Enchanted Garden

Erewash Museum gardens will be magically transformed into an enchanted fairy land when fairies and elves sprinkle their fairy dust on Saturday 16 September between 11am and 3pm.
Children can take part in free fairy themed crafts throughout the day – make and take home your very own fairy door, and discover the fairies and elves on the fairy trail around the garden.
There will be a chance to meet the Queen of the Fairies in her fairy house, have your photo taken with a Unicorn or make your own fairy dust. There is a small charge for these activities.
Take a break from the magic and sparkle and enjoy a drink and fairy cake in the Old Stables Tea Rooms.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Dress to impress in your favourite fairy or elf costume and join us for a magical day of fun and sparkle with fairy themed crafts and activities for all the family.”
Erewash Museum is situated 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

Mayor boosts local charities

The Mayor of Erewash for the last civic year, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will share out a £3,350 moneypot between 13 local charities – the proceeds of fundraising events during his year in office.
Councillor Stevenson, who was Mayor for the 2016/17 civic year, will present the funding boost to representatives of the charities on Thursday 14 September at 5pm in the Mayor’s Parlour at Ilkeston Town Hall.
The money was raised through various events, including the Charity Civic Dinner, Charity Golf Day, events run by the council’s leisure centres and by donations following the Civic Service, Christmas Eve Carol Service and personal donations
The money raised was put into a general charity pot and Councillor Stevenson asked for the total amount to be shared between some of the local charities that he visited during his year in office.
Councillor Stevenson is delighted to be able to help the 13 organisations with their work in the borough:
“I decided to have a general charity pot as, in my role as Deputy Mayor and then Mayor, I visited the various organisations we have in Erewash and saw first hand the wonderful people who work so very hard, for no monetary benefit to themselves, to help those less fortunate in their local community. These local groups and charities do not receive the large sums of money that the bigger, national charities receive – instead they get by with small donations and the proceeds of events to keep going.
“It was heart-warming to see the dedication and enthusiasm of the groups I was privileged to visit and it was for this reason I decided to have a general charity pot. My thanks go to all those working every day to help others in so many ways. I also thank all those who supported my events and enabled me to raise the money.”
The organisations being presented with a donation are: Ilkeston Community Hospital’s League of Friends; Happivale social centre, Long Eaton; the homeless support charity Canaan Trust; Ilkeston and Long Eaton branches of the Royal British Legion; Leicester, Derbyshire and Rutland Air Ambulance;  Riverside Pan Disability Football Club, Long Eaton;  the Old Park Ward Old Age Pensioners’ Fund;  Erewash Musical Society’s Youth Group; Ilkeston’s Chaucer Junior School Gardening Club; the Friends of Erewash Museum; Ilkeston Arts and Camera Club; Derbyshire Carers to support the Ilkeston and Long Eaton clubs; Long Eaton Rotary Club’s Interact Club

Nominate your community champion!

Erewash Borough Council is calling on its residents to nominate someone they admire for their valuable work in the borough and who deserves a pat on the back for their tireless work for the community.
The council has launched its Mayor’s Awards 2017 to honour the special people of Erewash – and is calling on residents to make their nominations in recognition of those people who go that extra mile without expecting anything in return.
The closing date is Thursday 12 October when a panel will then consider the nominations, looking for evidence of special qualities and service beyond being a ‘good neighbour’.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, says: 
“I am so proud to serve this wonderful borough and am truly humbled by the many people out there who care so much and selflessly work to help others – their warmth, kindness and compassion is overwhelming.
“I ask residents to please take a moment right now to nominate the people you know who deserve to be recognised.”
Nominations will be in confidence and publicity only given to people who actually receive a Mayor’s Award. Please note that awards cannot be made to serving councillors of the county, borough or parish councils or their employees.

More free support on offer to help potential entrepreneurs take first steps in business

A second free programme to help would-be entrepreneurs in Amber Valley and Erewash set up their own business starts next month.(October).
Enterprise agency Erewash Partnership is delivering the starter workshops plus mentoring support behalf of East Midlands Chamber as part of a county-wide initiative that is funded by Derbyshire County and Derby City Councils and Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership.
Residents of Amber Valley or Erewash who want to take part have to enrol and register through the Partnership, based in Long Eaton. 
They will be offered a package of tailored support, and arrangements will be made for them to attend five workshops. The workshops will be followed by advice, support and guidance from an experienced mentor, at no cost to the participants.
Experienced professionals will lead the workshops, which will take place at Amber Valley Borough Council offices in Ripley Town Hall. This follows those held in the summer in Erewash, which were well attended.
Starting on October 10 and finishing on November 30 the five half-day workshops include subjects such as getting the basics right, understanding your market and how to reach it, business planning, bookkeeping, and starting with social media.
Now in its 23rd year of supporting enterprise, the Partnership has an excellent record of helping people start businesses, nurturing them while they develop and continuing to give advice and help once established.
In Amber Valley 11.4 per cent of the economically active population is self-employed, which is higher than the national average of 10.8 per cent that are self-employed, according to figures for the year up to last September. 
Of 4,400 businesses in Amber Valley, 88 per cent are micro businesses employing fewer than 10 people. 
Councillor Trevor Ainsworth, Amber Valley Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said his authority was pleased to be working with the Partnership on this business starter initiative.
“The workshops will be a great support, they have been specially tailored to provide the necessary tools and foundations for anyone considering starting their own business,” he commented.
“This programme is flexible so people can pick and choose where they need support and which workshops to attend. There is also an ongoing mentoring offer which is invaluable to this programme, giving reassurance and guidance through the journey to self-employment.” 
Over the last three years the Partnership helped 275 businesses set up in Erewash and Amber Valley. To do that it delivered more than 1,600 advisory sessions. It also helped more than 500 established businesses.
Chief executive Ian Viles said: “We are delighted to be helping entrepreneurs taking their first steps towards hopefully becoming the business successes of tomorrow.”

West Park’s bandstand review

Erewash Borough Council has fenced off the bandstand in Long Eaton’s West Park for safety reasons as it carries out a detailed review of the condition of the structure and the extent of repairs that may be needed.
An initial inspection of the bandstand has revealed that the cast iron guttering has decayed  and nearly rotted through in sections, while the timber fascia – which has the guttering and ornate brackets attached to it – is also rotten.
There are also signs of decay to the ridge beams in the roof and further investigations are needed to gain a full picture of the bandstand’s condition.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We took the immediate decision to put fencing around the bandstand as there is potential that heavy debris could fall. The fencing will remain in place while we carry out a full review and look at the options for repair. This may take some time so we thank park users for their patience and understanding and will update everyone when we know more.”