Apply for a New Year bonus

Local voluntary groups and organisations have the chance to win a New Year cash boost to support them in their important work to help local people
 
Erewash Borough Council has opened a further round of funding through its Community Grants Scheme, which means groups can apply for up to £2,000 to help fund projects and services that benefit Erewash residents.
 
The council wants to hear from as many organisations as possible – both large and small - 
ahead of the closing deadline for applications of 5.30pm on Friday 20 December.
 
Full details of the scheme can be found at www.erewash.gov.uk/grants  Anyone wanting advice on how to apply can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Over the last few years, hundreds of local voluntary groups have received vital funding to support them in their important work to help local people.
 
A funding round earlier this year saw the council award a total of nearly £19,500 to 20 organisations for their projects, which included:
West Hallam Village Hall Charity - £2,000 towards the cost of installing/replacing a gable end window
Stanley Village pre-school - £590 for new equipment for their free flow outdoor play area
Home Start Erewash - £1,930 towards kitchen refurbishment
Parkside High CIC – £2,000 for Streetside Urban Youth project supporting 8-18 year olds;
Aitone Collective - £440 equipment for repair and recycle cafes and swop shops
All Saints Church, Kirk Hallam - £620 for the Crimson Tide community project towards sanitary products for women struggling with ‘period poverty’

Candidates announced for General Election

There will be seven candidates standing for the Erewash parliamentary constituency at next month’s General Election, which takes place on Thursday 12 December.
 
At the close of nominations at 4pm yesterday (Thursday 14 November) the candidates were confirmed as:
 
  • James Martin Archer – Liberal Democrat
  • Catherine Atkinson – Labour Party
  • Des Ball - Independent
  • Roy Ashley Dunn – Independent
  • Brent Poland – Green Party
  • Richard Shaw – Independent
  • Maggie Throup – The Conservative Party

A ‘tree-mendous’ giveaway

Erewash Borough Council’s annual Free Tree event is back for 2019 . . . giving Erewash residents the chance to pick up free bush apple trees and pear trees for their gardens.
 
The hugely popular town centre giveaway is organised by the council’s Pride in Erewash campaign and sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton – with residents of the borough able to claim one free tree per household.
 
This year’s giveaway dates are:
 
Long Eaton – High Street on Wednesday 4 December, from 10am
Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 5 December, from 10am
 
150 bush apple and pear trees will be available at each of the Free Tree Giveaway locations and they will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to Erewash residents only. 
 
The council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information and to promote trees.

Say hello to Santa

Children have the chance to meet Santa when he calls into the stables at Erewash Museum next month as part of the annual Santa Saturdays.
 
Two visits from the man himself will be held on 7 and 14 December, when Father Christmas will be in residence between 10:30am-3:30pm. 
 
Timed tickets are selling fast so it is recommended that they are purchased from the museum prior to the event if possible as there is no guarantee that they will be available on the day. 
 
Tickets are £2.50 per child, which includes a present and visitors are urged to arrive early to avoid any disappointment.
 
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 www.facebook.com/ErewashMuseum

Free Christmas parking

Erewash Borough Council will once again provide 24-hour FREE parking in all its car parks, with the exception of Long Eaton Railway Station, for the busy festive season.
 
The annual Christmas gift will run from Monday 9 December to Sunday 29 December inclusive – a move aimed at giving a major boost for town centre traders and shoppers.
 
The council has also issued a ‘call to action’ for residents to support the borough’s markets and High Streets by shopping local, saying that by working together we can make a difference.
 
All of the council’s car parks are part of the scheme, with the exception of the commuter car park at Long Eaton Railway Station. Ilkeston Railway Station car park is not owned by the council.