The 2018 Sussex Community Buildings Advisory Group

Last week saw the first meeting in 2018 of the Sussex Community Buildings Advisory Group at Ashington Community Centre and it explored a range of topics including: including bulk buying between clusters of halls, changes to Energy Certificates, PAT testing, the Hallmark scheme and PRS licensing amongst others.

Also raised was Village Halls week (22nd to the 26th January 2017) which is occurring nationally with the aim of widely promoting the benefits which community buildings and the volunteers who support them bring. A number of Sussex halls are promoting their activity and successes and attendees encouraged others to do so.

The group which is made up of volunteers involved in the day-to-day operation and management of village halls and community buildings across East Sussex and West Sussex and typically meets 3 to 4 times a year, aiming to identify and respond to the issues which affect the volunteers and trustees of community buildings.

If you are interested in contributing to, or participating with the Advisory Group in Sussex then please get in touch via

Farewell and Welcome
During the meeting, David Robins (Bolney) was re-elected as the Chair and Alan West (Ringmer) as Vice Chair for 2018.

However, it bid a sad farewell to Val Court (Mannings Heath). A dedicated and longstanding contributor  (being one of its earliest recruits!), Val provided important contributions as well as offering assistance and support to Halls across Horsham District and beyond. Her insight, experiences and ‘hands on’ approach will be greatly missed.

Members were delighted to welcome Sue Lambot, Secretary of Lurgashall Village Hall, who has kindly agreed to join SCBAG. Sue paid tribute to AirS and the existing members of SCBAG who kindly shared their experience and expertise when the hall nearly closed in 2002, helping the committee to raise the money to refurbish and equip the hall and develop new activities, including monthly luncheons and film shows.

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