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

Parks & Open Spaces

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge
The Source
2012 is an exciting year if you're a fan of sport, community celebrations, heritage or just an extra bank holiday or two.

For national charity Fields in Trust, it's an even more momentous year.

In 2012 they are running the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, a project aiming to protect 2,012 ou... more


We are a social enterprise, a community interest company, that helps communities to develop their response to local priorities, working across Northamptonshire, where we’re based, and the UK.

With decades of combined expertise in community development and public sector commissioning we’re a compan... more

In praise of towns
"50 million people live in urban areas of the UK, with 20 million of them living in the 66 urban areas defined as ‘official’ cities.  So 30 million people are living in urban areas which are not cities; towns (and suburbs which don’t qualify as lying within cities). That’s about half of the entire UK population who are neither living in the countryside or in cities proper.... more
Where abandoned bicycles go to die – and be reborn
The Guardian
Like the myth of elephant graveyards, abandoned bicycles tend to congregate, and unless they are removed they are slowly cannibalised until there is nothing left but a bent, rusting skeleton.

It is interesting to imagine what leads someone to park a bike and never come back for it. Were the keys f... more

Community clean up
Your Square Mile
Are there areas in your community that are neglected or abandoned or is there a wall covered in graffiti in your local area? Why not get some friends together and organise a Big Tidy Up!

The Big Tidy Up is a national campaign by Keep Britain Tidy to encourage communities to take matters in their o... more


Launch of Local Giving
Are you a community group looking to raise funds or a supporter of local charities?

If yes, then you are invited to join us at the high profile media and community launch of Local Giving

Thursday, April 26th 12noon to 2pm@ Spring Boroughs Family Centre, Northampton, NN1 2SN... more

All Our Stories 
Heritage Lottery Fund
All Our Stories is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With our funding and support you could plan activities that help you explore, share and celebrate yours.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has developed All Our Stories in support of the BBC’s The Great British Story – A People’s History. Presented by Michae... more

The Great British Story: A People's History
Historian Michael Wood will present a major new landmark series for BBC Two - The Great British Story: A People's History - charting Great Britain and Northern Ireland's remarkable past from the perspective of ordinary people.

The eight-part series utilises the extraordinary energy and interest of... more

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced a £1m increase to its Young Roots programme from April 2012. 
Heritage Lottery Fund
HLF has made a number of changes to the £4m programme - which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year - designed to respond to the changing needs of the heritage and youth sectors. These include:

An increased UK-wide budget of £4m per year (up from £3m);Project grants of up to £50,000  (raised f... more

Finding Funding Faster means Speaking the Funders’ Language
Before you launch into fundraising for your project, make sure that you have done everything you can to ensure that you have the best possible chance of succeeding: start by creating your vision and be crystal clear defining it. If you are applying for grants, you need this to build your case for fu... more

Health & Sport

Welcome to the Community Games!
Community Games
Community Games provide a wonderful and unique opportunity for communities from all backgrounds right across the country to come together and celebrate the 2012 Games and enable thousands of people to experience and create their own Olympic or Paralympic moment.

We hope that you will want to be pa... more

Children & Young People

50 things to do before you're 12: Junior 'bucket list' campaign launched to get children playing outdoors
The Daily Mail
Scraped knees, muddy clothes and nettle stings were once everyday hazards for boisterous boys and girls.

But with the rise of computer games and over-cautious parents, it seems fewer youngsters are venturing into the great outdoors.

Now in an effort to encourage children away from their TV scree... more

Hours spent driving children about, AA survey suggests
A third of parents spend between 10 and 49 hours a month per child ferrying their children about by car, a survey suggests.

The AA Driving School poll of more than 6,000 parents found a minority (2%) spent at least 50 hours a month.

The motoring organisation said this was equivalent to many peop... more

Child's play not easy for modern parents, say experts
UK parents are suffering a crisis of confidence when it comes to playing with their children, suggests a survey.

Almost half of 2,000 parents questioned said they would welcome expert help on how to play.

Some 13% felt anxious about play, while 17% admitted buying toys and video games for their ... more

Safety and risk make a happy partnership for future development
Safety gone sane
Play time is changing. In a modern age of technology and increasing safety concerns (as often reported by the media), children and young people are shying away from natural play in the great outdoors to immerse themselves in television and computer games.

Some say this is down to the curse of a “c... more


Tell us what slithers, tweets, forages and snuffles in your garden this summer.
Get involved in the UK's largest garden wildlife survey and help us find out how wildlife is doing this summer. We’d like you to record the birds you see in one hour (on one day between 2-10 June), and let us know what other creatures visit your garden. You’ll be joining thousands of other people as... more
Wildlife Fact Sheet

The RSPCA is concerned about ballon release because of the potential threat they pose to wildlife, farm animals and their environment.

Thousands of ballons released into the sky can make an impressive sight but what goes up must come down. The impact of balloons on animals and the environment can be grave - even fatal.... more

RSPCA tells schools to end balloon releases
The Telegraph
The balloon release planned for World Book Day at Waterfoot Primary School was cancelled at the last minute after a concerned parent complained to teachers it could be harmful to the environment.

And the RSPCA claim fundraisers and schools should think twice about all future balloon releases as ru... more

Shell to pioneer advanced biofuels from crop waste
Shell is developing low-carbon biofuels from inedible plants and crop waste that could potentially be blended at higher concentrations with petrol and diesel. Related articlesEnergy from Waste Expo set to launch in 2013 Balfour Beatty unveils sustainability progress Supermarket secrecy clouds food w... more
What people really think about the environment
Green Alliance
In the face of current economic challenges, there is a perception that the public no longer cares about climate change, or living more sustainably. Media coverage perpetuates the argument that environmental goals are at odds with what ordinary people want. But is this the truth?

This policy insigh... more

Co-mingled winning formula for top council recyclers
Two-thirds of the top performing councils that operate a dry recycling household collection service in Britain are adopting a co-mingled approach. Related articlesSuccess rate grows for waste planning approvals Localism debate ignites over 'incinerator revolt' In brief: reprocessing technology news ... more


Master Composters Wanted
As part of Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, we are looking for people whom would like to help us spread the home composting message.  Are you:

Interested in volunteering in your local community?Passionate about composting?

Then why not volunteer as a Master Composter?... more