Communities bloom with pride!

Erewash has once again swept the medal tally board with their best year yet, after their outstanding successes at the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition – with Long Eaton and Ilkeston both winning gold medals in the Large Town category section after being nominated by Erewash Borough Council’s parks team.
 
Villages from around the borough have had an equally incredible run of success with awards for Draycott, Breaston, Ockbrook and Borrowash. Volunteers - including residents, schoolchildren and local community groups, have come together in their respective communities and have worked tirelessly fundraising to enable them to create stunning colourful flower displays and areas of horticultural beauty. 
 
Draycott won Gold in the Large Village category while Breaston was awarded Gold in the Small Town category and a discretionary award for the Best Entrance. Ockbrook in Bloom won the Silver medal in the Large Village category. They were also rewarded with the Doug Stacy Award for Young Persons Involvement which went to Gina Hoolan and Amelia Wright.
 
This year’s Bloom competition also brought an award for Brookland Court, part of the Long Eaton entry, who won Gold in the best retail or commercial premises.
 
Special Judges Awards were presented to:

Long Eaton Horticultural Society for their major contribution to the Long Eaton "Bloom" campaign and in particular the beautiful floral displays in the Long Eaton library grounds.

Friends of Stanton Road Cemetery in Ilkeston for their contribution and hard work in developing the former overgrown cemetery into a wildflower and wildlife haven and an important historic visitor attraction.

Draycott for their canal art which is displayed throughout the village.

Breaston for Pins, Hooks and Pompoms for their yarn bombing, crochet and new lace making skills.

Borrowash in Bloom received the award their 50th anniversary of the moon landing display.

Ockbrook in Bloom for their "Love is all around" theme, in particular the panels at Redhill School.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“It’s been a beautiful, colourful summer to remember in both our towns, and now Erewash can proudly boast of an extraordinary year of wins for both towns and communities once more as our winning record in this prestigious competition continues.
 
“Huge thanks need to go to all those involved with this week’s Bloom success story from the council’s park teams through to volunteers, residents, and the many local support groups who work with us.
 
“Our baskets and floral planting, plus the work of the local volunteers who have worked so hard to bring their beautiful villages to life, bring such vibrancy to the towns and certainly add to the feel good factor. The communities in our borough should be extremely proud. 
Well done to all!”
 
News of the incredible result was announced this week during an awards ceremony at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield. Bloom judges were bowled over by the appearance and facilities of both towns and communities during busy judging tours of the area over the summer.

Family fun for everyone

It’s almost time for Ilkeston Charter Fair! Spectacular rides, excited children, music and bright lights will all help to celebrate the event’s 767th year in the town.
 
The town centre will once again welcome one of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe/, transforming the Market Place and surrounding streets into a colourful spectacle.
 
The Charter Fair attracts thousands of people with some of the biggest and best travelling rides in the country, from white-knuckle thrillers through to firm family favourites such as the big wheel and dodgems. There will be rides suitable for all ages to keep the whole family entertained.
 
This year’s event runs from Wednesday 16 October until Saturday 19 October and will once again be given a ceremonial opening on Thursday 17 October – when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, will ‘ring the bell’ to get the 2019 Charter Fair officially underway.
 
The traditional ceremony, which includes the reading of the 1252 Charter, will take place outside the town hall under a covered walkway. Local families and visitors will gather round to join the showmen to officially welcome the fair. This year, pupils from Dallimore and Dovedale Primary Schools will lead a vibrant musical procession from Erewash Museum to the Market Place to help mark the start of the fair. Guests at the opening ceremony will include representatives from other local authorities in Derbyshire. The opening ceremony will also be streamed live on the council’s Facebook page.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are always proud to welcome Ilkeston Charter Fair and look forward to the town centre being transformed into a family-friendly colourful scene full of rides, lights and music. The historic event brings thousands of visitors into the town every year to enjoy the amazing atmosphere and to experience the thrills on offer.” 
 
The Fair is situated in Bath Street, Market Place, East Street, South Street, Queen Street, Wharncliffe Road and Pimlico. Attractions are open from 6pm-11pm on Wednesday 16 October and from 12 noon-11pm Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October.
 

A magical day at Erewash Museum

A magical day of fairy themed activities and live shows will take place at Erewash Museum when the Enchanted Garden event returns on Saturday 14 September between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
 
Children will have the chance to meet the Queen of the Fairies in her sparkly grotto, hunt for the magical fairy doors around the museum grounds and join in with the fairy craft activities including making your own Autumn Fairy. People are also encouraged to get into the spirit of the occasion by dressing as a fairy or an elf.
Themed live shows will be taking place throughout the day with the ‘Over the Rainbow and Under the Sea’ show featuring fairy, rainbow and unicorn hosts joining Twinkle the unicorn puppet on an adventure to find the rainbow! The shows will be interactive and allow for children to join in with magic, bubble popping and dancing.
Three shows, each running for 30 minutes, will include meet and greet and photo opportunities following each storytelling session. The shows will be running between 11.30am and 3pm.
All shows will be free with suggested donations for photo opportunities. Some activities will be chargeable.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The enchanted garden day is always an extremely popular event and it’s an absolute delight to see how it ignites the imagination of visitors, young and old.”
 
The Old Stables Tea Rooms will be open for people to enjoy a well-earned rest from the magic and sparkle. 
 
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston Town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the Facebook page/erewashmuseum.

Council to stump up new cricket lease

A lease renewal for Long Eaton Cricket Club to have another 25 year ‘innings’ on land at West Park is expected to get the go-ahead next week.
 
A meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive on Tuesday (3 September) is likely to confirm that the new long-term lease will begin on 1 June next year.
 
The club was granted a 28 year lease to use part of the park in 1992 and built their pavilion on the land. Now, with less than one year remaining on the current lease, the club wants to secure its long term future and also wants to apply for external grant funding to improve the pavilion and cricket equipment.
 
To be able to apply for funding, organisations have insisted that the club must have a 25 year lease in place.
 
Members are also expected to agree a 25 year lease for the former bowling green toilet block in the park, which the club is interested in converting for storage and possibly converting to changing rooms in the future.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Long Eaton Cricket Club is an important part of the large sporting community we have at West Park and we are more than happy to work with them to help them with their future plans. Agreeing a new 25 year lease will give them a solid platform to apply for grants from sporting organisations.”
 
The former toilet block has not been used since 2008 and to reflect the poor condition of the building, which has had vandalism problems, the council would charge a reduced rent for the first five years of the lease. The move would also see the council save money on future maintenance costs.
 

Council Tax support

Some of the most vulnerable people in Erewash are still missing out on a council tax reduction worth hundreds or thousands of pounds because little is known about the support.
 
Erewash Borough Council wants to make people aware that anyone living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s or other similar conditions may be entitled to a council tax reduction. 
 
If granted, it means those living alone will not pay any council tax, while those living with another adult aged over 18 may qualify for a 25% reduction.  A carer may also qualify for a reduction if they are providing care for at least 35 hours a week, live in the same property and are not related to the person.
 
Councillor Wayne Major, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:
 
“As a council we want to get this important message out – that support may be available for those living with these devastating conditions. We know many charities, both nationally and locally, do try to inform people but there are still many that are not aware of this discount. We would ask everyone to help us spread the word.”
 
There are conditions that need to be met to qualify for a Severe Mental Impairment (SMI) council tax discount/exemption. Anyone wanting more help and guidance can contact Citizens Advice on their helpline 0300 456 8390 or contact the relevant charities offering support, including the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK and Carers UK.
 
Residents can register for a My Erewash account at www.erewash.gov.uk where online forms can be found.