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

Monday, 22 December 2014

BEST PUB

BEST PUB IN EREWASH 2014

The Extra want to find the best pub in Erewash 2014. You can nominate any pub or club in Erewash and it is free to enter. So if you think your local is the best pub/club why not nominate them. Nominations can be made by post, email or text.

EMAIL
Email your nomination before 6pm on Sunday December 28th to
longeatonweb@gmail.com label your email Best Pub.

TEXT
Text your nomination before 6pm on Sunday December 28th to 0750 4691201.
Start your message with Best Pub followed by your nomination. Follow this with your name.
Closing time for the competition is 6pm on Sunday December 28th and the results will be printed in the Extra in January.
 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

PHONE THEFT PICTURE RELEASED

Police release picture of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a theft in Long Eaton. On Sunday, November 2nd at 7.30pm a 43-year-old man lent his phone to a man to make a call at the junction of Cranfleet Way and Wilsthorpe Road. As soon as the man took hold of the phone, a black Samsung GT, he ran away with it still in hand. The man was described as 23-year-old, 5ft 6ins tall with short hair and was wearing a black hooded top and dark coloured clothing. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Tom Craig at Long Eaton police station using the non-emergency number 101. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 

Saturday, 13 December 2014

CAN YOU HELP

My partner John is trying to trace his birth mother , Peggy Thompson, who was living at number 58 Grosvenor Avenue Long Eaton in 1957. Johns birth father, Leslie Thompson, was killed in a fall whilst working at the Castle Donnington Power Station in January 1957 and John was adopted soon after his birth the following May. We believe Peggy already had three children, a girl called Caroline or Carol who was around 12 years old at the time and two boys. We have spoken to residents who have lived on Grosvenor Avenue long term and who can remember the family but they think they moved to Coventry in the early 1960s. If any of your readers can remember the family or have any information, for example, if Peggy remarried and changed her name we would be most grateful.
You can contact us at
eiaddeo@hotmail.com or telephone 01623 427565.
Thank You
Marion And John

Tuesday, 9 December 2014



FESTIVE FUN FOR ALL

Erewash Museum hosts its free Christmas Fair on Saturday 13th December when shoppers have the chance to snap up some last minute gifts from a whole range of craft stalls. Father Christmas and his little helpers will also be there to enjoy the event between 11am and 3pm. Children can visit Santa, with a small charge of £1.50 per child and booking is essential. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure says:
“Our award-winning museum always stages this fabulously festive fair that is popular with shoppers and with children keen to see Santa. It’s a lovely Christmas event, so put the date in your diaries and enjoy the day!”
 
Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free. For more information contact Erewash Museum 0115 907 1141 or email

FREE FESTIVE FILMS

Erewash Borough Council and Reel Cinemas Ltd have teamed up again to bring free film screenings to Ilkeston’s historic Scala cinema every Saturday in December. Films will start at 10am, with doors opening at 9:45am. Seats will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The free film screenings are part of the council’s on-going town centre regeneration drive and is aimed to encourage people of all ages to enjoy a Saturday morning in the heart of Ilkeston before taking advantage of the nearby market and shops.
The films are as follows:

13th December – Frozen
20th December – The Lego Movie
27th December – The Boxtrolls

Councillor Geoffrey Smith, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning, says:
“Our free film screenings have been a huge hit, so it’s great to celebrate the Christmas season with some of this year’s biggest films. The films are sure to provide something for everyone and fun for all!”

Paddington is a 2014 reimagining of the classic children’s tale featuring many well-known actors including Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters and Nicole Kidman. Frozen is Disney’s highest grossing film of all time, despite having only been released at the end of 2013. The Lego Movie brings the classic children’s favourite to life with the help of Hollywood actors including Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks. The Boxtrolls is based on Alan Snow’s
Here be Monsters, and includes the voices of Ben Kingsley and Nick Frost.

GOOD NEWS FOR WINTER GARDNERS

An on-demand FREE garden waste collection during the winter months for all Erewash residents looks certain to get the go-ahead this week. Erewash borough councillors are expected to approve the new service at a meeting of Council Executive on Thursday, with the collection offered as a trial as part of the popular free bulky waste collections.
The council’s brown bin collections always finish for the winter from early December and restart in March - but councillors recognise that unpredictable weather means some residents may still be gardening during this time. If given the green light, the winter service will be on offer to residents as soon as the regular brown bin collections have ended, meaning gardeners can make use of the free collections from Monday 15th December.
Residents will be able to telephone the council in advance to request a collection of their garden waste and this will be arranged free of charge. Householders will be allowed one per fortnight on their normal collection day, although the service will be suspended during Christmas and New Year week in line with all bulky waste collections - residents are required to request the new service at least 24 hours before their normal collection day. Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“This trial is aimed at providing a hassle-free service to all those keen gardeners in our borough who get out in their gardens during the winter if the weather permits. We don’t know how big the demand will be, but our message is clear . . . the regular brown bin collections may have ended, but we can still arrange a FREE collection of your garden waste if you need us.”
If approved, the service will be monitored over this winter to assess the overall demand and cost. The council’s free bulky waste service was introduced at the start of this financial year and has been a big hit with residents across Erewash, with more than 3,200 collections made between 1st April and 31st October.
For more information on the extended garden waste collection service please visit
www.erewash.gov.uk or contact the council on 0115 907 2244.
 

