Northamptonshire County
Association of Local Councils

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CEO: Danny Moody
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Litchborough, Northampton
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    Empowering councils to help make towns and villages better places to live

The Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the parish and town councils of Northamptonshire, who are the grass roots of local government.

We provide member councils with vital operational information and facilitate communication at all levels of the parish council network - district, county, regional and national.

As a membership association we are unable to deal with queries from the public, but we are happy to make general information available through this website.

Latest News

Cogenhoe & Whiston PC Up For National Award

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:52 by Danny Moody

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Star Council Awards are the only awards in England to recognise the achievements of local council sector.

The awards celebrate the positive impact of local (parish and town) councils, county associations, councillors and clerks.

The judging panel met on 14 September 2018 to choose this year's finalists to make their decision on who will be crowned the local council sector's community champions of 2018. More »

The judges shared some positive words about the quality of this year's nominations, which you can watch on the Star Council Awards webpage.

Visit https://www.nalc.gov.uk/news/entry/1084-nalc-announces-star-council-awards-finalist-vote-for-your-council-of-the-year for all the details of the finalists and how to vote. » Less

Cycle for Cynthia This Weekend

Cycle for Cynthia This Weekend

Sat, 15 Sep 2018 11:49 by Danny Moody

Fullback follows in father's footsteps!

Enrique was hot on the heels of his father Julio when he picked up a microphone, Michael famously joined his dad Kirk in the movies and course it wasn't long after George Snr vacated the White House that George W moved in!

Well now Saints, England and world champion rugby player Harry Mallinder will follow a similarly laid parental path, emulating the role that his old man Jim performed back in 2015, when he opens Northamptonshire's favourite annual fundraising bike ride, Cycle4Cynthia, later this month. More »

The event, which this year celebrates its fifteenth birthday, is the biggest fundraiser in the year for Northampton's Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Harry, who captained the England side to the World Under-20 Championship title in 2016, is looking forward to playing his further part in swelling the charity's coffers; "I helped launch the ride earlier this year and was amazed to learn that Cycle4Cynthia has raised more than half a million pounds over the last fourteen years, which is a fantastic achievement as there's really a no more deserving cause" explained Harry.

"I actually rode in the event back in 2012 with Dad so I know what a great day it is and I am thrilled to have been asked to top and tail this fundraising year by offering a few inspirational words to the hundreds of riders before firing the starting hooter.

"Having said that, Dad has pledged to pedal again this year so I guess I'd better keep it short and sweet as I don't want to give him too much of a head start!" grinned Harry.

The fullback is the latest in a long line of Saintsmen to have supported the ride over the years, with former All Black, Bruce Reihana, Sam Dickinson and current England captain Dylan Hartley all performing the honours, while flanker and former England captain Tom Wood has also leapt into the saddle.

The Hospice's fundraising manager, John Helm, believes the Franklin's Gardens favourite's commitment to the charity is invaluable; "We are thrilled that, having launched the ride back in February, Harry is actively showing his admiration of the first-class end of life care that we provide to our patients in this way, as well of course the invaluable support we also offer to their friends and family" said John.

"We're all the more pleased that Jim will be cycling too as the themes for this, the fifteenth year of ride, are fun, fitness and family, so we hope they'll inspire lots of dads and sons, mums and daughter, aunts, uncles and grandparents to dig out their two wheels and join us!" he enthused.

Cycle4Cynthia, which is generously supported by headline sponsor EMW Law LLP among other businesses, will take place on Sunday 23rd September at Althorp, by kind permission of The Earl and Countess Spencer, offering 5, 25 and 50 mile routes across the glorious Northamptonshire countryside.

Entry is £20 for adults, £10 for children and £50 for families with riders also politely encouraged to raise more money for the charity through sponsorship.

It is open to cyclists of all ages and abilities and while it is not a race, there are prizes for the largest team, the biggest fundraiser and best fancy dress, while the Chairman's Award is presented to the person or group who best represents the spirit of the ride.

For more information, including registering for the ride, downloading a sponsorship form or entering a team into the ride, please visit www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk or call the Hospice on 01604 973340 or email info@cycle4cynthia.co.uk

Meanwhile to keep up to date with the latest news on the event, please visit and 'like' the ride's and Hospice's pages on Facebook.

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Cyclists with lots to crow about!

Cyclists with lots to crow about!

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:56 by Danny Moody

The Cobblers call on Clarence, the Saints boast Bernie and the Steelbacks swear bv Steeler to summon their fans' support but they're not the only sporting teams in the county with mighty mascots!

You see Colin the Cockerel is the emblem of cycling club Brixworth Velo and while his fellow cheer-raisers might perform a vital task for their respective professional sides, the plastic bird has a rather more light hearted role to play among Velo's lycra-clad pedallers, as club co-founder, the rather aptly-named Simon Fowler, reveals: "Colin is very much loved by our members but as he's presented to the cyclist who's been guilty of a 'cock-up' on our weekly ride, who then has to take him to work with them as a sign of shame, no one really wants the accolade!" explained Simon. More »

"Nominations for the riders to make the most foolish errors are voted for on social media and the culprit then has not only to hang Colin from their handlebars, but also take him everywhere with them that week, snapping as many fun photos as possible" he added.

"He's been awarded for such cycling no-nos as struggling to fit a tyre after bragging how easy it is and wearing left and right socks on the wrong feet, while not returning Colin the following week also means a £5 fine which goes to charity!

"When I won him for wearing so much hi-vis that they said I looked like a lollipop man, it was a bit embarrassing explaining to my colleagues why I had a toy cockerel perched on my desk but it's a great talking point and hopefully goes to show that the club, while made up of very keen and competent riders, can still have some fun!" Simon enthused.

Which isn't to say that they don't take the sport seriously; last month they raised more than four thousand pounds for Meningitis Now by cycling 200 miles in two days in memory of Jonty, son of Velo member Paul Jarvis, who died of the disease back in 2005 aged just six.

Next month, they'll be back in their saddles for Cycle4Cynthia, the fundraiser for Northampton's Cynthia Spencer Hospice and having taken part in the ride for the first time last year, having formed the club only six months earlier, it's something they're really looking forward to it: "This is the fifteenth year of this annual ride and its themes of fun, fitness and family are really what our club is all about" said Simon.

"Plus there's barely a member who hasn't been touched by the amazing work of the hospice in one way or another so doing what we love best - and hopefully pedalling off with the trophy for the biggest team – seems an obvious thing to do!

"Now that would be something to crow about!" he enthused.

Cycle4Cynthia 2018, which is generously supported by headline sponsor EMW Law LLP among other businesses, will take place on Sunday 23rd September at Althorp, by kind permission of The Earl and Countess Spencer, offering 5, 25 and 50 mile routes.

For more information, including registering for the ride, please visit www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk or call the Hospice on 01604 973340 or email info@cycle4cynthia.co.uk

You can also keep up to date with the latest news on the event, please visit and 'like' the ride's and Hospice's page on Facebook.

Meanwhile for more details on joining Brixworth Velo, including the opportunity to learn more about their monthly rides for those wanting to build their confidence on two wheels, please call Simon on 07980 601861 or find the club on Facebook. » Less