Friday, 27 February 2015

POLICE APPEAL FOR SHOPLIFTER

Police are trying to trace a man they would like to speak to about a series of shop lifting offences in Long Eaton. Officers are investigating a string of thefts in the town over the last six months and believe the man pictured may have information which could help with their inquiries. The latest crime happened at the Co-op, in Grasmere Road, Long Eaton, on December 14th when a man stole a large amount of meat.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

SCRUB THE HUB

In October 2014 Sir David Higgins, Chairman of HS2 Ltd, announced that Breaston was being considered as an alternative to the previously favoured East Midlands Hub Site at Toton.
This unforeseen development resulted in 3 public meetings, attended by hundreds of very concerned residents, being held in the village.
The implications of such a development going ahead came in for much heated discussion and lengthy debate. It was agreed that in view of the total unsuitability of Breaston from a green belt, environmental and flooding perspective, an action group should be set up.
Under the banner of "Breaston Scrub The Hub" the group is supported by a team with the contacts and a mix of skills capable of fighting the proposal on both political and technical fronts.
Meetings are currently held once a month, a petition is gathering momentum and future public events are being planned to fund publicity and raise awareness. A report detailing our social, environmental and technical objections has been submitted to Sir David Higgins, who complimented us on its content.

Despite much speculation and following several Government ‘Announcements’, no further information regarding a final decision or precise route has been forthcoming. At the latest meeting in Nottingham between Sir David Higgins and East Midlands Councils on the 2nd February, our representative reported that ‘Sir David said that the station's site would be either Toton or Breaston (plan B). He was fully aware and sympathised with people’s concerns; however there was still some work in progress to be completed, so a decision would quite probably not be forthcoming until June or July at the earliest’.

Importantly however, at the same meeting, all local Councils across the East Midlands announced that they were united in the view that Toton was their preferred option.

During this period of decision making the Action Group will continue to make HS2 Ltd and the Minister of State for Transport, fully aware of the depth of feeling within the community and the folly of building the Hub on a flood plain and green belt, whilst decimating several rural communities when there appear to be other far more suitable sites in the area.

For further information, updates or comments, please contact us on contact@breastonscrubthehub.co.uk, @ScrubTheHS2Hub on Twitter or ‘Breaston Scrub The Hub’ on Facebook.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

NEWS

CHURCH WILNE ROTARY
The Chair of Church Wilne Rotary Club Revd. Gary Dundas has presented Ray Terry with the Rotary District 1220 Club Bulletin Award for 2014 at the club's recent meeting. For 4 years Ray has produced after each weekly meeting a club update on the meeting including speakers and presentations and emailed to all members. John Cook has also given valuable support and now Adrian Perkins has taken on this roll.
 
CASH STOLEN FROM VAN
Detectives are investigating a robbery in Breaston where a man stole cash from a van. At around 9.30am on Friday, January 30th, a man parked his van in Marlborough Road and got out. He was approached by a man who threatened him and demanded cash. The robber opened the van and stole a bag, which contained cash, before running off. He is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall and slim. He is of medium build and wore a grey hooded top with the hood up, grey jogging bottoms and trainers.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY
A 25-year-old man has been charged with burglary after three homes in the same area of Ilkeston were broken into. Houses in Longfield Lane, Little Hallam Lane and Kingsway were burgled between 11.45pm on Monday, January 26th and 7am on Wednesday, January 28th. Ashley Rogers was arrested in connection with the alleged offences and has now been charged. The 25-year-old was remanded in custody and was due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, February 4th.

