Derbyshire communities are preparing to take part in the national celebration, Village Halls Week.

Village Halls Week runs each year from the 22 January to the 28 January. The purpose of the week is to highlight the fantastic work of the hundreds of volunteers who invest their time into village halls and community buildings, creating vital community spaces in rural areas.

Come along to our event

On the Friday 25th January Rural Action Derbyshire will celebrate village halls week with an event at Dethick Hall in Hartshorne, South Derbyshire. This is a free 'drop-in' event between 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

The event is being hosted jointly with the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has pledged to visit every town and village across Derbyshire during his four year term in office - his #D383 campaign. The visit to Hartshorne will mark his 300th visit. These visits provide the opportunity for as many people as possible in all areas of the County to engage with the Commissioner, and have the chance to raise concerns and air their views on policing and community safety related issues.

South Derbyshire MP, Heather Wheeler is planning to attend, but understandably may be tied up at Parliament due to the current political situation. 

A number of other organisations have been invited to attend, including South Derbyshire & City Citizens Advice, South Derbyshire CVS and Foundation Derbyshire, who will provide information on funding available for communities throughout Derbyshire.

Rural Action Derbyshire will have information on their work, including the very valuable Village Halls Advice Service, as well as the oil buying scheme, food security, help with travel to work or education, suicide awareness training, agricultural chaplaincy service and community planning. 

There are many people in Derbyshire who struggle to access quality, low cost food and RAD can help signpost people to relevant services and support. Many homes and business in South Derbyshire and beyond are off the mains gas network, with the majority of these relying on heating oil or LPG for heating, hot water and in some cases cooking. The price of oil and LPG can be volatile and vary considerably from one order to the next. RAD can help people to save money on their energy costs, especially with heating oil and LPG.

The invitation to attend is open to individuals, community groups, businesses or anyone with an interest in rural life in Derbyshire. Refreshments will be available.

If you would like more information, or you would like to get involved, please contact Helena Stubbs 01629 592973 or email here.