian Nottingham and Derbyshire. Presented by Rowena Edlin-White—Tuesday 6th October 2015 at 7.45pm at Ilkeston URC hall.

Ilkeston Arts and Camera Club Mon. 5th October: Art Demonstration by Steve Coley (mixed media) Mon. 12th October: Artists: Mixed Media Painting evening with Marion Axford Photographers: Low light photography trip (Nottingham/Derby) Mon. 19th October Photography Competition: Theme: Interiors Mon. 26th October Artist Demonstration – Hannah Jean Fine Art (Non-members welcome! Charge for visitors £3). All at Elim Christian Centre, Charlotte St, Ilkeston, 7.30pm.

Ilkeston Rambling Club

Sunday 4 October: No walk. Tuesday 6 October: Annual General Meeting Monday 26 October, 10.30am, 7 miles, Dove at the Brewery Tap, South Street, 7.45pm. Sunday 18 October: Park at the layby on Valley Walk. Meet at CP on Church Lane, Ellastone (DE6 2HB). Leader: Pauline Law- A619 near Wadshelf for a nine-mile walk with a stop at Barlow for lunch. Leader: Clive son (07887 361071). Unwin. Wednesday 28 October, 10.30am, Short Walk around Denby Common & Marehay. Meet at Sunday 1 November: Park at Stoney Middleton for an 11-mile walk with a stop at Foolow CP behind Bull’s Head, Heanor Road for lunch. Leader Mike Henshaw. (SK409473). Leaders Faye & John BlackTuesday 3 November: Programme Meeting to burn. plan walks for the next six months. More information about Erewah Ramblers can be found on the club website or contact Tony More information from Jim Cresswell, 0115 944 2633 or 07747 419380. Beardsley on 07989 314242.

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ing streets are closed off. But to most, the fair brings four days of fun and excitement. Mention of Ilkeston Charter Fair often brings to mind Samuel Taylor, the ‘Ilkeston Giant’ who appeared as a sideshow attraction in travelling fairs in the 19th century. Samuel grew to be seven feet four inches at his tallest which, at a time when six-footers The 763rd Ilkeston Charter Fair will take were quite rare. But this pales into insigplace Wednesday 21st October to Satur- nificance when compared to the world’s day 24th October 2015. It’s the town’s tallest living person today – Turkish man biggest attraction and draws people in Sultan Kösen, whose height is 8ft. 3ins. from miles around. Kösen, 32, is proud to appear in the GuinThe sights, the sounds and the smells are ness Book of Records, although to begin enjoyed by thousands as the rides whizz with he had operations to try and stop him round and the hot food stalls sell their growing. It was a tumour on his pituitary tempting treats. gland that was causing the growth spurt. Of course, not everyone is a fan of the fair Now he is enjoying his celebrity status and because it brings huge disruption to the is happily married. town centre as the market place and adjoin- Changing light bulbs and hanging curtains

It’s Fair time!

Ilkeston Charter Fair is one of the oldest street fairs in the country. The traditional ceremony of opening the fair by the Mayor takes place at midday on the Thursday and is usually followed by a ride on the dodgems.

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are a doddle to him, while buying clothes and shoes that fit are something else. You would not have expected Ilkeston’s Samuel Taylor (also mentioned in Patricia Spencer’s My Ilkeston article on page 2) to be of great stature if you saw his mother— she was a mere five feet tall. His father, however, was 6ft. 9in. The story goes that when visiting a travelling fair in Castle Donington in 1832, Samuel was naturally attracted to ‘The Giant’ sideshow but, on paying his penny admission, he was sorely disappointed. The giant proved to be a lanky 30-year-old measuring a mere 6ft. 3ins. Little wonder that, when he strode in aged only sixteen and already more than 7ft, the gathered crowd began to gasp at him instead. Samuel Taylor was soon taken on as the new giant of the fair.

Pictures—Left: The fun of the Fair. Centre: Ilkeston’s giant, Samuel Taylor 7ft. 4ins. Right: Tallest man alive today: Sultan Kösen, 8ft. 3 ins.

Your Space Poems plus Share your creative writing with other Ilkeston Life readers. Email ilkestonlife@gmail.com or drop in/post to The Editor, Ilkeston Life, 1 Bath Street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 8AH.

Precious Child There comes a time when you walk alone. There comes a time when darkness comes. There comes a time when we lose our precious ones. There comes a time when fear shall visit. There comes a time when we sleep and say a prayer. Child, oh precious child, hear my words. When you walk alone, I shall carry you. When darkness comes, I shall guide you. In grief I shall weep with you and comfort you. When fear visits, I shall be with you and will shield you. When you sleep, I shall speak to you. Child, hear my words and I tell the truth, Wherever you are I shall walk with you, When in trouble I shall help you, When you need answers I shall answer. Oh child, when you sleep tonight listen to my words: I love you, forgive you and I’m always with you. Paul Parkin

Rain And there was a flash of light Just between the two palm trees, And every foot sought refuge In the nearest hut, Reached by shortcut.

