Brown bin collections

Erewash Borough Council has confirmed the dates for its last garden waste collections, which are temporarily withdrawn during the winter months.
 
Residents in the NORTH of the borough – Ilkeston and surrounding areas – will have their last brown bin collections week commencing Monday 20 November. The last collections in the SOUTH – Long Eaton and surrounding areas –will be week commencing Monday 27 November.
 
When garden waste collections end for the season, Erewash residents can once again use their brown bin for their recyclable waste until the garden waste rounds resume next year.
 
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“We’ve had sweltering temperatures, rainy weather and even windy conditions for gardeners to contend with this year! But we know residents have been making full use of our garden waste collections - and there’s still time left to do all those final tasks!”
 
Garden waste collections will restart week beginning Monday 29 January in the Ilkeston areas – meaning anyone using the brown bin for recycling over winter must revert to using only blue bins/green bags for recyclable waste after the collections during week beginning Monday 15 January.  In the Long Eaton areas garden waste collections will restart week beginning Monday 5 February, meaning recyclable waste should only be put in green bags/blue bins following the collections during week commencing Monday 22 January.
 

Need a grant for your community work?

Community and voluntary groups across Erewash have another chance to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them with their work in the borough.
 
Erewash Borough Council has opened a further round of funding through its Community Grants scheme and wants local groups to get in touch and apply for support ahead of the closing deadline of 9am on Monday 13 November.
 
Countless groups both large and small have been helped over the last few years through the grants scheme, from Scout groups and charities like Sight Support Derbyshire.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“We want to get the message out to groups in all corners of our borough that these grants are on offer to help them. We have helped so many since we launched this scheme but we still want to hear from the many more groups we know are out there working to help people living in Erewash. It doesn’t matter how small the group is, we want them to get in touch. Will a grant of up to £2,000 help you? Then let’s hear from you!”
 
The deadline for community grant applications is 9am Monday 13 November 2017.
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a community grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk  
 
Anyone needing help or advice to complete the application form can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0115 907 2244.

New Stanton tribute at museum

An expanded and updated exhibition celebrating the history of Stanton Ironworks has been unveiled at Erewash Museum and features all-new displays and historic objects and materials linked to the site.
 
The new look exhibition opened to the public on Friday (22 September) in the existing Stanton Gallery and is seen as a tribute to the ironworks, the role it played throughout its life and to the thousands of local people who worked at the site.
 
Current site owner Saint-Gobain PAM UK Ltd has funded the Stanton Gallery exhibition and worked together with Erewash Museum, which is committed to ensuring the industrial heritage of the site is properly recorded and acknowledged. The new display includes a dedicated family friendly area.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“We have no doubt this will be an incredibly popular exhibition in our Stanton Gallery at the museum. It was important to us to have the history of Stanton Ironworks brought to life and equally important that it is done so in Erewash, on the doorstep of this site that has a rich history and evokes memories for the many families whose members and ancestors worked there. The new look Stanton Gallery is a must-see.
 
“Be sure to visit the museum for this excellent display, and have a look around at what else is on offer too – including the tearoom and Hayloft area.”
 
The gallery charts the history of Stanton Ironworks and its development from the late 18th century onwards as well as the lives of those that worked at the site. The Ironworks became one of the biggest individual employers in the area and played an important role in the production of armaments in both world wars. During World War II, the male workers were conscripted into the military, meaning women made up the vast proportion of the workforce.
 
In 1985, the business was acquired by the French company which later became Saint-Gobain Pipelines, which still owns the site. Production stopped in May 2007.
 
Erewash Museum is located 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. You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum.
 

Birds of Peace installation

A moving and symbolic ‘Birds of Peace’ installation opens at Erewash Museum on 2 October – a poignant display that will see visitors able to create an Erewash Peace Dove as a mark of the borough’s remembrance for those who have lost their lives in war.
 
The dove will be in the museum’s War Gallery and visitors will be able to write their wishes and reflections for remembrance and peace – with the words becoming the bird’s feathers that help it take flight.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will launch the Erewash Peace Dove at Erewash Museum on Monday 2 October at 11am. She will be joined by members of St John’s Church, Long Eaton and children from Ilkeston’s Chaucer Junior School. Artist Ann Levett who is making the peace dove will also be there.
 
The Dove will be in the gallery for nearly six weeks leading up to Remembrance Day on Sunday 12 November.
 
In addition, visitors can also make a Japanese origami paper crane to add to the museum’s ‘senbazuru’ – a display of 1,000 cranes – which will be created to make a peace wish for the world from Erewash.
 
Residents can make a crane in advance by the Birds of Peace article on ‘Latest News’ at www.erewashmuseum.co.uk  - follow the link from ‘exhibitions’ to the ‘War Gallery’. Alternatively, origami instructions and paper to make the crane or write ‘feather’ messages for the Peace Dove will all be available at the museum. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This will be a beautiful tribute and a very special way for Erewash to remember those we have lost in war. I’m sure it will capture the imagination of young and old and it will be wonderful to see this Bird of Peace develop over the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day.”
 
Everyone is welcome to take part when they visit the museum. Group visits are welcome, but must be booked in advance to avoid overcrowding. Telephone 0115 907 1141.
 
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
 

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.