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.”

More funding for rural areas

Another three rural community projects in Erewash look set to share a funding payout of just over £28,300 as part of Erewash Borough Council’s Rural Community Grants Scheme.
Councillors at a meeting of the Council Executive next week (Tuesday 12 September) are expected to approve the grants, the fourth round of payouts since the scheme was launched in October 2015.
The council invested £250,000 in total for the scheme to run over four years to 2019 with the aim of proving funding support for projects that help residents living in the borough’s rural communities.
As part of the scheme, voluntary and community organisations are encouraged to apply for a grant by working with their local parish council, which can apply for support on their behalf.
The green light is expected to be given next week for the following grants:
£12,500 to Sandiacre towards the restoration of the lock adjacent to Lock Lane as part of Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust’s wider canal restoration project which will cost over £55,000. The grant will help the Trust start the necessary remediation work. 
£5,820 to West Hallam for new and more energy efficient LED lighting at the village’s community hall. There are no windows in the hall and replacing the current poor lighting will enhance the experience of the many people and groups that use the facility.
£10,000 to Sandiacre Town Football Club towards maintenance equipment and storage facility for a new 3G artificial pitch. 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
“We are very well aware of the excellent work being carried out by local groups and parish councils for the benefit of residents in the rural areas of our borough. We continue to show our commitment to supporting these groups - their hard work is inspiring, especially when we know these remain financially challenging times.”
The meeting of Council Executive is at Long Eaton Town Hall on Tuesday 12 September at 10.30am.