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Thank you to everyone involved in Village Halls Week

Issued 25 Jan 2018

Village Halls around the country have been celebrating the first national Village Halls Week between 22nd and 26th January. Here at ACT we’d like to say a huge thank you for all the work you do in your communities and to share a few of the highlights in Cumbria and around the country.

Every day this week BBC Radio Cumbria has featured a short piece on village halls from around the county. This brilliant coverage is available for you to listen to again, for the next month:

  • At Dalton Community Hall on Tuesday there were contributions from community groups who use the hall including Dalton Creatives, Dalton Army Cadets, Furness Spiritual Church, the baby yoga/baby massage group and AgeUK. Barry Doughty from the Community Association talked about the value of having a vision and being able to break it into manageable pieces. at 1h20m34s.
  • On Wednesday Tom Speight from The Walton Institute village hall in Castle Carrock and a representative of Rural Touring, discussed the vibrant local arts scene and shared the value of having a professional theatre which tours and uses hundreds of community venues. at 0h50m32s.
  • There was a charming interview with renowned poet and writer Ian McMillan on Friday, in which he read his new poem written for Village Halls Week and talked about his own experience. 1h54m48s.

It’s never too late to celebrate the great things which are going on locally and we would still encourage you to sign up to join us on Facebook @ACTCumbria and on Twitter @ACTCumbria so we can share your achievements around the county. Our colleagues in the ACRE Network around the country also love to hear and share our local stories. You can get a flavour of what rural communities and village halls are talking about in the rest of England if you visit ACRE on Facebook @ACREnational and on Twitter @ACRE_national.

Tomorrow (Saturday 27th Jan) we’re running our first free Community Buildings event of 2018, rounding off Village Halls Week and meeting some of you to share experience. We are fully booked for this event now, but you can join us next time in Crosby on Eden on Wednesday 6th June. We really value meeting you at these events and feedback tells us that you benefit most from the conversations you have with each other, so if you haven’t been to one for a while, do come along and meet folk doing similar things.

Over the coming months you’ll also hear more about ACT turning 70 this year – we’re planning a party on the 8th September and lots of other ways to celebrate and reflect on what has been going on in Cumbrian communities over the decades.

ACT’s free Community Buildings Event will be held at Bothel’s new ‘eco’ Village Hall


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