BOROUGH BLITZ BONANZA
Schoolchildren, residents and local community groups are all gearing up for this year’s Borough Blitz bonanza . . . and there’s still time for more people to get involved. Erewash Borough Council’s annual crackdown on litter and graffiti will once again run throughout March as armies of volunteers turn out to help blitz all corners of the borough. The flagship project is led by the council’s Pride in Erewash team, which organises the many clean-up events that will be held daily during the month-long blitz. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Pride in Erewash, says:

“Our Borough Blitz continues to be a shining example of how working together can make a real difference and it remains an incredibly popular event on our calendar. Every year we are bowled over by the enthusiasm of people of all ages who have great pride in Erewash and want to help – it is a real community-boosting initiative. If you want to be a part of the Blitz, get in touch!”
The Borough Blitz features clean-up events in parks, play areas, on streets and open spaces and involves litter picking and scrubbing graffiti off walls and play equipment. Volunteers are kitted out with fluorescent Pride in Erewash vests, gloves, bin bags and a litter-picking gadget. For more information or to register to take part in the 2015 Borough Blitz, contact the council’s Pride in Erewash team on 0115 907 2244.

APPEAL FOLLOWING MOTORBIKE THEFT

Officers investigating the theft of a motorbike in Long Eaton are appealing for information.
Overnight between 6.20pm on Wednesday, January 28th and 6.20am on Thursday, January 29th, thieves stole a red coloured Moto Roma motorbike from along Mayfield Grove in Long Eaton.  Officers received reports that a bike matching the description of that stolen was spotted along Elm Avenue in Sandiacre at around 7pm on Thursday, January 29th. However on prompt attendance from officers the bike was no longer in the area.
Police are urging anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or knows the whereabouts of the bike to contact them.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Robert Smith on 101, quoting crime reference 4057/15, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE ON FACEBOOK

The number of residents who receive updates from Derbyshire Constabulary via Facebook has reached 10,000, while the force now has around 34,600 Twitter followers.
Launched in 2008, the force’s Facebook page has grown in popularity, receiving 5,000 extra ‘likes’ in the last 12 months alone.
Witness appeals, CCTV footage and updates about missing people inquiries are just some of the items posted on the page.
Several crimes have been solved, and missing people found, thanks to people seeing appeals on Facebook and contacting the force.

NEW FACILITIES FOR ALL SAINTS

Sawley All Saints Church’s many Childrens and Youth groups have benefitted from a new TV/DVD Combi thanks to a donation from Wilsthorpe Councillor Chris Corbett.
Mrs Joy Binding said: “This new facility will mean that our children and young people will be able to access digital viewing to help their learning and discussions. Having the option of playing short DVD’s will improve the variety of visual aids for our many Groups. It will also be great for families to share film footage of special events and occasions with each other in a community setting.”

Councillor Corbett added “I was delighted to be able to help the children’s groups at our Parish Church as they encourage young people to take a greater part in the life of our Community”

LONG EATON UNITED RECEIVES VISIT FROM GOVERNMENT MINISTER

FA Charter Standard Football Club Long Eaton United have received a visit from Helen Grant, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport & Tourism. Long Eaton United, who successfully applied for Grants from Sport England under their “Inspired Facilities” and “Protecting Playing Fields” programmes, received £100,000 which has enabled them to create a superb new 11 aside grass football pitch at Grange Park, Long Eaton as well as lay new Astro pitches at the Club.

The Club has also received further Grants from the Premier League & FA Facilities Fund as well as the Football Foundation which has enabled them to totally refurbish their Clubhouse and significantly improve the Clubs overall Facilities. Speaking on behalf of the Club, Nick Dargan said;
“We very much welcomed Helens visit and were delighted to show her the developments at our Club of which we are all very proud. It is great testimony to the tremendous amount of hard work and effort put in by Chairman Jim Fairley and the the Clubs Members in creating a Football Club that is at the heart of the Local Community. As well as the financial support provided by Sport England and The Premier League and FA Facilities Fund we are exceptionally grateful to both the Derbyshire FA and The Football Foundation for their considerable support and guidance. This, along with the help of the Erewash Borough Council and the Derbyshire County Council, has enabled us to create Football Facilities at Long Eaton second to none in the Region”
Minister Helen Grant said: “It was fantastic to see Long Eaton United's facilities, it shows what can be achieved through football and government working together via the Premier League and FA Facilities fund. It is essential to support grassroots organisations such as these, who do so much for football in the local community.  I am sure that with continued commitment from the clubs members, we will see great things from Long Eaton United and wish everyone connected with the club the very best of luck for the future.”  

