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Business Support Grant Funding STILL AVAILABLE!

Update January 2021 – grants are still available, please visit your local District or Borough Council website for further information. Website Links below.

The one-off Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP) scheme will apply
from 5th January for an initial period of 42 days. Businesses in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sector required to close during this lockdown, and which are within the business rates system are eligible.

Where an area was subject to local restrictions immediately before the national lockdown, the relevant Local Restrictions Support Grant during that period remains available to help businesses currently affected by restrictions. They are delegated to local authorities.

For more information please contact your local authority directly as soon as possible:

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Village Halls Week Day Three – Wednesday’s thoughts…

“Village halls have shown great resilience in the face of Coronavirus”

Get Involved

How have you survived the lockdowns and closures? Share your story on social media #VillageHallsWeek.

Why not contact your local BBC radio station to feature your story.

Did you know…

This is most definitely true of all our volunteers!

Village and Community Halls also provide an essential location for local businesses

Respondents to the recent ACRE Village Hall survey identified c.10,000 individuals using their halls to make a living.

If we consider all halls across England, we estimate that’s 50,000+ livelihoods being supported, from Pilates and Yoga teachers to dog trainers…

View the Survey report on ACRE’s website.

Village Hall Domesday Book

Apparently the Domesday Book is being profiled internationally! ACRE built the online record using Coda – a cloud based (and largely free) app. This US-based company just emailed letting us know they’ve featured the Village Halls Domesday Book on the front page of their public gallery 😅

Don’t forget to add an entry for your hall – the link wasn’t working yesterday aparantly so please do try again another time if you have problems.

Village Halls Week 2021 – Day Two and Tuesday’s Fact

“Village halls support a great range of activities and events which combat loneliness and support the local economy.”

Get Involved

This is an opportunity to share what you provide for your community. From fitness activities to shops, pubs, schools and wi-fi hubs we want to hear from you. We particularly want to focus on performance and entertainment and bringing it back to village halls.  What have you done and what are your plans for 2021 and beyond?

Share your stories on Facebook or Twitter using the #VillagHallsWeek. If you don’t use social media, send your stories to me and I can promote for you!

Did you know…

Village Halls Week – Day one and Monday’s Fact

It’s back! #villagehallsweek 2021! Celebrating ‘Halls are Survivors’.

Watch the opening speeches on the ACRE YouTube channel by Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity) as he gives a Keynote Address at the Eastern Region (virtual) Village Hall Conference 2021.

You can also watch the introductions by ACRE’s Richard Quallington, Executive Director and Deborah Clarke, Rural Evidence & Village Halls Manager. Deborah is the national village hall adviser and person who is largely responsible for ensuring myself and all the other village hall advisors around England are up to date with the latest information for all our committees!

Many of our members and halls are over 100 year old, seeing 2 World Wars and now a Pandemic. From housing war time refugees to providing rural medical care, they are pillars, not just bricks.

Did you know…

Don’t forget to take part – everyday has a different activity for you to get involved with. If you use social media (Facebook or Twitter) use the hashtag #villagehallsweek.

For more information about the daily activities and how you can get involved in your own local community, download our information sheet.

Village Halls Doomsday Book 2021

A chance for you to record the good things you are doing to mark a century of rural community action.

The aim is to make Village Halls Week a little more interactive and engaging, as well as creating a powerful record that ACRE can use to influence decisions affecting village halls in the future.

The record will help ACRE make the case for sustained funding and support for village halls which will be especially important as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

Let’s get Lincolnshire halls into the book. Register your hall today and share your stories today!

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Village Halls Week 2021 – Next Week!

Celebrating 100 Years Together: Village Halls Week 2021 – Monday 25 January – Friday 29 January 2021

Follow this link to our website where you will find an outline of the plan for the week and topics that will be covered including details of the first Lincolnshire Village and Community Hall Cluster meeting of 2021!

ACRE have designed a plan of activities for the week, you can download this from our Google Drive.

