GTP News – January 2021

GTP Save our Stage

Welcome to our January Edition of GTP NEWS
All our Good Wishes to everyone for 2021
We hope you are all keeping safe and well

We’re keeping the current situation under review and when we’re able to plan we’ll update you – we can’t wait to get back to the stage when it’s safe to do so!

Our Charity for 2020 was to be Myeloma UK.
Obviously we have been unable to do any bucket collections so we will be carrying this over to 2021.

Future lockdown events
Save Our Stage

Over the next few months, GTP are going to be running a series of fun and exciting fundraising events that we cannot wait for you all to take part in. All money raised from these events will go to the #saveourstage campaign
that Guiseley Theatre CIC are currently running to ensure the theatre receives the must needed work in order to reopen for performances.

We will be running a series of live events on certain dates over February and March but from the 1st February we have two ongoing events starting.


We are looking for knitters and sponsors. As a sponsor you would sponsor a scarf to be knitted by one of our knitters for £5. These scarves will then be donated to Samantha Ball who volunteers for Hidden Homeless UK and
distributed to those living on the streets in Leeds. The £5 sponsor will be donated to the #SAVEOURSTAGE campaign.

T-Shirt Design Competition

We are running a competition for our younger members to design a #SAVEOURSTAGE T-shirt. It is £5 to enter and all entries will be put forward to a public vote. We will have two winners a Junior (Primary School age) and Senior (Secondary School age). The t-shirts will then be pre-ordered and all proceeds donated to the cause in addition to the £5 entry fees.


We are really excited to be running lots of live events and further details will be sent out in due course but for now the first date for you diary will be Saturday 20th February for one of our live zoom evenings. This is a free
event but donations welcomed, details on how to donate will be sent out and posted throughout the event.


Remember to pay your subscriptions! GTP Annual Subscriptions for the year 2020/21:
– Junior Members (aged 8 to 15 years) – £20.00
– Full members (aged from 16 years) – £20.00
– Full members appearing in a full production but in full time education – £20.00
– Full members appearing in a full production – £20.00 plus £20.00 appearance fee

Where possible, please pay by bank transfer to:
GAOS HSBC Receipts Account
Sort Code: 40-22-28
Account No: 31325396
Please add a reference to the bank transfers so that the payee can be identified. If possible, please send a confirmatory email to when you have made a payment.

If you would prefer to post a cheque, please send it to:
Will Sadler, 16 Mill Holme Fold, Bradford, BD10 0FA
Make your cheque payable to GAOS

Of Guiseley Theatrical Productions

A big thank you to all our Friends who have paid their subscriptions this year to support us. Your friendship for the society is very much appreciated.

If you, or you know anyone who would like to be a Friend, please contact
Friends Secretary, Midge Booth email or
c/o Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Guiseley, Leeds, LS20 9BT

Subscription £15

Staying Connected

Since the first lockdown we have run a number of online events including our popular quizzes and read-throughs of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ as well as short performances and our most recent Christmas sing- along and quiz. It was a really uplifting evening and great to be together virtually.

We’re planning more events soon and will email members with updates. If you have any requests or ideas you’d like to share please contact

Guiseley Theatre CIC

As we head full steam into 2021 and the works that need to be done to ensure Guiseley Theatre can see the return of staged shows in the near future, it is the opportune moment to reflect on our brilliant fundraising efforts this past year. At the beginning of 2020 we launched our redevelopment fund in celebration of Sir Matthew William Thompson’s 200th birthday, with the aim of raising around £3,000 (10 x what community subscribers donated to build Guiseley Theatre in the 1860’s.) This month the fund closes with around £2,700 in the account – very close to our target!

Thank you to everyone who donated to kick-start the redevelopment work. Thanks to many generous donations from our community and businesses through our 2020 ‘Paint Pots Appeal,’ our small team of volunteers also successfully redecorated the Lehar, Offenbach, stage door corridor, kitchen ante-room and under stage dressing area to a high standard, returning the building to its Victorian heritage. This was followed by some fantastic sponsorship from ‘Aire Valley Decorators’ in the Strauss room, turning it into a studio, purpose built for dance, yoga and exercise classes.

Whilst we carried out these works, we began to notice some more serious problems that needed to be rectified, most notably with the stage rigging and electrics in the building. In November 2020, we launched our new appeal #saveourstage and to this day have raised around £850 to kickstart that work. The works in total will cost around £20,000 which will pay for a complete rewire of the building including the installation of new, safe power to the stage. Many of you will have seen scaffolding being erected all round the Theatre in early January and this is to facilitate the reslating and repair of the roof by contractors working for Leeds City Council.

The current state of the roof is ‘holy’ – I do not mean in the ecclesiastic sense but rather in the sense that there are many big holes which let in the rain and this same rain has damaged some of the roof timbers which will also be repaired. Also when the Theatre was built (in 1867) insulation had not really been invented but it is an essential requirement today so that too is being installed as a part of the re-roofing programme. With the fantastic news that Leeds City Council hope to finish our essential roof repair in the next few months, we are now feeling extremely positive about being able to achieve the work this year. You can donate to the cause at  

Aside from our own fundraising efforts we have seen some lovely individuals from our community stepping up to help us raise funds for the work. Since November, local catering company ‘Just My Cuppa’ have donated 50% from the sale of their cakes to our various funds and have made a fantastic contribution. Local woman Eleanor Thomson also pulled a fantastic effort on Christmas Eve, running the route of every window on Codswallop CIC’s advent map raising £800 to split between the two organisations. We cannot thank her enough for her support.

As a small team, Guiseley Theatre CIC are working around the clock applying for funding, pushing the cause and trying to ensure that the building is around for another 150+ years. If you can host a fundraising event for us, we would love to hear from you at  if not, your continued support sharing our journey on social media is certainly appreciated. Every little really does help! 4 The Theatre is still in lock-down but we are in high spirits and hope that it will not be too long before we are allowed to reopen – initially for our community groups when the lock-down is eased. The Covid 19 vaccination programme is well underway and we hope that we will be able to fully reopen with our staged performances and special events as summer blossoms in June.

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