Cambridgeshire Local Councils Peer Learning Event

On 3 July, the annual Rural Affordable Mythbuster Tour took place and 19 local council representatives joined Cambridgeshire ACRE staff, District and County Council officers and representatives from several Housing Associations to learn more about the provision of affordable homes for local people on rural exception sites. The tour started and concluded at Bluntisham Village Hall and took in sites at Colne, Earith, Willingham and Swavesey. The tour allowed local councillors to see for themselves how small housing developments that provide vital housing for local people in perpetuity (i.e. they cannot be sold off for private housing) can be incorporated into a rural village without affecting its character and allowed them to share experiences regarding provision of housing in their parishes with each other. Feedback from the tour was excellent with people calling it ‘enlightening’ and ‘inspiring’ and noting their pleasant surprise at the high quality of the homes built.

For anyone unable to attend the tour, please click here for a copy of the tour programme that supplies interesting information on each site. If any local council would like to learn more or be interested in talking to Cambridgeshire ACRE regarding rural affordable housing, please contact our Housing, Planning and Economic Development Officer Mark Deas, on 01353 865035.

Further peer learning events are planned for the Autumn. Please look out for details on the Support Cambridgeshire website.

Cambridgeshire ACRE helps volunteers celebrate National Trustees Week

Cambridgeshire ACRE runs regular coffee morning events which give the County’s village hall trustees an opportunity to come together to learn from each other and to share best practice and other information.

One of the most recent events took place at Papworth Everard fire station in November. Normally events take place in village halls but this one took place in the fire station to accommodate a special training session on fire safety in village halls delivered by Technical Fire Safety and Community Fire Safety Officers.

The event was held during National Trustees’ Week so Cambridgeshire ACRE took the opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of trustees, particularly in village halls, who do so much for their communities. A special cake was provided to mark the occasion.

The Coffee Mornings, organised by Cambridgeshire ACRE, are a great opportunity for trustees to meet and network, with each event visiting a different venue around the County, and providing a chance for informal discussion and learning and to share ideas and good practice.

Feedback from the Warner Interviewing Skills training course

We interviewed Val Fendley from the Ramsey Neighbourhood Trust following her attendance at the Warner Interviewing Skill’s training course on January 2017 at Hunts Forum office as we were keen to find out what people thought of our training programmes and events.

 

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