With ‘Village Halls Week 2020’ (20-26 January) almost upon us, we are running a photo competition to provide funds for cash-strapped rural community halls. The competition is designed to champion and emphasise the vital role that halls play in building rural communities. The top prize is £1,000 to the village hall and £500 to the photographer.
To alert halls and villages, we’ve teamed up with various charity organisations (ACRE, Plunkett Foundation and 30+ Regional Community Councils) to spread word to villages and halls which don’t have a social media presence and are not in regular communication with other organisations.
To help us, would you be kind enough to pass information about the competition to those parish councils, village halls and village associations for which you have contacts in your area? We are keen that all villages have an equal chance to take part, prompting villagers to collaborate and bring home the message of their hall’s vital importance.
Here are the key points about the competition:
– Top prize is £1,000 to the village hall and £500 to the photographer. There are other prizes.
– Theme: ‘Village Life – a photo which characterises the value of community in your village’. This is not about ‘pretty villages’ or professional photography, but rather capturing the essence of ‘community’.
– It’s open to all rural halls. No fee to enter. Halls can enter as many photos as they wish.
– Closing date is 15/3/20 but many halls are using Village Halls Week to capture great photos.
– Details and rules are available from https://villagehallsurvey.com/survey/photo-competition
– Trustees can download a poster for noticeboard display from the above link.
– We’ve received over a hundred entries already, with some very touching photos showing great community bonds. Please encourage villages to vote for the best photos from other communities in order to help the judges. https://villagehallsurvey.com/survey/photo-competition/photo-gallery
– If halls wish to share information about the competition on Facebook or Twitter, a larger version of this graphic is attached for their use.