 

LONG EATON TENNIS PLAYER SEEKS SPONSORSHIP

Long Eaton tennis player Freya Horton has been chosen to represent the County. She has also been selected by Catherine Fletcher to join the newly formed Junior National Deaf Tennis squad.
Ten year old Freya, has been playing tennis for approximately 18 months and despite wearing bilateral hearing aids is absolutely passionate about the sport. For Freya tennis is one area in her life where her hearing loss in no way hinders her performance. She is extremely mature and dedicated proven by what she has achieved in such a short time.
The adult squad compete around the world and have their own Olympics. Freya is required to be coached for that squad twice a month in London. She loves attending as she gets to mix with other children with hearing loss. Like most deaf children, Freya has developed sophisticated coping techniques to disguise her inability to hear everything. Her coach in London is specifically trained to work with the deaf, using signs to ensure instructions are clearly understood. Freya trains with her older sister at West Park Long Eaton, and also uses the courts at Attenborough and the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Freyas mother Alison is a single parent to four playing daughters aged 5,7,10, and 12 and works full time. She told the Extra: In order for Freya to continue developing she needs sponsorship. This would enable her to have private lessons each week and help with the cost of travel, tournament entry costs, and equipment. Freya is currently hitting with a local business man who has a background in tennis, while I try to gain funding to pay for a fulltime coach. Please see this article in the Nottingham Evening Post to see the full story on Adam Maddock;

http://www.nottinghampost.com/Tragic-Vanessa-helped-inspire-ace-idea/story-25829625-detail/story.html. Sponsorship would enable Freya to have private lessons with a coach qualified in handling hearing impaired children; her prognosis is that her hearing will continue to deteriorate. I am hoping media coverage would help her get the relevant support.”

Freya’s tennis journey can now be followed on Twitter @Freybotennis. She also has a fund raising page;
gofundme.com/9b7hzo where donations can be made. Alison can be reached at alisonhorton1@yahoo.co.uk or on 07703739508.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

MAKING IT EASIER

Households across Erewash will find two helpful ‘bin stickers’ dropping through their letterboxes over the coming weeks as part of an Erewash Borough Council drive to further boost recycling rates. The stickers provide information on what recyclable items residents can put in their blue bins/green bags and what garden waste can be put in brown bins for collection. Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
 
“These information stickers are aimed at being a clear and useful guide to just what can be recycled and what can be put in brown bins. Please stick them on your bins or somewhere you can easily check out the information. We are very grateful to residents for their continued support and enthusiasm for recycling – which means less rubbish is being taken to landfill.”
 
The information on the brown bin sticker relates to the period between March and December when the council collects garden waste. During the winter, residents can use brown bins for recyclable waste – but once garden waste collections restart, residents must not mix recycling and garden rubbish.

FORMER ARCHERS RIDER DIES

Danny Dunton, who rode for Long Eaton Archers.and was also a co-promoter, has died, aged 90. Danny died on 2nd January 2015 after a long illness. He started riding with Harringay Racers in 1949, having taken his bike along to a meeting. He also rode for Belle Vue Aces, Ipswich Witches, Rebels and Long Eaton Archers. In only his second season he qualified for the world championship final finishing 12th. Dunton retired from racing at Long Eaton at the end of 1963, having scored 127½ points from 17 matches.

During the 1970’s, after retiring from riding, he served on the British League Committee and then the National League as its chairman from 1981-85 and 1987. He was honoured by being made president in 1988.
ALLOTMENT RAIDPolice have launched a witness appeal after sheds were broken into on allotments in Long Eaton. The break ins occurred at allotments on Norfolk Road sometime between Monday 5th and Monday 19th January. Locks were forced to gain entry and tools were stolen but full details are not known at this time. If you have any information or require crime prevention advice please contact Pc Kimberley Palin on 101 quoting CR/2579/15.

