Double Gold for Erewash

Erewash has again achieved medal-winning success in the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition, with both Long Eaton and Ilkeston winning Gold Medal awards.
 
A special award was also given to Straw’s Bridge Local Nature Reserve, Ilkeston, marking it as the ‘best wildflower and conservation area’.
 
News of the outstanding success of both towns in the Large Town category was announced on Wednesday 13 September 2017 during the awards ceremony at St. Botolph’s Church, Boston, Lincolnshire, also known as the Boston Stump.
 
The Bloom judges were bowled over by Erewash Borough Council’s colourful town centre floral displays, which have won widespread praise from local residents and businesses. They also enjoyed the appearance and facilities of both towns during busy tours over the summer. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
 
“My congratulations go to the council’s ‘Bloom’ team who have worked tirelessly throughout the year planning, developing and maintaining our wonderful displays and ensuring our towns are clean and welcoming. 
 
“We are also very grateful to the many volunteers, residents and schoolchildren who have worked with us, and shown great community spirit in helping us care for our local environment.”
 
As well as the council’s floral displays, local businesses, schools and residents helped provide the bloom success through their commitment to providing colourful flowers and baskets.
 
To recognise this support, the East Midlands in Bloom initiative also presented special Judges Awards for the Planet Garden at West Park, Long Eaton and to the Friends of Victoria Park and council staff. 
 
This year’s Bloom competition also brought awards for two community entries, with Breaston taking Silver and Draycott winning a Gold Medal and best overall entry in the Small Town category award.
 

It’s pantomime time – oh yes it is!

Erewash Borough Council will host the all-time favourite Jack and the Beanstalk panto at Long Eaton’s West Park Leisure Centre this December - a magical family treat in the lead up to Christmas.
 
Tickets are now on sale for two performances that will be held at 3pm and 5pm on Saturday 16 December courtesy of touring theatre company Gary Starr Pantomimes.
 
Featuring well-known characters, Jack faces the evil Fleshcreep and of course the villainous giant. The performances promise spectacular scenery, stunning costumes, songs and dances, fun and excitement as well as a traditional pantomime dame and talking pantomime cow. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are thrilled to be once again hosting this magical family treat that is certain to captivate the children in the run-up to Christmas. Tickets for our last year’s pantos sold out very quickly and we expect this year’s to be just as popular – so if you want to see this family favourite then get your seats booked now.”
 
Tickets are £5.50 children, £6.50 adults or a £22 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children). Available now from West Park Leisure Centre, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton.
 

Are you properly registered?

Canvass teams have delivered around 24,000 reminders to households in Erewash where residents have not responded to the household enquiry forms that confirm they are registered to vote.
 
Those residents who have received reminders are now urged to confirm their details or make any changes as soon as possible.  It is quick and easy to confirm your details with three options available – visit www.hef-response.co.uk; telephone 0800 025 3145 or 07507 319 820 (text only). When confirming your details you must have your household form and the 10 digit security code and 8 letter password on it to hand.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“If a reminder has been dropped through your letterbox, we urge you to take action straight away – please don’t put the form to one side and forget about it. The forms give clear instructions on what to do. Don’t lose your right to vote!”
 
Erewash Borough Council has issued a plea for those people to take action now ahead of the start of a door knocking phase during October when home visits will be made to anyone who has still not supplied the information.
 
The council’s elections team can help with any enquiries. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1190.
 

Enchanted Garden

Erewash Museum gardens will be magically transformed into an enchanted fairy land when fairies and elves sprinkle their fairy dust on Saturday 16 September between 11am and 3pm.
 
Children can take part in free fairy themed crafts throughout the day – make and take home your very own fairy door, and discover the fairies and elves on the fairy trail around the garden.
 
There will be a chance to meet the Queen of the Fairies in her fairy house, have your photo taken with a Unicorn or make your own fairy dust. There is a small charge for these activities.
 
Take a break from the magic and sparkle and enjoy a drink and fairy cake in the Old Stables Tea Rooms.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Dress to impress in your favourite fairy or elf costume and join us for a magical day of fun and sparkle with fairy themed crafts and activities for all the family.”
 
Erewash Museum is situated 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
 

Mayor boosts local charities

The Mayor of Erewash for the last civic year, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will share out a £3,350 moneypot between 13 local charities – the proceeds of fundraising events during his year in office.
 
Councillor Stevenson, who was Mayor for the 2016/17 civic year, will present the funding boost to representatives of the charities on Thursday 14 September at 5pm in the Mayor’s Parlour at Ilkeston Town Hall.
 
The money was raised through various events, including the Charity Civic Dinner, Charity Golf Day, events run by the council’s leisure centres and by donations following the Civic Service, Christmas Eve Carol Service and personal donations
 
The money raised was put into a general charity pot and Councillor Stevenson asked for the total amount to be shared between some of the local charities that he visited during his year in office.
 
Councillor Stevenson is delighted to be able to help the 13 organisations with their work in the borough:
 
“I decided to have a general charity pot as, in my role as Deputy Mayor and then Mayor, I visited the various organisations we have in Erewash and saw first hand the wonderful people who work so very hard, for no monetary benefit to themselves, to help those less fortunate in their local community. These local groups and charities do not receive the large sums of money that the bigger, national charities receive – instead they get by with small donations and the proceeds of events to keep going.
 
“It was heart-warming to see the dedication and enthusiasm of the groups I was privileged to visit and it was for this reason I decided to have a general charity pot. My thanks go to all those working every day to help others in so many ways. I also thank all those who supported my events and enabled me to raise the money.”
 
The organisations being presented with a donation are: Ilkeston Community Hospital’s League of Friends; Happivale social centre, Long Eaton; the homeless support charity Canaan Trust; Ilkeston and Long Eaton branches of the Royal British Legion; Leicester, Derbyshire and Rutland Air Ambulance;  Riverside Pan Disability Football Club, Long Eaton;  the Old Park Ward Old Age Pensioners’ Fund;  Erewash Musical Society’s Youth Group; Ilkeston’s Chaucer Junior School Gardening Club; the Friends of Erewash Museum; Ilkeston Arts and Camera Club; Derbyshire Carers to support the Ilkeston and Long Eaton clubs; Long Eaton Rotary Club’s Interact Club