Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Cambridgeshire ACRE News Digest - June 2012

Welcome to Cambridgeshire ACRE’s latest News Digest. Please forward this email to friends and colleagues who you think might be interested in our rural news and events briefing.

Latest News:

Support the ‘Get Cambridgeshire Connected’ campaign

Have you clicked for Cambridgeshire yet? This campaign is urging local people and businesses to register their demand for Superfast Broadband on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website, Community leaders can find out more about what they can do in their community to drum up support for the Get Cambridgeshire Connected campaign by going to the Rural Broadband page of Cambridgeshire ACRE's website.

Give your views on Cambridgeshire ACRE’s Services

A major survey of Cambridgeshire ACRE’s customers is now under way. We want to hear from as many people who have used our services as possible. Please spare us 10 minutes of your time to help us improve what we do.


Over the hill? Wise up to rural ageing

Over the hill? is a film-based campaign aiming to raise awareness and encourage community-led solutions that address the needs of older people living in rural areas.


New website launched for Community Land Advisory Service

A new website has been launched as part of an initiative aiming to make more land available for UK community gardening and growing groups.


Cambridgeshire Local Involvement Network (LINk) publishes its annual report

Cambridgeshire LINk is a user-led network of local people, groups and community organisations who work together to shape health and social care services in Cambridgeshire. The LINk has recently published the Annual Report on its activity in 2011-12.


Funding Sources:

Local grants still available through the Fens Adventurers

If your community project is looking for funding, then why not find out if it's eligible for funding through the Fens Adventurers Rural Development Programme?


Paths for Communities launched!

A new funding scheme, Paths for Communities (P4C), is open for business and could help your community develop and enhance its network of Public Rights of Way.


Rural Community Broadband Fund: Second round open

£20 million is available for communities in 10% hard to reach areas to establish superfast broadband.


Does your village have a truly enterprising idea?

Big Lottery Fund has announced a second round of Village SOS (VSOS) funding for communities to support inspiring business ideas that will bring people together to tackle the challenges they face.


Cambridgeshire ACRE Services:

Cambridgeshire ACRE Community Oil Buying Scheme

Cambridgeshire ACRE’s bulk oil-buying scheme is going from strength to strength and nearly 50 people have now joined us. So far, 19,800 litres of oil have been purchased through the scheme and, in total, households have saved a massive £1,111.40. If you heat your home, community building or business with oil, then why not join our scheme and start making savings of your own? If you want to compare prices, during our May oil buying round we found an average price of 59 ppl. The price we negotiated for our members was 53 ppl. Did our price beat the price you paid?


Cambridgeshire ACRE Events:

An Invitation to ‘Building a future for your church’ - A practical training day for people running church development projects – Thursday 12 July 2012, Somersham

Cambridgeshire ACRE and the Diocese of Ely invites you to attend this church development training day, which will focus on fundraising but include other essential topics. The day will be an excellent opportunity for attendees to meet people who have successfully run church projects as well those working on projects now.


Job Vacancies:

Cambridgeshire ACRE is not currently recruiting.

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