The Community Benefit Society - a model for village halls?

25th May 2016
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A Discussion Paper for Village Halls        

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is the national voice for the 38 rural community councils in England, of which Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) is one. ACRE has provided information, advice and support for village halls since the 1930s and pioneered the model legal documents which set out the halls' constitutional structure. 

Some village halls are incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, some as the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and a few have taken the Community Interest Company (CIC) structure.

The reduction in available funding and the move therefore towards social enterprise and social investment has led to ACRE considering what legal structure would be appropriate for charitable village halls looking at alternative forms of fundraising and investment. As a result, ACRE has put forward a discussion paper that outlines the proposal for village halls to operate as Community Benefit Societies, which would enable them to raise share capital from the wider community.

ACRE and RAD are not advocating that village halls convert to this new structure, only that they provide feedback and comment on the merits of using this governance as a possible option for the future.

If you are a part of a village hall committee and would like more information on this paper, please contact Helena Stubbs at RAD.  The paper can be found below.

01629 592973 (please note she works part-time so if not always in the office), Email: