Time to Bloom - 2018

Erewash gardeners can put their hoes and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers  . . . it’s time to launch the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition!
 
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.
 
The 2018 contest will be launched with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:
 
• Wednesday 25 April – Long Eaton High Street, 10am-1pm
• Thursday 26 April – Ilkeston, Bath Street, 10am-1pm
 
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:
 
“Put the dates in your diaries and come along and visit our Bloom stalls - it’s time to sharpen your shears, spruce up your flower bed and bring out the baskets! 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.”
 
Residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 25 April at www.erewash.gov.uk/erewashinbloom or forms can be downloaded at www.erewash.gov.uk/pride
 
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.
 

Royal Erewash

Remember when Princes Diana visited Ilkeston? This and other Royal occasions in Erewash will be showcased at a special exhibition at Erewash Museum which opens this month.
 
The Royal Erewash exhibition takes place from 21 April to 1 September and will include fascinating facts and a timeline - dating back to 1252 - of all of Erewash’s Royal links. On display will be lace, made in Erewash, similar to that used on Kate Middleton and Princess Diana’s wedding dresses. The exhibition, which opens in the lead up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on 19 May, will include photos, information and even a selfie station. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The Royal family holds a special fascination for many of the people of Erewash. In the past, Royal weddings, events and visits have been a way for the people of Erewash to come together. 
 
“Through big civic events like Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, the heart-warming community parties of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation and the personal touch of Princess Diana’s visit, this exhibition looks at some of the great occasions in the history of our borough and the way people have celebrated their relationship with the Royal family.”
 
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
 

New homes in Erewash

Eight flats and four houses for affordable rent have been completed at Bridge Street in Sandiacre.
 
Erewash Borough Council has worked closely with social housing and care provider emh group, who built the properties as part of a programme of developments in the area and will manage them through its social landlord emh homes.
 
Consultation with local occupational therapists ensured the ground floor flats are suitable for older people and people with some mobility problems. The flats include wet rooms or walk-in showers, space to charge electric scooters and wheelchairs, car ports and their own patio areas.
 
A total of 12 families and individuals now have a new affordable home making it a worthwhile project and good use of the land.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagements, says: 
 
“We are delighted to see this housing development move forward to provide affordable homes, for families and older people. Our planning and housing services teams have worked closely with emh to build homes that meet the needs of Erewash residents.”
 
Chan Kataria, Chief Executive for emh group, says: 
 
“We are very pleased to consolidate our partnership with this important development to
 provide much needed affordable homes in the area.”

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Sign of the times

The preservation of historic cast iron street name signs continues, with Erewash Borough Council working to refurbish original signs in and around our town centres.
 
The council is keen to preserve as many of these signs as possible, many of which date back to the 1900s or earlier, as they are an important part of local history.  Most signs of this style are attached to private buildings and permission is needed from the property owner before any work can be undertaken.
 
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
 
“We are delighted to have restored and reinstated a number of historic street signs already and it is the council’s policy to always retain street name signs that have historic importance to the borough and will continue to do so with the help of property owners.”
 
If anyone has a cast iron street name sign attached to their property that is in poor condition, they are asked to email the Green Space & Street Scene Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide a photo of the sign so that it can be considered for refurbishment.  A consent form will then be forwarded.