National survey date extended

The national community building survey being undertaken by ACRE, was originally due to close on the 31st March but this date has been extended to Monday 20th April 2020, it’s so important that as many venues as possible take part.

A massive thank you to the trustees who have already taken part.  There are well over 300 community buildings in our county and it would be wonderful if we could encourage as many as possible to take part.
ACRE wants to encourage all kinds of community buildings that provide facilities for their communities to take part. Not just traditional village halls but community centres, sports pavilions, church halls, churches providing community use, community centres, WI halls and community pubs providing meeting rooms.  So please share this information with any other local facilities you are aware of in your area.

What do you need to do to take part?

Simply click the links below and help ACRE help you. – Survey instructions it is advisable to read these before starting the process. – Copy of the questions to view ahead of completing the survey you may like to discuss this with your committee members

Please allow around an hour to complete the survey – This is the link to complete the survey on-line. – ACRE website with further information if required.

Please remember to share this message with any community facility in your area so we can get the as many responses as possible.

If you have any questions please contact Lisa Chambers via email or phone 01353 865048

Coronavirus: Rural Halls and Small Charities

National ACRE has provided the following information, you can also view this via the ACRE website, please click the link:

Thousands of village halls will be temporarily closing their doors to the communities they have supported; some for over 100 years. For the community there is dismay and uncertainty about when they will be open again and their committees will be taking a hard look at the long-term future of their Hall.

We have spoken to committees who feel they are in a precarious situation but also to those who have enough reserves to keep them going.

So, what is ACRE doing?

  • In the early stages of the crisis we provided guidance to the ACRE Network on the process for Halls considering closure of their Hall
  • We have been in discussion with the rural team at Defra so that they are fully informed of the issues facing village halls now. Defra are working closely with the Communities Team at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. Thank you to those village hall committees who have come forward and provided detail of the likely financial impact should the hall need to stay closed for a long period.
  • ACRE Board and Senior Management are working alongside other infrastructure bodies to clarify how the proposals for supporting businesses can also support charities.
  • ACRE is now in discussion with Government for financial support fund for halls at risk.

Meanwhile the National Village Hall Survey is live until Monday 20th April 2020.
Please complete it; tell us all about your Hall as this information will now be so important as evidence of the valuable roles of halls in rural communities. If you have started to complete the Survey now is the time to log back in and complete it!

National Village Hall Survey is available here

Insurance information update

As Trustees you may be concerned about your village hall or community building being unoccupied over the coming weeks and months, please see below the statement from Allied Westminster:

Following the Government announcement of Friday 20th March, we have updated the position on Temporarily Unoccupied Buildings.  

  • Firstly, what does ‘temporarily unoccupied’ mean? We would consider this to be where you have followed Government advice to close your Insured Premises and it will be out of use for up to 90 consecutive days.  
  • There is no need to notify Allied Westminster that your Insured Premises has closed temporarily due to the Covid-19 outbreak”

With this advice in mind please check with your insurance company to see if they have adopted a similar policy position.

You may also be interested to read the Norris & Fisher post today with advice and support for village halls and community buildings, please click the link to view the webpage.

Information – coronavirus

If your village hall or community building has a play area or playing field you may be interested to see the poster below provided by ACRE to display at this time. You can download the poster by clicking the link below. The download is a word document so you can add your logo/heading and contact details if you wish.

Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK

Your community may also be interested in the following organisation, please help by circulating this information.

Covid Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. They focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need. Please click the link to find out more: