Launch of our Rural Wellbeing Service

big lotteryFind out more about our Big Lottery funded Rural Wellbeing Service and how you can help. We are holding a launch of the service in partnership with Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire as part of their ‘Thriving Voluntary and Community Sector’ event:

Wednesday 25th March

East Northants Council Chambers

Starts at 10am

For more details of the launch and how you can be involved in the service click here. If you would like to attend the launch, please contact To book your free place at the VIN event click here.

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Latest news

  • 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.
  • This £700,000 Defra fund, managed by ACRE, encourages communities to raise funds, knowing a loan could be available to help them meet their target and win funding from other sources.
  • The Alzheimer’s Society Befriending Scheme for people living with dementia has been operating throughout Northamptonshire since 2010. They are currently looking for people with a variety of interests to spend time with people living with the early stages of dementia. Could you be a volunteer?
  • Find out how easy it is to switch energy suppliers.
  • Beanstalk is a national charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who fallen behind with their reading. Beanstallk Northants desperately needs more volunteers to help in the county. Find out how you can help.
  • Each year for the next 5 years, English Garden is awarding one recipient up to £5,000 to help fund or part-fund a horticultural project, initiative, event, product, idea, research or development.
  • ACRE Manifesto urges politicians to improve health, wealth and access for the 10m people who live in the countryside. The manifesto sets out our 12 key asks based on the intelligence ACRE collects from its Network members, who reach 52,000 grassroots organisations in 11,000 rural communities.
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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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National survey of village hall life

village hall12 million hours of volunteering, £11m of renovations and 38.6 million cups of tea:

England’s 10,000 village halls rely on more than 12 million hours of volunteering each year to deliver their vital role at the heart of rural communities, a new survey* by ACRE has revealed. It showed volunteers who run classes and events put in 2.5 million hours annually. That’s on top of the estimated 9.6 million hours clocked up by management committees. But more than half of the halls who responded said they were struggling to find new recruits to help manage the buildings – with people protesting that they were too busy, too old or simply not interested. Read some of the key findings from the survey here.

*ACRE undertook a survey of village halls across England. The survey returned 1,300 responses, (13%) that were used to derive the statistics for this report.  Visit the Community Facilities page for details of services provided by Northamptonshire ACRE.

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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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