Still time to bloom!

Green-fingered Erewash residents still have time to enter this year’s Erewash in Bloom gardening competition ahead of the deadline, Friday 7 July.
 
Organised by Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign, the annual competition features a range of categories to suit gardeners of all ages – including best front and rear gardens, best wildlife garden, top hanging baskets, best allotments and a fun tallest sunflower award for youngsters. There are also awards on offer for schools and businesses.
 
It is quick and easy to enter online at www.erewash.gov.uk/erewashinbloom or entry forms are available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton town halls.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This remains a very popular competition with all our gardening gurus out there and they make it a very difficult task for the Bloom judges who are always bowled over by the quality of all entries – hats off to all the residents, businesses and schoolchildren who put the flower power into our borough. So if you haven’t entered yet, let’s hear from you!”
 

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 12.30pm on Monday 24 July.
 
Countless groups have been helped over the last few years through the grants scheme, ranging from Scout groups to 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 to hear. Will a grant of up to £2,000 help you? Then get in touch now!”
 
The deadline for community grant applications is 12.30pm on Monday 24 July.
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a community grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk  - via the ‘Community and Living’ tab and the link to ‘Grants’. 
 
Anyone needing help or advice regarding completing 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.
 

Cameras and action! 


Carnival celebrations take over Long Eaton this month when the town’s historic event once more takes to the streets – with the floats on this year’s road parade all having a
 movies theme.
 
Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets for the carnival parade on Saturday 17 June and then go onto West Park for the afternoon of fun.
 
Organised by volunteer members of Long Eaton Community Carnival Association, the parade will set off from West Park at 11am along Wilsthorpe Road, then heading onto Tamworth Road, through the Market Place, along Derby Road and then back down Wilsthorpe Road to West Park for the free event.
 
Displays, stalls and music and performance marquees are among the many attractions lined up for the day, while the weekend-long traditional funfair will also add to the colour.
 
The organisers have again made it a carnival weekend, with a car boot sale taking place at West Park on Sunday 18 June which opens at 7am to sellers and 8am to the public.
 
Full details of the 2017 Long Eaton Carnival can be found at www.longeatoncarnival.org.uk
 
Roads on the carnival route and those leading onto it will be closed for the parade between 11am-1pm.

Where there’s brass


Erewash Borough Council’s ever-popular Bold as Brass programme of free concerts gets underway this weekend, with music lovers promised top quality performances throughout the summer.
 
The annual brass concert season is always a big hit with local residents and visitors to Erewash alike - and the 2017 line-up once again sees performances organised at venues across the borough.
 
Bold as Brass will feature 11 free concerts between June and August and kicks off with Ilkeston Brass at Victoria Park in Ilkeston on Sunday 4 June at 2pm.
 
Full details of the concert programme are provided on the poster:

All the events are free. Seating is limited for the outdoor concerts in West Park and Victoria Park so concert-goers are advised to take along their own chairs or blankets.

 

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.