Ilkeston lights up for Christmas

Join us on Friday 29 November as Ilkeston celebrates one of its most popular dates of the year, the annual Christmas lights switch-on! There’ll be seasonal sights a-plenty, fairground fun and festive songs . . . and a visit from a very special person, Santa!
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, will ‘light up’ the town to officially launch the Christmas season, during a fantastic night of family-friendly fun.  
 
The celebration event will take place between 5.30pm-8.30pm in Ilkeston town centre, with the Mayor switching on the lights at 7pm after which the sky will explode in a riot of colour as fireworks add to the magical festivities.
 
 Join in the funfair atmosphere with rides for all ages, enjoy a musical performance by singer Trevvy and marvel at the stilt walkers who will be weaving their way around entertaining the crowds. There will also be the Ilkeston Christmas Market organised by SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.
 

Time is ticking . . . 

Residents who will be on holiday or working away for next month’s general election still have time to apply for a postal vote.
 
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is Tuesday 26 November at 5pm. When voting by post, the ballot papers are posted out to the elector who can then return the completed papers in the envelope provided.
 
In addition, residents who are unable to get to the polling station on Thursday 12 December also have the option of appointing a proxy to cast their vote on their behalf at the designated polling station. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.
 
Any Erewash residents wanting to apply for any of the above should contact the Borough Council’s elections team by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 0115 907 1190.
 
To be able to vote in the forthcoming election, the first December Parliamentary Election in nearly a century, residents must be registered on the electoral register by Tuesday 26 November.
 
Anyone who failed to register in the recent canvass, has recently moved house or moved into the borough must take action before the deadline.
 
It is quick and easy to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Apply for a New Year bonus

Local voluntary groups and organisations have the chance to win a New Year cash boost to support them in their important work to help local people
 
Erewash Borough Council has opened a further round of funding through its Community Grants Scheme, which means groups can apply for up to £2,000 to help fund projects and services that benefit Erewash residents.
 
The council wants to hear from as many organisations as possible – both large and small - 
ahead of the closing deadline for applications of 5.30pm on Friday 20 December.
 
Full details of the scheme can be found at www.erewash.gov.uk/grants  Anyone wanting advice on how to apply can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Over the last few years, hundreds of local voluntary groups have received vital funding to support them in their important work to help local people.
 
A funding round earlier this year saw the council award a total of nearly £19,500 to 20 organisations for their projects, which included:
West Hallam Village Hall Charity - £2,000 towards the cost of installing/replacing a gable end window
Stanley Village pre-school - £590 for new equipment for their free flow outdoor play area
Home Start Erewash - £1,930 towards kitchen refurbishment
Parkside High CIC – £2,000 for Streetside Urban Youth project supporting 8-18 year olds;
Aitone Collective - £440 equipment for repair and recycle cafes and swop shops
All Saints Church, Kirk Hallam - £620 for the Crimson Tide community project towards sanitary products for women struggling with ‘period poverty’

Candidates announced for General Election

There will be seven candidates standing for the Erewash parliamentary constituency at next month’s General Election, which takes place on Thursday 12 December.
 
At the close of nominations at 4pm yesterday (Thursday 14 November) the candidates were confirmed as:
 
  • James Martin Archer – Liberal Democrat
  • Catherine Atkinson – Labour Party
  • Des Ball - Independent
  • Roy Ashley Dunn – Independent
  • Brent Poland – Green Party
  • Richard Shaw – Independent
  • Maggie Throup – The Conservative Party

A ‘tree-mendous’ giveaway

Erewash Borough Council’s annual Free Tree event is back for 2019 . . . giving Erewash residents the chance to pick up free bush apple trees and pear trees for their gardens.
 
The hugely popular town centre giveaway is organised by the council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton – with residents of the borough able to claim one free tree per household.
 
This year’s giveaway dates are:
 
Long Eaton – High Street on Wednesday 4 December, from 10am
Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 5 December, from 10am
 
150 bush apple and pear trees will be available at each of the Free Tree Giveaway locations and they will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to Erewash residents only. 
 
The council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information and to promote trees.