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National survey of village hall life: 12 million hours of volunteering, £11m of renovations and 38.6 million cups of tea
England’s 10,000 village halls rely on more than 12 million hours of volunteering each year to deliver their vital role at the heart of rural communities, a new survey* by ACRE has revealed. It showed volunteers who run classes and events put in 2.5 million hours annually. That’s on top of the estimated 9.6 million hours clocked up by management committees. But more than half of the halls who responded said they were struggling to find new recruits to help manage the buildings – with people protesting that they were too busy, too old or simply not interested. Read some of the key findings from the survey here.
*ACRE undertook a survey of village halls across England. The survey returned 1,300 responses, (13%) that were used to derive the statistics for this report. Visit the Community Facilities page for details of services provided by Northamptonshire ACRE.
We at Northamptonshire ACRE are urging households to buy their winter oil early so that they are prepared when the colder weather arrives. Research shows 36% of homes in rural areas are off the gas grid, so many households rely on heating oil. In times of high demand, prices can increase rapidly, leaving the most vulnerable unable to afford to adequately heat their homes.
One of the best ways to save money is to set up or join an oil buying group, which can buy in bulk and negotiate the best price. Twenty-five members of the ACRE Network have set up oil-buying groups and Northamptonshire ACRE runs such a scheme. Since we launched our scheme, over 1150 orders have been processed and over 900,000 litres of domestic heating oil have been delivered. With professional negotiators behind us, our members have saved a total of just over £120,500 so far against the highest prices quoted and over £45,000 against average. Find out more about our Bulk Oil Scheme here. And why not download our top ten tips for heating oil customers.
We are expanding our Bulk Oil scheme to offer Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) in cylinders and for bulk tanks. This is in conjunction with Swift Energy Consultants Ltd and FloGas. There is no additional cost to ordering LPG as it is covered under the bulk oil membership. For more details click here.
Many thanks to everyone who has kindly donated spades, hoes, rakes and even mowers to the Community Payback scheme. The group are extremely grateful as these tools enable them to continue with their excellent work of ground maintenance in communities. If you would like to know more about the Community Payback scheme or would like to nominate a project in your area, please click on the Community Payback logo to go to the Northants Probation Trust website for more information.