February Newsletter

23 Feb 2018

As many will already know, House Manager, Kathy Bagnall, will be leaving us on 28th Feb after 12 years service. I'm sure you would want to join the Board and staff of Shrewsbury House in thanking her for her hard work in keeping the House going through some very difficult times and wish her all the best for the future.

We are advertising for a new House Manager and will make an appointment as soon as possible (see below).

Join the Feast

The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things, of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings - but mostly that the Shrewsbury House cafe will re-open on 1st March under the management of award-winning Feast Food.

As well as a daily cafe service, Feast will be providing all our catering for events, weddings, meetings, and running lots of food events starting with a Mothers' Day tea on - you guessed it - Mothers' Day. That's Sunday 11th March from 1.30pm.

Christina and her tirelessly energetic team are busy transforming the cafe space into something quite special and quite secret until the big reveal on 1st March!

When is a door not a door?

The answer appears to be when it isn't attached to the door frame of room3! After some weeks of being rather open plan, specialist carpenters are coming to re-hang the door during the last week of February.

As you'll appreciate, Shrewsbury House is a Grade II listed building and we have to make sure that all the woodwork is restored correctly hence the delay in finding appropriate tradespeople to do the job.

The Quiz on the Hill

On Friday 16th February we hosted the Quiz on the Hill - a joint event in support of Friends of Shrewsbury Park and Friends of Shrewsbury House. The quiz was sold out in a matter of days. The eveing was a fantastic success with 65 people taking part and having a great time.

Special thanks have to go to Geoff and his glamorous assistant Dee who devised and ran the quiz.

We know that some people were disapointed not to have been able to get tickets for this event. Should we do this more often? How often? Let us know at trustees@shrewburyhouse.org

An evening with Steve Conway

On Friday 23rd February Vocalist,Steve Conway, provided and evening of Swing, Jazz, Blues and Jive to an enthusiastic audience happy to clear a space and join in with some great dancing.

Steve will be back with us performing at Do You Vintage? on Sunday 4th March

Events coming up

Rebels Without Paws - Quiz night - Friday 2 March 7pm in the Old Library Bar

In June 2018 a team of seven local women with no previous rowing experience will be rowing the English Channel to raise money for the Ahoy Centre, Deptford. The money raised through this challenge will provide vital funding to enable them to deliver life-changing training, courses and programmes to both vulnerable/disadvantaged young people and disabled people who need help and to be given an opportunity in life. We're hosting a quiz night to help them raise money and awareness to see them on their way.

For tickets and more information contact michellepsmith@hotmail.co.uk

Do You Vintage? Sunday 4th March 11am to 5pm

Following on from the great success of the previous vintage and craft fair in November 2017, Do You Vintage returns for the first of four planned events this year. A fantastic and eclectic range of stalls selling vintage fashion, collectibles, books, posters, records and much more. Our bar and cafe will be open all day to keep you refereshed while you buy.

Bring Your Own Board Game - Saturday 17th March 1pm to 4pm

Don't get bored, get board. An afternoon of games for adults and children. Drop in with your own favourite game or join others playing theirs. No need to book, just turn up and play.

Woolwich Singers - Friday 23rd March 7pm in the Old Library Bar

A very special evening of music with our fantastic local community choir. Look out for more information on the website shrewsburyhouse.org and book your tickets soon as this is bound to be a sell-out evening. bookings@shrewsburyhouse.org


Salary £32,600 pro rata (£28,000)

The role is currently 30 hours a week, with potential to increase to 35 hours (full time) depending on business growth and development.

Shrewsbury House in Shooters Hill SE18 provides space for a wide range of local community based, not for profit and other groups. It is also available for weddings, parties and other external events.

The House is open Monday to Saturday and occasional Sundays, and has a café, a catering service for functions, and a licensed bar. It runs regular events to attract local residents and users.

We are looking for an effective and committed person to lead the Centre, managing the staff team, operations and finances. The manager will promote the House as an important part of local and wider community life and a focus for social activity, community development, information and support.

The successful candidate will be an experienced manager with excellent organisational and communication skills.

With a new Board of Trustees in place and the support of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Shrewsbury House is also embarking on an exciting programme of development and change, seeking new streams of funding to develop the building and its grounds and the opportunities we can offer users. The Centre manager will have a key operational role in researching and delivering this programme.

Closing date: 6pm, 7th March 2018

Interviews: week of 12th March 2018

Download the full job description and person specification here (pdf)

Download our equality and diversity monitoring form here (pdf)

To apply please submit a CV and supporting statement and send by email to jobs@shrewsburyhouse.org.uk.

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


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