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.

Consortium AGM & Ordinary Meeting Wednesday 16 June 2022, Longhorsley Village hall  The AGM was immediately followed by the ordinary meeting where we heard from both Andy Dean and Tracey Morgan of Community Action Northumberland. Andy told the well attended meeting about current plans for solar panels and battery storage. Tracey introduced herself to the meeting  as the newish village hall adviser. The draft minutes of the AGM can be found here and the draft minutes of the ordinary meeting here.    The Consortium’s Annual Report for 2021-22 as well as the financial summary are also available.

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. click here for copy of the minutes.

Photograph: Ellingham Village hall before refurbishment