Village Halls & Community Buildings

Village Halls & Community Buildings

Since 1951 CAN has offered advice for trustees of village halls.

Village halls, church halls and other community buildings remain a vital resource at the heart of many rural communities, acting as a hub for multiple local services and hosting community enterprises.

CAN believes a warm, comfortable and safe public meeting place is essential to community life and in rural areas. This role is provided by a wide range of voluntary-run community buildings including village halls, Women’s Institute halls, church halls, scout huts, recreational pavilions, day centres and community centres.  

CAN's community buildings service

We offer a wide range of support and advice, practical help and resources, for trustees managing community buildings and village halls, including:

Help and advice

If you're looking for advice on any of the below just get in touch for help and advice:

  • Trustees' roles and responsibilities
  • Health and safety, insurance, risk assessments
  • Charity registration, deeds, law, licensing
  • Energy efficiency
  • Policies and procedures
  • Property maintenance, refurbishments and rebuilds
  • Project development
  • Fundraising

Our work with community buildings is strengthened by our links with ACRE and the national network of Rural Community Councils, which enables us to provide community buildings with high-quality information sheets and other resources, and to offer local buildings the chance to achieve a nationally recognised quality standard 'Hallmark'.  

Northumberland Village Halls portal

The Northumberland Village Halls portal gives information about all the village halls in Northumberland in one place and for the public to make bookings directly. The volunteers who run the halls also benefit, from having an easy to update online presence and shared promotion of the service.

Users can find halls through an interactive map of Northumberland or search by the facilities and services they provide. It is hoped the site will be well used by people looking to hire a hall by searching for a range of activities they are ideal for such as weddings, parties, conferences and classes.

The not-for-profit portal was launched in March 2021 and has been organised by CAN with support from the West Northumberland Community Buildings Consortium and North Northumberland Village Halls Consortium, and funded by National Lottery Community Fund and to the Sir James Knott Trust.


Get in touch with our Village Hall Adviser

Tracey Morgan is our Village Halls Adviser - contact her by email


Is your hall eligible for funding from Wind Farms?

We worked with NICRE to create this interactive map showing community buildings in Northumberland and catchment areas for wind farm funding (either by radius or parish area). Check the map to see if your village hall is in a catchment area of a wind farm which offers funding for local projects.

View the map

What Village Halls mean to you

At a Northumberland Village Halls celebration event CAN took the opportunity to ask a few people why their village hall is so important to their community. A short film has been created as a result - view the film.

Sincere thanks go to Allied Westminster for generously sponsoring this film.