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Stronger together? ACT’s role in rural wellbeing

Stronger together? ACT’s role in rural wellbeing

29th June 2022

I’m Jozi Brown and I recently started working at ACTion with Communities in Cumbria, as the development officer for neighbourliness and rural...

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ACT Blog: Rising petrol prices cost rural people £800 more than urban counterparts

ACT Blog: Rising petrol prices cost rural people £800 more than urban counterparts

27th June 2022

As oil prices rise, rural people are more adversely affected than others. We can’t get to school, work, health services, shopping, leisure and so...

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Will your hall be on the map?

Will your hall be on the map?

27th June 2022

COMING SOON to a village hall directory near you… Google Maps is soon to be launched on the

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Share your hall’s Jubilee celebration photos with ACT

Share your hall’s Jubilee celebration photos with ACT

26th May 2022

Is your hall celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee? Help ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) promote village halls and the great work...

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CEO’s Blog: ACT responds to the opportunities in the recent Queen’s Speech

CEO’s Blog: ACT responds to the opportunities in the recent Queen’s Speech

25th May 2022

The Queen’s Speech - setting out the Governments legislative plans for the next term - was read in Parliament on May 10th. Action with Communities...

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Pioneering Collaboration Hub Funded

Pioneering Collaboration Hub Funded

25th May 2022

We are delighted to announce that ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) has secured funding from Esmee Fairburn Foundation to tackle some of...

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Energy discussions at latest Community Buildings Event

Energy discussions at latest Community Buildings Event

20th May 2022

ACT’s online Community Buildings event on Saturday 14th May focused on energy – a key concern for many halls. Whether it’s the rising...

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Happy 100th Birthday Olive!

Happy 100th Birthday Olive!

19th May 2022

ACT’s Vice President, Olive Clarke OBE, Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant of Cumbria, has turned 100. Olive has been involved with ACT...

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Is the government doing enough to stave off the cost-of-living crisis in rural areas?

Is the government doing enough to stave off the cost-of-living crisis in rural areas?

13th May 2022

National charity - Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) - responds to the Queen's Speech and looks at what the Government are...

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Will your next visitor have an Electric Vehicle?

Will your next visitor have an Electric Vehicle?

20th April 2022

The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles champions the take-up of electric vehicles and support the development of a chargepoint infrastructure...

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Summing up our March Community Buildings Event

Summing up our March Community Buildings Event

20th March 2022

ACT’s latest Community Buildings Event on Saturday 19 March welcomed guest presentation from Simon Brown from Tirril & Sockbridge...

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New arts participation programme for West Cumbria

New arts participation programme for West Cumbria

18th February 2022

A new arts programme is set to be launched celebrating the culture and creativity in west Cumbria. The West Cumbrian Consortium is to run...

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Cumbria Local Resilience Forum Prepare Ahead of Storm Dudley and Eunice

Cumbria Local Resilience Forum Prepare Ahead of Storm Dudley and Eunice

16th February 2022

A multi-agency response is being prepared ahead of forecasted Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice which may impact...

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CEO’s Blog: What’s Changing for Protected Landscapes?

CEO’s Blog: What’s Changing for Protected Landscapes?

11th February 2022

A blog post by Lorrainne Smyth, CEO, ACTion with Communities in Cumbria.I’ve been waiting for this document...

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Celebrating and Inspiring Village Halls for 2022

Celebrating and Inspiring Village Halls for 2022

11th February 2022

Thank you to everyone who helped to celebrate village and community halls during Village Halls Week and who made pledges for your hall for the...

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Farming in Protected Landscapes - Communities, Culture & Heritage

Farming in Protected Landscapes - Communities, Culture & Heritage

10th February 2022

We need farmers and community groups in the Lake District who are interested in farming culture and heritage in their...

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Audio Adventures

Audio Adventures

9th February 2022

Audio Adventures is a new way of making powerful performance events with community groups. It comes from Ragged Edge Productions who have years of...

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‘Levelling up’ must not leave rural communities behind

‘Levelling up’ must not leave rural communities behind

2nd February 2022

National charity, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) says the government must fully consider how it’s plans for levelling up...

