Best of British will sparkle!

This year’s Erewash Bonfire and Fireworks extravaganza will be held on Saturday 5 November and promises to be as spectacular as ever with a stunning ‘Best of British’ themed display set to some rocking music.
Organised by Erewash Borough Council, the annual celebration is held at West Park in Long Eaton and is one of the biggest community bonfire and firework displays in the county, attracting thousands of people.
The gates at West Park will open at 6pm, with a funfair, stalls and food on offer to ensure a great night out for all the family. The event will begin at 7pm with the official lighting of the bonfire by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, and will be followed at 7.30pm by the start of the dazzling firework display.
Residents have already been snapping up advance tickets to make ‘sparkling’ savings on admission prices – a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) is £10, instead of the £15 payable on the night. Adults can snap up a ticket for £5 while anyone aged 16 and under or 60 and above pay £2 – both a £1 saving on the on-the-night price. Admission is free for children aged 5 and under.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Our community bonfire night spectacular is by far the safest and most value-for-money way to enjoy this traditional family night of food, fire and fireworks! It is by far the biggest and best event for miles around and we promise another dazzling night of family fun – so get your tickets now and have a sparkling time!”
Advance tickets are available at West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton; Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston; and Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls.

Maggie Joins Campaign To Save Lives

Every year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than one in 10 survive. Maggie Throup, Member of Parliament for Erewash is now backing a campaign to get more defibrillators in schools and public places.
The Oliver King Foundation launched the campaign in Westminster and Maggie was there to show her support.
After the launch Maggie said: 
"Early access to a defibrillator is vital, as, for every minute that passes, chances of survival drop by 10 percent. I am lucky that my Mum was that one in 10 survivor.
"I was inspired by The Oliver King Foundation which was set up following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 12 young people every single week.
"It is vital that we take whatever action we can to prevent any loss of life where one can be saved. It was interesting to hear how many lives have been saved as a result of the work of the Foundation, including a caretaker at a school who had only received the defibrillator two weeks earlier.
"I know we already have defibrillators across Erewash, including one in a phone box in Stanton by Dale, but we need more.
"I will be delighted to work as a Defibrillator Champion, helping to raise awareness of the importance of having defibrillators in more schools and public places, ensuring that saving lives will be a legacy that we can all be proud of."
Mark King, father of Oliver King who died from a sudden cardiac arrest said:
“Five years ago when my son Oliver passed away from this hidden heart condition, we didn’t know that his legacy would reach this far. We are determined to save as many young lives as possible, so that no other family has to suffer a similar loss to that of ours.”

Community Grants Deadline

Community and voluntary groups in Erewash are being urged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them with their work.
There are just under four weeks left to the latest deadline to apply to Erewash Borough Council’s Small Grants scheme, with applications to be submitted by 5.30pm on Monday 14 November.
The council has helped hundreds of groups over the last few years through the grants scheme and is still keen to hear from more groups – however large or small - that could use a small grant for specific projects that help people living in the borough.
Over 25 community and voluntary groups have already been successful this year, winning a share of over £31,000.
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 “We want to hear from groups of all kinds – our small grants are here to help you.  We know there are many organisations out there carrying out good work in our borough, helping residents of all ages and in all kinds of ways. 
“Anyone involved with local community groups or charities can go along to our free valuable and informative Festival of Funding events, the perfect one-stop platform to find out what is on offer and get useful advice ahead of the deadline for applications. We look forward to welcoming everyone at these events.” 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a grant are available at  - click on the ‘Community and Living’ tab and the link to ‘Grants’. 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.
Alternatively, applicants are invited to attend Festival of Funding events hosted by the council. These events will provide information and advice about the council’s Community Grant scheme and other funding which might be available to organisations.
The dates and times for the Festival of Funding events are:-
2pm – 5pm Tuesday 25 October 2016 in the Committee Room, Ilkeston Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, DE7 5RP; 
2pm – 5pm Thursday 27 October 2016 in the Committee Room, Long Eaton Town Hall, Derby Road, Long Eaton, NG10 1HU.
Between 3pm and 4pm applicants can book ten minute one-to-one sessions with the council’s Community Engagement Officer. Booking is essential as places are limited - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 907 2244 extension 3575.
Subject to funding remaining available, the final ‘rolling’ deadline for the financial year 2016/17 will be Monday 9 January 2017 at 5.30pm. 

‘Witch’ way to the museum?

Broomsticks, witches and all things spooky will be on the agenda for some half term Halloween fun at Erewash Museum this month.
Free spooky-themed crafts and activities around the museum are on offer from Monday 24 to Thursday 27 October between 11am and 3pm.
The school holiday week will end with a fun-filled Halloween party on Friday 28 October between 11am—3pm when there will be games, music, face painting and a chance to meet some owls in the museum gardens. No booking is required and admission to the party is £1.50 for children over the age of one. Free admission for adults (16 and over) and babies.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This will be a spooktacular week with lots of hair-raising Halloween fun, so get your broomsticks into gear and head down to our museum!”
Erewash Museum is 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 

Second time a winner

The prestigious Green Flag will once again be raised in Long Eaton’s West Park, the second consecutive year the park has achieved the top honour – meaning it remains one of the best in the country.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will officially raise the Green Flag near the park entrance, off Wilsthorpe Road, on Tuesday 18 October at 2pm. He will be joined by representatives from West Park Friends Group and park’s staff.
West Park dates back to the early 1900s and is the largest park in the borough covering 127 acres. It boasts an extensive range of sports and recreational facilities including field sports, tennis, outdoor gym, skatepark, splashpad, bowls, and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. Over the last five years improvements have been made to the park including new signage, improved play facilities and a significant tree planting scheme.
The national award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the area boasts the highest possible standards and is beautifully maintained.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“I know local residents share our pride at seeing the Green Flag flying over this much-loved park. The award is testament to the year-round hard work that goes in to ensuring the park is properly maintained and I congratulate everyone involved. 
“We hope that as many residents and visitors as possible will join us at the flag raising ceremony and share in the success of achieving Green Flag status for the second year running.”