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Breamish Hall achieving excellence

The increasingly demanding standards required of any services offered to the public in the 21st century meant that the Breamish Hall needed to demonstrate its compliance. To help village halls prove that they are fulfilling their obligations, the national charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) offers a quality standard scheme for the management of community buildings/village halls known as Hallmark. There are three levels of achievement, each more demanding than the previous level:

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Hallmark 1

Assesses whether the hall is complying with the requirements of its charitable status.

This award provides confidence to users and funders that the hall committee/trustees are working towards scheme targets and a written plan of action. It ensures minutes of meetings are collated, that an Annual General Meeting is held, and that policies and procedures are in place. It ensures the hall has robust practices in place to protect itself, its users and its sustainability. Hallmark 1 is comprised of 39 standards.

Achieved: 28 January 2015

Hallmark 2

Assesses compliance with legislative issues.

This benchmark ensures the hall has adequate health and safety, fire safety assessment, risk assessments, disabled access/toilets, and ensures ongoing compliance. Hallmark 2 is comprised of 59 standards.

Achieved: 14 March 2016

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Breamish Hall Committee members with Hallmark 1 and 2 certificates 2016 (L-R: Julia Simpson, Caz Cole, May Wilson, Fiona Evans, Doreen Burn) [Ref: BVPC0517]

Hallmark 3

Examines the role of the hall in the community and how it interacts with its users and the wider community

Hallmark 3 is comprised of 58 standards.

Achieved: 23 January 2019

Breamish Hall committee members receiving award
Noreen Birnie, May Wilson and Doreen Burn receiving Hallmark 3 Award from poet Ian McMillan [Ref: BVPC0518]

Breamish Hall – the first village hall in Northumberland to achieve Hallmark 3!

It was an absolute pleasure to work with you all on the Hallmark 3 – and you truly are an ‘exemplar’ hall – quite outstanding!

Louise Curry (Community Action Northumberland)

Further information

Hallmark 2 for Breamish Hall link button
CAN Newsletter article ‘Hallmark 2 for Breamish Hall’ [Used with permission]
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Hallmark 3 Awarded
Northumberland celebrates first Hallmark 3 award header
Northumberland’s First Hallmark 3!


NB: Dates in (brackets) indicate the year when the images were first shared with either the Breamish Valley Photographic Collection or the Breamish Hall Heritage Project and, therefore, the date when permission to use the images was granted.

  • Header image: BVPC0516 (cropped) Louise Curry CAN archive (2019)
  • BVPC0517: Louise Curry CAN archive (2019)
  • BVPC0518: Louise Curry CAN archive (2019)

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