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Playing Together



The Courtyard – a registered charity since it opened nearly 20 years ago – is Herefordshire’s arts centre, offering quality cultural experiences, entertainment and activities for all.  The organisation delivers a huge range of inspirational and educational community projects that have a positive impact on the lives of Herefordshire’s residents, particularly the disadvantaged, for example, those with dementia or struggling in mainstream education.

As an arts organisation seeking to offer access to quality arts for as a wide range of people as possible, we rely heavily on our local supporters, especially in the light of losing our regular annual funding from Herefordshire Council. We need support to help us sustain and develop our growing community work with all types and age groups from babies to older people as well as to support and protect the venue itself, a wonderful asset for the city and wider County.

If you can gift aid any donation, this means that we can raise an additional 25% in income, at no extra cost to yourself. Our gift aid form can be downloaded from this page.

Please give generously and support our work in the communities of Herefordshire.

For further information on donating to The Courtyard, please contact Melanie Denning on 01432 346503 or email


Sir Derek Jacobi – an Honorary Patron of The Courtyard with husband Richard Clifford – is passionate about regional theatre and the need for support to give better access to the Arts for everyone.

To recognise the incredible support of our donors, we set up the Derek Jacobi Circle, our significant donor recognition scheme, a few years ago. The Circle exists to publicly thank anyone making a single donation of £1,000 or more to The Courtyard in the last or current financial year. Donors can choose to remain anonymous – and some do – and we are truly grateful for all gifts, large and small!

If you’d like to donate and join the Circle, please contact Melanie Denning, Fundraising Manager (individual Giving) on 01432 346503, in strictest confidence.

Current members:
Terry Clements
Ann Nevelos
Elizabeth Richardson
Jon & Maggie Waldman
Katharine Wedgbury
Plus 5 anonymous donors



As a registered charity, The Courtyard can claim 25% Gift Aid on donations as long as the donor is eligible.

If you are a UK tax payer, we can claim an extra 25p from HMRC for every £1 you donate (as long as the value of the gift aided amounts in any one tax year doesn’t exceed the tax you pay). This income is vital to The Courtyard, raising more than £7,000 in 2017-18 tax year alone.

If you have not already done so but are eligible, please make your support go further by completing and returning a Gift Aid declaration form downloadable here or available via Box Office.

Please tick as many boxes that could apply ie ‘in the past four years’, ‘now’ and ‘in the future’, which will help us in claiming all eligible donations until you cancel or amend your declaration. Also, 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 about gift aid, please contact Fundraising Manager Melanie Denning on 01432 346503 or

Download a Gift Aid form