What voters need to know for 8 June

With the General election now just days away, Erewash Borough Council is reminding voters in the borough what they need to know to have their say on polling day.
 
  • Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. You should have received a card with details of your local polling station. If not, you can search for your polling station via a link from the home page of the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk  or call the Erewash election hotline on 0115 907 1190 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • When voting at a polling station, it is helpful to take your poll card with you. But if you don’t have it, don’t let that stop you – you can still vote as long as you are registered.
  • Polling station staff will give you a ballot paper for the General Election.
  • If you applied for a postal vote, it needs to be completed and returned in the envelope provided. If you leave it too late to post back, you can drop it off at a polling station within your constituency or at either Long Eaton or Ilkeston Town Hall.
Anyone wanting more information can visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.

Something for you in the park!

Free arts, crafts and exercise sessions get underway next week in the relaxing surroundings of Victoria Park in Ilkeston – part of summer series of ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’.
 
Drop-in sessions will be held fortnightly on Wednesdays in the park between 10.30am and 12.30pm starting on 7 June and running throughout the summer.
 
Relaxing yoga, tai chi, meditation and health walks around the park are among activities that will be on offer. There will also be art sessions, including willow weaving, clay modelling, and charcoal and pencil drawing. The sessions are free and suitable for all ages and abilities, with all materials provided. 
 
In addition, on Wednesday 5 July, Lush Cosmetics will be in the park offering free hand and arm massages for an extra wellbeing boost for those attending the fortnightly sessions,
 
There’s no need to book for any of the Wednesdays, residents can just drop by and meet at the Pavilion to enjoy activities.
 

New Mayor of Erewash

The new Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Mary Hopkinson, who was formally elected to the role during Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting last night (18 May).
 
Councillor Hopkinson, who has represented the Little Hallam Ward on the Borough Council since 2011, will serve residents as the First Citizen of the Borough for the civic year 2017/18. 
 
During her mayoral year, Councillor Hopkinson will be supported by her husband Peter, while her friend Mrs Megan Walker will step in for some events.
 
A variety of fundraising events will be held during the year and the Mayor has chosen to support and promote four charities – Sight Support Derbyshire as she herself has an ongoing sight problem; The Canaan Trust, the Long Eaton-based charity which helps those people who find themselves homeless; Ben’s Den, a charity which offers holidays for families with terminally ill children and, as she is conscious of the many people who are affected by dementia, The Alzheimer’s Research UK.
 
Councillor Hopkinson is looking forward to representing the residents of Erewash during her civic year:
 
“I feel very honoured to have been elected as Mayor and it is my greatest pleasure to serve the residents of our wonderful borough during my civic year, which I will do with great pride.
 
“I am well aware of the inspiring and valuable work that goes on daily in all corners of Erewash and I look forward to attending events during this year and to meeting residents of all ages and hearing their stories. There is much of which we can be proud in Erewash and I am truly excited to be in a position to promote this during the coming year.”
Councillor Hopkinson was born in Ilkeston and educated at local schools – Bennerley Infants, Granby Juniors and Hallcroft Girls School.
 
Her working life started at Booths factory in Ilkeston before taking a career break to raise her two daughters Joanne and Ruth. She returned to work in the offices at Winster Products and finally Domestic Industrial Pressings.
 
The Mayor is involved with a variety of local organisations including the Ilkeston 50+ Forum; she is Secretary to the South Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and is a founder member of the Ilkeston Lioness Club.
 
The Reverend Christine French of All Saints Church, Kirk Hallam, will be the Mayor’s Chaplain during her year in office.
 
The new Deputy Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Chris Corbett, who represents the Wilsthorpe Ward, for which he has been the borough councillor since 1999.
 
He has been the Leader of the Council for the last 10 years before stepping down this month to take up the Deputy Mayor role. 

New leadership at EBC

Erewash Borough Council has its first female Leader following the appointment of Councillor Carol Hart to the position, a move which was approved at the Annual Meeting of the council last night. (Thursday 18 May).
 
Councillor Hart takes over the reins after the previous Leader, Councillor Chris Corbett, stepped down after 10 years and has now been appointed Deputy Mayor of Erewash.
 
The new Deputy Leader is Councillor Wayne Major, who is also Lead Member for Resources. Both appointments take effect for the civic terms 2017/18 and 2018/19.
 
Councillor Hart, who represents the West Hallam and Dale Abbey ward, was previously Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Community Engagement.  A resident of West Hallam for over 40 years, Councillor Hart has been a borough councillor for West Hallam and Dale Abbey since 2001 and a Derbyshire county councillor for Breadsall and West Hallam since 2005. She is also the cabinet member for Health and Communities at Derbyshire County Council.
 
Councillor Hart is the first female leader of Erewash Borough Council since it was founded in 1974 following Local Government Reorganisation with the merger of the Borough of Ilkeston, Long Eaton Urban District and part of South East Derbyshire.
 

Grants on offer right now!

Community and voluntary organisations, small groups and charities in Erewash are all being urged to apply for funding support as part of Erewash Borough Council’s Community Grant scheme.
 
A new round of funding – the first of 2017 - has opened and the council is keen for groups both large and small to get in touch right now and apply for up to £2,000 to help them with their work.
 
The council has helped countless groups over the last few years through the grants scheme and wants to spread the message to even more groups that community grants are on offer to help with new and innovative projects that help the residents of Erewash.
 
Groups supporting older people, community and voluntary organisations – ranging from scout groups to charities like Sight Support Derbyshire – along with play schemes and arts and sporting groups all made successful bids for a small grant in the 2016/17 rounds.
 
The latest deadline for applications is 12.30pm on Friday 9 June and full details of the scheme and how to apply for a grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk – click on the ‘Community and Living’ tab and the link.
 
Anyone needing help to fill in the application 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 extension 3575.
 
Subject to funding remaining available, the next deadline for community grant applications will be 12.30pm on Monday 24 July, confirmation and full details will be provided on the council’s website.