April Newsletter

30 Apr 2018

Well, Spring finally arrived - and then went away again - but nonetheless there was enough time for Feast to set up and decorate the cafe terrace and even enough sun for people to enjoy it before the rain came back. It's going to be fantastic when summer comes to stay.


Our new manager is Sonia Maloney and she will be starting work on Tuesday 8th May. Sonia already knows the House well and is bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. I'm sure she'll be introducing herself to you very soon.

We also welcome two new co-opted Trustees to the Board. Abi Bralee has worked extensively abroad but has returned to the UK looking for ways to contribute to society.

Abi says "After 15 years in the Oil and Gas industry and focusing on the safety of our people and assets I am looking to transition into roles where I can contribute to society in a different way... I think that I may be able to offer support to the Board of Trustees in a change and project management capacity, to both continue meeting the short-term requirements and start planning for the longer term success of the community center."

Patrick White has lived locally for many years. He set up three successful charitable enterprises – Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership, an E Learning Foundation in Greenwich, and a schools’ partnership in Basildon.

"I believe that community activity in this area of Greenwich has been somewhat overlooked when compared to other areas, and I believe that the members of the local community here deserve to experience a wide range of opportunities from exercise to hobbies to culture and education...Shrewsbury House is at a critical point in the process of adapting to changes in local government funding and providing a value-for-money and effective environment, in which community groups can flourish and local people given the opportunity to engage with a varied and productive menu of activities and experiences."

We still have some vacancies on the Board of Trustees so if you would like to get involved email trustees@shrewsburyhouse.org (mailto:trustees@shrewsburyhouse.org) .

A Thank You

Once again we'd like to thank the staff for all their hard work and support over the last weeks and months.


The Easter Bunny Hop was a huge success and sure to be repeated next year.

Coming up on 1st June is PAWS II the rematch quiz night. Look out for booking information for this event.

June 17th is the date for the next Do You Vintage? fair.

Local elections Thursday May 3rd

Thursday May 3rd is polling day for the local council elections. The Old Library Bar is used a polling station so activities that normally take place in that room will be cancelled or relocated on that day. On the other hand there can't be many polling stations in the country that can offer you a cafe service after you've cast your vote!

Eat The Book Supper Club Thursday 10th May

Starting on Thursday 10th May at 7pm Feast Kitchen will be running their first "Eat the Book" supper where they offer a menu entirely drawn from a well-known recipe book from a famous chef. First up is Yotam Ottolenghi. Places are limited so book early.

Contact Feast direct on 07768 780673

The supper club will run twice a month and feature a different book by a different chef each time so look out for announcements.

The Royal Wedding and FA Cup Final Saturday 19th May

Come and watch both these events with us on a big screen. Laugh, cheer, chant and sing (and that's just for the wedding) with neighbours, friends and family. The bar will be open from 11am with the wedding from 12.00 and the football from 5.15.

This is a ticketed event (because we have a limit on numbers) but tickets are free. Tickets will not be available on the day and this will fill up quickly so don't hang about! Book your tickets in person or by email to bookings@shrewsburyhouse.org .

Feast Kitchen is offering two food packages on the day. A special Royal Wedding afternoon tea and an early evening barbeque for the footie. You will need to order food in advance and these two special packages are available to ticket holders only. Contact Feast on 07768 780673 to book your food.

Now we are 50

Shrewsbury House has been a community centre in one form or another since 1968 and we want to have a party to celebrate this summer. We're looking for your ideas and your help to plan a memorable event. Get in touch trustees@shrewsburyhouse.org.

Don't let the heartaches begin. Be a daydream believer. After all those were the days my friend. Let's create our own magical mystery tour...OK I'll stop now.


We'd like to encourage as many users as possible to join Shrewsbury House as a member. As from the last AGM it is members who elect the Board and who can vote on other matters at general meetings. Joining doesn't cost you anything and you can pick up a form from reception. Joining as a member shows your support and helps build a better and more democratic relationship with users.

This could be the last time...

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Tell us a story

We want to hear from the groups that use Shrewsbury House. Tell us what you're doing. Are your recruiting? Do you need more people to know what you do?

We are always happy to feature groups in this regular newsletter but we need you give us the information. You can email trustees@shrewsburyhouse.org with your stories. Pictures always help so feel free to send them too.

Casual staff wanted

We want to recruit a small team of casual Community Assistants who can be called upon to assist our permanent staff in running the House as and when required.

Community Assistants are responsible for providing a safe, secure and clean environment for users and for communicating effectively with other staff, customers and users to support the day-to-day demands of a busy community centre.

You will:
• Be fit and healthy as the post requires some heavy lifting
• Have excellent customer service skills
• Have good spoken and written English
• Be willing and able to be flexible with working hours to fit in with demand
• Able to work unsupervised and also to contribute as part of a team
• Be conscientious and ensure that safety and security procedures are followed
• Be punctual and reliable
• Be willing to attend work-related training

To see the full job description go to shrewsburyhouse.org/jobs and follow the link.
To apply please send an outline of your previous work history, experience in a similar role (if any) and availability by email to jobs@shrewsburyhouse.org (mailto:) or by post or by hand to Shrewsbury House at the address below.

For informal enquiries and to discuss the role please contact darren@shrewsburyhouse.org 


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