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.

Ely Standard – http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/cambridgeshire-acre-celebrates-trustees-week-1-5284953





Coffee morning invite – why not come along?

Newton in the Isle Ramp

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.

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.

Hallmark celebration at our Coffee Morning

What an excellent day yesterday turned out to be – the sun was shining and it looks as though Spring is truly here!  Our coffee morning event this month took us to Needingworth Village Hall on this gloriously sunny morning.  Needingworth seems to have plenty of community facilities available to residents including some excellent outdoor space around the hall.  The trustees warmly welcomed us with coffee and biscuits, and as usual our meeting started with a short talk by the hosts and a tour of their facility.

This event also enabled us to celebrate the Hallmark 1 accreditation for Mandeville Hall in Kimbolton.  The trustees have worked incredibly hard to ensure all their policies and procedures are truly embedded in their every day running of the hall.  Mandeville Hall achieved 100% pass rate, an exceptional achievement. Our congratulations to the management committee for all their hard work and dedication.  We look forward to them progressing onto Hallmark 2 & 3 in the coming months.

Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire ACRE said: “I would like to congratulate the trustees and volunteers at Mandeville Hall on their recent success with Hallmark 1. This accreditation is confirmation of the hard work and dedication of the management committee and supporters of the village hall. I wish them every success as they progress through the next two levels of the scheme.”

Robert Oliver Chairman of the trustees said: “Our management committee are delighted at achieving the Hallmark 1 accreditation. We believe that the Hallmark scheme helps not only to improve the management of community buildings but also to engender a shared pride amongst the local community in their village hall. We thank Cambridgeshire ACRE for this accreditation which acknowledges all the hard work of our trustees and volunteers over many years. We have already commenced our preparations for the next level and hope to be in a position to apply for Hallmark 2 this summer.”

Close up outside

For more details on Hallmark accreditation please click on the tab above or email us directly.  We can’t wait to be handing more accreditation certificates out to halls in Cambridgeshire!

Health & Hygiene in village halls

Our next coffee morning event will include the discussion topic of health and hygiene in your village hall.  The discussion will be centred around the ACRE information sheet 20 which can be downloaded from the members area of our website.

The information sheet covers everything you need to know about kitchens facilities, food preparation, toilet facilities, water regulations and cleaning procedures.  The information sheet also includes some useful templates for suggested check sheets to ensure set procedures are being followed and example information posters to display in your hall.

With trustees coming together at our coffee mornings this allows us all to share our experiences and ideas – an opportunity to discuss what policies and procedures are currently in place and what changes we may want to make.

If you are interested in attending the event it takes place on the 5th April (10:30-12:30) at Needingworth Village Hall.  Please contact me via email to book a place by following the link Lisa Chambers.