Friday, 4 July 2014

Cambridgeshire ACRE News Digest July 2014

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.

SOCIAL ACTION

ACRE to lead on Big Lottery funded social enterprise campaign

ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) has received close to £1.4 million 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.

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Useful advice on Electronic Cigarettes

One of our fellow Rural Community Councils from the ACRE Network has published a useful overview of electronic cigarettes that readers who look after village halls and other public meeting places may find useful.

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Charity Commission launches consultation on Annual Return 2015

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has launched an eight-week consultation on a number of proposals for changes to the Annual Return for 2015.

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ECONOMY

Successful Mythbuster Tour held in South Cambridgeshire

Parish councillors toured affordable housing schemes on 1 July in a bid to remove myths and barriers to getting more affordable housing projects off the ground.

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Rural Housing: Countryside in crisis

As part of Rural Housing Week 2014, the National Housing Federation has published a report entitled Rural Housing: Countryside in Crisis which looks at the housing crisis in rural areas and the impact on local communities.

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ENTERPRISE

Cambridgeshire ACRE Community Oil Buying Scheme Update

Members of Cambridgeshire ACRE’s community oil buying scheme continue to make excellent savings on the price they pay for heating oil.

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Mepal Outdoor Centre taking bookings for summer holidays 2014

Mepal Outdoor Centre, managed by Cambridgeshire ACRE, offers day camps for unaccompanied children aged 7 – 14 every day of the school summer holidays in July and August for just £39 per child (includes lunch). You can find out all the details and book online via the ‘Families and Individuals’ pages of its website, www.mepal.co.uk.

ENVIRONMENT

Water Care Partnership hosting Riverside Walk and Talk Events

The Water Care Partnership will be hosting ‘Riverside Walk & Talk’ events at Welney, Denver and March during September. They are a great way for you to enjoy your river, find out more about the issues affecting your rivers and have your say on what you think are the problems that are affecting the rivers in the area.

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Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership launches Community Grants scheme

To ensure that the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme (OWLP) brings the maximum benefit to local communities, the partnership has recently launched its small grant scheme, the ‘Community Heritage Fund’. All community groups and organisations in the area are eligible to apply.

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EVENTS / TRAINING

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

Cambridge CVS is running the above one-day training course on Wednesday 30 July, 09:30 - 16:30 at its Cambridge office.

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