A forward planning day for your Village Hall

Wed 27 June 2018 4pm-8.30pm, NP HQ, Balloch

Village or community halls are the economic and social hub of our communities.  Offering a gathering space, facilities and activities – they not only provide for the wellbeing of the people living in the area but are also valuable capital assets making them an important contribution to the local economy.

The Community Partnership, supported by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, is holding its first Village Hall Summit; bringing together all those in the NP and gateway communities who manage these community hubs. The Summit will provide inspiration and practical advice to help build individual action plans for each hall, securing our collective vision for successful and sustainable community spaces across the park.

Programme Overview  Village Hall Summit 2018 Programme V1 

  • Summit address – Stuart Mearns, Director of Rural Development and Planning LLTNPA
  • Guest Speaker: Cove Burgh Hall. Alison Morrison and her colleagues take us on a journey from its development into a real working community hub which was also one of the first Village Halls in Argyll & Bute to gain SCVO’s Keystone quality assurance award.
  • Two practical workshops – Community Venue Health check; Creating a Forward Plan.
  • Advisory sessions – speak to the experts.
  • Networking
  • Refreshments and a complimentary tea-time buffet
  • and more…

Expert advice

Village Halls will have access to a whole range of experts offering general advice relating to many aspects of hall management. We will have more information about all our contributors available nearer to the event!

  • Argyll & Bute CouncilSocial Enterprise Team (part of Transformation Project & Regeneration)
  • ACT (Argyll & the Isles Coast & Countryside Trust)
  • Anderson Strathern – Legal advice for communities
  • Argyll TSI Governance, volunteering, business planning/enterprise for volunteer groups
  • BIG Lottery funding for community and people led activities
  • Broadband, Stirling Council
  • Community Shares ScotlandNational information and support organisation for community shares. helping communities to invest in what matters
  • Community Ownership Support Service (DTAS) Asset ownership, social enterprise, shared used of building and holistic needs of communities.
  • Data Protection, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority – Information management & data protection 
  •  – commissioning architecture service for new builds and renovation projects
  • Inspiralba business support to social enterprises
  • Keep Scotland Beautiful Scottish Governments climate challenge fund, energy efficient buildings
  • Marketing, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority
  • Loch Lomond & The Trossachs NPA Development Planning & Development Management Officers – Planning advice
  • The Plunkett FoundationCommunity co-operatives (shops, pubs, bakeries, farms, community hubs)
  • The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland represented by G.D. Lodge Architects commissioning architecture service for new builds and renovation projects
  • Scottish Community AllianceSupporting community based organisations and enterprises across Scotland
  • Scottish Fire & Rescue Service Village Hall Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Safety Audit processes,  Fire Safety in the Home and CPR Training.
  • Scottish Government Community Empowerment Team
  • Scottish Land Fund Supporting urban & rural communities to become more resilient & sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets
  • Social Enterprise Academy social enterprise advice for communities & village/community hall volunteers
  • Social Investment Scotland (SIS)finance and investment for social enterprises
  • Stirling Access ForumFacility management, and access
  • Stirling Councilfunding opportunities, social enterprise, marketing, capacity building, asset transfer, renewable energy
  • Stirling Voluntary Enterprise Governance, volunteering, business planning/enterprise for volunteer groups

Village Hall Survey

Last year we invited Village Halls across the park to answer a short survey to help us gather information and build a picture of the resources and services they offer.  The survey also asked a series of questions asking what support they needed offering scope for further development.  Click here Community Partnership Village Hall Survey – Summary FINAL to read more.

Each week we’ll be taking a look at other village and community halls across the globe using their space in innovative or impressive ways to help improve the facilities available to their community

Village Hall Case Study 1 – Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre  www.taigh-chearsabhagh.org  in Loch Maddy is a community hub where people can meet, share ideas, learn new skills and experience cultural interpretation that is imaginative and stimulating.


Village Hall Case Study 2 – Killearn Village Hall

Killearn Village Hall is a hive of activity offering space for sport, dancing, health and wellbeing or just a place for friends and family to enjoy a cup of tea / cake. The hall is also a great venue for parties, christenings, weddings, meetings and live performances. The Village Hall is run on a not-for-profit basis and supports Killearn in every way it can, with the objective of improving and protecting community life. http://www.killearnvillagehall.co.uk

The Hall is managed by a Village Hall Operations Committee responsible for the bookings, maintenance, marketing, financial management and security of the Hall and is a sub group of Killearn Community Futures Company (KCFC) http://kcfc.co.uk/index.html Killearn Village Hall was completely refurbished in 2012-13 and reopened in July 2013. The refurbishment project was 4 years in the design stage, with wide consultation on the key requirements and was funded by the local community and with support from European and Government grants.

Village Hall Case Study 3 – Cove Burgh Hall

Cove Burgh Hall is a fantastic community hub situated on the Rosneath peninsula in Argyll & Bute. Promoting the benefit of the inhabitants of Cove and Kilcreggan it provides facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupations in the interest of social welfare, with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities were intended. The venue has to offer:

  • A Distinct social & cultural value
  • Ensures social & financial inclusivity
  • Financial sustainability with priority of social over commercial objectives
  • Venue allows community interface with local organisations & public agencies
  • Conserve & improve physical infrastructure

Members of the CBH Management committee will be joining us on the 27th June – come along to find out more about the Village Hall that was one of first village halls in Argyll & Bute to gain the Keystone award from SCVO.

For more details about this event please call either Marie or Anne on 01389 722639 / 01389 722134 to discuss.