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Levenshulme Old Library CIO Response to Covid-19. Dated 18th March 2020

Following public health guidance about social distancing and avoiding large gatherings, we have taken the decision to cease public activities at Levenshulme Old Library building on Cromwell Grove.

Levenshulme Old Library is not open for drop-in by the public unless by prior arrangement until at least the 20th April 2020.

All existing bookings are or have already been postponed in liaison with those running activities, unless special circumstances mean they shouldn’t cease. New bookings won’t be taken at this time unless there is clear community benefit and sufficient controls in place.

This is not a complete closure. ALLFM radio is continuing its broadcasting. Programme schedules may be disrupted but they will be sharing useful information and entertaining the community as usual. Likewise The Owl and The Coconut are moving its mindfulness and relaxation activities online wherever possible.

We will also be looking at providing services for community benefit remotely, and using the time to make improvements inside and outside the building and to plan for a successful re-opening in due course. Staff will be supported to work from home as much as possible.

The safety of vulnerable people is our priority.
Read advice on responding to coronavirus on the NHS website

As a small local charity we also ask our community to stand by Levenshulme Old Library. Like many local businesses or groups we will undoubtedly be feeling the effects of Covid-19 financially, and those maintaining our limited operations are demonstrating their commitment to our community.

By working together we are stronger.


Levy Fringe Festival of Arts and Theatre

Levy Fringe Arts and Theatre in Manchester

Levy Fringe returns on Thursday June 25th – Saturday July 5th 2020!  This year promises to be the most eclectic yet, and we’re looking for local groups to get involved! Contact Veronika at with your idea – anything goes! Like us over on Facebook or Instagram to keep updated.

Buy tickets from April for quality drama and comedy acts at Levenshulme’s 4th annual Levy Fringe Arts and Culture Festival at discount prices thanks to support from Arts Council England.

Like the Levy Fringe Facebook Page for updates about all of these plus more free community events, which will be happening throughout Levenshulme, Manchester from June 25th until July 4th 2019.

If you’re a fan of theatre or would like to see what it’s like, this festival is perfect for you!

Download a pdf of the festival (coming soon) for all the great events of Arts and Theatre in Manchester from April 2020 [1MB].

Help us Improve our Environment: Aviva Community Crowdfunder is Go..

Levenshulme Old Library 2017

Please support the Levenshulme Old Library Crowdfunder.

To pledge your support click here and help us reach our target of £3000

We would love to create a community garden that is available for groups to use for gardening projects, for schools/children to use for activities, for exercise and wellness sessions, and for art workshops.

As a charity, we need the help of our local community and the wider community to realise these plans – please donate in whatever way you can to improve the lives of all of those in Levenshulme!

Festive events at Levenshulme Old Library

As 2019 draws to a close, here are some of the highlights from the year, events during the festive period and plans for 2020. 

Looking Back:

Levyfringe LogoAfter moving into the space in 2018 and working with the council and our tenants to secure the building, 2019 has seen our events programme develop, with the success of the second year of Levy Fringe, which ran from 4th – 14th July in venues across the town (and is scheduled again for 25th June – 4th July 2020), to our recent Creative Windrush events.

As well as and hosting regular sessions with Levenshulme WI, Levy Little Theatre, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People(GMCDP) and a wide mix of rehearsals, dance, artists projects, filming, yoga, health and wellness events, training and community activities.

Looking Forward:

During 2020, we’re ambitious in our plans to make the space more varied and inclusive in its offer, continuing our successful events and activities and a multi-arts offer that serves the whole community.


Levenshulme Community Christmas WindowsBefore that, we’d like to welcome you to celebrate the festive period with us by coming down at 6pm on 12th December for the unveiling of Levenshulme Christmas Advent Window #12  (visit the map or recent MEN article to check out other windows in the trail),

Or come along to our Family Festive Fun day, 1pm – 5pm on 21st December, with fun activities for kids (crafts, storytime, Father Christmas and a festive film) and lots of practical support for parents (wrapping station and pre-loved toys) –  to take the pressure off families at this busy time of year!

We’ll be sharing more updates in the New Year in our Newsletter, with news from Levenshulme Old Library, our partners and new trustees.

Until then, we wish you all a merry festive break!


Come to our 2019 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

MONDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER at 7:30pm
at Levenshulme Old Library

Levenshulme Old Library is looking for new Trustees to help us flourish and grow.
If you are interested in helping us achieve our mission to create a unique, vibrant and successful Arts and Culture Centre for Levenshulme, please get in touch or come along on the 23rd September to find out more.
We are especially seeking Trustees with experience of building management,
the arts sector, finance and health and safety.

Update on the AGM

We had a really successful AGM, with a number of excellent new trustees coming forward. Many thanks to them, and to our outgoing trustees too, and we will introduce the new Trustees to everyone soon, as well as sharing news of the event. Our thanks to all that attended!

Levy Little Theatre at LOL

LevyLittleTheatre LOGO

Bringing young communities together through drama.

Regular sessions at Levenshulme Old Library.

Check out our webpage for details or connect on Facebook.

LLT believe that communal creativity inspires young people to express themselves positively and explore their individuality; building confident, robust characters with a healthy sense of play. 

Gemma here! As you may well be sending your child to come and create drama with me, I thought it would be good for you to know a bit about me and my story behind setting up LEVY LITTLE THEATRE.

I moved to Levenshulme in 2014 and immediately loved the community spirit here. There is such a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds and our young community are very lucky to be growing up in such a rich environment.

It is my belief that, since our children are the future of our local communities, we should encourage them to connect in a non-school setting, so they can learn to create as a team – a micro-community, if you like – in which they can communicate positively and grow together through drama.

So, what better place to do that than in an old library, a centre of knowledge and imagination which was once the heart of its local area. Levenshulme Old Library is establishing itself as an arts, community and culture centre and I am so pleased that LEVY LITTLE THEATRE can be a part of that.

I currently offer weekly classes for TOTS (ages 3-5), KIDS (ages 6-11) and  YOUTH (ages 12-17).

We’re hiring a part time building coordinator

Applications are now closed

Due to our increasingly busy building LOLCIO are now seeking to recruit a new member of our team, to help manage day to day activities in the building, help us connect to our community and support the trustees in their oversight role.

This will be a part time role, totalling 21 hours per week, 14 of which will be based in the building on a daily (weektime) basis, and the remainder flexible, including some evenings and weekend working.

Being proactive, experience of working within a similar organisations, a calm and organised approach and an ability to problem solve under your own initiative are the key attributes we are seeking. A good knowledge of our local community is a bonus.

If you are interested in this role we ask you to send a CV, with two references and write a short statement (maximum 1 page in Arial 12pt) saying how you will meet the person specification, your relevant experience and how you will approach dealing with the varied challenges this post may throw up.

Send your application by email to

Or by post to: LOLCIO, C/o 28 Cromwell Grove, Manchester, M19 3GB

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 26th July 2019

Download the Job Description

Download the Person Specification