Survey on village halls

VILLAGE halls across Wiltshire are being urged to take part in a nationwide survey which will paint a picture of the vital role they play at the heart of rural communities.

Rural expert ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is carrying out the research with the help of its national Network of 38 rural community councils.

ACRE Network member Community First, which runs a specialist advice service for community buildings, is encouraging the 250 village halls across Wiltshire to participate.

The survey will help ACRE understand how topical issues such as licensing, VAT, rate relief and broadband are affecting village halls.

ACRE also wants to know how halls bring communities together through a wide range of activities – from keep fit, bowling and Brownies to choirs, cookery classes and dog training.

To complete the survey, which has a deadline on Monday, March 24, go to the ACRE website at acre.org.uk or the Community First website at communityfirst.org.uk or call 01380 732818.

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