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. The new Deputy Mayor of Erewash is Councillor Sue Beardsley, who represents the Little Hallam Ward.



Breaston born actress Molly Windsor has picked up the award for Leading Actress at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards (TV BAFTAs). Molly picked up the award for her work in the BBC mini-series Three Girls, on Sunday night May 13th at the ceremony which was broadcast live on BBC One. Molly attended Bilborough College, where staff were overjoyed by her success. Molly’s former form tutor, Jill Shield said: “ I knew that she’d been nominated and was looking out on Sunday to see if she’d won. She was always so modest about her talent. It’s extraordinary.”
Broadcast last year, Three Girls told the real-life story of three teenage girls who were raped as part of Rochdale child sex abuse ring.
On the night the drama was also awarded a gong for Best Mini-series.



Best Front Garden 1st - Mrs C. Holloway, Poplar Road, Breaston 2nd - Mr B. Pinfield, Holland Meadow, Long Eaton 3rd - Mr Emanuele Maxia, Anson Walk, Ilkeston
Best Hanging Baskets and Planters 1st (joint) - Mr Ken Young, Blandford Avenue, Long Eaton Mark, Jill and Paul Prentice, Harrington Street, Sawley 2nd - Mrs S. Hainsworth, Beech Croft, Breadsall Village 3rd - Ms Tina White, Brick Kiln Lane, Morley
Best Rear Garden (medium to large) 1st - Mark, Jill and Paul Prentice, Harrington Street, Sawley 2nd - Mr Ken Young, Blandford Avenue, Long Eaton 3rd - Mr Cook, Chestnut Grove, Sandiacre
Best Rear Garden (Small) 1st (joint) - Mrs Jean Whitwell, Pimlico, Ilkeston Mrs S. Hainsworth, Beech Croft, Breadsall Village 2nd - Mark Gatley, Wirksworth Road, Kirk Hallam 3rd - David Mayo, Newbery Avenue, Long Eaton
Best Wildlife/Environmental Garden 1st - Mark, Jill and Paul Prentice, Harrington Street, Sawley 2nd - Mr Nigel Downes, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston 3rd - Mr M Bilbie, St Vincent Close, Long Eaton
Best Street, Community Area or Friends Group 1st - Coach and Horses, Draycott. 2nd (joint) - Three Trees Community Garden. EPHA House sheltered accommodation, Ilkeston. Long Eaton Railway Station Community Improvements, Sawley .3rd (Joint) - Artemis Hostel P3, Long Eaton. Heanor Road Community Allotment, Ilkeston.
Best Allotment Site 1st - Far Lane Allotment Association, Borrowash. 2nd (joint) - Sandiacre and Risley Gardenholders Association. Shacklecross Allotments, Borrowash. 3rd - Elm Street Allotments, Borrowash
Pubs Restaurants and Hotels 1st (joint) - Carpenters Arms, Dale Abbey. The Stanhope Arms, Stanton by Dale. 2nd (joint) - Chequers Inn, Breaston. Spanish Bar, Ilkeston. 3rd (joint) - The General Havelock, Ilkeston. Seven Oaks Inn, Stanton by Dale
Business, Commercial and Places of Worship 1st - Brooklands Court, Long Eaton. 2nd - Bramble Lodge, West Hallam. 3rd - Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard, Ilkeston.
Best School Garden 1st - Chaucer Junior School, Ilkeston. 2nd (joint) - Parklands Infant School, Long Eaton. Granby Junior School, Ilkeston . 3rd (Joint) - Morley Primary School. Ladywood Primary School, Kirk Hallam
Tallest Sunflower (under 16s) 1st - Ladywood Primary School, Kirk Hallam 2nd - Luca Rowbottom, St Alban’s Close, West Hallam 3rd - Parklands Infant School, Long Eaton


 Ashby Aero On Monday 2nd October the members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed Martin Ashby who gave an insight to his business Ashby Interiors with his talk “Creative use of Aero Parts” The business is split 40/60 white glass lights and aero items. They have around 250 pieces of lights in stock and many are Art Deco which are mainly sold into London but they have recently received orders from Derby which they hope to expand upon in the near future. The business moved into Aerospace three years ago and they take aero salvage and transform them into luxury items such as lighting, mirrors and furniture. Martin spoke about some of the items converted which included items from WW11, the Spitfire, Hurricane Aircraft, Russian Mig fighter plane and Concorde. One recent project was on a Rolls-Royce Dart engine which he polished for 70 hours and it is now in Australia. Other recent successes include the sale of a Rolls-Royce Derwent engine, a Merlin engine which was stripped down into small pieces as a lot of people want a small piece of history, a search light from a wooden fishing boat and a Bren Gun. The business now ships many historical pieces world wide and Martin concluded by saying it is a pleasure to restore, polish and convert so many items. The club’s vote of thanks was given by Steve Street who said “it was a fascinating subject, with many items that we can all remember”



 A man has been jailed for 9 months for fraud after taking £4,450 for work he did not carry out. Frederick Buck, 22, of Castle View, Newark, called at a house in Draycott and asked the occupier if she wanted her conifers and trees cutting back. She agreed and paid him £250 but this soon became £450. He then offered to do more work and drove her to the Lloyds Bank in Long Eaton three times on the same day where she withdrew a total of £4,000. He took the money but did none of the work. He was arrested a month later after police traced his van. He pleaded guilty to fraud.



A cut-price half term Junior Swim Membership is on offer for the October school holiday following the success of Erewash Borough Council’s similar summer package. The membership offers nine days swimming for just £5 and the council has made 60 memberships available – 30 at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park Leisure Centre and 30 and West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton. The half term membership - which runs from 21st-29th October inclusive - has been funded by Sport England and is for 11-16-year-olds as part of Sport England’s campaign to encourage young people to be more fit and healthy. The memberships are available to buy now from both leisure centres and also include entrance to two Halloween pool parties at Victoria Park Leisure Centre in Ilkeston on Saturday 28th October. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says: “Our summer special proved extremely popular so we are grateful to Sport England for helping us return with this half term offer as part of our ongoing commitment to get young people physically active – particularly in this 11-16-year-old age range.”