VANDALS DAMAGE CHRISTMAS TREE
Police are appealing for witnesses after vandals damaged a Christmas decoration on the Green at Long Eaton. The incident occurred sometime between Wednesday 24th and Monday 29th December 2014. The Conical Christmas decoration had LED lights and stood six and a half meters high, it was bought for the people of Long Eaton to enjoy but unfortunately damaged before Christmas Day. One person has been arrested in connection with this incident. Further enquiries are being made as police believe that further offenders were also responsible. If you have any information or witnessed the incident please contact Pc Rob Smith http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us. Alternatively, please ring 101.

INQUEST VERDICT
An inquest was resumed into the death of a Long Eaton man whose body was found in the river Trent. Police were called to Beeston Marina at 9pm on Friday evening, 20th June last year. Roderick Shaw, 62, of Peveril Crescent, Long Eaton had been missing since Sunday, June 8th. Mr Shaws body was identified by his dental records. An inquest was opened but adjourned until a later date pending further post-mortem results. The inquest which was resumed at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court on Friday, January 16th ruled that Mr Shaw’s death was an accident.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

WAVE

Wyvern Amateur Video Enthusiasts began their New Year on 14th January with a lively session on the subject of Scripts, primarily with the concept of “Broken”, which is to be the theme for the next North versus South Competition later in the year.
Forthcoming events include the Midland Movie Makers League on 21st January, when WAVE will host and judge entries from Lichfield, Leicester, Derby, Sutton Coldfield and Nuneaton. Visitors welcomed!
On 28th January, Larry Hall from Chesterfield is to give a talk entitled “Filming the Impossible”, in which he demonstrates how amateur movie makers may produce the sort of special effects seen in feature films. This promises to be a fascinating night to which members and visitors again are warmly welcomed.
Finally, members are reminded of the Advert and Novice competitions on 4th February. Entries needed, please!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

YOGA DEMONSTRATION

Free Yoga Demonstration in Long Eaton Find out the many benefits of yoga at this free demonstration and learn how yoga can be such a valuable tool for your good health and wellbeing
Monday 19th January 2015 - 7.00pm
DWB Hall, Trent College, Derby Road, Long Eaton NG10 4AD

Start Date for New Beginners Adult Yoga Classes
Monday 26th January 2015 - 6.30 -7.30pm
DWB Hall, Trent College, Derby Road, Long Eaton NG10 4AD

If you would like to discuss Yoga or would like
to join our classes please contact
Ralph on:
Tel: 0115 939 8313
Email :

Friday, 16 January 2015

JEWELLERY AND LAPSTOP STOLEN

Jewellery and laptop among items stolen from house in Long Eaton  Police are appealing for information after burglars broke into a house in Long Eaton and stole items including jewellery and computer kit. The offenders broke into a house in Collingwood Road through a back door and searched the property. They stole items including a 9ct gold 14in curb chain, a variety of cufflinks, an Acer laptop computer, a Fujifilm digital camera and a baby’s pink knitted cardigan.

Travellers’ cheques were also taken in the burglary, which happened at about 9pm on Wednesday, December 31st. Witnesses or anyone who might have information on the offence should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 91/15. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

NEW YEARS DAY BURGLARYA burglary took place in Cavendish Road during the early hours of New Year's Day. Thieves gained entry by forcing a rear door and a handbag, Hewlett Packard laptop, Nintendo Wii, cash, keys, jacket, Xbox and a Ford Kia were stolen. Police later recovered the car in Humber Road, Long Eaton.

TV AND GAMES EQUIPMENT STOLENPolice are appealing for witnesses after a house was broken into in Ilkeston and electrical items were taken from inside. The offenders forced open a ground floor window at a house in Kingsway at about 3.10am on Saturday, January 10th. They searched the property and made off with a Samsung television, a Sony Playstation 3 games console and various games. Two men were seen running from the property by one of the residents, who had been woken up by the noise. Police investigating the offence want to hear from anyone who saw or heard suspicious activity in the area around that time, or who might have been offered the goods for sale. Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 1310/15. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

FREE PARKING WILL RUN UNTIL JUNE
Car parks in Long Eaton will be free for one hour in an effort to boost the town centre. The 60p one-hour charge has been abolished in Long Eaton’s town centre car parks on Claye Street, Gibb Street, Beaconsfield Street, Lawrence Street and the lower Town Hall.

