Family fun for everyone

It’s almost time for Ilkeston Charter Fair! Spectacular rides, excited children, music and bright lights will all help to celebrate the event’s 767th year in the town.
 
The town centre will once again welcome one of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe, transforming the Market Place and surrounding streets into a colourful spectacle.
 
The Charter Fair attracts thousands of people with some of the biggest and best travelling rides in the country, from white-knuckle thrillers through to firm family favourites such as the big wheel and dodgems. There will be rides suitable for all ages to keep the whole family entertained.
 
This year’s event runs from Wednesday 16 October until Saturday 19 October and will once again be given a ceremonial opening on Thursday 17 October – when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley, will ‘ring the bell’ to get the 2019 Charter Fair officially underway.
 
The traditional ceremony, which includes the reading of the 1252 Charter, will take place outside the town hall under a covered walkway. Local families and visitors will gather round to join the showmen to officially welcome the fair. This year, pupils from Dallimore and Dovedale Primary Schools will lead a vibrant musical procession from Erewash Museum to the Market Place to help mark the start of the fair. Guests at the opening ceremony will include representatives from other local authorities in Derbyshire. The opening ceremony will also be streamed live on the council’s Facebook page.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are always proud to welcome Ilkeston Charter Fair and look forward to the town centre being transformed into a family-friendly colourful scene full of rides, lights and music. The historic event brings thousands of visitors into the town every year to enjoy the amazing atmosphere and to experience the thrills on offer.” 
 
The Fair is situated in Bath Street, Market Place, East Street, South Street, Queen Street, Wharncliffe Road and Pimlico. Attractions are open from 6pm-11pm on Wednesday 16 October and from 12 noon-11pm Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October.

A magical day at Erewash Museum

A magical day of fairy themed activities and live shows will take place at Erewash Museum when the Enchanted Garden event returns on Saturday 14 September between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
 
Children will have the chance to meet the Queen of the Fairies in her sparkly grotto, hunt for the magical fairy doors around the museum grounds and join in with the fairy craft activities including making your own Autumn Fairy. People are also encouraged to get into the spirit of the occasion by dressing as a fairy or an elf.
Themed live shows will be taking place throughout the day with the ‘Over the Rainbow and Under the Sea’ show featuring fairy, rainbow and unicorn hosts joining Twinkle the unicorn puppet on an adventure to find the rainbow! The shows will be interactive and allow for children to join in with magic, bubble popping and dancing.
Three shows, each running for 30 minutes, will include meet and greet and photo opportunities following each storytelling session. The shows will be running between 11.30am and 3pm.
All shows will be free with suggested donations for photo opportunities. Some activities will be chargeable.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The enchanted garden day is always an extremely popular event and it’s an absolute delight to see how it ignites the imagination of visitors, young and old.”
 
The Old Stables Tea Rooms will be open for people to enjoy a well-earned rest from the magic and sparkle. 
 
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.
 

Council Tax support

Some of the most vulnerable people in Erewash are still missing out on a council tax reduction worth hundreds or thousands of pounds because little is known about the support.
 
Erewash Borough Council wants to make people aware that anyone living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s or other similar conditions may be entitled to a council tax reduction. 
 
If granted, it means those living alone will not pay any council tax, while those living with another adult aged over 18 may qualify for a 25% reduction.  A carer may also qualify for a reduction if they are providing care for at least 35 hours a week, live in the same property and are not related to the person.
 
Councillor Wayne Major, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:
 
“As a council we want to get this important message out – that support may be available for those living with these devastating conditions. We know many charities, both nationally and locally, do try to inform people but there are still many that are not aware of this discount. We would ask everyone to help us spread the word.”
 
There are conditions that need to be met to qualify for a Severe Mental Impairment (SMI) council tax discount/exemption. Anyone wanting more help and guidance can contact Citizens Advice on their helpline 0300 456 8390 or contact the relevant charities offering support, including the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK and Carers UK.
 
