Our Services

Northamptonshire ACRE runs two membership schemes:

Parish Council Membership

Parish Council Membership offers excellent value at only £35 a year. As a member Parish Councils can benefit from:

  • FREE telephone and email advice (up to 5 hours per year)
  • DISCOUNT on visits from our Rural Officer
  • Regular e-bulletins containing latest funding news and other relevant issues
  • DISCOUNT on our ‘charged for services’ such as:

* Training, workshops and masterclasses with specialist guests

* Assistance with planning consultations and Housing Needs Surveys

* Preparation of business and project plans e.g. for Neighbourhood Plans

* Development and facilitation of community engagement events

* Advice and support on setting up a rural social enterprise

  • DISCOUNT on OCSI Profile reports highlighting key statistics in your area - ideal for Community Plans
  • FREE access to additional resources and support through our national ACRE Network
  • Periodic updates about the benefits and services provided by Northamptonshire ACRE and The Barns at Hunsbury Hill (our trading arm)

Plus support in many other areas. To join, please download our Membership Form and return to [email protected]

Community Facilities Membership:

Like our Parish Council membership, our Community Facilities Membership is great value for only £40 per year. This membership is open to all village halls, commuity centres, sports and playing field associations. As a Community Facility Member you can benefit from:

  • FREE telephone and email advice (up to 5 hours)
  • FREE electronic copies of National ACRE’s invaluable Village Halls Information Sheets (charged to non-members)
  • FREE electronic copies of the bi-monthly Community Facilities Newsletter (with all the latest news affecting community halls and open spaces)
  • DISCOUNT on the cost of purchasing National ACRE’s model legal documents including Model CIO Constitution, Model Trust Deed, Model Hire Agreement
  • Regular e-bulletins containing the latest funding news, legal and regulatory changes and other issues of immediate relevance to community facilities
  • Access to specialist legal advice from National ACRE’s legal advisers
  • Periodic updates about the benefits and services provided by Northamptonshire ACRE and The Barns at Hunsbury Hill (our trading arm)

In addition our Community Facilities Advisor can provide advice in connection with all aspects of managing community buildings, church halls and open spaces on matters including:

  • Compliance with legal and regulatory obligations such as charity law, Charity Commission regulations, licensing, insurance, risk assessments and policies
  • Governance covering trustee roles, updating your governing document and becoming incorporated
  • Funding and grant applications
  • Training on topics such as social media, PAT (Portable Appliance Testing), Playground Inspection and Governance

To join, please download our Community Facilities Membership Form and once complete, please return to [email protected].

Neighbourhood Plan Rates:

Is your village or group thinking of doing a Neighbourhood Plan? If so we can help. Below is a breakdown of our charges for the various aspects of delivering the Plan. If you would like more information please contact our Rural Officer on 01604 765888 or email [email protected]