Parking charges frozen

Car parking charges in Erewash have been frozen for this year and the popular free one hour parking in town centre car parks will continue.
 
Erewash Borough Council has confirmed that there will be no increase in parking rates in its car parks following its budget setting meeting this month.
 
The move comes despite many local authorities across the country announcing a hike in parking rates as councils continue to find ways to deal with budget shortfalls in these financially challenging times.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“Our message is clear – there is no increase in parking charges in Erewash and our free one hour parking scheme continues. We firmly believe this is important in the continued drive to bring people into our town centres which is why we worked hard within our budget to ensure we could freeze the parking rates and still offer the free parking.”

Creating and inspiring art 

Erewash residents have the chance to join the Get Creative campaign when award winning Erewash Museum hosts an arts event as part of the nationwide festival on Saturday 24 March.
 
The drop-in session between 11am and 3pm will give people of all ages the chance to use words and images inspired by their favourite local buildings and places to create a recycled mobile.
 
Artist Jackie Ward, of Treehuggery, together with Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team, will be at the museum throughout the day giving help and advice as people get creative and make their own masterpiece to take home.
 
The Get Creative campaign is run nationally by a group of cultural organisations to celebrate and support 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.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Over the past couple of years the Get Creative events at our museum have proved a huge success and I’m sure this year will be just as popular with families - so pop along to meet new people and discover your creative flair.”
 

Letters that say so much

Erewash Museum is currently undertaking conservation work on the Margaret Hope Robinson letters – an archive of more than 2,000 letters that give an emotional insight into the lives of families of British prisoners of war (POWs) during the Second World War.
 
In 1944, Margaret Hope Robinson, who was known by her middle name of Hope, was a 29-year-old deputy registrar at Ilkeston Registry Office and was desperate for news of her husband Paul Maltby Robinson, a Major with the Sherwood Foresters, who had been captured by the Japanese forces a few years earlier.
 
She broke Whitehall regulations to interview two repatriated former POWs and produced a pamphlet about life in in a camp near Bangkok, something which gave vital information to hundreds of anxious relatives.
 
Letters from the families of missing POWs began to flood into Ilkeston as Hope became a beacon of light for them. The letters show the support network that grew amongst the relatives as well as detailing many personal tragedies and memorable stories.
 
Hope kept all correspondence and the archive that she left behind was given to Erewash Museum by her daughter Penny last year. The war had a happy ending for Hope, who was eventually reunited with her husband, a prominent local solicitor.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are extremely grateful to Hope’s family for donating this fascinating archive to Erewash Museum. It is a remarkable story and the letters – from families as well as business letters to newspapers, MPs and other organisations – give an important insight into the day-to-day realities of life on the home front in Britain. They also show the anxieties, frustration, hope and tragedy of the families desperate for news of their missing relatives.” 
 
Anyone wanting more information or interested in volunteering at the museum should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Summer sponsor opportunities 

Local businesses, parish councils, community groups and residents can show their pride in Erewash by sponsoring flower baskets to put the feelgood factor in the borough over the summer months.
 
The award-winning summertime planting and floral displays are always popular with residents and last year both Ilkeston and Long Eaton won Gold in the prestigious East Midlands in Bloom competition.
 
Now the council is inviting the whole community to help ensure the borough blossoms to the highest standards with the opportunity to sponsor flower baskets.
 
The colourful baskets are attached to lamp columns and brighten up the towns and villages in Erewash throughout the summer.
 
The sponsorship fee is £95 per year, based on a three year contract, and covers everything from the cost of the basket and plants through to watering, maintenance and an optional sponsor plaque.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure says:
 
“Sponsorship offers businesses, parish councils and our residents the chance to play their part in helping Erewash bloom and maintain the high standards – with a sponsorship plaque clearly demonstrating their support for Pride in Erewash.”
 
Anyone interested in sponsoring a flower basket need to apply by Friday 23 March. Application forms can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 907 2244. Applications will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.
 

By royal decree!

Erewash residents planning a right royal celebration to mark the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May have the chance to apply for funding to help organise a traditional street party.
 
Erewash Borough Council has confirmed that it has made grants available and individuals and groups in the borough have until 5pm on Friday 6 April to bid for money towards their royal celebration.
 
The wedding takes place at Windsor Castle on Saturday 19 May and is expected to spark street parties across the country as jubilant royal fans roll out the bunting for the landmark occasion. 
 
The Grant Application Form and full details of how to apply are available at www.erewash.gov.uk  Please note that grant funding cannot be used for the purchase of alcohol.
 
 Councillor Gerri Hickton, Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We are delighted to be able to offer this support, which will give some extra sparkle to what will be a wonderful royal day. Street parties bring communities together, so as the countdown begins to the big day I would urge party planners to put in their bids for funding as soon as possible.”
 
Further details and an application form are available at www.erewash.gov.uk -- click on the ‘For You’ and then ‘Grants’ links. Contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley on 0115 907 2244 ext. 3575 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..