Cambridgeshire ACRE are running a series of advice sessions for village hall trustees, and any other community organisations that are interested in running, managing or owning a hall or community facility.
The latest advice session was held in Abbottsley, St Neots and was well attended.
Abbottsley village hall is a wonderful old building and is being lovingly restored by the trustees. They have already battled with the cold and damp in the hall, refurbished the kitchen area, replaced several floors and installed double glazed windows to match the historic original design.
Trustees had the opportunity to network, share best practice, and discuss potential challenges and opportunities over coffee and cake.
The teaspoon of advice came through two discussion topics:
Governance and incorporation
PAT Testing and the current requirements for village halls
Cambridgeshire ACRE will be running several more of these coffee style mornings throughout 2017.
Trustees have commented how valuable it is to see what other halls have achieved, and how they have managed and funded projects. Trustees have regularly told ACRE that they usually leave these events with a list of new ideas to take away and implement in their own halls.