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New survey says village halls in Cambridgeshire are as vital and well used as ever

07 February 2017

The Results Report of the Cambridgeshire Village Halls and Community Buildings Survey 2017 has been published today.

The report provides a fascinating insight into the workings of the many village halls and other community buildings that are a vital asset in so many of the County’s rural communities.

The survey reveals:

  • The vast majority (87%) of village halls and community buildings are run as charities and managed by volunteers.
  • The main issues faced by those running halls are finding funding to support the facilities; finding volunteers to run activities; and finding new trustees to share the workload of running the hall.
  • Just over half of halls (54%) make a surplus each year through hiring fees alone. Most have to undertake additional fundraising to stay solvent.
  • Most halls (84%) believe they are financially viable in the medium term (the next 5 years).
  • Three quarters (73%) of halls/buildings are considered to be in a good state of repair.
  • Over three quarters of halls (77%) have improvements or renovations planned for the coming year, acknowledging that running a village hall or community building involves a constant programme of repairs and maintenance.
  • Nearly two thirds of village halls (58%) have their main hiring space in use for more than 21 hours per week.

The countywide survey was undertaken by rural development charity, Cambridgeshire ACRE, who are funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and Defra to provide advice and support to the network of village halls and other community buildings across the County.

The results of the survey will be used to inform the work of the Cambridgeshire ACRE Community Facilities Development Officer who works with village hall management committees to build their capacity to manage their halls in the longer term.

Cambridgeshire ACRE has been providing advice to those who run village halls for over 93 years and is proud to support the extensive network of halls and buildings across the County that are largely run by volunteers.

The full results report is available to download from the Resources and Downloads area to the right hand side of this page.

A summary of 15 Key Learning Points arising from the Survey Results is also available.

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