Welcome to The Didsbury Parsonage Trust
The Didsbury Parsonage (Old Parsonage) is a Grade II listed building situated opposite St James' Church, adjacent to the original village green of Didsbury, Manchester. The building and gardens were left to the citizens of the City of Manchester by Alderman Fletcher Moss in his will following his death in 1919.
Until the late 1980's it became a branch of the City Gallery, but because of increasing costs and security risks it was converted to office use except for a brief spell from 1988 to 2001 when it housed the Art Gallery's education section. It was closed as part of Manchester City Council's cutbacks in January 2011.
The Didsbury Civic Society approached the Council with a plan to convert the building into a community hub and formed a new charity, the Didsbury Parsonage Trust in order to carry out this plan. After 18 months of negotiation with Manchester City Council the Didsbury Parsonage Trust finally signed a lease for the Parsonage in June 2012,.There followed an intense 12 week building programme to completely renovate the building
The building was formally opened on September 7th 2012 by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Elaine Boyce, after nearly £150,000 worth of renovations.
This money was raised by a terrific effort by the local community and included a grant of £56,000 from the Lottery Heritage Fund and other grants from the Co-operative Society, Manchester Airport, Manchester City Council and United Utilities as well as donations from local companies such as Towers, Manchester and Siemens. Nearly £60,000 has been raised from individual donations from the community which reflects the interest and fondness that local people have for the building.
The building is comprised of two floors. As well as three larger rooms on the ground floor there are several meeting rooms. All the rooms are available to local community not-for-profit organisations, but rooms are also available for commercial use on an ad-hoc daily basis.
All these rooms can provide ideal facilities for meetings, presentations, films, exhibitions, debates, training sessions, language courses, exercise workouts and a multitude of community uses. Please click on room hire to view further details.
We also have four single offices for commercial rent on the first floor, all these offices are currently occupied.