#ACREnetwork village halls advisers national conference.

The ACRE Network of specialist advisers for village halls and similar community buildings will hold their annual training event in Peterborough.

ACRE is pleased to announce that Norris & Fisher (Insurance Brokers) Ltd and Ansvar Insurance will, once again, be the main sponsors.

The event will take place on 23rd and 24th April and is a great opportunity for national colleagues to come together to increase their knowledge and network.

To read the full press release click the link below:




Only 4 weeks to go!

Have you booked your place yet for the Village Hall and Community Building conference?  Click here to find out more details.

Over 35 of you already have!  It aims to be a great day full of interesting subjects all relevant to running a hall and ensuring you are ‘fit for the future’.

If you have any questions or would like more information about booking a place please get in touch by either phone (01353 865048) or email.


Running an event safely, see the guidance information from the HSE

Running an event safely

The HSE have today issued an e-bulletin from their Event Safety team.

We all know that good planning and organisation is essential for putting on an event so that it is both enjoyable and safe.  See below the links which should be a helpful guide to anyone organising a community event this year.

Guidance for event organisers to help them manage the risks, ensuring the visiting public are not exposed to health and safety risks, is available on the HSE website here.  

The webpages provide a wealth of information on the various health and safety topics organisers will need to consider when conducting their risk assessments, a full list of these topics can be found using this link.

For organisers of events which attract large numbers of visitors, such as festivals and concerts, guidance on managing crowds safety at events is available here.

In addition, The National Counter-terrorism Security Office have also produced specific advice to help mitigate the threat of a terrorist attack in crowded places. Read the advice at this link.

Food safety, we are all a bit wiser after our coffee morning this month!


Yesterday we enjoyed the hospitality of Landbeach Village Hall for our coffee morning, and our discussion topic at this event covered food safety – an important subject for us all to be aware of.  As you can see from the photo it was a busy event with lots of trustees booked to attend!

Our expert on hand was Joanne Mitchell who managed to take this complex subject of Food Safety and explain to us all exactly what we should be doing in our village halls to ensure safety for all.

Joanne provided some very useful slides which I have attached here if you wish to download to discuss with your fellow trustees.


If anyone wants to get in touch with Joanne for further information see below the link to her website, I know she will be pleased to hear from you and support you where she can:


Our next event is Governance and the role of a trustee, which takes place on SATURDAY 14th April from 10am.  To book your place please contact Lisa Chambers.



Success for Buckden Village Choir!

Community choir piano

Calor launches £50,000 national grant scheme for rural communities could your community benefit just like Buckden?

Watch their short video to see what a difference this fund made to them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZYPIH5TdYM (Buckden, Cambridgeshire)

Calor recently announced:

Rural communities throughout the UK could be eligible to receive funding via the Calor Rural Community Fund from energy provider Calor.

Established in 2017, the Fund aims to give off-grid communities the chance to gain funding for projects that will improve local life.

Last year’s winning projects included an inclusive swing for a community park, a new piano for a community choir, books for a rural school library and the installation of fibre broadband into an off-grid village.

With a total fund of £50,000 and with 21 individual prize pots up for grabs, this year’s Calor Rural Community Fund will be open for applications between 20th March and 21st May.

Paul Blacklock, Calor’s Head of Corporate Affairs, says: “As off-grid energy providers we are passionate about country living and the success of last year’s scheme has shown us the tangible impact that the Calor Rural Community Fund has had on a number of rural communities.

“This year we are offering funding for 21 different projects, with prize pots ranging from £1,000 up to £5,000. Past submissions have included funding for community centres, village halls and sporting venues, as well as initiatives to support local schoolchildren and the elderly.

“Application is via our Calor website, which will open for entries on the 20th March 2018 for a period of nine weeks. Accepted projects will be published online and we’ll be encouraging communities to get on board by voting for their favourite, before we shortlist the finalists.

“We’re also pleased to announce that national community action groups, Business in the Community and Rural England, and the national mental health charity, Mind, will be joining our judging panel in order to help us decide on the most worthy winners, assessing each project for its impact and reach, sustainability and of course, its originality.”

Entries open on the 20th March 2018 via www.calor.co.uk/communityfund.