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Update: Suffolk Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference

85 Trustee’s, management group leads and community facilities coordinator’s attended the Suffolk Village Halls and Community Buildings Conference on 7th November at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew.

The sold out event was designed to provide delegates with practical workshops, listen to informative key note speakers and network with like minded facilities leads from across Suffolk. Attendees heard from key note speakers including Deborah Clarke, Rural Evidence Manager at ACRE, Alan Wilkinson, Senior Architect at KLH Architects and Trustee from Westhorpe Village Hall who told their story of rebuilding and redesigning their hall into a modern community led village hall.

The Suffolk Village Halls Conference also provided delegates with the opportunity to discuss their specific needs with professional trades and services:

  • Roger Hyde Flooring Ltd
  • Suffolk Fire & Rescue
  • ACER Safety Services & SHE Advises
  • Suffolk County Council External Funding Team
  • KLH Architects
  • Suffolk Sport – Fit Villages
  • Babergh & Mid Suffolk DC

Jon Eaton, Governance & Community Buildings Officer at CAS said ‘Thank you to all the delegates that attended the Suffolk Village Halls Conference. The range of workshops and variety of the topics on offer made the event very worthwhile. Early feedback is very positive with the rotation of venue and range of topics available featuring highly.

Attendees also added the comments on the success of the event:

‘The most important thing I learnt today is that people running a community project need not do it alone and there established organisations which are there to assist’. The day was very rewarding, thank you.

‘Three of our members attended and it has helped us with our thinking and planning. Well done to you and everyone else involved for arranging such a good event – it went very well indeed and was very useful.

Delegates are able to view the Suffolk Village Halls Conference presentations in the CAS Members Area of the CAS Website. For more information and support with Governance and Village Halls issues please contact [email protected]