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DCA Training Schedule

DCA Training Courses for operating our Halls in a professional manner

Please follow the links below or contact DCA direct if you want to attend any of the events.

The Great Dorset Halls Fair Report

Here is a brief summary of the 2013 Halls Fair which was a joint collaboration between the Dorset Village Halls Association, East Dorset District Council and Dorset Community Action, held at the Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne on 4th October 2013.

My thanks to all who participated or contributed, and especially to our District Council who provided the venue.
Baird Oldrey, Chairman


DVHA AGM at the Great Dorset Halls Fair

 Our AGM for the years 2011-13, which was postponed in May is now arranged for the 4th October at 5pm in the Allendale Centre, Wimborne at the end of our Great Dorset Halls Fair.

The Agenda was as follows:


Waste collection changes

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 Dorset Waste Partnership have asked that we publish the following for your information. Please address any questions to the waste partnership as shown below.


Waste collection services for public halls

We are trying to contact people responsible for dealing with waste from public halls to ensure that the correct waste collection services are in place.

DVHA AGM Postponed

 I am sorry to have to tell you that we have reluctantly decided to postpone the AGM and Open meeting, due to lack of support. We had potentially the lowest turnout of any AGM in our existence, and it was not deemed fair to ask professional speakers and suppliers to turn out at a weekend for this. We feel it would be better to attach the business of an AGM to an event with wider appeal to Hall members instead.


New GiftAid Repayment system

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 A new system for claiming Gift Aid went live on 22 April 2013. HMRC’s new systems replaces the paper form currently used to claim tax repayments.

The transition period for implementing the changes ends on 30 September 2013. Find out more about Charities Online and the steps that you need to take:

DVHA AGM 2013 at Litton Cheney

 This year, we will be meeting on Saturday 11th May at the recently-built Community Hall at Litton Cheney – just off the A35 about 8 miles west of Dorchester. We have chosen this very busy new hall so that we can hear from the Chairman of the committee that planned, built and run it.


Contract Opportunity for Meeting and Event Venues

Dorset County Council is going out to tender for the provision of meeting rooms and venue hire in Dorset.

The County Council realises that it would be uneconomical for some small voluntary organisations, such as village and community halls, to participate in this electronic tender process, given the infrequent and ad hoc nature of its bookings. However, in order to continue being booked by County Council staff, village and community halls will need to be able to fulfil three criteria in future. These are:

Energy Auditing for Community Buildings

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Dorford Centre, Dorchester, Friday 11 March 10.00 - 16.30 (registration 9.45) 

A FREE one day training course (lunch included) from the Energy Saving Trust's Green Communities team, in partnership with Dorset Community Action and the da21 GreenAssist project.

Local Energy - Big Society

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The Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, has launched a new website - Community Energy Online - which provides support to local authorities and community groups to develop local low carbon and renewable energy projects.

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