Dear Friends, Guests and Partners,
Following growing concern for our staff, volunteers and audiences in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Union Chapel has decided to cease events until the end of March.
If you have booked a ticket in this period, we will be in touch via email about how to claim a refund and/or any rescheduled dates.
If you are in the position to, please consider donating to Union Chapel to support our charitable work with the vulnerable and preserving our building for community use, we would be incredibly grateful.
You may have been to a gig here in the past and you will be aware that Union Chapel has developed a very special reputation over the last 25 years for its amazing atmosphere and the calibre of artists (and guests!) who are drawn to perform here – from Elton John to Amy Winehouse, Patti Smith to Liam Gallagher.
What you might not have known is that something equally special happens in other parts of this building. The profits for all these events have been providing very special services and activities to the most needy and disadvantaged members of our community.
If you were to look around Union Chapel, you would see an entire network of services for homeless people – a kitchen, a shelter, advice services – which have been playing a crucial role over the last two decades, and especially in recent years as austerity has really bitten. These profits have been literally putting food in mouths and providing beds in the coldest months of the year.
Union Chapel hosts a number of regular social and cultural activities for the vulnerable, elderly and isolated as well, from coffee mornings to free events for vulnerable and homeless families and their children. And, in these difficult times, we are looking at what else we can provide, as a community resource.
We’re really proud of what Union Chapel does overall – an amazing venue doing genuine social good. Every ticket you have bought to see an event has gone straight back into our community. You should feel proud, too.
Closure doesn’t just mean that we don’t get to put on great music and that you don’t get to hear it. It also means that our community services are under threat: that the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our community are threatened too.
We are asking for your help. If you’ve ever enjoyed music, comedy or other events here, please donate now. You can click on here to make a donation which will help us cover the cost of our homeless shelter. We are a registered charity and probably haven’t told you enough about our community work in the past. Now is the time to change that.
Thanks for reading. If you can, please give, and retweet the message here to your friends. If we get enough support, we might throw open our doors to everyone who has supported us for a free gig to celebrate all of those people who helped us through this dark time. During closure, we will be still be busy, and we will be posting lots of stories about the importance of the people we help, peppered with some music stuff. So keep in touch.
Very best wishes,