On Saturday, North Wiltshire MP James Gray attended an Open Afternoon at Colerne Village Hall to celebrate Village Halls Week 2020.

At the event, people from across the village came together to acknowledge the Hall’s accomplishments, and the regular user groups were able to present and explain the work and activities that they do.

The campaign is an annual and national celebration of rural community spaces and the people whose time and dedication keep them going. Organised by the ACRE Network, and supported by DEFRA, the campaign runs in January and sees a huge variety of events happening across England.

After the event Mr Gray said that:

“I was extremely pleased to have attended this event to learn more the Hall’s achievements and activities over the years. Village halls are the heart of rural communities, they bring people together; they provide a meeting space essential for tackling loneliness and can provide vital services that communities might otherwise lose.

I greatly appreciate the work that the dedicated volunteers do to keep the community halls running and ensuring that people in our villages still have places to meet. Colerne village hall is a wonderful example of this, and I was so glad to have been able to be part of this event.”