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The Wonderful LOL Makerfair is back in November

Come to the LOL Makerfair,

Sat’ 27th and Sun’ 28th November!!

Makerfair PosterShowcasing a selection of Manchester’s finest small business talent. Get ahead of the curve and shop small this festive season. Not only will you be putting your money back into your local community building you will be supporting individuals creating their own path in this world with their indie business.

You will be able to find a wide selection of makes including: art, ceramics, jewellery, candles, homeware, greetings cards, decorations and so much more.

Come to our 2021 Annual General Meeting

As we rebuild following the height of the Covid pandemic we are inviting anyone in our community to come to our 2021 AGM.

Wednesday 1st September at 7pm

at Levenshulme Old Library, on Cromwell Grove, Levenshulme M19 3QE

The meeting will last around 1 hour and will be held in a safe, socially distanced manner.

At our AGM we invite our community to review how we have been doing, help us set the direction for the next year, and if you want you can apply to join our trustee board.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please contact us before the meeting by emailing our Treasurer. You can find out about our current team here.

We have provided more information on the AGM here and will be updating this page in the run up to the meeting.

Welcoming Kate and Jen to the Levy Old Library Team

We have two new people supporting the LOL Team.

Meet Kate, our new Business Consultant.
Kate works with all sorts of organisations with a focus on culture and heritage, from national museums to local community centres. Her work is about bringing together people and places, and encouraging partnerships. Kate will be working with us supporting our strategic planning, project management, research, evaluation and fundraising.

Meet Jen, our Local Levy-based Community Connector.
Jen will be working with us to ascertain the diverse needs of our community and support planning our arts and culture provision (in the widest sense) that meet the needs of the community.

Please feel free to get in touch with Jen if you have any ideas or suggestions for shaping the offer at Levy Old Library

Jen is also a Specialist Leader of Education working with schools to support their strategic vision of Arts and English and an Arts Council Funded Movement Artist. As well as a trauma informed yoga and dance practitioner and resident Shake the Dust Teacher at LOL.


Donate using Paypal

Levenshulme Old Library depends on support from people like you.

If you want to help and can make a cash donation we would be very grateful.
Any amount makes a huge difference.

Lockdown Update

How we are responding to Covid19

We are working towards a staged re-opening of our building from the 12th April 2021

We continue to work behind the scenes to ensure that the building is at the best possible standard for groups returning.

Please get in touch if you need any further information.

It was with immense sadness we had to take the very difficult decision to close the building  for the first national lockdown in March 2020, and again for the 4-week period of the 2nd national lockdown in November 2020. With the worsening situation over Christmas and the latest New Year lockdown we have had to remain closed to the general public.

We know that for our user groups this is a great disappointment.

We continue to review the position as the situation evolves, but for now we are working towards a limited re-opening after Easter in April 2021, guidelines permitting. Staff and trustees continue our focus to keep the building safe and secure, and raise funds to offset the loss of income we have suffered.

As a result we are pleased to announce a new grant application has been successful, from the Architectural Heritage Fund. This is to help update our business plan to secure sustainability in the long term. We are actively pursuing other funding to make essential building adaptions and recover lost income.

Its a difficult time for everyone. Community buildings like ours are essential to rebuilding strong communities after the pandemic. We really need the support of our community too. If you can help in any way, offering time or expertise, or by making a donation, we would be very grateful.

Please get in touch if you need any further information.

Santas First Zoom Call

Looking for some holiday cheer?
In true 2020 style, this year Father Christmas went online at LOL…

Sunday's santa pictureWe enjoyed a socially-distanced Santas grotto experience from home with our Zoom call with Santa Claus! With classic Christmas tales and group carolling for a jolly festive time!

Sun 20th and Mon 21st December 2pm – 3pm

This event was pay as you feel, with a suggested donation of £3…

Dog-lovers create calendar to raise money for Levenshulme Old Library

Dogs of Levenshulme calendarA pack of dog-lovers have joined forces with the Levenshulme Old Library to create a charity calendar celebrating local dogs, to help raise vital funds to support the community arts organisation. 

With the talents of a local photographer, Zarina Akhtar, a socially-distanced photo shoot was organised in Highfield Country Park during October where several local pooches had their photos taken. The calendar was then created by a design student at Loreto College, Essa Mustapha.

All volunteers involved in the project have offered their time and services pro-bono, in order to raise as much money as possible for Levenshulme Old Library, during what has been a very difficult year for the arts and culture sector.

The calendar is now on sale and all profits will be donated to Levenshulme Old Library. Featuring 13 beautiful photos of a variety of breeds in all shapes and sizes, it is the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life. You can buy the calendar online now with prices starting at £12 with local pick-up, M19 and UK-wide delivery options available:

The calendar is also being sold at a pop-up Makers’ Fair at Levenshulme Old Library this weekend (Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December 2020), which has been organised to raise money for the library and help local artists and designers.

For more information about the Dogs of Levenshulme calendar, please email You can also follow our Instagram account (@dogsoflevenshulme) for updates.

LevyFringe 2020

Levy Fringe is now over for this year

Our Thanks to everyone that came!

We are really excited to announce LevyFringe 2020.

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Book your place now to attend a wide range of engaging and entertaining performances, exhibitions and activities.

Download the LevyFringeProgramme

Immerse yourself in arts curated and delivered by the creative community of Levenshulme. A community with spirit evident during the pandemic – plus a splash of work from national artists!

All tickets under £4.50! Many events are free.

We’ve worked hard to produce a programme that showcases our diverse community; lectures covering subjects from the environment to horror, exhibits that tell our local lockdown story and lots of surprise pop-ups from Circus, Strings and Drag Story-Time, plus award-winning comedians and a gig-theatre show. We aim to entertain, empower and celebrate arts and culture!

The 2020 arts festival’s events will be a mix of streaming on YouTube, Zoom and a handful of in-person, socially distanced events running from Thursday 22nd – Saturday 31st October.