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Latest additions: Calls over rural GP funding; Managing flood risk.

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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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Could Your Village be the winner of our 2014 Best Village Competition?

Crick, Overall winner Best Village Competition 2013

Crick, Overall winner Best Village Competition 2013

The Northamptonshire Best Village Competition celebrates the community spirit and quality of life in our villages. The competition looks at all aspects of village life: community and social activities, local businesses, sustainability, the provision for the younger and more senior residents as well as tidiness and the welcome visitors receive. If you think your village has what it takes to be the best and would like to enter the competition please follow this link for more details.

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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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Northamptonshire ACRE’s Chief Executive

Northamptonshire ACRE’s Chief Executive, Mrs Jane Roemer, has announced her intention to leave Northamptonshire ACRE at the end of January 2014.  The Board are very sorry to hear of her decision to leave the organisation for which she has worked tirelessly and with great personal commitment for over seven years, but accept her decision to seek other opportunities and wish her every success in her future endeavours.

The Board will put in place, as soon as possible, arrangements to secure the future management of Northamptonshire ACRE.

It is likely that Jane will remain associated with Northamptonshire ACRE and continue to support the Board .  However, should you require to contact Jane please be advised that as from 1st February her email address will be jane.roemer@hotmail.co.uk.  Alternatively you can contact the main reception on 01604 765888.

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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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