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New Version of ACRE Information Sheet 16 - How Green is your hall?

A new Version of ACRE Information Sheet 16 - "How Green is your hall?" has been issued and is now available to view in the ACRE pages of the Information Section and a printed version is available from the downloads page.

The Future of Cheques

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Many halls will have some concerns over the plans to abolish cheques. They are not alone, many charities and small businesses are concerned about the issue so attached is a briefing paper on what progress is being made to address the concerns of this sector.

Lottery Announcement about new Reaching Communities programme for Community Buildings

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The BIG Lottery Fund is investing an additional £75 million specifically for rural and urban community-use buildings through its flagship programme, Reaching Communities.


Alcohol licensing conditions

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 If your premises sells or supplies alcohol, you must now hold an age verification policy and ensure you offer smaller serving measures to your customers.

In April this year we announced the first three conditions of the Licensing Act 2003 (mandatory licensing conditions) order 2010. They apply to all licensed premises and those with a club premises certificate in England and Wales. They were:

New version of Information Sheet 7 (Insurance for Village Halls) available

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 A revised version of VHIS07, Village Halls Insurance Cover, is now available on the ACRE pages.

Many thanks to Peter Lawrence from Aon for his assistance with the update.

Vetting and Barring Scheme on hold

Despite what you may have read or heard in the media, the vetting and barring (VBS) scheme has not been scrapped – some aspects of it have been put on hold while it is reviewed.

Grassroots Looking for Projects to Fund Now!

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Memo from Chris Carman - Funding Adviser DCA:

I went to an update meeting with the Community Foundation for Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole at the end of last week and would like to pass on some important information to you.

'LawWorks Choices' Scheme

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The LawWorks Choices project has now achieved 1850 hours of pro bono work amongst the current volunteers, which is a fantastic achievement, and we are very proud!

THE WATES FOUNDATION - Now Open to Applications

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The Wates Foundation is open to applications once again after a review of its grant-making structure.

The Foundation aims to promote work that builds social values and responsibility and provides access to opportunities that address disadvantage.


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