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Archive of posts filed under the Services category.

Thanks to the PAT testing team!

After another year of PAT Testing we have yet again to thank all those involved in carrying out this service – all on a voluntary basis. First thanks must go to Roly Taylor, the new Coordinator of the Service. Roly took on the Coordinators role in September 2016 and has made an enormous difference. He […]

Agreement signed with Community Action Northumberland (CAN)!

An agreement has been signed for CAN to supply Secretarial and other services to the Consortium with effect from 1st October 2017. The Committee approved this change at its meeting on 6th July 2017 when it was reported that 42 members had confirmed their approval of the proposal and the consequent increase in the Consortium’s […]

For sale or wanted?

Do you have any items of equipment that are no longer needed by your hall? Or are there things you need, that other members might wish to dispose of? It has been suggested that this website could be used as an intermediary, and to publish a ”Sale or wanted” list. We have therefore set up a […]

Portable Appliance Testing scheme now underway

Greenhead Village Hall is the first to receive the Consortium’s PAT Testing Service. 54 items have been tested at the Hall and certified safe for use. Mike Wood, the Volunteer Tester for Greenhead Village Hall, said that testing took about three hours due to the number of appliances at the Hall, which are more than most […]

Portable Appliance Testing

The Consortium has now begun offering a new scheme for Portable Appliance Testing. For those interested, here are a few points describing this service; for full details see this description of the scheme, or contact the Secretary. Why might you need it? Appliance Testing is a health and safety measure. It is best practice and many […]

More advice available

ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) produces 40 information sheets on a wide range of topics about village and community halls. These well-written and very useful sheets can now be made available to all members, thanks to CAN. See the list of sheets available for more details. As some members have recently queried the risks to […]

Financial survey

The Consortium Management Committee would like to find out more about the finances of Members and their financial position. This will give us a better understanding of Member’s needs and their financial dependencies. To that end, we have set up a simple survey which you can take here. Please have a look at this survey, […]

Some news items!

We have two external speakers at the Spring Meeting on Tuesday May 17th; both are talking on subjects that are of significant interest. David Francis, Director, Community Action Northumberland David will talk about the new status being developed by the Charity Commission. This is a long awaited development that will reduce the liability of trustees. […]