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.

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

2019 State of the Economy Conference 14th November 1-4pm:-

The highlight of the Chamber’s policy calendar, this Conference brings together business-leaders, speakers and decision-makers to gain an understanding of the profound challenges currently facing the economy, whilst offering an insight into the wider strategic vision for the region.
The Conference will see leading economic analysts, political representatives and prominent business exemplars share their perspective on topical issues of regional and national significance. In addition to examining the implications of Brexit, we shall also address bolstering our infrastructure capabilities, with input from key regional and national partners such as Allan Cook CBE, the Chairman of HS2 Ltd.
The largest annual event of its kind in the East Midlands, this is a distinct opportunity for businesses of all sizes and sectors to help convey compelling messages to influence decision-makers, ensuring that their voice is heard in shaping Britain’s future at this crucial juncture.
Taking place on 14 Nov (1-4pm) at the UK HQ of Sports Direct (off J29 of the M1), further details and an online booking form are viewable here

Grants for community groups

Voluntary groups and charities in Erewash are being urged to apply for up to £2,000 to help fund their work ahead of this month’s closing deadline for Erewash Borough Council’s Community Grants Scheme.
Applications for the council’s latest round of funding must be submitted by 5.30pm on Tuesday 23 July.
The grants scheme gives both large and small voluntary organisations the chance to apply for funding of up to £2,000 for projects and services that benefit Erewash residents.
Over the last few years the council has helped a number of community organisations through the popular grants scheme – last year almost £42,000 was awarded to local community and voluntary groups.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We have helped so many organisations since we launched this scheme, but we know there are many more groups out there working to help people  in Erewash. There is still time to apply, so let’s hear from you – get in touch now.”  
Full details of the scheme and how to apply can be found at  
For advice contact Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley on 0115 907 2244 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject to funding remaining available, details of further funding rounds will be announced on the council’s website.

Lancaster bomber flypast set to boost a town's popular classic vehicle event 

Ilkeston's biggest one-day event will hit new heights this year when a historic plane will salute vintage vehicles on show below.
The Avro Lancaster bomber from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is scheduled to make a flypast over the town's Market Place on Sunday August 11 while the seventh Heritage and Classic Vehicle Show takes place.
The appearance, depending on serviceability and the weather, will be an added attraction for the show, organised by Erewash Partnership Events, which regularly attracts thousands of visitors and is second only in size to the annual historic charter fair which takes place over four days.
This year's show promises to be even bigger with scooters on show for the first time alongside classic and sports cars, motorbikes, lorries, buses, tractors and even steam engines, all evoking sights, sounds and memories of years gone by.
Organisers are expanding the exhibit areas into East Street and Bath Street to take in an extra 100 vehicles in addition to the 300 last year. Although spaces were fully booked some time ago, they will be taking extra bookings.
Headline sponsors for the event include Vauxhall Repair Centre, Ron Brooks, Bentley, and Pidcock Motorcycles. Exhibit owners will not just be pleased to show off their gleaming pride and joy but also vying to win prizes.
The free event will have something for everyone. There will be a craft fair, and entertainment will be provided by Ilkeston Brass band and Erewash Sound.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Sue Beardsley will attend as well local MP Maggie Throup. More mysterious visitors will include characters from Star Wars in the guise of the 501st Legion UK Garrison making their sixth appearance and The UKG Stig.
The event, from 10am-4pm,  allows local businesses to open for customers. Also set to benefit are the RAF Benevolent Fund, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and Ilkeston Rotary.
The Partnership has developed a strong relationship with some charities, including those helping ex-service personnel, so an appearance by the Lancaster nicknamed ‘thumper’ – one of only two in airworthy condition left in the world out of more than 7,000, the other being in Canada – will give spectators a chance to show their appreciation. 
It will be the second successive year that a plane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – usually seen on state and military occasions as well as air displays – has entertained thrilled the crowds.
A Hurricane fighter flew over last year's event with those below cheering and waving to the crew and the aircraft waggling its wings in acknowledgement.
The time of the flypast by the Lancaster, which was the most famous and successful heavy bomber of the Second World War, will be announced on social media and radio nearer the time.
Ian Viles, chief executive of Erewash Partnership, said: “We are thrilled and honoured at the prospect of the historic Lancaster flying over the show. It will be an added attraction for what is a bumper family event.”
Roads around the Market Place will be closed to normal traffic as vehicles start to arrive. The closures will be in place from 5.30am to 6.30pm on Sunday August 11. Bath Street from Chapel Street to the Market Place, Wharncliffe Road from Albert Street and South Street from Coronation Street, plus Pimlico between New Lawn Road and Burns Street and East Street are the affected routes. Parking in Erewash Borough Council car parks is free on Sundays.

Firm turns green waste to brown goodness and donates £1000 worth so gardens bloom 

GREEN waste from households across two Derbyshire boroughs which has been turned into soil improver by an Ilkeston company is being used to boost local gardening projects.
Stanton Recycling has given the product to help three schools, a hospice care scheme and horticultural students.
It is to help green-fingered gardeners pack a punch of nutrients when they prepare displays that give pleasure to others.
Stanton Recycling, based at The Old Iron Works, Crompton Road, provides a comprehensive range of recycling and waste disposal solutions across Derby and Nottinghamshire.
This includes taking in green kerbsite collection waste from thousands of homes in Erewash and Amber Valley which, after a process lasting 10 weeks, produces PAS100 soil improver.
That is bought by a commercial company operating nationally though individuals and organisations also buy it directly from the company's site.
The company recently gave more than £1,000 worth of the organic improver to the five projects, delivered by Ilkeston firm KRM Building Supplies.
Improver was given to Hallam Field Junior School, Ilkeston, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Firfield Primary School, Breaston, Treetops Hospice Care at Risley, where it was used on a new raised bed on which day visitors can grow vegetables, and Derby College at Broomfield, Morley.
As well as being used by their horticultural students in the gardens it is being used to support an exhibit at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society show at Chatsworth in June.
Their show garden, called Find Yourself...Lost in the Moment... promotes the physical and mental health benefits of being a volunteer gardener. Forty volunteers have worked on it for months.
Head gardener Sam Harvey said: “We are very grateful to have this donation of soil improver which will raise the quality of the plants in our display.”
At Kirk Hallam a senior pupil came up with an idea to re-invigorate an unused garden and re-create growing beds to produce vegetables for the school kitchen and hopefully for sale to the local community.
“We want the project to involve the community and use their experience to help the students,”said business manager Jenny Harrison Hill. 
Stanton Recycling is hoping that its product will start to reap benefits during this International Compost Awareness Week (May 5-11), the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry.
Natalia Losa-Riley, administration and quality manager at Stanton Recycling, said: “The company is happy to give something back to the local community as part of its social corporate responsibility initiative.
“This is the ultimate form of re-cycling – taking discarded waste from homes and producing soil improver which people can now use to enhance and bring new life to their gardens and floral displays.
“It's good to think that our produce is helping to boost the blooming efforts and give pleasure to so many.”