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Food Standards Agency: seeking views on new guidance on community and charity food provision

admin September 2, 2015 Advice and guidance Consultation No Comments

The Food Standards Agency are seeking views on there draft revised guidance for organisers of charity and community food provision about the application of EU food hygiene law. The original guidance was issued in July 2013. It is being revised so it stays relevant and helpful for...

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Skills for Engagement Programme

Enabling Health Sector Workers to Engage Effectively with Patients and the Public. The programme will be available to all health and social care providers in the public, voluntary and independent sectors as as organisations with a strategic planning, support or monitoring role in the...

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Hall committees get together in Mid-Cornwall

Last Wednesday (22nd July ’15) village hall and community centre volunteers met at Treverbyn Community Hall to discuss funding opportunities, how to attract volunteers, popular activities for community halls and much more. We would like to thank everyone who attended, we had 33...

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Centre for Sustainable Energy produces guide for low carbon communities

Centre for Sustainable Energy has produced a Low Carbon Neighbourhood Planning Guidebook, available here: https://www.cse.org.uk/news/view/2012. This guidebook explores what communities can do, through neighbourhood planning, to mitigate and adapt to climate change and tackle fuel...

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Increase in insurance premiums

Village Hall insurance brokers, Norris & Fisher, have estimated that because the rate of Insurance Premium Tax is due to rise to 9.5% in November 2015 (following the budget) the average rise in village hall premium will be £30! ACRE are seeking feedback from other insurers such as...

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Charity regulator launches updated essential guidance for trustees

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities, has published the new version of its guidance ‘The essential trustee’, the key guidance for all charity trustees in England and Wales. The guidance explains what the regulator expects of trustees and outlines their...

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Join the national campaign for Community Building support

Village Halls say VAT is a Tax on Voluntary Effort The National Village Halls Forum says volunteers should not have to fundraise to pay VAT bills on improvement work to charity run community facilities. The Forum, which campaigns on behalf of 10,000 community buildings in rural...

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Community Assets – Grants & Support

The COMA programme offers partnership areas the following grants & support: Direct Support Pre-Feasibility Grants. DIRECT SUPPORT Amount of funding available: £1.5m is available for up to 50 partnerships. Closing date: We are operating a rolling application window that will be...

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Mid-Cornwall Community Halls Evening

Mid Cornwall Community Halls Evening Come along to Treverbyn Community Hall  Wednesday 22nd July 6.30pm – 8.30pm   A chance to meet with other people managing village halls, community centres and other community buildings in the mid-Cornwall area.   6.30pm Introduction and...

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New training workshops for hall committees

Following the success of our workshops earlier this year we are pleased to announce the next series of Business Planning and Trustee Induction sessions. Feedback from previous sessions: Thanks for advice, guidance, ideas and documents – well presented. Illogan Preschool We need...

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Changing Face of Rural Library Services

Community libraries have grown rapidly in number and are taking on a variety of roles in rural communities, finds Brian Wilson. Research commissioned by Defra and Arts Council England has been published in a report entitl ed  Rural Library Services in England: exploring recent changes...

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Managing a sustainable community building

On Thursday 14th May CRCC held a joint event with Big Lottery to support community organisations with a building related project. The aim was to demonstrate what types of projects can attract funding from the Reaching Communities, Buildings programme and how to make a strong...

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Charity Commission guide: Charities and Trading

The Charity Commission have updated their very useful guide on charities and trading which forms part of their guidance for setting up and running a charity. Your charity is trading if it sells goods or services to customers. There are rules on what types of activities count as...

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Heritage Lottery Fund information event

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) are holding an HLF Information Event for equality groups and organisations. The HLF funds a wide range of projects from £3,000 upwards, that actively involve people in heritage. This can include, amongst other things: cultural traditions; histories of...

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Gain an advantage for Big Lottery funding

                    Taking place on Thusday 14th May, at the Exchange in Wadebridge, CRCC are inviting local groups, that are thinking about or are in the process of submitting an application to Big Lottery’s Reaching...

