Royal Erewash

Remember when Princes Diana visited Ilkeston? This and other Royal occasions in Erewash will be showcased at a special exhibition at Erewash Museum which opens this month.
The Royal Erewash exhibition takes place from 21 April to 1 September and will include fascinating facts and a timeline - dating back to 1252 - of all of Erewash’s Royal links. On display will be lace, made in Erewash, similar to that used on Kate Middleton and Princess Diana’s wedding dresses. The exhibition, which opens in the lead up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on 19 May, will include photos, information and even a selfie station. 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The Royal family holds a special fascination for many of the people of Erewash. In the past, Royal weddings, events and visits have been a way for the people of Erewash to come together. 
“Through big civic events like Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, the heart-warming community parties of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation and the personal touch of Princess Diana’s visit, this exhibition looks at some of the great occasions in the history of our borough and the way people have celebrated their relationship with the Royal family.”
Erewash Museum is 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

New homes in Erewash

Eight flats and four houses for affordable rent have been completed at Bridge Street in Sandiacre.
Erewash Borough Council has worked closely with social housing and care provider emh group, who built the properties as part of a programme of developments in the area and will manage them through its social landlord emh homes.
Consultation with local occupational therapists ensured the ground floor flats are suitable for older people and people with some mobility problems. The flats include wet rooms or walk-in showers, space to charge electric scooters and wheelchairs, car ports and their own patio areas.
A total of 12 families and individuals now have a new affordable home making it a worthwhile project and good use of the land.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagements, says: 
“We are delighted to see this housing development move forward to provide affordable homes, for families and older people. Our planning and housing services teams have worked closely with emh to build homes that meet the needs of Erewash residents.”
Chan Kataria, Chief Executive for emh group, says: 
“We are very pleased to consolidate our partnership with this important development to
 provide much needed affordable homes in the area.”

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Sign of the times

The preservation of historic cast iron street name signs continues, with Erewash Borough Council working to refurbish original signs in and around our town centres.
The council is keen to preserve as many of these signs as possible, many of which date back to the 1900s or earlier, as they are an important part of local history.  Most signs of this style are attached to private buildings and permission is needed from the property owner before any work can be undertaken.
Councillor Michael Powell, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
“We are delighted to have restored and reinstated a number of historic street signs already and it is the council’s policy to always retain street name signs that have historic importance to the borough and will continue to do so with the help of property owners.”
If anyone has a cast iron street name sign attached to their property that is in poor condition, they are asked to email the Green Space & Street Scene Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide a photo of the sign so that it can be considered for refurbishment.  A consent form will then be forwarded.     

Businesses and more jobs created after agency helps would-be entrepreneurs 

FIFTEEN people have now successfully set up their own businesses after benefiting from advice and  support on the D2 Business Starter Programme run last year by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership.  
More than 100 would-be entrepreneurs attended a series of free workshops in Erewash and Amber Valley.  This has resulted in creating 21 jobs. 
The Partnership is now preparing to run the programme again in each of the two areas on behalf of East Midlands Chamber. This is part of a county-wide initiative that is funded by Derbyshire County and City Councils and Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership.
The programme is available to residents in Erewash and Amber Valley, who have to enrol and register through the agency, whose headquarters are based in Long Eaton.
An individual tailored package of support is offered, which includes one to one mentor support and a series of workshops, these are led by experienced professionals and are designed to compliment the mentoring sessions.
Workshops include subjects such as an introduction to self-employment, marketing, business planning, bookkeeping and social media.
The free half-day workshops will begin in Erewash on April 11 and continue until May 25. Workshops will be repeated in the autumn in Amber Valley.
The largest number of jobs created has been at The Factory Kitchen, a licensed restaurant in Mundy Street, Ilkeston.  Owners Kevan and Jane Pierrepont, who were previously in engineering, set up the business in August.  They now employ six members of staff in a variety of positions. 
“It was good. It gave us a fresh insight to help our new business which was different to before,” said Jane.
Mark Ratcliffe accessed all areas of the programme and attended all five workshops.  Mark set up Marlon Training Associates in Ripley which trains people who work with new computer systems, processes and working practices.
Previously, Mark had worked for a high street bank for 31 years. He realised he could use his skills and experience but required help and support to set up and run his own business.
“Each workshop was really useful with good practical advice and the mentoring was excellent,” he said. 
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “Any successful entrepreneur will say that starting a business is not easy and there is an old saying that if you fail to plan, plan to fail.
“Our programmes provide would-be business owners with sound, helpful advice, based on proven techniques which is backed up by years of successful experience by mentors – to hopefully eliminate potential pitfalls and so give a solid foundation. 
“We are delighted with the number of people who have started their own businesses, boosting the mixed local economy. We wish them every success and are confident others will follow.”