Community Buildings, Village Hall Blog News

As from today this Blog will be incorporated into our Community Led Planning Blog at giving you just one place to find our news and views for Buckinghamshire and rural Milton Keynes communities.

Posted by the Community Development Team, Community Impact Bucks

Government publishes responses to community film shows consultation

Towards the end of December the Government released its response to the public
consultation, specifically on whether unnecessary licensing regulation could be
removed from small scale film exhibition events in community premises. The
intention of the above was to improve community entertainment activity and
participation by freeing up organisers to put on films without having to fill in
licensing paperwork and go through a costly process.

Read the response at GOV.UK where you can find out what the outcomes of the survey were and what the Government intends to do in light of these responses.

Posted by Community Development, Community Impact Bucks

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS)
allows eligible charities and Community Amateur
Sports Clubs (CASCs) to claim a Gift Aid style top-up
payment of up to £1,250 on small cash donations they
receive in the UK each year without needing a Gift Aid
declaration from the donor. Only small cash donations
received on or after 6 April 2013 can qualify under
this scheme.

Please see useful guide to the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS)

New Year Resolution – Join the Community Buildings Advice Service

Community Impact Bucks provides the delivery of the community building/village hall advice service with support from our national body ACRE. The support is delivered through a regular newsletter dedicated to community buildings, a community buildings blog, a county wide Community Buildings forum and various training events for management committees.

“The relationship that has developed with Community Impact Bucks, and particularly the Community Buildings Adviser, means that I feel supported and that the task is less lonely and so helps to move the Committee forward” Chair of the Stewart Hall Committee.

Subscription Service

Village Hall and Community Building Management Committees have always been invited and encouraged to support the service financially through subscription.  The current subscription fees, combined with a small amount of sponsorship from AON Insurance Ltd, provide funding to pay for the Community Buildings Advice service. The current subscription fee is set at £50 per year. (excl VAT if applicable at the time).

The annual subscription fee of £50 entitles management committees of community buildings to the following:

  • A regular community buildings newsletter with up-to-date information about items of interest to management committees.
  • Access to the community buildings blog; which contains relevant, up to date information and news for community building management committees. This is accessed at:
  • Access to the 42 ACRE Village Hall Information Sheets and model documents on topics relevant to committees, and advice via email, letter or telephone.
  • Reduced cost at the countywide community buildings forum event.
  • When support and guidance is required, one free meeting with the management committee to understand the issue and provide advice, along with signposting to relevant areas of further support.

Additional Support

We are always happy to consider additional ways of how we might support community building management committees in their work. If more detailed support is required which falls outside of the scope of the subscription offer, then we would prepare a proposal for any further support. This would be undertaken on a case by case basis and would be chargeable in addition to the annual subscription fee.

Contact the Community Development Team at Community Impact Bucks on 0845 3890389 or email for more information. A subscription form and Standing order form are attached.

Posted by Community Development Team.

News for December

Updated Information Sheets

Information Sheet no. 22, Managing employees and volunteers, has been updated.

Subscribers to our Community Buildings Advice Service have access to 42 Information Sheets for free. For non members they cost £5 each.

Please contact the Community Development Team if you would like a copy of this or any of our other information sheets of if you wish to become a subscriber.

News for Churches

The Winter 2013  issue of Church Care is now available.


A new funding stream for projects in communities opens on 20th January 2014. Registered charities, community organisations, parish and town councils, local authorities or other public sector service bodies in England will be able to apply.

Survey News

Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey on Music Licensing in the autumn. PRS for Music and PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd)  have received over 1700 completed surveys which are now being analysed. We hope to be able to feedback the results in the New Year.

Posted by Community Development Team, Community Impact Bucks

Email: or call 0845 3890389.

EU VAT consultation – implications for community buildings

The EU has launched a “Review of VAT treatment of public bodies and exemptions in the public interest”, which contains 4 options with significant implications for village halls and other charities as well as public authorities, including Parish Councils.The importance for village halls/community buildings is:

  • danger of loss of 0% VAT on construction of new halls, which would cost from £40K to £200K per project (Option 1 – full taxation).
  • danger of loss of ability for Parish Councils to reclaim VAT under S33, on gifts of work or equipment made in lieu of grant aid, and exemptions. (Option 1).
  • Introduction of a VAT refund system, similar to that for Parish Councils (Option 2). This could potentially enable refunds on extension and alteration work to village halls and other supplies.

The cost of VAT has been one of the biggest, most intractable problems affecting halls. A VAT refund system could save a huge amount of the time and effort for volunteers, and millions wasted in fundraising and grant funding required to pay VAT.

The consultation can be found here. Alternatively if your hall has paid unreclaimable VAT in recent years, benefited from 0% VAT, or could be threatened by withdrawal of 0% VAT, on construction of a new hall, or has benefited from your parish council reclaiming VAT on work or equipment provided for the hall please let us know, explaining the amount and the effect on your community and we will forward to ACRE to include in their response to the consultation.

The closing date is 14th February 2014 and it is recommended that local authorities and MP’s are asked to urge the Treasury to strongly support Option 2 and reject Option 1.

Posted by Community Development Team, Community Impact Bucks.

Community Buildings newsletter – Winter edition available now

The Winter edition of the Community Impact Bucks Community Buildings (village halls) newsletter is now available.

Read about changes to entertainment licensing, remuneration of Trustees, new ACRE Information Sheets and more.


posted by  the Community Development Team, Community Impact Bucks