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Small businesses like mine couldn’t survive without village halls

Small businesses like mine couldn’t survive without village halls

28th January 2022

Kent Kids Parties owner James Hailes provides a guest blog for #VillageHallsWeek on the impact of Covid on his livelihood and the need to...

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Village Halls can be beacons of hope for a more sustainable future

Village Halls can be beacons of hope for a more sustainable future

27th January 2022

Tess Rushton, Project Worker at the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) blogs for #VillageHallsWeek on the actions community buildings can...

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The yin and the yang of community

The yin and the yang of community

26th January 2022

Barbara Eifler, CEO of Making Music writes a guest blog for #VillageHallsWeek on the relationship between village halls and music...

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Why we are challenging village halls to make pledges

Why we are challenging village halls to make pledges

25th January 2022

Deborah Clarke, ACRE’s Village Halls Manager blogs for #VillageHallsWeek on the importance of innovation and offering something for...

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Our Village Hall

Our Village Hall

24th January 2022

David Emerson CBE, ACRE’s Chair blogs for #VillageHallsWeek about the importance of rural community buildings and the need to continue...

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Village Halls set to make pledges for the future

Village Halls set to make pledges for the future

20th January 2022

Next week will see many of Cumbria’s 330+ rural village and community halls join with the 10,000+ across England, posting pledges on...

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Upcoming events

Community Buildings Event

Community Buildings Event

Newbiggin Village Hall, near Penrith

Starts: Sat 16th July 2022, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 16th July 2022, 2.00 pm

Join us for our first post Covid, ‘in-person’ Community Buildings event at

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Past events

Community Buildings Event

Community Buildings Event

Online via Zoom

Starts: Sat 14th May 2022, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 14th May 2022, 12.00 pm

Join us for our next online Community Buildings event, when we’ll be joined by advisors from...

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Community Buildings Event

Community Buildings Event

Online via Zoom

Starts: Sat 19th March 2022, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 19th March 2022, 12.00 pm

Join us for our next online Community Buildings event, when we’ll be hearing...

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Housing and Social Justice: Moving to Net Zero Carbon

Housing and Social Justice: Moving to Net Zero Carbon

Online via Zoom

Starts: Wed 9th March 2022, 2.00 pm

Ends: Wed 9th March 2022, 3.30 pm

The Community Led Housing Hub for Cumbria & Lancaster are...

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Happy, Healthy Neighbours: A FREE 3 week course in Dalston

Happy, Healthy Neighbours: A FREE 3 week course in Dalston

The Victory Hall, Dalston

Starts: Tue 8th March 2022, 10.30 am

Ends: Tue 22nd March 2022, 12.00 pm

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Happy, Healthy Neighbours & The Wheels of Wellness: Dalston

Happy, Healthy Neighbours & The Wheels of Wellness: Dalston

The Victory Hall, Dalston

Starts: Sat 19th February 2022, 9.00 am

Ends: Sat 19th February 2022, 1.00 pm

Come along with your family and friends - it's free and you can find out about our Healthy,...

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Community Buildings Event

Community Buildings Event

Online via Zoom

Starts: Sat 29th January 2022, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 29th January 2022, 12.00 pm

Join us for our next online Community Buildings event on Saturday...

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Community Buildings Event

Community Buildings Event

Online via Zoom

Starts: Sat 20th November 2021, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 20th November 2021, 12.00 pm

Join us for our next online Community Buildings event on Saturday 20th November where...

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ACT Annual General Meeting

ACT Annual General Meeting

Online via Zoom

Starts: Wed 20th October 2021, 10.00 am

Ends: Wed 20th October 2021, 11.30 am

You are cordially invited to join us at the ACT Annual General Meeting.  We...

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Community Buildings Event

Community Buildings Event

Online via Zoom

Starts: Sat 18th September 2021, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 18th September 2021, 12.00 pm

Fire safety in village halls;  Finding the best energy deal for your hall;...

