Towards the end of 2008 the HWRCC Village Halls Advisor held a training session to promote Hallmark, a quality standard for village halls. It became evident from that meeting that the trustees and volunteers from village halls and community buildings would benefit from a network where they could exchange information and ideas.
As a result two village hall networks covering the East and West of East Yorkshire were formed. These were facilitated and led by the Village Halls Advisor.
As these networks began to develop further it became clear that they needed to form a constituted body in order to attract funding to cover activities.
As a result the two networks merged and in October 2013 East Riding Association of Rural Community Buildings was launched. Between 2013 and 2015 the association continued to develop under the wing of Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council and the Village Halls Advisor. During this time charitable status was achieved, a dual membership scheme between the two organisations developed and money obtained from National Lottery Awards for All to match the contribution of Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council.
2015 proved a challenging time for both organisations as government austerity measures hit and the expertise of the Village Halls Advisor was lost due to her retirement.
As a result East Riding Association of Rural Community Buildings Management Group have developed a new more sustainable operation whereby trustees are more pro-active in the delivery of services and HWRCC is contracted to deliver the advice service to members one morning per week.