Get involved as much as you can on social media using the hashtag #VillageHallsWeek

Free Modern Slavery Awareness Training for Lincolnshire Voluntary Organisations and Charities

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire is delighted to have secured external funding to enable the delivery of Modern Slavery Awareness training across Lincolnshire.   

Working with the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership, the PCC is funding Hope for Justice to deliver this important training to volunteers and charity workers.

For more information follow this link.

Most dates are now sold out but still available are:

Thursday 25th February 2021, 13:30 – 16:00, https://mstraining25thfeb2021.eventbrite.co.uk

Wednesday 10th March 2021, 13:30 – 16:00, https://mstraining10thmarch2021.eventbrite.co.uk

Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 13:30 – 16:00, https://mstraining23rdmarch2021.eventbrite.co.uk

Monday News Round Up

Looking Forward in 2021

Join me for a cuppa and chat in the first of this year’s village and community halls cluster meetings. I have planned this session to coincide with the National Village Halls Week 2021.

Date: Wednesday 27th January 2021
Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Location: online on Zoom

To book your place(s) please visit Eventbrite.

Celebrating 100 Years Together

Village Halls Week 2021, Monday 25 January – Friday 29 January 2021

Village Halls Week is a national celebration of the 10,000+ village halls which can be found across England.

Our 2021 campaign will be a celebration of how village halls are survivors. Many have been bringing people together in rural communities since the 1920s. And in the past year, the volunteers who manage these buildings have shown great determination and resilience in the face of Coronavirus, negotiating lockdowns and putting in place Covid Secure measures so they could continue supporting their local community.

For more information includind details of a series of online events, please visit the ACRE Village Halls Week webpage.

Funding for the groups that use your hall!

Please pass onto the groups that would normally book your hall, this will help them raise much needed funds, and in turn will help pay their hire fees when they start to use your hall again: Lincolnshire Community Foundation would like to invite existing small local community groups, charities and organisations across Lincolnshire to apply for up to £1,000.00 to support their future financial resilience, in particular where they’ve not been able to generate revenue, income or undertake fundraising activities because they had close due to the impact of Covid-19.

Village and Community Halls are unlikely to be elegible for this fund, particularly if you have had the £10,000 (or £25,000) last year and received further business grants. It really is for those groups that have not been able to do fundraising or only have small amounts in reserve.

For more information contact Lincolnshire Community Foundation

Opening your Hall Update

As we are now in a national lockdown, community centres and village halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, set out below. As always, the information below is our best understanding at today’s date and subject to changes in PHE regulations and Government Guidance.

Regualations effectively put all England into Tier 4 with a few strengthened provisions. The three key changes for areas already in Tier 4 are:

  • That all outdoor sports courts and pitches and outdoor gyms have to close
  • That supervised out of school activities for children can only serve children entitled to attend school i.e., vulnerable children and children of critical workers. The list of critical workers is wider than that of the Spring 2020 lockdown and now includes, for example, teachers
  • A ban on sale of takeaway alcohol or through click and collect services

All updates are available from our Google Drive. Please also read the relevant Government webpage – this is updated regularly.

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Latest Guidance for Holding Meetings and AGM’s

The Charity Commission have updated their Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector webpage about holding AGMs and meetings online or by telephone.

These are comprehensive and make clear that normally trustees will be able to do so providing they minute the decision to do so carefully, without the need to change their governing documents.

There are some circumstances, however, when this may not be possible and a change to the governing document first required (for example when a public meeting is specifically required). 

See: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector

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A New Year, New Start

Good morning, I hope you had a good festive break.

With New Year’s Eve 2021 looking a lot different than last year’s celebration, instead of heading out for a night on the town or visiting friends and family many of us settled into our normal routine of celebrating at home, with perhaps an online call.

The news, however, that Lincolnshire moved into Tier 4 means that the new start we need won’t happen yet and your hall will need to remain closed for all but essential services, formal education or training, organised support groups, registered childcare and early years education, supervised activities for children, weddings, funerals, and commemorative events and parent and child support groups.

ACRE have created up to date guidance which you can download from the Google Drive, or from the ACRE webpage.

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