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Congratulations to Kirsty and Scott

Maisie Christina Tait born yesterday 8lbs 4 oz

All well and very happy!

Well done

Added by Kate Braithwaite on December 16, 2011 at 10:18 — No Comments

Community Led Planning and the Localism Bill – how full is the glass?

This blog was written by John Skrine, Creating Excellence reflecting on the recent community led planning conference held in Tiverton.

Planners, community representatives and people from the private sector – all experts in different ways – gathered in Tiverton on Thursday 17 February for an over-subscribed day organised by…

Added by Kate Braithwaite on February 22, 2011 at 11:50 — No Comments

So who WILL speak for the Countryside?

Following the demise of the Commission for Rural Communities in England, Geoffrey Lean, Daily Telegraph writes: Its death notice, like Eleanor Rigby's, passed virtually unnoticed, achieving just one sentence in a single national newspaper. And yet this week's abolition…

Added by Kate Braithwaite on July 8, 2010 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Minister to support land Trusts

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has today (Tuesday 29th June) confirmed that he will take forward legislation allowing the creation of Local Housing Trusts. In a speech to the Community Land Trusts conference in London, the Minister confirmed that plans for Local Housing Trusts will be included in the forthcoming Decentralisation and Localism Bill, due to be introduced this Autumn. Local Housing Trusts would have to show they have the support of the local community for planned housing… Continue

Added by Kate Braithwaite on July 2, 2010 at 12:03 — No Comments

Red Diesel

I have received this information regarding a petition to the prime Minister about red diesel from Andrew Kingsley

I am writing to ask if you are able to help me publicise a petition to license rural citizens to use red diesel in their private…

Added by Kate Braithwaite on June 4, 2010 at 13:04 — No Comments

We made Page 2 of the Irish Times!

Many thanks are due to Catherine and Bridget and Davie for their help in arranging the launch of Carnegie's Manifesto for Rural Communities at Cloughjordan on Tuesday. The wider event was well attended and I was particularly inspired by the 10 mini presentations form the Cloughjordan community highlighting their activities in construction, renewable energy, broadband provision, food production and so on. Well worth a visit if you ever have the opportunity

And whats more we…

Added by Kate Braithwaite on June 4, 2010 at 12:33 — No Comments

Whatever happened to rural affairs in the new DEFra?

Have a look at the distribution of responsibilities between new Ministers at DEFra (intentional as rural affairs seems to have been relegated to the status of dangerous dogs!
We must keep an eye on this!

Added by Kate Braithwaite on May 21, 2010 at 8:40 — No Comments

Grant Shapps keeps his Housing Brief

Just noticed that Grant Shapps keeps responsibility for housing now in Communities and Local Government so look forward to 'thousands of community land trusts' !

Caroline Spelman with distinctly agricultural background could surely do with my own MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale - Tim Farron to bring rural affairs balance? Tim was rural affairs shadow for Lib Dems

Added by Kate Braithwaite on May 13, 2010 at 19:50 — No Comments

We read the Manifestos - so you don't have to!

What is planned for rural UK?

All three major UK parties have sections of their Manifestos dedicated to ‘rural areas’. The Liberal Democrats have even published a stand alone ‘Manifesto for Farming and the Uplands’. This is perhaps not surprising as Shadow DEFRA Minister, Tim Farron, represents the large Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency with its many sheep! Shadow DEFRA Minister Nick Herbert launched a Conservative mini manifesto in July 2009 called ‘Rural Action’ which set out more… Continue

Added by Kate Braithwaite on May 4, 2010 at 11:53 — 2 Comments

Carnegie Rural Programme priorities for 2010

Last week our Trustees signed off our work plan for the coming year so we are now
able to tell you about our priorities for the coming year.…


Added by Kate Braithwaite on February 12, 2010 at 10:28 — No Comments

Vote Glasgowbury!

