In response to feedback from its members, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has announced that Village Halls Week 2024 will take place from 18 to 24 March next year.
The campaign will place particular emphasis on how hall management committees can make their building more energy efficient, and spur on initiatives that contribute to Net Zero in their community.
Village Halls Week has previously taken place in January each year since it began in 2018, attracting a growing online following, local events and media attention. Highlights have included an online Domesday Book marking 100 years of village halls, a specially commissioned poem from Ian McMillian and an event in parliament held to garner the support of politicians across the benches.
ACRE’s Village Halls Manager, Deborah Clarke said, “We’re pleased to announce that Village Halls Week 2024 will return in March next year on the theme of environmental sustainability. Following conversations with colleagues in the ACRE Network, we decided to hold the campaign in springtime when weather should be better, making it easier for halls to host local events that engage their community.”
Colleagues in the ACRE Network suggested the campaign focus on environmental sustainability as many halls have approached them about managing their energy bills over the past year, many of whom are keen contribute to the wider Net Zero agenda.
ACRE will share more details about the campaign later in the year but hall management committees are urged to put the dates in their diary and sign up to receive updates on how to get involved.