The role of village halls at election time

Where would we hold elections in rural areas without village halls?

AirS points out that May 7 is the occasion when people who have the opportunity to appreciate the work done by the volunteers who run village and parish halls. These volunteers provide facilities that support a wide variety of community activities as well as the fundamental plank of democracy – a locally accessible polling station.

AirS is urging people to take a little time when they cast their vote to look at the facilities and activities their hall offers and consider volunteering as trustees or councillors to help run their hall or the activities that take place there. Contact details on noticeboards enable people to find out who to contact for more information about their hall and its activities.

Action in rural Sussex, or AirS, is part of the ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) Network and runs a dedicated advice service for village hall management committee members.

Contact Louise Beaton at

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