Village Halls Week took place from Monday 20th – Sunday 26th January 2020. It was a national celebration of rural community spaces and the people whose time and dedication keep them going. The week saw a huge variety of events happening across England.
The week kicked off with a special event at the House of Commons for village halls throughout the country who were recipients of the Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund. The grant exists to helps older halls with repairs and improvements, meaning they may continue to serve their communities and avoid facing closure.
Warwickshire did very well in the application process with three village halls being awarded the grant: the Wren Hall in Wroxall and Snitterfield and Lowsonford Village Halls. Hilary Schmidt-Hansen from Snitterfield and Maurice Daw from Lowsonford (shown above with WRCC Chief Executive Kim Slater) were in attendance at the House of Commons event hosted by Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Defra’s Rural Minister and MPs. The Wren Hall were featured on the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire drive time show on the morning of Monday 20th and ACRE were interviewed on the R4 PM show that evening.