Erewash! What or where is Erewash there is an Erewash River and a Erewash Canal, these give a clue to the whereabouts of the Borough of Erewash.
The borough of Erewash is to be found in the south-east corner of Derbyshire, taking its name from the River Erewash which forms its eastern boundary with Nottinghamshire. The Borough lies between the cities of Derby and Nottingham with the Rivers Trent and Derwent forming its southern and western boundaries.
Erewash is a Borough of sharp contrasts. Approximately 70% of its residents live in the corridor within one mile of the eastern boundary formed by the towns of Ilkeston, Sandiacre and Long Eaton. The remainder of the Borough is predominantly rural consisting of villages set in the pleasant rural landscape typical of the English Shires. Incidentally. "Ere" comes from the Celtic "irre"
meaning wandering or winding "wash"is later from old Englis word meaning land close to a river.
As the "Long Eaton 844" branch It replaced a former Long Eaton Branch 884 formed 1965 but it went out of existance 1979. A gentleman by the name of Jack Goss put a notice in the Long Eaton Advertiser about the possibility of forming a new Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association.
It was not long before the original 12 members got together and made up the first Branch Committee :- Chairman Jack Goss, Secretary Sidney Woods , Treasurer Ted Richardson , Membership Secretary Barbara Palmer , with committee members Keith Barks , Doug Gillatt , Dave Huckerby , Ron Newbold , Don Page , Eric Page , Len Smart and Lauriel Thorpe. Their first job was to put money into the kitty, each member contributed theprincly sum of £2 and the Branch was formed.
The Branch moved from Long Eaton to Risley in 1987 equdistant between Long Eaton and Ilkeston,in 1983 it was renamed the The Erewas Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association came into being retaining the 884 number ( The Long Eaton Branch Standard was then "Laid Up" in St Laurence's Church Long Eaton).
The Ewewash Branch 884 is the only Branch left in Derbyshire and the most southernly branch in the Northern Region of The Royal Air Forces Association with 178 full members, 7 full associate members and 88 associate members,
The Founder Members 1983
Ron Newbold 2nd R & Laurie Thorpe 2nd L are now Life Vice Presidents
Erewash Branch No 884