January Newsletter

30 Jan 2018

On 18th January we held our Annual General Meeting which was really well attended with representatives of affiliated goups, users and local residents.The meeting agreed some important changes to our Memorandum and Articles of Association - which is the the document that governs how Shrewsbury House is run. The most significant changes are:

  • The Affiliated Group membership category has been removed meaning that all users of Shrewsbury House may now join as individual members and vote at Annual General Meetings
  •     The composition of the Board of Trustees has been changed so that now the Board may consist of up to fifteen members who can be drawn from users, local residents or people with specialist skills.
  •     A provision for electing new Trustees between General Meetings.

The changes are being submitted to the Charity Commission and will come into force once we have their approval.

Welcome to our new Trustee

Elected at the AGM, our new Trustee is Kathryn Green.

"I have lived on Ashridge Crescent since August 2016 with my family. I work from home and have a young daughter who you will have met if you walk your dogs in Shrewsbury Park. My professional background is in sales, marketing and events. I worked for three years at Swan, Shakespeare's Globe theatre running events from small business meetings to large charity dinners, weddings and award ceremonies. Previous to that I ran the events and marketing at Birchwood Park Golf club for two years specialising in funerals and wedding receptions. Personally, I love to be involved in community projects and generally helping others. My hobbies include reading, wine tasting, music and exploring nature with my daughter, especially trees."

Award winning team to run cafe

We are very pleased to announce that we have appointed Feast Food to run our cafe and catering. They have just won the award for best food and hospitality business in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and we hope to have the new service up and running as soon as possible. Feast is owned and managed by Christina Reybolds who heads up a loyal team of chefs and waiting staff, many of whom have been with her since the first day in 2008.

Friends of Shrewsbury House

The Friends of Shrewsbury House exist to give the staff and trustees of Shrewsbury House practical support. Our priority is to help keep the gardens looking lovely but we also share our talents and/or elbow grease wherever we can help.

On the last Saturday of the month from 10am to noon we have a Garden Get Together aimed at everyone, and particularly families. Joining us can mean simply adding your name to our list of Friends – even giving your name is a proof of support for the community centre. We are also encouraging people to foster a flowerbed, or if that is too much - part of a flower bed.

If you would like to share your talents, you would be more than welcome – you do not have to be a gardener. Could you help run the bar on a Friday, do a short talk or demonstration on a Saturday morning, help us design some activities for children? Or would you just like to come along to say hello? The beauty of volunteering at Shrewsbury House is that you can give as much or as little as you like – we’ll be pleased to see you.

Ask about the Friends in the bar at Shrewsbury House on Friday evenings. Contact Shrewsbury House directly – ask at the front desk, or email admin@shrewsburyhouse.org.

Events coming up

Quiz on the Hill - Friday 16 February, 7pm for 7.30pm start, in the Old Library Bar

Come to our truly locally sourced quiz. A joint event between Shrewsbury House Community Association, Friends of Shrewsbury Park and Friends of Shrewsbury House featuring our very own home-grown, organic quiz master. Come along for a bit of fun and to help raise the profile of these three great organisations and a bit of money to support them.

An Evening with Steve Conway - Friday 23rd February in the Old Library Bar. Doors open 6.30pm

An evening of Swing, Jazz, Blues and Jive with vocalist Steve Conway. Steve is a professional and highly talented Vintage Style Vocalist  who regularly performs throughout the UK and internationally, singing at weddings, corporate events, private parties, Film & Television in and around the South of England. Steve Can also be found entertaining at our vintage fairs.

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 refreshed while you buy.


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