Village Halls Week comes to Suffolk
Posted: Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:20
Active Suffolk is supporting the national campaign which celebrates England's 10,000 village halls. Village Halls Week helps to raise the profile of our community venues across the country showcasing all of the wonderful activities and social events these venues have to offer throughout the year. Village Halls Week which is from the 20th – 26th January, is run by national rural charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and their 38 member organisations.
Active Suffolk recognise just how valuable our village halls are, as they play a pivotal part in the organisations National Lottery funded project, Fit Villages. Fit Villages is a well-established project which has been delivered across the county for over half a decade. The project makes a real difference to local communities by bringing people together to socialise, have fun and become more active.
Throughout Village Halls Week, Active Suffolk will be promoting the campaign on their social media platforms, where they will be showcasing the success of some of their previous Fit Villages projects which have been delivered out of some of the county's long standing community venues.
In the last year alone, the Fit Villages projects across rural Suffolk have seen over 630 unique participants attend a physical activity session in 48 individual villages across the county. Activities such Yoga, Keep Fit, Pilates and Bowls have been delivered by the project in village halls across Suffolk including, Otley, Battisford, Kessingland, Acton, Ufford and Horham to name just a few. Through working closely with rural communities, the Fit Villages team have set up several new projects for the New Year and later this month further activities are to launch including the new Nordic Walking group from the recently refurbed Coddenham Village Hall and additional activities are to begin in the new Corton Community Room.
"It's brought our community closer together and even if people just come to watch, is proving to be a real success. Fit Villages is a really good idea, and has brought people in our small village together."
Said one recent attendee of a Fit Villages project, whilst another went on to add:
"This was a huge benefit to us as the hall is in good use now benefiting the people in our village."
Comments like these, really highlight the benefit the project has, not only on improving the health and well-being of local people but also on utilising the wonderful facilities our village halls have to offer across the county.
If you live in a village in Suffolk and would like to help make use of the space your village hall has to offer, get in touch with the Fit Villages team at Active Suffolk on 01394 444 605 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information about the project can be found at www.activesuffolk.org and up to date information regarding new launches can be found on the Active Suffolk Facebook page.
If you wish to find out more about Village Hall Week, log on to www.acre.org.uk