CCS Newsletters

Launch of the National Village Halls and Community Buildings Census 

National Village Hall Survey ACRE Village Halls survey

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) undertakes a comprehensive survey of village halls once every ten years. This week Acre launches the 2020 survey, working with Power to Change and Sheffield Hallam University.

ACRE will use the data collected to help secure funding for halls, to ensure that advice and information adapts to the challenges facing volunteer hall committees and that the ACRE Network can continue to provide the very best support.

ACRE wants to hear from all kinds of community buildings, including village halls, community centres, sports pavilions, church halls, churches providing community use, Miners Welfare Institutes, WI halls and community pubs providing meeting rooms.

ACRE’s previous surveys carried out in 1988, 1998 and 2009 paved the way for essential license changes, informing policy and securing the recent £3m improvement grant fund.

ACRE’s Deborah Clarke commented

“Whilst it’s essential for us to have the hard data as evidence to support our work, the information collected will paint a picture of the social and economic impact on communities of having a hall in their community and it provides a detailed look at social change over time.

We are extremely grateful to all the hall committees that give their time to manage village halls and will take the time to complete this survey”

What do you need to do? Simply click here:

The survey can be completed online and a PDF of questions can be downloaded to help you prepare your answers.


Bishop Fox’s Trustee Vacancies x 2

There are currently two vacancies for the role of Trustee within the Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation that CCS Administrate. If you are interested and would like to find out more about the role then please do get in touch

Any interested applicants should email with a covering letter and your C.V.

Community Connect: Brushford

Thursday 30th January! Come along to Brushford Parish Hall to meet a whole range of support services, charities & agencies all under one roof for one day only!

From health & home, finance or if you are caring for someone and need advice, come & meet your local #CCSVillageAgent or #CCSCarersAgent – have a chat and have a chat to the help and support you need.

Talking Cafe Christmas Express

Nearly 300 people were invited on this magical adventure through the stunning West Somerset landscape, with Father Christmas greeting the travellers at the end of their journey with a gift for everyone on board – including the 30 children who entertained everyone with Christmas Carols, & soups and hot chocolates provided by the Beach Hotel.

For full story click on this link

Vacancy at CCS!

CCS – Administration Officer – Apply today and join our fantastic friendly team!

Success for 25 Village Halls across Somerset

CCS awarded 25 Village Halls certificates to celebrate their Village Halls achieving the Hallmark Quality Standard at the October annual Community Buildings Training event, at Long Sutton Village Hall.

One of the best multicultural events in Somerset!

14th September 2019 @ Albemarle Centre in Taunton!

A day of international food, live music, dance, workshops, kids activities, community information, talks, films and more! We’re sharing and celebrating the many cultures in and around Taunton through our community-run multicultural event. FREE EVENT and everyone welcome