On Monday 1 November, The Rt Honourable Lord Benyon, acting in his capacity as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs, will open an event marking a century of support for village halls.
The event is being held in person at South Luffenham Village Hall in Rutland – a 1920s ‘war hut’ – but with tickets sold out, supporters of village halls are being advised to tune into a live stream broadcast.
Representatives from Defra, current village hall advisers and alumni from the ACRE Network, a grouping of 39 charitable organisations who work in support of rural communities will be in attendance speaking about their experiences.
There will also be a talk about the history of South Luffenham Village Hall and the launch of a book by Professor Nigel Curry recounting a century of rural community action.
Deborah Clarke, ACRE’s Village Halls Manager said, “We’re working hard to finalise the last few arrangements ahead of Monday’s celebration. The event brings to a head the ACRE Network’s centenary – of which providing specialist support to village halls has been a constant. Tickets to attend in person have sold out so we are now encouraging people to tune in on the day for our live stream broadcast.”
The livestream will be broadcast from 1:45pm on 1 November on ACRE’s Facebook page which anyone can publicly access.