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Response to Covid-19. September 2020 UPDATE

Our building is starting to re-open for limited covid-secure activities.

Following public health guidance about social distancing and avoiding large gatherings, in March 2020 we took the difficult decision to cease public activities at Levenshulme Old Library building on Cromwell Grove.

Levenshulme Old Library is still not open for drop-in by the public unless by prior arrangement. Continue reading Response to Covid-19. September 2020 UPDATE

The Owl and the Coconut moves Online

The Trustees and staff of Levenshulme Old Library want to express how sad they are that the Nest won’t be re-opening this Autumn.

Well-being, especially mental well-being, is so important in difficult times. Staying mindfully creative a great way to achieve that. It’s been a massive pleasure to have the Owl and the Coconut at the Old Library. We’re also really excited by their plans to focus their Mindful Art activities online. With Gemma, Pam and all the other committed folks at O+C it will be a great success. We will support them however we can. Continue reading The Owl and the Coconut moves Online

Crowdfunder Success!

We did it. With your support

Crowdfunder we did it image

We have achieved our target of £3000 for the outside areas of Levenshulme Old Library. We want to thank everyone who supported us. Over 85 people pledged money during the Aviva crowdfunder which ran from March to August 2020. We got so many large, and many many small donations. Thank You!!

We’re now working on our outdoor space. Neil, our caretaker and willing volunteers have been removing small elder trees, overgrown rhododendron bushes and privet that had taken over the rear of the building in preparation for future improvements. When complete we’ll have almost doubled this useable space.

We are actively seeking quotes to install a gazebo, safety fencing, raised beds and other improvements. Watch this space!

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

Updated information 16.4.2020: Building remains shut until further notice.

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

Levy Fringe Festival of Arts and Theatre

Levy Fringe Arts and Theatre in Manchester

Levy Fringe returns in 2020!  But due to Covid-19 has been deferred until Autumn 2020. Check back soon for more news.

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.

Like the Levy Fringe Facebook Page for updates about when the Levy Fringe is back, plus more free community events, which will be happening throughout Levenshulme and across Manchester.

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

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!


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