#ACREnetwork village halls advisers national conference.

The ACRE Network of specialist advisers for village halls and similar community buildings will hold their annual training event in Peterborough.

ACRE is pleased to announce that Norris & Fisher (Insurance Brokers) Ltd and Ansvar Insurance will, once again, be the main sponsors.

The event will take place on 23rd and 24th April and is a great opportunity for national colleagues to come together to increase their knowledge and network.

To read the full press release click the link below:




Only 4 weeks to go!

Have you booked your place yet for the Village Hall and Community Building conference?  Click here to find out more details.

Over 35 of you already have!  It aims to be a great day full of interesting subjects all relevant to running a hall and ensuring you are ‘fit for the future’.

If you have any questions or would like more information about booking a place please get in touch by either phone (01353 865048) or email.


PAT testing training event – coming soon!

Working with Quick Test we are able to offer this training event for Village Halls and Community Buildings across the county, this is a great opportunity to learn more about keeping your village halls / community buildings as safe as possible for the whole community.

The course will cover:

  • Understand your responsibilities
  • Learn how to carry out your own
  • Electrical appliance risk assessment
  • PAT testing
  • Electrical safety checks

The event takes place on Saturday 30th June 2018 @ 9.30am at 72 Market Street, Ely, CB7 4LS

Course fee £65+VAT per person (normally £120+VAT)

Please click on the link below to view the full details of this event.  If you would like to book a place please contact Lisa Chambers at lisa.chambers@cambsacre.org.uk

PAT testing event

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 lisa.chambers@cambsacre.org.uk or you can go straight to our on-line booking system to book your place.