Workday Arrangements. Oct 7th 2017

We are having another volunteer workday this Saturday Oct 7th again working between spans 1 and 3. A huge amount of work has been done between these spans and one more session will be enough to remove all the vegetation from the piles of rubble so we can get some machinery in to remove the major stumps and piles of rubble. A medium sized skip has been delivered  so we can make a start on removing some of the rubble.

The tasks for Saturday will include:

Litter picking:                                                           Light work

Cutting back brambles and scrub vegetation    Medium work

Exposing road from advancing vegetation       Medium to heavy

Filling skip with rubble                                         Medium to heavy

Breaking up mounds of solidified tarmac        Heavy

Removing bramble roots                                     Medium

Stump removal                                                      Heavy

Tea person (keeping Kelly kettle boiled)         Light.


The workday will start at 10:00 am and go on until approx. 3:00 pm. Come for as long or as short as you want. We will be meeting under the viaduct. Access from Newtons Lane. The barrier will be open from 9:30 am onwards. The track to the viaduct us situated between the River Erewash and the new railway bridge on Newtons Lane. The priority tasksfor the day is to fully fill the skip and to remove vegetation from the mounds so we can see exactly what and how much we have to shift.



Volunteers needed for upcoming events

Ilkeston Market Stall. Saturday July 29. Can anyone offer an hour or two between about 9am and 1pm?

Heritage and Classic Vehicle Show. Ilkeston, Sunday 13 August, 10 am – 4pm. Can anyone offer an hour or two, including set-up and take down?

Victoria Park, Ilkeston, Opening Celebration. Sunday 20 August. Set-up from 1030. Finishes at 1pm. Volunteers needed please, including set-up and take down.

Festival of Water. Gallows Inn Playing Fields, Ilkeston. All day event, 26,27,28 August. Volunteers needed please, including set-up on 26 and take down on 28?

If you can help out on any of the above please contact Jeff Wynch on 0744 345 2908 or

Viaduct Workday – June 14th 2017

Scaffold being erected for repairs to abutment brickworks, digging out of pier 4 and visits from the Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund, Ros Kerslake, Erewash Museum and Streetside who put up a banner made by the young people showcasing the viaduct.

Forthcoming Workdays

There are two workdays which are coming up:

Workday 1. Saturday, June 3rd working underneath the viaduct. The barrier on Newtons Lane will be open. Start at 10:00 – finish at 3:00pm. Come for as long or as short as you can manage.  There will be a range of tasks which include:

  • Some vegetation removal near the brick abutment.
  • Digging out Pier base 4.
  • Digging out a pathway under the viaduct.
  • Pond digging – weather permitting)
  • Tree stump removal.

Tools provided but bring your spade if you have one.

Workday 2. Wednesday June 14th 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  A midweek workday will take place to coincide with the visit of the Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery,  Ros Kerslake. Ros is interested in meeting volunteers and seeing the work that the volunteers have done to date.   She will be at the viaduct at some time between 11:30am and  12:30 pm. I realise that many of you will working but the visit will enable us to demonstrate the fantastic amount of work that has been achieved over the last two years.  It would be really helpful if you could e mail me and let me know whether you can attend the Wednesday event as I need to plan the session and know how many will be attending. Tools provided but bring a spade if you have one.

Enjoy a day working, talking and enjoying the fresh air knowing you are making a real difference.

Raleighing Around the Iron Giant.

The Raleigh company has been around for a long time, but not quite as long as the Bennerley Viaduct! The cycle maker started its life on Raleigh Street in 1885, once had a works in Ilkeston and now has its main showroom and distribution centre in Eastwood just a short bike ride away from the viaduct. What could be more natural than for the cycle giant and the “Iron Giant” to join forces?

You have the unique opportunity to discover the wonders of Bennerley Viaduct on a Raleigh electric bike on a weekend event on the 6th and 7th of May.

Starting at Raleigh UK in Eastwood, you will get the opportunity to hear about the history of Bennerley Viaduct and its future plans whilst enjoying light refreshments. You can also browse all the latest Raleigh electric bikes in their new showroom before being kitted out with a Raleigh electric bike.

Once kitted our, you will ride in a group on the Erewash Valley Trail to Bennerley Viaduct where you will hear about Sustrans exciting plans to bring the viaduct back into use as a centrepiece of the areas walking and cycling trails.

There will be two rides on both Saturday and Sunday taking place at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on both days. The event  is likely to be heavily oversubscribed so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. In order to book a place, please BOOK HERE