Lighting-up a festive Long Eaton 

Join us for an evening of festive fun, seasonal sights and unmissable free family entertainment when Long Eaton’s big Christmas Lights ‘switch-on’ event is held on Thursday 28 November.
The event will take place in and around the Market Place from 5.30pm to 8.30pm with the 
Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, officially launching the Christmas season by switching on the lights at 7pm. 
Erewash Borough Council has once again lined up an evening of festive treats to guarantee a fabulous night for everyone to enjoy.
Browse amongst the charity stalls on High Street and the Market Place from 5pm and wave at the stilt walkers who will be mingling with the crowds. Traditional entertainment will be on offer with performances by the Long Eaton Silver Prize band, the singer Trevvy and a family fun-fair will bring a seasonal flavour to the town. 
Dovedale Primary School pupils will be taking part in a colourful lantern parade procession from Long Eaton Town Hall arriving at the Market Place at 6.30pm. 

Time is ticking . . . 

Residents who will be on holiday or working away for next month’s general election still have time to apply for a postal vote.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is Tuesday 26 November at 5pm. When voting by post, the ballot papers are posted out to the elector who can then return the completed papers in the envelope provided.
In addition, residents who are unable to get to the polling station on Thursday 12 December also have the option of appointing a proxy to cast their vote on their behalf at the designated polling station. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.
Any Erewash residents wanting to apply for any of the above should contact the Borough Council’s elections team by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 0115 907 1190.
To be able to vote in the forthcoming election, the first December Parliamentary Election in nearly a century, residents must be registered on the electoral register by Tuesday 26 November.
Anyone who failed to register in the recent canvass, has recently moved house or moved into the borough must take action before the deadline.
It is quick and easy to register online at

Apply for a New Year bonus

Local voluntary groups and organisations have the chance to win a New Year cash boost to support them in their important work to help local people
Erewash Borough Council has opened a further round of funding through its Community Grants Scheme, which means groups can apply for up to £2,000 to help fund projects and services that benefit Erewash residents.
The council wants to hear from as many organisations as possible – both large and small - 
ahead of the closing deadline for applications of 5.30pm on Friday 20 December.
Full details of the scheme can be found at  Anyone wanting advice on how to apply can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Over the last few years, hundreds of local voluntary groups have received vital funding to support them in their important work to help local people.
A funding round earlier this year saw the council award a total of nearly £19,500 to 20 organisations for their projects, which included:
West Hallam Village Hall Charity - £2,000 towards the cost of installing/replacing a gable end window
Stanley Village pre-school - £590 for new equipment for their free flow outdoor play area
Home Start Erewash - £1,930 towards kitchen refurbishment
Parkside High CIC – £2,000 for Streetside Urban Youth project supporting 8-18 year olds;
Aitone Collective - £440 equipment for repair and recycle cafes and swop shops
All Saints Church, Kirk Hallam - £620 for the Crimson Tide community project towards sanitary products for women struggling with ‘period poverty’

Candidates announced for General Election

There will be seven candidates standing for the Erewash parliamentary constituency at next month’s General Election, which takes place on Thursday 12 December.
At the close of nominations at 4pm yesterday (Thursday 14 November) the candidates were confirmed as:
  • James Martin Archer – Liberal Democrat
  • Catherine Atkinson – Labour Party
  • Des Ball - Independent
  • Roy Ashley Dunn – Independent
  • Brent Poland – Green Party
  • Richard Shaw – Independent
  • Maggie Throup – The Conservative Party

A ‘tree-mendous’ giveaway

Erewash Borough Council’s annual Free Tree event is back for 2019 . . . giving Erewash residents the chance to pick up free bush apple trees and pear trees for their gardens.
The hugely popular town centre giveaway is organised by the council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton – with residents of the borough able to claim one free tree per household.
This year’s giveaway dates are:
Long Eaton – High Street on Wednesday 4 December, from 10am
Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 5 December, from 10am
150 bush apple and pear trees will be available at each of the Free Tree Giveaway locations and they will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to Erewash residents only. 
The council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information and to promote trees.