Village Halls week took place on the week beginning 22nd January 2018
Cambridgeshire ACRE were delighted to be leading on the first ever Village Halls Week in Cambridgeshire and working in conjunction with our national ACRE colleagues. The week celebrated the network of 10,000 community buildings at the heart of England’s rural communities and the thousands of volunteers that ensure these buildings are open and available for us all to use.
We had a wonderful week packed full of events and celebrations from around the county.
Starting on Monday 22 January, we held a successful coffee morning hosted by the Ellesmere Centre in Stetchworth. This event focused on funding and we were lucky enough to have James Dove, Funding Manager for the Big Lottery Fund to attend along with Mat Young from Grantscape – to advise us on how to make grant applications. Also during the morning we heard from our Support Cambridgeshire colleagues with a workshop discussion on ‘tips when completing funding applications’. It was wonderful to see a packed room and the feedback has been excellent.
This week also included events held by two halls to celebrate their success with Hallmark. Little Downham Village Hall received their Hallmark 1 accreditation and Mandeville Hall in Kimbolton received their Hallmark 2&3 certificates (the first hall in the county to receive the top level of Hallmark accreditation).
Please see our blog page for a selection of photos and feedback from the week of activity. Below is a link to our evaluation report on Village Halls Week.
Look to the future – Use #VillageHallsWeek to tell ACRE and the ACRE Network what we should be championing to national policy makers and funders to support village and community buildings in future.
The National Rural Touring Forum worked with ACRE National and commissioned Ian McMillan to write a new poem for Village Halls Week 2018. To download the poem as a printable graphic click on the link above.