Launch of the National Village Halls and Community Buildings Census 

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.


National Village Hall Survey