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SPARSE Rural Members

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Our Sparse Rural members listed below:

Predominantly Rural District / Borough Councils

Allerdale Borough Council
Aylesbury Vale District Council
Babergh District Council
Bassetlaw District Council
Braintree District Council
Breckland District Council
Chichester District Council
Copeland Borough Council
Cotswold District Council
Craven District Council
Daventry District Council
Derbyshire Dales District Council
Dover District Council
East Cambridgeshire District Council
East Devon District Council
East Hampshire District Council
East Lindsey District Council

East Northamptonshire District Council
East Sussex County Council
Eden District Council
Fenland District Council
Forest Heath District Council
Forest of Dean District Council
Hambleton District Council
HarboroughDistrict Council
Horsham District Council
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
Lewes District Council
Lichfield District Council
Maldon District Council
Malvern Hills District Council
Melton Borough Council
Mendip District Council
Mid Devon District Council
Mid Suffolk District Council
Mid Sussex District Council
Newark and Sherwood District Council
North Devon District Council
North Dorset District Council
North Kesteven District Council
North Norfolk District Council
North Warwickshire Borough Council
North West Leicestershire District Council
Purbeck District Council
Ribble Valley Borough Council
Richmondshire District Council
Rother District Council
Ryedale District Council
Sedgemoor District Council
Sevenoaks District Council
South Cambridgeshire District Council
South Hams District Council
South Holland District Council
South Kesteven District Council
South Lakeland District Council
South Norfolk District Council
South Northamptonshire District Council
South Oxfordshire District Council
South Somerset District Council
Staffordshire County Council
Stratford on Avon
District Council
Stroud District Council
St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Suffolk Coastal District Council
Tandridge District Council
Teignbridge District Council
Tewkesbury Borough Council
Torridge District Council
Uttlesford District Council
Vale of White Horse District Council
Wealden District Council
West Devon Borough Council
West Dorset District Council
West Lindsey District Council
West Oxfordshire District Council
West Somerset District Council
Winchester City Council
Wychavon District Council

Predominantly Rural Unitary Councils

Cheshire East Council
Cornwall Council
Durham County Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Herefordshire Council
Isles of Scilly Council
Isle of Wight Council
North Lincolnshire Council
North Somerset Council
Northumberland County Council
Rutland County Council
Shropshire Council
Wiltshire Council

Predominantly Rural County Councils
Cambridgeshire County Council
Cumbria County Council
Devon County Council
Lincolnshire County Council
Norfolk County County Council
North Yorkshire County Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Somerset County Council
Suffolk County Council

Significant Rural District / Borough Councils
Ashford Borough Council
Boston Borough Council
Broadland District Council
Carlisle City Council 
Cherwell District Council
East Hertfordshire District Council
Harrogate Borough Council
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
New Forest District Council
Rugby Borough Council
Scarborough Borough Council
Shepway District Council
South Derbyshire District Council
South Staffordshire Council
Stafford Borough Council
Swale Borough Council
Taunton Deane Borough Council
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Waverney District Council
Wyre Forests District Council

Significant Rural Unitary Councils

Bath and North East Somerset Council
Cheshire West and Chester Council

Significant Rural County Councils

Essex County Council
Hampshire County Council
Nottinghamshire County Council
Worcestershire County Council

Our Rural Assembly members listed below:

Barnsley Council
Borough Council of Wellingborough
Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Bromsgrove District Council
Calderdale Council
Chorley Borough Council
Gateshead Council
Gedling Borough Council
Lancaster City Council
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Sunderland City Council
Swindon Borough Council
Telford & Wrekin Council
Warwick District Council
Wycombe District Council


Rural Services Partnership (RSP) Members

Crime and Policing

West Mercia Probation Trust

Education - Landex Colleges

Abingdon & Witney College
Askam Bryan (York & Newton Rigg)
Bedford College (Shuttleworth)
Berkshire College of Agriculture
Bicton College of Agriculture
Bridgwater College (Cannington)
Brooksby Melton College
Capel Manor
Chichester College (Brinsbury)
College of West Anglia (Milton, Cambridge)
Derby College (Broomfield)
Duchy College
Easton & Otley College
Hadlow College
Harper Adams University
Hartpury College
Herefordshire & Ludlow College (Holme Lacy)  
Kingston Maurward College
Moulton College
Myerscough College
Northumberland College (Kirkley Hall)
Oaklands College
Plumpton College
Reaseheath College
Solihull College
Sparsholt College
The Royal Agricultural University
University of Lincoln
Walford & North Shropshire College
Warwickshire College (Moreton Morrell & Pershore)
Wiltshire College (Lackham)
Writtle College

Cumbria Fire & Rescue
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service
Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service
Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service
Shropshire & Wrekin Fire & Rescue
Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service

Institute of Rural Health
NHS Confederation
Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust

Patients Association
South Central Ambulance NHS Trust


Cornwall Rural Housing Association Ltd
English Rural Housing Association
Hastoe Housing Association
Midlands Rural Housing Association
Nottingham Community Housing Association
Shropshire Housing Group
Shropshire Rural Housing Association
South Devon Rural Housing Association

Rural Living

APSE (Association of Public Service Excellence)
Business in the Community
Calor Ltd
Chichester in Partnership
Church in Wales
Consumer Council for Water
Countryside Alliance
Dartmoor National Park
Exmoor National Park
Federation of Small Businesses
Market Town Association
National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux
National Association of Local Councils
National Farmers Union
National Federaration of Sub Postmasters
National Federation of Enterprise Agencies
Oxfordshire Ass. Of Local Councils
Plunkett Foundation
Rural Cultural Forum
Rural Shops Alliance
Senior Council for Devon
South Holland Rural Action Zone
The Silvanus Trust


Community Transport
EYMS Group Limited
First Great Western
First Group (Buses)
Norfolk Green Bus Company
Trans Pennine Express
Western Greyhound Ltd

Community Members


The participation of our SPARSE Rural members has facilitated over 9000 rural parish contacts, over 4000 rural school contacts and over 400 small businesses - all of which receive free membership due their local authority involvement.



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