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Wildflower planting at Stanley Recreation Ground

The Stanley Wildflower Group managed to get a session of planting in on 3 November 2020 before the second Covid lockdown ensued. Social distancing measures were, of course, in effect.

The group planted over 500 native wildflower bulbs, 46 established wildflower plants and scattered some wildflower Classic Meadow Mix seeds on prepared patches within the Wildflower area. Having also been given some non-native bulbs these have been planted out just outside the established wildflower area.

Our thanks to the Planters and Givers of bulbs and seed packets to achieve the above. These were Karen S, Velma H plus helpers Isla and Ada, Susan S, Simon H, Sue G, Malcolm H, Sara S, June H, Paul and Pat C, Ant B and Jack, Ann B, and Karen T. We now wait for their efforts to show from early next year and then throughout the year.                                   

There are seed packets of mixed wild flowers left over and these are offered to anybody who will plant out a tray(s) for us for next year’s Spring planting of established plants and “bulbs in the green”.

Woodland pathway in Autumn

Autumn Walks in your Local Area

This September discover with your family/friends the great range of local walks in Amber Valley and Erewash which have been produced over the last 20 years.

Walking is very good for both mental and physical health – so why not see what is on your doorstep?

Please keep to the government guidelines, ensuring social distancing and currently no more than 6 people meeting from different households. Please click here to visit the autumn footprints website to see a full list of walks.




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a vacancy exists for a Parish Councillor to serve on the Stanley & Stanley Common Parish Council – Stanley Village Parish Ward.

Any ten electors for the said Parish Ward may request that an election should be held to fill this vacancy within 14 days from the date of this notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and the days of any Bank Holiday break).  A request can be either be received:-

  • In writing to the Returning Officer, Town Hall, Ilkeston, DE7 5RP or;
  • by emailing a scanned image of a request to

In the event of a request for an election being received the election will not take place until 6 May 2021 as a result of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the 2020 Regulations.

In the absence of a request for an election as aforesaid, the vacancy will be filled by Stanley & Stanley Common Parish Council by co-option.

DATED this  3rd day of September 2020


Clerk to Stanley & Stanley Common Parish Council

Stanley Recreation Ground Wildflower Meadow

The Parish Council consented to allow an area of the Stanley village Recreation ground to grow wild to see what wildflowers might come through and to encourage wildlife to return to the area. The photographs in this gallery are given by kind consent of one of the volunteers assisting the project.

Coronavirus testing site in Ilkeston this weekend

A pop-up drive-through coronavirus testing site will be in place in Ilkeston town centre this week from Friday 14 August to Monday 17 August 2020.

It follows an appeal by Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health for Derbyshire, for anyone who lives or socialises in Ilkeston and has coronavirus symptoms to get tested after four people who visited some of the town’s pubs on Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August tested positive for the virus.

The drive-through testing site will be at Erewash Borough Council’s car park on Pimlico (postcode DE7 8AA). There will be no parking available in the car park while the testing station is in place.

Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, should book a coronavirus test or call 119.

Mr. Wallace said: 

“This is an opportunity for people who live and socialise in and around Ilkeston to act quickly and book a test either tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

“It’s so important that anyone showing coronavirus symptoms, even if they’re mild, does the right thing and gets tested to help stop the spread of the virus.”

Ilkeston coronavirus appeal – get tested

An appeal has gone out to people who live and socialise in Ilkeston to get tested if they have coronavirus symptoms – even if they are mild.

It follows confirmation that 4 people who visited some of the town’s pubs on either Friday 31 July or Saturday 1 August tested positive for the virus.

Each visited at least 1 of 3 pubs centred around the town’s Market Place – The Market Inn, The Observatory (Wetherspoons) and The Harrow – but the longest period was spent in The Market Inn on the Saturday evening.

Steps had been taken by all 3 venues to restrict the number of customers in the building at any one time, collect customer contact details and carry out additional cleaning.

But when Public Health England staff began to look at the contact details for customers who visited The Market Inn, it became clear that despite the best efforts of the landlord, a significant number of customers had left incomplete or illegible details making contact tracing almost impossible.

Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health for Derbyshire, said:

“It’s vital that anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus does the right thing and acts now to help stop the spread – particularly if they were in either The Market Inn, The Observatory or The Harrow in Ilkeston at any point on Friday 31 July or Saturday 1 August.

“Even if your symptoms are mild you should start to self-isolate immediately and book a test online at or by calling 119.

“You should only stop isolating when you get your test result but only if that result is negative.

“This incident just goes to show the importance of social distancing when you’re out and about as keeping 2 metres away from anyone outside your household really reduces the risk of the virus spreading.

“It also shows it’s essential that anyone visiting pubs, cafes, restaurants and other outlets gives accurate contact details so that they can be traced if anyone on the premises at the time they were present tests positive for the virus.

“We all need to play our part if we are to beat this pandemic and continue on the road to returning to normal life.”

Colonel Mike Cheetham MBE

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Chairman, Colonel Mike Cheetham MBE, following a short period of ill health.

Mike was a long standing member of the Parish Council and had been the Chairman for the last 16 years.  As an active member of the community Mike was always ready to offer help to his neighbours in the village and spent many hours providing transportation to the shops and medical appointments for those in need.  He dedicated his life to aiding the armed forces community and worked as a volunteer for SSAFA, the armed forces charity, to support serving men and women and veterans and their families.

A huge loss to the community and his family, Mike will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Community News from Derbyshire County Council

Information for local groups, societies, clubs, parish and town councils

17 June 2020

Be a safe shopper

Shops and markets have started to re-open this week and we’re working with other councils to make changes to town centres to make them safer.

Some roads are being closed or made one way so that we can make pavements wider. We may also be taking out some on-street car parking bays to help with social distancing.

You can do your bit to help keep yourself and others safe too:

  • Remember to follow social distancing rules
  • Walk or cycle to where possible to reduce demand for car parking
  • Shop local where you can, town centres are expected to be busy

Remember where there are signs please follow them. Lets all do our bit to make sure shopping in Derbyshire is as safe as possible.

Nightingale care home welcomes first residents

Images for Derbyshire County Council

Our brand new state-of-the-art Florence Nightingale care home in Belper is ready to welcome its first residents.

Plans to open as a conventional care home to replace the Ada Belfield Care Home have been put on hold – the new home will temporarily be used exclusively for those who need to rest and isolate after suffering with coronavirus.

For now the care home is opening with 10 beds, with the potential to expand to 20. We hope the new home will provide those recuperating from coronavirus a comfortable setting to get back on their feet. Find out more here

Change to our recycling centre rules

Visitors can now bring the full range of household waste usually accepted to our recycling centres.

We’ve dropped the ‘essential waste only’ restriction but residents will still only be allowed in on certain days as we continue to follow social distancing.

Make sure you check the last number on your car registration plate, if it is even you can visit on an even numbered date. If it’s odd you can visit on an odd numbered date.

We’re asking you to wait a little bit longer before bringing vans and trailers. They often take longer to unload and this increases waiting times.

Remember you can check what the queues are like for each site before you travel with live information on our website

Thank you to everyone for your patience and for continuing to follow our golden rules. Find out more here

Help still available for those in need

As more people across Derbyshire return to work, vulnerable friends, family and neighbours could find themselves with little or no support.

Some of you may be told to stay at home and self-isolate by the new Government coronavirus test and trace service.

If you’re struggling and have no friends or family to call on, our Community Response Unit is still on hand taking requests to help the most vulnerable in Derbyshire.

We can help with essentials such as food delivery, fetching a prescription or just a simple phone call to help raise spirits.

You can register for help online or you can call us on 01629 535091. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and 9am to 1pm on a Saturday. Find out more here

Praise for our trading standards officers

Our trading standards officers have been commended for their role in bringing a fraudster to justice.

Henry Lyttel, aged 29, of Ashbourne Road, Mackworth Village, near Derby, has received a two-year suspended jail sentence for making and selling fake military medals and supplying poppy pin badges following a successful prosecution by our trading standards team. Judge Bennett told Derby Crown Court he had been ‘very impressed with the thoroughness of the investigation at a time when trading standards are often criticised for a lack of ability and funding’ and that credit should also go to the county council for allowing their officers to continue with the investigation’

Scams Awareness Fortnight

Scams Awareness Fortnight runs from 15 – 28 June and this year’s campaign is focusing on the scams that opportunists have set up during the coronavirus pandemic. Our trading standards team is helping to highlight and combat these crimes. 

People are being warned about possible scams by call, text or email in relation to the new NHS test and trace service. Genuine contact tracers will never ask for any passwords, bank details or pin numbers – any communication from them will be asking you to sign into the NHS test and trace website.

Scams include ones pretending to be from the government. You may get a text message saying the government has issued you a payment of £458 and you need to click on the link to claim it. Don’t as it’s a scam, as is any email supposedly from saying that you are to be fined for leaving your home more than once. Find out more here

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