Village halls and other similar community buildings provide vital facilities and meeting spaces, bringing people together for fun, fitness, well-being, community meetings and family gatherings.
That’s why national charity, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), and its 38 member organisations are running a week-long campaign to celebrate England’s 10,000 Village Halls. Local member, Cambridgeshire ACRE, is enthusiastically supporting the campaign.
This year, the focus is on how village halls provide a space for communities to come together, something ever more pertinent with the rising number of people affected by loneliness. With many rural communities losing the traditional spaces, such as shops and pubs, where people meet, it has become harder for people to connect with friends or meet new people.
The ACRE Network believes village halls play a huge role providing safe, accessible community spaces. Throughout Cambridgeshire there are wonderful examples of village halls providing services such as community shops, post office facilities and pop-up pubs, as well as hosting social groups for all ages, from playgroups for toddlers right through to community lunches for the older generation.
From 22 January to 28 January 2019, every county across England will see a series of events bringing people together to celebrate these amazing community meeting spaces. The national campaign is being kicked off with a launch event in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday 22 January at Little Thetford Village Hall.
Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire ACRE, said: “It’s a massive honour to be hosting the national launch for Village Halls Week. In Cambridgeshire we’re particularly proud of our strong network of truly excellent village halls and we’re glad so many are joining us at Little Thetford for the traditional village hall celebration of tea and cake, to get the week off to a good start.”
For more details about Village Halls Week in Cambridgeshire please visit https://cambscommunitybuildings.wordpress.com/training-events/village-halls-week-2019/