July / August Newsletter

8 Aug 2018

August 2018 is one year on from the Extraordinary General Meeting that took Shrewsbury House from the brink of closure and started us on the path to where we are now. While we wouldn't claim that it's job done just yet, I hope you'll agree that the last twelve months have seen significant changes in the House and a more positive and constructive approach to the future.

2018/2019 will see more developments as we make plans to secure the future of Shrewsbury House for many years to come.

A lot of people - users, staff, the Friends, Trustees, council officers, councillors as well as other well-wishers - have put a lot of time and effort into bringing about change and I'd like to express the thanks of the Board for all the support we've received over the last year.
John Mills

Chair, Shrewsbury House Community Association

Welcome to our new Trustees

As you know we recently held an election for new Trustees to join the Board. There were four candidates, Maggie Aiken, Abi Bralee, Fiona Kemp and Patrick White and we are delighted to report that all were duly elected. Abi, Fiona and Patrick have already been contributing as co-opted members of the Board and with Maggie they now become full members with voting rights. Between them they bring a range of skills and experience that will strengthen the Board and help guide Shrewsbury House to even greater things.

Coming up ...

Tuesday 14th August: Differences in Common

Join Eye4Change and learn how to use a camera and take a good picture with a gentle guided photo skills walk in the very local area, seeing things in a different way with different people. Cameras and expertise provided, and it's free!

After the walk the group will return to Shrewsbury House, look at the images on laptops and select the favourites for exhibition.

Meet in Feast Kitchen café on 14th August at 12.30. For more details and to book a place, contact xenia@eye4change.co.uk

Friday 31st August: The Arty Plumstead Appetiser!

Join us for a fun evening in the bar from 7.00-10.00pm to meet and mingle with the artists taking part in the Plumstead Open Studio weekend (Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September). Sample the artwork while being entertained, with live music provided by some of the artists themselves - Flatfoot Johnny, Frank Loman and Rob Thom. Free entry, bar open as usual.

Fri 7th September: Yellow Submarine (1968) 7.30pm

Fab Four fifty years on, showing as one of the opening films for Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival. Doors open at 6.30pm. Screening 7.30pm. Fancy dress prizes, bar and 60s disco.

Fri 14th September: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) 6.30pm

(TBC, more details soon)
Classic 1968 children's film showing as part of Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival. Doors open 6.00pm. Toot Sweets anyone?

Fri 21st September: Jim Radford and Keith Ferris

Shanties and folk music in the bar
Well known local singer, song-writer and peace campaigner Jim Radford hosts an evening of traditional music.

Sat 22nd September: Open House London

Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. Come and find out more about the fascinating history of Shrewsbury House with guided tours by Trustee and local historian Andy Brockman. Afternoon teas at Feast Kitchen.

Friday 28th September: Quiz Night hosted by PAWS

The intrepid PAWS team fresh from rowing the channel to raise money for the Ahoy! Centre in Deptford (we hope – at time of writing they still haven’t been given a date after the last was cancelled due to poor weather conditions!) are running a special quiz night for Shrewsbury House. More details and booking arrangements to follow soon.

Sun 30th September: Do You Vintage?

Vintage and collectibles fair with live music, Lindy hopping, bar and café.11.00am - 5.00pm

New classes and activities in the autumn will include calligraphy, zumba, salsa, dice games, and a short season of free taster sessions in history, creative arts, gardening, fitness and healthy eating. Keep checking the website for more details.

Friends of Shrewsbury House

On Sunday 8th July the ever-energetic Caroline Sefton and the Friends of Shrewsbury House took part in the Shrewsbury Park Festival on what, at that time, was the hottest day of the year.

Caroline also organised a Comedy Ceilidh last month, and we were agog to find out exactly what it was going to be. Afterwards, we were still not completely sure, but certainly people came, certainly people danced and they laughed a lot so what's not to like!

Why not join the Friends on Tuesday evenings during August to enjoy the long days, soak up some nature and try a little light gardening, with mini refreshments on hand? The Friends will be there from 7pm each Tuesday. The plan is to tame the ivy so the jasmine can have a chance, and have a first go at tackling some of the perennial weeds clogging up the flowerbeds. You can find the Friends each Saturday too, from 10.00 till 12.00.

For more from the Friends, there is now a dedicated section on the Shrewsbury House website:

Over the Hill Quiz night

Our informal, turn-up-and-play quiz night on 20th July proved very popular. Hosted by Marcus Brockman half a dozen teams proved that they knew very little about the classical world but were pretty hot on pop music and politics.

More quizzes coming up soon but you'll need to book for these so watch out for announcements.

Watercolour painting workshops

The first of two watercolour painting workshops run by Art Plumstead's Andrew Riley took place in July. It was a freestyle format with painters working on their own projects, but with expert guidance from Andrew as required. There will be a second workshop at Shrewsbury House on 18th August.

Enjoy a Feast in our garden

With the recent rain and the hard work put in by the Friends of Shrewsbury House, our garden is starting to turn from its baked brown look back to green. Summer is always quieter at the House as many of our regular groups take a break. So now is the perfect time to come and enjoy our cafe, sit in the garden, relax and enjoy the sun.

The Feast Kitchen cafe is open every day except Sunday and serves excellent coffee, sumptuous cakes and delicious savouries. And until 12th August why not take part in the Big Butterfly count (https://www.bigbutterflycount.org/) ? It only takes 15 minutes so stop by, have a coffee, and while you're drinking it just note down all the butterflies and moths you see in the garden. Look out for the poster just outside the cafe or visit the website above.

Keeping in touch

As well as in this newsletter events and activities are posted on our website, on facebook and on our twitter and Instagram accounts - and around the House, of course! Check in for updates.

And finally ...RISE! Women of Woolwich

As part of the Greenwich and Docklands Festival, Rise! celebrated women and their continuing struggle for equality and human rights.

This spectacular performance featured giant puppets, performances by community dance groups and a celebration of the Women of Woolwich, concluding with a pyrotechnic display.

Local groups were invited to suggest their own 'Woman of Woolwich' to feature on a placard as part of the procession. Our Shrewsbury House Manager Sonia Maloney was nominated and you may just be able to make out her picture in the foreground.


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