March Newsletter

29 Mar 2018

A lot has happened this month including two lots of snow that proved a challenge for our lovely old building. Despite the odd roof leak and drain blockage we've come through it all pretty well intact.

This has been the first full month of operation of the cafe and reaction has been very positive. The food, the coffee and the staff have all been complimented.

Important but dull - a change in the law

On 25th May 2018 new regulations come into force regarding the collecting and storage of personal data. This includes the email address you have given us.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) require that we ask you to re-confirm that we have permission to store your email address and to use it for sending information to you.

In order to carry on receiving this newsletter after May 25th you will need to click on this link: and follow the instructions.

What happens then?

You will get an email from us that contains another link. Please click on the link and your email will be added back to our mailing list.

What if I don't?

Sadly, if you don't complete this process you will automatically be deleted from our mailing list.

Yes we know it's a pain.Sorry we have to ask you to do this but if we didn't we'd be breaking the law and risking a massive fine.

A Masterchef Feast

Our cafe service provided by Feast Food has got off to a flying start and is collecting praise all round for the quality of the food and the atmosphere in the cafe. During the recent snow days, when most classes were cancelled, the cafe was still doing a roaring trade. A sign that it is fast becoming a destination in its own right.

Over the coming weeks and months opening hours will vary a little in response to demand so keep an eye out on the website and around the house for announcements.

Next month Feast will once again be collaborating with 2017 Masterchef Finalist, Steve Kielty, to host an eight course tasting menu.The event will take place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April in the Old Libarary Bar.

Tickets are £60 each and there will be matching wines available to buy on the night supplied by Theatre of Wine.

We regret that due to the nature of the event, we can’t accommodate any special dietary requirements.

Friday night is now sold out but there are still some tickets for Saturday.


Feast will also be running special Easter events for children. Look out for information in the cafe.

Bar news

Our regular Friday night bar opening continues to be well supported and popular so it's important that we let you know that the bar will not be open on Good Friday and the following Friday April 6th when it will be closed for the Masterchef Feast event.

Normal service resumes the week after.


On Friday 23rd March we welcomed the fantastic Woolwich Singers for an evening of song from classics to pop.

This great amateur choir is drawn entirely from local people. There's no audition so everyone can join in whatever their experience or ability.

I'm sure we'll be seeing them at Shrewsbury House again soon.

Easter Hop

Friday 13th April 2pm to 5pm

Hop along to Shrewsbury House for a fun-filled afternoon for children including an Easter egg hunt, egg and spoon races and pin the tail on the Easter Bunny (ouch!) and a disco from 3pm to 5pm.

Tickets are £5.00 per child (free for adults) and include a drink and a chocolate egg. Numbers are limited so it's a good idea to book in advance.

Paws II

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the barFollowing on from the huge success of the Rebels Without Paws quiz night, a second quiz is planned for 1st June. Look out for more information in the next newsletter.

As before, the quiz will be a fundraiser to support a group of seven local women who are rowing the Channel to raise money for the Ahoy Centre in Deptford.

Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival

Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival returns to Shrewsbury House this year. We need volunteers to help staff the event and, the best bit, to choose the films. If you'd like to be involved email

Shakespeare and St George

23rd April is Shakespeare's birthday and also St George's day. Watch out for special announcements about events to celebrate both occasions.

New groups

Monkey Music

Monkey Music provides music classes for babies and children from three months to four years. They are having an open day on the 23rd April and start their classes on the 30th. Email  for more information.

Gentle Yoga for Relaxation

A new Yoga class on Saturdays starting on 14th April. Relaxation exercisies, postures and movements that strengthen the body, relax the mind and lift the spirit. Contact Laura by email

Staff news

Appointment of a new manager

We had an excellent response to our advert with thirty six applications received by the closing date. We interviewed the top four shortlisted candidates on Thursday 22nd March and we are delighted to say we have appointed a new manager who we expect to start in early May. There are certain procedures we have to go through before we can introduce them formally so expect another announcement next week.

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 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 or by post or by hand to Shrewsbury House reception.

For informal enquiries and to discuss the role please contact

Wedding announcement

We are delighted to announce that Darren Worton and his long-term partner Toni will be getting married on 28th May. The ceremony will take place at Shrewsbury House - where else.

I'm sure you would want to join us in congratulating them and wishing them all the very best.

New trustees wanted

As you will know, at the last AGM certain changes were agreed to our Memorandum and Articles of Association that give us greater freedom to recruit new trustees between AGMs.

We are seeking to expand the present Board of Trustees and we're looking for people to join us who have energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to continue to develop Shrewsbury House as a thriving hub of activity that serves not just our immediate community but the wider community of Plumstead and Shooters Hill.

We are particularly looking for Trustees who can bring some specialist knowledge or skill.

If you would like more information about what is involved in being a Trustee please email


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