Events that work for you

In response to comments in our annual Village Hall and Community Building survey, we hope this year to introduce more weekend and evening events for trustees and volunteers to attend.   We welcome comments from trustees on topics they would like to see in the future programme and if members would like to host an event we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible so we can add any dates to our current programme.

So far this year we have scheduled a Saturday training event on governance and the role of a trustee and we have a pilot networking event on 27th June from 6pm until 8pm.  We are currently looking for a venue for the June event, so if you are interested in hosting an evening networking event please do get in touch.

For further information on these events please click on the links below:

Governance training – Saturday event 

2018_Coffee_Morning_Programme – our full programme of events

Any suggestions on discussion topics or if you would like to host an event please get in touch with Lisa Chambers by clicking the link.



Legal issues for volunteer managers training event 23rd August – book now

Only a few days left to book, come along to this event in Chatteris on the 23rd August from 10am till 1pm – for further information please click on the link:

Interested… but not sure if it is right for you, read on:

Why should I come along?

The workshop and handouts will give you a concise and engaging review of the information you need to help your organisation meet its legal obligations to your volunteers.

Who is this workshop for?

Volunteer managers, who are looking to refresh their existing knowledge, or those looking to build their competence and confidence in meeting legal requirements.

What will you learn?

  • Importance of differentiating volunteer roles from employment and avoiding creating a contract
  • Correct handling of volunteer expenses
  • The steps to ensure only suitable people are taken on to volunteer particularly when working with children and adults at risk of abuse
  • To gain an overview of aspects of lone working, insurance for volunteers and copyright
  • Where to go for further information

Click here to book your place


Village Hall training event – book your place today.

H&S poster

Our next training event will take place on Monday 16th October to download your copy of the course details please click the link below:

Health and safety poster

This course has been designed in two halves the morning session will deal with Health & Safety matters in your village hall and in the afternoon we have external trainers Quick Test attending to provide information on PAT testing.

Bookings will be taken enabling trustees to take part in one or both sessions.  If you would like further information please contact me on or you can go straight to our on-line booking system to book your place.

Free – Community building training events

Hiring agreement training

Our next training event takes place in August and already several trustees have signed up to attend, if you are considering coming along please let me know as soon as possible as places are limited – click here to book your place

We are really pleased with the feedback so far from across the village hall network.  This years programme of events so far has been appreciated and valued, I have listed below some of the comments received on our feedback forms:

  • Very good, my first visit to ACRE but most impressed by facilities and speakers.
  • Very well presented and excellent involvement of participants.
  • Plenty of valid information, timely and succinct.
  • Excellent course and very well presented.

The programme of events is FREE for our members to attend.  For further information on the full programme click here on the link below.



Free community building training event – book today to secure a place.

Hiring agreement training

As a management committee would you like to know more about hiring arrangements and licencing policies?  This could be just the course for you!

The event will enable Trustees to have a better understanding of the importance of having a strong hiring agreement for users in place and also an appreciation of licencing policies relating to their venues. This session is open to all management committee members so they will have the confidence to return to their hall/building and check they have the correct policies and procedures in place.

Topics covered by this course

  • Hire Agreements
  • Legislation affecting halls
  • Music licencing
  • Premises licencing

Spaces are limited so we are encouraging people to book early to avoid disappointment.


Would you like to know more about recruiting and retaining volunteers?

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I am often asked by village hall trustees about how to recruit new volunteers, well this may be just the training session you are looking for!

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers 7 July 10:00– 16:00 at Arkenstall Village Centre, Haddenham CB6 3XD

This session will support you to find out what you need to have in place to recruit, support, retain and manage your volunteers. You’ll also be given a detailed resource pack.

This session is perfect for anyone responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers. Experienced volunteer managers will get the chance to review their current systems and explore best practice. Less experienced managers will gain the information and confidence they need to develop or start implementing volunteer policies.

Delegates will: 

  • Learn how to develop or update a recruitment strategy 
  • Gain an understanding of different methods of recruitment 
  • Learn best practice in engagement, support and management of volunteers including developing key policies 
  • Gain an understanding of what motivates volunteers and contributes to retention

The session will be led by Chris Trevorrow, CCVS Development Worker. Places are FREE for voluntary and community groups Book here.

Bookings are subject to the Support Cambridgeshire cancellation policy.

Trustees getting their heads together for finance training

Today Cambridgeshire ACRE is hosting a training event to focus on finance essentials for your village hall.  Trustees from across the county have come together to learn more about keeping financial records and reporting to the Charity Commission.  Lets hope this isn’t too taxing for a Saturday, there is a lot of concentration going on in the offices right now!