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6 April 2012

Parks & Open Spaces

Plans approved for £250,000 world-class skate park in Northampton
Chronicle & Echo
The development of a world-class skate park in Northampton town centre has been unanimously backed by councillors in the town.

Following years of lobbying by the town’s skateboard and BMX community, Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee last night backed plans to build a £250,000 skate ... more

Artists invited to enter their work in park exhibition
Northampton Borough Council
Artists still have time to enter their work into this year’s open-air art exhibition which opens at Abington Park Museum next month.

The popular Art in the Park exhibition is now in its 51st year and is open to any artist living in the county.  Artists can use a wide variety of mediums, except f... more


Northampton Borough Council Small Grants Fund
Northamptonshire Community Foundation
The Northampton Borough Council Small Grants Fund will offer individual grants of £250 to £2,000 to projects based within Northampton.

The Fund will consider funding a wide range of projects including:

·        Community events and activities

·        Small scale training costs

·        Small or large pieces of equipment... more

Big Society fund launches with £600m to invest
A new financial institution set up by the UK government to finance charities and community groups has been launched.

Big Society Capital has £600m, of which the majority comes from unused cash in bank accounts that had been dormant for more than 15 years.

The fund will back social enterprises th... more

Launch of Big Society Capital - reactions from the voluntary sector
The Guardian
Today the prime minister launched Big Society Capital (BSC), the much-heralded social investment wholesaler. BSC will invest in social investment finance intermediaries (SIFIs) – organisations that provide finance and support to social sector organisations.

It will invest £400m from dormant bank accounts and £200m from the four largest UK high street banks – Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and RBS, via P... more

Children & Young People

Change of Scene COSCARS Awards to celebrate achievements of local teenagers
Northampton Borough Council
Change of Scene is hosting its first COSCARS - the Change of Scene Celebrating Achievement and Review awards - on Wednesday 11th April from 6.30-8.30pm at the Guildhall.

This fun-filled event for young people and their families in Northampton will include awards, certificates, and a raffle of adve... more

Seven ideas from Tokyo for child friendly spaces
This Big City
If we want to begin to understand how children live in their environment, and what they do (and can do) we must (at least sometimes) stop giving them things and instead give them the opportunity to show us the spaces in which they move around. Often it is only when we reflect (as adults) on these co... more
The generational gap
National Trust
Sometimes the solutions to a problem can be staring you right in the face.

If the last truly free-range generation of kids are now becoming grandparents then perhaps it’s time to listen and learn from their experiences.

They will well remember spending the whole day out with friends coming home ... more


Why do we volunteer to pick up litter?
Litter Action
As the first Guest Blogger on the new LitterAction blog, it struck me as a good idea to go back to basics and to question why we all do what we do when we get involved in litter-picking. And, while I am pondering this question, I have to say that I feel an overwhelming sense of admiration for all th... more
Why do birds sing?
Woodland Trust
There are lots of reasons for this, for instance to defend feeding territories or to make alarm calls when threatened.... more
Interactive Maps
Environment Agency
Find out whats happening in your back yard with these interactive maps... more
Northamptonshire Transportation Plan
Northamptonshire County Council
The Northamptonshire Transportation Plan was published in March 2012. It is Northamptonshire's Local Transport Plan and sets out our transport policies, objectives and vision for the long term.

The plan replaced the interim third Local Transport Plan and ensures that we meet the statutory requirem... more


Volunteers' Week 2012
Volunteering England
Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Up and down the country, individuals and organisations will hold events to celebrate the contribution of volunteers and inspire others to take part. The role of Volunt... more

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