Residents can register for a My Erewash account at www.erewash.gov.uk where online forms can be found.

Grants for community groups

Voluntary groups and charities in Erewash are being urged to apply for up to £2,000 to help fund their work ahead of this month’s closing deadline for Erewash Borough Council’s Community Grants Scheme.
 
Applications for the council’s latest round of funding must be submitted by 5.30pm on Tuesday 23 July.
 
The grants scheme gives both large and small voluntary organisations the chance to apply for funding of up to £2,000 for projects and services that benefit Erewash residents.
 
Over the last few years the council has helped a number of community organisations through the popular grants scheme – last year almost £42,000 was awarded to local community and voluntary groups.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We have helped so many organisations since we launched this scheme, but we know there are many more groups out there working to help people  in Erewash. There is still time to apply, so let’s hear from you – get in touch now.”  
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply can be found at www.erewash.gov.uk  
For advice contact Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley on 0115 907 2244 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Subject to funding remaining available, details of further funding rounds will be announced on the council’s website.

Lancaster bomber flypast set to boost a town's popular classic vehicle event 

Ilkeston's biggest one-day event will hit new heights this year when a historic plane will salute vintage vehicles on show below.
 
The Avro Lancaster bomber from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is scheduled to make a flypast over the town's Market Place on Sunday August 11 while the seventh Heritage and Classic Vehicle Show takes place.
 
The appearance, depending on serviceability and the weather, will be an added attraction for the show, organised by Erewash Partnership Events, which regularly attracts thousands of visitors and is second only in size to the annual historic charter fair which takes place over four days.
 
This year's show promises to be even bigger with scooters on show for the first time alongside classic and sports cars, motorbikes, lorries, buses, tractors and even steam engines, all evoking sights, sounds and memories of years gone by.
 
Organisers are expanding the exhibit areas into East Street and Bath Street to take in an extra 100 vehicles in addition to the 300 last year. Although spaces were fully booked some time ago, they will be taking extra bookings.
 
Headline sponsors for the event include Vauxhall Repair Centre, Ron Brooks, Bentley, and Pidcock Motorcycles. Exhibit owners will not just be pleased to show off their gleaming pride and joy but also vying to win prizes.
 
The free event will have something for everyone. There will be a craft fair, and entertainment will be provided by Ilkeston Brass band and Erewash Sound.
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley will attend as well local MP Maggie Throup. More mysterious visitors will include characters from Star Wars in the guise of the 501st Legion UK Garrison making their sixth appearance and The UKG Stig.
 
The event, from 10am-4pm,  allows local businesses to open for customers. Also set to benefit are the RAF Benevolent Fund, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and Ilkeston Rotary.
 
The Partnership has developed a strong relationship with some charities, including those helping ex-service personnel, so an appearance by the Lancaster nicknamed ‘thumper’ – one of only two in airworthy condition left in the world out of more than 7,000, the other being in Canada – will give spectators a chance to show their appreciation. 
 
It will be the second successive year that a plane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – usually seen on state and military occasions as well as air displays – has entertained thrilled the crowds.
 
A Hurricane fighter flew over last year's event with those below cheering and waving to the crew and the aircraft waggling its wings in acknowledgement.
 
The time of the flypast by the Lancaster, which was the most famous and successful heavy bomber of the Second World War, will be announced on social media and radio nearer the time.
 
Ian Viles, chief executive of Erewash Partnership, said: “We are thrilled and honoured at the prospect of the historic Lancaster flying over the show. It will be an added attraction for what is a bumper family event.”
 
Roads around the Market Place will be closed to normal traffic as vehicles start to arrive. The closures will be in place from 5.30am to 6.30pm on Sunday August 11. Bath Street from Chapel Street to the Market Place, Wharncliffe Road from Albert Street and South Street from Coronation Street, plus Pimlico between New Lawn Road and Burns Street and East Street are the affected routes. Parking in Erewash Borough Council car parks is free on Sundays.