Village Halls Week 2019

Tuesday 22nd – Monday 28th January 2019

Following the first successful Village Halls Week in 2018, the ACRE Network will be running a further Village Halls Week in 2019.

Locally, Cambridgeshire ACRE will be facilitating a programme of events to celebrate the village halls in our County.  We have decided to look at themed areas throughout the week, highlighting different aspects of why village halls are important to our communities. 

Each theme below is accompanied by a short case study film to demonstrate the importance of our community buildings and also the volunteers who keep them operating.

Tuesday 22Village Halls Week National Launch Event 
taking place at Little Thetford Village Hall
Cambridgeshire ACRE will host the national 2019 launch event.
09:45 – 12:00
Theme for the day: How village halls help people explore the arts and their creative side
Featuring case study film with Ashley Pavilion.
Wednesday 23Theme for the day: How village halls help bring people of all ages together and enhance community cohesion
Featuring case study film with West Wratting Village Hall
Thursday 24 Theme for the day: How village halls help people develop essential skills
Featuring a case study film with Coton Village Hall
Friday 25Theme for the day: How village halls help bring people of all ages together and enhance community cohesion
Featuring a case study film with Gamlingay Eco Hub
Saturday 26Theme for the day: How village halls help children and young people develop their self-confidence and team working skills
Featuring a case study film with Little Downham Village Hall
Saturday 26 & Sunday 27‘Open Hall Weekend’
Theme – How village halls reduce rural isolation and help prevent loneliness in our rural communities

The national campaign is taking place from Tuesday 22 January 2019 – Monday 28 January 2019, however, we are encouraging halls if they wish to include Monday 21 January please feel free to, we have allowed for this on the material below.

This years launch event will be taking place on Tuesday 22nd January at Little Thetford Village Hall.  Our event will have a national and local focus, featuring the history of village halls and community buildings in Cambridgeshire over the last 90 years.

Open weekend

26 and 27 January 2019

Your committee could consider being part of our ‘Open Weekend’.  The idea is to open as many village halls and community buildings as possible for a morning or afternoon event so that anyone can drop in for a look around and perhaps stop for tea and cake. If trustees can be available to chat to people and answer their questions then it is hoped that through conversation people might consider volunteering; starting a group; joining a group; or may even be persuaded to join the management committee!

To increase the size and impact of your ‘Open Weekend’ event you could invite your user groups to take a table/market stall creating a fair-style event and use this opportunity to showcase and promote their groups, hopefully signing up new members on the day.

We have put together a short toolkit document to use as a guide while discussing this idea at a committee meeting.

Open Weekend Toolkit

There is also a dedicated on-line register available so halls can sign up to say they will be taking part and holding an ‘Open Weekend’ event, this will enable us to help you to advertise and promote your event on social media as part of the #VillageHallsWeek campaign.

Register here:

If you would like more information please contact Lisa Chambers by email or give Lisa a call on 01353 865048

Halls already taking part in an ‘Open Hall’ event

Village Hall West Wratting Village Hall
AddressHigh Street, West Wratting, Cambs, CB21 5LU
Date and time of Event Saturday 5 January 2019 10:30am
What’s happening Community café bringing together lots of people in our community.
Contact for more detailsMike Rowland

Village HallLittle Gransden Village Hall
AddressPrimrose Hill, Little Gransden, Sandy, SG19 3DP
Date and time of EventWednesday 16th January (Morning)
What’s happeningThe community will be celebrating Village Halls Week at their regular community coffee morning.
Contact for more details 01767 677313

Village HallLittle Downham Village Hall
Address Main Street, Little Downham, Ely, Cambs, CB6 2ST
Date and time of EventSunday 20 January 2019 from 10am
What’s happeningWe are inviting all groups that use the hall to come and showcase their activities. It will be open to the public who can view the hall and see what goes on in the village.

This will include exercise groups, martial arts, carpet bowls, youth theatre group, line dancing, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, Downham Conservation group, Downham Society, the Archive group and many others.

Free Tea coffee and cakes available. We will also have the bar open
Contact for more detailsGraham Hayter-Smith
on 07887525393

Village Hall Little Thetford Village Hall
Address5 The Wyches, Little Thetford, Ely, Cambs, CB6 5HG
Date and time of EventSaturday 26 January 2019 from 11am
What’s happeningAn open invitation for the village community to come and see inside their village hall, meet the trustees, officers and volunteers who help to keep the hall going.

It’s also a chance to see what work has been completed so far and find out what is planned in the near future.

There will be representatives from various groups who already use the hall and the opportunity to book the hall for future events.
Enjoy scrumptious cakes and other refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Contact for more detailsLisa Callaghan Stubbs
on 07930506822

Village HallArkenstall Village Centre
AddressStation Road, Haddenham, Ely, CB6 3XD
Date and time of eventSaturday 26 January 2019 from 10am
Whats happeningThe Arkenstall Village Centre will be having an open morning (from 10am until midday) to welcome anyone who would like to know a bit more about our village hall and what it has to offer – so come for a cuppa and a chat!

We are also inviting village clubs and organisations to come along to talk about what they they do and how to get involved.

There will be no charge for entry and there will be complimentary refreshments.

In the evening there will be out Post-Christmas Family Ceilidh – tickets on sale at Haddenham Galleries in the High Street or phone 01353 749188.
Contact for more detailsJohn Shippey

Village HallWimblington Parish Hall
AddressAddison Road, Wimblington, Cambs, PE15 0QT
Date and time of eventSaturday 26 January from 11:15am
Whats happeningOpen hall event follows our villages Street Pride litter pick.

All current user groups will have a stand explaining their activity.

Tea & coffee available
Contact for more detailsPat Amos
on 07985027515

Village HallSomersham Victory Hall
Address Parkhall Road, Somersham,
Huntingdon, PE28 3HE
Date and time of eventSaturday 26th January from 1pm
Whats happeningWe are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Victory Hall on the 26th January 2019. There are lots of things going on at this family event such as live music, demonstrations, tea & cakes, hot food, licensed bar, raffle and Community Group Stalls
Contact for more details Sara on 07849 186035

Village HallFolksworth, Washingsley & Morborne Village Hall
AddressManor Road, Folksworth,
Peterborough, PE7 3SU
Date and time of eventSaturday 26th January 7pm
Whats happeningBurns Supper and celebration of Village Halls Week. Join us for a quiz night with haggis and neeps supper.
Contact for more detailsAnnie Blair 01733 243463

How your hall can get involved in this week of events:

In preparation for Village Halls Week and to help you to start thinking about how your village hall could participate we have updated the material for you to use.  To download a pdf version simply click on the link below for the poster you would like.


Materials available to download


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VH Certificate

VH Cheese & Wine

VH Coffee morning

VH Contact

VH Open Day Event

VH General

If you would rather use the term ‘Community Building’ to describe your venue then please download one of the following posters:


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CB Certificate

CB Cheese & Wine

CB Coffee morning

CB Contact

CB Open Day Event

CB General

Our lead sponsor Allied Westminster are very kindly sponsoring our launch event and materials for Village Halls Week 2019.



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