As well as the diverse artistic programme and a stunning listed building, what makes Square Chapel really special is the incredible spirit and support that has carried it from being a derelict building in 1988 to the thriving arts and community venue it is today.

Ways to Support

You, our audiences, are key to ensuring we bring the most exciting, most engaging performance and film to the communities of Calderdale and beyond. Our membership packages are designed to enable you to actively support our work and in return, reward you for your generosity by bringing you that bit closer to the action.

Find out more about our memberships

In 1988 six local Art lovers bought a dilapidated Square Chapel for just £25. Their vision was to turn it into a vibrant Arts Centre. Any amount you choose to donate will go straight to Square Chapel.

Make a donation

Square Chapel’s programme of arts and activities relies heavily on regular funding to keep it going and growing. Donating on a monthly basis means that you get to choose a manageable amount which will help Square Chapel to keep the Cornerstone project moving and enable us to plan for the future more easily.

There will be lots of opportunities to see the progress of the project and visit the site. Your support will be acknowledged in the following ways (based on a monthly donation for a minimum of 2 years):

  • Donate £2 or more and your support will be acknowledged in a public space in the new building
  • Donate £25 or more and have one of the seats in our brand new auditorium dedicated to you or a loved one marked by an engraved plaque
  • Donate £50 or more and we will include your name on a paving stone in our outside public area

To find out more call 01422 353 073 or email

To set up regular giving please go to Square Chapel’s Virgin Money Giving page and select ‘Make a monthly donation’.

If you are a UK taxpayer, any donation you make can be increased by 25% at no cost to you, providing you give your consent for us to claim Gift Aid.

The success of Square Chapel’s many different strands of work is often thanks to the generosity of local people making one-off donations. Donations both large and small made by theatre, music and arts lovers means Square Chapel continues to thrive.

Choose any amount to give as a one-off catalyst in the Cornerstone development. There will be lots of opportunities to see the progress of the project and visit the site, and your support will be acknowledged in the following ways:

  • Donate £50 or more and your support will be acknowledged in a public space in the new building
  • Donate £500 or more and have one of the seats in our brand new auditorium dedicated to you or a loved one marked by an engraved plaque
  • Donate £1,000 or more and we will engrave your name on a paving stone in our outside public area

To find out more call 01422 353 073 or email

To make a one-off donation online please go to Square Chapel’s Virgin Money Giving page and select ‘Make a donation’.

Alternatively, text SQCH12 and your chosen amount (e.g. SQCH12 £10) to 70070.

If you are a UK taxpayer, any donation you make can be increased by 25% at no cost to you, providing you give your consent for us to claim Gift Aid.

If you are able to make a more substantial gift you could think about joining our select Patrons’ circle.

As a Patron you can become as involved as you wish; maintain the status through your donation alone, or become active in the development of Square Chapel Arts Centre, utilising your experience more directly with our CEO, Board and other working groups.

You’ll receive a range of exclusive benefits including your name on a seat, acknowledgment in our outside public area and the opportunity to become part of the dynamic group who shape the future of Square Chapel.

To find out more call 01422 353 073 or email

Square Chapel is hugely grateful to the hundreds of individuals and organisations who have supported the Cornerstone campaign so far, but we would like to extend special thanks to:

Trusts and Foundations:

Arts Council England

Green Hall Foundation (new name for Constance Green Foundation)

Foyle Foundation

Garfield Weston

Sir George Martin Trust

The Monument Trust

The Wolfson Foundation

The Idlewild Trust

The Joseph and Mary Hiley Trust

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation

Community Foundation for Calderdale (Bill & Val Rooney Fund)




Evans Vettori

Harveys of Halifax

Halifax Rotary Club

Lloyds TSB



Robin & Jessica Sutcliffe

Kate Dugdale

June Paxton-White

Tim & Anne Kirker

Claire Slattery

Roger & Sue Harvey

Mark & Peggy Pullan

Mary Crossley

Christopher Bailey

Jenny Lynn

David Nash

Pat & Susan Russell

Andrew Marshall


All our Friends, Volunteers and Artists for their commitment, dedication and tireless fundraising efforts through events, activities and challenges.

All those individuals who have made one-off donations, signed up for regular giving or choose to include the £1 voluntary donation with their ticket price.

Business Support

Join our growing circle of corporate partners and align your business with the stunning new Square Chapel Arts Centre and make your mark in the heart of Halifax’s new Cultural Quarter.

A new extension linking Square Chapel with the transformed Piece Hall, nestled beside the new library, will put us at the heart of regeneration. Completed in 2017, our extension will create:

  • a second auditorium with cinema seating 108 (in addition to our current 220 seated auditorium)
  • an extended bar and café area with an entrance from the Piece Hall
  • vastly improved access and facilities for audiences

In 2017/18, Square Chapel will attract over 60,000 visitors to more than 600 live events and cinema screenings, spending an estimated £500,000+ through our box office and café-bar.

Explore a range of bespoke partnership and sponsorship opportunities for our upcoming Launch Season this Autumn.

