Free event on how to develop a business plan for your village hall.

Business plan

Our next coffee morning event will be taking place at Little Downham Village Hall and the discussion subject this time will be centered around producing a business plan and how important this is for your village hall or community building.

For further details of the event the agenda can be downloaded here.

Please remember to book your place and contact Lisa Chambers by clicking the link to email or by giving Lisa a call on 01353 865048

If you have already produced a business plan for your hall it would be really helpful if you are able to come along to the event and share your experiences and any tips or guidance you gathered along your journey to produce the plan.



Challenge yourself or just help by advertising this event in your community.

Posted on behalf of Isabel Devaney, Events Executive, Breast Cancer Care – to support this local event.

Challenge yourself to a Pink Ribbon Walk for Breast Cancer Care

Audley End House and Gardens, Essex – Saturday 9 June

Challenge yourself to a Pink Ribbon Walk and enjoy tailor-made 10 and 20 mile routes in a unique location. Starting and finishing in the stunning grounds of Audley End House and Gardens, the walk will showcase the best of Essex’s splendid rural scenery.

Breast Cancer Care will support you with every step while you do something special to support the thousands of people going through one of the toughest challenges they’ll ever face – breast cancer.

Everything on the route is covered, from snack stations and toilets to trained guides, so you can focus on enjoying the scenery. You’ll be cheered across the finish line where you’ll receive a complimentary hot meal, massage and that all important medal to commemorate your achievement.

Find out more and register today at

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK-wide charity providing care, support and information for anyone affected by breast cancer, and the money you raise will help to keep these vital services free.

Please download the poster and display in your village hall or community building to support this event.

Breast Cancer Care A4 poster – Audley End Pink Ribbon Walk

County Council’s Innovate & Cultivate advice surgery

The Innovate & Cultivate Fund is Cambridgeshire County Council’s ‘up to £1 million fund’.  The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations, based in and outside of Cambridgeshire and public sector bodies in Cambridgeshire.

Who is the advice session for?

This advice session is for representatives from eligible organisations planning to apply. The 15-minute one-to-one advice session offers the opportunity to discuss project ideas with a service expert. You may also sign up for a 25-minute group advice session on how to access data and information to support applications or on writing a good application.

Information about the Innovate & Cultivate Fund and application forms are available on the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website. It is recommended you take a look and come to the advice session with project ideas you plan to develop for your application.

Upcoming 2018 application deadlines:

9 March – large ‘innovate’ grants of £10k-£50k

1 May – small ‘cultivate’ grants of £2k-£10k


To book a place please click on the link:


2017 Community Buildings survey results launched

Survey 2017

During October and November of this year village hall and community building trustees received several communications from me encouraging them to take part in our annual village halls and community building surveys.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to respond.

Our annual survey of community facilities gives us unique insight into the challenges faced and allows us to develop Cambridgeshire ACRE village halls service to reflect trustees needs so you get more out of being a member.

The results report has just been published on our website so please click here to take a look.

The key actions we will take forward in 2018 include:

  • Continue to work with trustees to help them understand and fulfil the terms of their governing documents.
  • Look at the timings of community buildings networking and learning events to ensure that trustees who work are able to attend wherever possible by holding some future events in evenings or at weekends.
  • Identify potential funding streams suitable for community buildings and promote these to those who run community buildings.
  • Raise the profile of the Hallmark quality standard and help trustees understand the benefits for their building by taking part.
  • Deliver a training programme that addresses the key topics identified, including marketing your hall, installing broadband, and health & safety.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the report please get in touch, we welcome your feedback, please contact Lisa Chambers.

Appointment of new trustees

We are seeking to appoint new Trustees. This could be your chance to use your expertise and experience to help shape our Charity’s future and support the communities of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire ACRE is a successful independent Charity located in central Ely. It serves rural communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, providing a wide range of services, activities and practical help and support. We play a key role in leading and facilitating partnerships between public, private and community sectors, aligning efforts and achieving grant investment which has a positive impact for local communities. Our work includes running the village hall advice service; working with Town and Parish Councils so they can plan their futures and unlock the potential of their communities; delivering rural housing and supporting neighbourhood planning; delivering cultural, conservation, tourism and heritage programmes to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough a better place to live, work and visit; managing EU funding programmes investing in businesses and communities enabling the rural economy to thrive. Our work with rural communities has supported many generations to take greater responsibility for the development of their town or parish. We believe that communities have huge capacity and potential to improve the places in which they live, with the right support.

Over the last years we have achieved a great deal but there is still work to do. We’re looking for new people to join us who can use their skills and experience to contribute to the charity’s governance, strategic direction and business effectiveness.

The role is not remunerated but out-of-pocket expenses will be paid. There will be a minimum of 6 days per annum for attending board meetings, meetings and events, but there are other opportunities to become further involved with the charity’s work if desired.

Further information about our work can be found at

We would very much like to hear from anyone who considers this might be the right opportunity for them to give something back to their community. For further information and to arrange an informal chat, please contact Kirsten Bennett, Chief Executive via