Grants galore for Erewash groups

Nearly 30 community groups and arts and sports organisations in Erewash were handed a share of a bumper payout of more than £28,000 over the last financial year.
 
A report going to a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week lists all those that were helped by the money thanks to the council’s Community and voluntary Small Grants Scheme.
 
Organisations across the borough successfully applied for a grant, including church groups, charities, scout and guide groups, clubs supporting older people and sports clubs.
 
The scheme offers the chance for groups both large and small to apply for up to £2,000 for projects and services that help Erewash residents.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We continue to reach out to the community through this scheme and support the many groups and organisations that are working every day to help and support residents of all ages. These grants are often a lifeline to help provide vital services in all corners of our borough.”
 
Groups that were helped over the last year include The Canaan Trust charity, which used its grant to replace bed frames and mattresses for its work with the homeless; Kirk Hallam Community Hall Association, which now has chairs for adults and children and a new trolley; Stanton by Dale Cricket Club used its grant to improve the disabled access to the ladies toilets; and Ilkeston Swimming Club’s grant went towards the costs of a new starter system.
 
The deadline for applications for the latest round of Community Grants is 5.30pm on Thursday 19 July. Full details of the scheme and how to apply can be found at www.erewash.gov.uk
 
The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 17 July at 10.30am.

Summer Football Camp fun 

Time to find your inner World Cup star! Erewash Borough Council is running a football camp for kids aged 8-14 years at Friesland Sports Centre in Sandiacre from Monday 30 July until Friday 3 August. Friesland offers great facilities for junior football and welcomes both boys and girls of any ability or disability.
 
Registration between 9.30am – 10am
Lunch 12.30pm- 1.30pm
Astro/field 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Pick up 3.30pm – 4pm
 
Shin pads must be worn, please bring your own football boots and lunch. The cost per person is £12.50 a day
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“After the excitement of the World Cup I hope this encourages young people to take an interest in football and hone their skills. Who knows, Erewash could produce the next Harry Kane!”
 
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Blooming great news for Victoria Park

Victorious Victoria Park has been honoured again - with Erewash Borough Council scooping the national Horticulture Week Custodian Award for Best Heritage Park.
 
The council’s top title was announced at a glittering ceremony held at Woburn Abbey last week, beating other heritage contenders from across the country and turning the national spotlight on Ilkeston’s historic park.
 

This latest tribute – one of the most prestigious park awards – is a salute to the major restoration project made possible by National Lottery players. Thanks to a £740,800 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project has seen the Green Flag park returned to its Victorian glory.
 
Key features like the bandstand, entrance gates, pergola and bowls pavilion have all been restored to original designs, while new heritage activities held in the park and bedding schemes in the restored floral garden continue to win widespread praise from residents and visitors.
 
The council’s Green Space and Street Scene officer Caroline Pollard and horticultural apprentice Sam Pickering were joined by Richard Daniel, of the Friends of Victoria Park group, in collecting the award at the celebration ceremony.
 
 Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“What an absolutely unbelievable accolade for Victoria Park. With the help of the National Lottery funding it has been restored its former glory and is a much-loved place of enjoyment for the residents of Erewash. Congratulations to everybody who has been involved with the restoration and gardening works, it is certainly a well-deserved award and we are thrilled to receive such a prestigious honour.”
 
Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: 
 
“This is fantastic news for Victoria Park and the local community. The Victoria Park project was delivered thanks to money raised by National Lottery players and it’s great to see that it has been recognised by this award. The project transformed Victoria Park and restored its historic features for future generations to enjoy. Congratulations to all those involved in the project.”

Hygiene champions again

Erewash Borough Council has topped a national table for the second consecutive year for its impressive food hygiene standards in the latest report from consumers’ champion Which?
 
Which? says the hard work of the council’s food, health and safety team means planned interventions were carried out on all failing premises and an ‘impressive’ 97% of the borough’s food establishments are compliant with food hygiene standards.
 
Nearly 400 local authorities across the UK were analysed for the report using data collected by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), including the percentage of high and medium-risk food businesses compliant with food hygiene standards.
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“What an achievement by our team, ensuring that Erewash retains its title as the best performing local authority for food hygiene enforcement. Our officers work hard all year round to maintain and improve food safety and health and safety standards for the residents of Erewash. Well done to all involved.”
 
There are more than 950 registered food premises in Erewash, ranging from small corner shops to large food manufacturers. Food safety inspections are carried out in line with the FSA’s Food Law Code of Practice to calculate the hygiene rating which is published on the national FSA website.  
 
Council officers will identify what follow-up action is needed for businesses that are not compliant with the legislation and always provide advice and support to help a business improve.
 
Residents can find the food hygiene ratings of Erewash premises at www.food.gov.uk

A fitting floral tribute

A century of the Royal Air Force has been celebrated with a dedication of a commemorative flower bed at the front of Bridge House in Long Eaton.
 
The special event, on 21 June, was attended by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, members of the Erewash Branch of the RAF and 2195 (Long Eaton) Royal Air Force Air Cadets. 
 
The floral carpet bed, which includes the RAF emblem, was planted by Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash team, who have been busy planting red, white and blue Union Flag flower beds in the borough to mark the centenary of World War One. It can be seen on the embankment in front of Bridge House, next to Long Eaton Town Hall. 
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, said: 
 
“We were proud to dedicate this special display to recognise the great work of our armed forces. The flower bed is a great feature in the town and I’m sure lots of people will stop and admire it.”
 
Marion Wells, chair of Erewash RAFA, which offers friendship, help and support to all members of the RAF family, said:
 
“I would like to thank Erewash Borough Council for its time and support in creating this fabulous floral display in Long Eaton town centre.” 
 
 
The RAF celebrated its 100th birthday on 1 April. The website RAF100 documents all the events that are being held to mark the occasion. The centrepiece of RAF100 will take place on 10 July, with a centenary service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace.