A magical day at Erewash Museum

A magical day of fairy themed activities and live shows will take place at Erewash Museum when the Enchanted Garden event returns on Saturday 14 September between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
Children will have the chance to meet the Queen of the Fairies in her sparkly grotto, hunt for the magical fairy doors around the museum grounds and join in with the fairy craft activities including making your own Autumn Fairy. People are also encouraged to get into the spirit of the occasion by dressing as a fairy or an elf.
Themed live shows will be taking place throughout the day with the ‘Over the Rainbow and Under the Sea’ show featuring fairy, rainbow and unicorn hosts joining Twinkle the unicorn puppet on an adventure to find the rainbow! The shows will be interactive and allow for children to join in with magic, bubble popping and dancing.
Three shows, each running for 30 minutes, will include meet and greet and photo opportunities following each storytelling session. The shows will be running between 11.30am and 3pm.
All shows will be free with suggested donations for photo opportunities. Some activities will be chargeable.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The enchanted garden day is always an extremely popular event and it’s an absolute delight to see how it ignites the imagination of visitors, young and old.”
The Old Stables Tea Rooms will be open for people to enjoy a well-earned rest from the magic and sparkle. 
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.

Council to stump up new cricket lease

A lease renewal for Long Eaton Cricket Club to have another 25 year ‘innings’ on land at West Park is expected to get the go-ahead next week.
A meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive on Tuesday (3 September) is likely to confirm that the new long-term lease will begin on 1 June next year.
The club was granted a 28 year lease to use part of the park in 1992 and built their pavilion on the land. Now, with less than one year remaining on the current lease, the club wants to secure its long term future and also wants to apply for external grant funding to improve the pavilion and cricket equipment.
To be able to apply for funding, organisations have insisted that the club must have a 25 year lease in place.
Members are also expected to agree a 25 year lease for the former bowling green toilet block in the park, which the club is interested in converting for storage and possibly converting to changing rooms in the future.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Long Eaton Cricket Club is an important part of the large sporting community we have at West Park and we are more than happy to work with them to help them with their future plans. Agreeing a new 25 year lease will give them a solid platform to apply for grants from sporting organisations.”
The former toilet block has not been used since 2008 and to reflect the poor condition of the building, which has had vandalism problems, the council would charge a reduced rent for the first five years of the lease. The move would also see the council save money on future maintenance costs.

Council Tax support

Some of the most vulnerable people in Erewash are still missing out on a council tax reduction worth hundreds or thousands of pounds because little is known about the support.
Erewash Borough Council wants to make people aware that anyone living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s or other similar conditions may be entitled to a council tax reduction. 
If granted, it means those living alone will not pay any council tax, while those living with another adult aged over 18 may qualify for a 25% reduction.  A carer may also qualify for a reduction if they are providing care for at least 35 hours a week, live in the same property and are not related to the person.
Councillor Wayne Major, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:
“As a council we want to get this important message out – that support may be available for those living with these devastating conditions. We know many charities, both nationally and locally, do try to inform people but there are still many that are not aware of this discount. We would ask everyone to help us spread the word.”
There are conditions that need to be met to qualify for a Severe Mental Impairment (SMI) council tax discount/exemption. Anyone wanting more help and guidance can contact Citizens Advice on their helpline 0300 456 8390 or contact the relevant charities offering support, including the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK and Carers UK.
Residents can register for a My Erewash account at www.erewash.gov.uk where online forms can be found.

Grants for community groups

Voluntary groups and charities in Erewash are being urged to apply for up to £2,000 to help fund their work ahead of this month’s closing deadline for Erewash Borough Council’s Community Grants Scheme.
Applications for the council’s latest round of funding must be submitted by 5.30pm on Tuesday 23 July.
The grants scheme gives both large and small voluntary organisations the chance to apply for funding of up to £2,000 for projects and services that benefit Erewash residents.
Over the last few years the council has helped a number of community organisations through the popular grants scheme – last year almost £42,000 was awarded to local community and voluntary groups.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We have helped so many organisations since we launched this scheme, but we know there are many more groups out there working to help people  in Erewash. There is still time to apply, so let’s hear from you – get in touch now.”  
Full details of the scheme and how to apply can be found at www.erewash.gov.uk  
For advice contact Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley on 0115 907 2244 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject to funding remaining available, details of further funding rounds will be announced on the council’s website.

Carnival’s character theme

Carnival festivities take over Long Eaton this month when the town’s historic event once more brings colour to the town, with this year’s theme celebrating comics and cartoons.
Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets for the traditional carnival parade on Saturday 22 June as the floats, procession vehicles and walking parties all enter into the theme by dressing up as their favourite characters.
The carnival is organised by members of the Long Eaton Community Carnival Association, who again successfully applied for a grant of £1,024 from Erewash Borough Council to help stage the event. The money was presented as part of the council’s community grant scheme.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“We are delighted to have been able to support the carnival again through our Community Grants Scheme. It is thanks to the small grants we award throughout the year that community groups and organisations of all kinds are helped with their important work.”
This year sees the parade through the town set off from West Park at 11am, arriving back at the West Park carnival showground at 1pm. The carnival show features entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening, with stalls, displays, refreshments and a live music marquee.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“It’s hat off to the volunteers who work hard to ensure that this free event, which dates back to the 1930s, is staged for the enjoyment of people of all ages. We hope for sunshine – but whatever the weather, we know that everyone will have a great time.”
The weekend-long traditional Armstrong’s funfair will add to the excitement, while on Sunday morning (23rd) the Carnival Car Boot sale takes places from 7am. 
More details of the 2019 Long Eaton Carnival can be found at www.longeatoncarnival.org.uk or Facebook/LongEatonCarnival.
Roads on the parade route – Wilsthorpe Road, Tamworth Road, Market Place and Derby Road - will be closed for the parade between 11am and 1.30pm, although junctions will be re-opened on a rolling basis once the parade passes.