Village Halls Week 2018

VH week

During village halls week we will be holding a coffee morning focusing on village hall funding.  This event will take place on Monday 22nd January 2018 at the Ellesmere Centre in Stetchworth, Nr. Newmarket – further details to follow very soon…



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

Help to stay independent, safe and well.

CCC adult support

Many of us don’t think about care and support until we or someone we know needs it, then find we are unsure where to find information and how to access the support we need. Cambridgeshire County Council’s online resource is providing people in Cambridgeshire with information about care, support and wellbeing.

Care and support is the help some adults need to live their life as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have. It could include things like washing, dressing, eating, getting out and about, and keeping in touch with friends and family. People may need help because of their age, a physical disability, sensory impairment, a learning disability or a mental health issue.

If you are planning ahead for the future – whether for yourself, your family or someone you care for, need information to continue to live independently and safely at home, make life easier, get support after a stay in hospital, or find out about care home and housing options and paying for care and support, you can use the online resource to find the information you need. You can find out more by visiting:

If you do not have access to the Internet, haven’t found what you need online, or want more information, you can phone 0345 045 5202.

This article has been kindly supplied by Sunny Singh – Strategic Development Manager, Practice & Safeguarding, Cambridgeshire County Council.

Parson Drove achieve Hallmark 1 accreditation.


Success for Parson Drove trustees achieving Hallmark accreditation

Congratulations to the trustees of Parson Drove Amenities Group 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 Parson Drove Village Hall have achieved Hallmark 1 accreditation. The visitors who carried out the accreditation inspection were impressed with the dedication of the trustees and the considerable amount of work they have completed over recent years to ensure their two facilities continue to be well used and loved by their local community. The trustees have a clear vision for the future to continue to improve their facilities.

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 Parson Drove Village Hall will soon go on to achieve the next two levels.

Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire ACRE said: “I would like to congratulate the trustees and volunteers at Parson Drove Village 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.”

Alan Killingworth, Chair of the trustees, said: “I wish to thank all committee members for their support and confidence over the last 10 years. It has been the continuity of commitment that has contributed towards the success of achieving this award. We look forward to applying for the next 2 stages of the Hallmark accreditation process.”

Insurance for village halls

Insure your village hall

Please see below an article submitted by Ed Huston from Insure your village hall, if you have any questions about the article please feel free to contact Ed on the following:

This article covers all aspects of insuring your village hall and is a useful document and guide to consider when your management committee need to discuss any renewal of village hall insurance, just click on the link below:

Insure your village hall article – click here.