What voters need to know for 4 May

With the Derbyshire County Council elections now just days away, Erewash Borough Council has issued an information checklist for voters in the borough:
 
 
Anyone wanting more information can visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Journey into the past

Residents interested in tracing their family tree can find out more at a special one-day research event at Erewash Museum on Saturday 6 May between 11am and 3pm.
 
A professional genealogist and team of volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors through the process of tracing their ancestry and building a family tree – including advice on how to research birth records, census data, military records and other sources. 
 
Visitors will also have the chance of using the museum’s onsite resources and discover how to use databases such as Find My Past to do their own research at home or at the museum.
 
The free event will also feature an ‘Unseen Collections Day’ when visitors can join the museum’s Collection Officer to discover how objects in its collection are cared for, conservation techniques and a unique chance to see items not usually on display by opening up its wider collection.
 

On yer bike – it’s the anniversary Triathlon!

Entries are now open for this year’s Erewash Triathlon – one of the borough’s biggest and most popular events on the sporting calendar.
 
The 2017 Triathlon celebrates its 10th anniversary and takes place on Sunday 20 August at West Park in Long Eaton, with hundreds of competitors from across the country expected to once again descend on the town for the popular event.
 
Anyone aged 15 years and over can enter the event, which is popular with people of all abilities from the complete novice through to seasoned triathletes.
The Erewash Triathlon starts with a 400m swim in the West Park Leisure Centre pool followed by a 16km bike before competitors complete the event with a 5km run within West Park. 
Erewash Borough Council is once again working with Stuweb Race Timing Solutions to stage this year’s triathlon.
 
Triathletes can register now online at www.erewashtri.com
 

Time to Bloom

Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers . . . the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this week!

The annual competition for green-fingered gurus 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.

This year’s contest is launched during National Gardening Week with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:

•    Wednesday 12 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-2pm
•    Thursday 13 April – Ilkeston, Bath Street, 10am-2pm

The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.

Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls. Alternatively, residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 12 April at www.erewash.gov.uk/erewashinbloom or forms can be downloaded at www.erewash.gov.uk/pride