Vital Venues


Is it beneficial to have superfast broadband in your hall?

The Superfast Cornwall programme funded by the EU, Cornwall Council and BT and managed by Cornwall Development Company has been working with many village halls across Cornwall over the last few years to run IT courses for beginners and help local people learn how to use the Internet....

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30% discounted insurance from Aon

Make sure you include Aon when searching for best value specialist insurance cover for Community Buildings.  With 30% off their standard premiums, there’s never been a better time to get a quote.         Click the image or call 0845 8680696 and quote VIL2 Aon...

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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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New Feed in Tariff legislation

ACRE has notified us that the changes to the  Feed-in Tariff Legislation which will enable charities to  manage a community energy project has been laid before parliament and will come into force 1st April. ACRE has been alerting Defra and DECC through briefings and consultations that...

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Safeguarding adults – Human Rights: Human Lives

Nikki George February 11, 2015 News Opportunities Training Volunteering No Comments

The next free Safeguarding Adult workshops takes place on 18th February in Newquay. Human Rights: Human Lives provides individuals (paid or voluntary), within Cornwall based community organisations, the opportunity to increase knowledge and understanding of how to Safeguard Vulnerable...

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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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Defra suspends decision to cut RCCs

Nikki George February 11, 2015 Funding Government News No Comments

Thanks to public support Defra has agreed to invest in Rural Community Councils across England for 2015/16. In January  with news that one of our main sources of funding was about to be withdrawn, the RCC network of charities embarked on a frantic campaign to see if people would...

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Urgent campaign against funding cuts

Nikki George January 14, 2015 Funding Government News No Comments

Vital Venues is calling all community buildings in Cornwall to join CRCC’s urgent campaign to call on the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs not to withdraw funding for the ACRE Network of rural community councils (RCCs). The Network, of which Cornwall...

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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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Government Consultation on Charities: audit and independent examination thresholds

Nikki George January 7, 2015 Accounting Governance Government Legal News No Comments

The government are currently consulting on recommendations to increase financial thresholds determining whether charity accounts must be audited or examined. The consultation is open until the 27th Januaury 2015. One of the recommendations of Lord Hodgson’s review of the...

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Government to stop charities losing out on Gift Aid

Nikki George January 7, 2015 Accounting Funding Government News No Comments

The Government has announced the Gift Aid model declaration form is to be improved, to stop charities losing out on potentially billions of pounds of Gift Aid. According to National Audit Office (NAO) estimates there are donations of around £2.3 billion where Gift Aid is not used....

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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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Treverbyn Community Hall reopens to another massive funding success

Nikki George December 16, 2014 Funding News No Comments

         Following an extensive refurbishment funded by Sita Cornwall’s Flagship Grant programme, the newly renovated and extended hall was officially declared open again on Friday 28th November. A packed out hall, full of smiley faces witnessed young people from the village cut the...

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Consultation on parish polls

Nikki George December 16, 2014 Government News Opportunities No Comments

DCLG has recently launched a consultation on its proposals to modernise parish polls, which closes on 30 January 2015. A parish poll allows for a ballot of local government electors in the parish to be called on any question arising at a parish meeting. The consultation seeks the views...

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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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New funding for minibuses to community transport operators

Nikki George November 26, 2014 Funding News Opportunities No Comments

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that hundreds of vital community groups from across the country will receive additional support. £25 million will be made available to provide hundreds of new minibuses to community transport operators in rural and isolated areas....

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Funding success for new Community Café in Treverbyn

Life just gets busier and busier in Treverbyn and Stenalees. Treverbyn Together who with the help of lots of volunteers from their local community are currently busily painting and decorating their recently extended hall ahead of its reopening have also been successful in securing...

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Start-up Funding to establish Community Micro Libraries

Nikki George November 11, 2014 Cornwall Council Funding News Opportunities No Comments

Could your community building host the next Community Micro Library? A micro library is a browsing collection of approximately 200 books which include fiction, non-fiction and junior books, to give a flavour what is available from the wider library service in Cornwall.  Customers are...

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Can you help promote new programme to assist unemployed people in Cornwall

Be Your Own Boss the newest programme by the Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is aimed at helping people who are not currently in employment, over 19 years old and who have a seed of an idea for creating a business that also has social or environmental purpose. Courses...

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Power of Volunteering

New research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development  demonstrates the profound effect volunteering can have and has identified 10 key skills volunteering can help to develop including: Greater Confidence Increased awareness of local community Enhanced coaching and...

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Showing How Vital Our Venues Are

admin October 7, 2014 Consultation News Volunteering No Comments

     A new survey of village halls has highlighted the crucial work carried out by community centre volunteers in the region. Released by the Action with Communities in Rural England (Acre) report has used information provided by committees across the country to paint a picture of...

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Residents to Fight Charity Commission Over Hall Ownership

An interesting article in the Western Morning News last week details how a determined band of local residents are deep into a campaign to preserve the local village hall for community use. Built over 70 years ago with funds raised by the Kelly Bray Women’s Institute, the village...

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Autumn Round

admin September 26, 2014 Funding News Opportunities No Comments

The budget for the autumn round is £600,000 with grants of up to £50,000 available to not-for-profit organisations, charities, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, Companies limited by guarantee, and unincorporated associations. The Prince’s Countryside Fund has been...

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Human Rights:Human Lives safeguarding adults training

  The Human Rights: Human Lives Leading and Managing in Safeguarding adults is open for bookings:   If you would like any more information please contact or 07817 450468. The booking form is online following this link:...

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National minimum wage increases

  The National Minimum Wage is increasing as of the 1st October 2014. This will effect management committees who employ reception staff, cleaners, caretakers etc. The new hourly rates will be: Age 21 and over will be £6.50 18 to 20 will be £5.13 16 to 17 will be £3.79 Apprentices...

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Charity Commission website is moved to

admin September 22, 2014 Government News No Comments

  The Charity Commission’s website has been moved to:

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National survey paints portrait of village hall life

admin September 19, 2014 News Volunteering No Comments

England’s 10,000 village halls rely on more than 12 million hours of volunteering each year to deliver their vital role at the heart of rural communities, a new survey has revealed. The survey, by leading rural network ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), showed volunteers...

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Free professional advice at Power of Partnership event

Could your organisation use support from solicitors, architects, branding & marketing specialists building surveyors, accountants and other professional firms?   Do you want to know how you can achieve more for your organisation by working in partnership?   Then come to...

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Changes to VAT on buildings and construction

HMRC has made several changes to VAT Notice 708: buildings and construction, which was updated on 14 August and which cancels and replaces Notice 708 (April 2014). The following changes have been made to this Notice. Paragraph 2.1 has been amended to show VAT liability of works of...

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