Considering Hallmark Accreditation?

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Would you like to join us for a virtual meeting to discuss the Hallmark Accreditation Scheme? Why not take a break from your chores and join us on Friday 5th June at 10:30am for a discussion about the scheme and how to prepare your village hall management committee for the successful completion of Hallmark 1!

What’s the scheme about?

Hallmark is a nationally-recognised quality standard for village halls and community buildings. Many of the halls in Cambridgeshire are already operating to a high standard of administration and management, however achieving the Hallmark standard gives trustees an independent assessment of their facility, giving both the management committee and users confidence that the hall is well-run when assessed against nationally-set benchmarks.

The scheme recognises the commitment and enthusiasm trustees bring to running their community facilities and this award sits pride of place on the walls of many village halls around the County.

There are three levels to the Scheme, undertaken in sequence:

Hallmark One checks charitable administration and management;

Hallmark Two checks health and safety, security and licences; and

Hallmark Three checks community involvement, social awareness and forward planning.

Want to find out more?

Book your place for our virtual meeting on Friday 5th June at 10:30am. Simply email Lisa Chambers by clicking the link or call 01353 865048

Hallmark 1 success for Gamlingay Eco Hub

The Trustees are from left to right: Guy Kiddie, Neil Muirhead, Benita Scott, and Jackie McGeady with Vice Chairman of Cambridgeshire ACRE Michael Hellowell

Community celebrate Hallmark success with Gamlingay Eco Hub trustees

Congratulations to the trustees of Gamlingay Eco Hub management committee and their team on achieving Hallmark 1 accreditation.  Hallmark is a nationally recognised quality standard scheme for village halls and community facilities.

Cambridgeshire ACRE runs the scheme throughout the County and are pleased to announce the trustees at Gamlingay Eco Hub have achieved Hallmark 1 accreditation. The visitors who carried out the accreditation inspection were impressed with the trustee’s commitment and drive to continue to improve the facility.

Gamlingay Eco Hub is one of the greenest facilities in the county and over the years past and present trustees have spent considerable time and energy improving and extending the facility into the eco-friendly, modern venue we see today.  The Eco Hub is well used by the community and the presentation of the Hallmark 1 certificate took place at one of the regular community coffee mornings.

Other regular activities include various fitness classes, knit and natter, youth café, and carpet bowls, a full list of ‘what’s on’ can be found on their website http://www.gamlingayecohub.org.uk/whats-on/

The benefits of the Hallmark scheme for village halls includes formal recognition that the community facility has embedded good practice and procedures, giving residents and hirers confidence that their valuable community venue is being well managed and run by the trustees. There are three levels to the Hallmark scheme and it is hoped the trustees of Gamlingay Eco Hub will soon go on to achieve the next two levels.

Michael Hellowell, Vice-Chairman of Cambridgeshire ACRE said: “Congratulations to the trustees and staff at Gamlingay Eco Hub for achieving the Hallmark 1 accreditation, which demonstrates how well the hall is being run by their team.  It is excellent that the hard work of the volunteers and staff is recognised by this quality standard, benefiting all members of the community and users of the Eco Hub.  I wish them well moving on toward the next two levels.”

Jackie McGeady, Chairman of the trustees, said: “I should like to thank everyone involved in making the Eco Hub such a great success.  I am so lucky to have such an effective and efficient team of people helping and supporting me.”

Hallmark Accreditation – could your village hall benefit from this scheme?

Our next coffee morning will take place on Thursday 13th February 2020 (11:30 – 13:30) at Little Shelford Village Hall. This will be a special event dedicated to Hallmark with an opportunity to hear about the scheme and speak to halls that have already completed one or all of the levels.

Nearly 40 halls have registered an interest to take part in the scheme with 15 halls completing Hallmark 1 and moving on towards Hallmark 2 & 3.

You can download a copy of the agenda here:

We will be hearing from three different village hall management committees, they have all achieved either one, two or three of the levels in Hallmark. Here is a little taster for you now as Little Gransden Village Hall explain what a difference Hallmark made to their committee.

To book a place a this event please contact Lisa Chambers by emailing lisa.chambers@cambsacre.org.uk or calling 01353 865048 – if you are unable to attend the event but would like more information on taking part in the Hallmark accreditation Scheme please get in touch so we can discuss this with you and your committee.

More Hallmark successes to celebrate!

At Cambridgeshire ACRE’s AGM yesterday we celebrated two more halls achieving their Hallmark accreditation. The certificates were presented by our President Sir Hugh Duberly and Vice-President Right Reverend Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely.

Trustees from Fowlmere Village Hall

Fowlmere Village Hall achieved not only Hallmark 2 but also Hallmark 3! They are the second hall in the county to achieve the top level in Hallmark. Our congratulation to the management committee who have worked incredibly hard over the last few months to achieve both levels in such a short space of time.

Trustees from Little Gransden Village Hall

Little Gransden Village Hall achieved Hallmark 2 and our congratulations goes to the trustees of this charity. It has been a busy year for Little Gransden Village Hall who are just completing an extension to their building. The trustees are planning to complete level 3 of Hallmark over the next few months and we look forward to visiting them to assess their progress soon.

Cambridgeshire ACRE’s Chair, Annie Blair, said: “Congratulations to Fowlmere Village Hall and Little Gransden Village Hall on their Hallmark achievements, which demonstrates how well these halls are being run by the trustees.  It is excellent that the hard work which volunteers undertake in community buildings across our County is being recognised by this quality standard.  I wish them all well with their future plans and projects.”

