Tune in for a celebration of 100 years of national support for village halls
by Phillip Vincent,

Tune in for a celebration of 100 years of national support for village halls

Live stream to feature speakers including Minister for Rural Affairs in praise of specialist advice that’s served as a lifeline for England’s 10,000 rural community buildings.

On Monday 1 November, The Rt Honourable Lord Benyon, acting in his capacity as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs, will open an event marking a century of support for village halls.

The event is being held in person at South Luffenham Village Hall in Rutland – a 1920s ‘war hut’ – but with tickets sold out, supporters of village halls are being advised to tune into a live stream broadcast.

Tickets to attend in person have sold out so we are now encouraging people to tune in on the day for our live stream broadcast

Representatives from Defra, current village hall advisers and alumni from the ACRE Network, a grouping of 39 charitable organisations who work in support of rural communities will be in attendance speaking about their experiences.

There will also be a talk about the history of South Luffenham Village Hall and the launch of a book by Professor Nigel Curry recounting a century of rural community action.

Deborah Clarke, ACRE’s Village Halls Manager said, “We’re working hard to finalise the last few arrangements ahead of Monday’s celebration. The event brings to a head the ACRE Network’s centenary – of which providing specialist support to village halls has been a constant. Tickets to attend in person have sold out so we are now encouraging people to tune in on the day for our live stream broadcast.”

The livestream will be broadcast from 1:45pm Monday 1 November on ACRE’s Facebook page which anyone can publicly access, available from: facebook.com/ACREnational

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Notes to editors

An agenda for the event can be downloaded here.

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.

Media contact: Phillip Vincent p.vincent@acre.org.uk

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