New Mayor of Erewash

The new Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Chris Corbett, who was formally elected to the role for the 2018/19 civic year during Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting last night (17 May).
 
Councillor Corbett has represented the Wilsthorpe Ward on the borough council since 1999 and was Leader of the Council from 2007 to 2017, when he stepped down to take up the role of Deputy Mayor.  He also serves on Sawley Parish Council.
 
During his mayoral year, Councillor Corbett will be supported by his wife Linda and has chosen to support two local charities during his term of office – the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and Erewash Voluntary Action (Community Volunteer Service).
 
Councillor Corbett, together with his wife Linda, is looking forward to representing the residents of Erewash over the next year:
 
“We are thrilled and honoured to be Mayor and Mayoress of our wonderful borough for the 2018/19 civic year and look forward to meeting the many kind-hearted residents who work so tirelessly to help others as well as contributing to the rich community spirit of our towns and villages. 
 
“We are also keen to help and encourage new and existing businesses and to promote economic regeneration throughout Erewash.”
 
Councillor Corbett was brought up in Sandiacre and enjoyed a 30-year career in banking that saw him work in Yorkshire and Scotland before returning to Erewash when he took early retirement.
 
He is a life member of the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association, having been at its first public meeting in 1968 and was a founder member of Sandiacre and Stapleford Round Table 981. He is now a member of Long Eaton Rotary Club.
 
Councillor Corbett and Linda have known each other for over 50 years and were married at St Helen’s Church in Stapleford.   They have two sons and four grandsons.
In their spare time they enjoy travelling and socialising with their friends and family.
 
Deacon Terry Street, of Trinity Methodist Church, Long Eaton, will be the Mayor’s Chaplain during his year in office.
 

Engineering company's precision pipeline work is celebrated with record order win

AN Ilkeston welding and engineering company is celebrating after winning its biggest ever order, which has created 50 extra jobs.
 
Rayden Engineering Limited has started work on a contract worth several million pounds. It is Principal Contractor on the project for Southern Gas Networks, a company which distributes natural and green gas to millions of homes and businesses across Scotland and the Southeast of England, and which is carrying out works in Buckinghamshire.
 
The work being done by Rayden on behalf of Southern Gas Networks involves diverting 4.5 kilometres of 600mm diameter high pressure gas pipeline plus constructing a full above ground installation (AGI) including a pressure reduction station.
 
Work being undertaken by Rayden also comprises pipeline welding, including hot-tapping (live gas operations) and deep excavation and trenchless crossings under existing infrastructure.
 
All pre-fabrication works by Rayden are being done at the company's base in Wentworth Street, Ilkeston.
 
Set up in 1979, Rayden specialises in making and installing high pressure pipework systems; and operates in specific market sectors such as the gas, oil, petrochemical and water industries.
 
The company was employing 70 staff before this latest contract, which has created an extra 50 highly-skilled jobs, some in Ilkeston but the majority on site. Most of the new positions have already been filled.
 
Rayden is experienced at working throughout the UK and abroad, to extremely high standards for businesses that are big name market leaders, including SGN, NGN, National Grid, BP, BPA, Shell, Total UK and various water companies, but regards this latest contract as a real coup which could lead to more work.
 
Managing director Richard Hayden said: “We are delighted to have won this contract, with our tender beating those of half a dozen other bidders”.
 
“It's the icing on the cake for a great start to 2018 and comes on top of a very busy order book anyway.
 
“It gives me immense pleasure to know that this specialised industry has sufficient confidence in our ability to award us this contract”.
 

Trio of experienced directors boost board of agency regenerating local economy

TWO senior politicians and a high-profile figure in the building industry have joined the board of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership.
 
The new directors are councillors Carol Hart and Tony King and Ian Hodgkinson, director of builders Hodgkinson based at Pride Park, Derby, who started his business in Ilkeston.
 
In May last year Councillor Hart became the first female leader of Erewash Borough Council taking over from Councillor Chris Corbett who had stepped down after 10 years and is now deputy mayor.
 
A resident of West Hallam, she has been a member of the council since 2001 and represents West Hallam and Dale Abbey. She has also been a member of Derbyshire County Council since 2005, representing the Breadsall and West Hallam Division and serves as the cabinet member with responsibility for health and communities.
 
A fellow Conservative, Councillor King, who lives in Ilkeston, joined the county authority in May representing Ilkeston West. He is the cabinet member responsible for economic development and regeneration.
 
Career-wise, he was initially involved in engineering, including at board level for a public company. He worked for the former East Midlands Development Agency as innovation manager for transport equipment and also for Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership. As a freelance, he works for Innovate UK.
 
Ian Hodgkinson's business supplies skilled bricklayers for a range of projects, locally, nationally and internationally. His business has been a driving force behind the newly-created National Construction Academy.
 
That centre, dedicated to encouraging young people to join the construction industry, was officially opened by television presenter Nick Knowles of the BBC's DIY:SOS programme. Ian has also been involved in projects featured on television.
 
Ian is involved in a project to transform a hall at St Martin's Methodist Church in Allenton, Derby, into a vibrant community hub after creating a community space at Derbyshire County Cricket Club's 3aaa ground in Derby.
 
Ian Viles, Partnership chief executive, said: “The board is delighted to have welcomed three new high-calibre directors. They bring a wide variety of top-level experience coupled with strong local knowledge and a passion for helping the Partnership deliver regeneration and enterprise projects.”
 
The Partnership, whose headquarters are in Long Eaton, helps boost the economy of Erewash by various activities, particularly helping people start a business and then nurturing them to grow.
 
In the last financial year it helped entrepreneurs set up 55 businesses, organised 370 advisory sessions and gave practical support to more than 100 established businesses.
 

Dementia Action Week

Specialist self-help books on dementia are to be made available at Erewash Museum to offer advice and comfort to those affected by the illness.
 
The dementia friendly library is being launched as part of Dementia Action Week from 21 May to 27 May, during which the Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people to unite and take actions to make a difference to the everyday lives of people with dementia. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet many people feel excluded and face the disease alone. 
 
From 22 May the reference library section of Erewash Museum’s Hayloft space will permanently house ‘reading well books on prescription’ for dementia. The scheme helps people with common mental health problems feel better through self-help reading. The 25 titles on the ‘reading well books on prescription’ for dementia list have been recommended by health experts as well as people with experience of dementia. 
 
Visitors will be able to sit in the recently converted Hayloft with a book.  If the Hayloft is ever busy with a booking, the museum reception team will be happy to show visitors a list of titles and get one from the library for them to read. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“These books will provide lots of useful information and advice for people in Erewash who have questions and concerns about dementia. This is a fantastic initiative for Dementia Action Week and I am sure that lots of people will take this opportunity to visit the museum and take time out to read a book.” 
 
More information can be found at www.alzheimers.org.uk/DementiaActionWeek and reading-well.org.uk/blog/launch-of-reading-well-books-on-prescription-for-dementia
 
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