Erewash Councillors have agreed to run the one-hour free parking as a pilot until Sunday, June 28th, in the town centre car parks and the scheme will replace the free 30-minute bays that have previously been available. Shoppers can park in any of the bays in the car parks offering the free parking at any time of the day but must obtain a ticket from the pay-and-display machine by pressing the green button. An expiry time will be printed on the ticket and this must be clearly displayed in the vehicle. Lead member for environment, Councillor Barbara Harrison said: "We are delighted to start the New Year with this very positive move that we know has already been welcomed by both traders and residents alike.Over the six months, we will be asking traders to help us monitor the impact and see if it does make a difference."

CHRISTMAS DRINK DRIVE CAMPAIGN

More than 13 per cent of motorists breathalysed during a police crackdown on drink-driving in December gave a positive test, refused to take it or failed to provide a sample. The annual campaign ran throughout December and was a joint effort between Derbyshire Constabulary and Crimestoppers. Rewards were offered through the independent charity for anyone who gave information leading to the charging of a drink-driver.
Between December 1st and 31st, officers carried out 668 breath tests on motorists across Derbyshire. A total of 88 drivers tested positive, failed to provide a sample or refused to take the test.
T/Superintendent Steve Wilson, head of roads policing, said:
“The increase in the number of breath tests carried out over the festive period shows just how seriously we take this issue.Even having one driver who drinks too much and then gets behind the wheel is one too many. We will continue with these operations to bring the number down further and our focus on stopping drink-drivers doesn’t end on December 31st. It carries on all year round, so I’d urge anyone who has any information on a drink-driver to call police or Crimestoppers and help us keep our roads safe.”
The 88 drivers providing positive tests this year is an increase compared to the 79 who tested positive in 2013, however, 130 more drivers were breath tested this year compared to last. Of the total number of people breathalysed during December 2014, 146 were aged under 25. Twenty of those (13 per cent) failed to provide a sample, refused the test or tested positive. T/Supt Wilson said:
“The number of drivers under 25 who were stopped and either failed the test, refused it or gave a positive result was similar this year to what it was in 2013. Both of those years showed a significant drop compared to 2012 - where almost half of the 106 under 25 drivers tested gave a positive result but again, notwithstanding the continued reduction since 2012, the number is still too high. Young drivers need to be aware of the consequences of driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs, and we will continue to target those who put themselves and other road users at risk, regardless of their age.”
There were fewer collisions reported this year (501) compared to 548 last year, with the same number of drivers (42) providing a positive test, failing or refusing to provide a test following a collision. Eight drivers were arrested this year for driving whilst impaired though drugs, due to an increased police focus on combatting drug driving. If you see a driver who you believe has had too much to drink and is about to get behind the wheel, call 999 and report them immediately. If you have non-urgent information, call 101. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

SILVER PRIZE CLUB UP FOR AUCTION

The Long Eaton Silver Prize Band Club regrettably ceased trading on Monday January 5th at close of business. The club thanks all its, staff, user groups and members for their support. At the EGM( general meeting), on 27th December at 11am the members who attended voted unanimously for the dissolution of the club.
The club's lounge will be open to take 2015 memberships as follows:

