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Cumbria celebrates national Village Halls Week

Issued 09 Jan 2018

ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) is encouraging village halls across the county to get involved in the first ever national #VillageHallsWeek starting Monday 22nd January 2018. This is a week-long celebration to say a collective “thank-you” to all volunteers who work tirelessly to keep community buildings and village halls open for the benefit of their communities.

Lorrainne Smyth, ACT Chief Executive said “We’re very proud to support the volunteers running community buildings in our area. There are over 330 village halls across Cumbria and without the dedication, skill and expertise of volunteers these facilities would close down and be lost forever. We are supporting #VillageHallsWeek so that we can celebrate the network of halls we have locally; champion the great services they offer to their community; and thank the volunteers at the heart of all that goes on.”

ACT is part of England’s largest network of rural community support organisations – the ACRE Network, which is running the celebration. ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and the ACRE Network are encouraging volunteers managing England’s 10,000 halls to use #VillageHallsWeek on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote the wide range of activities and services provided in their hall. Groups and individuals using the hall can share photographs, stories and networking events with others during #VillageHallsWeek to demonstrate the valuable role of the volunteers in keeping these community-hubs alive and thriving.

Join the celebration at #VillageHallsWeek on Twitter via @VillageHalls_Wk, on Facebook via @ACREnational, and on Instagram via @acre_national.

As part of #VillageHallsWeek in Cumbria ACT is running a free Community Buildings Event at Bothel Village Hall on Saturday 27th January, for anyone involved in running village halls and community buildings across the county. The event will include presentations and workshops on fundraising, managing risks, incorporation, and village halls as places of safety in an emergency, as well as proving a great opportunity to meet with other village hall volunteers. For more information and to book a place visit: or contact ACT by Tel: 01228 817224, or Email:

It is hoped that this week of celebration will also inspire others to support their own hall, or even volunteer to help it. Members of the ACRE Network, as the first point of contact for volunteers involved with village halls, will also be running events during #VillageHallsWeek visit to find out more.

Richard Quallington, Executive Director of ACRE said “These community assets are the heart of rural areas. They provide a space to host vital services, which can then be accessed locally. There are 10,000 village halls in rural England where you get health services, use child care facilities, take part in sports and recreation, attend social events, buy stamps and get money out at post offices, browse local archives and borrow books from the library.

“The ACRE Network has worked to support this network of assets, worth £3bn and run entirely by volunteers for the past century. We are delighted that those who give up their time, for free, to run these facilities will now have their week in the spotlight. Join us for #VillageHallsWeek and add your voice to the celebrations”


Bothel Village Hall

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