*** UPDATE ***
We hope you’re doing well.
Thank you for the overwhelming support you’ve shown us since our announcement to close last Tuesday. It’s been so heartening to see how much The Glad means to so many of you!
After the government’s announcements regarding wage relief and business interruption grants, we have taken the decision to close our Crowdfunder appeal tomorrow (27 March). We can’t thank you enough for all who have donated to the fund. The money will be used to set up a hardship fund for staff and to safeguard the future of The Glad. Rewards will be sent soon.
We want to stay in touch with you all and are planning some things where we can keep you entertained from the comfort of your own home. We’ll be in touch about all that soon.
In the meantime, keep safe, stay in touch and keep looking out for each other!
We’ll be back!
Loads of love,
The Glad. x
Original post: 18 March 2020
Yesterday we made the heartbreaking decision to close The Glad Cafe until further notice.
Like so many other small, independent businesses, we face an uncertain future but we are all hoping that our beloved Glad Cafe will pull through this. The Glad has always survived on huge levels of generosity, support and love from our customers, musicians, audiences and our staff. It is this that keeps us strong and gives us hope as we look ahead.
Our focus, now, is on protecting the future of the cafe, venue, The Glad Foundation and Glad Rags, and doing our best to ensure staff welfare.
With this in mind, we will set up a fund for cafe, venue, Glad Foundation and Glad Rags staff in order to support them while the cafe is closed. All funds raised on this page will be used to support staff financially and to safeguard and protect the future of the cafe. In return, we will be offering Glad Cafe-related rewards, should you be able to help.
Until we reopen, we will miss you all so much… our regulars, always with a story to put a smile on our faces; our artists and musicians who have believed in The Glad Cafe from day one and put their hearts into creating beautiful moments here, rallying round to support us in times of need; all those who attend our workshops, music lessons and community groups, whose delight and enthusiasm let us see clearly the impact of what the Glad is doing; and all of our wonderful supporters, with their daily words of encouragement, thoughtful ideas and practical skills that they offer selflessly… we can’t wait to welcome you all back. We love you all.
Love, Team Glad