EarlyBird booking for the East of England Village Halls Conference 2021

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Village halls and community buildings are at the heart of our rural and urban communities. 2020 has been a tough year, with lockdown and compulsory closures for all. This has blocked the doors to hirers providing health, recreation, and celebratory activities. And for those that run our village halls, it has meant a loss a of vital income to pay for ongoing provision and maintenance of facilities.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a special opportunity for those involved in running village halls across the East of England to share experiences, ideas, opportunities, and resources.

Each year, our partners at Community Action Suffolk run a conference for village hall representatives. This year, the invitation has been extended to Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire village halls, with the theme of ‘Organisational Resilience’.  And you can make an EarlyBird booking for just £10 before 5th January (see below).

The idea is to provide information, support, encouragement, and inspiration to delegates from every village and community hall across the six counties. There will be workshops, seminars, a keynote speech from Lord Gardiner of Kimble, along with a virtual exhibition hall where you can find out more about services available to you and networking opportunities.

And you don’t have to spend hours and hours travelling to get to the venue – because it’s all online!

When does it happen?

Monday 25th January  
Time: 9am - 1.35pm

What’s happening?

There will be workshops and seminars including:

  • Insurance for Village Halls referencing the impact of COVID
  • Business planning and reserves
  • Social Prescribing and networking with your Village Hall
  • Opening a new build during a pandemic
  • Fundraising for village halls from a Suffolk perspective - and a case study
  • ACRE’s National Village Halls Survey report and findings
  • Understanding how your charity land is held and administered
  • Climate action now and for the future!
  • Using social media to promote your hall and its facilities
  • An introduction to the process of transfer to a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation)
  • Designing new Village Halls
  • Rural Community Hubs
  • Safeguarding for Village Halls


How much does it cost? 

Early Bird Booking

If you book now (as a VCSE – Voluntary, community and social enterprise – representative) you pay just £10 per person – that’s a 60 per-cent discount on the standard price! From Tuesday 5th January it will be £25 but take advantage of our time limited Early Bird offer.  To book your places or for more details please click here

Jayne Vaughan, Community Action Suffolk’s Development Officer for Governance and Community Buildings, is very enthusiastic about the Conference.

“Covid has provided us with this great opportunity to work with partners and open up this event to thousands of village halls and community venues across the six counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. What halls are experiencing across the regions is not an isolated experience, so we thought it would be a good idea to combine our experience of the sector to produce an event, which imparts important information as well as tools to take forward to help with the continued delivery of their service. The theme of Organisational Resilience is reflected in the range of topics being presented; each key to knowing how to manage a community venue and build resilience in these unsettling times.

This is the first virtual village hall conference that is being delivered, which means that we can reach many more people across the regions, enabling them to share knowledge and their experiences”.