In it to win it!

Green-fingered gurus in Erewash have until Friday 6 July to enter this year’s ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition.
 
The annual competition 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.
 
A whole range of categories are on offer from best gardens both large and small through to best hanging baskets and a fun tallest sunflower award.
 
This year’s competition has also seen Trent Barton get on board, with the bus company sponsoring the Front Garden Category.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We expect another record-breaking year for our Erewash in Bloom, which remains a summer-long favourite with residents of all ages in all corners of our borough. But you have to be ‘in it to win it’ so make sure you enter for a chance to win a coveted award.”
 
Residents can enter online at www.erewash.gov.uk/erewashinbloom where the full list of categories can be seen. Forms are also available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Halls.
 

A tree-mendous opportunity

Erewash Borough Council has issued a rallying call to local residents who love trees and would like to play an active role in conserving and enhancing trees and woodlands in their local area.
 
The council wants to add to its enthusiastic band of volunteer Tree Wardens and is urging anyone interested to get in touch.
 
Tree Wardens are the eyes and ears of local neighbourhoods and often encourage other residents, schools, youth and community groups to work together to improve the natural environment.
 
The volunteers can have many roles, including planting and caring for trees, carrying out woodland management, setting up tree nurseries using seeds collected locally, surveying trees, providing early warnings of disease or vandalism – while there is also the chance to get together with like-minded people for training and field trips.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Our volunteers play a vital role in protecting trees in our borough and helping provide more for generations to come. Volunteering as a Tree Warden is a great opportunity - so if trees matter to you, then please get in touch.”
 
Anyone interested can contact the council’s Tree Officer Jaimey Richards at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her on 0115 907 2244.
 

Historic Beating Retreat returns

Erewash residents have the chance to watch a historic Beating Retreat and Sunset Ceremony with the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers in Ilkeston Market Place to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
 
The colourful ceremony is on Tuesday 19 June and promises to be a moving spectacle for people of all ages, giving residents the chance to turn out and support the armed forces event and remember those who lost their lives in war.
 
Beating Retreat is a military music ceremony performed in some form by most armed forces in the Commonwealth. Its origins date back to an old Army custom of ‘watch setting’, when a gun was fired at sunset to mark the end of the working day. The later formation of regimental military bands developed this ritual into today’s pageant-style Beating Retreat ceremony.
 
A display of military vehicles and stalls by veteran organisations will be in the Market Place and there will be performances by Ilkeston Brass and the award-winning Long Eaton-based ladies barbershop chorus GEM Connection from 6.15pm.
 
Beating Retreat with the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers will then begin at 8pm, with the band marching in the Market Place while performing a popular music programme before the beating of the drums at sunset to close the ceremony at 9pm.
 
Councillor Chris Corbett, Mayor of Erewash, says:
 
“What a privilege and honour it will be to welcome the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers to our borough and to see this historic ceremony performed in Ilkeston. It will be a particularly poignant and moving event for residents and military personnel alike, with 2018 being the centenary year of the end of the First World War.
 
“It will be such a stirring and colourful occasion and we expect large crowds as residents of all ages join us to give a big Erewash salute to this ceremony and our armed forces.”
 
The Mayor will be joined at the event by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker, and other civic dignitaries.
 
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Simon Worsley, Deputy Chief Executive East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadet Association, who will also be at the event, says:
 
“We are delighted to have worked with Erewash Borough Council to bring this spectacular event to Ilkeston. It will be very much a family event, to be enjoyed by all generations. It will also be an emotional event that will spark feelings of pride and admiration for our armed services as well as a time for remembering all those who have lost their lives in war.”
 
It is the third time the historic Beating Retreat will have taken place in Erewash – military bands visited Long Eaton in 2016 and Ilkeston four years ago for the ceremony.
 

Return of the red, white and blue

Planting is about to get underway for this year’s patriotic planting and remembrance displays at key sites in Erewash.
 
Erewash Borough Council’s parks teams will recreate the stunning 2012 Union Flag designs – a sea of red, white and blue that won widespread praise from residents and visitors.
 
All five circular beds on the White Lion Square traffic island in Ilkeston will feature the flag again and in Long Eaton the Wilsthorpe Road roundabout and Waverley Street site will also be transformed.
 
The return of the Union Flag designs this year was agreed as a fitting part of Erewash’s remembrance of the centenary of the end of World War One. 
 
All the plants have been grown at the council’s West Park Nursery in Long Eaton and this year’s hanging and barrier baskets across the borough will also have a patriotic theme.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“It’s all systems go as we prepare to plant the Union Flag designs and use a red, white and blue theme in our award-winning town centre barrier and hanging basket displays.
 
“We wanted to recreate the designs as part of our commemoration and remembrance leading up to the centenary of the end of the First World War in November. We know that residents will share our delight at the return of the Union Flag designs and enjoy watching the displays bloom into full colour for the summer.”
 

Caring for the war memorials

Ilkeston and Long Eaton War Memorials will be given a specialist clean this autumn ahead of the commemoration to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
 
Erewash Borough Council has confirmed it will enlist a specialist company to clean the stonework using a low pressure system, with the work due to take place at the end of October.
 
The railings around the memorials in Ilkeston Market Place and Long Eaton Market Place will also be painted and the areas around them cleaned and planted to ensure they look in the best possible condition for the Armistice commemorations in November. 
 
As well as the two town centre War Memorials, stonework will also be cleaned on memorials at Ilkeston’s St Mary’s Church and at Park Cemetery.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“Our War Memorials play an important and valued role in remembering those who sacrificed their lives in war, so we saw it as a key priority to invest in a clean-up – especially when this November will see landmark Remembrance events to commemorate the end of the First World War."
 
The Ilkeston and Long Eaton war memorials are cared for all year round and the council’s Pride in Erewash and parks teams work with local schools to plant seasonal flowers around them – but environmental conditions lead to some discolouring.
 
The latest specialist clean comes four years after a major restoration of the two War Memorials in 2014 when the stonework and plaques were cleaned and repaired for commemorations to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.