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How to set a reserves policy for your charity

It is important to keep money aside as a reserve to protect your charity against drops in income or allow it to take advantage of new opportunities. Your charity’s reserves can be spent on any of its aims. However by law, your charity must spend income it receives within a reasonable...

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Charity trustee meetings: 15 questions you should ask

Nikki George March 18, 2015 Advice and guidance Governance No Comments

As trustees, and the people responsible for running your charity, it’s important that you regularly review your charity’s effectiveness. What challenges are you facing? Is the charity’s structure effective? What changes are you considering implementing? It’s especially important to...

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PRS/PPL Joint Music License for Community Buildings Update

Nikki George March 18, 2015 Advice and guidance News PPL PRS No Comments

PRS/PPL have been in touch with ACRE to advise of changes to the PRS/PPL joint tariff for 2015/2016. These include: 1. Income threshold The income threshold will be increased from £50,000 to £75,000 to reflect the rate of inflation since the PRS for Music tariff was agreed. 2. Income...

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Heritage Is for Everyone – Heritage Lottery Fund information event

Heritage Is for Everyone – Heritage Lottery Fund information event New County Hall, Truro Friday 17 April 2015   The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) are holding an HLF Information Event for equality groups and organisations. The HLF funds a wide range of projects from £3,000 upwards,...

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Power-up your community!

Not-for-profit community groups in Cornwall are being invited to ‘power-up’ with the skills they need to build their membership and enjoy the environmental, social and financial benefits of delivering green energy projects thanks to a pioneering new training programme. The “Powering-up...

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Courts to recognise good intentions of volunteers and small businesses

Volunteers, community groups and ‘good deed doers’ have been given legal reassurance that courts will take account of the fact they have been acting to help society if something goes wrong and they end up having to defend themselves against being sued. New measures in the...

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Legal Update

Temporary event notices (TENs) From January 2016 the number of temporary event notices that can be used in a calendar year for the same premises will be increased from 12 to 15. A temporary event notice (TEN) can be used for a one-off event involving the sale of alcohol and/or...

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Live online learning from the Big Lottery Fund

Join the Big Lottery in their new webinars. These are interactive seminars run over the internet presented and supported by informative Funding Officers from the Big Lottery Fund. Training is interactive and provides an opportunity for people to learn in a place that suits them without...

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Safeguarding lesson for village hall Trustees

The Charity Commission has today published an Operational Compliance Report following an investigation of a village hall in Yorkshire where a chairman had been charged with “offences relating to sexual assault against a child”. On investigation, the Commission found that...

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Vital Venues funded training for hall committees

Vital Venues is pleased to announce ‘Trustee Induction’ and ‘Business Planning’ workshops funded by Awards for All to support volunteers who manage village halls, community centres and other community buildings.     The Trustee Induction Workshop...

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New food allergy legislation comes into force

New food allergen requirements come into force on the 13th December 2014 under the new EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation (No. 1169/2011). Community buildings will be pleased to hear official advice from the Government’s Food Allergy Team: Individuals or undertakings,...

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Charity Commission consultation on trustees

Nikki George December 4, 2014 Advice and guidance Governance News No Comments

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has launched a consultation on an updated draft of its guide to trustees’ duties, ‘The essential trustee (CC3)’. The new draft follows recent commission guidance on decision making and conflicts of...

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Community Energy Projects and Feed in Tariffs (FiTS)

Nikki George November 26, 2014 Advice and guidance Renewable energy No Comments

DECC has published the Government Response to the consultation on support for community energy projects under the Feed in Tariff (FITs) scheme. A copy of the document can be viewed on the DECC website. Two key points, which may be of particular interest to community buildings.  Firstly...

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Motion Picture Licensing

Nikki George November 11, 2014 Advice and guidance Licensing No Comments

We have heard through ACRE that some village halls have received letters from the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) regarding an Umbrella Licence for the showing of audio-visual content. If your hall has received such a letter you may find the following information helpful....

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Charity Commission Announces Changes to Annual Returns

The Charity Commission has announced changes to the annual return. Changes will apply to returns made for the year ending 2015 and have been designed with the intention of making charities more accountable. The annual return 2015 will include three new question areas, which received...

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