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Community halls for rural people

Village halls and other community buildings are the focus for people who live in rural communities.  Halls are varied: rural community centres, Women’s Institutes, British Legion halls, memorial halls, halls belonging to churches and chapels. In recent years, many also provide a venue for an impressive range of other activities such as local health facilities, farmers' markets, lunch club for older people and IT facilities. These are the village halls of the future.

Community Halls for Rural People has been set up in partnership with Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), to act as a one stop shop to help these developments happen. The aim is to raise awareness to available funding and advice sources for village halls and other community buildings and to provide useful contacts. ACRE's publications on funding and other village halls issues complements information on this website.

Rural communities are capable of identifying their own needs and problems, but sometimes experience difficulty in knowing where to get help and advice from to address issues and problems related to rural community buildings.

Image of a rural village hallVillage Hall Management Committees and those managing village hall projects in their community need some help to sift through the huge volume of information available to help them realise their community's plans. Village Hall Advisers based in Rural Community Councils can assist with this. Further information is available on ACRE's Rural Community Councils network.

Page last modified: 5 September, 2009
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