People's Choice Award voting now open!

Read about the fantastic people in our shortlist and cast your vote by Monday 27 November at 5pm!Read more

Rural life in decline as countryside pubs, schools and post offices close

Building just a few affordable homes for young families in rural areas could preserve the life of England’s towns and villages, a new report by the National Housing Federation reveals today.Read more

"Hello" is the key to community cohesion, new research reveals

On ‘World Kindness Day’, a report has revealed that it takes new residents, on average, eight months to feel part of a new community, and a simple “hello” is the best way to break down barriers.Read more

Essex Village Pub set to celebrate becoming community-owned following £300,000 campaign

A much-loved pub in the heart of the Essex countryside is set to mark its official opening following a campaign by locals to save it.Read more

Helen Fospero to host Plunkett Foundation's Rural Community Co-operative Awards

Plunkett Foundation has announced that TV journalist, Helen Fospero, will be presenting their Annual Rural Community Co-operative Awards in December.Read more

Lights, Camera, Action for Making Local Woods Work!

Following the successful premiere of two short films at the Woodlands conference earlier this month, we are delighted to share the first film with you.Read more

Awards entries close this week!

Don't miss out on your chance to win a £500 volunteer party pack - entries close Friday 27 October.Read more

Sheffield local set to become community-owned following £200,000 campaign

With help from the More than a Pub Programme, a much-loved pub in the heart of a Sheffield suburb is now under community ownership following a 12-month long campaign by locals to save it.Read more

National research highlights social enterprises as part of the future for rural places of worship

Pioneering research shows that social enterprise can help the sustainability of places of worship across rural England.Read more

Plunkett Foundation and ACS announce new collaboration for Community-run Shops

Plunkett Foundation and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) are delighted to announce that community-run shops that are members of the Plunkett will have access to the ACS assured advice scheme as of October 2017.Read more

Co-operative Awards seek best examples of community action across UK and Ireland

Plunkett Foundation launches Rural Community Co-operative Awards 2017 - apply today!Read more

Inspiring Yorkshire in 2017

On 21 September we took to the road to inspire a number of communities at the stunning Denton Hall in Ilkley.Read more

Society announces completion of Red House purchase

Great Oakley Community Hub Ltd, the Community Benefit Society that owns the Maybush Inn, is pleased to announce that it has completed the purchase of Red House, High Street, Great Oakley.Read more

In memory of Trevor Bottomley

We have put together a short piece remembering and celebrating the life of Trevor Bottomley, an influential figure in the co-operatives movement (1920-2017).Read more

Making Local Woods Work website refresh!

We are delighted to announce the refresh of our Making Local Woods Work website.Read more

NFRN Mutual becomes The Retail Mutual

The NFRN Mutual has rebranded as The Retail Mutual, opening its doors to a wider range of independent retailers and offering even more benefits to Plunkett Foundation members.Read more

Cornwall community shop celebrates after challenging year

Blisland Community Shop, Post Office and Café explain how they have overcome a difficult period and now look forward to a successful rest of 2017.Read more

Communities inspired at Countryfile Live 2017

Plunkett Foundation was proud to share Prince's Countryside Funds stand at this year's Countryfile Live show in the Bleinheim Palace grounds.Read more

Derbyshire community support needed to share common interest at Whistlewood

People who want to safeguard the Derbyshire countryside are being invited to support a local community-owned woodland project in Melbourne.Read more