Carnival’s character theme

Carnival festivities take over Long Eaton this month when the town’s historic event once more brings colour to the town, with this year’s theme celebrating comics and cartoons.
 
Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets for the traditional carnival parade on Saturday 22 June as the floats, procession vehicles and walking parties all enter into the theme by dressing up as their favourite characters.
 
The carnival is organised by members of the Long Eaton Community Carnival Association, who again successfully applied for a grant of £1,024 from Erewash Borough Council to help stage the event. The money was presented as part of the council’s community grant scheme.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“We are delighted to have been able to support the carnival again through our Community Grants Scheme. It is thanks to the small grants we award throughout the year that community groups and organisations of all kinds are helped with their important work.”
 
This year sees the parade through the town set off from West Park at 11am, arriving back at the West Park carnival showground at 1pm. The carnival show features entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening, with stalls, displays, refreshments and a live music marquee.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“It’s hat off to the volunteers who work hard to ensure that this free event, which dates back to the 1930s, is staged for the enjoyment of people of all ages. 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 add to the excitement, while on Sunday morning (23rd) the Carnival Car Boot sale takes places from 7am. 
 
More details of the 2019 Long Eaton Carnival can be found at www.longeatoncarnival.org.uk or Facebook/LongEatonCarnival.
 
Roads on the parade route – Wilsthorpe Road, Tamworth Road, Market Place and Derby Road - 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.
 

Museum to showcase WW2 exhibition

Erewash Museum will be hosting an exhibition with the Museum of the Mercian Regiment to commemorate the Sherwood Foresters and the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. The exhibition will be a thought provoking look at WW2 and the role that the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) played during the conflict.
 
This regiment served all over the world: in Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Home Guard, from 1939- 1945. Normally housed in Nottingham Castle, the Museum of the Mercian Regiment are now taking rare and fascinating artefacts from their collection on tour. 
 
Also on display are items from Erewash Museum’s own collection including photographs, medals, badges, mementos from the front line and objects which once belonged to soldiers in the Foresters and other regiments in WW2. This exhibition provides a chance to learn about the incredible stories of this local regiment at a time of national crisis. 
 
The free exhibition will open on Saturday 29 June to coincide with Erewash Museum’s annual 1940s event, ‘Swing Back to the Forties’, and will run until Friday 13 December.  
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis said:
 
     “The museum exhibition will be a unique opportunity to experience a slice of history and view historical artefacts from a time gone by. We can learn so much from photographs and mementos from WW2, it is a part of our history that should never be forgotten.”
 

Preparing for polling day

Erewash Borough Council’s elections team continue to work behind-the-scenes as the countdown continues to polling day on Thursday 2 May.
 
Residents go to the polls to vote in the Borough Council elections, while in some areas there will also be Parish Council elections.
 
The whole process to prepare for Polling Day gets underway many weeks before to ensure all the administrative and legal requirements are met.
 
A major part of the process is managing the register of voters, sending out the poll cards, setting up and manning the polling stations, training election staff and, finally, organising the counts ahead of the declaration of results.
 
Here are some facts about this year’s 2 May elections in Erewash:
 
• More than 87,000 poll cards have been hand-delivered to every resident in the Erewash borough who is on the electoral register.
• The percentage of postal votes requested in Erewash for the borough elections is 18.38%.
• There will be 57 polling stations for the Erewash Borough Council election.
• The stations will be manned by 57 Presiding Officers and 103 Poll Clerks in total between 7am and 10pm.
• The count for both the borough and parish elections will be held at Rutland Sports Park Tennis Centre in Ilkeston on Friday 3 May. 

What voters need to know 

Voters in Erewash are being reminded of what they need to know to have their say in the Erewash Borough Council and parish elections, which are now just days away on Thursday 2 May.
 
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 (under Find It) 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 ballot papers for the Erewash Borough Council election. In some areas, you will also receive a second ballot paper for your local Parish Council 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 any polling station within Erewash or at either Long Eaton or Ilkeston Town Hall.
 
Anyone wanting more information can visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Easter fun at Victoria Park

Hop on over to Victoria Park in Ilkeston this Easter for some springtime fun! The event in the park grounds takes place on Saturday 20 April.
 
Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and follow the trails around the park to find the ten hidden Easter bunnies, discover the ten names to win a chocolate treat.
 
 View the Easter decorations hanging from the trees, made by Victoria Park’s own wellbeing group.
 
Use your pedal power on the specially designed ‘smoothie bikes’. The bikes are a great interactive way to introduce healthy eating to all, choose your fruit, create a delicious drink and pedal your way to five a day! There will be a two smoothie bikes, one for adults and one for children.
 
Have a go at designing a pot and plant a sunflower seed; take it home, nurture it and watch it grow!
 
The free event is on between 1-3pm.