Supporting our Armed Forces

Erewash Borough Council will once again be joining other local authorities to sign the Derbyshire Armed Forces Covenant which pledges our support and guidance to members of the Armed Forces in the county. 
At a meeting of Council Executive on Tuesday (19 February) it will be recommended that the Leader of the Council, Councillor Carol Hart, will sign the agreement, along with the Armed Forces Member Champion, Councillor John Sewell, at a formal ceremony to be held at County Hall in Matlock next month.
The council first signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in June 2012 and later that year signed a joint agreement with all local authorities. The covenant has now been updated and all authorities are being asked to consider re-signing.
Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Carol Hart, said:
“We are very proud to once again be signing the Armed Forces Covenant - by doing so, we are showing our commitment to helping all Armed Forces in Derbyshire, including serving personnel, veterans and their families. Help can be provided in so many ways, including employment, housing, welfare and health. We will work alongside other local authorities to make sure that all Armed Forces are made to feel that they are fully supported in their communities.”

Erewash Mayor honours caring citizens

Community-minded residents and groups will be honoured for their contribution to society at this year’s Erewash Mayor's Awards.
Seven caring residents and representatives of eight local groups will be presented with their awards by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, at a ceremony in the Council Chamber at Long Eaton Town Hall on Wednesday, 13 February at 7pm.
The awards are to recognise groups or individuals who carry out vital work in their community without expecting anything in return.  Erewash Borough Council’s judging panel looked at nominations, made by local residents, for evidence of special qualities and service beyond simply being a ‘good neighbour’ when picking out the award winners. 

Contract signing signals new leisure era

A landmark agreement that will see Parkwood Leisure Ltd take over the running of Erewash Borough Council’s leisure services has been marked with a ceremonial contract signing.
The council’s Leader, Councillor Carol Hart, is pictured with Parkwood’s Operations Director, Glen Hall during the signing of the 10-year contract at Ilkeston Town Hall.
The milestone moment confirms that, from 1 February, Parkwood will manage the council’s leisure services at Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Rutland Sports Park and Pewitt Golf Course in Ilkeston, as well as West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton and Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre. 
The council will retain ownership of the leisure facilities, meaning Parkwood will lease the facilities and be in place to manage and deliver a leisure service on behalf of the council. 
It was agreed to outsource leisure at a meeting in November, with councillors saying the deal will bring substantial savings at a time when local authorities continue to face financially-challenging times.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says:
“We are on the threshold of a new era for leisure services here in Erewash and the formal signing of the contract is a significant moment. It is also an exciting one and we know Parkwood have ambitious plans to invest in and develop the facilities on offer.
“We see working in partnership with Parkwood as an innovative decision that will bring significant savings for us but – most importantly – it will mean a better deal for our residents and leisure-users. That has been at the heart of this process throughout.” 
Following the signing, Parkwood’s Operations Director Mr Hall said:
“We are delighted to be operating these, already impressive, leisure facilities on behalf of Erewash Borough Council. We have over 20 years’ experience in helping local communities to be happier and healthier and we look forward to achieving this throughout these five leisure centres. Parkwood, our staff, and I, look forward to working with the council encouraging activity, fitness and wellbeing across Erewash.”
Improvements to be made by Parkwood will include the expansion and improvement of gym facilities; new gym, spin and weight lifting equipment; improvements to customer retail and vending facilities; and the introduction of a number of new activities. 
Outsourcing the provision of the leisure service will save the council approximately £6 million over ten years. Approximately £1.3 million is expected to be invested to improve facilities for residents with Parkwood Leisure providing £800,000 and a further £500,000 earmarked for upgrading the leisure centres through a loan from the council, which will be paid back over the term of the contract.

Come dine with us!

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, warmly invites local residents to join him at the annual Charity Civic Dinner on Saturday 2 March 2019.
The prestigious dinner is one of the major fundraising events in the civic calendar and residents and local businesses are once again invited to join the Mayor for the event, which this year will be held at the Pavilion Suite at the award-winning Morley Hayes Restaurant, Hotel and Golf Centre. 
The evening will commence with a wine reception at 7.15pm with dinner being served at 8pm. It is hoped that the evening will provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy delicious food and good company in a relaxing environment.
Background music will be provided by the Nottinghamshire Harpist and musical interludes by James and Hannah Dennis. 
Tickets are on sale now, with money raised going to the Mayor’s chosen charities - the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association and Erewash Community Action (Community Volunteer Service). A raffle will also be held to help raise money for the charities. The dress code is evening wear for ladies and dinner jackets or lounge suits for men.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, says:
“I’m really looking forward to welcoming guests to this year’s civic dinner which I’m sure will be a wonderful evening. It’s a lovely event to enjoy with residents, friends and family. This civic tradition is always extremely well supported and will help raise money for the well-deserving charities I hold dear.”
Tickets are £35 each for the four course meal, welcome drink and entertainment and are available from the Civic Office at Ilkeston Town Hall.  For more details, please contact Sue Dunkley, Civic Support Officer - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 9071115.

Get creative for Chinese New Year

A colourful and vibrant procession will take place in Ilkeston next month to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 
This year is the Year of the Pig and to mark the occasion there will be a drop-in family lantern making workshop with Spiral Arts at Erewash Museum on Saturday 9 February, between 1pm-5.15pm. For £1.50 per person, you can create your own recycled pop bottle lanterns to take along to the early evening parade. The lantern procession – set to be a riot of colour and noise – will make its way from the museum to Ilkeston Market Place, accompanied by drum players, dancers and children from Dallimore Primary school, who have worked with artist Ling Peng during a school residency. The parade will also feature a special processional pig lantern made by local artist Ann Levett of Avago Crafts.
Entertainment on the Market Place will include traditional Chinese music, ribbon dancing and lion dancing, and will feature costumed performers mimic the movements of a lion to bring good luck and fortune. There will also be singing and music from classically trained Ling Peng who will be playing the Chinese violin.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This event always proves popular with the public and has attracted hundreds of people to Ilkeston Market Place in previous years. Our Arts Development Team do a fantastic job in organising colourful, vibrant and creative activities for people of all ages. We hope that everyone will join us in celebrating the Chinese New Year.”
Organised by Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team, the Chinese New Year celebration is the final event in the council’s Festival of Light programme – a series of events to mark traditional and culturally diverse celebrations from September through to February each year. These feature Harvest Moon, Diwali, the Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks display, the Long Eaton Christmas Lights switch on events and Winter Solstice.
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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.