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?

Photo 1

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.



Village Halls Week launched with a coffee morning

Big Lottery 1

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

Ellesmere Centre Stetchworth - External

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