Carnival tribute to the war years

Carnival celebrations take over Long Eaton this weekend when the town’s historic event once more brings colour to the town – and this year’s theme will take its inspiration from the centenary of the end of the First World War.
 
Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets for the traditional carnival parade on Saturday 16 June as the floats, procession vehicles and walking parties all enter into the theme of ‘The War Years’.
 
The carnival is organised by members of the Long Eaton Community Carnival Association, who again successfully applied for a £1,500 grant from Erewash Borough Council to help stage the event. The money was presented as part of the council’s community grant scheme and the same amount was also granted to Ilkeston Lions for their Ilkeston Carnival event.
 
This year sees the parade set off from West Park at 11am along Wilsthorpe Road before heading onto Tamworth Road, through the Market Place, along Derby Road and then back down to Wilsthorpe Road to the West Park carnival showground.
 
The carnival show offers family fun from 12noon through to 9pm with stalls and displays in the main arena - including the Uttoxeter Heart of Oak Morris Men, the Extreme Mountain Bike Show, dance displays, Erewash Valley Gymnastics Club and more throughout the afternoon. 
 
During the evening the entertainment turns to music courtesy of bands Subculture, Two Guitars Clash and This Time Last Year. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are grateful to the volunteers who work hard to ensure that this free event is staged for the enjoyment of people of all ages. We are delighted to have been able to support the carnival through our Small Grants Scheme and to once again see all the entertainment at our Green Flag awarded West Park. We hope for sunshine – but whatever the weather, we know that everyone will have a great time.”
 
The weekend-long traditional Armstrong’s funfair will also add to the excitement, while Sunday (17th) will see a car boot attracting bargain hunters from 8am.
 
More details of the 2018 Long Eaton Carnival can be found at www.longeatoncarnival.org.uk or Facebook/LongEatonCarnival.
 
Roads on the carnival route will be closed for the parade between 11am and 1.30pm, although junctions will be re-opened on a rolling basis once the parade passes.
 

We have grants for you!

Erewash community and voluntary groups looking for funding are being urged to apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to help them with their work in the borough.
 
Erewash Borough Council has opened another round of funding through its Community Grants scheme and is urging local groups to apply for support ahead of the closing deadline of 5.30pm on Thursday 19 July.
 
Over the last few years the council has handed out thousands of pounds to countless groups in Erewash to help them with their vital work to help others in the community.
 
Groups both large and small have been helped and now the council would like especially to hear from those voluntary organisations in Erewash that have still to apply.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We know there are so many groups out there working tirelessly day in and day out to help people living in Erewash. We are delighted to continue to offer these small grants to help you do that work – so please apply and if you need advice or help with the application then don’t hesitate to get in touch. Your work is important and we’re here to help.”
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a community grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk  - go to ‘For You’ and then the ‘Grants’ link.
 
Anyone needing help or advice to complete the application form can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0115 907 2244.

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.