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Community Buildings Event

Community Buildings Event

Online via Zoom

Starts: Sat 24th July 2021, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 24th July 2021, 12.00 pm

Update on guidance and information on re-opening your community building, including online...

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Midsummer Community Celebration Event

Midsummer Community Celebration Event

Online via Zoom

Starts: Thu 24th June 2021, 5.00 pm

Ends: Thu 24th June 2021, 6.30 pm

Join us and raise a toast to neighbourliness at our special Midsummer community event and help...

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How’s Nature doing on the Solway Coast?

Online via Zoom

Starts: Tue 25th May 2021, 6.30 pm

Ends: Tue 25th May 2021, 8.00 pm

Join us to explore with Word Artist, Zosia Wand. With support from Natural England and the...

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Community Buildings Event

Online via Zoom

Starts: Sat 22nd May 2021, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 22nd May 2021, 12.00 pm

Update on guidance and information on re-opening your community building, including online...

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Community Buildings Event

Online via Zoom

Starts: Sat 27th March 2021, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 27th March 2021, 12.00 pm

Update on guidance and information on re-opening your community building, including online...

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Community Buildings Event

Online using Zoom

Starts: Sat 30th January 2021, 10.00 am

This is a free event aimed at anyone involved with a community building or village hall. ...

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Community Buildings Event

Online using Zoom

Starts: Sat 12th December 2020, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 12th December 2020, 12.00 pm

This event will cover the topic of Covid-19 updates, post lockdown. This is a free event, but...

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Community Buildings Event

Online using Zoom

Starts: Sat 21st November 2020, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 21st November 2020, 11.30 am

This event will cover the topic of safeguarding during National Safeguarding for Village Halls...

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Community Buildings Event

Online using Zoom

Starts: Sat 31st October 2020, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 31st October 2020, 11.30 am

Update on guidance and information on re-opening your community building, including online...

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ACT Annual General Meeting

Online using Zoom

Starts: Wed 21st October 2020, 10.00 am

Ends: Wed 21st October 2020, 11.30 am

ACT Annual General Meeting and launch of Annual Review 2019/2020 showcasing highlights of the...

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Community Buildings Discussion Group:

Online using Zoom

Starts: Wed 16th September 2020, 10.00 am

Ends: Wed 16th September 2020, 11.00 am

Community Buildings Discussion Group, (online using Zoom), Wednesday 16th ...

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Community Buildings Discussion Group

Online using Zoom

Starts: Tue 15th September 2020, 7.00 pm

Ends: Tue 15th September 2020, 8.00 pm

Community Buildings Discussion Group, (online using Zoom), Tuesday 15th ...

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Community Buildings Event

Online using Zoom

Starts: Sat 12th September 2020, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 12th September 2020, 12.00 pm

Community Buildings Event, (online using Zoom), Saturday 12th September ...

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Community Buildings Event Follow Up Discussion Group

Online using Zoom

Starts: Thu 6th August 2020, 7.00 pm

Ends: Thu 6th August 2020, 8.00 pm

Community Buildings Event Follow Up Discussion Group. This is one of three follow up discussion...

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Community Buildings Event Follow Up Discussion Group

Online using Zoom

Starts: Wed 5th August 2020, 10.00 am

Ends: Wed 5th August 2020, 11.00 am

Community Buildings Event Follow Up Discussion Group. This is one of three follow up discussion...

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Community Buildings Event Follow Up Discussion Group

Online using Zoom

Starts: Tue 4th August 2020, 7.00 pm

Ends: Tue 4th August 2020, 8.00 pm

Community Buildings Event Follow Up Discussion Group. This is one of three follow up discussion...

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Community Buildings Event

Online using Zoom

Starts: Sat 1st August 2020, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 1st August 2020, 11.30 am

Community Buildings Event, (online using Zoom), Saturday 1st August, 10 - 11.30am. Online...

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Community Buildings Event

Community Buildings Event

Online using Zoom

Starts: Sat 27th June 2020, 10.00 am

Ends: Sat 27th June 2020, 12.00 pm

By zoom video conferencing or phone. We are trying a socially distanced...

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