The Corn Exchange
Since its restoration and reopening in June 2010, St Ives Corn Exchange has become a centrepiece for the town and is used by the entire community. It has become the focal point for Civic Events and the venue of choice for many local community groups and businesses.
The popular Markets and Coffee Shops on Monday and Friday draw in visitors from St Ives and the surrounding villages. Other regular bookings include something for everyone, from Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and dancing, to the various interest groups of the University of the Third Age (U3A). The building also hosts meetings by the newly formed ‘St Ives Riverport WI’.
The Corn Exchange is home to the ever-popular St Ives Youth Theatre, who rehearse weekly in the building, and who stage a main performance annually. It is now also the home of the thriving community venture which is ‘Screen St Ives’ – St Ives community cinema. A collaborative project between ACE, Screen St Ives and the CIC is currently underway to install permanent equipment in the Charter Hall to enable large scale screenings for the whole of the community, including children’s matinee performances and TV Concerts.
The Corn Exchange is owned by St Ives Town Council and rented from them by a Community Interest Company (CIC) which runs the building.
The ACE – Friends of St Ives Corn Exchange is a registered charity who works alongside the CIC to promote the success, use and accessibility of the building. ACE volunteers are a valuable asset to the building, working alongside the staff to ensure that the building remains a welcoming and friendly place. Volunteers also use their DIY skills to help keep the building in top shape.
The Corn Exchange is proud to have committed staff who are dedicated to making this building a success, and who are there to help with your enquiry. If you haven’t yet been in the building, please feel free to drop in where staff or volunteers will be happy to show you around.