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November Lockdown Update

It is with immense sadness, following the announcement of a new national lockdown starting today, the LOLCIO Trustees have taken the very difficult decision to once again close Levenshulme Old Library to groups meeting in the building for the 4-week period of lockdown. ALLFm have also suspended their live shows, but as before will continue broadcasting using pre-recorded programmes.

Whilst we know many of our user groups are only just re-starting this week, that  guidance is still being developed and open to interpretation, and this will be a great disappointment, on balance it was felt that the lockdown is in place to protect people and that we should act responsibly by supporting that intention for the well-being of the community of Levenshulme.

The Trustees will continue to review the position as the situation evolves, but for now we are working towards re-opening in early December. During these four weeks we will continue to work to ensure that the building is at the best possible standard for groups returning, guidelines permitting, from the 3rd December 2020.

Please get in touch if you need any further information.

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.

You are invited to our 2020 Annual General Meeting.

Due to the pandemic and to maintain safe social distancing…

The AGM will be held online via ZOOM
on the 19th October 2020 from 7.00pm to 8.00pm

To register your place please: CLICK HERE

When you register you will need to give your name, a postcode and email address. You will then be sent a link to join the meeting. If you are new to ZOOM or have any concerns about taking part online please feel free to get in touch.

If you can’t join online a very few places may be available face to face.

To ask to attend in person click here to email us. You will have to wear a facemask, have no Covid symptoms and maintain strict social distancing.


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

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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 levyfringe@gmail.com 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..

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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.

Celebrate:

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!