National Village Halls Forum is closing - National Village Halls Network is launched

Following the AGM in January 2016, the Executive Committee have, with regret, decided that the NVHF will close.   The formalities may take a little while but the Forum is no longer active. 

In it's place, we are very pleased to announce that the National Village and Community Halls Network has been launched by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).  This  provides an opportunity for members to air their views and consolidate them in the development of policies in support of village halls and similar rural community buildings. 

Full details of the network, how to join it and the ACRE press release can be found on

We urge all our members and all village hall representatives to join the National Village Halls Network. 

National Village Halls Forum AGM 2015

The AGM was be held at the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) offices, 109 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LD on Thursday 14 January 2016 .   Draft minutes now available.

We would like to thank  Damian Green MP and Maria Caulfield MP for their assistance in organising the venue for the original date in November which was cancelled.  

Damian Green, MP for Ashford, accepts invitation to be a Patron -  July 2015 

We are delighted to welcome Damien Green MP as a Patron.  He is the first to be appointed since the general election and we hope that he will soon be joined by MPs from the other parties.  

Press release 18 July 2015 "Budget brings added costs for village halls"

Village Halls will be hit by added running costs as a result of inadvertent consequences of the Budget increase in the Insurance Premium Tax (IPT).  

Please see full text of release below

Press Release 12 June 2015 "Village Halls say VAT is a Tax on Voluntary Effort"

The National Village Halls Forum says volunteers should not have to fundraise to pay VAT bills on improvement work to charity run community facilities.  

The Forum, which campaigns on behalf of 10,000 community buildings in rural England, is urging the Government to introduce tax breaks and support for volunteer trustees in the forthcoming budget. 

Please see full text of release below

NVHF AGM  2014 and Survey

will be held at the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) offices, which are located at 109 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LD on Wednesday 12 November 2014 starting at 11am. 

Please follow the link and give your opinion on the NVHF's future role.  Click here for more details

NVHF Response to the consultation on Fees under the Licensing Act 2003

The NVHF is very concerned about the potential impact of the government's proposed changes to the fee structure for licensing premises.  Click here to see our response. 

NVHF AGM  2013

was held at the NALC Offices, 109 Great Russell Street, London on Wednesday 6 November 2013 
Click here to see draft minutes and accounts.   

NVHF’s discussion with Department of Communities & Local Government

See below for a summary of a meeting in November 2013 with Albert Joyce representing the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG). 

The National Village Halls Forum Tea Party was held at the Houses of Parliament on 16 May 2012

Please click here for a report


Mary Mathers,
23 Apr 2014, 09:45
Mary Mathers,
22 Jul 2015, 05:11