Hover over the pictures below and click on a photo to find out more.

Latest additions: Consultation on Daventry East’s Centre, new Village SOS funding for social enterprises, Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund.

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Summer fun at Hunsbury Hill Centre with Groundwork

groundwork summer eventsGroundwork Northamptonshire is running a number events for families throughout the summer in the woods at our Hunsbury Hill Farm. Come along and learn about the wildlife in our woods, take part in fun games and activities and even bring a picnic for after the event.
14th August 10.30am – 12:  Marvellous mammals
19th August 10.30am – 12:  Brilliant bugs
27th August 10.30am – 12:  Those wonderful woods
Cost is £3 per child, which includes refreshments and all children must be accompanied by an adult. As all activities are outside, you are advised to dress for the weather! Booking is essential.
For more information or to book a place, call Jenni (from Groundwork) on 07720969507 or email jennifer.hedges@groundwork.org.uk.  Alternatively message her on the Friends of Hunsbury Hill Farm Facebook page.
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The 2014 Spring edition of the Village Viewpoint is here!

wildflowersThe Spring 2014 edition of Northamptonshire ACRE’s Village Viewpoint is now available to download and is packed with news, information and local updates including:

  • News about the Best Village Competition
  • Current project updates including SpeedWatch, village halls and broadband checklist
  • Details of the next Community Website workshop evening
  • An evaluation of the LEADER programme, 2008 – 2013
  • Shops, pubs and Community Rights
  • Learning from flood misery.
  • What’s happening around the county 
  • Latest funding news including the People’s Millions and Daventry’s Funding Fair
  • Register for the Countywide Forum conference

The current magazine can be downloaded here and past editions are available here.

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Good news! Free WordPress training re-opens for communities

website trainingThe free WordPress training courses we ran during 2013 have re-started. These training sessions are free to any community, village or social group who is looking to set up their own  community website or update an old existing one. If you are a beginner to website design or to WordPress and would like to have training on setting up a WordPress community site, book your place by going to the online booking system.  More information here.

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ACRE’s Parish Profiles with 2011 census data now available

new ACRE logoOur updated Parish Profile reports with data based on the 2011 census are now available to purchase from Northamptonshire ACRE. These reports, commissioned by national ACRE from OCSI (Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion), bring together a wealth of hard data and evidence about a parish from a variety of sources. An example of a parish profile (not in Northamptonshire) can be viewed here.

If you have previously purchased your Parish Profile, based on the 2001 census data, you are entitled to the updated version free of charge. If you would like to purchase the Parish Profile report for your parish, please contact Elaine.oleary@northantsacre.org.uk to discuss further. 

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Community facilities forum – new rates

community hall 1Please note, our Community Facilities Advisor is no longer able to give free advice and support to non-members of the Community Facilities Forum. The rate for his services has been set at £35 per hour, plus travelling expenses where a site visit is necessary or requested.

If you are interested in becoming a member, the cost is £40 for the year, which runs from 1st April to 31st March. A membership form can be downloaded here.

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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 acre@northantsacre.org.uk  

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