Sparkling Medal Success For Erewash

Erewash has again achieved medal-winning success in the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition – with Long Eaton taking a top spot Gold Medal and Ilkeston winning the prestigious Silver Gilt Award.
 
News of the outstanding success of both towns in the Large Town category was announced yesterday (Wednesday 16 September) during the awards ceremony at Rutland Water Golf Club.
 
Impressed Bloom judges were bowled over by Erewash Borough Council’s colourful town centre floral displays, which have won widespread praise from local residents. They also enjoyed the appearance and facilities of both towns during busy tours of the area in the summer.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“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.
 
“We know young and old enjoy, in particular, our baskets and floral planting that bring such vibrancy to the towns and certainly add to the feelgood factor. 
 
“There is so much to be proud of in this wonderful borough – the magnificent flowers and planting schemes, our beautiful and much-loved parks, our allotments and the many residents, schools and businesses that take part to help us in this annual competition because they also care greatly about the appearance of their town.
 
“This week’s Bloom success is another good news milestone and thanks go to all those involved, from the council’s own parks teams through to the many residents, schoolchildren and local support groups who work with us. Let’s celebrate!”
 
This year’s Bloom competition also brought awards for two community entries, with Draycott and Little Eaton both winning Silver Gilt in the Small Town category.
 

Tour Of Britain 

Details of the Aviva Tour of Britain route through Erewash on stage six of this year’s race have been confirmed – and it includes an exciting sprint section in the borough.
 
Some of the world’s top cyclists will be taking part in the internationally-renowned Tour and will race into the borough on Friday 11 September during the 189km stage from Stoke through to Nottingham.
 
The riders are expected to reach Erewash early afternoon along the A609 into Stanley Common, with the lead car due to arrive around 2.35pm and the main pack around 2.50pm 
 
The race will continue through West Hallam with the thrilling sprint section taking place on the A609 High Lane East alongside Straw’s Bridge Nature Reserve. Organisers expect a big-turnout at this site to watch the sprint finish and spectators are being advised to be in place by 1.15pm to have a chance to see and cheer on the riders as they sprint through.
 
Supporters can also see the riders as they continue along Derby Road to the White Lion Square roundabout and then speed out of the borough on the A609 Nottingham Road to their final destination at Nottingham’s Forest Recreation Ground.
 
Students from the Kirk Hallam Community Academy have already pledged to cheer on the world famous cyclists when they pass the academy on High Lane East / Derby Road during the sprint section of the race.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“We are very honoured to have the Tour of Britain passing through our borough and we want to ensure that we give the world’s best riders a very warm Erewash welcome. Let’s go cycle crazy and turn out in force to cheer on the world’s most famous cyclists – and we would also encourage supporters to organise a celebration event for the occasion.”
 
Anyone organising a local event in support of the Tour can contact the council’s Sport and Leisure team - organisers should email details of their local event to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and can request flags to help cheer on the tour’s cycling superstars. 
 
For all the latest details of the timings and the route of the Aviva Tour of Britain 2015 visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk

Enterprise Agency Erewash Partnership Will Hold Its Third Annual Heritage And Classic Vehicle Show On Sunday 16 August Bringing The Sights And Sounds From Yesteryear To Ilkeston's Historic Market Place

So far more than 150 vehicles have been registered from across the Midlands to enter the free show, which has been a popular draw for family members of all ages over the last two years.
 
But the Partnership is expecting the number of entrants to reach around 200 to make it bigger than its predecessors.
 
As with last year the oldest exhibit booked in so far is a 1924 Model T Ford. Others include a 1958 Alvis Saladin armoured car and a 1954 Shelvoke & Drewry lorry formerly used by Mansfield Corporation which will make its first public outing in six years.
 
Nottingham Area Bus Society will bring old Barton, Trent and Midland General buses that ran services from the Market Place in years gone by.
 
Colson Transport, of Heanor, will show off a lorry which competes in truck races.
 
Ilkeston car dealership Ron Brooks Toyota is again awarding the prize for car of the show.
 
New sponsors include Trentbarton (prize for best bus) Larklands Body and Paint (best paint), and Long Eaton educational equipment manufacturer TecQuipment giving a perpetual trophy they have designed and made for the best historic sports car.
 
Ilkeston MOT firm G & VA Pitts sponsor the prize for best commercial vehicle, and the Mayor's Award will be presented by the Deputy Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson.
 
Other main sponsors and supporters include Erewash Borough Council and insurance firm Routen Chaplin.
 
While older folk may be wallowing in nostalgia there will be attractions for youngsters. Following their success last year characters from Star Wars in the form of the 501st Legion UK Garrison will be taking the area by storm, the Bat-Pod will be on display and even mystery man The UKG Stig will put in an appearance.
 
There will a craft fair, models and retro gifts. Ilkeston Brass will be performing, and local station Erewash Sound also entertaining. There will be refreshments in the form of barbecue, a hog roast, and a cakes from Staceys Bakery.
 
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles: “We have had great support for sponsors and others and intend to put on a super show with something for all the family to enjoy.”
 
The event takes place between 10am-4pm.
 
Roads around the Market Place will be closed to normal traffic as vehicles start to arrive. The closures will be in place from 5.30am to 6.30pm on Sunday 16 August.

Magic At The Museum


Get your wands at the ready for a week of magic and mischief at Erewash Museum.
 
Fantastic free crafts and activities are available from Monday-Thursday, 10 to 13 August, 11am -3pm. Children can also take part in Magic workshops taking place on Friday 14 August, suitable for ages 5 and upwards at a small cost of  £1.50 per child.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The summer holidays are now well underway and children can have a magical time at Erewash Museum during this enchanting week of wizard crafts and activities.”
 
Anyone wanting more information can call in to the Museum or telephone 0115 907 1141 for more information. Residents can also check out the Facebook page – www.facebook.com/erewashmuseum
 
Erewash Museum is just off the High Street in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Admission is free and it is open Monday to Saturday during school holidays between 10am-4pm.
 

Erewash Triathlon

The countdown is now underway to this year’s Erewash Triathlon . . . one of Erewash Borough Council’s biggest events on the sport and health calendar.
 
The event is now in its eighth year and continues to attract hundreds of competitors from across the country and from Europe as the triathlon sport becomes ever more popular.
 
This is year set to be bigger and better than ever as Erewash Borough Council teams up with East Midlands triathlon specialists Punishing Events to stage the event at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton on Sunday 16 August.
 
The 2015 event is expected to be another full filed, so anyone wanting to take part is urged to enter as soon as possible. Anyone aged 15 years and over can enter the event, which always attracts people of all abilities from the complete novice through to seasoned triathletes.
 
The Erewash Triathlon features a 400m swim, a 10-mile road bike ride and a 5km run within West Park.
 
For more information and an online entry form visit: www.punishingevents.com  and click on the ‘events’ tab to find Erewash Triathlon 2015.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“We are very excited to once again be helping to organise this hugely popular and successful sporting event that provides fun as well as serious competition and is always a wonderful family-friendly experience for both competitors and spectators alike.
 
“The Erewash Triathlon continues to grow every year and is a perfect example of our on-going commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle for all and to providing high quality sports events for people of all ages and abilities.”