New online network for village halls

A new ‘National Village and Community Halls Network’ is taking over the role of the National Village Halls Forum as an online voice for the 10,000 village and community halls in England.

Launched by the national charity ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), it will “act as a reference group enabling the grass roots expertise of knowledgeable village and community hall trustees, volunteers and councillors to feed into meetings with MPs, Government departments and Consultation responses”.

Various rural community councils have published a version of the press release, such as in Derbyshire. This includes a note that four priorities of the newly formed Network will be consideration of:

  • VAT on extensions and alterations and the possibility of a VAT Refund Scheme.
  • How funding might best be sought for capital improvements.
  • The delivery of long-term advice and support for volunteers managing buildings.
  • The disproportionate charge for music copyright licenses where music is rarely played.

See ACRE’s National Village and Community Halls Network web pages.