Exciting news for village halls – first ever national “Village Halls Week!”
The first ever national #VillageHallsWeek will run from 22 – 25 January 2018. This
fantastic opportunity to highlight the valuable role that village halls provide to
England’s rural communities is being co-ordinated by the national body for rural
community councils, ACRE.
It aims to raise awareness of the vital role that village halls play in our rural
communities and to celebrate the great work of the volunteers who tirelessly manage
and maintain them for the benefit of local people.
As part of the week-long celebration, the Community Council of Staffordshire will
be focusing its campaign on the opportunities that come from Staffordshire halls
being digitally connected. So we are asking all village hall committees to send
us links to their websites, facebook and Twitter pages. We will include the links
on our website and will follow the halls on our social media feeds, which will help
promote their facilities, events and activities.
We are also asking for photographs and short stories illustrating how well used and
loved halls are, and if anyone has any success stories about receiving grant aid,
local fundraising or volunteers helping to improve theirr hall, we would love to
hear from them. We would especially like to hear about any events or activities
taking place between the 22 and 25 of January 2018. However, we are also happy to
receive information about, and photographs of, regular activities that take place
in your local hall, such as keep fit, indoor bowls, language classes, etc.or maybe
you would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank someone on your village
hall management committee for their dedication and hard work? Anything you send
in by the 22 January, will be included on our website and in our social media posts.
Please send any items that you would like featured in our social media posts to:
Our national body, ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), is running the
campaign. If successful, this could become an annual event and a fantastic opportunity
to promote the role of village halls, the volunteers who run them and the national
ACRE Network which supports them.
• Follow activities and updates on ACRE’s Twitter @VillageHalls_Wk ; Facebook via
@ACREnational; Instagram via @ACRE_national
• ACRE will use #VillageHallsWeek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all posts
promoting the #Village Halls Week and to highlight events taking place during the
week. ACRE is obviously keen that the week takes on a celebratory tone and is as
visual as possible - so lots of photographs and really positive posts would be welcome.
• Finally, the more case studies ACRE has available for distribution during this
week the better. They hope that they will be able to get some media support for activities
from across the network, especially as January tends to be a quieter month news-wise.
Community Council of Staffordshire
Web site – www.staffs.org.uk
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/staffsrcc/
Twitter - @StaffsRCC
National Village Halls Week - 22 - 25 January 2018