Donations support our vital education and outreach programmes and enable our work to be more inclusive and accessible.


Why Support Us?

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 everybody is at the heart of what we do. Over the years, we have delivered a huge range of inspirational and educational community focused projects. Our Creative Ageing work continues to have a positive impact on Herefordshire’s residents living with dementia and their carers. We’ve witnessed young people struggling in mainstream education grow in confidence through our Youth Theatre. We work with 98% of schools in Herefordshire, on a range of projects including literacy, mental health and curriculum support. Our work is always growing and reaching new people.
As a registered charity, we 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 achieve, here at The Courtyard?  Please consider a donation to support our creative work with the communities of Herefordshire. Donations support our core mission to bring the arts to the whole community, our outreach programmes and the venue itself. Choose to give a one-off donation of your choice, above, or set up a standing order for repeat donations by selecting the Standing Order tab above. If you can gift aid your donation, we can claim an extra 25% from the Government, at no extra cost to yourself. You can download our gift aid form, see Gift Aid tab above. You might also want to consider leaving a gift to The Courtyard in your Will. More information is available on the Gifts and Legacies page.
Please contact Melanie Denning 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 in the same year.

If you are eligible for Gift Aid but haven’t filled in one of our declaration forms yet, please consider completing and returning a Gift Aid declaration form. Forms are downloadable here, see below, 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. For further information speak to your accountant or click here for Government advice on Gift Aid.

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 Jacobi Circle to recognise the loyal support of our donors. The Circle exists to publicly thank people who have made a single donation of £1,000 or more to The Courtyard. Some donors choose to remain anonymous but we are truly grateful for all gifts, large and small.
Please contact Melanie Denning in strictest confidence for further information about donating a significant gift 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 and Daphne Clements
  • Elizabeth Richardson