Need a grant for your community work?

Community and voluntary groups in Erewash have another chance to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them with their work in the borough.
 
Erewash Borough Council has opened a final funding round of its Small Grants Scheme for 2016/17 and is urging local groups to get in touch and apply for financial support ahead of the closing deadline on Friday 17 February.
 
The council has helped many groups over the last few years through the grants scheme and is still keen to hear from more groups – however large or small - that could use a grant for specific projects that help people living in Erewash
 
Funding rounds earlier in the 2016/17 financial year have already helped 30 community and voluntary groups who won a share of just over £36,700 in total.
 
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
 
“We want to get the message out to groups in all corners of our borough that these grants are on offer to help them. It doesn’t matter how small the group is, we want to hear from you if you are working to help others in our borough. We know there is so much good work of all kinds happening every day. Will a grant of up to £2,000 help you? Then get in touch now!”
 
The deadline for community grant applications is close of play on Friday 17 February 2017.
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a community grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk  - via the ‘Community and Living’ tab and the link to ‘Grants’. 
Anyone needing help or advice regarding completing the application form can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0115 907 2244.

Local landscapes in new display

Landscape artworks based on the industrial archaeology of the area around Ilkeston and Shipley are at the centre of a new ‘Painting Local Light’ exhibition by local artist John Shiels which opens at Erewash Museum’s Lally Gallery on Saturday 21 January.
 
John has been painting full time for just over a year, having spent the previous 30 years as an art teacher. Born in Ilkeston, he lived and worked around the country before returning to his roots and moving back to his home town.
 
The inspiration for his paintings comes from local sites where, he says, ‘the ghosts of past industries are everywhere as nature struggles to reclaim the landscape’.
 
His exhibition will run until Saturday 25 February and John will be painting in the gallery during the first week of his exhibition.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“We are delighted to be able to showcase this collection of work, which we know will delight anyone with an interest in art and the local area. This is the first new exhibition in 2017 and is a great one to launch what will be a busy year for our award winning museum.”
 
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

Check in for a healthy 2017

Free health checks for Erewash residents will be on offer at Erewash Borough Council’s leisure centres throughout this year as part of the drive for healthier lifestyles.
 
The comprehensive 30-minute health checks will rotate around the council’s four leisure centres on Mondays, with the first appointments available for residents on Monday 9 January at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton.
 
The health checks will be carried out by fully trained staff and include heart health, blood pressure, waist to hip ratio, body compositional analysis, height and weight, and a healthy lifestyle questionnaire. Optional cholesterol and glucose tests are also on offer.
 
Customers will be given personal feedback and lifestyle recommendations such as physical activity, stopping smoking, weight management, alcohol awareness and emotional wellbeing. All health checks are strictly private and confidential to the customer. 
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“It’s a new year and this is a great opportunity for residents to make a new start to improve their health and lifestyles. The key aim of these checks is to help residents be more aware of the state of their health and the things they can do to improve their lifestyle.
 
“Many serious health conditions can often be prevented if caught early so booking in for a health check will be one of the best resolutions many of us make. Just 30 minutes of your time could help save your life.”
 
Six 30 minute evening appointments will be available at the leisure centres. For details of the dates visit www.erewash.gov.uk/healthchecks or to make a booking, residents should contact the leisure centres – West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton, 0115 946 1400; Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston, 0115 944 0400; Rutland Sports Park, Ilkeston, 0115 930 2033; and Friesland Sports Centre, Sandiacre, 0115 949 0400

Christmas Carol Service

The traditional Christmas Carol Service will again take place in Ilkeston Market Place on Christmas Eve from 7pm to ensure a perfect seasonal get-together for all the family. 
 
The service is always a popular event as people gather around the Christmas tree in the Market Place to sing some favourite carols, accompanied by the Salvation Army Band. The 30 minute event marks the countdown to Christmas and will also feature a short service by the Mayor’s Chaplain the Reverend Gill Callis-Turner with members of Ilkeston Methodist Church - while Santa also hopes to make an appearance despite his busy schedule!
 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson, will attend the event and a collection will be held in aid of his chosen charities.
 
Councillor Stevenson hopes to welcome as many residents as possible to the annual Christmas Carol Service: 
 
“This annual Carol Service is a heart-warming and traditional way for people of all ages to gather in the centre of the town and start the real countdown to the big day. It is always wonderfully atmospheric and I look forward to seeing everyone there.”
 

Mayor’s Christmas message

On behalf of the members and officers of Erewash Borough Council, I would like to offer my sincere greetings to all residents and wish you all the very best at this special time of year.
 
It is a great privilege to serve as Mayor and I am very proud and honoured to have been chosen for this civic role.  Over the last seven months I have met hundreds of wonderful people who visit, work or live in Erewash – and I look forward to meeting many more over the coming months until the end of my Civic Year in May 2017.

 
There is so much to be proud of in our borough and I have been immensely impressed by the wealth of talent within Erewash – talent that is demonstrated in every walk of life from those involved in the theatre, music and arts organisations through to those people who are involved in caring and supporting the less fortunate in our society.  
 
 
I have seen at first hand the service given to the community by the armies of volunteers who work selflessly all year round to help others. These are wonderful people involved in community groups and charities ranging from the League of Friends of Ilkeston Hospital and the local Royal British Legion branches through to the Rotary and Lions Clubs, Local History Groups, Cadet Force Units and those involved in Guiding and Scouting movements.
 
There are also the groups within every church in the borough which do so much good in their local communities.  Then there are our arts and environmental groups, those who support people with disabilities and all who work in or for our schools.  
 
There are too many groups and people to mention by name, but I know you are out there working daily to support and help people in the borough or raising money for charities.  It is this collective contribution that makes Erewash such a wonderful community and my heartfelt admiration goes out to you all.
 
We know, of course, that some people will not be with their loved ones this Christmas and to them we send our special good wishes.  We particularly think of those serving in the armed forces across the world and their families here at home, especially those who serve with our local Regiment, the Mercians.  We take time to think of those who have given their lives in the service of their country and, of course, everyone who is without a loved one through bereavement. 
 
Special thanks are due to all those people who will be working over the Christmas period in the emergency services, hospitals, power stations and all other essential services.  Your invaluable efforts are much appreciated. 
 
I would like to invite you to join us at the Christmas Carol Service which is being held on the Ilkeston Market Place on Christmas Eve from 7pm.  It will be a great time to celebrate this time of year and share the spirit of togetherness that this time of year brings.  
 
I will end by wishing you all a Christmas that is safe, warm and comfortable. Please take care if you are travelling and I hope you enjoy spending time with family and friends.  Season’s greetings and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year to you all.
 
 
Councillor Abey Stevenson
Mayor of Erewash 2016-2017