Coffee Morning reminder, don’t forget to book your place.

Our next coffee morning event for village hall trustees will take place during Village Halls Week.  Our speakers will be a representative from Cambridgeshire Police to discuss village hall security and Stewart Broome, Senior Licensing Officer at East Cambs District Council to talk about all aspects of licencing.

This event will be held in the Arkenstall Centre in Haddenham on Wednesday 22nd January from 10:30 – 13:30.  Please click on the link below to download a copy of the agenda.

January coffee morning event

To book your place at this coffee morning please email me on or ring 01353 865048 :

If you have any questions about this event or a general question about your village hall please get in touch.  

Reminder of our next trustee networking event

Our next coffee morning event will be taking place on Monday 11th November at Abbotsley Village Hall, the discussion topic will be finance matters at your village hall with our guest speaker Louise Prosser from Hunts Forum.

Download a copy of the agenda below:

To book your place at this event please contact Lisa Chambers by clicking the link.

Finance matters in your village hall

Our next coffee morning networking event for village hall trustees, staff and volunteers will cover charity financial matters. Our speaker at this event will be Loiuse Prosser Hunts Forum Finance Manager.

To book your place at the event please contact Lisa Chambers by clicking the link or giving her a ring on 01353 856048

If there are specific areas you would like covered/discussed at this event please get in touch and we can do our best to cover as many of your questions as possible during the morning.

Join our free coffee morning networking event at Little Thetford Village Hall


Why not book to come along to our next coffee morning, this is a free event hosted by the trustees of Little Thetford Village Hall.  At the event you will be able to hear from the trustees on how they achieved their recent success with Hallmark 1 and also view the improvements to their hall which they have successfully provided with grants from the National Lottery.

This event will take place on Friday 21st September from 10am until 12:30pm.

Please click on the link below to see the agenda for this event.  This month our discussion topic will be on governance, so please come along with your governing documents and any questions for this session.  Booking for this session is required as spaces will be limited.


To book your place please contact Lisa Chambers by clicking the link.

Fire Risk Assessments – are you prepared and does your hall have one?

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Yesterday our regular coffee morning visited Gorefield Community Centre, a lovely modern facility which supports both community and sporting events in the village.

Our speaker at the coffee morning was Kate Peacock from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service and our discussion centered on fire prevention and how to write a fire risk assessment for your community facility.

The Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service website is full of useful advice and information to help and support trustees in managing their building – please click on the link to visit the Business Safety page.

To download all the material supplied at our event please click on the link here.  Another useful document you may wish to keep on file is the Fire safety risk assessment – small and medium places of assembly.   This is a government produced document and will provide you with all the information you need to ensure your committee understands fully what a fire risk assessment is and how you might go about producing one.  The fire
risk assessment should form the foundation for all the fire precautions you have in place at your premises.  The document also provides further advice and guidance on fire precautions – well worth a read and certainly a document to circulate to all your fellow trustees so they are aware of their responsibilities.

If you missed our session but you are interested in finding out more, you can always book to attend one of the FREE Fire Safety Business Seminars provided by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.  Alternatively, we will repeat this session again next year for Village Hall and Community Building Trustees, please keep an eye out for the 2019 programme of our events which will be published in the coming months.


Networking events for Village Hall Trustees and Volunteers


After the success of our coffee mornings it has been suggested we try an evening networking event so that trustees who have commitments during the day are still able to get involved and network with other village hall trustees and to hear from some interesting and relevant speakers.

Our first evening event will take place on Wednesday 27th June 2018 at 18:30 till 20:30, this event is hosted by Swaffham Prior Village Hall, High Street, Swaffham Prior, CB25 0LD.

Our discussion topic for the evening will be based on funding and delivering a major renovation project at your hall.

We also have another coffee morning event taking place on Wednesday 11th July 2018 – 10am till 12:30 at Gorefield Community Hall & Sports Pavilion, Wolf Lane, Gorefield, PE13 4NE.

The discussion topic will be ‘How to write a fire risk assessment for your village hall’ and the speaker will be a representative from Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service.

If you are interested in attending either or both of these events please book your place as soon as possible.  To book simply drop me an email by clicking the link: or give me a call on 01353 865048.

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.