The Consortium usually meets three times a year in March, June, and October. We try to use a different hall on each occasion and vary the days of the week to try to give everyone the opportunity of attending as many meetings as possible. We have at least one main speaker to talk about issues members have indicated they would like to discover more about.

Details of our next meeting can usually be found on our News page. The minutes of past meetings can be found at the bottom of this page.  Please note: the current Covid-19 pandemic has meant that we have had to postpone our usual June meeting which doubles up as the AGM. 

Consortium Meeting on Zoom Wednesday 23 June 2021 at 7.00pm    This meeting concentrated on the role of Locality Coordinators working across the county. Ruth Armstrong and Julie Leddy explained what the team did and answered questions from those present. A list of the Locality Coordinators with contact details and the areas they cover can be found here. list-of-locality-coordinators-28-june-2021-1

Consortium Meeting on Zoom Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 7.00pm The main topic was preparation for reopening and it attracted a record attendance of over 50 people. The draft minutes can be found here .

Consortium Meeting on ZOOM 12 November 2020 7.00pm  The following files for the AGM part of the meeting can be found here: Annual report, Financial report, Summary Accounts   

The Draft Minutes can be found here.

Consortium Meeting 4 March 2020, Bowsden Village hall The main speaker was Julia Plinston, from Community Action Northumberland, who spoke about the new Village Halls Heritage Project. The draft minutes can be seen here and Julia’s presentation can be found here.

Consortium Meeting 21 October 2019,  Jubilee hall, Newton-on-the-Moor The central topic was hall improvements – how to raise the money for them and how to manage them. Louise Currie provided some funding tips and it was decided to compile a list of useful tradespeople that members had used and were happy with. The draft minutes can be downloaded here..

Consortium Meeting 27 June 2019, Longhoughton Community & Sports Centre  Our main speaker was Julia Plinston from CAN who talked about the proposed Village Halls Heritage project. Her presentation can be found here These are the draft minutes of ordinary meeting. This was followed by our AGM (draft minutes) and our annual report was presented as well as the financial summary for the year 2018-19.

Consortium Meeting 27 March 2019, Ulgham WI Hall Louise Currie, of CAN, spoke about the Hallmark scheme, the independent, national quality standard specifically designed for village halls and community buildings. Her presentation can be found here and the check lists for the requirements of Hallmark 1, Hallmark 2  can also be downloaded. George Courtice talked about the Consortium’s latest survey of members’ incomes. His presentation can also be accessed. See below for copy of minutes.

Consortium Meeting 4 October 2018, Watson Memorial hall, Lucker We had two outside speakers: Sue Swanston who spoke about the importance of understanding more about Dementia  and Adrian Hinchcliffe who talked about bulk buying energy schemes and community buildings.

Consortium Meeting 6 June 2018 Breamish hall, Powburn  The main speaker was Nigel Fisher who spoke about the important role that village halls could play in providing Rest Centres in times of emergencies. Any interested halls are encouraged too register by contacting : Colin Hall, the Community Engagement Officer for the Environment Agency spoke about flood awareness and community response. He can be contacted at This was followed by the AGM where the following were elected to the management cttee: Jack Hasson (Chair), George Courtice (Secretary) May Wilson (Treasurer) and Heather Leatherland. Have a look at our 2017-18 Annual Report and Financial Summary.

Consortium Meeting 21 March 2018 East Bedlington Community Centre                                  The theme  for this meeting was the new compliance rules taking force in May over the legal use of personal data. Anne Fry from VONNE examined the changes in relation to village halls and other community buildings. The PowerPoint slides presented by Anne Fry are here.

Consortium Meeting 11 January 2018 Longframlington (postponed from November 2017) The main topic of the meeting was marketing  – how best to promote your venue,  where to do it, what style seems to work best and why it is important.

Minutes of previous Consortium meetings can be downloaded here. Please note that the most recent  minutes are usually in draft, awaiting final agreement.

 Draft Minutes of October 2019, Newton-on-the-Moor

Draft minutes of June 2019, Longhoughton

 Minutes March 2019, Ulgham WI hall

Minutes October 2018, Lucker

June 2018 Breamish hall, Powburn

March 2018, East Bedlington

January 2018 Longframlington

Photograph: Ellingham Village hall