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A triumphant year celebrated by Teesdale Village Halls Consortium!


Teesdale Village Halls Consortium celebrated another successful year at its annual general meeting on 27th June at Cotherstone Village Hall.

The meeting was well attended by over forty people representing twenty seven member halls and other interested organisations.

2006 was a very active year for the village halls in Teesdale and for the Consortium which due its growth and success changed from being an unincorporated charity into a charitable company limited by guarantee. The Consortium received international recognition when Fergus Arkley, business and development manager, was invited to speak at conferences in Berlin and Gdansk in Poland about the success of the collaboration of the Consortium members and how TVHC has accessed different European funding streams.

Due to the increase in services and activities the Consortium has employed Ruth Denham as a Project Officer and one of her roles is investigating and helping the member halls to become more energy efficient. A working group called SETH (Sustainable Energy for Teesdale Halls) has been established; funding has been secured to carry out energy audits on eight member halls and a site visit to High Wray Village Hall in the Lake District is taking place this month to look at how they are using renewable energy sources to be more efficient.

The Consortium in conjunction with Teesdale Marketing and Barnard Castle Tourist Information Centre now produces the twice yearly Teesdale Events Guide with the Consortium's Marketing Officer Helen Thistlethwaite researching and compiling all the information. The autumn/winter guide will be produced in October to cover events from October 2007 - March 2008, if you would like to submit events for inclusion in this please email

TVHC is hoping to devise a village hall charter which will set out the services that will be delivered to its members. The halls present at the AGM were asked for their views on the services they already receive from the Consortium and what further assistance could be provided. The charter will be devised along with a proposed designated village halls advisor.

Anyone wanting to become involved with their local village hall or find out what events and activities are happening should contact the Consortium on 01833 696650