 
Monday 19th January 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 24th January 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 25th January 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday 29th January 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 31st January 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 
The bar, function room and games room will not be open. Please note that only those who have renewed their membership for 2015 will be eligible to share in the clubs remaining assets once the dissolution process has been completed. Those who did not renew for 2014 are no longer members of the club (Rules 4c and 5a) and may not now apply to become members again. Life members must also renew their membership for 2015.The membership rates are £5 (members) and £2.50 (life members)
The club's premises are to be sold at public auction in March by Wallace Jones of 27 Derby Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 1LU, to whom all enquiries should be made.
The Long Eaton Silver Prize Band was formed in 1906 as a result of severance from the local Temperance Society. At the height of its success, it reached the Brass Band Second Section. In recent times, the band has regained some of its former glories under its current Musical Director, Sharon Stansfield. In 2006, the band's centenary year, the band won the Midland Area Regional Championships, the band's first contest win since 1966. This secured them promotion back to the Second Section, and an invitation to the National Championships of Great Britain. The band also won this contest, providing their best contest result since 1927, and also making Sharon Stansfield the first female conductor to win the National Finals in the Third Section.
Talking about the recent events Sharon said:
"As most of you are already aware, despite all of our efforts to save the club, particularly over the last eight years, our club (founded in December 1920, with the premises being purchased in 1928) closed on Monday 5th January. Thank you for all your support and kind messages during this difficult time. However, whilst our club will shortly be no more, our band will continue to grow from strength to strength in our new premises in the Derby Road Trade Centre in Sandiacre, with our new landlord, and former band member, Pete Dawson, who has generously found us new premises at short notice. The training bands first rehearsal in our new premises took place on Monday 5th January and our first full rehearsal was on Wednesday 7th.
Leaving the club after all these years is going to be a wrench, and we will miss the downstairs bar and the concert facility in particular. However, we will have an even bigger band room; our beginners group will have their own room for the first time; we will have other rooms to house our library and equipment; and we will be able to socialise after rehearsal just as before. We also hope that the Erewash Film Society will be joining us.
Thank you for all your hard work, in what was an exceptionally busy Christmas season for us, particularly for those who play in the senior and training bands. Well done particularly to the beginners group, who performed at both the carol concert and annual Christmas concert; this being the first time that all three sections of the band have performed at the same concert! Onwards and upwards!
Come on you Reds! "


Friday, 9 January 2015

JEWELLERY STOLEN Police are appealing for information after jewellery was stolen from a house in Long Eaton. Two rings, one of which was a gold engagement ring, were taken from a property in Peveril Crescent. The offenders forced open a ground floor window between 1pm and 9pm on Saturday, December 20th. Detectives investigating the offence want to hear from anyone who saw people acting suspiciously in the area around the time. Anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 53779/14.

PEDESTRIAN IN COLLISION A fifty one year old Long Eaton man suffered head injuries after being struck by a Volkswagen Golf. The incident occured in Petersham Road at 8pm onTuesday December 23rd. The road was closed for half an hour while ambulance crew treated the man who was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

WOMAN ASSAULTED IN BRIDGE STREET Appeal for information after a woman was assaulted at her home in Long Eaton. On Tuesday, December 16th just after midnight a woman was in her garden on Bridge Street when she saw two men in the yard. She went back inside and as she did so one of the men reached into the house and picked up her handbag that was beside the door. The woman managed to grab her bag back from the man. The man then took an empty wine bottle and assaulted the woman with it causing cuts to her head and hands. One of the men was described as white, between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 9ins tall and was wearing a black baseball cap and a grey hoody. The other man was white, slim build, between 5ft 5ins and 5ins 6ins tall and was wearing a black jumper and a black bobble hat. Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Phil Travers at Ilkeston CID using the non-emergency 101 number.

MAN ATTACKED A man suffered a broken leg after being attacked in Cooperative Street, Long Eaton. The incident occurred shortly after 1am on December 27th. The 44 year old man was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, where he needed surgery. He told police he had been attacked by two men and that one had stamped on his leg causing the in jury. A 23 year old Long Eaton man has been arrested, questioned and bailed. Anyone with information should call police on 101.

CAR STOLEN A car was stolen from a house in Long Eaton sometime between Friday, December 26th at 9pm and Saturday, December 27th at 9am a blue Renault Megane and its keys were stolen from a house on Baslow Close. Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Lesley Smith at Ilkeston Police Station using the non-emergency 101 number. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

OZBOX SCHEME TO CLOSE

A partnership boxing scheme aimed at young people in Derbyshire is to close. OzBox has been running since 2003 as a partnership project funded jointly between Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire County Council, supported for the past three years by money allocated from the Big Lottery Fund. It offers free boxing sessions to young people aged between 11 and 19. OzBox sessions take place at nine gyms across Derbyshire, as well as five mobile gyms.

