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NACRE Member E-Bulletin

September 2014

“Working with rural communities to improve their quality of life”


Welcome to the Northamptonshire ACRE E-Bulletin – we hope you find it useful. This E-Bulletin is being sent to all our members as part of our membership service.



Summer edition of Village Viewpoint available

The Summer edition of our magazine, Village Viewpoint is now available to download. Find out about:

·         Forest schools at the Hunsbury Hill Centre

·         Best Village Competition

·         Community facilities updates

·         Phoenix Resource Centre

·         Rural Action launched by Northants Police

And much more. Download the magazine here.


Friends of Hunsbury Hill Farm launch evening


Wednesday 10th September

From 6.30pm

Hunsbury Hill Centre,

Northampton  NN4 9QX

Are you interested in being a Trustee of the Friends of Hunsbury Hill Farm, or maybe you would like to know more about volunteering with the group in our work to restore and improve the Grade II listed farm and grounds. Come and join us for a glass of wine and find out more about the Friends at our launch on Wednesday 10th September. RSVP or tel 01604 825890 if you would like to attend.


The Friends will provide an accessible and welcoming group in our work to develop the Centre for the local and wider community, offering educational opportunities for schools and local groups, raise awareness of where food comes from and aid development for people who have an interest in gardening, landscaping and local history.


LPG buying scheme

As you may be aware, we currently run a bulk oil buying membership scheme, which was launched in October 2011 and since then has enabled our 250 members to save a total of just over £43,000 on their oil bills against the average prices.


However we are aware that there are also households in rural areas who do not use oil but are using LPG (liquid petroleum gas). In order to help them get a better deal on the cost of their fuel, we are teaming up with Swift Energy Consultants to provide heavily discounted prices for LPG cylinders and bulk tanks. If you know of anyone who may be interested in finding out more about the LPG offer, please for further details.





County News

More fibre broadband cabinets go live

Fifteen more roadside fibre broadband cabinets have just 'gone live'  in the latest communities to benefit from the Superfast Northamptonshire programme. More than 21,800 homes in Northamptonshire can now get faster fibre broadband.


If you would like to know when superfast broadband is coming to your area, check the When & Where deployment map on theSuperfast Northamptonshire website. 


Make Your Voice Count (2014)

Healthwatch Northamptonshire was established in May 2013. It is part of the network of 152 independent local Healthwatch teams across England, with the role of consumer champion for health and social care services in Northamptonshire. This year “Make Your Voice Count” 2014, is touring Northamptonshire in their mobile office unit, and are looking for locations to park their mobile unit. If you would like the unit to visit your village or for more details tel. 01604 893636 or email A leaflet with full details is attached with this e-bulletin.

Still time to nominate those who make you proud

The annual Pride in Northamptonshire awards, sponsored by Wicksteed Park in association with Costa, recognise the achievements of those in the community who make time to help others and make a difference in people’s lives.  If you would like to nominate a charity, club or individual go to before Sunday 7thSeptember. The awards night will be held at Wicksteed Park Pavillion on Friday, September 26, from 7pm




National News

Rural communities get unfair deal from government

The way government funds local authorities means rural communities get an unfair deal, according to Rural Services Network (RSN), responding to a call for evidence by the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance. RSN says the historic under-funding of rural councils has led to a situation where rural residents pay more council tax per head but receive fewer government grants than urban authorities. Overall, council tax is £79 higher per head in the countryside than in cities but urban areas receive government grants worth £178 more per head than people living in rural areas. More information here.



Funding news:

ACRE leads Big Lottery Village SOS fund

Our national organisation ACRE has received close to £1.4m from the Big Lottery Fund to lead a nationwide partnership of eight organisations that will help rural communities across the UK to set up social enterprises.


The two-year learning, outreach and engagement campaign will include a ‘community to community’ learning network and a central ‘Rural Hub’, managed by ACRE, that will match each new enterprise with a trained mentor and a local grassroots support organisation, who will offer support and advice ranging from how to plan a project to building a brand.


For more information, please contact William or tel. 01604 765888.


Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards reopens

This scheme reopened on Tuesday August 26 and provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2,500. The funding is for practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, sustainability or opportunities for young people in the local communities around their stores in the UK. Full information here.


Deadline for applying is Sunday 21 September 2014.


NCF’s General Grants Programme

Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s General Grants programme awards funding once a month. These grants can be up to £3000 and can be used to fund a wide range of projectsFind out whether your group is eligible and download an application form here.


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