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Websters – A New Theatre in Glasgow West End, Crowdfunding Project

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By pledging a contribution, large or small, you can help us reach the target of £25,000 by January 18th 2015.

Websters is a new name for the former Lansdowne Church on Great Western Road, Kelvinbridge,  Glasgow. The Crowdfunding project aims to bring it into use as an arts and local community venue. The immediate target for Websters is £300,000 of which we have used £225,000 in loans and £50,000 in grants.

So we are trying to raise £25,000. If we are successful in doing this we are confident we will be fully operational by April 2014.

About Us

We are FACT THREE, a registered charity (Scottish Charity Registration No. SC038373) and we have taken on Lansdowne Church, a famous landmark along Glasgow's Great Western Road which we are starting to operate as a theatre and community facility. We received a small loan from the Architectural Heritage Fund. Our trustees do have some experience at this having successfully established Cottiers, another venue, also in the West End some thirty years ago.

About the Project

Our idea is to make one of the most beautiful buildings in Glasgow become one of the most lively in the city for arts and entertainment. We are fortunate in that Websters stands on Glasgowʼs famous Great Western Road right above the River Kelvin and next to Kelvinbridge Underground Station. It is one of the cityʼs best loved landmarks with a slender steeple reputed to be the pointiest in Europe! In the long term we want to restore the building and its wonderful stained glass by Alfred Webster and we want to create a public square at its front entrance with steps down to the river connecting us to the Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Museum but right now we just want to get it going - get the life into it - by running a theatre space and a meeting place with good food and beverages and a hall upstairs for all sorts of healthy community activity.
Why are we Crowdfunding?

We need to raise enough money to open properly by Spring 2015 - our funding gap to do this is £25,000. Having taken over the building at the end of 2013 we need to get it fully active within a year and weʼve been making loads of progress. A Crowdfunding platform offers us the chance to raise the funds quickly and make real connections with the many people who love this building and want to see the dream come true. Once the building is operational we can embark on even more ambitious plans - like the restoration of Alf Websterʼs great south window and that public square at the front entrance. This is just the beginning.
Testimonials

The Friends of Glasgow West

The Friends of Glasgow West are delighted to support David Robertson and FACT Three in this bold and excellent Webster’s venture. FACT have already proved their tremendous skill in restoration and new community uses by creating Cottier’s, a high quality and unique venue now fully established in Hyndland.

Webster’s at Kelvinbridge, with its splendid architecture and stained glass, will have a bookable hall upstairs (a rare community asset!), as well as a theatre for both serious drama and family pantomimes.

Without doubt people in Glasgow, both local and citywide, would love a 21st century use like Webster’s Theatre to be established here, and to secure the long-term future of this famous landmark building at Kelvinbridge for everyone’s enjoyment.

Ann Laird, Convener FGW, December 2014

Rewards

If you pledge funds you will receive a reward in proportion to the amount of your pledge. The minimum pledge is £5.  We have a wide range of rewards that reflect the financial pledges. Everyone who makes a pledge also has the opportunity to pick their favourite Alf Webster image from the 25 displayed on the gallery below. Those who pick the most popular image will go forward to the prize draw with pairs of tickets to the celebrations when Websters opens for real to be awarded to ten winners.

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Choose your favourite image and remember the number and name of the image you have selected which we will ask you to confirm on the rewards section. Enter our prize draw when you pledge. Everyone gets to enter but only those who pick the most popular image get into the prize draw.

See full gallery to make your choice

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Websters is a new name for the former Lansdowne Church on Great Western Road Glasgow. The project is to bring it into use as an arts and local community venue.

So we are trying to raise £25,000. If we are successful in doing this we are confident we will be fully operational by April 2014.

To raise the necessary funds we run a crowdfunding campaign through Crowdfunder.co.uk

Crowdfunder is a new web based platform for professionally run charities to raise funds for worthwhile projects.

Here you will find out about our very first crowdfunding campaign ,where we have set a target to raise the extra funds we need. Pledges are taken and rewards are given if we reach the funding target by the due date.

By pledging a contribution, large or small, you can help us reach the target of £25,000 by January 18th 2015.

There will also be a prize draw for picking the most popular picture from this leaflet. Tickets for two to a Burns night celebration at Cottiers to be won. This is a chance for you and your friends to get involved in an exciting new venture in one of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings.

Campaign details and how to pledge a contribution

Butterfly OranMor A Play A Pie and A Pint Mon, 26 January, 2015 — Sat, 31 January, 2015
Into The New 2015 The Arches, Mon 12 – Thu 15 Jan 2015
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One response to “Websters – A New Theatre in Glasgow West End, Crowdfunding Project”

  1. AllyR says:

    Re Websters Theatre, could possibly get more donations if they added option to donate via PayPal x

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