Local & National News on all things community and/or out doors (and some in)
23 March 2012

Parks & Open Spaces

Restored historic clock and belltower back in place at Delapre Abbey
Chronicle & Echo
The centrepiece of Delapre Abbey’s restoration, the historic belltower and clock, has been restored to its rooftop place.

Replacing the renovated clock and cupola, in a delicate operation using a crane yesterday, marked the latest stage in the project to renovate the entire building.

The on-goin... more

Is your local park at risk?
Research proves that green spaces are restorative and therapeutic; they provide a relief fromstress, a place for peace, a place for exercise, and a place to create connections with other peoplein our community. They support biodiversity, a sustainable economy and provide cleaner air,cooler cities an... more


Management of 15 community centres handed to locals by Northampton Borough Council
Chronicle & Echo
THE management of 15 community centres will be transferred to local groups by Northampton Borough Council in what is thought to be one of the biggest such handovers in the country.

A ceremony was held at the Alliston Gardens Youth and Community Centre in Adelaide Street, Semilong, yesterday to mar... more

Olympic torch to pass through Northampton town centre
Chronicle & Echo
The Olympic torch will pass right through the middle of Northampton town centre on its way to the Olympic stadium in London.

The organisers of the games announced this morning that the iconic torch will pass through the town centre on Monday, July 2.

It’s route will include Bridge Street, The Dr... more

London 2012: Game plan to boost community
The Guardian
Could playing in a team encourage people across the UK to build new ties with their neighbours and create an enduring legacy for the Games? One Olympic sponsor believes so

At one end of an inner-city churchyard, police community support officers are taking on young people at badminton. A few yards... more

The first steps needed to raise your charity’s profile
Last week, along with my colleague Gemma Quainton, I went along to a “speedmatching” event for charities that wanted volunteer support for their media strategy.

It was soon obvious that it was surprisingly hard to find a good match between my skills and the needs of small charities.One woman said ... more

Designs on a greener future for communities
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has partnered with national charity Groundwork to celebrate both charities’ work to get local communities gardening and involve more people in transforming neighbourhoods.

In a unique effort to mobilise people from all walks of life to get involved in making t... more


Funding for Clubs
Northamptonshire Sports
Leading up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we will be sending out a series of club bulletins with useful information for clubs to help them grow and develop. The first bulletin looks at the funding which is available for clubs. Below you will find information relating to funding opportunities f... more
A chance to win top of the range Bosch Lawn & Garden products
We know how tough it is to keep your community spaces neat and tidy so we’ve partnered with Bosch Lawn & Garden to offer three fantastic prizes from their high-quality range of cordless tools.

For the lucky winner a lithium-ion powered lightweight AHS 52 LI Cordless Hedgecutter. The 52cm blade mak... more

BIG 2 Bonanza
Northampton University
Following the success of 'Big Ideas Bonanza' last November, we are back with the second round of Bonanza - 'BIG 2'. We are inviting individuals and organisations from across Northamptonshire to come forward and submit their ideas on how to tackle social inequalities.

The most promising applications will be invited to attend two 'BIG workshops', t... more

£1m boost for youth heritage programme
Children & Young People Now
The Heritage Lottery Fund has injected an extra £1m into its Young Roots programme, which helps 11- to 25-year-olds engage with their heritage and build links with their local communities.

Programme had previously only been open to 13- to 25-year-olds.

From April, the UK-wide programme will rece... more

Health & Sport

How keeping children too clean can wreck their immune systems
Mail Online
Today’s children may be too clean for their own good, research suggests.

Evidence is growing that dirt and germs can protect against disease - and that our indoor-based, ultra-clean lifestyles are bad for our health.

According to the hygiene hypothesis, asthma, eczema, hay fever and childhood di... more

Time for walkies? Find great new dog walks!
Where to Walkies
Bored of the same old dog walk? Looking for somewhere new, safe and lovely to take your dog? Then you’ve come to the right place. Where to Walkies is full of wonderfully enjoyable dog walks as recommended by dog owners and their faithful friends. 

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Five healthy reasons to get walking
Walking is one of the most natural activities known to humankind — it’s simple, accessible and flexible — and, research shows, it’s beneficial to both mind and body. Walking is a great form of exercise that is free and open to all. It can help develop leg muscles and burn off calories through scenic... more

Children & Young People

Giant Walking Bus on 20 June 2012: get marching!
At 10am on Wednesday 20 June 2012 more than 100,000 kids will march for road safety from their school gates in the annual Giant Walking Bus! This brilliant event is part of our Kids Say Slow Down campaign and raises awareness of the dangers of traffic and how cool it is to walk, and raises funds for... more


Countryside is voted thing that makes us most proud to be British
Mail Online
Some would point to our famed sense of humour, others to our sporting prowess.

But it seems what makes us proudest as a nation is the rolling British countryside, according to a poll.

It found our green and pleasant land is more important to many than traditional institutions such as the Royal ... more

CPRE response to habitats review
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has broadly welcomed proposals for a new Major Infrastructure and Environment Unit, having long argued for stronger links between planning and environmental protection.

Following today’s publication of the review of the Habitats and Wild Birds Directive... more

What should be done about plastic bags?
The European Commission is to publish proposals in the spring designed to reduce the number of plastic bags used in Europe each year. Most of the 15,000 people who took part in a public consultation favoured an outright ban - but what are the options?

Every year 800,000 tonnes of so-called single-... more

Environmental regulations set to be slashed
The Guardian
Scores of environmental regulations are to be slashed under government plans to be announced on Monday, the Guardian has learned.

The rules affected include controls on asbestos, invasive species and industrial air pollution; protection for wildlife and common lands; as well as restrictions on noi... more