The Witham launches The Friends Scheme
Become a Friend of The Witham
The support of Friends like you is going to be fundamental to The Witham's long-term success. The rewards of being a Friend include:
• Advanced booking for selected events
• Access to at least one exclusive pre- or post-show gathering with the opportunity to meet performers or see behind-the-scenes
• Seasonal updates on The Witham's successes and challenges
• Automatic enrolment in The Witham Film Club
• Special exclusive Friends’ events.
To join The Witham Friends scheme, please click here. You can also call us on 01833 6331107 to pick up an application form or call into the Box Office to join.
Annual membership runs from the start of the month and subscription is £25 for one and £40 for 2 people living at the same address registering at the same time.
If you are a higher tax payer, you can claim additional relief by including all gift aid donations on your Self-Assessment form.
Investing in The Witham
The purpose of the Investing in the Witham appeal is to create a secure financial basis that will allow us to draw in new people whilst retaining the patronage of our current audience. The initial target of the appeal was to secure £30,000 to be reached in 30 days in August 2018. And, thanks to the support of our local community and visitors, the campaign raised in excess of £42,000 which has made a huge difference to The Witham's ability to operate.
Please continue to support The Witham by clicking our Just Giving Page and donating there (which doesn't charge us a penny to gather the donations) or by setting up a Standing Order by completing this form and returning the completed details to your bank.
Make your donation go even further! Gift Aid allows UK charities to claim back the basic rate tax already paid on donations by the donor. This means we can claim back from the government on your behalf 25p for every £1 donated, boosting the value of your donation by a quarter.
The Witham has always had a remit to benefit its users, having originally been set up as a dispensary to help local people who couldn’t afford to pay doctors’ bills and to enable people to access education. When The Witham opened its doors to the public in April 1846 it was paid for by donations from over 2000 people who were mostly local.
The most recent refurbishment was completed in 2013 and since then, The Witham has built an increasingly strong reputation, providing a rich and varied programme of quality performances and visual arts, as well as offering activities for all age groups – from toddlers through to elderly people, from families through to people who live alone. All of this costs money and public funding is tight.
With your support The Witham will:
• be a venue where everyone is welcomed
• provide entertainment of a quality that is normally only available in large urban centres
• expand what is offered to include a wider range of music whilst continuing with programming that people already value
• be a local venue for friendship and community involvement
• listen and respond to local people about what they want.
We welcome any support you can offer, and we will of course keep you fully informed of progress.
You can also get involved by becoming a volunteer.
We're looking to build upon our team of enthusiastic volunteers to help us engage with members of the public and help the keep the cogs at The Witham well oiled. We'd like to hear from you if you: are looking to learn new skills, share existing skills, enjoy working in a team, enjoy working in public facing roles, if you're looking to get back into work, or if you simply want to put something back into your local community. We’re looking for volunteers who can spare a minimum of eight hours per month in order to help out at The Witham.
Roles that we’re currently recruiting for include: Gallery Assistants, Box Office and Visitor Information Assistants and Stewards.
Email [email protected] or call 01833 631107 to have a chat about volunteering and request a Volunteer Inquiry Form.