Impact of Rising Energy Prices Survey

“National charity, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and Utility Aid is calling on volunteer management committees to share their experiences, concerns and views on what can be done to make sure village halls do not run into financial difficulties and save energy. The move comes amid fears that village halls are not covered …

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Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

An update on the Platinum Jubilee Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund:   Defra has announced its intention to make available a £3 million capital grant fund to support the improvement and modernisation of village halls. This is in recognition of the important role that village halls play in in rural areas by providing a venue for …

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National Village Halls Week – 24th – 30th January 2022

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) will be raising awareness of the contribution village halls make to rural communities, as well as inspiring the volunteers who run them to get creative and improve their offer to their community. #VillageHallsWeek will take place Monday 24 January – Sunday 30 January 2022 and will be the …

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WNCBC’s PAT Service re-starts in September

Portable Appliance Testing Service:  The service will resume in September this year and Roly is working hard to make sure those halls who would like to continue with the service are included in the timetables.   The projected times for your tests can be found on the following page on the WNCBC website: https://www.westnorthumberlandcbc.org.uk/pat-service-2021-22/, so please could …

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Applications invited for National Lottery Connections Fund

National Lottery Local Connections Fund:  Applications are now being invited for the second round of the Local Connections Fund, designed to help small charities and community groups working to reduce loneliness and the issues it causes.  The Local Connections Fund is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, which is investing £2 million into this …

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Updates to ACRE’s re-opening guidance sheets

Updates to ACRE Guidance Sheets:  As you may already know from the CAN Bulletins, ACRE has now produced guidance sheet No.11, which is the re-opening guidance sheet and some revised appendices.  The ACRE website also details the areas in which amendments/additions have been made, so you don’t have to trawl through the info to see where …

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Guidance for Weddings/Civil Partnerships, Funerals, Wakes and Commemorations…

Events in Village Halls and Community Buildings Louise has checked with ACRE for us has confirmed that ACRE is not intending to issue any further information about weddings/funerals for village halls, as the links below have all the information halls will need to make arrangements for any bookings they have between 21st June and 19th …

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COVID Restrictions Extended to 19th July 2021

As you will all already know, yesterday’s Government announcement confirmed the extension of the relaxation date of all restrictions from 21st June to 19th July, as a result of the Delta variant of COVID.  Hopefully, the extra month will mean that a huge drive on the vaccination programme can take place, which will make things …

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