November 2018 Newsletter

1 Nov 2018

What’s happening this week ...

Data Collection Week 5th-10th November 2018
We continue to rely on the support of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and need to provide data about our demographics and the people attending the house on a regular basis. We are also keen to hear your views and get as much feedback from our service users and visitors as possible to inform new facilities and activities. With this in mind we will be asking existing groups and hirers, and visitors to Shrewsbury House, to complete our new Equalities and Access forms over the next week. The more the merrier, so if you are visiting please compete a form and drop into reception on your way in or out

Coffee, Cake and Culture Club
Following the success of our first five free Monday morning sessions on Music, Gentle Yoga, Arts and Crafts, Healthy Cooking and Gardening, we are keen to continue with a regular Community Culture Club and would like to hear your views on these sessions. Everyone is invited to attend our review meeting on Monday 5th November at 1030am, when we will discuss areas of interest and how to plan our future sessions. Very many thanks to all the lovely people who gave up their time to come and talk to the group!

Quiz on the Hill
Friday 9th November. Quizmaestros Dee and Geoff put us to the test, in aid of Friends of Shrewsbury Park and Friends of Shrewsbury House. £5 per ticket, up to 6 per table. Book in at reception, there are a few spaces left if you are quick.

Watercolour Workshop
Andrew Riley, renowned Art Plumstead artist, is running another popular Watercolour Workshop on Saturday 10th November 1-4pm. To book, email

Women of Woolwich Rise Again!
In June, a spectacular procession took place in Woolwich as part of the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. Rise! celebrated the centenary of the law allowing some women and all men the right to vote in the UK. Thousands gathered to welcome three giant puppets and a series of placards being carried through the streets, each celebrating a woman of Woolwich, as nominated by members of the public. Now some of those placards – including one of our Manager! - will be on display at Shrewsbury House from 5th to 18th November.

You can also see placards at Woolwich Library, Clockhouse Community Centre and Woolwich Common Community Centre.

Later this month, and further down the line ...

Folk night
Following a brilliant and packed evening in September, Friday 23rd November sees the welcome and popular return of Jim Radford, Keith Ferris and friends to one of many music nights in the Community Library Bar, for more foot tapping and heart warming tunes - oh, and a few local beers too.

Two Christmas Wreath Making workshops are filling up for Saturday 24th November and Saturday 1st December. Book your place by email with Art Plumstead's 07980 258997

Do You Vintage?
Don't miss the Winter Do You Vintage? Fair on Sunday 25th November, with over 30 stalls of vintage, retro & handcrafted items, including clothing, jewellery, accessories, collectables, furniture, housewares, artwork, vinyl, midcentury interior decor, lighting, ceramics and upcycled. Featuring vintage makeovers, Lindyhop dancing and swing & jazz singer Steve Conway, plus Feast café and licensed bar. From 11am-5pm. Entry £2 (£1 with flyer/NUS card) Children under 16 free. (

And Another Quiz ...
We can't get enough! The great PAWS team will be running another brilliant quiz on 14th December, this time with a festive theme – book now!

From Feast Kitchen
Christmas is coming and we are in the midst of organising dates with Feast for a number of Community Christmas lunches and some Feast Friday Winter Warmers in the Bar. Dates, menus and prices will be posted on our events page on the website and Facebook pages later this month.
In the meantime if you would like to book your own Christmas gathering do get in touch with and to confirm your festive celebrations.

What’s new ...

Welcome to New Groups
· Thursdays: Sing and Sign 11am-12noon for parents and children birth to 3
· Wednesday evenings - Calligraphy fortnightly, Dice on the Hill and Zumba
· Friday nights: Salsa - 7.30-10pm

The new WI had its first meeting in October, and was very well attended. Meetings are held on the First Friday of the month at 10.30am. So come along, make new friends and become part of a National Treasure.

What’s been happening ...

Shrewsbury Showcase
Over 300 people attended our 50th Anniversary Showcase day and visitors enjoyed singing, dancing, art, exhibitions, getting involved in lots of free activities and fitness sessions and filled out the Feast Cafe. Newcomers have subsequently signed up to new experiences and regular classes at the house.
The winner of the Great Cake Off competition was a courgette cake decorated with edible pansies (Bottle of Prosecco), very closely followed by a Spooky Sticky Chocolate Cake (beers from Bexley Brewery). Congratulations to both, and many thanks to all the groups and individuals who took part in the day and made it such a success.

55 children were bewitched by our Trustee Witch Kackling Kathryn and her little Alissa imp apprentice. Much fun and games, amazing outfits, glow sticks galore and not too much sugar made for a fun evening and a many a parent making use of the Potions Bar.

Lloyds volunteers
The lads and lasses of Lloyds Bank returned to complete their voluntary hours painting Garden Room – thanks all! It is a much better space for weddings and celebrations as a result, and we are looking for a new team of volunteers to get to grips with the cornice and windows. So if you are paint friendly and want to be part of the group do get in touch!

Dementia training
Having achieved our Safer Place recognition and accreditation we are well on the way to attaining our Dementia Inclusive recognition. Staff and trustees attended an enlightening awareness session and we will be assessed in November for the adjustments we are making to signage and support around the House. We continue to support the Tuesday afternoon Friends Together Alzheimers and Reflections Dementia Cafes and are keen to make sure we are doing everything possible to make Shrewsbury House inclusive, safe and welcoming to the whole community.

Feast workshops
During half term lots of busy children attended the Slime, Make a Bear and Design a T-Shirt Workshops with Feast Cafe. There will be more from Feast, so keep an eye on the Events section of our website.

And finally ...
Thanks as ever to the Friends of Shrewsbury House, the unsung heroes who are doing so much to keep the gardens looking lovely. So much work goes in, and it is really appreciated!


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