If you are interested in finding out more about Hallmark please see our website or contact Lisa Chambers for further information.

The Hallmark accreditation has three levels.  Level one covers charity administration and management, Level two health and safety, security and licencing and finally Level three, the top award, covers community involvement, forward planning and development.  Each level must be successfully completed before the management committee can move forward to the next.

Benefits of achieving the Hallmark standard for village halls include formal recognition that the community facility has embedded good practice and procedures and giving residents and hirers confidence that their valuable community venue is being well managed and run by the trustees.

If your hall would like to be one of the growing number of halls in the county with this accreditation please get in touch. Hallmark accreditation is included as part of our membership services and does not required a further fee to participate.

Little Gransden celebrate success

Trevor and Sue discuss with Lisa how they are delivering improvements to their hall.

On a recent visit to Little Gransden Village Hall I met with charity trustees Sue (Chairman) and Trevor (lead trustee for buildings and maintenance). They showed me the committee’s latest project and I was also pleased to hear from them about their experiences of taking part in the Hallmark accreditation scheme. Please take a look at this short film of our visit.

If you would like to know more about Hallmark or any of the other Support Cambridgeshire services we offer with our partners please get in touch with me Lisa Chambers by clicking the link or giving me a ring on 01353 865048

Support Cambridgeshire is a partnership of three community based organisations, Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations, Cambridge CVS and Cambridgeshire ACRE.

Support Cambridgeshire is funded by Cambridgeshire County Council. For more information please email the Support Cambridgeshire Development Officer, Russell Rolph at Russell@huntsforum.org.uk

Hallmark success for Abbotsley Village Hall

Congratulations to the trustees of Abbotsley Village Hall management committee on achieving Hallmark 1 accreditation.  Hallmark is our nationally recognised quality standard scheme for village halls and community facilities.

The visitors who carried out the accreditation inspection were impressed with the trustee’s commitment and drive to improve the facility. The trustees will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the building becoming the village hall in November this year. This is clearly a facility that is well loved and supported by the local community. The trustees hope to complete the final phase of the hall refurbishment prior to that date, so 2019 is going to be a very busy year.

Abbotsley village hall is well used by regular weekday users, including  Mums and Tots and exercise classes as well as several monthly groups, such as the WI and ‘Tea and Chat’.

Annie Blair, Chairperson of Cambridgeshire ACRE said: “Congratulations to Abbotsley village hall for achieving the Hallmark 1 accreditation, which demonstrates how well the hall is being run by the trustees.  It is excellent that the hard work that volunteers undertake is recognised by this quality standard that benefits all members of the community and users of the hall.  I wish them well moving on toward the next two levels.”

Steve Scott, Chairman of the trustees, said: “ I am delighted to receive this award, on behalf of the Village Hall Management Committee, which recognises their hard work and commitment, and I would like to thank them for all their continued support ”

The benefits of the Hallmark scheme for village halls includes formal recognition that the community facility has embedded good practice and procedures, giving residents and hirers confidence that their valuable community venue is being well managed and run by the trustees. There are three levels to the Hallmark scheme and it is hoped the trustees of Abbotsley Village Hall will soon go on to achieve the next two levels.

If you are interested to know how your hall can take part in this scheme why not attend our special event taking place on Thursday 7 March from 10am till 12noon.  The event is being held at Somersham Victory Hall. 

We hope this event will provide an opportunity for trustees who have been successful in completing one or all of the Hallmark levels to share their experiences with other trustees who wish to start the Hallmark accreditation process. 

At the coffee morning we will have the opportunity to run through all three levels of Hallmark, to discuss what preparations a management committee needs to consider and review all the documentation to have in place before the visit. 

So far in Cambridgeshire we have 12 halls that have achieved Hallmark 1, 2 halls have achieved Hallmark 2, and 1 hall has achieved the top grade of Hallmark 3.  It would be lovely to see as many halls as possible participating in this scheme and demonstrating best practice across the County.

If you are unable to attend this event but would like to know more about the Hallmark accreditation scheme please get in touch. To book your place at the event or to find out more about this scheme please contact Lisa Chambers by clicking the link or giving her a call on 01353 865048.

Hallmark success for more halls in Cambridgeshire

Little Downham Village Hall trustees collecting their Hallmark 2 certificate from Ann Blair Chairperson of Cambridgeshire ACRE

During our Village Halls Week launch event we celebrated the most recent Hallmark successes. The picture above shows the trustees of Little Downham Village Hall collecting their Hallmark 2 certificate. The lady second from the left in the picture is Mrs Avril Hayter-Smith, City of Ely Town Crier kindly opened the national Village Halls Week launch event for us with a specially written cry.

The trustees of Little Downham Village Hall are now actively working towards Hallmark 3 accreditation, and it won’t be long before that photo appears on this site I am sure!

Buckden Village Hall trustee is presented with Hallmark 1 certificate
Trustees from Offord Village Hall presented with their Hallmark 1 certificate
Witcham Village Hall trustees presented with their Hallmark 1 certificate

Buckden Village Hall, Offord Village Hall and Witcham Village Hall have all achieved Hallmark 1 and as you can see from the photographs above they were all presented with their certificates during our Village Halls Week event. We are hoping all these halls will go on to achieve Hallmark 2 in the coming months.

If you would like to know more about the Hallmark scheme please contact Lisa Chambers or check out the dedicated page on this website.