Staff from Cambridgeshire ACRE were delighted to visit Leverington Village Hall, near Wisbech yesterday.
The purpose of the visit was to assess the hall and its trustees against Level 1 of the Hallmark quality standard, but it also provided an ideal opportunity to see the work completed during the COVID-19 pandemic by the hall’s trustees and community volunteers, when they undertook a complete refurbishment of the interior of the building.
The hall now has a vital new storage area, new toilet facilities and a new kitchen. The main hall has been completely redecorated, including new blinds, a resurfaced floor and removal of an aging fixed stage area to give more floor space. The refurbished facilities provide the ideal venue for the many activities that happen in the village.
The trustees also spent time during the lockdown preparing for their Hallmark quality standard assessment. Hallmark is an accreditation especially for village halls, where independent assessors check that a hall is being run to the highest standards. You can read more about the Hallmark standard on our website.
During yesterday’s visit the trustees were able to evidence to the Cambridgeshire ACRE team how they meet the requirements of the Hallmark quality standard.
Cambridgeshire ACRE’s Acting Chief Executive, Alison Brown, noted:
“It was wonderful to be able to get back out into the community and visit the management committee at Leverington. The results of their hard work were clear to see.”
“Not only has the hall been completely refurbished from top to bottom in the last 12 months but they were able to show us indisputable evidence of how well they manage their hall, making it a valuable community asset, much appreciated by all its users.” “We look forward to presenting them with their Hallmark Level 1 certificate in due course.”