Northamptonshire Celebrates 100 Years of Village Halls
Village Halls Week 2021 will recognise the contribution England’s 10,000+ halls have made to rural communities since the 1920’s.
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 brought to rural communities over the years.
The initiative is being championed by Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), a charity that provides support and advice to village halls across the county.
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 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 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 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.”