Still time to bloom!

Green-fingered Erewash residents still have time to enter this year’s Erewash in Bloom gardening competition ahead of the deadline, Friday 7 July.
Organised by Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign, the annual competition features a range of categories to suit gardeners of all ages – including best front and rear gardens, best wildlife garden, top hanging baskets, best allotments and a fun tallest sunflower award for youngsters. There are also awards on offer for schools and businesses.
It is quick and easy to enter online at or entry forms are available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton town halls.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This remains a very popular competition with all our gardening gurus out there and they make it a very difficult task for the Bloom judges who are always bowled over by the quality of all entries – hats off to all the residents, businesses and schoolchildren who put the flower power into our borough. So if you haven’t entered yet, let’s hear from you!”

Need a grant for your community work?

Community and voluntary groups across Erewash have another chance to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them with their work in the borough.
Erewash Borough Council has opened a further round of funding through its Community Grants scheme and wants local groups to get in touch and apply for support ahead of the closing deadline of 12.30pm on Monday 24 July.
Countless groups have been helped over the last few years through the grants scheme, ranging from Scout groups to charities like Sight Support Derbyshire.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“We want to get the message out to groups in all corners of our borough that these grants are on offer to help them. We have helped so many since we launched this scheme but we still want to hear from the many more groups we know are out there working to help people living in Erewash. It doesn’t matter how small the group is, we want to hear. Will a grant of up to £2,000 help you? Then get in touch now!”
The deadline for community grant applications is 12.30pm on Monday 24 July.
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a community grant are available at  - via the ‘Community and Living’ tab and the link to ‘Grants’. 
Anyone needing help or advice regarding completing the application form can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0115 907 2244.

The Great Get Together in Erewash

Erewash residents have the chance to go along to a community party this weekend as part of the nationwide Great Get Together, a campaign organised by the Jo Cox Foundation in honour of the murdered MP.
Erewash Borough Council has joined forces with Ilkeston Churches to hold the event at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park on Sunday 18 June between 3pm and 6pm.
Jo’s family and friends launched the country-wide initiative to encourage communities and people to get together with their neighbours for a street party, shared picnic or barbecue over the weekend of 16-18 June – which marks the first anniversary of the MP’s death on 16 June 2016,
The Erewash Great Get Together gives all local residents the chance to take along their own picnics, blankets and seating to meet others. Ilkeston Brass will be on the newly restored bandstand to entertain party-goers and there will be free crafts and games for children.

Where there’s brass

Erewash Borough Council’s ever-popular Bold as Brass programme of free concerts gets underway this weekend, with music lovers promised top quality performances throughout the summer.
The annual brass concert season is always a big hit with local residents and visitors to Erewash alike - and the 2017 line-up once again sees performances organised at venues across the borough.
Bold as Brass will feature 11 free concerts between June and August and kicks off with Ilkeston Brass at Victoria Park in Ilkeston on Sunday 4 June at 2pm.
Full details of the concert programme are provided on the poster:

All the events are free. Seating is limited for the outdoor concerts in West Park and Victoria Park so concert-goers are advised to take along their own chairs or blankets.


Tai Chi in the great outdoors

Erewash residents have the power to tap in to the health benefits of Tai Chi when weekly hour-long sessions start again in the relaxing surrounding of Victoria Park in Ilkeston every Tuesday from 6 June.
The free sessions are run by Tai Chi experts and will take place throughout the summer between 10.30am and 11.30am and are suitable for all ages and abilities. No booking is required, just meet at the pavilion within the park or find the group out on the grass.
The free classes previously ran through the autumn and were well attended and are now returning as part of a ‘summer of wellbeing’ in the park. The known health benefits of the ancient Chinese low impact exercise include reducing stress, improved posture, balance and general mobility and increased muscle strength in legs.  It is suitable for most people and can be adapted to suit those with a disability, including wheelchair users.