2017 Community Buildings survey results launched

Survey 2017

During October and November of this year village hall and community building trustees received several communications from me encouraging them to take part in our annual village halls and community building surveys.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to respond.

Our annual survey of community facilities gives us unique insight into the challenges faced and allows us to develop Cambridgeshire ACRE village halls service to reflect trustees needs so you get more out of being a member.

The results report has just been published on our website so please click here to take a look.

The key actions we will take forward in 2018 include:

  • Continue to work with trustees to help them understand and fulfil the terms of their governing documents.
  • Look at the timings of community buildings networking and learning events to ensure that trustees who work are able to attend wherever possible by holding some future events in evenings or at weekends.
  • Identify potential funding streams suitable for community buildings and promote these to those who run community buildings.
  • Raise the profile of the Hallmark quality standard and help trustees understand the benefits for their building by taking part.
  • Deliver a training programme that addresses the key topics identified, including marketing your hall, installing broadband, and health & safety.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the report please get in touch, we welcome your feedback, please contact Lisa Chambers.


Celebrating at our coffee morning in Newton Village Hall

Trustee_week_17Last week we celebrated trustees week with a coffee morning at Newton Village Hall.

National Trustees’ Week, which ran from 13 – 17 November, recognising the hard work and commitment put in by volunteers throughout the UK.

Trustees from all over the County came together at one of our regular village hall trustee coffee mornings. These events are a great opportunity for trustees to network, share knowledge and experiences of running village halls and community centres.

This time the event’s topics of discussion this time included the challenges of running small village halls and recruiting and retaining volunteers.


Trustees work so hard for their charities and it is really important that we celebrate and recognise their achievements. So many of Cambridgeshire’s village halls rely on dedicated volunteers who put in many unpaid hours, being there every day to open up, ensure the bills are paid and that the public are safe using their local facilities.

We believe all the village hall trustees deserve special thanks.

Ely Standard – http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/cambridgeshire-acre-celebrates-trustees-week-1-5284953




Trustees Week 2017 @TrusteesWeek

Trustees week

Trustees week takes place this year on the 13th to 17th November 2017, take a look at the dedicated webpage to see what is happening across the country.  This site also includes some useful links and resources for trustees.


On the 15th November we are holding one of our regular coffee mornings bringing together village hall trustees and volunteers to discuss two key subjects:

  • The challenges of running small halls.
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers.

If you are interested in attending please get in touch by contacting Lisa Chambers via the link. These events are a great opportunity to meet other trustees managing village halls from across the county, the coffee morning provides a space for trustees to share their experiences and knowledge, while hopefully learning something new from our discussion topics.

This event will take place on: 15th November 2017 – Wednesday – 10:30 – 12:30

The venue is: Newton Village Hall, Church Lane, Newton-in-the-Isle, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 5HF.

Please book your place today, just email lisa.chambers@cambsacre.org.uk or call Lisa on 01353 865048




Coffee morning invite – why not come along?

Newton in the Isle Ramp

15th November 2017 – Wednesday 10:30 – 12:30.  This is a great opportunity for village hall trustees and volunteers to get together, share knowledge and take part in an informative discussion, the event is open to Members and non-Members of our organisation, please just book a space so we know you are coming along.

Our visit to Newton Village Hall is focusing on the challenges of running small village halls and our discussion will be lead by Dave Gibbs trustee of Newton Village Hall and recently elected trustee of Cambridgeshire ACRE.

We will also be discussing a second topic this time – Recruiting and retaining volunteers, which is such an important part of keeping our halls open as much as possible to the community.  It would be lovely to see as many people there as possible to share your ideas and challenges on this subject.

Please book your place in advance so we are able to provide refreshments for everyone!  To book simply click here or call Lisa Chambers directly on 01353 865048

The event will take place at: Newton Village Hall, Church Lane, Newton-in-the-Isle, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 5HF

The agenda will consist of the following times:


Agenda for meeting

10:30 – Arrive refreshments and welcome

10:35 – Introductions around the room

10:40 – Short talk by our hosts and tour of venue – including discussion topic of ‘the challenges of running small village halls’

11:15 – Refreshment refill and comfort break

11:30 – Discussion topic – Recruiting and retaining volunteers

12:30 – Close and thanks to our hosts

Look forward to seeing you there…

Have you taken part in our village hall survey yet?

Survey image

Please spare the time to take part in our annual survey, your comments and feedback will enable us to improve our service to all village halls and community building in the county.  To take part in the survey please click here.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey please contact Lisa Chambers.  We hope to be able to issue a full report and actions going forward for next year in December, so you have until 17th November to share your views.

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