The night swallows the clouds And because none can read the footsteps of thunder, All windows are shut To avoid the impact of rain and thunder. When will it subside? we wonder. After the funeral of the storm Doors shall open And every hand shall count The number of yams on the farmland That were lost in the flood That visited the night ago And dealt us this heavy blow. Olisaeloka Onyekaonwu is 19. He studies Mass Communication at the University of Benin, Nigeria.

If I could erase my mistakes Then I know I surely would, But what's done is done and cannot be undone. I'm weighed down by the hurt I caused.. You can't forget it And how I regret it. Will you forgive me? Is it remotely possible? Can we be friends again? Time will tell. In the meantime I wait in the wings, Wallowing in my sorrow, Waiting for tomorrow. Robert Anthony

Whether Or Not? Let’s Face It My face is a scribble these days, first thing in a morning. In an afternoon it settles into a bad artist’s drawing. But let’s face it, it has never been an oil painting. Unless you consider it a Picasso. Patricia Spencer

I'm Sorry I'm sorry I hurt you. I'm sorry I disappointed you. I'm sorry I didn't live up to your expectations. I have no excuse except I'm human. Failure is my middle name, My head is full of shame. I'm sorry for my actions. I'm sorry for my lack of respect, For my failure to anticipate how you might feel. Too late I see my error. I broke your trust, Suffer now I must.

The weather is changing all over the world, And global warming is blamed. Caused by a hole in the stratosphere, Made by man, although no-one is named. We give off a variety of gasses, But, so do the animals in the fields. Some of which we’ve learned to harness, For all of the energy it yields. If it is getting much warmer, Why is it cold and wet here? Us Brits are used to bad weather, We’d complain though if we had cold beer. We moan all the time whether it’s cold or hot, How often have you heard ‘ Roll on summer?’ And then, when it’s hot, they wish it was cold, Who can we blame? Try a Plumber! John Wright

Ilkeston streets puzzle The clues indicate the names of streets in a particular part of Ilkeston (leaving out words like “Street”, “Road”, “Drive”, etc.). If you get them all right, the yellow “down” column should spell the name of the part of town they are in. 1. Sounds like the value of labour (10) 2. Poet: “The Waste Land” (5) 3. Dynasty: Henry VII - Elizabeth I (5) 4. Dollar cathedral (11) 5. Angry mountain? (9) 6. Most famous racecourse in Berkshire (5) 7. Royal residence in Scotland (8) 8. Lionel Bart musical (6) 9. Old man who had a farm (9) 10. Speechless, Mr Dawson? (7) Answers can be found on page 15.

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coverage of all things Ilkeston, please show your support by backing this promotion—and enjoy a great cup of coffee at the same time. And if you’d like to make a donation or arrange a fundraising event for us, please get in touch. Email us at ilkestonlife@gmail.com or ask at the counter.

Our New Paper Who’d have thought it— A new paper in town, Lots to read, I can’t put it down. This paper is lively, Informative and fun, With your first edition My approval you’ve won. Every page Has something worth reading, It’s just what we Have long been needing. People, places, Familiar faces, Only Ilkeston This paper showcases. News, sport, Bygones and quizzes, The publication Really fizzes. It’s different, it’s free, It comes through your door, A good read awaits you When you pick it up off the floor. I wonder if this poem Will feature in ‘Your Space’? I’ll be turning to it Just in case! Melanie Reese


o you enjoy poetry? A group for writers and those who just like to listen is held at the U Choose Smoothie Bar, 1 Bath Street, Ilkeston on the last Thursday of every month between 7 and 9pm. Everyone is welcome to drop in. This month’s meeting is on 29th October.

ILKESTON MEN’S PROBUS The History of Wollaton Hall and Park was the subject of an illustrated talk given by Tim Preston on 10th. September to the Ilkeston Men's Probus Club. It was Francis Willoughby (1546-1596) who chose the site for Wollaton Hall. Work began in 1580 and took 8 years to complete at a cost of £8,000. It was completed in 1588, the year of the Spanish Armada. Sir Francis Willoughby died in London and was permanently in debt due to expenses incurred whilst attempting to furnish such a magnificent house. The building is constructed of Ancaster stone from Lincolnshire and is said to have been paid for with coal from the Wollaton pit, owned by Willoughby. The house was unused for about four decades before 1687 following a fire in 1642. It was then re-occupied and given the first of several campaigns of remodelling of the interiors. Since Wollaton Hall opened to the public in 1926 it has been the home of the City's Natural History Museum. The Hall was actually acquired by Nottingham City Council in 1925. Frank Ebbern gave a vote of thanks to Tim for an excellent talk, commenting on how impressed he was that it was given without using notes. BARRY SUTCLIFFE

