National charity Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE) have been allocated £3m for the upkeep of Village Halls.
There are 10,000 Village Halls in England and many are key for rural communities; they provide a space for shops, pubs, cafes, fitness, social, healthcare and even education. With halls filling the gap left by diminishing facilities, their preservation is vital. ACRE provides support and advice to rural halls, with the money given by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) ACRE will help to fund updates and adaptions needed to keep halls in service. Nottinghamshire MP Robert Jenrick and Defra Minister for Rural Affairs Lord Gardiner will launch the fund on April 5 at Oxton Village Hall, Nottinghamshire, giving full details of eligibility and criteria. The event is open to all those involved in the upkeep of Village Halls.
Ivan Annibal, Chair of Rural Communities Action Nottingham said “We are thrilled that a Nottinghamshire MP is leading the way on recognising the importance of Village Halls through this new package of £3 million. It’s doubly exciting that this it to be routed through the ACRE Network of Rural Community Councils, recognising their signature contribution to the Village Hall movement. Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire look forward to welcoming both Robert Jenrick MP and Lord Gardiner of Kimble from Defra to Oxton Village Hall.” To register for the event, please click here