A partnership of ongoing benefits and support

Arts and Partners packages created for your business from £500 – £5,000+ including:

  • Complimentary tickets to Square Chapel events
  • Free / discounted use of the Square Chapel spaces
  • Event management
  • Your company’s logo in our season brochures, website and newsletters
  • Promotion on our social media platforms
  • Dedicated account management to ensure you are getting the most out of the partnership

A chance to support the arts on your doorstep

Opportunities for sponsorship are varied and bespoke, but could include support for:

  • Film seasons
  • Artist Development
  • Live Cinema
  • Festive Season
  • Community Outreach & Education
  • The launch of the new Square Chapel

And of course, we would like to thank our current Corporate Members for their ongoing support of Square Chapel:

Walker Singleton Chartered Surveyors

Timeform LTD

Bairstow & Atkinson Chartered Accountants

Harveys – The Department Store of Halifax

The Railway Hotel

Grand Central Railway

Chadwick Lawrence

The Imperial Crown Hotel

If you would like to know more about either of our two fantastic support opportunities get in touch today on 01422 353073 /

We would like to thank our current Corporate Friends for their ongoing support of Square Chapel:



Legacy Giving

Remember Square Chapel and help fund our future. Whatever the size of your gift every donation makes a real difference to us.

Square Chapel Arts Centre is a registered charity and depends upon the generosity of its many supporters to enable it to continue to flourish and offer the best in theatre, music, dance, family shows and literature, as well as the Halifax Festival, workshops and community events for everyone.

We need the ongoing financial commitment of individuals to enable us to maintain the fabric of the beautiful Grade II* listed former chapel and to provide a wide programme of high quality professional arts events together with a busy outreach programme for the benefit of our community.

If Square Chapel Arts Centre and what it represents is important to you, please consider supporting us in your will.

What types of legacy can I leave to Square Chapel Trust?
There are four main types of gift that can be left in a will:-

  1. pecuniary bequest – a specific sum of money
  2. specific bequest – a particular item of value, such as jewellery, property or an antique
  3. residuary bequest – what is left of your estate after expenses and all other wishes have been met
  4. conditional bequest – a gift which is passed to charity if the person for whom it was intended dies before you.

Are there any tax benefits to be gained by leaving a gift to Square Chapel and other charities?

Inheritance tax (IHT) is charged at 40% of the value of your estate (at present tax levels). Gifts left to charities are exempt from IHT and so they can help to reduce the overall value of your estate for IHT purposes, and therefore your tax liability. The IHT nil rate upper threshold is announced in the Chancellor’s budget, however for 2011/2012 it stands at £325,000 for individuals. It is set to stay at this level until 2014 at least, so that the first £325,000 of your estate is free from any inheritance tax liability. As an example, if you had an estate with the value of £500,000 then £175,000 of that would be subject to 40% tax. Your estate would therefore actually only be worth £430,000 as £70,000 would go to the Government. However any amount of your £500,000 that you left to charity would be tax free and therefore the charity would get 100% of the gift you intended them to have.

What other benefits are there?
If you notify us that you have created a legacy in favour of Square Chapel Trust, you will receive a written acknowledgment with our thanks for your kindness, and will be asked if you would like your name to be added to our Supporters’ Roll of Honour.  You’ll be kept up to date with our news and plans and will be invited to key events. We’d also like to offer you a small token of our appreciation and will send you a pair of complimentary ticket vouchers.

Can my money be used for a specific project?
You can make your specific wishes known to Square Chapel Trust, however, rather than writing a specific project into your will it is better to keep the legacy wording general and then add a separate ‘letter of wishes’ addressed to us if this is something you would like to do.  This means that if the specific project has finished by the time Square Chapel Trust receive your money or if it is impractical or impossible to carry out your wishes, we will still be able to make use of your gift, otherwise we may not legally be entitled to receive your gift at all. We would advise you to speak to your solicitor should you wish to do this.

What should I do now to leave a legacy to Square Chapel?
Please contact Alison Ford on 01422 353 073 or Alison can help you find a solicitor to write a will or can send you a codicil form so you can add a gift to your existing will so that Square Chapel Trust benefits from your gift.  Your gift can really make a difference to Square Chapel’s future – thank you.

Frequently asked questions about wills

How do I make a will?
To make sure that your money goes to the people you choose (and is not distributed according to the intestacy rules) all adults should make a will. It is quite straightforward and can be done fairly simply by seeking advice from a solicitor or a professional will writer who will be able to offer you the best advice. Wills can be written by a professional, often for little more than £100.

Can I change my will to leave money to charities like Square Chapel Trust?
Yes, you can change your will as often as you want. It is very important to update your will regularly to ensure that it reflects your current wishes and circumstances.

How do I change my will?
Making a new will through a professional is the best way to make a change so that all of your wishes are contained within one document, it is definitive and it clearly post-dates your previous wills.  However, if you already have a will, and only wish to add a simple legacy and not make any other changes, there is no need to change the whole will.  You can instruct your solicitor to draw up a ‘codicil’ detailing your bequest which is kept with your current will.  However, it may be more cost effective to simply make a new will – have a look at the offer Ramsdens Solicitors are giving Square Chapel supporters, which is detailed below.

Where do I find a solicitor?
We have teamed up with Ramsdens Solicitors LLP, who have eight offices throughout Calderdale and Kirklees.  Ramsdens are offering a 10 % discount on their usual fees for individuals and couples who make their will with them and produce this leaflet at their appointment.  This means that writing a will could cost you as little as £90 (+VAT).

Call Heather Nuttall at Ramsdens on 01422 372478 or email her on to discuss your requirements and book an appointment.

You can find an alternative local solicitor by contacting the Law Society on 020 7242 1222 or you can use a professional will writer who you can find by calling the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners on 020 7340 0500.

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