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An update from the Corn Exchange

A close up of the top of the Corn Exchange building with blue sky in the corner

An update from our director, Katy Griffiths

Twelve weeks have now passed since the Corn Exchange, along with arts organisations across the country, closed their doors to the public. Since that time we have been running our digital programme and have seen thousands of people of all ages enjoying creative sessions and activities from the comfort of their homes.

We are incredibly grateful for all the support we have received over the past few months, both in terms of the generosity that has been shown in the donations made to our Love Your Corn Exchange appeal, but also in the kind messages that we have received. It is humbling to know just how much the Corn Exchange means to this community.

The financial implications of the closure have been significant and we have had to utilise all the support available to businesses, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, to help safeguard the future of the Corn Exchange. The majority of the Corn Exchange team has now been furloughed and just a few members of staff remain working as we continue to deliver online sessions to help keep Newbury creative.

During this time we will still be answering e-mails but our Box Office number will be operating as an enquiries line. This will be available Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm. Due to the reduced numbers working it may take us slightly longer to respond and we thank you in advance for your patience.

A reopening date for the theatre industry is not yet clear but we continue to plan and work towards being able to safely welcome you back to the Corn Exchange once government guidance allows.

In the meantime, please do take a look at our website for details of the online activities we are offering and I hope you and your loved ones are keeping well.

Very best,