AirS Village Halls and Community Buildings service consultation events – 25 March 2015 – AirS Office

Since 1931 when Action in rural Sussex was formed as the Sussex Rural Community Council we have provided a professional support service to the Counties’ Village Halls and other community buildings. For the past three years, due in part to a reducing capacity on the part of local government to financially support this service, we have attempted to sustain it through annual subscriptions from Village Halls themselves.  I have attached a short paper  that describes the review into this service that we have carried out over the last six months (Village Hall next steps review).  Our proposals for supporting Village Halls in the future are included in this paper.

Village Halls form such an important part of rural community life and have been so central to our services for so long that we believe we need to give an opportunity to Trustees of all Halls to discuss our proposals. To this end we are running six sessions during March and April 2015 and have tried to arrange these at locations across East Sussex and West Sussex that will be convenient for all. We would very much welcome involvement from Halls who currently subscribe to the service, those who do not and those who, over the years, have benefited from the support we have been able to give. We are also very keen to involve other organisations such as Parish, District and County Councils whose own statutory duties benefit from the existence of Village Halls – from Polling Stations to health and wellbeing activities for all ages.

We will be presenting our proposals and seeking to explain to Village Hall Trustees the initiative we are seeking to take with others nationally to support Village Halls, our suggestions for a large scale application for targeted support to Lottery funds and the scope for continuing the current subscription service.

The sessions will be at the following locations and times. Please fill in the attached Village Hall consultation booking form

Action in rural Sussex, 212 High Street, Lewes, BN7 2NH
Wednesday 25 March, 7:30pm-9pm

“Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”