Get involved with Sport Relief

On your marks, get set . . . .  Erewash residents have the chance to take part in a Sainsbury’s Sport Relief mile when Ilkeston hosts the fundraising event on Sunday 20 March.
Enthusiastic ‘milers’ will set off from Rutland Sports Park and  Erewash Borough Council is now urging local people and families to register to take part and dust down their trainers to join hundreds of other like-minded walkers and runners for the fun event.
Setting off at 10 am, fundraisers can choose to run or walk one, three or six miles. The one mile route is on the running track at the sports park, while the 3 and 6 mile routes will take place in the lovely scenery of the Nutbrook Trail around the back of the centre.
Adding to the fun atmosphere will be additional free activities on offer for children and adults with the climbing wall, smoothie bike and football and multi-sports.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Our Sport Relief Mile event  is a great way for the local community to come together, have fun and raise much needed money for those in this country and around the world who live incredibly hard lives.  It doesn’t matter if you run or walk, so get out those trainers, join your friends and family and make yourself proud. You can make a difference.” 
Residents can enter now by registering for the ‘Rutland Mile’ at  The money raised makes a difference, with 50% used to help people living in the UK and the other 50% funding projects in the world’s poorest communities.
Anyone wanting more information about the event at Rutland Sports Park can contact the council’s Sport and Physical Activity Co-ordinator Kevin Hatton by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 907 2244.

Mayor's Charity Golf Day 


Open for business – first tenants in as new chapter turns for town centre historic site 

FIRST tenants have taken offices at a new business centre housed in a landmark building in Ilkeston town centre.
Erewash Business Centre, set in The Old Police Station on Wharncliffe Road, was opened last Autumn by local MP Maggie Throup in a fanfare celebration attended by local business leaders.
The 1906 red brick and stone building was latterly the headquarters of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership until 2014 when it moved to Bridge House on Derby Road, Long Eaton.
The building was then bought from Midlands Co-op by Simon Woods, chair of the partnership and managing director of TecQuipment, an education equipment manufacturer based in Long Eaton.
Erewash Partnership is now managing lettings at the building which underwent months of work, including new windows on three sides, replacement boiler and heating system, energy-efficient LED lighting, new carpets and redecoration.
One of the first tenants to have moved into the 16 offices is Lee Tabreham, trading as Essential Money Matters.
Lee, who lives in Ilkeston, gives advice on mortgages, equity release, life insurance and assurance, and income protection among other matters.
He has been in the business for 10 years working for other companies but recently branched out on his own, starting his new business in the new business centre, which he likes.
“I was impressed by the fact that the building had been renovated and refurbished to high standards and provides good office suites, meeting room, and a car park all in the town centre,” he said.
“It's a good location and handy for clients and potential customers.”
The Partnership has itself moved its town centre office from its own business centre at Castledine House on Heanor Road, back into its former headquarters, offering its varied programme of services to start-ups and established businesses.
A marketing campaign is now underway to attract new tenants on flexible terms.
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “This is a new chapter for a historic building that has served Ilkeston for more than a century. It offers good facilities and is an ideal base for both start-up and existing businesses. Hopefully, it will bring new enterprise and jobs to the town centre.”  
Erewash Partnership also has office space available in Long Eaton.
For information on lettings call Erewash Partnership on 01159 468839 or see the website at

Helping the homeless

Erewash Borough Council Leader Councillor Chris Corbett has again signed up for the overnight charity ‘Sleep Out’ in Long Eaton to support the drive to raise awareness of the needs of the homeless in the community.
The Sleep Out has become a popular annual event to support the Long Eaton-based Canaan Trust – an independent charity which supports those who find themselves homeless.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, will also support the event by formally ‘launching’ the event at 8pm on Friday 1 April alongside the war memorial in Long Eaton Market Place and offering her encouragement to those taking part during the first few hours.

The fundraising event is organised by the charity, which is calling on local residents, sports clubs and other organisation to also join in and help raise as much money as possible.
Those taking part will ‘bed down’ in the area around the war memorial until 7am the next morning. 
Councillor Chris Corbett, the Leader of Erewash Borough Council, has taken part in every overnight sleep out since the event was started several years ago:
“I willingly give my support to this event and to The Canaan Trust, which works hard all year round to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community. Sleeping rough for one night is a small price to pay to raise funds to support those less fortunate than ourselves and to raise awareness of their plight.
“As a council we work alongside and recognise the importance of organisations such as The Canaan Trust.”
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, has also given her backing to the charity and its annual fundraising event:
“The Canaan Trust offers vital support every single day of the year to those people who find themselves homeless and the Sleep Out is one of its important fundraising events. I salute the people of all ages who take part and would encourage residents to sign up for this year’s event to help raise even more money.”
Anyone interested in signing up for the Sleep Out should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 946 4903.
The Canaan Trust, which is based on Main Street in Long Eaton, is a charity that has been working to help homeless people in the borough for more than 20 years.

There’s a ghost in the house

A chilling overnight ‘Ghostly Gathering’ is being hosted by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, in the oldest part of Long Eaton Town Hall on Friday 19 February.
The five-hour fundraising night will start at 9pm and go through the night until 2am and has been organised after a similar event at Ilkeston proved a big hit last year.
The event, which is being run with the help of a local psychic investigation group, is strictly for adults and will be a serious exploration into unexplained activity and haunting at the Old Hall.
Anyone wishing to attend is asked to raise a minimum of £25 which will go to the Mayor’s chosen charities - the children’s cancer charity Clic Sargeant and the Bone Cancer Research Trust, in memory of inspirational young Ilkeston schoolboy Alex Reid, who lived within the Mayor’s Ward.
Those taking part will be given the chance of experimenting with dowsing rods, crystals and other professional ghost-hunting equipment as they explore normally unseen areas of the building. 
The Old Hall and its associated buildings were built in 1778 as the home and farm of gentleman farmer, Henry Howitt.  The Howitt family lived in The Hall until 1839 when it was sold to the Reverend Francis Gawthorne whose heirs then sold it to lace manufacturer Joseph Fletcher.  In 1921 the Hall was bought by Long Eaton Urban District Council for its town hall.
During the event there may also be an opportunity for participants to view The Howitt Bequest, a selection of oil and watercolours which were left to the authority by the family.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, says:
“As with other old buildings within the borough, The Hall in Long Eaton has a colourful history dating back to the 18th century. This event is for those people who are interested in local history and paranormal activity so – if you dare – please come along and join me for this spookily different gathering!”
Refreshments will be provided during the evening and anyone wanting to take part should contact Sue Dunkley, Democratic and Civic Officer, on 0115 907 1115 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.