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Local voluntary and community groups now have even more opportunities to apply for grants to help them with their work after Erewash Borough Council relaunched its Small Grants support into a new eight-week ‘rolling’ scheme.
The small grants programme offers the chance for community groups to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for innovative projects that help and support residents in the borough.
As part of the changes, the council’s awards panel will now meet every eight weeks to discuss the grant applications that have been received and make the awards to those groups that have been successful.
This week the council has announced its first two summer deadlines to enable community groups to start putting together their applications – with the first closing date confirmed as 5.30pm on Tuesday 31 May and the second as 5.30pm on Monday 25 July.
Councillor Carol Hart, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“These changes mean that our small grants scheme now remains open all year rather than for the two or three ‘rounds’ that we have run previously. 
“This is good news for all those groups, both large and small, that we have in our borough and we now want to hear from them and how a small grant could help them in their work to help and support residents of all ages and in all kinds of ways.
“So we’re open for business and we’re calling on all those community groups out there to apply for up to £2,000. Shout about your work and start preparing your application for money that will help you – you have the next two deadlines!”
Subject to funding remaining available, the next ‘rolling’ deadlines will be announced shortly. 
Hundreds of groups in Erewash have been helped in recent years thanks to successful applications for a small grant and for the next awards, the council is particularly keen to hear about new or ground-breaking projects that could be helped by the money.
More details and an application form are available on the council’s website  – click on the ‘Community Living’ tab and then the ‘grants’ link. 
Anyone wanting more information about the Small Grants Scheme can also contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley on 0115 907 2244 ext. 3575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It’s Bloom Time Again

Erewash gardeners can put their spades and rakes on standby and dust down their mowers . . . the ever-popular Erewash in Bloom gardening competition is launched this month!
The annual competition for green-fingered gardeners is the flagship project of Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees residents, schoolchildren and businesses put some real flower power into the borough.
This year’s contest will be launched during National Gardening Week with special ‘Bloom’ stalls in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres where residents can find out more and pick up an entry form:
Wednesday 13 April - Long Eaton High Street, 10am - 2pm
Thursday 14 April - Ilkeston Bath Street, 10am - 2pm
The competition features a wide range of categories as gardening fans all compete to put on the best summertime displays and be crowned an Erewash in Bloom champion.
Entry forms are also available from Long Eaton and Ilkeston Town Halls. Alternatively, residents will be able to enter on-line from Wednesday 13 April at or forms can be downloaded at
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 “Put the dates in your diaries and come along and visit our Bloom stalls - it’s time to sharpen your shears, spruce up your flower bed and bring on the baskets! We expect another record-breaking year for our Erewash in Bloom, which remains a summer-long favourite with residents of all ages in all corners of our borough.”
This year’s competition is being sponsored by The Oddfellows.  The friendship group is open to everyone and has 280,000 members and 139 branches all over the UK. The group has been part of social history for over 200 years, providing advice services, benefits and welfare support for those in need. For further information visit:

Family Day To Launch New-Look Museum

Erewash Museum will unveil its new learning and visitor centre on Easter Saturday 26 March with a fun Victorian Extravaganza for all the family.
The free family event will give residents the first chance to see the newly-completed Heritage Lottery Fund project, which also features a new Old Stables exhibition and a brand new tea room.
The launch event will run between 11am and 3pm and as well as exploring the new additions and its interactive exhibitions, there will be lots of entertainment including the chance to have a photo taken in a classic horse and carriage, horse shoe making, stilt walkers, lace making, a barrel organist and a penny farthing demonstration.
There will also be fascinating details about the residents of Dalby House - which is home to Erewash Museum - from across the years.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 “This will be a celebration day and we want as many people as possible to share it with us as we proudly launch our new-look museum after this major project.
“Our award winning museum is much loved by residents and these new facilities offer us so many more opportunities to extend and build on the magnificent work that is already carried out. Please go along, enjoy the day and take pride in this treasure of a museum that we have in our borough.”
A total of £563,600 funding was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Friends of Erewash Museum and Erewash Borough Council for the project.
Erewash Museum is just off the High Street in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Admission is free and it is open Monday to Saturday during school holidays between 10am-4pm. For more information contact Erewash Museum 0115 907 1141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Free One Hour Parking 

The popular free one hour parking in Erewash will continue, but Erewash Borough Council has agreed that changes to other car parking charges are needed to fund the scheme.
Parking charges will increase in all car parks from Monday 4 April in a move aimed at helping fund the one hour free parking in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centre car parks.
The charges at Long Eaton Train Station commuters’ car park, which are currently very cheap compared to other station car parks, will also increase to keep it more in line with other similar stations.
A review of the free scheme confirmed that its ongoing cost could not be sustained, with the council having lost £100,000 between April and September last year and continues to face losses of around £18,000 a month.
The free parking was introduced as a town centre regeneration initiative and has become increasingly popular with residents and town centre businesses.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“These are financially challenging times for all local authorities and although the free one hour parking is extremely popular and residents want it to continue, we have to find ways to fund it.
“The parking charges have not been increased since 2008 and any attempt to offset the cost of the free one hour parking has to come from the parking budget. Even with this increase in the parking charges, we are still potentially looking at losses, so we will have to continue to review the situation.”
The new charges will be the same in all the council’s car parks, removing the different tariffs which have existed in some car parks – a move which has been asked for by many drivers.
All the new parking fees will be applicable Monday to Saturday from 8am-6pm from 4 April.

Mayor’s Award

Erewash Borough Council is calling on its residents to nominate someone they admire for their selfless work for others in the borough and who deserves a pat on the back for their tireless work for the community.
The council has relaunched its Mayor’s Award scheme to honour the special people of Erewash - and it is calling on residents to make their nominations in recognition of those people who go that extra mile without expecting anything in return.
The closing date is 31 March when a panel will then consider the nominations, looking for evidence of special qualities and service beyond being a ‘good neighbour’.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, says:
“I have been so proud to serve this wonderful borough and have been truly humbled by the many people out there who work so tirelessly to help others. There are some very special people who are so caring of others and their warmth, kindness and compassion is overwhelming. 
“I ask residents to please take a moment to nominate the people they know who deserve to be recognised.” 
Nominations will be in confidence and publicity only given to people who actually receive a Mayor’s Award. Please note that awards cannot be made to serving councillors of the county, borough or parish councils or their employees.
Forms are available at Ilkeston and Long Eaton Town Hall receptions and online at or send full details in a letter to Susan Dunkley, Democratic and Civic Officer, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, DE7 5RP.
For more details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115 907 1115.