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teacher, the one with long hair and whose trousers hung right on his potbelly, brought an atlas to the classroom and started talking about places no one had heard of. “Russia is in this part of the world,” he said, tapping his slim cane on the map, “and Poland is here. Wait a minute who knows where Poland is?” “In Jamaica,” a student said. “You’re an idiot,” the teacher replied with Ekwutosi was a young girl; all right; she irritation. was just turned sixteen years old, but all she wanted to do with her life was to go to There was uproarious laughter in the faraway Ilkeston and live happily forever classroom. The teacher loved calling peoafter. ple idiots. Ugwuakwu, her village, was in Nigeria, “Who else has something better to say?” and Ilkeston was in Britain; at least that the disgusted teacher said. was what the school teacher said. The distance between the two places was like “Sah?” another boy offered. “Yes, boy.” two worlds apart, like forever. She had never been to Ilkeston before, and the “Poland is in Holland.” dreams she often had of the place never “Dear Lord, who brought these empty fitted in with what she believed Ilkeston heads into this school?” was. “Am I wrong, sah?” “It is a beautiful place, mama,” she told her mother. “And there are flowers; there “No, you are very right,” he drawled sarare many flowers in Ilkeston!” castically. Then—”Of course you are as wrong as the man who called Hitler a Mother nodded and told her that she was saint!” going out of her mind. “How can you go to this ‘Aikestan’ when you haven’t even “Hitler? — What, sah?” crossed the borders of this village?” “SIT DOWN, YOU IDIOT!” “I will go there someday, Mama. You will The teacher talked about other places. see; I will go there someday!” Then he spoke of Britain and his eyes “Before you go there, please go to the sparkled. He spoke of Winston Churchill, kitchen and wash those plates in the sink. of Nottingham, of London and of other And don’t you dare tell me of going to places that sounded like poetry to the stuthis ‘Aikestan’ place again!” dents. Then he said Ilkeston. “But Mama—” “Ilkeston is where our iron water pipes were made,” he said. “It’s a small town “In the kitchen. NOW!” right in the middle of England.” *** And the name stuck in Ekwutosi’s head. Ekwutosi lived in the village of Umuchu Ilkeston sounded different from Poland with her parents and five siblings. Her and London; it sounded like one of those father was a carpenter who smoked a lot Christmas carols sung by the church choir and her mother sold things at Nkwo Uchu, on Christmas Eve, it sounded so right. the village market. Their mud house was *** built near the village church, and when people talked about poverty, they remem- So Ilkeston became her dream and her bered Ekwutosi’s family. dream became Ilkeston. But she did not know how to make her dream come true. Ekwutosi heard of Ilkeston for the first time the afternoon the village geography Every day she would sit in the classroom or at home and think about her future, and it somehow amused her that Ilkeston seemed to represent everything she craved for in life, signified everything good she wanted to happen to her. Their mud house was a symbol of the poor life she wanted to escape, the wrong she wanted to set right. But at the end of each day, after each dream of travelling either by air or land or sea to Britain, to Ilkeston, she remained a sixteen year old girl stuck in the village, living a life that was not her own, holding on to a dream she was afraid was misguided, a dream that may never see the sun. Short Story

A Faraway Place called Ilkeston

was a massive disappointment – not a patch on the pirates! Today we have local radio. We have BBC and independent radio stations throughout the country. In our area we are served by BBC Radio Derby and Nottingham and commercial music stations such as Heart, Smooth and Gold, all of which give us Yes I know there was a comic by that news from our region. name, but this about radio itself. Here in Ilkeston we are fortunate to have a Truth is I listen to the radio more than I community station: Erewash Sound. Their watch TV. Right from being a toddler I can remember studio is in Cotmanhay and many of their presenters have become familiar voices on the radio being on. I still remember the the airwaves: Paul Stacey on the Breaksignature tunes of Housewives Choice, fast Show, David Allen on Morning Plus Music While You Work and Children’s Favourites with Uncle Mac. Not so long to name a couple. Erewash Sound gives us even more targeted local news, local ago I bought a CD with them all on. traffic updates, a useful listing of local The BBC was different in those days. upcoming events and interviews with local What we now know as Radio 2 was the people. Light Programme, which aired light enterWell, I hope you have enjoyed this little tainment, music, news, quizzes, comedy radio column. If it has stirred some memand drama. ‘Soaps’ then (although they ories or if you have any comments to were not called soaps) were The Archers make, do get in touch. Maybe this could (still going) and Mrs Dale’s Diary. be a regular feature. If you were around at the time, you are sure to remember Round the Horne, Educating Archie, The Navy Lark and The Benny Hill Show (which, incidentally, in my opinion was much better on radio than television). Then there were the pirate radio stations, the best known being Radio Caroline and Radio London. These played non-stop pop music and gave many of today’s DJs the break they were looking for. My favourite bedtime listening was provided by Radio Luxembourg – ‘your station of the stars’. All the top presenters Hi there, pop pickers! DJ Alan Freeman were on it, and all the top songs. (‘Big Fluff’) was a popular presenter on When the pirate stations were banned, the Radio Luxembourg and the BBC’s SunBBC were supposed to provide an alternative with Radio One. All I can say is it day afternoon show, Pick of the Pops.


Larrie Listener

Fair cartoon reproduced by kind permission of Tony Husband, Private Eye and Arcturus Publishing Ltd.

Olisaeloka Onyekaonwu See his poem ‘Rain’ also in this issue.

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CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF WORLD WAR II In a previous edition (the magazine), there was mention of someone witnessing a German aircraft releasing what turned out to be a bomb; something I remember myself.

With so much shipping being sunk by the Germans, meat, clothes and so many other things were rationed but not all food. For example, many items available at pork butchers were sometimes unavailable. Every Saturday morning at 8.30 I would join a One sunny afternoon whilst sitting on our quite large queue outside Bradley’s shop front door step I heard the irregular beating situated half way down Bath Street for a sound of the engine of an enemy bomber delicious pork pie, sausages and whatever causing me to look up to the blue sky in the else they happened to have. Another source direction of Stanton Ironworks. There I of delight was specially subsidised egg saw (and here my memory differs) two powder and milk powder in large blue tins black sticks fall to earth. Later I found out which made delicious omelettes. From a that one of them actually ended up in the child’s point of view the biggest loss was bottom canal near Trowell causing damage sweets, ration coupons allowing for a mito the banks and a loss of water between serly two ounces per week. Gallows Inn and Hallam Fields. Memories of what it was like for a youngster born in For some months, attendance times at Ken- Before the war we would gaze at the sumptuous variety of goodies displayed in shop 1931 to live during the five years of the sington Junior School were changed as a Second World War might be of interest to result of problems at, I think, Chaucer Jun- windows frustratingly beyond our reach due to the absence of pocket money. When some of your readers. ior which lead to shared accommodation my father managed to get a job at Chilwell making for two sessions; 8.00 a.m. to midThe day before we declared war, I had been day for one school and an afternoon session Ordnance Depot matters improved cash on a pleasurable walk through cornfields for the other: I do not know if Chaucer had wise, but almost all the sweets disappeared. near Kirk Hallam with some of our neighSugar for the home was in short supply too bours and I well remember playing around received some bomb damage or whether the buildings had been commandeered for a and I remember my Mum saying we could sheaves of corn which were stacked in no longer have sugar in our tea. eights in warm sunshine. The following day different use. sirens suddenly went which caused my On some sunny warm afternoons at KenMum to panic as she ran forward and back- sington, we pupils were subject to somewards from the kitchen to the living room thing I have never seen in documentaries of whilst frantically beating some mixture the period or read about in the plethora of (Yorkshire pudding perhaps?) in a bowl – a publications about World War II and which truly scaring experience for me. A few days remains a mystery; in short we indulged in later our next door neighbours began digwhat can only be described as a form of The Kirk Hallam Cub Pack spent an ging a primitive air raid shelter in the gar“square bashing” – something I was much enjoyable residential experience this den lined with strips of wood with earth later to be subjected to as a conscript at summer on Brownsea Island, the birth piled on the top. Later an Anderson shelter RAF Bridgenorth – but minus the rifles. place of Scouting. A special T-shirt made of thick corrugated iron was erected We were formed up initially in columns of was commissioned, all the pack in our patch of green. We never slept in two and then marched to form columns of looked fab in their On Tour T-shirts either but for some weeks Mum and my four and finally columns of eight and conand hoodies. sister and I took refuge in the pantry under tinued marching in reverse order finally Their reporter writes: the stairs whilst Dad, a veteran of World ending in columns of two again. Where The bus trip was long after a very earWar One, who had been a gunner on HMS this strange activity came from remains a ly start – but there was lots of enterWarspite at the Battle of Jutland, remained mystery. I would be interested to hear from tainment to keep us all amused. The in bed upstairs being a firm believer in the anyone at Kensington at this time who referry trip over to the island was very “if the bomb’s got your number on it” members doing this tedious marching exershort – only 7 minutes, having had an school of thought. cise. Another feature regarding education early lunch on the bus as the weather was the chance to attend, in the long sumIn 1940 or 41 with the end of what came to was not being very kind to us. be called “the Phony War”, Ilkeston experi- mer holiday period, Cavendish school Seven cubs plus one scout, two Young where a special programme was provided enced a number of air raids; on one occaLeaders and five Leaders took part. with an emphasis on physical education, sion my usual route to Kensington School The cubs were split into two groups. The games and singing, organised by what I was roped off as an unexploded bomb had activities we did during the five days incaused a large crater some doors below our assume were voluntary teachers; in particucluded; Life on an Island, Coasts & Sealar I clearly remember a very tall Mr Hinds house, which caused us to be evacuated for shores and the erosion that is happening to three days to stay with friends who lived on from Kensington played French cricket the Scout side of the island, and Improvwith us. An added advantage attending was Glebe Crescent (as usual, Dad stayed at ing the Environment. The cubs really got the provision of a two course lunch for home!!). Another crater could be seen at stuck in clearing the bracken to help new which I think no charge was made and I the back of Nottingham Road near the catree growth, not forgetting learning more was always intrigued on observing the dinnal; also two or four houses below the about the red squirrels and taking part in ner ladies returning home after their labours shops near the bottom of the same road the BP‘s Outdoor Challenge. The pack holding baskets with the contents covered received a direct hit, as did the end of a also spent some time trying sailing (we by a tea towel hiding what? council house on Manners Street where a got wet before we even started to sail!) bed tipping at a crazy angle on what reWhat else do I remember from the years and spent lots of time exploring the island mained of the upstairs floor could be ob1939–45? The blackout caused some fears and beaches. served. I do not know if any people were if one was out late at night but there was a All the cubs behaved fantastically. They killed. Later a searchlight and ack-ack gun compensatory aspect in the form of brightly all took part in everything that was ofappeared off Hallam Fields Road and con- starlit skies. To reduce the light from traffic fered to them, and have seen wildlife up crete pill boxes were erected on the canal all vehicles headlights were fitted with filclose that they may never see again (red bridge at Gallows Inn and in a field off ters and of course no street lamps were squirrels and the deer) and some that they Trowell Moor. switched on. Even so, the sky over Stanton will not want to see again - the red ants Ironworks shone red caused by very noisy were HUGE. During the week the Cubs iron smelting furnaces and a large coke sent post cards home. Our new young production unit off Crompton Street which leader Alex Baker (Bagheera) was investI remember being built in the late 30’s, ed by the Scout Stone, all members of the with its huge high chimney, the top of pack and leaders had their photo taken by which it was believed was wide enough for the stone to commemorate their camp. We a horse and cart to be driven round. During ended the stay on the island by holding daylight the sky looking towards Derby Grand Howl overlooking the beach. presented a contrasting picture of large On the way back, before we boarded the aircraft balloons, rectangular in shape with bus we all had chips on the quayside hanging cables. A much less credible idea while watching all the boats go in and out doing the rounds was that Michael House, of Poole harbour. the Rudolf Steiner School on Heanor Road with its distinctive architectural nonEnglish style performed a similar guidance point for enemy aircraft..

