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 www.erewash.gov.uk  
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.”

Preparing for polling day

Erewash Borough Council’s elections team continue to work behind-the-scenes as the countdown continues to polling day on Thursday 2 May.
 
Residents go to the polls to vote in the Borough Council elections, while in some areas there will also be Parish Council elections.
 
The whole process to prepare for Polling Day gets underway many weeks before to ensure all the administrative and legal requirements are met.
 
A major part of the process is managing the register of voters, sending out the poll cards, setting up and manning the polling stations, training election staff and, finally, organising the counts ahead of the declaration of results.
 
Here are some facts about this year’s 2 May elections in Erewash:
 
• More than 87,000 poll cards have been hand-delivered to every resident in the Erewash borough who is on the electoral register.
• The percentage of postal votes requested in Erewash for the borough elections is 18.38%.
• There will be 57 polling stations for the Erewash Borough Council election.
• The stations will be manned by 57 Presiding Officers and 103 Poll Clerks in total between 7am and 10pm.
• The count for both the borough and parish elections will be held at Rutland Sports Park Tennis Centre in Ilkeston on Friday 3 May. 

What voters need to know 

Voters in Erewash are being reminded of what they need to know to have their say in the Erewash Borough Council and parish elections, which are now just days away on Thursday 2 May.
 
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. You should have received a card with details of your local polling station. If not, you can search for your polling station via a link from the home page of the council’s website www.erewash.gov.uk (under Find It) or call the Erewash election hotline on 0115 907 1190 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
When voting at a polling station, it is helpful to take your poll card with you. But if you don’t have it, don’t let that stop you – you can still vote as long as you are registered.
Polling station staff will give you ballot papers for the Erewash Borough Council election. In some areas, you will also receive a second ballot paper for your local Parish Council election.
If you applied for a postal vote, it needs to be completed and returned in the envelope provided. If you leave it too late to post back, you can drop it off at any polling station within Erewash or at either Long Eaton or Ilkeston Town Hall.
 
Anyone wanting more information can visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk