It’s Carnival time!

Ilkeston Lions present the 29th Ilkeston Carnival on Saturday 8 June at the town’s Rutland Recreation Ground.
The popular family-themed event will run from 12 noon to 5pm and will feature a wide range of stalls as well as food, drinks and funfair rides. 
Ilkeston Lions successfully applied for a £1,380 grant from Erewash Borough Council to help stage the event. The money was presented as part of the council’s community grant scheme.
 
Entertainment throughout the afternoon will include vintage cars, a children’s magician, dance performances from Dance Divaz and gymnastics displays by Erewash Gymnastics and the Nottingham-based Flying Dakos team.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:  
 
“Congratulations to Ilkeston Lions for once again organising the hugely popular annual Ilkeston Carnival. It is always a big draw for the town and I’m sure there will be lots of people down at the recreation ground enjoying all the fun and entertainment on offer.”
 

Preparing for polling day

Erewash Borough Council’s elections team continue to work behind-the-scenes as the countdown continues to polling day on Thursday 2 May.
 
Residents go to the polls to vote in the Borough Council elections, while in some areas there will also be Parish Council elections.
 
The whole process to prepare for Polling Day gets underway many weeks before to ensure all the administrative and legal requirements are met.
 
A major part of the process is managing the register of voters, sending out the poll cards, setting up and manning the polling stations, training election staff and, finally, organising the counts ahead of the declaration of results.
 
Here are some facts about this year’s 2 May elections in Erewash:
 
• More than 87,000 poll cards have been hand-delivered to every resident in the Erewash borough who is on the electoral register.
• The percentage of postal votes requested in Erewash for the borough elections is 18.38%.
• There will be 57 polling stations for the Erewash Borough Council election.
• The stations will be manned by 57 Presiding Officers and 103 Poll Clerks in total between 7am and 10pm.
• The count for both the borough and parish elections will be held at Rutland Sports Park Tennis Centre in Ilkeston on Friday 3 May. 

What voters need to know 

Voters in Erewash are being reminded of what they need to know to have their say in the Erewash Borough Council and parish elections, which are now just days away on Thursday 2 May.
 
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 www.erewash.gov.uk (under Find It) 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 ballot papers for the Erewash Borough Council election. In some areas, you will also receive a second ballot paper for your local Parish Council 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 any polling station within Erewash or at either Long Eaton or Ilkeston Town Hall.
 
Anyone wanting more information can visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Easter fun at Victoria Park

Hop on over to Victoria Park in Ilkeston this Easter for some springtime fun! The event in the park grounds takes place on Saturday 20 April.
 
Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and follow the trails around the park to find the ten hidden Easter bunnies, discover the ten names to win a chocolate treat.
 
 View the Easter decorations hanging from the trees, made by Victoria Park’s own wellbeing group.
 
Use your pedal power on the specially designed ‘smoothie bikes’. The bikes are a great interactive way to introduce healthy eating to all, choose your fruit, create a delicious drink and pedal your way to five a day! There will be a two smoothie bikes, one for adults and one for children.
 
Have a go at designing a pot and plant a sunflower seed; take it home, nurture it and watch it grow!
 
The free event is on between 1-3pm.

Time is ticking . . . 

Erewash Borough Council has issued a final reminder to local residents that if they are not already registered that they must register by Friday 12 April to have a right to vote in next month’s elections.
 
With less than two weeks to go to the register deadline, the council’s elections team is continuing to register hundreds of people who are getting in touch or going online to confirm their details.
 
Anyone old enough to vote who is not on the council’s Register of Electors by the deadline day will not be able to vote in the Borough and Parish elections taking place on Thursday 2 May.
 
It is quick and easy to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote