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Village Halls Week

#VillageHallsWeek is a national annual campaign, shining a spotlight on the contribution England’s 10,000+ village halls make to rural communities. It's an opportunity for hall management committees to celebrate their work and get inspiration from others.

2024's theme is to celebrate everything village halls can do to 'go green' - how buildings can be more energy efficient and how hall management committees can support sustainable and environmentally friendly behaviours in their community. During the week halls are encouraged to hold events, share stories and be inspired!

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. Post photos and messages about what's great about your hall and how you're going green on social media using #VillageHallsWeek and @ACTCumbria so we can share your news.

Launch Event - Monday 18th March, 11am

Join us with ACRE for the livestream launch event next Monday and hear about new Net Zero design guidance for village halls. Bring your questions for the panel! Click here for details and event joining links.

Daily themes:

  • Monday: Improve the energy efficiency of your building - insulation, efficient heating and controls; renewable energy etc.
  • Tuesday: Encourage behaviour change - help hirers to use the heating system efficiently; encourage reduce / reuse / recycle etc.
  • Wednesday: Provide a space for groups concerned with the environment - repair clubs, community energy groups, library of things, community fridges, conservation volunteers etc.
  • Thursday: Make your community greener - community food growing, bug hotels, wildflower meadows, hedgehog hotels, bring & share plant events etc.
  • Friday: Celebrate success if you're going green! - An opportunity to recognise the hard work of volunteers

The annual week-long celebration, organised since 2018 by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) and the ACRE Network – England’s largest network of rural community support organisations – is also a big collective “thank you” to all volunteers who work tirelessly to keep community buildings and village halls open for the benefit of local residents.

Read ACT's Village Halls Week News Release and the ACT Blog about the importance of Village Halls

Visit the ACRE website for more information and read ACRE's latest Blog about village halls going green

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Village Halls Week 2023:

Last year's campaign looked at how village halls provide warm, welcoming and inclusive spaces. 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