Village Halls Week 2019

A celebration of rural communities

“The village halls and community buildings network is so vital to the fabric and wellbeing of any community and we are very proud to continue to support the volunteers and infrastructure which is crucial to their continuation.”

Lynn Gibson

Chief Executive, Community First

Village Halls Week is an annual and national campaign to celebrate rural community spaces and the people whose time and dedication keep them going.

Organised by ACRE and the ACRE Network (including Community First), the campaign runs from the 22nd – 28th January each year and sees a huge variety of events happening across England.

We will keep this page updated throughout #VillageHallsWeek with events from village halls across Wiltshire and Swindon. If you would like to join us in celebrating your local village hall or community building in Wiltshire or Swindon, you can also download a toolkit including a banner for your website and social media accounts, as well as a poster template to let everyone know what is happening in your village hall during Village Halls Week 2019!

Village Halls Week Toolkit

Download Resources

Would you like to promote your village hall during #VillageHallsWeek? Click the button below to download a poster template and a banner for your website or social media. Help us spread the word about the vital role village halls play in local communities.

Remember to check your downloads folder for the ZIP file.

Village Halls Week Poem

This poem was commissioned by the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) and written by poet Kate Fox, to celebrate Village Halls Week 2019.

Village Halls Week Fun Facts

Village Halls Week Events

22nd – 28th January 2019

Leigh Park Community Centre (Westbury)
A variety of exercise classes and community activities

Leigh Park Community Centre in Westbury is host to a variety of activities and group excerise classes during Village Halls Week, including Zumba, Tai Chi and Quilting. The community centre has recently launched a programme of FREE exercise classes (funded via LACE-UP) for a variety of age groups, including Family Fitness, Toddler Fun Fitness, Post-Natal Pilates and Over 50’s Flexibility & Core.

Forore information vist: Leigh Park Community Centre

24th January 2019

Shalbourne Village Hall
Skittles Match

Shalbourne Village Hall will be hosting a skittles match on 24th January to commemorate #VillageHallsWeek, as well as marking Burns Night

24th – 26th January 2019

Southwick Village Hall

Southwick players will be celebrating this week with their pantomime which opens at the Southwick Village Hall on Thursday, January 24, with shows that night, Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinée at 2.30pm.
Tickets are £8/£6 from 01225 761 315 or 01225 760 463

25th – 27th January 2019

Wootton Bassett Light Operatic Society
Dick Whittington Eighties Style

Evening Performance 7pm for 7.30pm start on Friday and Saturday evening. Matinee Performances are on Saturday 2pm for 2.30pm start and Sunday matinee is 3.30pm for a 4.00pm start.

The venue is The Memorial Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett.

For tickets telephone 01793 855473

How are you celebrating #VillageHallsWeek?

To help boost awareness of village halls and community buildings across the county, we would like to share events and activities that you have planned to celebrate Village Halls Week 2019! Your events can also be shared with ACRE as part of its #VillageHallsWeek calendar.

If you would like to share an event or activity on this page or as part of the Village Halls Week campaign, please email


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