Woodland Survival Crafts goes Swiss

Training teams in Bushcraft is greatly satisfying as it draws out hidden talents as well as builds confidence and understanding. Last week I was privileged to be working with a group of Outdoor Instructors high up in the Swiss Alps. The scenery was stunning with high peaks and wooded valleys, everything you would expect. The team was from International Camp Suisse who take groups of 5 -17 year olds on summer adventures.

The training was in a selection of core skills of safe/effective shelter construction, useful and safe knife usage, competent fire lighting as well as water filtering and campfire gadgets. The weather for this was perfect from my point of view. It was warm but very wet indeed. The reason I consider this is perfect, is that I was able to quickly clarify the value of reading your landscape and point out exactly where, why, and how to find dry wood that would ignite with relative ease. The team were great to work with having good professional skills with just the right amount of humour/banter.

I trust they will have a great season ahead of them.

Dave Watson
Director
Woodland Survival Crafts Ltd

 

New Mayor of Erewash

The new Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Chris Corbett, who was formally elected to the role for the 2018/19 civic year during Erewash Borough Council’s annual meeting last night (17 May).
 
Councillor Corbett has represented the Wilsthorpe Ward on the borough council since 1999 and was Leader of the Council from 2007 to 2017, when he stepped down to take up the role of Deputy Mayor.  He also serves on Sawley Parish Council.
 
During his mayoral year, Councillor Corbett will be supported by his wife Linda and has chosen to support two local charities during his term of office – the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and Erewash Voluntary Action (Community Volunteer Service).
 
Councillor Corbett, together with his wife Linda, is looking forward to representing the residents of Erewash over the next year:
 
“We are thrilled and honoured to be Mayor and Mayoress of our wonderful borough for the 2018/19 civic year and look forward to meeting the many kind-hearted residents who work so tirelessly to help others as well as contributing to the rich community spirit of our towns and villages. 
 
“We are also keen to help and encourage new and existing businesses and to promote economic regeneration throughout Erewash.”
 
Councillor Corbett was brought up in Sandiacre and enjoyed a 30-year career in banking that saw him work in Yorkshire and Scotland before returning to Erewash when he took early retirement.
 
He is a life member of the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association, having been at its first public meeting in 1968 and was a founder member of Sandiacre and Stapleford Round Table 981. He is now a member of Long Eaton Rotary Club.
 
Councillor Corbett and Linda have known each other for over 50 years and were married at St Helen’s Church in Stapleford.   They have two sons and four grandsons.
In their spare time they enjoy travelling and socialising with their friends and family.
 
Deacon Terry Street, of Trinity Methodist Church, Long Eaton, will be the Mayor’s Chaplain during his year in office.

Weʼre raising £5,000 to help fund a brand new, state of the art, full sized astro playing pitch at Grange Park - the home of Long Eaton United Football Club

Long Eaton United Football Club is an FA Charter Standard Community Football Club based in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. We have 300+ members, 18 junior/youth teams, 2 youth male and female development teams, 2 male and female senior teams and an academy!
 
We are currently working to install a brand new, state of the art, full sized, floodlit, astro playing pitch at Grange Park. The planning application was submitted on 15th December 2017.
 
The overall cost of the project is estimated to be £900,000 and the club have been set a target of £50,000 to raise towards the overall cost of the project.
 
The project on completion will be transformational for the local community providing both sporting and educational opportunities for years to come as well as providing employment opportunity within the region.
 
In addition it will be available for local schools providing badly needed state of the art sporting facilities to encourage sport and healthy lifestyles in and around Long Eaton.
 

Please donate what you can towards this amazing project to benefit the local community!

Engineering company's precision pipeline work is celebrated with record order win

AN Ilkeston welding and engineering company is celebrating after winning its biggest ever order, which has created 50 extra jobs.
 
Rayden Engineering Limited has started work on a contract worth several million pounds. It is Principal Contractor on the project for Southern Gas Networks, a company which distributes natural and green gas to millions of homes and businesses across Scotland and the Southeast of England, and which is carrying out works in Buckinghamshire.
 
The work being done by Rayden on behalf of Southern Gas Networks involves diverting 4.5 kilometres of 600mm diameter high pressure gas pipeline plus constructing a full above ground installation (AGI) including a pressure reduction station.
 
Work being undertaken by Rayden also comprises pipeline welding, including hot-tapping (live gas operations) and deep excavation and trenchless crossings under existing infrastructure.
 
All pre-fabrication works by Rayden are being done at the company's base in Wentworth Street, Ilkeston.
 
Set up in 1979, Rayden specialises in making and installing high pressure pipework systems; and operates in specific market sectors such as the gas, oil, petrochemical and water industries.
 
The company was employing 70 staff before this latest contract, which has created an extra 50 highly-skilled jobs, some in Ilkeston but the majority on site. Most of the new positions have already been filled.
 
Rayden is experienced at working throughout the UK and abroad, to extremely high standards for businesses that are big name market leaders, including SGN, NGN, National Grid, BP, BPA, Shell, Total UK and various water companies, but regards this latest contract as a real coup which could lead to more work.
 
Managing director Richard Hayden said: “We are delighted to have won this contract, with our tender beating those of half a dozen other bidders”.
 
“It's the icing on the cake for a great start to 2018 and comes on top of a very busy order book anyway.
 
“It gives me immense pleasure to know that this specialised industry has sufficient confidence in our ability to award us this contract”.