Village halls celebrate 100 years (25-29th January)

Published on: Thursday, 14th January 2021
Rural Action Derbyshire

Village Halls Week 2021 will recognise the contribution England’s 10,000+ halls have made to rural communities since the 1920s.

The national campaign week - now in its 4th year – is set to take place 25 to 29 January and will feature online events, videos, podcasts, and blogs showcasing the history of village halls and the benefits they have derived for rural communities over the years.

The initiative is being championed locally by Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) a charity that provides support and advice to over 250 village halls across the county. 

Helena Stubbs, RAD’s Village Halls Adviser said, “For 100 years village halls have been a really important part of village life in Derbyshire. Like many small business, the pandemic has affected them significantly.  However, they are hard-working and resilient and with our support they will be ready to re-open as soon as Government regulations allow.  We hope that halls will continue to be an important local hub and we call on everyone to use their local facility. ‘Use it or lose it’ has never been more meaningful.”

Managed by volunteers, England’s 10,000+ village and community halls support a diverse range of community activities from exercise classes to coffee mornings and are routinely hired out for private parties and weddings.  Some host community shops and post offices.

In a survey undertaken by national charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) last year, it was found that 60% of village halls provide the only meeting space in the local community.  An estimated 50,000 individuals too are reliant on the use of village halls to make a living.  

Phillip Vincent, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for ACRE said, “The current national lockdown means we are having to doing things differently for Village Halls Week 2021. This will be an online affair but there’s still good opportunity for village halls to get involved and join us in celebrating all the work they do. We’ve published a programme that invites people to join online events, share stories on social media and sign a ‘doomsday book’ which will be a record of village halls in their centenary year.”

Information about Village Halls Week 2021 is available from ACRE’s website.  

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Village Halls Week 2021 - 25-29th January

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