Friends & Patrons

Join us!

Become a Friend or a Patron here online, or for further information contact Box Office on 01432 340555.

The Courtyard has over 1,100 core supporters – Friends, Patrons and Life Patrons – who belong to our individual memberships scheme. Our members (and donors recognised via the Derek Jacobi Courtyard Circle) are the backbone of our organisation through their dedication to the arts and their great support of our work in Herefordshire and beyond. Our members give regularly and generously to The Courtyard, not just financially, but in terms of volunteer time – many are also stewards – and as ambassadors for our wide ranging community arts programmes eg with older people who have dementia.

In exchange, our memberships provide a range of benefits, from ticket discounts to priority booking and Café Bar points which can be converted into free drinks and snacks, as well as regular socialising opportunities at Patron level and above.

For that special and unique present, why not give a Gift Membership as a gift for Christmas, a birthday or that special anniversary?

Life Patrons & The Derek Jacobi Courtyard Circle
The Life Patron/Life Patron Plus scheme closed to new members on 31 December, 2016 but all existing Life Patrons will continue receiving benefits agreed when they joined the scheme.
The Derek Jacobi Courtyard Circle, named after our Honorary Patron, Sir Derek Jacobi, is no longer part of the membership scheme but exists to recognise and thank individual supporters who have kindly donated £500 or more to The Courtyard in any one year and at any one time.



Thursday 12 July, 11am – Patrons’ Coffee Morning

We will be joined by Penny Allen and Josie Rogerson from our Creative Ageing Team. Patrons will have the opportunity to take part in a short bookbinding and paper craft activity in order to gain an insight into our hugely popular Creative Community Champions programme.

From September onwards we will start to ticket our Patrons’ Coffee Mornings. There’s no need to worry, they’re still free and included in your membership, but you will now be able to reserve directly through Box Office and receive a ticket. This will help us to keep track of numbers for catering, to communicate with you more effectively, and help us fulfil health and safety requirements. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Thursday 6 September, 11am – Patrons’ Coffee Morning. Click here to reserve your space.

Thursday 22 November, 11am – Patrons’ Coffee Morning. Click here to reserve your space.


What our members say about us …

“For me, the Friends & Patrons scheme is not about what you can get out of it but what I can put in through my support.”

“The Courtyard has been my lifeline and has played an important part in who I am today.”

“Without The Courtyard, I can honestly say our lives would be that much poorer.”

“So much of the arts would be unreachable, were it not for The Courtyard … I appreciate all these things which have a great impact on my life and make me a happier and livelier person. Long may The Courtyard flourish!”