ACE – ‘Action Corn Exchange’ – was formed by a group of residents of St Ives who did not want to see the Corn Exchange sold. After fighting to prevent the Corn Exchange from sale and having ensured its reopening, ACE is committed to ensuring the long-term success and viability of this wonderful building and to safeguarding its future for generations to come as the focus of community activity and as an object of civic pride.

ACE, now transformed from an Action Group into the Friends of the Corn Exchange, has undertaken to promote the use, availability and accessibility of the building for the community through the provision and support of volunteer helpers, and by organising community events to enrich the lives of the people in our market town.

The ACE Committee works alongside the Community Interest Company (CIC) which runs the building.

ACE – Friends of St Ives Corn Exchange was registered as a Charity on November 16th, 2010 – Registered Charity No.: 1132728

The Charity is established for the benefit of the residents of St Ives, Cambridgeshire and the neighbouring villages, hereinafter referred to as the ” area of benefit”: to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for the benefit of the inhabitants within the “area of benefit” in the interests of social welfare for recreation and other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities for reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religion or other opinions.

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Why not become a Member of ACE – Friends of St Ives Corn Exchange?

ACE of Hearts – Individuals and Families
Single £10 – Couple £15 – Household £20
Life Membership:
Single £100 – Couple £175 – Household £200
ACE of Clubs – Community Groups and Clubs
Level of subscription by arrangement.
ACE of Diamonds – Businesses and Major Supporters – Donation
Platinum £5000 – Gold £2000 – Silver £1000
All ACE of Diamond friends will be recorded (with consent)
on the honour boards in the building.
ACE of Spades – Volunteers.
Commitment only required!