Free community building training event – book today to secure a place.

Hiring agreement training

As a management committee would you like to know more about hiring arrangements and licencing policies?  This could be just the course for you!

The event will enable Trustees to have a better understanding of the importance of having a strong hiring agreement for users in place and also an appreciation of licencing policies relating to their venues. This session is open to all management committee members so they will have the confidence to return to their hall/building and check they have the correct policies and procedures in place.

Topics covered by this course

  • Hire Agreements
  • Legislation affecting halls
  • Music licencing
  • Premises licencing

Spaces are limited so we are encouraging people to book early to avoid disappointment.


Have you signed up to the new ‘Support Cambridgeshire 4 Community’ funding portal?

Funding portal

Not only can you do individual funding searches but you can also sign up for funding alerts allowing you to receive email notifications if new funding opportunities arise which match your search requirements. Why not give it a try and take a look around the website, just click on the link below and you never know you may find just what you have been looking for!



Would you like to know more about recruiting and retaining volunteers?

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I am often asked by village hall trustees about how to recruit new volunteers, well this may be just the training session you are looking for!

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers 7 July 10:00– 16:00 at Arkenstall Village Centre, Haddenham CB6 3XD

This session will support you to find out what you need to have in place to recruit, support, retain and manage your volunteers. You’ll also be given a detailed resource pack.

This session is perfect for anyone responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers. Experienced volunteer managers will get the chance to review their current systems and explore best practice. Less experienced managers will gain the information and confidence they need to develop or start implementing volunteer policies.

Delegates will: 

  • Learn how to develop or update a recruitment strategy 
  • Gain an understanding of different methods of recruitment 
  • Learn best practice in engagement, support and management of volunteers including developing key policies 
  • Gain an understanding of what motivates volunteers and contributes to retention

The session will be led by Chris Trevorrow, CCVS Development Worker. Places are FREE for voluntary and community groups Book here.

Bookings are subject to the Support Cambridgeshire cancellation policy.

Little Downham Village Hall presents…



Little Downham Players are very happy to come to your village hall and deliver a ‘murder mystery evening’ event for your community to help raise funds for your hall.

At the moment Little Downham Players have a choice of two different events, ‘who murdered the director’ and ‘who murder the vicar’ there is a potential of 2 more new events in the pipe line.

If you would like more information please contact Graham Hayter-Smith

Trustees getting their heads together for finance training

Today Cambridgeshire ACRE is hosting a training event to focus on finance essentials for your village hall.  Trustees from across the county have come together to learn more about keeping financial records and reporting to the Charity Commission.  Lets hope this isn’t too taxing for a Saturday, there is a lot of concentration going on in the offices right now!

Trustees attend fire safety training event

Today 24 village hall trustees attended our training session on ‘fire safety in your community building’.  We were very lucky to have Kate Peacock from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to deliver this very informative session.  Trustees learnt about current legislation as well as practical advice on how to make their community buildings safer for all users.

Feedback from trustees attending included:

  • “Extremely practical approach – Very good”
  • “This event has greatly enhanced my knowledge of the regulatory requirements and responsibilities”
  • “I found this course very useful”

Given the very positive feedback we would like to repeat this event again next year, if you didn’t manage to attend this years event please look out for future dates, as you can see from above trustees would recommend this as a morning well spent!

Our thanks also goes to the trustees of Kirtling Village Hall who not only provided their facility free of charge for the event but also provided refreshments for everyone.

Governance of your village hall training event.

Understanding your Governing Document

Would you like to know more about your role as a charity trustee?  Or understand your governing document better? What process do you have in place to welcome new trustees?  Well this course may be just what you are looking for!

Description of course – This course is open to all trustees, especially those volunteers who are new to the role. Experienced trustees will also find this course useful as a refresher to their knowledge but also to support their management committees in developing an induction process for new trustees or to learn more about understanding or amending your governing documents.

Topics covered by this course

  • Governance structures
  • Amending your governing document
  • Types of trustee
  • Trustee roles and responsibilities
  • New trustee induction

Course fees

Cambridgeshire ACRE Members: Free of charge for 1 delegate per hall/building. Additional places for delegates from the same hall/building will be charged at £15 per person and will be subject to availability.

Non-Members: £54 per delegate which covers your course fee and gives 1 year’s membership of Cambridgeshire ACRE. Additional places for delegates from the same hall/building will charged at £15 per person and will be subject to availability.

Interested?  Well its simple to book just click here and register on-line.