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
Read case studies from our Community Hubs project.