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.




Village Halls Week launched with a coffee morning

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The first-ever national Village Halls Week was launched in Cambridgeshire with a coffee morning for village hall trustees at the Ellesmere Centre in Stetchworth. The event was attended by The Big Lottery and Grantscape who gave advice to over 40 local trustees on funds and grants currently available to support village halls and community buildings. The morning also included a short workshop run by Cambridge CVS on how to make successful funding applications.

Village Halls Week (22 – 26 January) is a chance to celebrate not only village halls themselves but also the wonderful volunteers who work to keep them open and fit for community use. Alongside local events, a national social media campaign is running to raise awareness of all that goes on in community buildings with the hashtag ‘#VillageHallsWeek’ and features on national and local radio. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of just how important these buildings are to rural communities.

Our thanks to the trustees, volunteers and staff at the Ellesmere Centre in Stetchworth for hosting this very busy event, making us all very welcome and a special thank you for providing us with excellent refreshments and homemade cakes!

Please remember to listen out this week on Radio Cambridgeshire for visits and interviews to other halls from across our county, and also follow #VillageHallsWeek on twitter and facebook to see what is happening in our County and nationally.

More news will follow on the blog…



Come along and meet the Big Lottery at our coffee morning event

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Our next coffee morning event we are visiting the Ellesmere Centre in Stetchworth.  This halls provides a long list of services to its community a shop, post office and leisure activities – why not join us for our coffee morning on Monday 22nd January, then take a tour this fantastic facility.

Our discussion topic at this months coffee morning will be Village Hall funding and we will be hearing from the Big Lottery and Grantscape on funds available to support village halls. For more details of this event and further information on #VillageHallsWeek take a look at our dedicated page or follow the celebrations for village halls week on Twitter @cambsacre @ACRE_national @VillageHalls_Wk

For more details of the coffee morning please click here Agenda_Jan_18


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.

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Coffee morning invite – why not come along?

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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…

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  

Coffee Morning Event – Rural Arts Touring

Using community buildings as venues for local communities to enjoy the arts.

Rural touring schemes work with voluntary promoting groups (village hall committees, pubs, local schools, church halls, community groups) to bring professional performing companies and artists to perform in their village or community venue.   The aim is to provide a high quality arts experience that strengthens rural communities both from a social and economic point-of-view.

This coffee morning will give us the opportunity to explore the feasibility of establishing a Rural Arts Touring Scheme across Cambridgeshire. Creative Arts East, who run a successful rural touring scheme for professional live performance events, and Village Screen, a touring cinema scheme for rural communities in Norfolk and parts of Suffolk, will give us their insight into how rural touring schemes can work.

We will then hear from village hall Trustees who share their experiences of promoting live performances and cinema in community buildings.   The morning will conclude with an informal discussion regarding the opportunities and feasibility for establishing a rural touring scheme in Cambridgeshire.

Book your place today – 12 October – Thursday 10:00 – 13:00

Venue: Somersham Victory Hall, Parkhall Road, Somersham, PE28 3HE

Agenda for Meeting

10:00 – Arrive and refreshments

10:15 – Welcome and Why Rural Touring? Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire ACRE

10:20 – Creative Arts East, Rural Touring in Norfolk, Elly Wilson, Deputy Director and Karen Kidman, Community Touring Manager.

10:50 – Refreshment refill and comfort break

11:10 – Trustees experiences of promoting live performances and cinema in community buildings.

12:00 – Discussion about re-imagining the feasibility of a rural touring scheme in Cambridgeshire.

12:30 – Other Rural community arts opportunities:

  • Inn Crowd –a new project which supports rural pubs throughout the South East and East of England to host high quality spoke word inspired events.
  • Library Presents: Arts Alive – a new project that supports arts hosted in local libraries

12:45 – Close and thanks to our hosts

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