Hallmark status

Hallmark Quality Standard

Have you heard about the Community Buildings Hallmark quality standard Scheme?

Developed by CCS and now a nationally recognised award, Hallmark level 1, 2 and 3 awards recognise good management and practice by the Community Building Management Committee.Community Buildings with the Hallmark award benefit recognition on funding applications both local and national grants as it evidences the high standard of the committee members and the merit of the hall and available to our Community Buildings members.

Hallmark definitions

This is how we define each Hallmark


Hallmark 1

Focuses on the management and administration of the charity


Hallmark 2

Focuses on health, safety, security, and licenses


Hallmark 3

Focuses on community, social awareness, communications, forward planning, and development

Assessment Process

Hallmark uses a system of trained peer visitors who use checklists to identify performance and provide external validation of achievement. These peer visitors are often active hall committee members who have been through the Hallmark Scheme themselves.


2023 Hallmark applications are now closed.  For more information on the scheme contact Sally on sallys@somersetrcc.org.uk

Obtaining Hallmark status highlighted the shortfall in the Trustees procedures and legal obligations they were not aware of. We now have a structured line of responsibilities to manage the Hall, which as a direct result we have secured grants of over £50,000 to refurbish our Hall as well as a discount on the Insurance premium and other benefits that Hallmark bring.

Isle Abbotts Village Hall

Success for 14 Village Halls across Somerset in 2022

CCS awarded 14 Village Halls certificates to celebrate their Village Halls achieving the Hallmark quality standards at the November annual Community Buildings Training event, at Merriott Village Hall.

  • Hallmark One: Comeytrowe Community Hall; Corton Denham Village Hall; Curry Rivel Village Hall; East Brent Village Hall; North Newton Village Hall.
  • Hallmark Two: Blackford Reading Room; Charlton Horethorne Village Hall; Thurloxton Village Hall; Wedmore Village Hall; Woolavington Village Hall.
  • Hallmark Three: Caryford Community Hall; Edington Village Hall; Oake Village Hall; Timberscombe Village Hall.
  • Three halls were also selected by our Hallmark Visitors for a Certificate of Excellence. Congratulations to Timberscombe Village Hall, Charlton Horethorne Village Hall and Thurloxton Village Hall for achieving this award.