DDC and SNC Funding Fair

DDC funding fair croppedAre you looking for funding for a project? Would you like to speak to key funders for more advice on how to get started? Then come along to the Daventry District and South Northants District Councils funding fair.

Voluntary and Community Groups Funding Fair

Tuesday 6th June 2017 9.30am – 3.00pm

          At Towcester Racecourse

This event is free. The Big Lottery, Children in Need, Heritage Lottery, Historic Churches Support and many others are confirmed to attend. Northamptonshire ACRE’s Rural Officer, Rebecca Breakwell. and Community Buildings Advisor, Frances Harris, will also have a stand there. Download the poster here.

Well for Life roadshow at Everdon

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Everdon Village Hall

Thursday 15th June 2017

10am – 1pm

A FREE event for local people in Everdon and the surrounding villages. Come along and see how you can live well and improve your health and wellbeing. Lots of promotional stands and fun activities to help you find out what services are available in your area. Free refreshments and cakes are available and you can enter a raffle to win a hamper. This roadshow is open to all ages so why not come along, find out what services are out there for you and have some fun as well! Download the poster with more details here.

The roadshow is jointly organised by Daventry District Council, Northamptonshire ACRE and First for Wellbeing.

NACRE Neighbourhood Plan Day

Neighbourhood Plan Day

Thursday 25th May 2017

10.15 a.m. till 3.00 p.m. The Hunsbury Hill Centre NN4 9QX

We invite you to NACRE’s The Hunsbury Hill Centre in Northampton on Thursday 25th May 2017 from 10.15 a.m. – 3.00 p m.  Come and hear speakers discussing Neighbourhood Planning in detail and take part in group activities that look at the expectations of a Neighbourhood Plan and the challenges facing your Community.   

The cost to NACRE members is £40 per delegate and for non-members is £55 per delegate.   A light lunch and Neighbourhood Plan Day presentation notes and workshop materials are included.   To download the Agenda click here.     For more information click here.

Olive Special Offer – Designed to help ensure you never run out of oil

smart-meter-image-1Special Offer for Oil Scheme Members!

As part of our commitment to developing our services to members, NACRE has negotiated a special offer with its partner eSmartMetrics to offer its new olive Smart Meters to Oil Buying Scheme Members at a special price and with NO ongoing fees.

Available to members through their NACRE online account for only £99.00, plus delivery, this will include a £10.00 voucher off your next oil purchase! More information here.

Slides from our AGM 2016

thank youWe would like to thank all the speakers who gave presentations at Northamptonshire ACRE’s recent AGM 2016. It was a very good evening, with a wide range of topics covered and all helped along with some great music from acoustic trio Whalebone. If you would like to download the slides from the presentations they are available here. Particular thanks goes to Sir John Robinson Bt DL for kindly standing in for our President, David Laing, and opening our AGM.

Olive – Our new online oil ordering system

Our oil buying schemoil lorrye is changing. The Northamptonshire ACRE Community Oil Buying Scheme has been operating since October 2011.  Developed with the aim of helping people in homes, community buildings and businesses in rural Northamptonshire to save money on their oil, particularly those in fuel poverty, our scheme has helped members save over £80,500 against average prices quoted with over 1.7million litres of domestic heating oil being delivered.

The scheme is working well for our members but to ensure that it continues to deliver such good value, we need to grow the membership. To do this effectively it is essential to improve the efficiency of the scheme and to this end, we have been working with a company, eSmartMetrics, to install an online ordering system, olive, that will replace the current paper based scheme.

oliveAs of 1st August 2016 you can register your details on olive  and then order and pay for oil online. We will no longer be charging a membership fee, instead a small levy will be applied to the oil order each month. But be assured, you will continue to receive prices well below the market level.

For more information download the FAQs our see the bulk oil buying page.

Find out about smart meters

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Did you know that even though you are off mains gas you can get a smart meter for your electricity supply?

We are working with our partners in the ACRE Network and Smart Energy GB to raise awareness of the smart meter smart-meters-1roll out. We’re promoting smart meters to off mains gas residents in Northamptonshire. We are proud to be working with Smart Energy GB to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities to engage in the smart meter rollout, regardless of personal circumstance or where they live.

For more information click here.

2017 Best Village Competition forms now available!

bvc-16-all-winners-at-hhc-12-july-2016-2We are very pleased that the Best Village Competition will be running again this year, thanks once again to the generous sponsorship of Hollowells Funeral Plans. The Competition is open to all villages with populations up to 6,000. There are three different categories based on village size: Small, Medium and Large. There is also a special award for best ‘newcomer’ to the competition. Each category carries prize money of £250. In addition to this, the prize money for the overall winner will be £1000.

More information and application forms are available here.

Calling all women entrepreneurs

women-gender-symbolFollowing on from last year’s inaugural Women’s Enterprise Day, the 2016 follow up event is being held at Belton Woods Hotel, Grantham on Thursday 17th November. The day is dedicated to showcasing local talent, sharing inspiring stories and giving you insider tips on how to be more successful in business. There are a large range of fantastic workshops to choose from, sensational speakers, Artizan Avenue and even a Living Library zone. Tickets are just £50 for the day including lunch. Click here for more details.