A raft of cuts in red tape will make it easier for village halls to be the social heart of their communities by reducing the burden on community buildings.

Village halls now face less paperwork when it comes to putting on the events, plays, performances and social evenings which pull communities together.

Penarth Audience 3 Photo Betina Skovbro

The main piece of legislation affected by the changes is the Licensing Act 2003, which introduced a single system to regulate the provision of entertainment to the public (or in private where a charge is made with a view to profit), the sale or supply of alcohol, and the provision of late-night refreshment.

The Government recently made further changes to entertainment licensing in line with its policy to remove unnecessary regulations and burdens on the voluntary sector and business, and in particular to cut red tape to encourage the performance of live music.

Penarth Audience 6 Photo Betina Skovbro

Please check licensing issues with your local authority as this is new legislation coming into effect as of 6th April 2015.

The full summary can be found here https://www.gov.uk/entertainment-licensing-changes-under-the-live-music-act but the basis is as follows:

 A licence is not required to stage a performance of live music, or the playing of recorded music or to stage a play or performance of dance

  • it takes place between 8AM and 11PM; and
  • it takes place at an alcohol on-licensed premises; and
  • the audience is no more than 500 people

A licence is needed to screen a film but there are exemptions for places of public worship, village halls, church halls and other similar buildings.

Solva Bottles photo by Pembrokeshire Photography