West Sussex Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference – Thursday 7th Nov 2019 – Thakeham

We have the pleasure of announcing the details of our Annual Sussex Village Halls & Community Buildings Conferences.

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.


Welcome & Introduction – AirS and venue representatives

HeatingSave Building Energy Management System – Simon Keast, Tensor

Mastering Social Media – James Armstrong, Digital Firefly


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

Workshop 1 – Learning lessons from renovations and new builds
Workshop 2 – Identifying and securing funding
Workshop 3 – Building management: maximising energy efficiency

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.

Tensor – specialists in building  management systems.


The conference is open to anyone who is involved with a community building of any type or size. 2019/20 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 £25 (inc. VAT) per person.

To make a booking, please complete the Booking Form  and return it to us along with payment no later than Friday 1st November 2019.


Subscribers to AirS Advisory Service 2019/20  –  No Charge (Up to a max. of 2 attendees)

Non-Subscribers/Additional attendees  –  £25 (Inc. VAT) per attendee

Payments can be made by BACS or cheque – please see the details on our booking forms.

If paying by BACS 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 or West Sussex Village Hall Conference’ in the subject line.

Please note – refunds will only be considered for cancellations sought at least 14 days before the event date. If you cannot attend you may nominate someone else to do so in your place.  

Finding the venue

The venue for the conference is:

Thakeham Village Hall
1 Abingworth Crescent
West Sussex
RH20 3GW
Tel: 01798 815 467

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

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