There are 10,000 village halls in England with a total asset value of more than £3 billion, representing the largest network of community-owned facilities in rural Britain.
The term ‘village hall’ covers a range of rural buildings, including church halls and community centres, in which a variety of activities take place – from pantomimes to playgroups.
Village halls often provide the only place to meet within a rural community, providing vital and diverse support to improve quality of life, particularly for those who are least able to travel to more distant centres of activity.
"Some halls face difficulties recruiting volunteers due mainly to an ageing population in rural areas"
The key to the continuing survival of village halls is the volunteer management committees who have to deal with an increasing burden of legislation, yet manage to keep their halls financially sustainable mostly by earning their own income and local fundraising.
Some halls face difficulties recruiting volunteers due mainly to an ageing population in rural areas. However, with the support of the ACRE Network and Village Hall Information Service the challenges facing community buildings can be overcome.