Celebrating 90 years of community action in Cambridgeshire

LogosPlease find below an open invitation to Cambridgeshire ACRE’s celebration of 90 years of community action in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s rural communities. We would like you to join us for a special event that will connect the achievements of the past with the rural communities of today.

Cambridgeshire ACRE’s archives paint a unique picture of social and economic change over the last 90 years. They are not just a history of the work of the Rural Community Council but also a rich history of people living, working and surviving in rural communities. They tell the story of key events, activities and decisions that have had an effect on people’s lives. They record the development and need for voluntary effort and the reasons for the establishment of many other voluntary organisations that still serve communities today.

Weston Colville Reading Room

Weston Colville Reading Room – the first village hall built with assistance from Cambridgeshire ACRE (Cambridgeshire Rural Community Council as was then) in 1925/26 and still in use today!

This celebratory event will give opportunity to learn about joint histories and to reflect on current community endeavours from a new perspective:

Tuesday 23 September 2014, 4.00pm onwards

Location: The Manor Barn, Washpit Lane, Harlton, Cambridge, CB23 1EY

There will be an opportunity to view the organisation’s fascinating archives and hear a talk by Mike Petty MBE looking back on Cambridgeshire Rural Community Council’s history since 1924. At the event, we will also be holding our 2014 Annual General Meeting.

You are welcome to join us at any point between 4.00pm and 6.00pm to see the exhibitions and talk to our staff; after 6PM the formal part of the event starts, including a short AGM and Mike Petty’s talk.


To book your place(s) for this free event, please visit: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/90years

This event is proving popular, so there are now only limited numbers of spaces left, so book quickly to avoid disappointment – please note that the booking closes at 12 September. If you have any queries, please contact Alison Brown on 01353 865029.

 Invitation and Programme CACRE AGM 23 sep 2014




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I am currently coordinating a partnership-led bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (for a circa £600K Heritage Grant bid) focusing on strengthening the unique yet vulnerable natural heritage in the Cambridgeshire Fens surrounding the Old west River, the new 'New Life on the Old West' project. Until recently I was the Programme Manager for the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme, leading on the 1-year development and 3-year delivery phases of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant-aided Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) scheme (from Dec 2012 until March 2017), on behalf of and in close cooperation with a wide range of local, regional and national partner organisations. The Ouse Washes LP's portfolio of 51 projects have focused on: conservation works to historic and natural environmental assets; improving community participation & engagement with the landscape and its heritage; increasing access and learning opportunities; and providing more opportunities for training in traditional land management skills. The overall aim has been to leave a long-term legacy for this fascinating and unique landscape, in the process creating tangible improvements to social, economic and environmental aspects of this landscape, its heritage and communities.