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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


Monthly Walk/Social Event Thursday, 5th October 2017/Thursday, 28th September 2017 Sandiacre and District Probus Club held two social events during the past month. The monthly walk took place on Thursday, 5th October 2017 organised by President Peter Barber and involved a walk from Trowel Boards via way of the Erewash Valley Trail and Erewash Canal to the lunch venue at the Plough Inn, Sandiacre. 9 walkers and Jess the dog completed the course on a fine autumn morning, particular note being made of the wildlife on the canal and the fine views from Stanton Ironworks area towards Church Farm and Sandiacre Parish Church. A coffee stop was made at Pastures Lock (Sandy-bottoms to some of the party). At the Plough Inn the walkers were joined by a further 14 members and guests for a splendid lunch thanks being given by Walks Co-ordinator Peter Hope to President Peter Barber for organising a very interesting walk and good lunch venue. The second event was a games evening at St. Giles’ Church Hall organised by Social Secretary Malcolm Chapman. The games consisted of 10 indoor games such as Bagatelle, Shove ½p, Putting, Boggle, Football, Roulette, Skittles and adding points for each game resulted in a win for Alison Flint followed by 2nd place for Pat Gregory and 3rd for Peter Northeast. President Peter Barber thanked Malcolm and his team of Arthur Gregory, Ray Morley and Sid Tidmarsh for organising a thoroughly enjoyable evening and also to the ladies for the refreshments and Denis Dumelow for setting out the room.



After Tony Jones had fed his guinea pigs fresh greens at his home in Sandiacre he was surprised that days later they had not eaten them. After a closer inspection he found they were laced with blue slug pellets. He bought the greens from Tesco in Long Eaton on February 4th while doing the weekly shop. After returning the greens to the store and complaining he was given a £10 gift voucher. A Tesco spokesman said: "We are investigating what may have happened and will keep Mr Jones updated."



Police officers from the Sandiacre Safer Neighbourhood Team have been handing out free crime prevention goodies to people from the village. The team held a crime prevention event on Saturday afternoon, February 11th, in the car park of the library, in Doncaster Avenue, and officers were inviting people from the village to attend. As well as giving out general crime prevention advice, the team were also distributing security freebies such as ‘Don’t Bother’ car security kits and shed alarms. They were also available to property mark valuables such as power and garden tools. The team were in the library car park between 1pm and 4pm. For more information, contact the team on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website
here. You can also follow the teams on Twitter @SandiacreSNT



Three men entered a house in Sandiacre and took mobiles, cash and an iPad. The robbery took place at around 7.20pm on Tuesday, January 24th, the three men walked into a house in Barker Avenue North, armed with knives. They threatened the occupants and took the items before leaving via the front door. The men are all white and in their late 20s. One is of average build, 5ft 10 tall and wore a black jacket and mask. The other men were about 6ft tall, slim and wore black balaclavas. One wore a grey hooded top.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call DC Sarah Horton on 101, quoting reference 17000034304. Alternatively, send her a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



Monthly Meeting – Wednesday, 18th January 2017
Sandiacre and District Probus Club held their monthly meeting in St. Giles’ Church Hall on Wednesday, 18th January 2017. President John Joyce welcomed members and speaker Mrs. Lynn Blakeley and after the official business of the day inducted Fred Bromley as a member of the club. Subsequently Fred outlined his activities of the past 40 years he has lived in the area, i.e. Sandiacre Cubs and Scouts Committee for a few years, Chairman of the Local Neighbourhood Watch, Friesland Parent Governor, sports activity in playing Crown Green Bowls and some years ago active Mountaineering/Climbing in the Peak District/Alps. His professional role was as a Chartered Engineer in the Aerospace, Research and Teaching, Nuclear Power and Defence Fields and is a members of the I.E.T. Institute.
President John then introduced the speaker Mrs. Lynn Blakeley to give a talk entitled ‘A night out with Nottingham Street Pastors’. Lynn explained her activities as a Street Pastor in the last 3 years as a volunteer working 3 days a week. It is Malt Cross based (St. James Street) in Nottingham, set up in 2010 and is part of the National Charitable Organisation. The 70 volunteers in Nottingham patrol from 2200 – 0300 hours every Friday/Saturday (except January) and deter crime with their uniform presence and care for people late at night and have a good relationship with the police. They patrol in groups of 2/3, are trained in first aid and carry radios to get information from CCTV cameras. Lynn gavc some examples of her various activities, giving out 750 Flip Flop shoes per annum for bare footed people, collected 4,000 glass bottles in 2016, gave out 1,200 bottles of water in 2016 and gave out lollipops in efforts to reduce drunkenness and tension. Toilet bags/sick bags/foil blankets were carried and winter shelter and advice was provided for the homeless.
Thanks were given by member Derek French to Lynn for an excellent insight into the volunteer Street Pastors and presented her with a donation to the charity from the club. The raffle was won by Arthur Gregory, Robert Flint, Fred Bromley and Arthur Belfitt before finally President John gave thanks to the stewards of the day, Ray Morley/Phil Brown on coffee, John Crosslett/Arthur Belfitt on the raffle and Denis Dumelow for setting out the room. 


Monthly Walk – Thursday, 12th January 2017
Sandiacre and District Probus Club met for their monthly walk on Thursday, 12th January 2017 at the Newdigate Arms, West Hallam Pub Car Park. The small party of walkers led by member Peter Flint set off across country in the direction of Straw’s Bridge Nature Reserve. Interest was created by walking through a herd of British White cattle, a dual purpose breed for beef and milk and a striking white coat with black noses and ears. Eventually Straw’s Bridge Pond was reached, this reserve being formed after opencast mining in 1980 and after reclaiming and landscaping is now managed by Erewash Borough Council and is habited by numerous ducks, geese and moorhens fed by the public.
Following from here a short walk was made along part of the Nutbrook Trail, the trail itself is a 10 mile traffic free path from Long Eaton/Shipley Park/Heanor, originally a transport route reflecting the regions industrial past. From here a transit was made across the Pewit Golf Course, Manners Industrial Estate and the ponds of the Manor Floods Local Nature Reserve.
Before returning to the Newdigate Arms for lunch an encounter was made with a few Belted Galloway cattle, recognisable being black with a white belt encircling the mid section. These are a much heavier dairy breed compared to the British White mentioned earlier.


After a decision at a Community Safety Committee meeting at Beeston Town Hall, the Council will start a consultation on whether to introduce an order which will give the authority the power to target persistent street drinkers in Stapleford. If implemented the order will come in for three years starting on May 1st. The action is being taken because of the number of alcohol related anti social behaviour incidents in the town. Anyone breaching the order would be committing a criminal offence and be subject to a £75 fixed penalty notice or prosecution.