By Barry J Everley Supplies of beer were very much restricted and this continued for a number of years after the war. Our local ‘beer off’, which sold Shipstones Ales brewed in Nottingham was often to all intents and purposes closed, however, would-be regular customers in the know would enter by a side door in a short passage way, standing quietly waiting, in my case, with an empty bottle for my Dad’s ten pence halfpenny worth of mild, the cork being sealed with a paper label because I was under the age of 18. Two other examples connected with shortages come to mind. My brother told me that once when he was in the Bridge Inn at Cotmanhay, a man came in and ordered 6 pints of mild asking the barman to bring them to the ‘best room’ where his friends would be joining him. Some ten minutes or so later the barman became suspicious as there was no sign that anyone else had arrived so determined to retrieve some of the beer he hurried into the best room to find all six glasses on a table out of which a large sip had been taken!

More next month

Cubs visit Brownsea Island

We all came home very tired, but with lots of memories and mementos as well as tales to be remembered in years to come. Lots of badges were earned and awarded: Hikes, Nautical Skills, Nights Away, Time on the Water, Sailing, Entertainer, plus with a little home work, Environmental Conservation. Prior to our summer camp we did lots of fundraising from carol singing to collecting old clothes and bag packing. Diane Harris (Akela) remarked that she was lucky enough to receive five grants from the Derbyshire Foundation, Councillor Michelle Booth, Nisa, Big Kirk Hallam Lottery and Ilkeston Lions. This enabled us have a memorable time which would not have happened without the support we were given. Next year is a very big year for Cub Scouts as we will be celebrating our centenary. We have lots planned so watch this space... Photo of our group standing outside the church front to back left to right. Joshua Hall, Emma Flewitt, Reid Tilford, Sylvie Humphries and Lucy Baker. Jessie Phillips, Alex Baker (Bagheera), Liam Cresswell and Lucy Allcock. Diane Harris (Akela), Katie Davies (Ikki) and Jenni Anning (Kaa). Chris Draycott (Rama) & Tom Barratt (Jacala).

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Friends of Straw’s Bridge

Friends of Bennerley Viaduct If you know your way around you can find several views of the Bennerley Viaduct, but not all of them are accessible for everyone.

