Could you lend a helping hand?
It would be difficult to find a person who hasn’t ever been to an event at a village or community hall.
Whether it be a wedding reception or birthday party, coffee morning, aerobics class, craft fair or race night, we’ve all been along to something.
Most likely, the majority of us have been along to quite a few of those things. We probably attend a village hall at least a few times a year, quite possibly much more.
As is the case with so many things, it’s easy to take village halls for granted. They’re there when we need them and the rest of the time most of us don’t give them a thought.
In fact, even when we do step inside, we’re less interested in the building than we are the event. We notice the decoration, the balloons, are thankful for the cup of tea provided from the village hall kitchen, but don’t really consider what goes into ensuring that building and kitchen are available to us.
It’s often those communities that don’t have such a venue that most realise how valuable they are. You miss it when it’s not there.
The truth is, as with many things, behind the scenes there’ll be a volunteer committee working tirelessly. It takes a lot of work and fundraising to ensure a village hall is maintained, equipped and available. Not all of us have the time, dedication or will to do what they do, but we all benefit and each of us could probably do a little bit to help without even breaking into a sweat.
Why not take a look at what’s going on at your local community hall and perhaps go along and support it? By spending a few pounds, you’ll be contributing. Better still, see if there’s anything you can do to help.
Moulton Community Association, which runs Moulton Village Hall and Community Centre, is just one of those actively seeking support. Members are seeking volunteers to help with internal and external painting and woodwork, though they would be equally happy to hear from people willing to bake the odd cake or man a stall at fundraising events.
If you’re interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01205 510888 option 3 for Spalding office.
For more information on volunteering opportunities and community group support, visit www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk