National Village Halls Survey 

ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is putting together the 4th National Village Halls Survey.

Rural Action Derbyshire hopes that as many community buildings as possible will take part in this survey. Results from the survey will give a national, regional and county picture of the wonderful work the halls do as well as the challenges they face.

We will be sending out the link during the Autumn via our e-Newsletters, social media and via our website. Please encourage as many halls as possible to spend a little bit of time completing the online survey.  

This survey is carried out once every ten years. Every kind of rural community building should take part, not just village halls;

  • Community centres
  • Sports pavilions
  • Church halls
  • Churches providing community use
  • Miners Welfare Institutes
  • WI halls
  • Community pubs providing meeting rooms.

The whole range of community assets that provide meeting facilities for rural communities. We are pleased that Power to Change are supporting this piece of work and we aim to increase the response rate from 2009.

It is crucial for the ongoing support and development of village and community halls, and for our support services, that ACRE holds up to date information about halls and the social and economic impact they deliver for their communities. It is needed to secure funding for halls, funding for our support services, and to ensure our service and information adapts to the challenges facing halls and communities.

Carrying out this survey every ten years also provides longitudinal data about changes in society which would otherwise be hard to capture, and ACRE has regularly used this evidence, both for village halls and in its wider work.

Evidence from the 2009 survey supported the case to Robert Jenrick MP, then Treasury Minister, for the £3 million Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund but the data urgently needs to be up updated.

For further information contact Helena Stubbs at RAD on 01629 592973 or email [email protected] or you can contact ACRE direct by email at: [email protected]