Damaged sign

Let’s get the bad news over first. Someone has deliberately broken one of the fingerposts installed only a few months ago. The wooden signs were put in place to help visitors explore the site and the surrounding area. Fortunately this kind of damage is rare at Straw’s Bridge. Nature has also dealt a blow. The Blue Green Algae is blooming in the main pond; in places it is so bad that the water looks like pea soup. Every year the Fosbies put barley straw bales in the pond as a preventative measure, and until now it has worked. Visitors are strongly advised to keep their pets out of the water as the algae can cause severe health problems and even death for animals. BAT GROUP On a positive note the group is looking forward to some seasonal tasks. In midOctober the Derbyshire Bat Group will monitor the bat boxes for signs of occupation. The boxes have been in place for about eighteen months and it can take a few years before bats might show an interest. At the same time a dozen nesting boxes designed for different bird species will be installed. The next formal meeting of the group will be on Thursday 19 November at 7pm in the Community Room at Ilkeston Fire Station. Come along and find out what they get up to. Information about activities and workdays can be found on Facebook or on the website www.friendsofstrawsbridge.co.uk This is not the only Friends Group in Ilkeston. Contact Richard Windsor on 0115 907 2244 ext. 3887 to find out more.

Jeff Wynch

Nutbrook Petanque Club (French Boules) It’s that game you see played in France with heavy silver-coloured balls, and on the beaches with coloured balls. Petanque is a family sport open to all ages, and we are a group of enthusiastic players who meet all the year round (weather permitting) on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons, from 12 noon onwards. Our club was started in 1993 at the Punchbowl in West Hallam, but with increased membership we moved t the Nutbrook Cricket Club ground, High Lane East, West Hallam in 1999. Our piste is at the rear of the cricket pavilion.

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Now there is a new viewpoint on the Nottingham Canal path alongside Shilo Way, where a small section of vegetation has been cut back to open up the view. It’s just a short stroll from the Newton’s Lane car park. The Friends are making good progress preparing the viaduct for its structural survey. The next workday will be on Saturday 19 September. If you are happy to get involved in the physical tasks of clearing vegetation etc. you can meet up with Bill Tomson and the volunteers in the car park of the Bridge Inn, Cotmanhay at 10am. Wear suitable clothing and shoes or boots for the conditions and the forecast weather, and a hi viz jacket if you have one (can be supplied). Bring a packed lunch and a drink. Work will go on until about 3pm, but come along even if you can only do a couple of hours. If digging and shovelling are not your strongpoint then there are other ways you can get involved to help the Friends in their support of the Viaduct Project. Find out more at the next meeting of the Friends on Wednesday October 14 at 7pm in the offices above Shipley Blinds on Lower Stanton Road (entrance at the back). For further details on workdays, meetings and anything related to the project call Sustrans on 0115 853 2953 or email Bill Tomson atbill.tomson@sustrans.org.uk Keep up to date on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ bennerleyviaduct

HELLO FOLKS! We’ve been having a chat this month with local Ilkeston singer David Potter. David has been heavily involved in the folk music scene in the Midlands for a long time and, after a diversion fronting up bands performing vintage rock and roll (think Bill Haley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis) he’s now back to his roots and raring to get involved again in his first love….traditional and contemporary “roots” music. Together with his bands “The Oddfellows” and “Tatterjack” David was responsible for launching several award winning folk clubs in the 80’s 90’s and early

2000’s regularly booking and supporting such legends of the scene at that time as June Tabor, Maddy Prior, Peter Bellamy, Jasper Carrot and various members of Fairport Convention. “I was the guy who had the job of picking them all up from the station!” he says. They also found time to feature in several festivals and made many broadcasts on local Midlands radio stations and provided recording backing and arrangements for several artists. He’ll be making regular contributions to Ilkeston Life on this and the local music and arts scene in general and would love you to get in touch with all your local music and arts events of all kinds so we can give you some publicity on whatever it is you’re involved with. David is also very keen to explore the possibility of launching a new music club encompassing all genres in Ilkeston based on the informal “sing, say and play” format to provide a relaxed and sympathetic atmosphere for both experienced performers AND MOST IMPORTANTLY anyone taking those first steps “outside the bedroom” !!! Contact David on 07971 899704 or emaildavidilkeston@gmail.com

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Friends of Bennerley Viaduct meeting the public at the Festival of Cycling held by EBC at Straw's Bridge on the afternoon of Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain.

Jeff Wynch We are a friendly and sociable group and welcome you to come and have a go. We can supply you with boules. We look forward to seeing you on the piste! Jenny Thacker (club secretary) - 0115 530 3770.



Saturday 10th October 2015 10am to 12 noon Ilkeston Town Hall

Poor run goes on Marine 3 Ilkeston 1 Ilkeston’s loss of form continued at Marine when they went down 3-1 despite having more possession than their opponents. While the Robins were wasting their chances in the first half, Andy Owen (penalty, 5 mins.) and Chad Whyte (35 mins.) put the home side two up at the break. Ilkeston were awarded a penalty soon after the restart but debutant Charles Weston missed the opportunity to revive his team, Cooper saving. After 84 minutes Owens scored again for Marine. Ilkeston then had a ray of hope when keeper Cooper was red-carded for bringing down Charlie Coulson, and Michael Williams this time converted the penalty to make it 3-1. Cooper was clapped off by Marine fans for his great work keeping the Robins at bay. More chances went begging before the final whistle, so it remained 3-1. About 20 of Ilkeston’s travelling fans had left the ground well before the end.


Affordable Football at ILKESTON FC

Ilkeston 2 Rugby Town 3

If you enjoy watching football, why not come down to the New Manor Ground, Awsworth Road, Ilkeston. Ilkeston FC have reduced admission prices this year to make local football more affordable and to encourage more support. The Club are very ambitious and have an outstanding management team including: Gavin Strachan (Head Coach), Andy Watson (Assistant Manager), Marc Lindsey (Fitness Coach) and Lydia Smith (Sports Therapist). Admission prices are now only £6 Adults, £4 Concessions and accompanied children free. The standard of football is good and you are most welcome. There are good bar and catering facilities at the ground and you can sit or stand to watch the game. Why not come down and give it a try. Come on your own or bring the family. You are sure to make friends and it is our sincere hope that you will enjoy the football and become regulars. If you join Ilkeston FC Supporters Group you can travel to away matches for just £10 (Under 16s, £5) and have an enjoyable day out. Please visit Ilkeston FC and IFCSG websites for more and up to date information. October and November’s Evo-Stik Northern Premier League fixtures are as follows: Sat 3rd Oct ’15 3pm NANTWICH TOWN home Mon 5th Oct ’15 7.45pm BARWELL home Sat 10th Oct’ 15 3pm Salford City away Tue 13th Oct’ 15 7.45pm Stamford away Sat 17th Oct ’15 3pm BUXTON home Tue 20th Oct ’15 7.45pm Stourbridge away Sat 24th Oct ’15 3pm COLWYN BAY home Mon 26th Oct ’15 7.45pm GRANTHAM TOWN home Sat 31st Oct ’15 3pm Cambridge City (FA Trophy) away Sat 7th Nov ’15 3pm Skelmersdale United away Sat 14th Nov ’15 3pm FA Trophy 2nd qualifying round Sat 21st Nov ’15 3pm HYDE UNITED home Sat 28th Nov ’15 3pm Blyth Spartans away

Ilkeston players and supporters were left wondering how they could have lost this game—and a lucrative place in the second round of the FA Cup—to a side they dominated. Rugby Town, who play in a league lower than the Robins, looked as though they were in for a hammering. They conceded a Lee Ndlovu goal in the second minute and were then struggling to keep the ball out of their half. But despite Ilkeston peppering their goal with shots that on another day might have gone in, they shocked the home side with a 34th minute equaliser—their first shot at goal. Worse was to come for Ilkeston in the second half: Rugby, sensing this was their day, had another shot at goal—twoone! 65 minutes gone and suddenly Ilkeston had a lot to do. A leveller eventually came from their best player Mike Williams who drove in what appeared to be at least a replay-earning strike in the 76th minute. But no, it WAS Rugby’s day. They won with a bizarre own goal by Ilkeston’s Joe Doyle, whose unfortunate back header sailed over goalkeeper Evandro Rachoni and into the unguarded net on 82 minutes. Ilkeston desperately tried to retrieve the situation but they were left to count the cost of missing so many golden opportunities in the first half. < Mike Williams Answers to Streets Puzzle (Page 11): 1. Wirksworth (Road) – 2. Eliot (Drive) – 3. Tudor (Place) – 4. Buckminster (Road) – 5. Crosshill (Drive) – 6. Ascot (Place) – 7. Balmoral (Road) – 8. Oliver (Road) – 9. Macdonald (Square) – 10. Dumbles (Close). The letters in the yellow column should spell ‘Kirk Hallam’.

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JUST A THOUGHT "Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't." - Erica Jong

TRINITY BOXERS SHINE AT PARTY Altercation with fan leads to red card for IN THE PARK FOOTBALL REPORTS

Trinity's senior stars all got a good work out on the Party in the Park bill at Alfreton in September.

Matlock player

All were impressive as they continued to prepare for the new season. The bouts were very competitive as the Ilkeston lads faced top class opposition and performed with style and skill to delight an enthusiastic crowd. Left to right in left hand picture: Sam Patchitt, Kyle Hughes, Sam Bates. Five of Trinity Boxing Club’s junior squad were also in action at the event. All were in good form as they impressed in their exhibition contests with fellow Derbyshire boxers on a bill assembled by South Normanton club leader Joe Elliott. Although all the bouts were no decision exhibition contests they provided great entertainment for the assembled crowd and the young Trinity stars got the chance to show their skills as they took another step in their preparation for the new season . Left to right, right hand picture: Loui Hemstock, Brendan McCormack, Saskia McCormack, Michael Casey, John Casey.

