Grants on offer right now!

Community and voluntary organisations, small groups and charities in Erewash are all being urged to apply for funding support as part of Erewash Borough Council’s Community Grant scheme.
 
A new round of funding – the first of 2017 - has opened and the council is keen for groups both large and small to get in touch right now and apply for up to £2,000 to help them with their work.
 
The council has helped countless groups over the last few years through the grants scheme and wants to spread the message to even more groups that community grants are on offer to help with new and innovative projects that help the residents of Erewash.
 
Groups supporting older people, community and voluntary organisations – ranging from scout groups to charities like Sight Support Derbyshire – along with play schemes and arts and sporting groups all made successful bids for a small grant in the 2016/17 rounds.
 
The latest deadline for applications is 12.30pm on Friday 9 June and full details of the scheme and how to apply for a grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk – click on the ‘Community and Living’ tab and the link.
 
Anyone needing help to fill in the application 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 extension 3575.
 
Subject to funding remaining available, the next deadline for community grant applications will be 12.30pm on Monday 24 July, confirmation and full details will be provided on the council’s website.
 

Poll cards signal election countdown!

More than 86,000 poll cards will be hand-delivered to every Erewash resident who is on the voting register between Saturday 6 May and Sunday 14 May inclusive.
 
Delivery of the poll cards is the first key stage in the countdown to the 8 June election, when voters will turn out to elect their MP for the Erewash area in the General Election.
 
The card gives electors their voter number and details of their polling station - or it will confirm details for those residents who have requested a postal vote.
 
Residents who want to check that they are registered to vote in Erewash can fill in a form online that will be responded to within one working day by the council’s elections team. Visit www.erewash.gov.uk  and click on the ‘Your Council’ tab and follow the ‘elections’ link.
 
Residents who know they still need to register to vote can do so easily and quickly online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before the deadline of Monday 22 May.
 
Voters wanting postal or proxy votes should note the following deadlines:
 
5pm, Tuesday 23 May - for new postal vote and postal proxy applications
5pm, Wednesday 31 May - new applications to vote by proxy
 
The council’s elections team can help with any enquiries. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1190.

Revving up for a great day out!

Erewash Museum is gearing up for one of its most popular annual events . . .  when the exciting motorcycle display rides into the gardens again on Saturday 13 May.
 
The collection of motorcycles, both classic and new, is always a big hit with bike enthusiasts and families and the free event will be held between 12noon and 4pm.  The Museum will be open as usual from 10am – 4pm and refreshments will be available by the Friends of Erewash Museum in the Old Stables Tea Room.
 
Erewash Museum is situated 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
 

What voters need to know for 4 May

With the Derbyshire County Council elections now just days away, Erewash Borough Council has issued an information checklist for voters in the borough:
 
 
Anyone wanting more information can visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Journey into the past

Residents interested in tracing their family tree can find out more at a special one-day research event at Erewash Museum on Saturday 6 May between 11am and 3pm.
 
A professional genealogist and team of volunteers will be on hand to guide visitors through the process of tracing their ancestry and building a family tree – including advice on how to research birth records, census data, military records and other sources. 
 
Visitors will also have the chance of using the museum’s onsite resources and discover how to use databases such as Find My Past to do their own research at home or at the museum.
 
The free event will also feature an ‘Unseen Collections Day’ when visitors can join the museum’s Collection Officer to discover how objects in its collection are cared for, conservation techniques and a unique chance to see items not usually on display by opening up its wider collection.