Funding help for rural communities

Four rural community projects in Erewash look set to share a funding payout of nearly £32,500 as part of Erewash Borough Council’s Rural Community Grants Scheme.
Councillors at a meeting of the Council Executive next week (Tuesday 11 July) are expected to approve the grants, the third round of payouts since the scheme was launched in October 2015.
The council – which invested £250,000 in total for the scheme to run over four years until 2019 – wants to provide funding support for projects that help residents living in the borough’s rural communities. Voluntary and community organisations are encouraged to apply for a grant and to work with their local Parish Council to get them to endorse and to apply for support on their behalf.
The green light is expected to be given next week for the following grants:
£9,744 to Draycott for the installation of ramps for a mini BMX track and linking pathway at the Millennium Green for older children and teenagers to encourage young people to be active.
£2,600 to Little Eaton for help towards a new stone wall to enhance the planting scheme at Croft Corner community green space.
£10,000 to West Hallam towards an extension to the village’s Cricket Club pavilion to enhance the facilities.
£10,000 to Stanley and Stanley Common towards a £31,695 fundraising drive to install a kitchenette, hand and pot washing facilities and an accessible toilet and baby changing area within St Andrew’s Church vestry.
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
“We value the work done by Parish Councils in our borough as well as the local groups within those communities – and we are particularly grateful for their hard work during what are financially challenging times. To show our support we are delighted to be running this Rural Grants Scheme, the major investment we have set aside for it is a clear demonstration of our on-going commitment to the parish areas and those who live there.”
Councillors are also expected to ‘support in principle’ an application for £25,000 from Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust supported by Sandiacre Parish Council towards a £55,000 project to restore the lock adjacent to Lock Lane. There are insufficient funds left in the 22016/17 round of grants and the application will go forward to the 2017/18 round for consideration.
In addition, three of the four applications expected to get approval next week hope to raise further funds themselves to meet the total cost of the projects.

Grants galore for Erewash groups

More than 60 community groups and arts and sports organisations in Erewash were handed a share of a bumper payout of nearly £70,000 over the last financial year.
A report going to a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive next week lists the many groups that were helped by the money thanks to the council’s Community and Voluntary Small Grants Scheme.
Organisations supporting older people, groups and charities large and small – ranging from Scout and Sea Scouts to walking groups – sports and arts groups and playschemes in the borough were all successful in bids for a small grant.
The scheme offers the chance for groups to apply for up to £2,000 for projects and services that help Erewash residents.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“This report to Council Executive gives a clear demonstration of our continued commitment to helping the many, many kind-hearted people that we have in our borough in the work they do every day to provide, through their community groups, a whole range of services and support for residents of all ages.
“We will continue to reach out to the community through this scheme and we will work hard, in particular, to reach those groups which have not applied before – we’re here to help with your projects, so get in touch.”
The next deadline for grant applications is 12.30pm on Monday 24 July. Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a grant are available at – click on the ‘Community and Living’ tab and the link to ‘Grants’. 
Anyone needed help or advice on 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.

Home safety scheme continues

The partnership agreement behind the Erewash Safer Homes project, a mobile service that gives security help to older and vulnerable homeowners in the borough, looks set to be extended.
Erewash borough councillors at a meeting of the Council Executive next week (Tuesday 11 July) are expected to approve a move to change the current one year contract to a three year period running from 1 April this year to 31 March 2020.
The Safer Homes project is run in partnership with South Derbyshire District Council which originally set up the service over five years ago with South Derbyshire CVS. 
The project, which also helps residents who have been recent victims of burglary, offers advice to homeowners on how to keep their property safe and security equipment can be installed free of charge where necessary.
Under the Service Level Agreement, South Derbyshire CVS employs a project worker who works two days a week in each of the two districts. The agreement has been on a rolling one year term and extending the project to three years (subject to ongoing funds being available) is seen as providing a better platform for planning future delivery of the scheme.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“The Safer Homes initiative has been very well received in both Erewash and South Derbyshire and is seen as a key crime prevention project. Hundreds of people have been helped since it launched in 2014. In Erewash alone, more than 3,500 security items have been fitted to homes to help residents feel safer in their own home.
“Feedback from residents receiving the service confirms that they feel this is a valuable project.”
Referrals for the project can come direct from individuals who qualify for the service and from agencies including Derbyshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Erewash Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council.
The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 11 July at 10.30am.
Residents wanting more details about the Safer Homes scheme can contact Erewash CSP on 0115 907 2244 or contact South Derbyshire CVS directly to arrange an appointment – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01283 219761.

Tee off for summer fun!

Youngsters have the chance to enjoy unlimited golf and footgolf at Ilkeston’s Pewit Golf Course during the school summer break thanks to a Junior Membership offer by Erewash Borough Council.
A seven week membership for 8-16-year-olds is available for £15 offering unlimited golf and footgolf from Monday 17 July to Sunday 3 September during public opening hours.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Pewit offers a great golf experience as well as the fun footgolf course, a sport which continues to grow in popularity across the country.”
Also a limited number of 25 summer golf and footgolf memberships are available to buy for £20 for anyone aged over 17. 
Both membership offers are available to buy now at Pewit Golf Course and at Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston, Rutland Sports Park, Ilkeston, Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre and West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton.

Still time to bloom!

Green-fingered Erewash residents still have time to enter this year’s Erewash in Bloom gardening competition ahead of the deadline, Friday 7 July.
Organised by Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign, the annual competition features a range of categories to suit gardeners of all ages – including best front and rear gardens, best wildlife garden, top hanging baskets, best allotments and a fun tallest sunflower award for youngsters. There are also awards on offer for schools and businesses.
It is quick and easy to enter online at or entry forms are available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton town halls.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This remains a very popular competition with all our gardening gurus out there and they make it a very difficult task for the Bloom judges who are always bowled over by the quality of all entries – hats off to all the residents, businesses and schoolchildren who put the flower power into our borough. So if you haven’t entered yet, let’s hear from you!”