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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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Spring edition of Village Viewpoint now available

Coton Manor bluebellsThis lovely picture of bluebells at Coton Manor is on the front page of the latest Spring edition of our Village Viewpoint magazine.

The magazine is now available to download and has plenty of interesting items to read, including:

  • Welcome to the new President of Northamptonshire ACRE
  • Find out more about our Rural Wellbeing Service to help alleviate social isolation in older people
  • Invite to the re-opening of the Low Barn (Derrick Dunn Room)
  • Defra confirms funding to the ACRE network
  • ACRE issues broadband plea
  • Good Neighbours wanted!
  • Latest funding news including details about 4 energy efficiency funds

Download the magazine here.

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Defra confirms funding to ACRE network. Thank you!

Defra (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has confirmed that it will maintain its £2.3m investment in the ACRE Network for 2015/16.  This is good news for our organisation and the nationwide ACRE Network of rural community councils. We would like to thank everyone who showed their support for Northants ACRE, all the other rural councils and the work we do. The level of support we have received from our partner agencies, our members and the public has been extraordinary and very gratifying. 

We could not have achieved this without your help. Thank you.

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Liquid Petroleum Gas scheme

We are expanding the Bulk Oil scheme to offer Liquid Petroleum Gas in cylinders and for bulk tanks. Find out more here. We are expanding our Bulk Oil scheme to offer Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) in cylinders and for bulk tanks. This is in conjunction with Swift Energy Consultants Ltd and FloGas. There is no additional cost to ordering LPG as it is covered under the bulk oil membership. For more details click 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  

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