Swing into the 40s at Erewash Museum

Time to enjoy classic wartime songs and all things 1940s when Erewash Museum in Ilkeston presents one of the most popular events in the council calendar.
 
A 1940s Garden Party will be held at the museum on Saturday 23 June, with the Festival Swing Dance Society leading the nostalgic entertainment, followed by classic wartime songs performed by entertainer Johnny Victory in the museum gardens.
 
There will be a chance to view vehicles from the era and military displays while visitors will be able to sample some wartime refreshments at the museum’s Old Stables Tea Room. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“The 1940s Garden Party is sure to be a great success - this themed event always proves popular and it is great to see so many Erewash residents of all ages enjoying the style and times of that era. The music and vehicles really transform the museum and take you right back to the 40s!”
 
The Garden Party runs from 10.30am-3.30pm and admission is free. A remembrance ceremony in the museum gardens will close the event at 3.30pm.
Swing into the 40s at Erewash Museum
 
Time to enjoy classic wartime songs and all things 1940s when Erewash Museum in Ilkeston presents one of the most popular events in the council calendar.
 
A 1940s Garden Party will be held at the museum on Saturday 23 June, with the Festival Swing Dance Society leading the nostalgic entertainment, followed by classic wartime songs performed by entertainer Johnny Victory in the museum gardens.
 
There will be a chance to view vehicles from the era and military displays while visitors will be able to sample some wartime refreshments at the museum’s Old Stables Tea Room. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“The 1940s Garden Party is sure to be a great success - this themed event always proves popular and it is great to see so many Erewash residents of all ages enjoying the style and times of that era. The music and vehicles really transform the museum and take you right back to the 40s!”
 
The Garden Party runs from 10.30am-3.30pm and admission is free. A remembrance ceremony in the museum gardens will close the event at 3.30pm.

Bandstand is now a grand stand

Bespoke roof repair work to the iconic bandstand at Long Eaton’s West Park has now been completed.
 
Erewash Borough Council carried out a detailed review of the bandstand’s condition last year, which revealed the cast iron guttering had nearly rotted through and rot had formed on the roof and its supports.
 
Specialist work has now seen the rotten timber fascia boards replaced, the timber ridge beams repaired and the external iron guttering replaced with cast aluminium. The work included seeing each individual roof support having to be fabricated and welded off-site.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The bandstand is a traditional and popular feature of any park, and the one at West Park has been used to entertain generations of people since 1935.
 
“We’re delighted to confirm the repair work is now complete and the bandstand can look its best in time for the summer, always the busiest time at this Green Flag park.”
 

Carnival tribute to the war years

Carnival celebrations take over Long Eaton this weekend when the town’s historic event once more brings colour to the town – and this year’s theme will take its inspiration from the centenary of the end of the First World War.
 
Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets for the traditional carnival parade on Saturday 16 June as the floats, procession vehicles and walking parties all enter into the theme of ‘The War Years’.
 
The carnival is organised by members of the Long Eaton Community Carnival Association, who again successfully applied for a £1,500 grant from Erewash Borough Council to help stage the event. The money was presented as part of the council’s community grant scheme and the same amount was also granted to Ilkeston Lions for their Ilkeston Carnival event.
 
This year sees the parade set off from West Park at 11am along Wilsthorpe Road before heading onto Tamworth Road, through the Market Place, along Derby Road and then back down to Wilsthorpe Road to the West Park carnival showground.
 
The carnival show offers family fun from 12noon through to 9pm with stalls and displays in the main arena - including the Uttoxeter Heart of Oak Morris Men, the Extreme Mountain Bike Show, dance displays, Erewash Valley Gymnastics Club and more throughout the afternoon. 
 
During the evening the entertainment turns to music courtesy of bands Subculture, Two Guitars Clash and This Time Last Year. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are grateful to the volunteers who work hard to ensure that this free event is staged for the enjoyment of people of all ages. We are delighted to have been able to support the carnival through our Small Grants Scheme and to once again see all the entertainment at our Green Flag awarded West Park. We hope for sunshine – but whatever the weather, we know that everyone will have a great time.”
 
The weekend-long traditional Armstrong’s funfair will also add to the excitement, while Sunday (17th) will see a car boot attracting bargain hunters from 8am.
 
More details of the 2018 Long Eaton Carnival can be found at www.longeatoncarnival.org.uk or Facebook/LongEatonCarnival.
 
Roads on the carnival route will be closed for the parade between 11am and 1.30pm, although junctions will be re-opened on a rolling basis once the parade passes.
 

We have grants for you!

Erewash community and voluntary groups looking for funding are being urged to apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to help them with their work in the borough.
 
Erewash Borough Council has opened another round of funding through its Community Grants scheme and is urging local groups to apply for support ahead of the closing deadline of 5.30pm on Thursday 19 July.
 
Over the last few years the council has handed out thousands of pounds to countless groups in Erewash to help them with their vital work to help others in the community.
 
Groups both large and small have been helped and now the council would like especially to hear from those voluntary organisations in Erewash that have still to apply.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We know there are so many groups out there working tirelessly day in and day out to help people living in Erewash. We are delighted to continue to offer these small grants to help you do that work – so please apply and if you need advice or help with the application then don’t hesitate to get in touch. Your work is important and we’re here to help.”
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a community grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk  - go to ‘For You’ and then the ‘Grants’ link.
 
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.
 

In it to win it!

Green-fingered gurus in Erewash have until Friday 6 July to enter this year’s ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition.
 
The annual competition is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.
 
A whole range of categories are on offer from best gardens both large and small through to best hanging baskets and a fun tallest sunflower award.
 
This year’s competition has also seen Trent Barton get on board, with the bus company sponsoring the Front Garden Category.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We expect another record-breaking year for our Erewash in Bloom, which remains a summer-long favourite with residents of all ages in all corners of our borough. But you have to be ‘in it to win it’ so make sure you enter for a chance to win a coveted award.”
 
Residents can enter online at www.erewash.gov.uk/erewashinbloom where the full list of categories can be seen. Forms are also available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls.