East Sussex Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference – Wednesday 3rd October 2018, Robertsbridge Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Conference Programme

The conference will run from 10.00am to 2.00pm, with coffee/tea available from 9.30am. Refreshment breaks and a light buffet lunch are included. There will be ample opportunities for networking between participants, stand holders and speakers.

We’ll provide access to key information, expert advice and offer opportunities to share experiences and network.


  • Village Halls & Community Buildings in 2018 – Petrina Mayson, Chief Executive, Action in rural Sussex.
  • How community buildings combat social isolation and loneliness – Louise Beaton, Village Halls consultant
  • Insuring buildings & managing risk – Allied Westminster Insurance Services

Attendees will be able to attend 1 of the 3 workshops run on the day. Please express your preference(s) on the booking form.

  1. Effectively managing relationships with other organisations
  2. Quality Assurance – is your hall up to standard?
  3. User experiences of booking systems

Please note that due to demand we may not be able to meet all preferences, which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Any Questions? Panel
A panel of those involved in managing and operating community buildings will take questions and enquiries from attendees. Please note, an opportunity to put forward a question in advance exists on the event booking form.

Stand holders
This year we are delighted to welcome the following organisations as stand holders at the event:

Allied Westminster Insurance Services – specialists in village hall and venue insurance

Booking Spaces – offering a portal through which unoccupied space may be booked

Hallmaster – providers of an online hall and booking system that also offers invoice management.


The conference is open to anyone who is involved with a community building of any type or size. 2018/19 subscribers to our Village Halls and Community Buildings Advisory Service may send up to 2 attendees ‘free of charge’, with additional attendees and non-subscribers charged £18 (inc. VAT) per person.

To make a booking, please complete the Booking Form below and return it to us along with payment no later than Friday 28th September 2018.

Booking Form: East Sussex Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference 2018 – Booking Form – FINAL


Subscribers to AirS Advisory Service 2018/19  –  No Charge (Up to a max. of 2 attendees)

Non-Subscribers/Additional attendees  –  £18 (Inc. VAT) per attendee

Payments can be made by BACS or cheque – details on our booking forms. Please include the full name of the applicant as a reference when making payment and email the completed application form to: villagehalls@ruralsussex.org.uk including ‘East Sussex Village Hall Conference’ in the subject line.

Finding the venue

The venue for the conference is:

Robertsbridge Village Hall
11-23 Station Road
East Sussex
TN32 5DA

Whilst free parking is available, space is limited, so please travel with others or via public transport wherever possible.

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions regarding this event, then please do not hesitate to contact us via villagehalls@ruralsussex.org.uk

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