Blooming done it again!

Erewash has once again taken top honours in East Midlands in Bloom – with the borough celebrating one of its most successful years in the prestigious competition.
News of the outstanding success for the borough was announced today (Wednesday 19 September) during an awards ceremony at Newark Showground.
Erewash’s medal-winning ways has seen Long Eaton take a top spot Gold Medal and Ilkeston win an impressive Silver Gilt Award in the Large Town category.
Celebrations are also underway in Draycott, which has taken the top Gold Award in the Large Village Category and in Breaston, which has gone one step higher than last year with a prestigious Silver Gilt Award in the Small Town Category.
The judges also showered the borough with special awards after being bowled over during a tour in the summer, with wins for:
The Draycott History Group for the 144 Commemorative First World War plaques throughout the village and Breaston Scouts for their stunning roadside garden.
Erewash Borough Council for the new litter bins to segregate waste installed within Long Eaton’s West Park to encourage the public to recycle their waste during a visit to the park.
Ilkeston’s Friends of Victoria Park for their help with the recent restoration project and continued maintenance of the park. 
First-time entrants Borrowash took part in the smaller ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ section of the competition, with its bloom supporters achieving a Level 4 (Thriving) grade.
Further success could be on the cards next month thanks to award winning Draycott, which was asked to take part in Britain in Bloom 2018 – the borough’s first ever entry into the national competition. Those results are due to be announced on 19 October.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We really are an award winning borough in so many ways and this latest success is proof of that – these are outstanding achievements for Erewash, not just Ilkeston and Long Eaton. Congratulations to the many people involved who take such pride in their surroundings and had to work particularly hard this summer because of the heatwave.
“It certainly is blooming marvellous, let’s all be proud of our communities and of Erewash and all it has to offer.”

Grants payout for two Erewash projects

More than £12,000 in grants is expected to get the go-ahead next week to help projects in two rural areas of Erewash.
Councillors look set to give the green light to the grants at a meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Executive on Tuesday (2 October) in a further round of payouts from the council’s Rural Community Grant Scheme.
The council invested £250,000 in total over four years, ending in March next year, for projects that benefit rural communities.
Next week’s meeting is expected to give the go-ahead for the following grants:
£3,600 for Risley Cricket Club to install a new energy efficient and secure roof as part of refurbishment work at the club’s pavilion.
£8,590 towards an extension at West Hallam Village Hall for the installation of a disabled toilet.
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:
“We continue to recognise the hard work carried out by local groups and Parish Councils in our communities. We are now into the final year of this four-year rural grant scheme and are delighted to have helped with valuable projects across the borough. We will look to open up a further round of funding with the remaining money before the end of this financial year.” 
As part of the scheme, all 13 Parish Councils in Erewash have been encouraged to apply for grants on behalf of local groups and organisations.
Full details of the scheme can be found at or email the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 2 October at 10.30am.

Ilkeston Fair 2018 - road closures and suspension of residents’ parking schemes

Residents’ parking schemes close to Ilkeston town centre will be temporarily suspended during the week of the 766th

Charter Fair – a move which is taken every year in an effort to free-up car parking space.
The schemes will be suspended from Monday 15 October to Sunday 21 October inclusive, resuming on Monday 22
Streets belonging to the two residents parking schemes are:
St Mary Street Area: Burns Street, Fullwood Street, Fullwood Avenue, Gregory Street, Jackson Avenue, New Lawn Road, St Mary Street, Wilmot Street. Queens Drive Area: Albert Street, Cedar Park, Darwin Avenue, Queens Drive, Lissett Avenue, Moss Road.
A one-way system will be in place along Wharncliffe Road, Albert Street and Queen’s Drive to the junction with Oakwell Drive. Diversions will be in place and signposted.
Several town centre car parks are always closed throughout the duration of Ilkeston Charter Fair week to make way for the rides, stalls and fair vehicles. These are situated on South Street, Pimlico, Queen Street and Gregory Street.
The following road closures will be in place from 5am on Tuesday 16 October until midday on Sunday 21 October:
South Street (from the Market Place to its junction with Gladstone Street West) 
Wharncliffe Road (from its junction with Albert Street to the Market Place)
Queen Street - in its entirety
Market Place - in its entirety
East Street (from its junction with the car park to the Market Place)
Bath Street (from its junction with Wilmot Street to the Market Place)
Pimlico (from its junction with New Lawn Road to its junction with Burns Street)

Exhibition in for home run at museum

Cricket fans can prepare to be bowled over with an exhibition that is coming to Erewash Museum.
Staff at the Ilkeston based museum have teamed up with the Cricket Derbyshire Foundation to showcase items of memorabilia and artefacts including photographs about cricket in Derbyshire.
The free exhibition takes place throughout October in The Hayloft and will include items collected as part of the foundation’s Heritage Project. 
People with a passion for the sport will be able to take along their own artefacts and photographs for ‘show and tell’. They can also share their memories and recollections of the game with staff and volunteers on 6 and 27 October, to be recorded for the museum archives.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at Erewash Borough Council, says: 
“This exhibition is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in cricket. For those who haven’t been to Erewash Museum before it will also provide a perfect opportunity to explore the rest of the museum and what it has to offer.”
The CDF aims to use the power of sport to educate, motivate and inspire people living in Derbyshire, making a lasting and positive impact. Over the last 18 months, as part an exciting Heritage Lottery Funded project, the foundation has been filming people’s memories and recollections of the popular game. Almost 200 recordings have been captured so far and will be made available on the CDF’s YouTube channel. 
Erewash Museum is located 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. You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum.

Fairground memories in Ilkeston 

Erewash Museum is reminiscing in days gone by with a one-day ‘Fairgrounds of the Past’ exhibition on Saturday 20 October.
Fairground enthusiasts and visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to see and hear an original street organ and showmen’s engine in the museum grounds. The Fairground Association of Great Britain will be displaying their fairground models in the Hayloft.
Enter into the spirit of the 766th Ilkeston Charter Fair by joining in with a taste of how fairs used to be operated in the past - the free event is on between 11am - 4pm. The Old Stable Tearoom will also be open serving food and drinks.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
“This event encourages us to discover more about the history of fairgrounds. It’s always popular with families and enthusiasts and you gain a real sense of the past, so get down there and take a step back in time.”
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. For more information contact the Museum on 0115 907 1141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or