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  • ACRE has received close to £1.4m from the Big Lottery Fund to lead a nationwide partnership of eight organisations that will help and inspire rural communities across the UK to set up social enterprises.
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British Food Fortnight 2015 – What will you do?

BFF Harvest tall 2015 picBritish produce is a topical subject at the moment, so what can you do to support our farmers and local retailers?  British Food Fortnight runs from 19th September to 4th October 2015 and is the perfect opportunity to try new ingredients and cook new dishes whist supporting local industries.

Top tips on buying British for the fortnight include:

* Going to your local farmers market – you should be able to find everything you need for a week there alone.

* Walking down your local high street and visiting independent stores – butchers, bakers, fishmongers and greengrocers.   There are so many great British producers but best always to buy local and find those closest to you.

* In supermarkets, always looking for the Red Tractor label: <>

* Make sure you are buying in season – in season products are much more likely to be British.

* Milk – buy direct from the farmer if you can.   See here for a map of farmers who sell directly to the public:

* You may have to look further than locally for speciality favourites, but you can find most of everything in Britain somewhere.

Visit  for more tips, resources, competitions and ideas, including details of events taking place nationwide throughout the fortnight and a list of 14 things you can do to enjoy British food.

Why not organise a community event during the fortnight, enter our competition and be in with a chance of impressing Raymond Blanc? Or join us on social media and win a Fortnum & Mason Hamper @LoveBritishFood.

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Weedon Bec wins the Best Village Competition 2015

Around 50 villagers and other guests gathered to hear the results of the 2015 Northamptonshire Best Village Competition, which were announced at the Presentation Evening Ceremony held on Tuesday 14th July at the Hunsbury Hill Centre. This Competition celebrates community spirit and the quality of life in the County’s villages.

Overall winner was Weedon Bec seen here being presented with their trophy by David Laing, Lord Lieutenant of Northamtonshire.

The village of Weedon Bec was the overall winner of the competition gaining the prestigious title of the 2015 Northamptonshire Best Village. The village of Syresham was the runner up.

David Laing, H.M. Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire and President of Northamptonshire ACRE presented delegates from the winning villages with cups and certificates. Full details of all the winners in their categories can be viewed here.

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NACRE’s information bus is on the road!

Our Big Lottery funded Rural Wellbeing Photo back of RIC with banner 190615Service has kicked off with visits to a number of villages in East Northants from our big information bus. We have been providing information, support and advice to residents in Collyweston, Easton on the Hill, Warmington, Nassington and Oundle and from September we will also be visiting Earls Barton.

If you see the bus around your area, why not call in and speak to the fieldworker, Linda and find out how we can help you.

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Big thank you to everyone who donated garden tools

Many thanks to everyone who has kindly donated spades, hoes, rakes and even mowers to the Community Payback scheme. The group are extremely grateful as these tools enable them to continue with their excellent work of ground maintenance in  communities. If you would like to know more about the Community Payback scheme or would like to nominate a project in your area, please click on the Community Payback logo to go to the Northants Probation Trust website for more information.

You can continue to donate tools to the scheme by contacting us on 01604 765888 or email  

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