Last year our Northern Ireland Rural Spark was Paddy Glasgow. We really enjoyed meeting him when we celebrated the achievements of Rural Communities at the celebration we held at Eden. Paddy brought along some young street musicians who played in the biome at night - memorable! Paddy also organises a festival - Glasgowbury - which is attracting a lot of attention (see below)

For the second year running, Glasgowbury has been nominated in several categories at the Irish Festival… Continue

Added by Kate Braithwaite on January 29, 2010 at 9:53 — No Comments

Carnegie's Rural Team Report for December

Hi everyone
Here is the latest instalment from Carnegie's Rural Team.

Monthly Status Repornov09.doc

Added by Kate Braithwaite on December 1, 2009 at 13:31 — No Comments


Hi everyone

We have received a number of enquiries about the weather and asking if the Convention will be affected - all is well and the Convention will go ahead as planned.

Yesterday's flooding was caused by unusual weather conditions with a front 'stuck' over Cumbria for most of the day. Kendal was not especially badly hit - the places that normally flood are in low lying places in the town but our rivers rise and fall very quickly. The Castle Green Hotel, like Oxenholme… Continue

Added by Kate Braithwaite on November 20, 2009 at 19:13 — No Comments

An update from Carnegie's Rural Team


October 2009

I. Special Alert Items from November onwards

Our hectic autumn programme continues in November. On 6th November, our Rural Action Research Programme partners in the north of England will hold an event to consider the findings of the hill farming research. Tim Farron MP, Chair of the All Parliamentary group on hill farming and Shadow Minister for Countryside and Rural Affairs will provide a political perspective on the Uplands and… Continue

Added by Kate Braithwaite on November 17, 2009 at 12:20 — 1 Comment

Tories support for Community Land Trusts

TORY plans will give local communities the power to grant planning permission to build affordable rural housing.

Planning controls proposed by the Conservatives would give local residents the right to decide if they want villages to expand.

The controls would apply to residents in areas dominated by second homeowners, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Villages in beauty spots across the country could expand by up to 10% over 10 years with financial incentives to… Continue

Added by Kate Braithwaite on November 3, 2009 at 12:44 — No Comments

A Big Week for Carnegie!

This Wednesday we are launching the 'Manifesto for Rural Communities - Inspiring Community Innovation' into the world. 4000 copies have arrived in the office so if you'd like your own - and they are very readable and desirable - do send us your address.

Wednesday 21st October, 11-2pm, St Martin in the Fields

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

Key findings from the Manifesto suggest;

• New entrepreneurial organisations like development trusts are flourishing… Continue

Added by Kate Braithwaite on October 19, 2009 at 16:13 — 5 Comments

Carnegie Rural Team September Update

Monthly Status Reportsept09fieryspirits.docThis is the second report on what we have been up to! I'd particularly mention the forthcoming publication of 'A Manifesto for Rural Communities - inspiring Community Innovation' to be launched on October 21st at St Martin in the Fields. Thanks to all our RARP partners who… Continue

Added by Kate Braithwaite on October 2, 2009 at 12:57 — No Comments

Hang on tight - we're in for a bumpy ride

Last autumn when the really bad news broke about the banks we could have had little idea of the consequences down the line - but chickens are coming home to roost.

Yesterday we heard that RuralnetUK - RARP partners and an essential network especially in England - is to close.

'The Staff and Trustees put considerable effort into securing new funding streams for 2009, but in the current economic climate have been unable to generate sufficient income to enable the… Continue

Added by Kate Braithwaite on August 1, 2009 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

RARP roadshow rolls into Wales

Bore da

Last week the Rural Action Research Programme roadshow rolled into Wales - to the Millennium Centre (not as I previously stated the Millennium Stadium - this one woman invasion had nothing to do with cricket!). We must extend our thanks to Voluntary Arts Wales and particularly to Sioned who did the organisation and to Ned the Bard for chairing the event with great charm.

The session kicked off with two very strong presentations from PLANED (Pembrokeshire) and Powys on… Continue

Added by Kate Braithwaite on July 13, 2009 at 10:30 — No Comments

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