Grants give village hall celebrations a boost
17th Jan, 2020
Three village halls are celebrating Village Halls Week this week with the help of a grant from Shropshire RCC.
Chelmarsh Parish Hall, Knowbury Village Hall and Upton Magna Memorial Hall have all been successful in securing the fund, which provided £100 grants to help with the costs of hosting events.
Village Halls Week runs from 20 to 26 January and is an initiative delivered by the RCC Network and co-ordinated by our national organisation, ACRE (Action with Rural Communities in England). It celebrates rural community spaces and the people whose time and dedication keep them going.
Upton Magna Memorial Hall will be launching their ‘Pub Night’, which they hope to host monthly to give villagers the opportunity to socialise and play games following the current village pub’s change to a restaurant. Knowbury Memorial Hall will be displaying memorabilia to celebrate the hall’s 70-year history, as well providing food and drink and tombola.
Chelmarsh Parish Hall is offering a taster of some the activities that take place in the hall in a bid to encourage more villagers to use the facilities. People will have the chance to try out short mat bowling, an art class and a village walk, with information provided on other classes to take part in.
Julia Baron, CEO of Shropshire RCC, said: “I’m delighted that village halls are hosting events to encourage local people to come and see what’s on offer.
“Community halls can play such a key part of rural life but if people don’t use them then we risk them disappearing from our villages.”
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