News & Events Grapevine news Get Involved #VHW as the Countdown Continues Some suggestions how to get involved with #VillageHallsWeek RAD is delighted to be hosting the two networking Events on 23rd January at Baslow and 24th January at Dalbury Lees which we hope as many of you as possible can support. If your hall is unable to be represented at either of these events, we very much hope your hall is still able to get involved in #VillageHallsWeek. You can use this poster to promote your village hall. The week aims to recognise the fantastic value and importance of village and community halls in sustaining rural areas and to champion the volunteers at the heart of these local enterprises. We hope that rural residents, hall users, local groups and organisations will join in with local authorities, MPs and national policy makers in saying ‘Thank You’ to the dedicated individuals running Village Halls for the benefit of their rural community. Here are a few suggestions for halls to celebrate Village Halls Week in your own way: Awarding a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ Awarding a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ to a worthy volunteer as a thank you for their contribution to the hall. Individual halls can decide if/how they would like to recognise outstanding service to their own organisation. For example: Presented to xxxx in Village Halls Week 2018 in appreciation of xxxx years voluntary service for xxxx Village Hall and the xxxx residents who benefit from its facilities. To thank xxxx for the time given in loyal and reliable support as a trustee/Secretary/volunteer for the last xx years. To thank xxxx for leading the fundraising effort for xxxx hall extension project. To thank xxxx for his/her leadership and time given as Chair over the last xx years. To thank xxxx Treasurer, for turning round the finances and time given to ensure the hall remains financially sound. RAD has a pdf certificate template you can use here, or contact Helena Stubbs if you would like it in Word. Celebratory Events Organise your own celebratory event, as a way to promote your own hall and the activities that take place in it and to encourage new volunteers to get involved in the running of the hall. Suggestions: Coffee Morning; Afternoon Tea; Cheese & Wine evening, etc. Template posters attached, which you can adapt to meet the needs of your planned event. You could also use this opportunity to thank your regular user groups for using your hall. Word and pdf Templates available from RAD. Coffee Morning Template Cheese & Wine Template. It could be another photo opportunity for local press and social media. Social Media #VillageHallsWeek – the ideal way to promote activities in your hall during #villaghallsweek. Nationally, we hope to generate an enthusiastic social media response in the run up to and during the week, to convey a loud collective voice that village halls are really valued places in our rural communities. If no one locally is able to use social media, please send your details and photo to RAD and we will try to send out as many messages as we can. You can also follow activities and updates on: ACRE’s Twitter @VillageHalls_Wk Facebook via @ACREnational Instagram via @ACRE_national RAD’s Twitter @RuralActionDerb Facebook via @Rural Action Derbyshire If you would also like to join the ACRE social media campaign, sign up to their Thunderclap account. This will be a national, collective message promoting #VillageHallsWeek. The more groups that sign up, the greater opportunity that ACRE can get #VillageHallsWeek trending. You can sign up by clicking on the link above. These are a few suggestions on how you can get involved, but you may choose to do something completely different! We would love to hear about your ideas and planned events to celebrate #VillageHallsWeek. Please telephone Helena Stubbs on 01629 592973 or email her [email protected].