Village and Community Halls Conference

"Fit for the Future"

Delivered by: Rural Action Derbyshire & Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire

Friday 23rd November 2018
9.15am to 3.15pm
The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, Alfreton, DE55 2EJ

Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) is delighted to join forces with Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN) to present an informative and interactive event with top speakers, case studies and a networking lunch, specifically for managers of village halls and community buildings.

This first cross-county conference dedicated to community buildings is an ideal opportunity for anyone with an interest in or involved with managing a community facility, to learn how to become more sustainable and ‘fit for the future’.


Professor Katharine Willis (Associate Professor, University of Plymouth – School of Art, Design and Architecture)

The Digital Venue Toolkit and digital inclusion – a guide to getting your village or community venue online


  • Gavin Mitchell (Allied Westminster) – Underinsurance and managing risk
  • Ian Hickling (Cyber Security Adviser from East Midlands Special Operations Unit) and Tracy Coates (Senior Community Safety Officer, Derbyshire County Council) – How to improve your cyber security in order to protect your charity’s data, assets and reputation
  • Deborah Clarke (ACRE Village Halls Advisor) – National Village Halls Network, lobbying and influence
  • Yvonne Colverson (North Wingfield Community Resource Centre) – Emergency Crisis Planning
  • Repton Parish Council and the new Repton Village Hall project - Parish Council support for village halls


Our Market Place will comprise of a wide range of exhibitors from companies, funders and not-for profit organisations that offer services or products relevant to managers of community buildings. Throughout the event, delegates will have the opportunity to personally discuss their specific needs, pick up ideas and make new contacts from the individual stands.

Stand holder details to follow.


To book online, please scroll down and indicate how many tickets you require and complete the booking form and payment details. If you are unable to book online, please complete the Offline Booking Form and return it to Helena Stubbs along with payment.

Offline Booking Form

The conference will run from 9.15 to 3.15pm, with coffee/tea available from 9.15am. Refreshment breaks and a light buffet lunch are included. There will be ample opportunities for networking between participants, stand holders and speakers.

Take advantage of the early bird booking fee to reserve your place:

EARLY BIRD by 26th October: £25 + VAT (£30)

BOOKINGS from 27th October to 21st November:£30 + VAT (£36)

Privacy Notice for Community Buildings events:

We store your personal data to:

  • Keep you informed about any course you are booked on and meet your needs on the course
  • Provide information after the course and request feedback

Rural Action Derbyshire takes your privacy seriously. The latest full privacy statement for Village Halls and Community Buildings training can be found online here or can be provided in hard copy on request. If you have any questions regarding your personal data we can be contacted by:

  • Telephone: 01629 592970
  • Email: [email protected] 
  • By Post: Rural Action Derbyshire, Town Hall, Bank Road, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NN

For any queries please contact Helena Stubbs on 01629 592973 or email her [email protected].

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

Early Bird Delegate Ticket

Decrease Increase £30.00

Exhibitor - Commercial

Decrease Increase £180.00

Exhibitor - Not for profit

Decrease Increase £120.00

Exhibitor - Community Group

Decrease Increase £60.00