Egg-citing Easter fun on offer!

Easter themed games, drop in craft sessions, cuddly animals and all things Lego . . . Erewash Museum will host an eggs-travaganza of egg-cellent fun for the school holidays!
 
During the first week children can make and take home Easter themed crafts like finger puppets and bunny ears during free drop in sessions between 11am and 3pm on Monday 10, Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Friday 14 April.
 
On Thursday 13 April, White Post Farm returns by popular demand with a collection of cute and cuddly creatures while there will also be chirpy chick or bunny rabbit face painting and Easter themed games around the museum. There is a charge of £1.50 per child (ages 1 – 16) and an additional charge for face painting.
 
The second week of the holiday will celebrate the 85th anniversary of Lego from Tuesday 18 to Friday 21 April between 11am and 3pm with a week of free fun and games, including an activity hunt to find Lego characters and the chance for children to make their own Lego character.
 
The Old Stables Tea Room will be open for light refreshments, including Easter treats and Lego themed cakes.
 
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

Grand designs

Erewash Museum’s arts development team will be hosting a free BBC Get Creative event this Saturday (8th April).
 
Young craft fans can drop in any time between 11am and 3pm to create their very own Victorian inspired cardboard doll’s house using templates. They can then wander around the museum and its grounds to different activity stations to add in a kitchen, parlour and to decorate their very own grand design.
 
Storyteller Patrick Ashcroft will be at the event throughout the day telling Rumer Godden’s tale ‘The Dolls House’, a heart-warming story filled with imagination and creativity.
 
BBC Get Creative is a campaign run by a group of cultural organisations to celebrate and support the everyday creativity happening in homes and public spaces. It aims to inspire people to try something new at home or at a Get Creative event and to encourage people to share their own examples of everyday creativity.

FREE dog health checks

Erewash Borough Council has again joined forces with the PDSA animal charity to bring another four roadshow events that will offer free dog health checks.
 
Erewash dog owners can take their four-legged friends for the free health check by a PDSA veterinary nurse that will cover body condition and weight, teeth and gums, eyes and ears, coat condition and general fitness.  Places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis.
 
The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will also be at the events offering free dog micro-chipping and advice between 8.30am and 5pm.
 
The Tuesday to Wednesday health check roadshows will be held from 10am – 5pm, while the Friday event will finish at 4pm:
 
Tuesday 18 April – Cotmanhay Sure Start Centre car park, Beauvale Drive
Wednesday 19 April – Elvaston Street car park, Draycott 
Thursday 20 April – Sawley Community Centre car park, off Draycott Road
Friday 21 April – Cotmanhay Sure Start Centre car park, Beauvale Drive
 
Cats Protection representatives will also be at the events offering FREE cat spay/neuter vouchers for owners. Owners must NOT take their cats to the events and can arrange for their pets to have the procedure at a later date. 

Time to Bloom

Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers . . . the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this month!
 
The annual competition for green-fingered gurus is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.
 
This year’s contest will be launched during National Gardening Week with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:
 
Wednesday 12 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-2pm
Thursday 13 April – Ilkeston, Bath Street, 10am-2pm
 
The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.
 
Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls. Alternatively, residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 12 April at www.erewash.gov.uk/erewashinbloom or forms can be downloaded at www.erewash.gov.uk/pride
 

Your vote counts

Erewash residents are reminded that they must be registered by Thursday 13 April – just over a month away - to have their right to vote in the Derbyshire County Council (DCC) elections.
 
The DCC elections are on Thursday 4 May when voters will elect nine county councillors for the Erewash area.
 
Most residents who are old enough to vote are on the register, which is checked and updated every year by Erewash Borough Council.  However, anyone who knows they are not registered or has recently moved house or moved into the borough should ensure their details are registered.
 
It is quick and easy to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Residents who want to check that they are registered to vote in Erewash can fill in a form online that will be responded to within one working day. Visit www.erewash.gov.uk  and click on the ‘Your Council’ tab and follow the ‘elections’ link.
 
Voters wanting postal or proxy votes should note the following deadlines:
 
5pm, Tuesday 18 April – for new postal vote and postal proxy applications
5pm, Tuesday 25 April – new applications to vote by proxy
 
The council’s elections team can help with any enquiries. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1190.