Donations enable us to protect and continue the outreach activities we do as well as the building itself.


Why Support?

The Courtyard Needs Your Support

The Courtyard is Herefordshire’s Centre for the Arts and we offer quality cultural experiences, entertainment and activities for everyone. But what exactly does this mean? Read on and find out!  
Providing access to the arts for a wide range of people is at the heart of what we do. Over the years we have delivered a huge range of inspirational and educational community projects. Our Creative Ageing work has had a tremendous impact on Herefordshire’s residents living with dementia. We’ve seen young people struggling in mainstream education blossom through our Youth Theatre. In 2019 we launched a mental health awareness project for young Herefordshire residents which went on to win a Health and Social Care Award. Our work is always growing and reaching new people. We are a registered charity and rely on the generosity of our many donors, some of whom have been supporting us since we opened our doors in 1998. They help us sustain and develop our community projects, and often enjoy being part of these projects themselves.
Are you inspired by what we do at The Courtyard?   Please consider what you could give to support our work for the communities of Herefordshire and become a donor. Donations enable us to protect and continue the outreach activities we do as well as the building itself. You could give a one off donation or do a standing order to give regularly using the form here on the website. If you can gift aid your donation, this means that we can raise an 25% more in income, at no extra cost to yourself. You can download our gift aid form from the next page on the website. You might also want to remember The Courtyard in your will. More information is available on the Gifts and Legacies page.
Please contact Clare Wichbold for further information about donating to The Courtyard via email

Gift Aid

Make Your Donations Go 25% Further

As a registered charity, The Courtyard can claim 25% Gift Aid on donations from eligible donors. This is a vital income stream for The Courtyard, raising more than £18,000 in the 2019-20 tax year alone.

If you are a UK tax payer, we can claim an extra 25p from HMRC for every £1 you donate. The only condition is that the value of the gift aided amounts in any one tax year doesn’t exceed the tax you pay.

If you are eligible for Gift Aid but haven’t filled in a declaration form yet, we’d love to hear from you. You can make your support go so much further! Please think about completing and returning a Gift Aid declaration form. Forms are downloadable from here on the website or available from the Box Office during opening hours.

Please tick all boxes that apply i.e. ‘in the past four years’, ‘now’ and ‘in the future’. This will help us in claiming all eligible donations. Don’t forget that if you pay income tax at the higher rate (40%), you can claim further tax relief on your own tax returns.

Please contact Box Office for further information about Gift Aid on 01432 340555 or

Download a Gift Aid form here.

Sir Derek Jacobi Circle

The Sir Derek Jacobi Circle

Sir Derek Jacobi is an Honorary Patron of The Courtyard along with husband Richard Clifford. They are both passionate about regional theatre and understand the need for financial support to give better access to the arts in Herefordshire. We set up the Derek QJacobi Circle to recognise the incredible support of our donors. The Circle is to publicly thank people who previously made a single donation of £1,000 or more to The Courtyard. Some donors chose to remain anonymous but we are truly grateful for all gifts, large and small!
Please contact Clare Wichbold in strictest confidence for further information about donating to The Courtyard, email 

Current Members

  • Ann Nevelos
  • Jon and Maggie Waldman
  • Katharine Wedgbury
  • Plus several anonymous donors

Former Members – recalled with gratitude for their generosity

  • Terry Clements
  • Elizabeth Richardson