Dates for the diary


2018 programme of coffee morning events is available now. These events are a great way of meeting fellow trustees from across the county and also learn about issues and subjects related to the running of community facilities.  We try to keep a varied programme of venues, times and subjects, however, if you would prefer to meet in the evening or weekends please let us know and we will endeavour to arrange something.

Monday – 22nd January

11:00 – 13:00

Ellesmere Centre

Ley Road, Stetchworth,

Nr. Newmarket


Village Halls Week

Funding Fair



(East Cambs)

February – No Event    
Tuesday – 20th March

10:00 – 13:00

Landbeach Village Hall

1 The Green


CB25 9ED

TBC includes training session.



(South Cambs)

April – No Event    
Saturday 12th May

10:00 – 15:00

Fulbourn Community Centre

31 Home End


CB21 5BS

Village Hall Conference and Training event


(South Cambs)

June – No Event    
Wednesday – 11th July

10:00 – 12:30

Gorefield Community Hall & Sports Pavilion

Wolf Lane


PE13 4NE







August – No Event    
Friday – 21st September

10:00 – 12:30

Little Thetford Village Hall

5 The Wyches

Little Thetford

Ely, CB6 3HG





(East Cambs)

October – No Event    
Wednesday – 7th November

10:00 – 12:30

Parson Drove Village Hall

Main Road

Parson Drove


PE13 4LA







December – No Event  

Coffee Morning Event – Rural Arts Touring

Using community buildings as venues for local communities to enjoy the arts.

Rural touring schemes work with voluntary promoting groups (village hall committees, pubs, local schools, church halls, community groups) to bring professional performing companies and artists to perform in their village or community venue.   The aim is to provide a high quality arts experience that strengthens rural communities both from a social and economic point-of-view.

This coffee morning will give us the opportunity to explore the feasibility of establishing a Rural Arts Touring Scheme across Cambridgeshire. Creative Arts East, who run a successful rural touring scheme for professional live performance events, and Village Screen, a touring cinema scheme for rural communities in Norfolk and parts of Suffolk, will give us their insight into how rural touring schemes can work.

We will then hear from village hall Trustees who share their experiences of promoting live performances and cinema in community buildings.   The morning will conclude with an informal discussion regarding the opportunities and feasibility for establishing a rural touring scheme in Cambridgeshire.

Book your place today – 12 October – Thursday 10:00 – 13:00

Venue: Somersham Victory Hall, Parkhall Road, Somersham, PE28 3HE

Agenda for Meeting

10:00 – Arrive and refreshments

10:15 – Welcome and Why Rural Touring? Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire ACRE

10:20 – Creative Arts East, Rural Touring in Norfolk, Elly Wilson, Deputy Director and Karen Kidman, Community Touring Manager.

10:50 – Refreshment refill and comfort break

11:10 – Trustees experiences of promoting live performances and cinema in community buildings.

12:00 – Discussion about re-imagining the feasibility of a rural touring scheme in Cambridgeshire.

12:30 – Other Rural community arts opportunities:

  • Inn Crowd –a new project which supports rural pubs throughout the South East and East of England to host high quality spoke word inspired events.
  • Library Presents: Arts Alive – a new project that supports arts hosted in local libraries

12:45 – Close and thanks to our hosts

To book your place please contact Lisa Chambers by clicking the link.

Community Facilities 2017 Survey – let us know your views.

Survey 2017

Yesterday we launched the 2017 survey of village halls and community buildings in Cambridgeshire.  Please take 5 minutes to be part of this survey and tell your views.

The survey is an important tool to help us to continue shaping and developing our service.  You can access the survey by clicking on the link below:

2017 Community Buildings Survey

We will be feeding back the results from this survey in a couple of months time.

Applications for the Innovate and Cultivate Fund are open

Cambridgeshire County Council

Previously known as the ‘Cambridgeshire Communities Innovation Fund’ – the County Council’s ‘up to £1 million’ fund for community organisations –has been refreshed and revamped following your feedback to both simplify the process for applying for small grants, and to offer greater guidance on the Council’s priority funding areas.

The aim of the fund is to strengthen communities and reduce the need for County Council services, thus giving a return on investment. We are seeking applications that will help to achieve the County Council’s seven priority outcomes for Cambridgeshire:

  1. Older people live well independently.
  2. People with disabilities live well independently.
  3. Adults and children at risk of harm are kept safe.
  4. Places that work with children help them to reach their potential.
  5. The Cambridgeshire economy prospers to the benefit of all residents.
  6. People live in a safe environment.
  7. People lead a healthy lifestyle and stay healthy for longer.

So how do you apply?

Council services that are inviting applications include adult social care, children and families services, and the waste service.

The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire.

The Innovate and Cultivate Fund has been split into two funding streams: a ‘Cultivate’ stream for small grants of £2,000-£10,000 and an ‘Innovate’ stream for larger grants of up to £50,000.

A new round of funding opens in September and the deadline for applications is 26th October. Further information about the fund may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website. Grant applications will be available to download in early September.

Workshop for applicants

A workshop for applicants will be held on 27th September, 2pm-4.15pm at St Ives Corn Exchange. You can book here.

If you have any queries please contact Cambridgeshire Community Foundation on 01223 410535 or email