Community Buildings

There are 9000 village halls in England with a total asset value of more than £2.1 billion, representing the largest network of community-owned facilities in rural Britain.

The term “village hall” covers a range of rural buildings including church halls and community centres, in which a variety of community activity takes place. The key to the continuing survival of Britain’s village halls are the volunteer management committee who have to deal with an increasing burden of legislation yet, manage to keep their halls financially sustainable mostly by earning their own income and fundraising.

We believe that village and community buildings provide an extremely valuable community resource and that they lie at the heart of community life as a meeting place in which activities can take place. They provide vital and diverse support to improve quality of life, particularly for those who are least able to travel.

Rural Action Yorkshire supports all community buildings which are run for the benefit of their local community and can advise you on ways to improve the management of your building, or on a range of maintenance queries.

A wide range of resources to help with the smooth running of your Rural Community Building can be found on our Community Building Resources Page. Some of these resources are only available to RAY members - find out more about membership here.

We also manage the website www.yorkshirevenues.org.uk

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A Rural Action Yorkshire event

The second meeting of our new Richmondshire+ Village Halls Network. Our Village Hall Networks are opportunities for those involved in running rural community buildings to get together, share their experiences and problems, hear about new resources and policy development, and explore topics of interest in more detail together.

You don't need to be a member of Rural Action Yorkshire to attend, and you're welcome to come along from outside the District if the date and venue happen to be convenient for you.

A Rural Action Yorkshire event

The latest meeting of our Hambleton + Village Halls Network. Our Village Hall Networks are opportunities for those involved in running rural community buildings to get together, share their experiences and problems, hear about new resources and policy development, and explore topics of interest in more detail together.

You don't need to be a member of Rural Action Yorkshire to attend, and you're welcome to come along from outside the District if the date and venue happen to be convenient for you.

This is a free networking meeting and the morning will start with light refreshments at 9.30am followed by the meeting at 10.00am, finishing around 12.

This meeting is for village hall management committee members and volunteers and provides the opportunity to get together to exchange ideas and best practice, listen to what others are doing and how, obtain updates on new & relevant legislation and receive information on aspects of running a village or community hall.

This is a free networking meeting at Wintringham Village Hall, Main Street, Wintringham YO17 8HY on Wednesday 2 March 2016, 9.30am -12.00 pm, jointly organised by Wintringham Village Hall Committee and Rural Action Yorkshire.

The morning will start with light refreshments at 9.30am followed by the meeting at 10.00am. Wintringham has just opened this new village hall so it will be a wonderful opportunity to see what the committee has achieved and learn from them how they have done it.

Making activities and services more accessible to local people
Planning for sustainability beyond the end of the Community Friendly Buildings project

Wednesday 22nd July, Danby Wiske Village Hall, 4 - 6.30pm

Community Resilience training teaches you everything you need to know about emergency planning in your neighbourhood and how to keep your community safe and aware.

Topics that will be covered on the day:

This is a great opportunity to access free training in the subject of emergency planning for your community. If you're quite involved in your area, perhaps as a volunteer, a councillor, or a committee member, you might want to know more about keeping your neighbours safe.

Join our umbrella organisation Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) for the re-launch of the widely-succesful Village SOS project, a £1.4m campaign to inspire people who want to make a real difference in their communities.

This is an all-day event on Saturday 28th February, jampacked with workshops, training and case studies to inspire and teach communities and budding volunteers how to tackle new projects, social enterprises, and innovative ideas.

You can book by calling Chris Cowcher at ACRE on 01285 653477.

Make sure your community is prepared!

Are you aware of the risks you and your community might face, e.g. flooding or snow? How can you help yourself and those around you during an emergency?

Join us for a practical and exciting session which will help your community become more resilient in bad weather and emergencies through preparing an emergency plan. The session will help you to identify:

Event organised by Rural Action Yorkshire

Come and find out more about our Community Friendly Buildings Project, which aims to support rural community buildings in the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby areas to become more responsive to the needs of people in their local community.

The session will give you an opportunity to

  • Meet people from other village halls in or near Ryedale
  • Discuss issues such as improving facilities and funding.  Let us know your suggestions on any topics of interest.

This meeting is a follow-up of a Ryedale networking meeting at Weaverthorpe, where village halls take turns in hosting the meeting and providing refreshments.

The session will give you an opportunity to

The session will give you an opportunity to

The session will give you an opportunity to

  • Meet people from other village halls,
  • Develop your ideas on future networking 
  • Listen to a presentation on social media
  • Get involved in an open discussion slot.  Let us know your suggestions on any topics of interest.

Refreshments will be available (donations to Weaverthorpe Village Hall).

Thanks to funding from Sheffield FUSE, Transforming Rotherham Infrastructure Services (TRIS) and Transform Leeds Development Fund voluntary and community groups in Sheffield, Rotherham and Leeds can now benefit from free listing on the Yorkshire Venues website.

The North Yorkshire Rural Voice project to develop community halls and buildings networks continues to be well received.

As you know, RAY provide all community buildings committees in rural Yorkshire with a basic level of support with problems they face.

However, with RAY membership costing just £35 you could benefit from much more. Listed below are some of the additional benefits and information that RAY can offer:

A new online voice for the 10,000 village and community halls has been launched by Rural Action Yorkshire's parent organisation, the national charity ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). The National Village and Community Halls Network will take over the role of the National Village Halls Forum and act as a reference group enabling the grass roots expertise of knowledgeable village and community hall trustees, volunteers and councillors to feed into meetings with MPs, Government departments and Consultation responses.

A closer look at how the team at Kirkby Fleetham Village Hall in Hambleton went about improving and expanding their community building.

Rural Action Yorkshire is delighted to announce that it is working with Ruth and Neil Hannah of Musical Memories to offer free social singing sessions in community buildings across the Ryedale district. Musical Memories sessions provide local residents, especially older people, the opportunity to get together in a social setting, make new friends, reminisce about past times, and even get some exercise! They also provide those who care for an older person a great chance either for a break or to take part in an activity with the person they care for outside of the home.