Return of the red, white and blue

Planting is about to get underway for this year’s patriotic planting and remembrance displays at key sites in Erewash.
Erewash Borough Council’s parks teams will recreate the stunning 2012 Union Flag designs – a sea of red, white and blue that won widespread praise from residents and visitors.
All five circular beds on the White Lion Square traffic island in Ilkeston will feature the flag again and in Long Eaton the Wilsthorpe Road roundabout and Waverley Street site will also be transformed.
The return of the Union Flag designs this year was agreed as a fitting part of Erewash’s remembrance of the centenary of the end of World War One. 
All the plants have been grown at the council’s West Park Nursery in Long Eaton and this year’s hanging and barrier baskets across the borough will also have a patriotic theme.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“It’s all systems go as we prepare to plant the Union Flag designs and use a red, white and blue theme in our award-winning town centre barrier and hanging basket displays.
“We wanted to recreate the designs as part of our commemoration and remembrance leading up to the centenary of the end of the First World War in November. We know that residents will share our delight at the return of the Union Flag designs and enjoy watching the displays bloom into full colour for the summer.”

Caring for the war memorials

Ilkeston and Long Eaton War Memorials will be given a specialist clean this autumn ahead of the commemoration to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Erewash Borough Council has confirmed it will enlist a specialist company to clean the stonework using a low pressure system, with the work due to take place at the end of October.
The railings around the memorials in Ilkeston Market Place and Long Eaton Market Place will also be painted and the areas around them cleaned and planted to ensure they look in the best possible condition for the Armistice commemorations in November. 
As well as the two town centre War Memorials, stonework will also be cleaned on memorials at Ilkeston’s St Mary’s Church and at Park Cemetery.
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
“Our War Memorials play an important and valued role in remembering those who sacrificed their lives in war, so we saw it as a key priority to invest in a clean-up – especially when this November will see landmark Remembrance events to commemorate the end of the First World War."
The Ilkeston and Long Eaton war memorials are cared for all year round and the council’s Pride in Erewash and parks teams work with local schools to plant seasonal flowers around them – but environmental conditions lead to some discolouring.
The latest specialist clean comes four years after a major restoration of the two War Memorials in 2014 when the stonework and plaques were cleaned and repaired for commemorations to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. 

Musical delights for all the family

Music lovers will be able to combine the sunny weather with the sounds of brass bands this summer when Erewash Borough Council presents its hugely popular Bold as Brass series of free concerts.
Starting the 2018 line-up will be Ilkeston Brass Band who will be performing at Victoria Park in the town on Sunday June 3 at 2pm. 
Ilkeston Brass is a family orientated band with a history dating back to the 1930’s, when it was known as “The Stanton Ironworks Band”. They are a competitive 4th Section Band, based in the East Midlands Area. They will also be closing the season on Sunday August 25 at Erewash Museum.
Councillor Michael Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all ages to experience the sounds of real brass band music while relaxing in the beautiful parks and gardens Erewash has to offer.”
Full details of the concert programme are as follows:
  • Sunday 3 June - Victoria Park, Ilkeston, 2pm Ilkeston Brass
  • Sunday 10 June - West Park, Long Eaton, 2pm Long Eaton Silver Prize Band
  • Sunday 17 June - Memorial Hall, Brookside Road, Breadsall 2.30pm Stapleford Salvation Army Band
  • Sunday 1 July - St Peter’s Park Little Eaton, 2pm Belper Town Wind Band
  • Sunday 1 July - Leisure Green, off Derby Road, Draycott, 2.30pm, Rolls Royce Band
  • Sunday 8 July - Stanley Village Hall, 2pm, Derwent Valley Wind Band
  • Sunday 15 July - West Hallam Village Gardens, 2pm, Matlock Band
  • Sunday 15 July - Victoria Park Ilkeston, 6pm, Derwent Valley Wind Band                                         
  • Sunday 5 August - Duffield Close, The Green, Breaston, 2.30pm, Matlock Band                                                                                                                                                 
  • Sunday 5 August - West Park Long Eaton, 2pm, South Notts Hussars Assn Band
  • Sunday 25 August - Erewash Museum Ilkeston, 2pm, Ilkeston Brass
All the events are free. Seating is limited for the outdoor concerts in West Park and Victoria Park so concert-goers are advised to take along their own chairs or blankets. 
In the event of bad weather the concerts at Victoria Park will be relocated to St Mary’s Church, Market Place, Ilkeston and the West Park concerts relocated to St Lawrence Church, Market Place, Long Eaton.

New Mayor of Erewash

The new Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Chris Corbett, who was formally elected to the role for the 2018/19 civic year during Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting last night (17 May).
Councillor Corbett has represented the Wilsthorpe Ward on the borough council since 1999 and was Leader of the Council from 2007 to 2017, when he stepped down to take up the role of Deputy Mayor.  He also serves on Sawley Parish Council.
During his mayoral year, Councillor Corbett will be supported by his wife Linda and has chosen to support two local charities during his term of office – the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and Erewash Voluntary Action (Community Volunteer Service).
Councillor Corbett, together with his wife Linda, is looking forward to representing the residents of Erewash over the next year:
“We are thrilled and honoured to be Mayor and Mayoress of our wonderful borough for the 2018/19 civic year and look forward to meeting the many kind-hearted residents who work so tirelessly to help others as well as contributing to the rich community spirit of our towns and villages. 
“We are also keen to help and encourage new and existing businesses and to promote economic regeneration throughout Erewash.”
Councillor Corbett was brought up in Sandiacre and enjoyed a 30-year career in banking that saw him work in Yorkshire and Scotland before returning to Erewash when he took early retirement.
He is a life member of the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association, having been at its first public meeting in 1968 and was a founder member of Sandiacre and Stapleford Round Table 981. He is now a member of Long Eaton Rotary Club.
Councillor Corbett and Linda have known each other for over 50 years and were married at St Helen’s Church in Stapleford.   They have two sons and four grandsons.
In their spare time they enjoy travelling and socialising with their friends and family.
Deacon Terry Street, of Trinity Methodist Church, Long Eaton, will be the Mayor’s Chaplain during his year in office.

Weʼre raising £5,000 to help fund a brand new, state of the art, full sized astro playing pitch at Grange Park - the home of Long Eaton United Football Club

Long Eaton United Football Club is an FA Charter Standard Community Football Club based in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. We have 300+ members, 18 junior/youth teams, 2 youth male and female development teams, 2 male and female senior teams and an academy!
We are currently working to install a brand new, state of the art, full sized, floodlit, astro playing pitch at Grange Park. The planning application was submitted on 15th December 2017.
The overall cost of the project is estimated to be £900,000 and the club have been set a target of £50,000 to raise towards the overall cost of the project.
The project on completion will be transformational for the local community providing both sporting and educational opportunities for years to come as well as providing employment opportunity within the region.
In addition it will be available for local schools providing badly needed state of the art sporting facilities to encourage sport and healthy lifestyles in and around Long Eaton.

Please donate what you can towards this amazing project to benefit the local community!