Park’s poppy tribute

A stunning remembrance display featuring thousands of knitted poppies will transform Ilkeston’s Victoria Park into a moving memorial to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Organised by the Friends of Victoria Park, the ‘Poppy Project’ has seen volunteers on a worldwide scale knit poppies that will be displayed in a memorial trail through the park at a family remembrance event on Saturday 27 October between 10am-3pm.
The trailing display of poppies has been organised to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, and the thousands of knitted flowers that will make up the commemorative trail will provide a striking and memorable display.
Friends group members have been overwhelmed by the support of local residents for the project, while knitted flowers for the display have also arrived from across the UK and from countries like Italy, Spain and Australia. 
The family event will raise money for the Royal British Legion, with people able to buy the display poppies – while poppy badges will also be on sale. Members of the Royal British Legion Ilkeston Branch will be at the event along with local cadets.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This has been such a heart-warming project that has caught the imagination of the whole borough – and further afield as well. People young and old have so willingly given their time to knit remembrance poppies and our thanks go to them and to all involved in organising this event.
“It will be an emotional sight – a sea of poppies as part of our remembrance events here in Erewash in this special year. Go along to witness this display, it will be something that will stay in all our memories,”
Ahead of the event on 27 October, 364 of the knitted red poppies – and one white poppy to symbolise peace – are currently on display in the gardens of Erewash Museum in Ilkeston.
Rachael Spence, of the Friends of Victoria Park, says:
“The willingness of people to take part has been staggering, all of them united by their desire to support such a worthwhile cause. I can’t wait to see the final display, it will be a fantastic showcase.”
Residents can find out more at the Facebook page /Victoria Park Poppy Project Ilkeston.

The winners take it all!

Schoolchildren, local residents and business representatives have been honoured in another outstanding year for the Erewash in Bloom awards.
The Bloom competition is Erewash Borough Council’s annual gardening extravaganza to find the borough’s best green-fingered gurus and the 2018 results were announced at a presentation event at Morley Hayes Golf Club on Friday. (5 October)
This year’s competition attracted 135 entries from people of all ages and from all corners of the borough as well as from schools, businesses and community organisations.
Bloom is the flagship project of the council’s Pride in Erewash Campaign and features a whole range of categories, from best front and back gardens and best hanging baskets through to best business display, school garden, and a fun tallest sunflower competition.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, presented awards to the winners.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“It is always a great privilege to be able to salute our Bloom champions and marvel at their gardening skills and wonderful displays. The heatwave made it a challenging summer for gardeners, but there were still countless stunning gardens and displays. We applaud everyone for their efforts – you all certainly made it a difficult job for the judges!”
This year’s competition also saw Trent Barton get on board, with the bus company sponsoring the Best Front Garden Category.

Ceremonial opening for historic fair

Ilkeston Charter Fair is one of the oldest and largest street fairs in Europe and will once again be given its ceremonial opening on Thursday 18 October when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, will ‘ring the bell’ – the official signal that this year’s 766th Charter Fair is underway.
The traditional ceremony also includes a reading of the original 1252 Charter in front of Ilkeston Town Hall witnessed by local families and visitors, who will join the showmen to celebrate and welcome the fair.
This year’s Charter Fair will be held from Wednesday 17 October to Saturday 20 October when Ilkeston town centre will again be transformed into a colourful spectacle as the rides and stalls pack into the Market Place and surrounding streets.
Guests at the ceremony will include representatives from other local authorities in Derbyshire and children from local schools who will presenting fair banners they have created, depicting the history of the Charter Fair, to the Mayor.

Brown bin collections

Erewash Borough Council has confirmed the dates for its last garden waste collections, which are temporarily withdrawn during the winter months.
Residents in the NORTH of the borough – Ilkeston and surrounding areas – will have their last brown bin collections week commencing Monday 3 December. The last collections in the SOUTH – Long Eaton and surrounding areas –will be week commencing Monday 10 December.
When garden waste collections end for the season, Erewash residents can once again use their brown bin for their recyclable waste until the garden waste rounds resume next year.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“We had a rainy spring and then a summer heatwave that we will remember for a long time – but through it all, residents have made full use of, and been grateful for, our free garden waste collections.
“And the good news is there is still plenty of time left to do all the autumn and final tasks in our gardens as the free collections continue into December.”
Garden waste collections will restart week beginning Monday 25 February in the Ilkeston areas – meaning anyone using the brown bin for recycling over winter must revert to using only blue bins/green bags for recyclable waste after the collections during week beginning Monday 11 February.
 In the Long Eaton areas garden waste collections will restart week beginning Monday 4 March, meaning recyclable waste should only be put out for collection in green bags/blue bins following the collections during week commencing Monday 18 February.

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.”