Village Halls Week 22 to 28 January 2019

Village Halls Week, which kicks off on Tuesday 22 January, was created last year by national charity ACRE and the 38 member organisations of the ACRE network, which includes GRCC.

The purpose of the week is to say thank you to all the volunteers who keep village halls and community buildings going, creating vital community spaces in rural areas.

As part of Village Halls Week, and sponsored by by Booking Spaces and Gigaclear, Chedworth Village Hall will host children's author and illustrator Steve Antony on Friday, 25 January.  The event for local schools is organised by ACRE and GRCC.  Steve will read from his hugely popular Mr Panda series as well as his new book Amazing, which will be published just two days before the event - making children in Chedworth some of the first to hear it.  The children will then learn some top tips from the illustrator in a character drawing workshop.

There are 10,000 village halls and other community buildings in England's rural communities, with 330 in Gloucestershire.  With rural areas seeing diminishing services and social facilities, village halls play a key part in bringing communities together and tackling social isolation.  GRCC's CEO, Janice Banks, said: "Village halls have always been the focal point of their communities.  They bring people together by supporting activities for the young, old, and all manner of interests in between."

GRCC provides a service for community buildings, offering support and advice for trustees and management committees.  To find out more about how we can help your village hall, visit the Support to Manage Community Buildings page of the website.