May Newsletter

31 May 2018

Hooray for Hollywood? Well, to be honest, more likely Falconwood but we can dream. On Monday 4th June the House is being photographed, inside and out, for inclusion on the RBG Film Unit database. The photographer needs to see the House at its best so there may be a little disruption to normal working as we move furniture out of rooms. It'll be worth it the long run as this opens up a whole new area of income from film and TV companies who may want to use Shrewsbury House as a location.

Greenwich is one of the few local authorities that goes out of its way to facilitate filming. It's why, apart obviously from our stunning parks and buildings, you see so many glimpses of places you know in feature films and on television.


As many of you will know (some may even have been there), Darren our Community Assistant Supervisor and Toni, his partner, got married here at Shrewsbury House last Monday 28th.

Given the recent variation in the weather they were fortunate to have a lovely, sunny day for the ceremony and I'm sure you'd want join in wishing them all the best for the future.

What more elections?

Not local or central government this time but Trustees for Shrewsbury House. As you'll know from the last newsletter, Abi Bralee and Patrick White have joined the Board as co-opted Trustees. We have since received an application to join the Board from Fiona Kemp which was accepted at the last meeting of Trustees. Fiona is a retired headteacher of a Greenwich Nursery School and Children's Centre.

"When I moved to Plumstead in October last year I was very aware of Shrewsbury House and its benefit to the local community. As I get to know the local area more I find I really love living here and intend to be a long term resident. I currently attend a drawing class, I plan to join an exercise group and am keen to be more involved in the running of the House... My experience as a headteacher provided me with what I believe are some significant skills in organising, leadership and working with communities and other bodies."

As you will know, co-opted Trustees give their knowledge and experience but cannot vote in Board meetings. There are eight vacancies for elected Trustees so we plan to hold elections within the next month at which the three co-opted members will stand for election along with anyone else who wishes to put themselves forward.

Getting yourself nominatedIf you would like to stand as a Trustee then please let us know by email to ( ) or by leaving a note at reception. We'll get back to you with the full details of how to apply.

Are you a member?

Rember that since the last AGM anyone who uses Shrewsbury House can join as a member. It's free but you must fill in and return an application form. Only members can vote in elections for Trustees and ballot papers will only be issued to people who are on the membership list. If you haven't already done so, ask for an application form at reception.

New Faces

Don't panic. This isn't news that yet another old TV format is being dug up and recycled. You may, however, notice a few new faces amongst the staff on reception and helping around the building. Derek and Poppy have joined us as casual Community Assistants to help out during busy times or to cover when other staff are on leave.

User SurveyThank you to everyone who took the time to complete our recent user survey. The results have been very interesting and informative and will provide a useful guide to Trustees in planning future developments. The results of the survey will be published on our website very soon with printed copies available to read in the House.


PAWS II Quiz Night Friday 1st June 7pmThis Friday 1st June we're hosting the second quiz night in support of The Ahoy Centre in Deptford. The quiz is actually now sold out but the bar will be open as usual and you can also take part in a charity auction with some great lots to win. Email bids (best and final) are being accepted up to 3.00 pm on Friday 1 June. There's more information on their webpage under the blog tab. Here's the link to the auction catalogue. From World Championship Boxing tickets in the O2 VIP suite, through to treats to pamper your pooch, there's 'lots' to choose from

Volunteer 100 Awards Ceremony

We are delighted to be hosting this years awards ceremony, sposored by Beaumont Gibbs estate agents. The ceremony takes place on Thursday 7th June and the awards will be presented by Mayor of Greenwich Cllr. Christine May.

Do you Vintage?

Sunday 17th JuneVintage and Craft Summer Fair. PIck up a postcard from the House and get in for half price. The bar will be open from 11am. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco in the garden while you take a break from grabbing bargains.

Friends of Shrewsbury House

Saturday 30th JuneThe Friends have their next Garden Get Together on Saturday 30 June from 10am to noon. Come to continue the weeding and tidying. Enjoy the swishy swashy Bear Hunt meadow & wildlife garden and/or try a little air-dry terracotta clay making and shaping. Bring your stout shoes/heart.

The Friends have been doing great work in the garden and it's thanks to them that it looks as lovely as it does.

Charlton and Woolwich Film Festival Week

Fri 7th - Sat 15th SeptemberTo celebrate our 50th year of being a community centre we will be showing the Beatles Yellow Submarine, and for the kids, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - both films released in1968. Get your fancy dress costumes ready and join the 60's themed party.

London Open House weekend

22nd & 23rd SeptemberOpen House - celebrating 50 years of our community centre. Guided history tours of the house and its colourful history.


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