Guiseley Theatre unleashes new ambitious development plans to coincide with the 200th birthday of founder and local entrepreneur Sir Matthew William Thompson.
1st February 1820, Matthew William Thompson was born. This is the man who led the initiative and ultimately funded the building of Guiseley Theatre [Guiseley Town Hall]. Throughout the 1800’s he inspired the people of Guiseley with his vision for a community centre leading calls for the community to donate as little as one shilling to make this community asset a reality.
Upon its completion, Sir Matthew William Thompson gave the deeds for the building to the town council stating that it was “for the use of the inhabitants of Guiseley forever”.
To celebrate his 200th birthday, the Board of the new Guiseley Theatre CIC (Community Interest Company) are very excited to share their plans for the redevelopment of the building and invite the public to input on the concept plans. Guiseley Theatre is on the brink of big changes and needs the support of the public to achieve their goals. You can view the plans in full and leave a comment at www.guiseleytheatre.org/redevelopment or contact Guiseley Theatre on 07762563689 to arrange a meeting to go through the plans.Inspired by Thompson and the Victorian Guiseley community they are also launching their first fundraising campaign. Sir Matthew William Thompson managed to raise £373 over 150 years ago. The new Board have taken that amount and multiplied it by 10 to set the target of raising £3730 to kick start their plans. If you are able to support another 150 years and cement this fantastic building as a community hub for many years to come, head to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/guiseleytheatrematthews200th or contact the Theatre directly to make a donation.
Jacob Phillips, Voluntary Director of Guiseley Theatre, urges the community to get behind these plans;
“Now at 153 years old, Guiseley Theatre is a very tired building – as you would expect of any building this age. But we are at a very exciting point where we are on the verge of some major redevelopments.
The money raised will help us get the redevelopment plans moving, from enabling us to carry out essential surveys, to beginning to contact and consult with architects and engineers.
All of this work is absolutely necessary to bring the vision of the Board to life. This vision includes things like making the building fit for 21st-century use. Things like adding a lift and improving disabled facilities – really making it more adaptable for the people who will be using it in years to come.
Our aim is really to make everyone in Guiseley as excited about these plans as we are. By investing in Guiseley Theatre you are investing in the community, investing in culture and helping this building become the community hub that it was intended to be over 150 years ago!”