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Lockdown Update

How we are responding to Covid19

Building closed again due to Tier5 Lockdown

With the worsening situation over Christmas and the latest New Year lockdown we have had to close again. We don’t expect to re-open until at least the second half of February.

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

We will continue to review the position as the situation evolves, but for now we are working towards a more extensive re-opening by March 2021, guidelines permitting.

Staff and trustees continue to work hard, both to keep the building safe and secure, and raise funds to offset the loss of income we have suffered. We are pleased to announce a new grant application has been successful, from the Architectural Heritage Fund as a result. This it 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.


December 2020 Update:

How we are responding to Covid19

It was with immense sadness we had to take the very difficult decision to once again close Levenshulme Old Library to groups meeting in the building for the 4-week period of the 2nd national lockdown. During these four weeks we continued to work behind the scenes to ensure that the building is at the best possible standard for groups returning from the 3rd December 2020.

We know that to many of our user groups only just re-starting  after the 1st lockdown this new closure was a great disappointment. But we are now re-opening for some limited activities in line with Tier 3 guidance.

We will continue to review the position as the situation evolves, but for now we are working towards a more extensive re-opening in January 2021, guidelines permitting.

The Trustees will continue to review the position as the situation evolves.  Please get in touch if you need any further information.

November Notice

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.

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.

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.

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!