Funding boost for Erewash villages

Projects that help residents living in villages and rural communities in Erewash could benefit from substantial funding thanks to a grants scheme that is now open for applications.
 
A new round of funding of Erewash Borough Council’s Rural Communities Grant Scheme means that groups are being urged to work with their local parish council to apply for support for projects that will benefit their community.
 
The council has again made £62,500 available for this financial year and funding can be for anything ranging from buildings, equipment and regeneration projects through to open spaces or any scheme that will improve the lives of local communities.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“These grants can make a real difference to people living in our borough’s villages and show our continued commitment to supporting life in our rural communities. There is so much excellent work being carried out by local groups and so now here is another opportunity for them to apply for money for projects within their community.
 
“So get in touch with your parish council and let’s hear about projects you would like to carry out. These are financially challenging times so this scheme is here to help you take things forward.”
 
Applications are accepted from parish councils on behalf of organisations, with only one bid per parished area permitted. The deadline for applications for a share of this year’s moneypot is 5.30pm on Wednesday 8 August.
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply can be found at www.erewash.gov.uk  - click on ‘For You’ and then ‘Grants’. Anyone interested can also email the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Keep on running…

The Erewash Triathlon and Erewash Half Marathon, two of the biggest and most popular events in the local sport and health calendar, are back for another year. 
 
The Erewash Half Marathon takes place on Saturday 18 August starting at Langley Mill at 8.30am, with runners using the towpath and park trails to make their way to the finish line at West Park Leisure Centre. Open to all abilities, the race provides an enjoyable run for both novice and experienced runners. Enter at www.erewashhalf.com
 
The Erewash Triathlon is back for its eleventh year and while a triathlon may seem daunting, this one is aimed at everybody so is ideal for first timers. The event is open to athletes age 15 and above and all abilities. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on Sunday 19 August – the day after the Half Marathon - with competitors travelling from all over the country to compete.
 
The event will kick off with a 400m swim in the West Park Leisure Centre pool, followed by a 16km bike ride before the competitors complete the event with a 5km run within West Park. There will be prizes for the top three male and female athletes overall as well as prizes for male and female age group winners. All finishers will receive a goody bag.
 
An athlete from Long Eaton’s twin town, Langen, is due to travel to the borough to compete in the event.  This will be the fourth year of the ‘exchange’ with an Erewash triathlete taking part in the prestigious Frankfurt Triathlon in July.
 
 The Erewash Triathlon is being organised by Stuweb Event Management working in partnership with Erewash Borough Council. Enter online at www.erewashtri.com
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead, Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are proud to once again host the triathlon and half marathon in Erewash - the many athletes who take part and train so hard to achieve their personal best are inspiring to all. Good luck to all involved!” 
 

Life’s a beach at Erewash Museum

Dust off the sunhats, pack up the sun cream, gather together the picnic basket and head down to Erewash Museum in Ilkeston for the return of the beach! 
 
The 2018 Summer Beach launches on Saturday 21 July with a Victorian themed beach party with Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides and entertainers. It will then be open Monday to Saturday 11am to 3pm during the six weeks holidays. 
 
This is the third year for the incredibly popular event which will once again see the return of the giant sandpit in the museum garden. During the summer holidays the fun continues with free craft activities, the ice cream cart, giant games, plus special event days including pirate treasure hunting, bug spotting and trains. The beach will run until Saturday 1 September.
 
The museum itself will be open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm during the school holidays with the exception of Bank Holiday Monday, allowing visitors the chance to take a break from lounging by the beach to take a tour of the museum and its exhibitions or enjoy some delicious treats from the Old Stable Tearoom. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We’re really excited to be bringing the beach back to Erewash Museum again, it’s a brilliant place to bring the family and have an ice cream while enjoying the summer weather! As well as the beach, visitors can also learn more about our borough by taking a walk around our award winning museum.”
 

Swing into the 40s at Erewash Museum

Time to enjoy classic wartime songs and all things 1940s when Erewash Museum in Ilkeston presents one of the most popular events in the council calendar.
 
A 1940s Garden Party will be held at the museum on Saturday 23 June, with the Festival Swing Dance Society leading the nostalgic entertainment, followed by classic wartime songs performed by entertainer Johnny Victory in the museum gardens.
 
There will be a chance to view vehicles from the era and military displays while visitors will be able to sample some wartime refreshments at the museum’s Old Stables Tea Room. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“The 1940s Garden Party is sure to be a great success - this themed event always proves popular and it is great to see so many Erewash residents of all ages enjoying the style and times of that era. The music and vehicles really transform the museum and take you right back to the 40s!”
 
The Garden Party runs from 10.30am-3.30pm and admission is free. A remembrance ceremony in the museum gardens will close the event at 3.30pm.
Swing into the 40s at Erewash Museum
 
Time to enjoy classic wartime songs and all things 1940s when Erewash Museum in Ilkeston presents one of the most popular events in the council calendar.
 
A 1940s Garden Party will be held at the museum on Saturday 23 June, with the Festival Swing Dance Society leading the nostalgic entertainment, followed by classic wartime songs performed by entertainer Johnny Victory in the museum gardens.
 
There will be a chance to view vehicles from the era and military displays while visitors will be able to sample some wartime refreshments at the museum’s Old Stables Tea Room. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: 
 
“The 1940s Garden Party is sure to be a great success - this themed event always proves popular and it is great to see so many Erewash residents of all ages enjoying the style and times of that era. The music and vehicles really transform the museum and take you right back to the 40s!”
 
The Garden Party runs from 10.30am-3.30pm and admission is free. A remembrance ceremony in the museum gardens will close the event at 3.30pm.

Bandstand is now a grand stand

Bespoke roof repair work to the iconic bandstand at Long Eaton’s West Park has now been completed.
 
Erewash Borough Council carried out a detailed review of the bandstand’s condition last year, which revealed the cast iron guttering had nearly rotted through and rot had formed on the roof and its supports.
 
Specialist work has now seen the rotten timber fascia boards replaced, the timber ridge beams repaired and the external iron guttering replaced with cast aluminium. The work included seeing each individual roof support having to be fabricated and welded off-site.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“The bandstand is a traditional and popular feature of any park, and the one at West Park has been used to entertain generations of people since 1935.
 
“We’re delighted to confirm the repair work is now complete and the bandstand can look its best in time for the summer, always the busiest time at this Green Flag park.”