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.

Lancaster bomber flypast set to boost a town's popular classic vehicle event 

Ilkeston's biggest one-day event will hit new heights this year when a historic plane will salute vintage vehicles on show below.
 
The Avro Lancaster bomber from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is scheduled to make a flypast over the town's Market Place on Sunday August 11 while the seventh Heritage and Classic Vehicle Show takes place.
 
The appearance, depending on serviceability and the weather, will be an added attraction for the show, organised by Erewash Partnership Events, which regularly attracts thousands of visitors and is second only in size to the annual historic charter fair which takes place over four days.
 
This year's show promises to be even bigger with scooters on show for the first time alongside classic and sports cars, motorbikes, lorries, buses, tractors and even steam engines, all evoking sights, sounds and memories of years gone by.
 
Organisers are expanding the exhibit areas into East Street and Bath Street to take in an extra 100 vehicles in addition to the 300 last year. Although spaces were fully booked some time ago, they will be taking extra bookings.
 
Headline sponsors for the event include Vauxhall Repair Centre, Ron Brooks, Bentley, and Pidcock Motorcycles. Exhibit owners will not just be pleased to show off their gleaming pride and joy but also vying to win prizes.
 
The free event will have something for everyone. There will be a craft fair, and entertainment will be provided by Ilkeston Brass band and Erewash Sound.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley will attend as well local MP Maggie Throup. More mysterious visitors will include characters from Star Wars in the guise of the 501st Legion UK Garrison making their sixth appearance and The UKG Stig.
 
The event, from 10am-4pm,  allows local businesses to open for customers. Also set to benefit are the RAF Benevolent Fund, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and Ilkeston Rotary.
 
The Partnership has developed a strong relationship with some charities, including those helping ex-service personnel, so an appearance by the Lancaster nicknamed ‘thumper’ – one of only two in airworthy condition left in the world out of more than 7,000, the other being in Canada – will give spectators a chance to show their appreciation. 
 
It will be the second successive year that a plane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – usually seen on state and military occasions as well as air displays – has entertained thrilled the crowds.
 
A Hurricane fighter flew over last year's event with those below cheering and waving to the crew and the aircraft waggling its wings in acknowledgement.
 
The time of the flypast by the Lancaster, which was the most famous and successful heavy bomber of the Second World War, will be announced on social media and radio nearer the time.
 
Ian Viles, chief executive of Erewash Partnership, said: “We are thrilled and honoured at the prospect of the historic Lancaster flying over the show. It will be an added attraction for what is a bumper family event.”
 
Roads around the Market Place will be closed to normal traffic as vehicles start to arrive. The closures will be in place from 5.30am to 6.30pm on Sunday August 11. Bath Street from Chapel Street to the Market Place, Wharncliffe Road from Albert Street and South Street from Coronation Street, plus Pimlico between New Lawn Road and Burns Street and East Street are the affected routes. Parking in Erewash Borough Council car parks is free on Sundays.

Museum to showcase WW2 exhibition

Erewash Museum will be hosting an exhibition with the Museum of the Mercian Regiment to commemorate the Sherwood Foresters and the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. The exhibition will be a thought provoking look at WW2 and the role that the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) played during the conflict.
 
This regiment served all over the world: in Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Home Guard, from 1939- 1945. Normally housed in Nottingham Castle, the Museum of the Mercian Regiment are now taking rare and fascinating artefacts from their collection on tour. 
 
Also on display are items from Erewash Museum’s own collection including photographs, medals, badges, mementos from the front line and objects which once belonged to soldiers in the Foresters and other regiments in WW2. This exhibition provides a chance to learn about the incredible stories of this local regiment at a time of national crisis. 
 
The free exhibition will open on Saturday 29 June to coincide with Erewash Museum’s annual 1940s event, ‘Swing Back to the Forties’, and will run until Friday 13 December.  
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis said:
 
     “The museum exhibition will be a unique opportunity to experience a slice of history and view historical artefacts from a time gone by. We can learn so much from photographs and mementos from WW2, it is a part of our history that should never be forgotten.”
 

It’s Carnival time!

Ilkeston Lions present the 29th Ilkeston Carnival on Saturday 8 June at the town’s Rutland Recreation Ground.
The popular family-themed event will run from 12 noon to 5pm and will feature a wide range of stalls as well as food, drinks and funfair rides. 
Ilkeston Lions successfully applied for a £1,380 grant from Erewash Borough Council to help stage the event. The money was presented as part of the council’s community grant scheme.
 
Entertainment throughout the afternoon will include vintage cars, a children’s magician, dance performances from Dance Divaz and gymnastics displays by Erewash Gymnastics and the Nottingham-based Flying Dakos team.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:  
 
“Congratulations to Ilkeston Lions for once again organising the hugely popular annual Ilkeston Carnival. It is always a big draw for the town and I’m sure there will be lots of people down at the recreation ground enjoying all the fun and entertainment on offer.”
 

Preparing for polling day

Erewash Borough Council’s elections team continue to work behind-the-scenes as the countdown continues to polling day on Thursday 2 May.
 
Residents go to the polls to vote in the Borough Council elections, while in some areas there will also be Parish Council elections.
 
The whole process to prepare for Polling Day gets underway many weeks before to ensure all the administrative and legal requirements are met.
 
A major part of the process is managing the register of voters, sending out the poll cards, setting up and manning the polling stations, training election staff and, finally, organising the counts ahead of the declaration of results.
 
Here are some facts about this year’s 2 May elections in Erewash:
 
• More than 87,000 poll cards have been hand-delivered to every resident in the Erewash borough who is on the electoral register.
• The percentage of postal votes requested in Erewash for the borough elections is 18.38%.
• There will be 57 polling stations for the Erewash Borough Council election.
• The stations will be manned by 57 Presiding Officers and 103 Poll Clerks in total between 7am and 10pm.
• The count for both the borough and parish elections will be held at Rutland Sports Park Tennis Centre in Ilkeston on Friday 3 May.