Update – Friday 29 Jan – Listen to the Village Halls podcast.
Village Halls Week is a national celebration of village halls, their volunteers and the important services they offer their communities.
This year’s Village Halls Week starts on Monday 25 January, running until Friday 29 January 2021, and will be celebrating all that has been achieved this year, despite the challenges.
This year has brought difficulty to everyone, globally. From lost loved ones to lost businesses to lost jobs. It has affected our mental health, our economy, our daily way of life. The ACRE Network has seen rural communities pull through and support one another in every way they can, both online and in supporting neighbours as safely as possible.
The ACRE Network appreciates the huge roles that halls and their volunteers play in rural communities and the impact that closing a hall has on a community, and they want to put the spotlight on volunteers and halls for this special week.
Please get involved as much as you can on social media by sharing stories, experiences and telling the world what makes your village hall great for your community.
You can also contribute to the Doomsday Book that ACRE are putting together.
Make sure you use #VillageHallsWeek
How to get involved
Below you will find an outline of their plan for the week and topics that will be covered.
Monday 25 January 2021
“Village halls can be found in almost every rural community across England and date back nearly 100 years.”
Share your hall’s history on social media using the hashtag #villagehallsweek. You could put up old pictures or past flyers, detail significant guests, share an old film or write an article on your history. When was your hall built and what hardships has it faced? Has it been weathered and repaired? Has it offered protection to people in a war? Are you still facing uncertainty? Perhaps your hall has been saved by fundraising and the support of your community or a grant from an organisation. Share your survival stories on Monday 25 January 2021 using #villagehallsweek.
Listen to Richard Quallington, ACRE’s Executive Director and Deborah Clarke, Village Halls & Rural Evidence Manager launch speech on the ACRE website.
Tuesday 26 January 2021
“Village halls support a great range of activities and events which combat loneliness and support the local economy.”
This is an opportunity to share what you provide for your community. From fitness activities to shops, pubs, schools and wi-fi hubs we want to hear from you. We particularly want to focus on performance and entertainment and bringing it back to village halls. What have you done and what are your plans for 2021 and beyond?
Wednesday 27 January 2021
“Village halls have shown great resilience in the face of Coronavirus”
How have you survived the lockdowns and closures? Share your story on social media. Why not contact your local BBC radio station to feature your story.
Watch out for a live Zoom event sponsored by Norris & Fisher featuring a presentation from Ansvar.
The link will be shared on ACREs social media pages in January.
Thursday 28 January 2021
“What does the future hold for village halls?”
(Focus on environment, energy efficiency, carbon net zero)
We want to hear from pioneering halls. Have you got PV Panels? Do you have a vegetable garden? Do you provide electric car charging points? What does your hall do to help the community look after the environment?
Watch out for a live Zoom event sponsored by Utility Aid. The link will be shared on ACREs social pages in January.
Friday 29 January 2021
We will take a look back over the week and feature some of our favourite stories of the week, we hope to interview some of you about your plans for the future and we will celebrate ACRE Network members providing 100 years of advice and support for village halls.
We look forward to seeing all your posts and photos in support of your local village hall, showcasing the huge benefit they provide to your community and the people who use them.
We’ll feature the best on our website at a later date.