Thankfully, there has been a network of specialist advisers on hand to help this army of volunteers working in each rural county of England – a service that is backed up nationally by ACRE who work with Government and policy makers to secure funding and changes in policy and legislation.
On Monday 1st November, there will be a celebration of the service the ACRE Network has provided to halls over the past 100 years.
The event is taking place at South Luffenham Village Hall in Rutland which is itself a ‘War Hut’ dating back to the 1920s but recently renovated thanks to the Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund managed by ACRE.
Deborah Clarke, ACRE’s Village Halls Manager said, “Anyone with an interest in the history of village halls should book a place at this celebratory event. You can look forward to hearing about the history of South Luffenham Hall, as well as talks by the Rt Hon Lord Benyon, Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity and various illuminati from the ACRE Network”.
On the 2nd and 3rd November, ACRE Network Village Halls Advisers will meet in Leicester to refresh their knowledge and share good practice carrying on the tradition of the annual residential training event which has been taking place since the late 1990s.
We no longer have any in-person places left at this event however we will be sharing information about how you can join virtually on the day nearer the time.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is a long-term funder of the Village Hall Advice and Information Service but the full cost of delivering the service is met with sponsorship. Norris & Fisher (Insurance Brokers) Limited and Ansvar Insurance are currently corporate sponsors of the service. And Utility Aid are also supporters of this celebratory event.
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