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Village Halls Week

Save the Date: Monday 18th - Sunday 24th March 2024

New Springtime date for Village Halls Week! We hope the warmer weather will make it easier for halls to hold events and take part in the popular national campaign.

The focus this year is on environmental sustainability; how hall management committees can make their building more energy efficient, and spur on initiatives that contribute to Net Zero in their community.

Read more on the ACRE website

Village Halls Week

Village Halls Week 2023:

Our sixth annual campaign looked at how village halls can provide warm, welcoming and inclusive spaces; something which is especially important as the country faces a cost-of-living crisis.

Halls do much to improve life for local residents, often providing the only local space where people gather, combating loneliness, and delivering a wide range of activities and services.

Read about warm, welcoming and inclusive halls in Cumbria in our 2023 Village Halls Week Release

Village Halls Week - a national, annual campaign

Village Halls Week is a national campaign in January each year, shining a spotlight on the contribution England’s 10,000+ village halls make to rural communities. It is an opportunity for hall management committees to celebrate their work and get inspiration from others.

Cumbria’s village halls first joined together for Village Halls Week in January 2018, to celebrate the vital role they play in sustaining rural communities. Subsequent years have seen further events gathering Cumbria’s volunteers together.

The annual week-long celebration, organised by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and the ACRE Network – England’s largest network of rural community support organisations – is to say a collective “thank you” to all volunteers who work tirelessly to keep community buildings and village halls open for the benefit of local residents.

Whether you plan a special event for Village Halls Week, or simply want to celebrate at your usual community get together, everyone's welcome to get involved. Don't forget to take photos and share on social media using #VillageHallsWeek and @ACTCumbria so we can share your news.