Clipston Well for Life roadshow cancelled

cropped header for posterWe are sorry to say that the free Well for Life roadshow that was due to take place at Clipston village hall on Wedesday 12th July has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

The roadshow, which was jointly organised by Daventry District Council, Northamptonshire ACRE and First for Wellbeing, aimed to showcase the many providers and activities available to local people in the Clipston are and surrounding villages. We apologies for any inconvenience the cancellation may cause.

However the next roadshow scheduled for Thursday 28th September at Moulton Community Centre will be going ahead as stated. It will start at 11am and run until 2pm. Look out for more information about the event nearer the time.

Neighbourhood Plans: making the most of your heritage

Making the most of your local heritage with Neighbourhood Plans

Monday 10 July 2017, 10am to 4.15pm

The Old Barns, the Red Lion, Bridge Street, Rothwell NN14 6BW

The historic environment is all around us and a Neighbourhood Plan can help you engage with your local heritage. Historic England, Locus Consulting and Northamptonshire ACRE are running a workshop to help you develop a Neighbourhood Plan that makes the most of your historic environment. More information 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

acre-smart-energy-gb-logoSmart Energy GB

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.

New timetable for our Information Bus

Cropped view of RIC with side and back bannersThe latest timetable for our information bus, that is visiting villages two days a week as part of our Lottery funded Rural Wellbeing Service, is now available to view here. Find out where the bus is visiting over the next three months and if we are in your village, why not come along and speak to Linda or Dawn, our Fieldworkers. If you would like the bus to visit your area, why not call us on 01604  825883?