The Plunkett Foundation guest Blogs for Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) for Village Halls Weeks. They highlight the innovative ways community buildings are being used in rural communities to tackle the decline in other rural services.

"More and more rural communities across the UK are pulling together to create community hubs and provide additional services in existing community buildings. At the Plunkett Foundation, we know that declining services is a real issue in rural communities, but we also know that community groups are thinking more imaginatively when it comes to saving and running vital services and that community buildings are a big part of the solution! We have heard of shops being revitalised in new village hall locations and cafes in the churches providing a welcoming place to go for a cuppa and a chat seven days a week." Read more...

And also from ACRE...

Renowned poet and writer Ian McMillian has written this lovely poem, A Teapot As Big As a Moon, to celebrate Village Halls Week and to honour the central and diverse role that village halls play in rural communities.