VOLUNTARY and community groups have a vital role in helping rural residents cope with cold weather, says a report.
A GRANT scheme to encourage neighbourhood planning has opened for applications.
What services should local authorities provide and at what cost? Jessica Sellick investigates.
KENT Police have been named the country's best rural crime fighters at a special awards ceremony in London.
THE Archbishop of Canterbury has urged rural church leaders to be 'brave' and 'radical' – particularly with reference to shared leadership.
Residents recycle 30,000t of waste (Braintree & Witham Times)
Low cost housing threat in Midhurst and Petworth (Midhurst & Petworth Observer)
Young farmers urged to attend rural crime event (Farming Life)
PSNI on board for UFU rural crime event (Farming Life)
National recognition for rural liaison team (Kent Police)
Cash prize for recycling champions (Derbyshire Dales District Council)
Concern that affordable homes will vanish (Chelmsford Weekly News)
Minister urged to protect rural affordable homes (Cheshire Community Action)
'Proposal will limit new affordable rural homes' (Yorkshire Post)
Union launches 2014 rural crime conference (Farming Life)
Concern that affordable homes will vanish (Maldon Standard)
Nominations welcomed for crime awards (The Smallholder)
County entrants will feature in rural crime awards (Hereford Times)
REGULAR postal deliveries to remote communities must continue, the Rural Services Network has warned.
FIRE and rescue authorities will receive £75m to work together in a move the government says will improve efficiency while saving public money.