Project information

"Bah! Humbug!" - A Christmas Carol

The Castle is a theatre and arts centre – a cultural hub in the heart of Wellingborough – with the power to inspire creativity and wonder for Christmases yet to come and long into the future… 20th anniversary celebrations culminate with "A Christmas Carol". "Bah! Humbug!" - don’t be Scrooge...

December 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: The Castle (Wellingborough) Limited

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  • Need


    There is a need to ensure resilience & sustainability in an environment that is seeing increasing pressure on support from public funding. There is an ever more compelling need to build our ability to raise funds through private means. Generating an uplift in support in the form of private giving – individuals, trusts, foundations, corporate bodies & other sources – has to be a priority to ensure future financial resilience. 20th Anniversary celebrations provide focus for such developments.


    Participating in the Big Give will provide a focus on fundraising through pledges and donations at the launch of our 20th Anniversary campaign. The opportunities presented by the Big Give to link with this recognised scheme, combined with the potential for real financial gain with the Big Give's support in helping donations go further should make a positive contribution and form a great foundation to the ongoing anniversary fundraising campaign.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The Castle engages, inspires & stimulates our community & surrounding region with charitable aims...


    » ... to be a performance and presentation venue, amateur and professional, for music, dance, drama and film.
    » ... to be the home of participatory activities, including classes, workshops, rehearsals, practises and meetings.
    » ... to be a base from which outreach activities are initiated as an arts development programme for the whole community.
    » be a venue for the community for social functions, dinners, dances, exhibitions, fairs and conferences.

    What success will look like

    The arts have power to transform participants lives. Our success is in contributing to experiences of living, working & visiting Wellingborough, serving a broad range of people.

  • Impact


    The Castle delivers for local communities. The combined programme of performance, film, visual arts & participation engages with preschool & primary school children, elderly residents, disability groups & other communities. Elements deliver to participants that would not otherwise have such participatory arts access. This work needs financial support to keep it live. A Christmas Carol provides opportunity to reinvigorate & focus developments, creating the foundations for Christmases future.


    It is clear that for The Castle to continue to deliver its key role within our community it is in need of financial support. A development sub-committee has been set up by the Board to help provide the framework for this development and to help defined and shape specific project work and activity to unlock this potential. To resource this development a Fundraising and Development Manager has been appointed to ensure capacity and capability of delivery.


    Supporters will be invited to attend a VIP reception, to attend performances and sharings of work and workshops. They will receive The Castle's Newsnotes newsletter and will receive updates and information on forthcoming activities, events, and ongoing fundraising and development progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Pledges Sought in pledge funding
      £6,000 On line donations Sought in on line donations
      £3,000 Match funding Match funding sought
  • Background


    The Castle sits within the centre of Wellingborough - an area in which the challenges have been identified as part of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Northamptonshire - and where providing opportunities to support young people to improve their education and employability is a key priority.


    The Castle delivers for local communities - preschool children, primary school children, elderly residents, disability groups, and hard to reach communities. With schools, sheltered housing units, family centres, and local libraries. In areas including Croyland, Hemingwell and Queensway; for participants that would not otherwise have such opportunities e.g. Young Creations works with young people and adults with disabilities; and there are strong links with local dance and stage schools.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Castle is unique as a venue in Wellingborough. Our activities have the power to transform the lives of people participating, attending and experiencing events... In the last year 12,021 children and young people took part in creative learning experiences... over 900 workshops and classes were delivered... and there were 464 events. The Castle is a registered charity (number 1028809) and this activity needs your help to continue to keep it live.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anna Denny

    Fundraising and Development Manager