About us

The Forum was founded in 1983 to exchange & disseminate information about Village and Community Halls in England and, at a national level, to represent Halls with the Government and other relevant national bodies, about the concerns facing community buildings managers, particularly in respect of changes in legislation.

Since 2001 there has been a small executive team to direct the policy of the Forum, which is "grass roots" led, as only representatives of Village Hall Associations or Trustees of Halls, may be elected as Officers.  However, we very much welcome and enjoy the support of a Representative of the Village Halls Advisors as a member of the Executive Committee, who is able to contribute up to date information and advice on all topics of concern to the Forum and its members.

The Forum does not offer general or legal advice; this service is available from the  Village Halls Advisor at your local Rural Community Council – there is one in each County in England.    Our function is about POLICY.  We campaign for a fairer deal for village halls, on issues such as:

  • Long-term, national sustainable Capital Funding to maintain and improve our Village and Community buildings
  • Relief /reduction in VAT on village halls
  • Ways in which we may reduce the burden of regulation.