Be part of the first ever Village Halls Week #VillageHallsWeek

3 January 2018

Calling all Village Halls! Promote your invaluable work and the importance of your village hall to the community, through the first every Village Halls Week starting 22 January 2018.

As the Rural Community Council (for Buckinghamshire) Community Impact Bucks are delighted to be part of the first ever Village Halls Week launched by our national colleagues ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

Village halls and acre logo

The week is a celebration of the invaluable work of the network of 10,000 village halls and community buildings in the heart of rural communities, and the fantastic volunteers who manage them.

During the week of 22 January we would love to promote, through social media, the work that you do and any particular events you are holding. Just let us have details and we will blog, tweet and facebook! If you use social media for your community building or village hall please use the following the hashtag #VillageHallsWeek in your posts so we that we can also link you into all the national feeds.

1. Why not use social media yourself to promote the work of your village hall or community building:

  • Twitter: @VillageHalls_wk
  • Facebook: via @ACREnational
  • Instagram: via @ACRE_national

Hashtags to follow, and use in your in your own posts

  • #VillageHallsWeek
  • #ACRENetwork
  • #villagehalls / #communitybuildings / #communityhubs
  • #ThankYou /#rural / #community / #volunteers

2. Why not try one or more of the following social media activity:

  • Show off ‘your’ hall – Encourage people to share photographs of their local hall, include name of building and county in the message and #VillageHallsWeek
  • Why do people use ‘your’ community building? When did they last visit? – Get people to share stories, photographs (selfies) and experiences and include #VillageHallsWeek in the message.
  • Promote the services offered at ‘your’ hall – Share some examples of events/services taking place, link to the hall website and #VillageHallsWeek
  • Raise the profile of ‘your’ fundraising activity – Promote online collections, crowd funding events and ideas and include #VillageHallsWeek

3. Use Village hall week to recognise and thank your volunteers:

  • Post photographs of your committee and volunteers, introduce them to the #VillageHallsWeek audience and tell everyone how brilliant they are at what they do!

4. Look to the future:

  • Use #VillageHallsWeek to tell ACRE and the ACRE Network what we should be championing to national policy makers and funders to support village and community buildings in future.

Did you know:

  • There are 10,000 village halls and other community buildings in England’s rural communities
  • Village halls, church halls and other community buildings remain a vital resource at the heart of many rural communities – acting as a hub for multiple local services
  • Around 1,000 village halls, or 10%, host a community enterprise such as post office, community shop, coffee shop, library, cinema or farmers’ market. However, almost a quarter of all halls don’t derive any financial benefit from this activity.
  • Village Halls and other Community Buildings play a key role in reducing isolation in rural communities through providing a meeting place for local residents
  • Nearly a quarter of halls were built before World War I, while an estimated 600 were built to commemorate World War I or individuals who perished during that conflict.
  • Each village hall hosts an average of nine life events, such as weddings, christening parties or wakes each year – a grand total of 90,000 gatherings.

Fun facts:

  • Village hall users and volunteers munch their way through a total of 47,500 packets of biscuits each week – washed down by 743,000 cups of tea. That’s nearly 2.5 million packets of biscuits and 38.6 million cups of tea each year – or 9.6 million litres (2.1 million gallons).
  • The most popular uses for village halls are preschool and nursery groups; fitness classes; dance classes; clubs and groups for older people including luncheon clubs, retirement clubs, the University of the Third Age; and organisations for young people – including Scouts and Guides, youth clubs, and Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades.. · Some of the more unusual activities at halls include Appalachian clog dancing, calligraphy, a big breakfast, a ‘Friendly Friday’ drop-in evening, curling and stick dressing.

For more information please contact: Stephanie Thompson

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