hepscottThe North Northumberland Village Halls Consortium aims to help village and community halls serve their communities even more effectively. These halls provide a vital facility for social, recreational and cultural activity throughout the county. This site aims to provide a wealth of information as to how they can function even better.

About 15 years ago a group of village halls in the north of Northumberland recognised the value of working closer together. They formed a consortium. The purpose was to share information, act together to obtain better deals from suppliers and occasionally put pressure on decision makers to recognise the contribution village halls make to their rural communities. We now have 76 members and provide a number of services.

The volunteer management committees of these halls are vital to their success. In North Northumberland we estimate that halls’ Management Committees collectively oversee  property worth in excess of £22 million. This is a substantial responsibility for the custodians of these community buildings and one which is taken very seriously by those entrusted with it.

Consortium members meet every 4 months to hear from a range of speakers about everything from insurance and energy saving to raising funds and trustee responsibilities. In addition, we keep members up-to-date with new opportunities and changes to regulations etc. Importantly, the Consortium provides a chance for those who manage halls to share their concerns and celebrate their successes.

If you are interested in knowing more, or joining us, please contact NNVHC’s Secretary George Courtice

Photograph: Hepscott Village hall