The following press release was issued on 22 January 2018 by Action in rural Sussex:
Lurgashall Village Hall in West Sussex has been awarded prestigious Hallmark Quality Awards in both Administration and Health & Safety Compliance by peer assessors on behalf of Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE).
This is a huge achievement for Lurgashall Village Hall as it was on the verge of closure 12 years ago due to lack of use and an expiring lease. Hard work by the local community, together with support from Action in rural Sussex’s Village Halls and Community Buildings Advisory Service led to the negotiation of a new lease, as well as the raising of funds which covered the costs of a refurbishment and installation of a new kitchen and heating system.
Now used regularly for a wide range of activities including a luncheon club, monthly teas, Pilates classes, meetings of local organisations and for children’s birthday parties, this village hall is now truly at the heart of the Lurgashall community.
This is a timely award for the village hall as the 22nd January sees ACRE’s first ever #VillageHallsWeek – an annual celebration of the 10,000 village halls and other community buildings which exist at the heart of England’s rural communities.