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR POOL CLOSURE

The swimming pool at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton will be closed for around five weeks over the Christmas and New Year period for essential maintenance and repair work. The pool will be closed from 1pm on Saturday 13th December and work will start immediately on the complete refurbishment of the circulation pipework, which is the original system that has been in place since the 1970s. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“We would like to apologise for this inconvenience, but we are unable to undertake the repairs without draining the pool. We have deliberately chosen the Christmas and New Year season to do the work as we believe this will cause the least inconvenience – and we will get the pipework up to scratch and the pool re-opened as quickly as possible for those wanting to kickstart the 2015 fitness regime!”

Swimmers can use the pools at Victoria Park Leisure Centre in Ilkeston while the work is carried out in Long Eaton. The Victoria Park swimming timetable can be found on the council’s website
www.erewash.gov.uk

Thursday, 27 November 2014

RE-OPEN LEOPOLD STREET

Re Leopold Street. Planning Inspectorate Ref FPS/U1050/7/80


Dear Editor Any one who can remember how convienient it was to walk from Broad Street and up Leopold Street (or the other way round). Would you like this path re-opened? There is a meeting at Long Eaton Town Hall on December 2nd at 10.00 am. This could be your last chance to get an old foot path re-opened, so attend the meeting and have your say. This path has been there a long time and yet again its closed with out any consutation of the local people.

Taking the lead with FREE microchipping

Erewash Borough Council is holding five days of FREE dog microchipping at sites across the borough in December. The council’s Neighbourhood Dog Wardens will host the ‘chipping days’ from 1st-5th December and have urged dog owners to take advantage of the free offer. Microchips hold all sorts of vital information, including details of the owner – meaning that if a dog is picked up as a stray, vets, dog wardens and others can easily scan the ‘chip’ and reunite the pet with its owner.
The free microchipping events will be between 10am-3.45pm and owners can turn up with their pets at any time. The locations are:
Monday 1 December - Sure Start, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay
Tuesday 2 December - Grasmere Road, Petersham Estate, Long Eaton
Wednesday 3 December - Queen Elizabeth Way Shopping Precinct, Kirk Hallam
Thursday 4 December - Sawley Park, Draycott Road, Sawley
Friday 5 December - Sure Start, Beauvale Drive, Cotmanhay
Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“We are delighted to be able to offer a week of free microchipping – an early Christmas present for owners and their dogs! We hope as many owners as possible take advantage of this great offer. One of the key responsibilities of our Neighbourhood Dog Wardens is dealing with stray dogs and they always work hard to reunite the owners and lost pets – a task made much easier with a microchip.”

Monday, 24 November 2014

GRAB A FREE TREE

It’s tree-mendous! Erewash Borough Council is once again hosting its popular Free Tree event, the town centre giveaway when local residents can pick up some free trees for their gardens. The council’s flagship Pride in Erewash campaign is behind the annual bonanza, which sees stalls set up in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres – with residents of the borough able to claim up to FIVE free trees per household.

This year’s giveaway dates for the diary are:
· Long Eaton – Old Market Place / High Street on Wednesday 3rd December, 10am-2pm

· Ilkeston – Market Place on Thursday 4th December, 10am-2pm

Anyone interested can simply turn up on the day and the trees – all native to the UK – are given away on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Councils Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“The free tree event is incredibly popular and is a great offer for local residents - and it’s also a great way of encouraging every one of us to plant trees. Trees are important to the environment and what we plant today will help shape the look of our wonderful borough for the next 100 years and beyondThe council’s Volunteer Tree Wardens will be at both town centre events to help with information and to promote trees, while Derbyshire County Council's Waste Exhibition Vehicle will also be there to promote recycling, composting and waste collections in Erewash. As part of the Free Tree Giveaway, schools, parish councils, community groups and land owners will be able to apply for up to 50 free trees to plant within the borough of Erewash. These will not be available at the Giveaway Days and need to be applied for separately. An application form can be requested by telephoning Erewash Borough Council on 0115 907 2244 ext 3874.