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Village Halls Week 22nd-28th January

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They are an integral part of rural communities but often overlooked. England’s ten thousand villages halls have hosted key moments in many people’s lives – birthday parties, christenings, weddings and funerals.

22nd to 28th January 2019 is Village Halls Week, and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is encouraging us all to celebrate the work that goes on inside these valuable places where people socialise, learn new skills and connect with their neighbours.  

Community venues are ever more important given the increasing number of people affected by loneliness and social isolation. Rural communities are seeing services diminish and the closure of social areas such pubs and shops. When these community spaces disappear it becomes harder to connect, meet new people and have that much needed interaction.

Village halls play a huge part in tackling these issues, but it’s the organising committees – the secretaries, treasurers and organisers, who make events happen all year round.

One of Community Action Norfolk’s core activities is advising, supporting and guiding community organisations on funding, governance and project development. We’ve worked with many communities who had a vision for a project and unstintingly worked towards funding and building a new village hall, community venue, play area or sports field.

A great article about Norfolk’s village halls appeared in Norfolk magazine’s October 2017 edition https://www.norfolkmag.co.uk/people/norfolk-s-vibrant-village-halls-1-5219949

The ACRE Network comprises ACRE and its members – 38 rural community councils based at county level across England - of which CAN is the Norfolk representative. ACRE was formed in 1987 and is the national voice for the country’s largest rural network, formed of 52,000 grassroots organisations in 11,000 rural communities.