However, a decision has been made to close the OzBox scheme on March 31st 2015 due to the Big Lottery Fund money coming to an end on that date and the inability of the Constabulary and the County Council to fund the scheme in the future as a result of their own austerity measures. A further bid for funding from the Big Lottery Fund to extend the scheme had been made but was unsuccessful and therefore the grant will run out at the end of next March. Deputy Chief Constable Alan Goodwin said: “We are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund and Derbyshire County Council for their support over the last three years.

“However, as their funding is coming to an end, the cost of financing the scheme would fall wholly to the Derbyshire Constabulary, which is simply not sustainable, given the unprecedented financial challenges we face. The reality of the situation is that we have to make £26m worth of savings over the next five years, on top of the millions we have had to save over previous years. It will mean a reduction in the region of 260 police officers and 150 police staff, and now more than ever we have to prioritise core policing across the county. Unfortunately, we are forced to make difficult decisions and in this case we simply cannot continue to fund the scheme. An inventory of the equipment, vehicles and other assets currently used by OzBox is now being drawn up, pending a decision on what to do with it. In order to bring about a controlled wind down of the scheme, it is intended that no further sessions will be held after 31st January 2015 so that all outstanding issues can be concluded by the time the money finally runs out in March.”

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles: “This is a stark reminder of the consequences of the government funding cuts.” Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “The three year grant we agreed is coming to an end and our financial situation is poor – like that of our police colleagues. We’re facing devastating cuts of £157m to our budget by 2018. We’ll continue to work with county youngsters to guide them to our other services and make sure they still get opportunities to develop skills and take part in activities.”

COUNCIL GRANT AND DONATIONS BOOST

Christmas cheer for foodbank
Santa has delivered an amazing amount of Christmas cheer to the Long Eaton & Sawley foodbank this Christmas. The “present” the charity received from Mr Claus and his elves was one which had been at the top of its wish list: a generous grant of £8,500 from Derbyshire County Council.
“We are immensely grateful to receive the council’s support for our mission to tackle food poverty in the community,” said Peter Lindahl, spokesman for the foodbank. “The funding will go towards the development of the foodbank and the costs of running it. We are in need of a proper storage facility (currently, most of our food stock is having to be kept in a lock-up garage), and will be looking to acquire a suitable facility in the New Year.”
In addition, in the two weeks prior to Christmas Eve, the foodbank has been delighted to have received donations of food from kind-hearted individuals, numerous local organisations and firms amounting to more than one ton, as well as large donations of toiletries and essential household items.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our local community and friends, both large and small,” commented the foodbank’s manager Pat Hassall. “This has enabled us to ensure that those individuals in crisis this Christmas have received a warm welcome and a little extra over the festive period. We would like to thank everyone who has supported the foodbank this year and wish them all a happy and prosperous New Year.”
Food poverty continues to be a serious issue in the UK despite the economic recovery. Figures released by the Trussell Trust recently (November 28), show that the number of people helped by foodbanks in the first half of the 2014-15 financial year is 38% higher than numbers helped during the same period last year. Winter is the hardest time of the year for people living in poverty. With fuel prices rising, many face a stark choice between eating and heating. The Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank provides a vital safety net for the homeless, the unemployed and those on low incomes in the area. Increasingly, people on low incomes are living on a financial knife edge where even a small crisis (car repair bill, washing machine needing to be replaced, etc), can lead families to face hunger. Foodbank clients receive emergency food supplies for three days, in exchange for vouchers, obtained from front-line care professionals, such as health visitors, social workers, church and community workers. All the food provided is donated by the public, schools, churches, firms, supermarkets and catering firms. The Long Eaton and Sawley foodbank, is one of more than 400 foodbanks in the UK working in partnership with The Trussell Trust, a Christian-based charity.
*Members of the public can contact the Long Eaton and Sawley Foodbank on: tel. 07950 547671, email info@longeatonsawley.foodbank.org.uk