Need a grant for your community work?

Community and voluntary groups across 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 further round of funding through its Community Grants scheme and wants local groups to get in touch and apply for support ahead of the closing deadline of 12.30pm on Monday 24 July.
Countless groups have been helped over the last few years through the grants scheme, ranging from Scout groups to charities like Sight Support Derbyshire.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s 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. We have helped so many since we launched this scheme but we still want to hear from the many more groups we know are out there working to help people living in Erewash. It doesn’t matter how small the group is, we want to hear. Will a grant of up to £2,000 help you? Then get in touch now!”
The deadline for community grant applications is 12.30pm on Monday 24 July.
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a community grant are available at  - 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.

The Great Get Together in Erewash

Erewash residents have the chance to go along to a community party this weekend as part of the nationwide Great Get Together, a campaign organised by the Jo Cox Foundation in honour of the murdered MP.
Erewash Borough Council has joined forces with Ilkeston Churches to hold the event at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park on Sunday 18 June between 3pm and 6pm.
Jo’s family and friends launched the country-wide initiative to encourage communities and people to get together with their neighbours for a street party, shared picnic or barbecue over the weekend of 16-18 June – which marks the first anniversary of the MP’s death on 16 June 2016,
The Erewash Great Get Together gives all local residents the chance to take along their own picnics, blankets and seating to meet others. Ilkeston Brass will be on the newly restored bandstand to entertain party-goers and there will be free crafts and games for children.

Where there’s brass

Erewash Borough Council’s ever-popular Bold as Brass programme of free concerts gets underway this weekend, with music lovers promised top quality performances throughout the summer.
The annual brass concert season is always a big hit with local residents and visitors to Erewash alike - and the 2017 line-up once again sees performances organised at venues across the borough.
Bold as Brass will feature 11 free concerts between June and August and kicks off with Ilkeston Brass at Victoria Park in Ilkeston on Sunday 4 June at 2pm.
Full details of the concert programme are provided on the poster:

All the events are free. Seating is limited for the outdoor concerts in West Park and Victoria Park so concert-goers are advised to take along their own chairs or blankets.


Tai Chi in the great outdoors

Erewash residents have the power to tap in to the health benefits of Tai Chi when weekly hour-long sessions start again in the relaxing surrounding of Victoria Park in Ilkeston every Tuesday from 6 June.
The free sessions are run by Tai Chi experts and will take place throughout the summer between 10.30am and 11.30am and are suitable for all ages and abilities. No booking is required, just meet at the pavilion within the park or find the group out on the grass.
The free classes previously ran through the autumn and were well attended and are now returning as part of a ‘summer of wellbeing’ in the park. The known health benefits of the ancient Chinese low impact exercise include reducing stress, improved posture, balance and general mobility and increased muscle strength in legs.  It is suitable for most people and can be adapted to suit those with a disability, including wheelchair users.

What voters need to know for 8 June

With the General election now just days away, Erewash Borough Council is reminding voters in the borough what they need to know to have their say on polling day
  • Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. You should have received a card with details of your local polling station. If not, you can search for your polling station via a link from the home page of the council’s website  or call the Erewash election hotline on 0115 907 1190 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • When voting at a polling station, it is helpful to take your poll card with you. But if you don’t have it, don’t let that stop you – you can still vote as long as you are registered.
  • Polling station staff will give you a ballot paper for the General Election.
  • If you applied for a postal vote, it needs to be completed and returned in the envelope provided. If you leave it too late to post back, you can drop it off at a polling station within your constituency or at either Long Eaton or Ilkeston Town Hall.
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