Village Halls Week 2019

Celebrating the networks second successful campaign

Locally, Cambridgeshire ACRE facilitated a programme of events celebrating the village halls in our County.  We decided to take a themed approach this year, 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
and a case study film featuring Gamlingay Community Choir
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


We have produced an evaluation report to capture all the activity during the campaign. You can view the report by clicking the download button below.

Cambridgeshire ACRE hosts the National Launch Event for Village Halls Week

This years launch event took place on Tuesday 22nd January at Little Thetford Village Hall.  It was a massive honour for us to host the national launch for Village Halls Week.

In Cambridgeshire we are particularly proud of our strong network of truly excellent village halls and we were pleased that so many trustees could join on the day.

Our event was opened by the City of Ely Town Crier – Mrs Avril Hayter-Smith (who is also a village hall trustee). We also welcomed Richard Quallington Chief Executive of national ACRE who talked about the campaign and the important role that village halls play in our communities.

Our Chief Executive Kirsten Bennett then gave interesting and informative talk on the history of village halls and community buildings in Cambridgeshire over the last 90 years.

As you can see from the photograph above it was a packed hall with well over 60 people attending to join us in this celebration.

Our grateful thanks to Deputy Lieutenant Mrs Jane Lewin Smith and Councillor Peter Cresswell Chairman of East Cambs District Council for attending our event and for cutting our village hall cake!

Our event was kindly sponsored by Allied Westminster and we would like to thank Gavin Mitchell for attending and so generously supporting this event.

Our Chairperson Annie Blair reading the Village Halls Week poem

Open weekend

26 and 27 January 2019

The idea was to encourage as many village halls and community buildings as possible to open their doors for a morning or afternoon event so that anyone could drop in for a look around and perhaps stop for tea and cake. If trustees were 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 the ‘Open Weekend’ events we suggested committees could invite their 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 put together a short toolkit document to use as a guide while discussing this idea at a committee meeting. Of course, this idea could be used at any time of the year and not just for Village Halls Week!

Open Weekend Toolkit

Halls that took part with 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.
Contact for more detailsGraham Hayter-Smith
on 07887525393

Village HallMandeville Hall
Address35 Thrapston Road, Kimbolton,
Huntingdon, PE28 0HW
Date and time of eventFriday 25 January from 10am until 1pm
What’s happeningThis event is an opportunity for our regular hirers to have a stand to promote their organisation.
We will also be promoting our own activities such as Bytes Cafe, Cinema, Bingo, Quiz Night, Live Shows and the hall as a party venue.
Contact for more details 01480 861675

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.
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.
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.
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

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