This game was overshadowed by an incident 10 minutes from time when Matlock’s Micky Harcourt was sent off after an altercation with an Ilkeston fan. Harcourt tried to mitigate his indiscretion by accusing an Ilkeston fan of spitting at him, although this was vehemently disputed by the supporters behind the goal. The match was decided by a single goal on the half hour which was also unusual. Matlock’s Niall McManus hit over a speculative cross into the Ilkeston box and it somehow ended up in the net. After being reduced to ten players Matlock were forced to defend but they Micky Harcourt— held on for the was caught up in an points. unusual incident

***** SAM TAKES TOP AWARD Trinity national welter weight champion Sam Patchitt took the award for outstanding boxer of the season at the club’s award ceremony at the Gladstone Lodge, Ilkeston, and received the Bill Morley Cup from club founder Danny Rafferty. Sam went through the entire season undefeated, including a run of six wins inside four weeks as he swept to the national title with some outstanding displays of power and skill. Sam extended his winning run to ten fights which culminated with an outstanding performance on the club’s own show at the Festival Inn, Trowell, back in March, at which he also won the Ralph Smitheringale Trophy for the outstanding boxer on the night. All in all, it has been a memorable season for Sam and he is a deserving recipient of the club’s Best Boxer of the Season accolade.

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Matlock 1 Ilkeston 0

Damage was done in the first half Frickley Athletic 3 Ilkeston 1 A first half hat trick by Frickley’s Zeph Thomas condemned Ilkeston to a second consecutive away defeat. Frickley started at a blistering pace and were three up inside 27th minutes. The first goal came after only 4 minutes when keeper Rachoni brought down Frickley’s speedy winger Tyler Williams and Thomas converted the penalty. He added to this after 20 minutes with a header then 7 minutes later finishing off a lightning breakaway. After a stiff talking to at half time, the Robins were much the better side in the second half but failed to convert their chances until the 85th minute when JJ Blake scored from a free kick. His shot was perfectly placed into the top corner of the net but it came too late to be anything but a consolation. MATCHMAN If we have served you well and you like our paper, please do something for us: it really helps if you can recommend us to your friends. We are always on the look out for people to help us as contributors, door to door deliverers or advertisers. This a community venture and we need your support to continue. If we could do better, please let us have your ideas. Email us at ilkestonlife@gmail.com or write to Ilkeston Life, 1 Bath Street, Ilkeston DE7 8AH.

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How an over-zealous official can spoil a game

pulling go on all the time as players tussle for the ball. If everyone was penalised whenever it happened, no game would finish because there wouldn’t be enough players left on the field. Ilkeston 1 Ashton Utd 1 Ilkeston were in control when the red card The sending off of Ilkeston’s Joe Doyle was shown just before the half time whiswas the talking point and turning point in tle. An own goal in the first minute by the game. Ashton did not appeal for a Jason Gorton had given Ilkeston a great penalty and the referee didn't see anything start and the Robins were good value for wrong, but the linesman insisted on being their lead. Then came the incident that consulted. Situations like this make things changed everything. Chris Raguley shot very difficult for the referee. Does he over- in the penalty, and moments later the referrule the linesman or accept and act on his eeing trio left the field to a barrage of verversion of what happened? This one decid- bal abuse from the fans who accused them ed not to fall out with his assistant, who of ruining a good game. indicated that Joe Doyle had pulled With the advantage of the extra man, Ashsomeone's shirt and stopped him breaking ton took control in the second half and away as the last man in front of goal Ilkeston did well to hold out for a draw, no (although it was well to the side of the further goals being scored. Goalkeeper goal) – technically a penalty and a sending Evandro Rachoni made some great saves off offence, but not in the spirit of the and was applauded off the pitch. In the game. circumstances it was a point well earned. Football is a contact sport and pushing and Attendance: 493.

ILKESTON FC : 2014/15

The Nearly Season Ilkeston FC’s Matchman has produced a souvenir booklet covering all of the matches of the 2014/15 season when the Robins almost clinched promotion. The booklet has 48 pages which include 16 photographs of games and crowd scenes. Copies may be purchased at the Ilkeston FC office during office hours, at home games from the Club Shop or by first class post from Ilkeston FC, New Manor Ground, Awsworth Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8JF using the order form below or submitting similar details. The price is £4 if collected and £5 by post. Please make cheques payable to Ilkeston FC. All proceeds will be donated to Ilkeston FC towards ground improvements and running costs. ---------------------------------------------------------

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