Legal issues for volunteer managers training event 23rd August – book now

Only a few days left to book, come along to this event in Chatteris on the 23rd August from 10am till 1pm – for further information please click on the link:

Interested… but not sure if it is right for you, read on:

Why should I come along?

The workshop and handouts will give you a concise and engaging review of the information you need to help your organisation meet its legal obligations to your volunteers.

Who is this workshop for?

Volunteer managers, who are looking to refresh their existing knowledge, or those looking to build their competence and confidence in meeting legal requirements.

What will you learn?

  • Importance of differentiating volunteer roles from employment and avoiding creating a contract
  • Correct handling of volunteer expenses
  • The steps to ensure only suitable people are taken on to volunteer particularly when working with children and adults at risk of abuse
  • To gain an overview of aspects of lone working, insurance for volunteers and copyright
  • Where to go for further information

Click here to book your place


Village Hall training event – book your place today.

H&S poster

Our next training event will take place on Monday 16th October to download your copy of the course details please click the link below:

Health and safety poster

This course has been designed in two halves the morning session will deal with Health & Safety matters in your village hall and in the afternoon we have external trainers Quick Test attending to provide information on PAT testing.

Bookings will be taken enabling trustees to take part in one or both sessions.  If you would like further information please contact me on or you can go straight to our on-line booking system to book your place.

Insurance for village halls

Insure your village hall

Please see below an article submitted by Ed Huston from Insure your village hall, if you have any questions about the article please feel free to contact Ed on the following:

This article covers all aspects of insuring your village hall and is a useful document and guide to consider when your management committee need to discuss any renewal of village hall insurance, just click on the link below:

Insure your village hall article – click here.

Coffee & cake at Whittlesford Memorial Hall

Our community buildings coffee morning today, was held at Whittlesford Memorial Hall, a lovely venue with a perfect mix of an historical building with new extensions to meet the changing needs of the community.  Our hosts provided a tour of the venue and a brief history of how the hall came about and how the improvements have taken place over the years.  The original part of the facility dates back 100 years and was built in remembrance of WWI and the local people lost during that time – how lovely to have a memorial hall for future generations of the community to use.

After our tour we refilled our coffee cups and we were treated to cake made by one of the trustees (and what great cake it was!).

Our speaker for the second half of the event was Angela Haylock from Hunts Forum, who gave a very useful Question and Answer session on Child and Adult Safeguarding, this was an opportunity for trustees to ask all those searching questions.

This event is one of a programme of events going on throughout the year, please take a look at our training page for full details.  The events are open to members and non-members, so please get in touch if you are interested in joining one of our future events.

Have you signed up yet?

Funding portal

Are you currently looking to fund a project?  Or you have an idea for a project but are unsure how to fund it?  Well, SupportCambridgeshire 4 Communities is a free self-service portal which enables voluntary and community organisations to browse, search and apply for grants to support their work.

The portal has been funded by Cambridgeshire County Council for a 12 month period, and community organisations are encouraged to register, visit and use the site as much as possible.  If you would like training or support using the site we can offer group or 1:1 sessions on how to use the portal.  Simply register today to start browsing and searching for new funding opportunities.

Its FREE and there for you to use, so what are you waiting for!

Free – Community building training events

Hiring agreement training

Our next training event takes place in August and already several trustees have signed up to attend, if you are considering coming along please let me know as soon as possible as places are limited – click here to book your place

We are really pleased with the feedback so far from across the village hall network.  This years programme of events so far has been appreciated and valued, I have listed below some of the comments received on our feedback forms:

  • Very good, my first visit to ACRE but most impressed by facilities and speakers.
  • Very well presented and excellent involvement of participants.
  • Plenty of valid information, timely and succinct.
  • Excellent course and very well presented.

The programme of events is FREE for our members to attend.  For further information on the full programme click here on the link below.



Appointment of new trustees

We are seeking to appoint new Trustees. This could be your chance to use your expertise and experience to help shape our Charity’s future and support the communities of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire ACRE is a successful independent Charity located in central Ely. It serves rural communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, providing a wide range of services, activities and practical help and support. We play a key role in leading and facilitating partnerships between public, private and community sectors, aligning efforts and achieving grant investment which has a positive impact for local communities. Our work includes running the village hall advice service; working with Town and Parish Councils so they can plan their futures and unlock the potential of their communities; delivering rural housing and supporting neighbourhood planning; delivering cultural, conservation, tourism and heritage programmes to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a better place to live, work and visit; managing EU funding programmes investing in businesses and communities enabling the rural economy to thrive. Our work with rural communities has supported many generations to take greater responsibility for the development of their town or parish. We believe that communities have huge capacity and potential to improve the places in which they live, with the right support.

Over the last years we have achieved a great deal but there is still work to do. We’re looking for new people to join us who can use their skills and experience to contribute to the charity’s governance, strategic direction and business effectiveness.

The role is not remunerated but out-of-pocket expenses will be paid. There will be a minimum of 6 days per annum for attending board meetings, meetings and events, but there are other opportunities to become further involved with the charity’s work if desired.

Further information about our work can be found at

We would very much like to hear from anyone who considers this might be the right opportunity for them to give something back to their community. For further information and to arrange an informal chat, please contact Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive via