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  • Vaccancy: Communications Officer, Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

    "Highlights is a thriving arts organisation based in Appleby, Cumbria.  We work with over 65 village halls and volunteer promoters bringing professional arts to rural communities."

    Communications Officer (2 days a week) 12 month Contract

    Highlights Rural Touring have an exciting opportunity for a Communications Officer to join our busy team.

    If you are a great communicator with a passion for the arts, They’d love to hear from you.

    The post is 2 days a week based in Appleby. Flexible hours.

    Click here for the job description

    Letters of application and a CV should be emailed to info@highlightsnorth.co.uk

    Closing date: 3 March

    Interviews: w/b 18 March

    If you would like to discuss the role phone the office on 017683 53954

  • Vaccancy: Communications Officer, Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

    Communications Officer (2 days a week) 12 month Contract

    Highlights Rural Touring have an exciting opportunity for a Communications Officer to join our busy team.

    If you are a great communicator with a passion for the arts, They’d love to hear from you.

    The post is 2 days a week based in Appleby. Flexible hours.

    Click here for the job description

    Letters of application and a CV should be emailed to info@highlightsnorth.co.uk

    Closing date: 3 March

    Interviews: w/b 18 March

    If you would like to discuss the role phone the office on 017683 53954

  • Village Halls Week 2019 Poem

    National Rural Touring Forum are celebrating Village Halls week by commissioning a poem by well-known UK Stand-up poet Kate Fox. Kate has written a piece amusingly encapsulating the breadth of events and happenings you might take part in during a week at your local Village Hall. She will premiere the poem by performing it live on BBC radio stations Monday 21st January and via NRTF website.

    Village Halls Week is the brain child of national charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE). NRTF is a part of their week-long campaign to celebrate England’s 10,000 Village Halls. Village Halls are an integral part of rural communities but are often overlooked. This year we think about how Village Halls provide a space for communities to come together, something ever more pertinent with the rising number of people affected by loneliness.

    Rural communities are seeing diminishing services and social areas, such as the closing of pubs and shops. When these community spaces disappear, it becomes harder to connect, meet new people and have that much needed interaction. ACRE & NRTF believe Village Halls play a huge part in tackling these issues, for example providing community shops, performance spaces and pop up pubs where there are none, as well as social groups for older and younger people alike.

    Kate Fox is a British poet, author and comedian. Her solo comedy shows have toured from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Southbank Centre and been broadcast on Radio 4. She lives in North Yorkshire and has recently made two comedy series for BBC Radio 4 called ‘The Price of Happiness’.

    “Some of my best gigs in the past have been rural touring in village halls. The homemade cakes! The friendly & surprisingly diverse audiences! It’s been lovely to be asked to write a poem in celebration of spaces which are more precious now than ever as community spaces are eroded.” Kate Fox
    NRTF support Rural Touring programming and development organisations called Schemes to bring professional performance to rural audiences. Village Halls are widely used in Rural Touring for theatre and dance spaces.

    From the 22 January to the 28 January 2019, every county will see a series of events to bring people together and celebrate these crucial rural spaces.

  • Village Halls Week: 22nd - 28th January

    A celebration of rural communities

    National Charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and their 38 member organisations are running a week long campaign to celebrate England’s 10,000 Village Halls.

    Village Halls are an integral part of rural communities but are often overlooked. Think back over the years; birthday parties, christenings, weddings and funerals. Key moments in our lives – all treading the boards of our Village Halls.

    This year we think about how Village Halls provide a space for communities to come together, something ever more pertinent with the rising number of people affected by loneliness.

    Rural communities in particular are seeing diminishing services and social areas, such as the closing of pubs and shops. When these community spaces disappear, it becomes harder to connect, meet new people and have that much needed interaction.

    ACRE believe Village Halls play a huge part in tackling these issues, for example providing community shops and pop up pubs where there are none, as well as social groups for older and younger people alike.

    From the 22 January to the 28 January 2019, every county will see a series of events to bring people together and celebrate these crucial rural spaces. The campaign is supported by Defra with an appearance in the week from Lord Gardiner of Kimble.

    Events include performances from Ian McMillan, renowned poet and broadcaster and children’s author and illustrator Steve Antony.

    In addition, the NRTF has commissioned stand-up poet Kate Fox to write and perform a piece celebrating village halls.

    For a full list of events visit the ACRE Website.
    www.acre.org.uk

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    Issued 09 January 2019


    Notes

    #Villagehallsweek (22-28 Jan) is an initiative started by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

    The ACRE Network is formed of ACRE and its members – 38 rural community councils based at county level across England. Many or the RCCs date back 90s years; ACRE was formed in 1987 and is the national voice for the country’s largest rural network, formed of 52,000 grassroots organisations in 11,000 rural communities.

    The Launch Event will be at Little Thetford Village Hall in Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire ACRE will celebrate the history of Village Halls with appearances from Deputy Lieutenant Mrs Jane Lewin-Smith and the City of Ely Town Crier Mrs Avril Hayter-Smith.

    Community Action Suffolk will welcome the support of Defra, with Lord Gardiner of Kimble Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity in attendance.

    Community Action Northumberland welcomes Ian McMillan renowned poet, writer and radio presenter. Ian supported Village Halls Week 2018 by writing ‘A Teapot as big as The Moon’, a poem especially about Village Halls.

    GRCC (Community Action in Gloucestershire) host children’s author and illustrator Steve Antony. Steve will be doing a reading of his new book ‘Amazing’ published January 2019.

    Stand-up poet Kate Fox has been commissioned by the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) to write and perform a poem. The NRTF are the membership organisation for rural touring schemes, working to bring professional performance art to rural audiences. Kate has recently made two comedy series for BBC Radio 4 called ‘The Price of Happiness’ and her comedy shows have toured from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Southbank Centre.

    For a full list of events visit the ACRE Website.
    www.acre.org.uk