Time is ticking . . . 

Erewash Borough Council has issued a final reminder to local residents that if they are not already registered that they must register by Friday 12 April to have a right to vote in next month’s elections.
 
With less than two weeks to go to the register deadline, the council’s elections team is continuing to register hundreds of people who are getting in touch or going online to confirm their details.
 
Anyone old enough to vote who is not on the council’s Register of Electors by the deadline day will not be able to vote in the Borough and Parish elections taking place on Thursday 2 May.
 
It is quick and easy to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Easter ‘eggs-travanganza’ at the museum!

Visitors will be hopping with excitement at the Easter line-up of events at Erewash Museum this April half-term.
 
The Easter holidays kick off with a week of fun-filled crafts and activities from Monday 15 to Friday 19 April between 11am-3pm. There will also be a daily Easter-themed treasure hunt trail around the museum for everyone to take part in and enjoy. 
 
On Wednesday 17 April, the good times carry on rolling when the big Easter Party takes place from 4pm-6pm. This ticketed event will include a disco, games, music and, of course, plenty of Easter fun!  Tickets are on sale now from the museum gift shop at £3 per child including prizes. Food is not included in the price but the Old Stables Tearoom will be open serving treats and drinks.
 
The fun continues on Saturday 20 April and Tuesday 23 – 26 April between 11am-3pm when the museum brings back the hugely popular Blocks and Bricks Week, offering lots of building fun with every child’s favorite construction toy. There will be Lego crafts, trails around the museum and plenty of Lego for play.      
 

Floral boost for town centre

Floral planters and extra benches will give Ilkeston town centre a summer boost thanks to improvements by Erewash Borough Council.
 
Business leaders and residents were recently asked for their thoughts on what would help lift and improve the town centre and extra seating and more floral displays were popular suggestions.
 
Now the council’s economic development team is putting those ideas into action and have a number of floral planters which will be filled with seasonal plants and fitted to shops in Ilkeston town centre streets to complement the usual summertime displays in the heart of the town.
 
Businesses are being encouraged to take part, with the shop’s commitment being to care for the planter going forward – but those interested must get in touch with the council before Thursday 14 March.
 
Over the coming weeks, there will also be some additional benches installed to give more opportunities for shoppers to take a break.
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“Residents and business owners agree that flower displays add a feelgood factor to the town centre, making it a welcoming place to be. So we are delighted to support them by providing planters for some shops that will complement our usual displays. It is part of our ongoing work to help breathe new life into both Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres.”
 

Go mad for science!           

It’s time to fire up your imagination, don the white coat and goggles, and dive into the wacky and wonderful world that is the Mad Science Day being held at Erewash Museum on Saturday 16 March as part of British Science Week 2019.
 
Cool Science will be on hand wowing both young and old with their fun experiments, delivering exciting and educational scientific knowledge, plus the museum will be chock-full with displays and fascinating facts throughout the day. The event is aimed at children aged 5-16. 
 
Admission is £1.50 for children aged 5 and over, but little ones are very welcome with free admission. 
 
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Mike Wallis, says: 
 
“What a brilliantly fun way to learn about the world! The museum will be transformed into a haven of creativeness and fun while youngsters learn all about how science works.”
          
Erewash Museum is located 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

TOYOTA NATIONAL BRiT AWARD FOR ILKESTON CAR DEALER

A FAMILY run car dealership in Ilkeston has been crowned with a Toyota BRiT Award for an outstanding display of performance! 
Rather than awards for musical accomplishments, the BRiT (Best Retailer In Town) Awards are an assessment across the UK by Toyota, for which Ron Brooks in Derby Road Ilkeston won the top overall prize, Retailer of the Year.
 
Of 182 centres in the running, Ron Brooks was nominated for three awards, taking the win on the top spot as the best Toyota Retailer in the UK measured against seven criteria.
 
There were 14 prizes in total for categories including awards for customer service, aftersales, performance and more. The Ron Brooks Ilkeston and Mansfield region was placed first nationally and second in the ‘People’ award which judges the qualifications and experience of staff in each department.
 
Announcing the winner of the top prize, comedian Lenny Henry said: “To win this award, a centre must deliver on all categories.”
Upon being awarded with the Retailer of the Year Award, Ron Brooks Managing Director Kevin Slack, said: “In the modern day and age, the way people buy cars is beginning to change. 
 
“Regardless of this change, as a family-run business, we continue to make sure the customer is always at the forefront of everything we do, whether it concerns a car sale or service. 
“It’s fantastic to know that the Ron Brooks way of thinking is still applauded and recognised by Toyota as the best practice to help customers with all their motoring needs.” 
 
Founded in 1962, Ron Brooks has been supplying new and used vehicles to customers across the country for more than 56 years. Having set up the location as a dedicated Toyota dealership over 45 years ago, the Ilkeston branch serves as one of the longest running Toyota centres in the UK.