Does your community have a forthcoming event you would like to publicise? If so, let us know and we will put the details onto our website for other rural communities to know about. Just complete the attached form and if we can we will add your event to the calendar. And there’s no charge!

All-Work Equestrian in Northampton

If you are interested in horse riding and are looking for somewhere to have lessonshorse and rider or even stable your horse, you may like to check out the All-Work Equestrian centre, which is based in the heart of Northampton. This family-run business has been established for 25 years and offer high quality livery and professional schooling for horses in Northampton. The riding school is a BHS and Pony Club approved centre. Click on the photo to go to their home page.

SNVB village networks tour comes to South Northants

SNVB village network mobileSouth Northants Volunteer Bureau’s new Village Networks Rural Information Centre vehicle is now touring villages in South Northants. The mobile unit provides information, advice and guidance for all age ranges on a range of topics including benefits and debt advice, green issues, job seeker advice, home safety and security. Download the poster here for more information about the service and the timetable of visits.

SNVB also has a mini bus, along with a trained driver, which can be hired by communities, not-for-profit groups, schools and charities. Find out more about the project and minibus here.

Age UK handyperson service

Age UK NorthantsDo you know of anyone in your community who needs work doing around their home and would like access to a reliable handyperson service? If so, Age UK Northamptonshire provides such a DIY handyperson service to help keep people happy and safe in their own homes.  Common jobs include fitting stair banister rails, putting up shelves, dealing with tripping hazards and fitting keysafes. Age UK Northamptonshire is a local charity that cares for older people in the community. You can read more about the service here.

Parish council entries for Royal British Legion war memorial competition

The Royal British Legion in Northamptonshire has organised  a competition for both external and internal War Memorials (those within churches or village halls etc.) within the County with entries to be judged by Members of the County Executive Committee. Memorials are judged on general appearance, state of maintenance and surrounds. The war memorial 1war memorial competition has now closed and the following Parish Councils have entered:

Denford, Weedon Bec, Bozeat, Maidford, Collyweston, Kings Sutton, Long Buckby, Rothwell, Higham Ferrers, Silverstone, Rushton, Whittlebury, Flore, Wilbarston, Desborough, Rothersthorpe and Norton.

Judging of the memorials will take place during August to September. Winners of the competition will be notified and the trophies awarded will be presented at the Royal British Legion County Conference held in January each year in Northampton.

Happy at Home Partnership

The Happy at Home Partnership between Daventry Volunteer Centre and South Northants Volunteer Bureau aims to help older, rurally isolated residents in those areas to happy at homeaccess available local services, and as a result, feel happier about living in their own homes for longer. Nicola Toms from Daventry VC is co-ordinating the project and she is currently recruiting new volunteers from the villages to support the project. You can read more Information about the Happy at Home Project, download the Happy@Home Poster and the residents leaflet. And if you would like more information on the project or would like to volunteer, please contact

Dementia awareness presentations

NHS healthcare foundation trustDo you or someone you know have problems with short term memory loss or a diagnosis of dementia? Would your community benefit from having more information and support? If so, then why not ask one of the NHS Dementia Care Advisors in your area to visit your community or business. They can offer a dementia presentation with interactive element which lasts no more than an hour. factors in dementia

If you would like to know more about the Dementia Care Advisors and how they can help you, then this Concerns About Memory Loss leaflet will give further information along with the contact details for the advisor in your area. There is also a poster that you can download here if you would like to display it in your community.

Open Gardens in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire has some beautiful gardens that are open to the public at certain timesnational directory open gardens of the year. But how do you find out when a particular garden in the county is open? The National Directory of Open Gardens shows all the different gardens and garden schemes around the county and when they are open. Click on the picture to see the list of gardens in Northamptonshire and enjoy your visit!

Reminiscence Group in Towcester 

View the Reminiscence poster

Are you over 55? Do you live in the Towcester area? If so, you may be interested in the Reminiscence Group that meets on the last Wednesday of the month at the Towcester Volunteer Centre, from 10am – 2pm. This programme is organised by Banbury Museum as part of the Extending Reach Reminiscence programme. There is no need to book, just turn up at 10am. The cost is £2 and refreshments are provided. For more information contact Suzi on 01295 753784 or email You can also visit

 Bugtopia meet and greet at Greentrunks garden centre

Want somewhere different to take your children? Do they find insects and bugs fascinating? If so, then Greentrunks Bugtopia at Great Cransley near Kettering, houses various stick insects, chameleons, and reptiles, which they can get up close and personal with. Meet and greet sessions with the insects and reptiles are regularly held throughout the day (except Wednesday). And if stick insects are not your thing, then you can always try the tea room instead!

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