This week I attended the national ACRE conference for Village Halls Advisors. This event brings together all the advisors from across the country to share knowledge and best practice, as well as hearing speakers from various organisation to increase our understanding and knowledge to support community buildings in our areas.
One of our speakers at the conference covered valuation of community buildings and the risk involved in under-insurance of your facilities. I have attached here two documents which may be of interest to trustees.
Desktop Valuation FAQ
Desktop Valuation – ACRE
For further information of this service you can also take a look on the Norris and Fisher website. For our members we also provide a comprehensive information sheet on insurance matters, to access a copy either login to the members area on our main website or drop me a line and I can email you a copy.
We are currently conducting a survey across the village hall and community buildings network to better understand how broadband is being rolled out and to hear your views and any concerns.
Please could we ask for your help answering a handful of questions regarding broadband in your village hall/community building? There’s a maximum of 5 questions to be answered so hopefully this will take no more than a minute or two of your time.
The answers you give will feed into a piece of work that Cambridgeshire ACRE is undertaking with Connecting Cambridgeshire (the body responsible for the roll-out of superfast broadband in the County) looking at broadband provision in the County’s network of community facilities.
If you could complete the survey by Friday 26 May 2017, I’d be very grateful for your feedback.
Click here to access the survey, it should only take a couple of minutes of your time to complete and we appreciate your help and support in taking part.
Hoping everyone has a very happy Easter – enjoy the break and hopefully the sunshine!
I will be back in the office on Tuesday 18th April.
Jewson’s are offering the opportunity for a trade hero to win £50,000 to support a community project.
New for 2017 is the Trade Hero category, which seeks to celebrate construction workers who play a big role in their community. Whether it’s a roofer who has fixed a leak in the village hall or a builder who has supported a local children’s charity – they want to find these individuals. The Trade Hero will win £50,000 worth of building materials to enable them to complete a worthy community project. Are you a Trade Hero? Tell them what you would do with £50,000 worth of building materials for your community.
For more details click here
What an excellent day yesterday turned out to be – the sun was shining and it looks as though Spring is truly here! Our coffee morning event this month took us to Needingworth Village Hall on this gloriously sunny morning. Needingworth seems to have plenty of community facilities available to residents including some excellent outdoor space around the hall. The trustees warmly welcomed us with coffee and biscuits, and as usual our meeting started with a short talk by the hosts and a tour of their facility.
This event also enabled us to celebrate the Hallmark 1 accreditation for Mandeville Hall in Kimbolton. The trustees have worked incredibly hard to ensure all their policies and procedures are truly embedded in their every day running of the hall. Mandeville Hall achieved 100% pass rate, an exceptional achievement. Our congratulations to the management committee for all their hard work and dedication. We look forward to them progressing onto Hallmark 2 & 3 in the coming months.
Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire ACRE said: “I would like to congratulate the trustees and volunteers at Mandeville Hall on their recent success with Hallmark 1. This accreditation is confirmation of the hard work and dedication of the management committee and supporters of the village hall. I wish them every success as they progress through the next two levels of the scheme.”
Robert Oliver Chairman of the trustees said: “Our management committee are delighted at achieving the Hallmark 1 accreditation. We believe that the Hallmark scheme helps not only to improve the management of community buildings but also to engender a shared pride amongst the local community in their village hall. We thank Cambridgeshire ACRE for this accreditation which acknowledges all the hard work of our trustees and volunteers over many years. We have already commenced our preparations for the next level and hope to be in a position to apply for Hallmark 2 this summer.”
For more details on Hallmark accreditation please click on the tab above or email us directly. We can’t wait to be handing more accreditation certificates out to halls in Cambridgeshire!
Bulletin 6 has just been released by the network – really interesting items included. News on rates relief and VAT, click on the link to find out more http://eepurl.com/cJql-5