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2 November: Suffolk Village Halls and Community Building Conference

Organised by Community Action Suffolk, the Suffolk Village Halls and Community Building Conference will bring together all those involved with such buildings.

  • Thursday 2 November 2017
  • 10am to 3:30pm (registration and market place from 9.30am)
  • The Blackbourne Centre, Elmswell
  • £25 per delegate (lunch and refreshments included), payment to be made at time of booking

This is a day for networking with others, hearing from national speakers and learning new skills and practices to take back to halls and buildings.

Following the success of last year’s event at Great Barton, trustees, officers, staff and volunteers involved with village halls and community buildings are invited to attend, places are priced at £25.

Deborah Clark, Rural Evidence Manager at ACRE, one of the conference’s keynote speakers, said:

“If you are a volunteer helping to support a village hall or community building then ACRE recommends you attend Suffolk’s Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference. There will be something for everyone from practical help with insurance and electrical safety to governance and incorporation. It will be an opportunity to share the ups and downs of managing a hall with other volunteers.

“My presentation covers issues for halls now and what they need to consider for the future.  This leads into how the ACRE Network and the new National Network for Village and Community Halls is working to influence government and policy makers.”

Book your place(s) here | Meet the speakers


Conference agenda:

9:30amRegistration and Coffee, Market Place Open
10amWelcome
10:10amNational Update from ACREDeborah Clarke, Rural Evidence Manager, ACRE
10.40amResults from CAS Village Hall and Community Building surveyJon Eaton, Locality Officer Team Leader, CAS
10:55am“Hall for All” – The HubHuntingfield, Heveningham & Ubbeston Village Hall
11:15amBreak – Market Place Open
11:45amWorkshops:
Becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation: introduction and overview of legal process and key considerationsLiz Brownsell, Senior Associate Charities and Social Enterprise, Birketts Solicitors
Funding SurgeryCAS, Suffolk Community Foundation, Suffolk County Council, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
Governance SupportCAS Locality Officers
Professional ServicesSuffolk ProHelp, CAS Business Support
12:30pmLunch, Market Place Open
1:30pmWorkshops:
Village Hall and Community Building InsuranceLorna Hart, Insurance Manager, CAS
Electrical Safety in Village Halls and Community BuildingsQuick Test
Funding SurgeryCAS, Suffolk Community Foundation, Suffolk County Council, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils
Interactive Support for YourhallMatt Morling, IT Manager, CAS
2:15pmOverview of Legal Process to Become a Charitable Incorporated OrganisationLiz Brownsell, Senior Associate Charities and Social Enterprise, Birketts Solicitors
2.40pmUpdates from CASJon Eaton, Locality Officer Team Leader, CAS
3:15pmPlenary Session
3:30pmClose

Booking information:

Places cost £25 per delegate (inclusive of lunch and refreshments).

Book your place(s) here

Bookings close at midday on 31 October 2017.

Please note:

  • places can only be booked online via the link above
  • payment must be made online at the time of booking
  • please have a credit/debit card or Paypal account ready

For further information on the Conference, please contact Jon Eaton on 07775 907828 or email jon.eaton@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk