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Village halls’ views sought on new alcohol licence

Village halls are being urged to make their views known on a new form of licence which will allow community groups and small businesses to sell small amounts of alcohol over a year for a ‘small fee’.

ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) wants hall management committees to respond to a Home Office consultation on the Community and Ancillary Sales Notice (CAN).

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Fresh Start for Cumbrian Women!

Women in the west and north of Cumbria can soon take part in a life changing night out. Fresh Start is a free evening event organised by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) and is designed to be fun, thought provoking and inspiring. Women, who may be looking to make a change in their lives, can listen to inspirational speakers and are encouraged think about their skills and how to use them.

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12M volunteer hours and over 38M cups of tea in England’s Village Halls

England’s 10,000 village halls rely on more than 12 million hours of volunteering each year to deliver their vital role at the heart of rural communities, a new survey* has revealed. In Cumbria, that’s approximately 28,000 hours from volunteers running classes and events, and on the hall management committees.

Lorrainne Smyth, Chief Executive for ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT), presented results from the nationwide survey to representatives from Community Buildings and Village Halls at ACT’s joint AGM and free training event last week.

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Building Resilience – Now and for the Future Community Emergency Planning conference

Resilient Communities is the theme for a conference taking place on the 9th October in Cumbria. Communities and agencies that are interested and involved with emergency planning and recovery will hear the context within which the statutory Local Resilience Forum (LRF) responds to emergencies and show how communities play a valuable and vital role.

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Civil Society Minister praises Cumbrian communities

On Thursday 14th August,  Cumbria hosted Brooks Newmark MP – the new Minister for Civil Society. The Minister visited Cumbria CVS, Eden Credit Save- Credit Union and ACTion with communities in Cumbria.

ACT brought together representatives of the Barton Community Plan Group, Parkin Memorial Hall, Northern Fells Project and Burton Community Car Scheme at the Parkin Memorial Hall Pooley Bridge to discuss the challenges and opportunities for community participation and volunteering in Cumbria.

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Communities preparing for emergencies

As heavy rain causes flash flooding for many communities, particularly in South East England and mid Wales, you may be wondering how your community could be better prepared for such an event.

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is supporting communities in Eden to be better prepared for potential emergencies, such as flash flooding and other extreme weather events, by producing Community Emergency Plans.

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Cumbrian rural communities can share £700,000 loan fund

Volunteers in Cumbria are being encouraged to apply to a £700,000 Defra loan fund to improve rural community buildings – or even build new ones.

The Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund plays a crucial role in helping community groups renovate and refurbish buildings such as village halls, church halls and community centres.

It encourages communities to raise funds, knowing a loan could be available to help them meet their target and win funding from other sources. The Fund is managed by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), the national voice for England’s network of 38 rural community councils, on behalf of Defra. 


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ACT's Julia Wilson in Radio 4 rural life interview

ACT’s Development Manager, Julia Wilson, took part in a discussion about rural life on BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour, broadcast on Monday 5th May.  Listen again here

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria was invited to take part in the intreview as a representative of the national network of Rural Community Councils which work across England.

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Fun with Fresh Start!

Women in South Cumbria are feeling the benefit from a life changing night out. These free evening events organised by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT). The Fresh Start events are designed to be fun, thought provoking and inspiring.  Women who may be looking to make a change in their lives, update their look and style, think about their skills and how to utilise them are coming together in local venues to listen to inspirational speakers Maggi Toner-Edgar, Philippa  Chapman and Debra Jessett.

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The evening out which may change your life!

Women in South Cumbria are being invited to take part in a free evening event organised by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT). Designed to be fun and inspiring the Fresh Start events will run between March and June. The first event is at Ambleside Parish Centre on 31st March. 

Fresh Start will encourage women who might want to make a change in their lives to think about what they wear, what they’re good at and what they might want to do next.

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