Weʼre raising £3,730 to Begin the Redevelopment of Guiseley Theatre
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The 1st February 2020 marks the 200th birthday of Sir Matthew William Thompson, a man who you probably have no knowledge of, but who is fundamental in the shaping of Guiseley as a Town and particularly in the creation of Guiseley Theatre.
Guiseley Theatre (née Guiseley Town Hall) has a fascinating and rich history of meeting the needs of the ever changing community of Guiseley. Ever since the initial idea of the building in 1836, it has had the weight of the people of Guiseley behind it, including famous Guiseleyites such as Abraham Moon, Matthew Corbett and Barney Colehan, who all have their very own stories intertwined in the building.
Sir Matthew William Thompson is the man who spearheaded the building of Guiseley Theatre. Thompson rallied up the people of Victorian Guiseley asking for Subscriptions and donations from the town, from as little as a shilling, raising a total of £373. Thompson then paid the remaining £2548 needed to complete the building, and on the 26th December 1867, declared Guiseley Town hall open and, crucially, gifted the deeds "for the use of the inhabitants of Guiseley forever" and insisted that this building be a place where every person felt they 'had the right to be there, regardless of politics, religion or belief'.
Since then, Guiseley Theatre has been at the heart of the community through coronations, wars, celebrations, meetings, events and theatre, creating memories for generations of Guiseley people and is on the verge of major redevelopment. To kick start the funds to begin this process, we have taken inspiration from the Guiseley folk of the 1860's and set a target of £3730, Ten times the amount they raised 153 years ago.
Guiseley Theatre is on the verge of some monumental changes that would bring the building up to 21st century standards and making it a true cultural and community hub, that the people of Guiseley can take ownership of. To find out more about these ambitious plans, head to www.guiseleytheatre.org/redevelopment
Thank you for helping ensure this building is around in another 150 years time.
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May 11, 2020
Good luck let's save this historic building!
May 10, 2020
Guiseley theatre has been a huge and happy part of my life. I look forward to seeing the upgrade and to many more happy times there.
May 10, 2020
Mar 13, 2020
A very worthy cause as Sir Mathew Thompson thought: I own Parkgate House and I would be happy to meet to see how we can help. Jacob please contact me for a discussion
Mar 9, 2020
Great project! Hope you get lots of support!
Feb 18, 2020
Good luck from your friends up the hill 😊
Feb 15, 2020
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