Village halls particularly in rural areas can often be seen as an essential community facility providing affordable priced meeting places for a diverse range of community and voluntary clubs and organisations to meet, promote and deliver social, educational, leisure, sporting, cultural and recreational activities.

As such there is often a strong bond and complex relationship between the village hall and the parish council. Councillors should have a good understanding of the needs and requirements, running any community facility, including a village hall.

This guide is for Town and Parish councillors, clerks and residents. Its aim is provide a simple introduction to parish councils and the village hall.


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Legal Background


Operating Costs


A more sustainable model

Funding and Grants

Grant Aid



Partnership Working


This guide is indicative and not definitive, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list of legal requirements.


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