Cash will benefit communities

People in Erewash will benefit from the latest round of Rural Community Grants that look set to be given the go ahead at a Council Executive meeting on 4 December.
The scheme allows parish councils to apply for a share of £250,000 of funding over four years and is designed to help meet some of the costs of new capital projects.
Ockbrook and Borrowash Parish Council has applied for £2,070 to help fund improvements to the access route at Borrowash Burial Ground, which is being converted into a Garden of Remembrance. This will enable contractors to start work at the site. 
Two extensions to deadlines for previously approved grants awarded to Sandiacre Parish Council are also expected to be agreed. The grants were agreed in September 2017 but the money was not spent within the 12 month deadline. The first was for £10,000 to support Sandiacre Town FC’s project to build a new 3G artificial pitch at Sandiacre Friesland School. The other was £12,500 to help the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust to pay for the extraction of the lock chamber and remedial work at Sandiacre Lock. 
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, said:
“The Rural Community Grant Scheme has been successful in meeting the costs of new capital projects which benefit the community, bring local people together and improve neighbourhood engagement.
“The council continues to recognise the value of the work done by local groups and parish     councils in the community through this scheme.”
The council allocated £250,000 to support capital projects over four years through the Rural Community Grant Scheme, which ends in March 2019. Applications for the current round of funding close on 17 December. Apply at  

Ilkeston Christmas Lights switch-on

Join us on Friday 30 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 Chris Corbett, 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.
Enjoy musical performances from Ilkeston Brass Band and listen to the dulcet sounds of singer Trevvy. Join in the funfair atmosphere with rides for all ages 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.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The 2018 Christmas countdown is well underway, and this event is a firm festive favourite. It’s a great evening of music, lights and entertainment for all ages that brings the town together in a magical celebration!” 

It’s a tree-mendous giveaway!

Erewash residents have the chance to pick up a free bush apple tree for their gardens . . . with the return of Erewash Borough Council’s popular Free Tree giveaway.
The annual 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 bush apple tree per household.
This year’s giveaway dates for the diary are:
• Long Eaton – High Street on Wednesday 28 November, from 10am
• Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 29 November, from 10am
A total of 150 bush apple trees will be available at each of the events and they will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to residents of Erewash only. The varieties will include Cox, Red Falstaff and James Grieve. 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Apple trees are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow and we know there are many people out there who have enjoyed the fruits of their success in growing one at home after last year’s giveaway!
“We will have apple trees for every size of garden, including ones that can be grown in containers, so go along to our stalls to get your favourite to plant – but remember, it’s first come, first served, so get there early!”
The council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information about the trees.

All the fun of the Chestnut Fair

Long Eaton will welcome the popular Chestnut Fair this month when Waverley Street is once again transformed into a spectacular traditional street fair.
There will be stalls, children’s rides, white knuckle excitement for the brave and family favourites such as the dodgems and waltzer.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, will officially open the fair on Thursday 15 November at 6.00pm.
The fair, presented by James Mellors Amusement Ltd, will be open as follows:
Thursday 15 November 6pm-10pm
Friday 16 November 6pm-10pm
Saturday 17 November 1pm-10pm 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
        “The Chestnut Fair always proves popular and it’s a great event for all ages, whether you simply go for an autumn stroll around the stalls or brave the rides!”

Starry, starry night…

Stargazers will have the chance to listen to experts and use professional equipment when members of Ilkeston and District Astronomical Society host a ‘Stargazing Night’ at Erewash Museum on Saturday 17 November.
The equipment will be set up in the museum grounds between 6pm-9pm for anyone wanting to take part in this illuminating free event and discover more about astronomy. Cool Science will be on hand to entertain budding young scientists.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The stargazing event will be a brilliant chance for people of all ages to listen to the experts and get interesting advice on all things celestial.”
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