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FAQs: Old Library Fundraising Campaign

  • Old Library, Cheap Street, Newbury

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING THIS CAMPAIGN NOW?

Our creative participation work desperately needs a new permanent home. In July 2018 planning permission was granted for the Old Library to be converted into residential flats but a joint approach from the Corn Exchange and Greenham Trust ensured change of use was granted in January 2023 for the building to be redeveloped as a creative space. The Old Library provides the perfect space for this area of our work.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE PROJECT?

As a registered charity (no. 1080567) the Corn Exchange is asking for support from everyone we know, to help us to reopen the Old Library as a community hub and home for our creative participation work.

You can make a donation online, by telephoning 01635 522733 or in person at our Box Office. There will be a number of different ways to support the campaign, including giving when you buy tickets, becoming an Old Library Patron or naming a space in the building.

CAN I SUPPORT THE PROJECT BY ORGANISING A SPONSORED ACTIVITY/EVENT?

We would be delighted if local people and community groups wanted to support the campaign by fundraising on our behalf. We have published some ideas and further information in our Community Fundraising Information below and set up a JustGiving page to assist in this type of fundraising.

CAN I STILL SUPPORT THE CORN EXCHANGE BY BECOMING A MEMBER?

We are grateful for all the support we receive. Becoming a member or Companion will support all the work the Corn Exchange does, including our creative participation work with young people, families and over-55s; our programme of the best theatre, comedy, music, dance and films; and our free outdoor shows for everyone in Newbury and beyond. Full details can be found here.

CAN YOU CLAIM GIFT AID ON DONATIONS?

Yes, as we are a registered charity, for every £1 you give, we can claim an extra 25p from HMRC, at no additional cost to you. All that you need to do is complete a one-off declaration form which you will be asked to do when you make your donation.

Gift Aid is a government scheme that allows us to reclaim the basic rate of tax you pay as a UK taxpayer. If you are a higher rate tax payer you can also claim additional tax relief.

Once completed, all you need to remember is to let us know of any changes to your tax status, including changes to your name and address.

WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL MY DONATION SUPPORT?

Your donations will help us reopen the Old Library to sustain and expand all that we do for our community, providing a wide range of inclusive opportunities, with specific projects for young people, schools, under 5s and new parents, over 55s, and a thriving youth theatre.

WILL YOU STILL ASK ME FOR A DONATION WHEN I BOOK TICKETS?

Yes, we will continue to ask everyone who books tickets for a donation, whether you book online, in person or on the telephone. We do this as a matter of course, without differentiating between customers. During the period of the campaign these smaller donations will go towards the Old Library project.

HOW WILL MY DONATION BE ACKNOWLEDGED?

Donors who give £25+ will be acknowledged on our website as an Old Library donor. Old Library Patrons and Carnegie Club members will also be acknowledged in the Old Library building.

WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE OLD LIBRARY?

Creative participation projects such as those for young people, schools, under 5s and new parents, over 55s, and our thriving youth theatre will all take place in the Old Library once complete.

WHAT FACILITIES WILL THERE BE IN THE OLD LIBRARY?

Once complete there will be two dedicated engagement spaces, one of which will be a flexible engagement and performance space, along with a small Café Bar.

WHO WILL BE ABLE TO USE THE OLD LIBRARY?

Everyone will be welcome at the Old Library – whether that is participating in creative sessions or socialising in the Café Bar.

WILL THERE BE HIRE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE OLD LIBRARY ONCE COMPLETE?

Yes, there will be the opportunity to hire the various spaces once complete.

HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED TO RAISE TO OPEN THE OLD LIBRARY?

Alongside Greenham Trust, we have committed to raising £2.6m to reopen the Old Library as a community space and home to our creative participation work. Fundraising is already underway, with 60% raised so far. The project has been supported by a number of trusts and foundations including Greenham Trust, Backstage Trust, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Syder Foundation.

WHEN WILL THE OLD LIBRARY BE OPEN?

We hope to open the Old Library for our creative participation work in early 2025.