Community Buildings are managed by volunteers who often work in isolation, running and managing their charities and buildings on a daily basis. The Community Lincs Community Buildings Advisory Service offers support and advice throughout the year to individual committees and one way we do this is through our cluster meetings.
Community Lincs often find that they receive requests for the same information, or users are unaware that other committees are facing the same issues as themselves. Community Lincs therefore, co-ordinate cluster meetings for hall management committees to get together to exchange information, ideas and advice twice a year.
How are Community Lincs involved?
Since 2007, Community Lincs has co-ordinated two cluster meeting rounds per year – one in the spring and one in the autumn across 6 areas of the county.
These meetings are free to attend, and we are very grateful that committees who host the meetings allow us free use of a meeting room and provide refreshments.
These meetings give the opportunity for hall management committees to get together to exchange ideas and best practice and obtain updates on local and national news on all aspects of running a village or community hall.
The meetings are also a great way for Community Lincs’ Community Facilities Adviser to find out about any problems or issues that committees may have. Sometimes they are able to be dealt with at the meeting, or our adviser will contact the committee after the meeting and offer further or long term support.
Sometimes new people attend the meetings to find out what they are all about and often become regular members of the meetings, having found the sessions so valuable.
How has the community benefitted Community Lincs’ support?
The feedback we receive at each cluster meeting is always very positive, people go away feeling more confident that they are managing their building correctly, or if they are unsure they know where they can get more support and advice after the meeting.
“I found it to be very interesting and informative. It’s interesting to hear that other villages have the same sort of problems such as getting the villagers to different functions”
“This meeting has opened our eyes to what our committee needs to know”
“These meetings make you think about things you take for granted! So don’t let anyone say it is not worth coming along to hear what do and think about what you do yourself”
“At our local cluster meeting, we found out that all of our committee members have to be listed on our annual return to the Charity Commission, something we’ve not done before!”
“It’s been great to meet other committees with the same problems as our own, but I’m going back to our committee with some new and positive ideas.”
The meetings take place in six parts of Lincolnshire – East Lindsey North, East Lindsey South, West Lindsey, North Kesteven, South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland. Unsure of which area your hall is in? Download our helpful map.
The agenda for each of the Spring 2018 meetings are as follows:
7pm – Arrive and refreshments
7.15pm – Welcome and introductions
7.20pm – An opportunity to meet Tony Rutherford – a comedian and script writer who has many contacts within the entertainment industry including theatre groups and artists. Data Protection Legislation changes 2018, attracting volunteers and online booking software.
8pm – Open forum session—ask questions and share ideas with neighbouring committees
9pm – Close
Details of the Spring 2018 cluster meetings
|North Kesteven & Lincoln||Friday 20th April 2018||Wellingore Memorial Hall, Memorial Hall Drive, Wellingore, LN5 0BD|
|South Kesteven||Wednesday 2nd May 2018||Corby Glen Church Street Rooms, Church Street, Corby Glen, NG33 4NJ|
|Boston & South Holland||Monday 14th May 2018||Gedney Hill & District Memorial Hall, Hillgate, Gedney Hill, PE12 0NN|
|East Lindsey South||Monday 4th June 2018||Toft Newton Village Hall, Washington Drive, Newtoft, LN8 3NN|
|West Lindsey||Monday 11th June 2018||Mareham Le Fen Village Hall, Horncastle Road, Mareham Le Fen, PE22 7QN|
|East Lindsey North||Wednesday 20th June 2018||Utterby Parish Hall, Main Road, Utterby, LN11 0TU|