Northamptonshire County
Association of Local Councils

Empowering Parish and Town Councils

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CEO: Danny Moody
6 Litchborough Business Park
Northampton Road
Litchborough, Northampton
NN12 8JB

Tel: 01327 831482

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    Welcome to Northamptonshire!

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  • Your County Association of Local Councils

    Your County Association of Local Councils

  • Empowering councils to help make towns and villages better places to live

    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

Riders rally despite the rain!

Riders rally despite the rain!

Posted: Sun, 14 Oct 2018 14:08 by Danny Moody

It was always going to take a lot more than persistent rain to dampen the spirits of the those turning out in force to support Northamptonshire's favourite fundraising bike ride, Cycle4Cynthia!

So it was that, despite the dreary, autumnal conditions which greeted those arriving for the annual event held in aid of Northampton's Cynthia Spencer Hospice at Althorp last month (Sunday 23rd Sept.), hundreds of cyclists braved the dismal weather to take to two wheels, demonstrating that it's worth getting a bit wet for such a worthy cause! More »

Indeed Saints and England rugby player Harry Mallinder, who fired the starting hooter to send the pedallers on their way, first thanked those who'd ignored the downpours to be part of this remarkable show of defiance: "I visited the Hospice last week and after meeting the staff and volunteers, was really humbled by the care and compassion they show to patients and their families, and seeing all of you here today just goes to show what Cynthia Spencer clearly means to you too!" explained Harry.

"On behalf of all those at the charity for whom your support means their vital work can continue, thank you so much for coming, especially as staying at home in the warm and dry might have seemed the sensible option!" he grinned.

One of those who might have been tempted by the latter was Maggie Woodhouse from Flore who is, by day, a skiver – a shoe skiver at Church's factory that is! But having raised £160 in sponsorship from her friends and colleagues, nothing was going to prevent her jumping into the saddle and she completed the 5 mile route – twice!

Also demonstrating their commitment to the cause were friends Lynsey Brecani and Karen Eke who donned a colourful combination of ponchos and sunglasses to show they weren't going to be beaten by the wet stuff: "We've both lost friends and family at Cynthia Spencer and can't speak highly enough for their incredible end of life care, so a little bit of rain was never going to stop us being here today!" explained Lynsey.

"We're just so thrilled that hundreds of others obviously felt the same way and have shown the kind of spirit that this event brings out in people!" added Karen

In fact, the sunglasses proved to be rather prophetic for it wasn't too long before the clouds parted and the sun shone on those returning from the 25 and 50 mile routes, among them the family and friends of nineteen year old Harry Chadwick, who passed away earlier this year after battling cancer.

Having collected her finisher's medal, Harry's Mum, Jessica, revealed why they had ignored the grey skies and dug out their bikes, sporting t-shirts which bore her son's photo: "Our beautiful Harry lived and loved life and it was thanks to the support of the Hospice at Home team that he was able to stay at home, surrounded by those who loved him" explained Jessica.

"Today has been incredibly emotional but I'm so very proud of the entire team and of the fact that we've raised over two thousand pounds for the charity which means that those who need the care and love that we received get it when they most need it" she added.

Speaking at the end of the ride, the Hospice's fundraising manager John Helm offered his appreciation to all those who'd been involved: "We came very close to cancelling the event because of the winds that were threatened but someone must have been smiling on us to enable it to go ahead and, despite inevitably losing a few riders, it's been fantastic to witness the kindness and generosity of all of those who've turned out in support of the charity" said John.

"So yet again, to the marshals and volunteers, to our pitstop teams en route, our sponsors - including our generous headline sponsor EMW Law LLP and the team from Chelton Brown who both funded and handed out the medals - and of course to the cyclists themselves, we owe a massive debt of gratitude and let's hope that, rather than the rain, their abiding memory of the day will be the smiles and warmth of spirit that make Cycle4Cynthia the glorious day it always is!" he enthused.

Photos from the event are on the ride's Facebook page and on the gallery page of its website – www.cycle4cynthia.co.uk

It will be some time before it is known if the 2017 total of £76,000 has been bettered but for now, riders are kindly encouraged to collect their sponsorship money and drop it in at Cynthia Spencer Hospice's Manfield Campus on Northampton's Kettering Road or post a cheque made payable to 'Cycle4Cynthia' to Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Pondwood House, Pondwood Close, Northampton NN3 6RT.

Meanwhile, to pledge your sponsorship or involvement in next year's ride, please contact the Hospice on 01604 210941. » Less

Conference Season

Conference Season

Posted: Fri, 12 Oct 2018 15:56 by Danny Moody

Last Saturday we held the 71st Northants CALC AGM & Conference in Moulton. Go to www.northantscalc.com/agm.html to find out how it went.

This week Northants CALC CEO, Danny Moody, attended the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) National Conference in Brigg, Lincolnshire. Four clerks from Northamptonshire were also there. The focus of the Conference was bullying and harassment, which is unfortunately prevalent in our sector. No clerk should ever feel that they are on their own if they are experiencing bullying. Contact Northants CALC or the SLCC branch and we will be here to support you. More »

On 30 & 31 October 2018 the Northants CALC Chairman, Lynne Taylor, Vice Chairman, Mike Scott and CEO, Danny Moody will be representing Northamptonshire parish and town councils at the National Association of Local Councils Conference and AGM, which conveniently is taking place in Milton Keynes. Apart from the business we will be cheering on Cogenhoe & Whiston Parish Council in the national Council of the Year Awards. Let's hope they bring it home for Northants! » Less

The 2018 AGM & Conference

The 2018 AGM & Conference

Posted: Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:36 by Danny Moody

The countdown is on to the 2018 Northants CALC AGM and Conference, which is being held this Saturday, 6 October 2018, at Moulton Community Centre in Moulton.

More than 120 delegates have registered for the event, which includes keynote speakers from Locality and De Montfort University.

With an exhibition area including stands from Wicksteed Playgrounds, 2commune, the SLCC Branch and many others, it is an event not to be missed for parish and town councils in Northamptonshire. More »

Oh. and did I also mention the free bacon rolls on arrival? Tasty!

If your council is sending a delegate we look to welcoming them and giving them a Saturday morning to remember! » Less