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





Trustees Week 2017 @TrusteesWeek

Trustees week

Trustees week takes place this year on the 13th to 17th November 2017, take a look at the dedicated webpage to see what is happening across the country.  This site also includes some useful links and resources for trustees.


On the 15th November we are holding one of our regular coffee mornings bringing together village hall trustees and volunteers to discuss two key subjects:

  • The challenges of running small halls.
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers.

If you are interested in attending please get in touch by contacting Lisa Chambers via the link. These events are a great opportunity to meet other trustees managing village halls from across the county, the coffee morning provides a space for trustees to share their experiences and knowledge, while hopefully learning something new from our discussion topics.

This event will take place on: 15th November 2017 – Wednesday – 10:30 – 12:30

The venue is: Newton Village Hall, Church Lane, Newton-in-the-Isle, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 5HF.

Please book your place today, just email lisa.chambers@cambsacre.org.uk or call Lisa on 01353 865048




Have you taken part in our village hall survey yet?

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Please spare the time to take part in our annual survey, your comments and feedback will enable us to improve our service to all village halls and community building in the county.  To take part in the survey please click here.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey please contact Lisa Chambers.  We hope to be able to issue a full report and actions going forward for next year in December, so you have until 17th November to share your views.

Community Facilities 2017 Survey – let us know your views.

Survey 2017

Yesterday we launched the 2017 survey of village halls and community buildings in Cambridgeshire.  Please take 5 minutes to be part of this survey and tell your views.

The survey is an important tool to help us to continue shaping and developing our service.  You can access the survey by clicking on the link below:

2017 Community Buildings Survey

We will be feeding back the results from this survey in a couple of months time.

Applications for the Innovate and Cultivate Fund are open

Cambridgeshire County Council

Previously known as the ‘Cambridgeshire Communities Innovation Fund’ – the County Council’s ‘up to £1 million’ fund for community organisations –has been refreshed and revamped following your feedback to both simplify the process for applying for small grants, and to offer greater guidance on the Council’s priority funding areas.

The aim of the fund is to strengthen communities and reduce the need for County Council services, thus giving a return on investment. We are seeking applications that will help to achieve the County Council’s seven priority outcomes for Cambridgeshire:

  1. Older people live well independently.
  2. People with disabilities live well independently.
  3. Adults and children at risk of harm are kept safe.
  4. Places that work with children help them to reach their potential.
  5. The Cambridgeshire economy prospers to the benefit of all residents.
  6. People live in a safe environment.
  7. People lead a healthy lifestyle and stay healthy for longer.

So how do you apply?

Council services that are inviting applications include adult social care, children and families services, and the waste service.

The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations based in and outside of Cambridgeshire, and public sector organisations in Cambridgeshire.

The Innovate and Cultivate Fund has been split into two funding streams: a ‘Cultivate’ stream for small grants of £2,000-£10,000 and an ‘Innovate’ stream for larger grants of up to £50,000.

A new round of funding opens in September and the deadline for applications is 26th October. Further information about the fund may be found on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website. Grant applications will be available to download in early September.

Workshop for applicants

A workshop for applicants will be held on 27th September, 2pm-4.15pm at St Ives Corn Exchange. You can book here.

If you have any queries please contact Cambridgeshire Community Foundation on 01223 410535 or email info@cambscf.org.uk.