Community buildings across the county are being urged to take part in a campaign to remind the people that they are ‘open for business’ as part of Village Halls Week 2022.
Cambridgeshire ACRE will be raising awareness of the contribution village halls make to rural communities, as well as inspiring the volunteers who run them to get creative and improve their offer to local residents.
#VillageHallsWeek is taking place Monday 24 January – Sunday 30 January 2022. It will be the fifth incarnation of the popular national campaign which last year saw 800 halls complete an online ‘Domesday Book’, to mark 100 years since their foundation.
For this year’s #VillageHallsWeek, Cambridgeshire ACRE will be launching a new campaign to help village hall trustees and volunteers let people know that their village hall is still open for business and providing a wide range of activities for the community. For those who need inspiration, the charity will even provide training on how to develop and set up new activities. Many things have changed during the last 100 years but a village hall remains an important place in bringing rural communities together.
Alison Brown, Acting Chief Executive said, “We’re pleased to be supporting Village Halls Week 2022 which will be a celebration of everything that village halls can, or could do, to improve their offer to the local community. With Action with Communities in Rural England, we’ve been highlighting the role and achievements of halls for some time – from combating loneliness to supporting local businesses. But this year’s campaign will be a bit different. We know that COVID-19 has affected many people’s confidence in socialising and going out and we want to remind people of the wonderful activities they can find on their doorstep in their local village hall.”