September/October Newsletter

2 Oct 2018

It's been a busy month...

As the summer has drawn to a close, we have got firmly back into the swing with events, activities and new groups.

Feast changes
Many people will already know that since 1st September our Feast Kitchen café has been under the management of Jane's Food. Jane Noraika was head chef at Covent Garden's Food for Thought for many years and now runs a local catering business. She has worked with the Feast team for some time, knows them all and is bursting with good ideas - look out for new menus, which will include more vegetarian and vegan options. We'd like to welcome Jane and thank Christina Reynolds, who set up our lovely café and guided it through its first six months

Film Festival
Shrewsbury House was delighted to be part of the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival in September. We opened with Yellow Submarine (if you weren't there you were nowhere, man...) and closed with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (yes, we truly believed a car could fly!). Both films were chosen because they were released in 1968 - the year we became a community centre - and were part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.

Arty Plumstead
As well as the films, Fridays have been pretty busy in the bar; on 31st August Art Plumstead held an event to showcase local artists participating in the Plumstravaganza festival's Open Studios. It was a joyous evening of music, art and other entertainment - we have so many talented and creative people locally! Many thanks to John Rastall for organising it, to Rob Thom, Flatfoot Johnny and Frank Loman for the music, and to all the artists and friends who came along. Hope to see you next year if not before!

Folk and Shanties
Friday 21st September was the first of what we hope will be regular folk and shanty nights, brilliantly hosted by the legend Jim Radford (on his 90th birthday and still in fantastic voice), local singer/songwriter Keith Ferris and a host of guest artists. In a packed bar, we were particularly pleased to see lots of local people who had either not visited the House for a while or had never been before. We're planning another before Christmas - watch this space.

Rebels without Paws - the grand finale quiz
A team of local women got together earlier this year to row the Channel to raise funds for the Ahoy Centre in Deptford, which aims to change disadvantaged lives through sailing and rowing. They have been phenomenally energetic and creative and have organised a whole raft (sorry!) of events, including two brilliant quiz nights at Shrewsbury House. They exceeded their fundraising target, eventually got to row after being stood down twice, and then came back to do another quiz last Friday with the proceeds going to Shrewsbury House this time ! Thank you so much, guys - and many many congratulations. But don't think you've seen the last of us, we won't let you disappear. You are all heroes!

London Open House
This year Shrewsbury House was part of London Open House weekend, when buildings of architectural interest are open to the public. On Saturday 22nd September local historian and Shrewsbury House Trustee Andy Brockman provided information for visitors from across London and further afield and ran well-attended guided tours. Great to see so many people loving our House.

Do You Vintage?
On Sunday 30th September the ever popular vintage and craft fair returned, even bigger and better than ever, with almost 500 people coming through the doors. As well as the huge range of vintage items for sale, Feast Kitchen provided excellent food throughout the day, Steve Conway sang his jazz and swing classics, Lindykicks demonstrated their Lindy Hop dancing, and the bar was open. Something for everyone. Next one 25th November, get it in your diary.

In other news....

A Safe Place
Staff, Trustees and Feast Kitchen have undergone training which means that Shrewsbury House is now designated as a 'safe place' for vulnerable people who may feel scared or at risk while they are out and about in the community and need support right away. This is a new scheme and we are proud to be part of it.

Volunteer Decorators
A fantastic team of ten volunteers from Lloyds came and spent a day decorating Room 1 on 10th September. It already looks so much better, and the great news is that they're coming back for another day!

Coming up

Halloween Events

Tuesday 23rd October 3pm to 5pm - Build a Bear workshop
The first of three special workshops run by Feast Kitchen for children in the run-up to Halloween. Tickets are £18 and include a picnic tea of sandwich, crisps and squash.

Wednesday 24th October 3pm to 4.30pm - T-Shirt Design workshop
The second workshop from Feast Kitchen. Does what is says on the tin - or in this case shirt. Tickets are £10 and include a picnic tea of sandwich, crisps and squash.

Thursday 25th October 3pm to 4.30pm - Slime and Craft Making workshop
The last in the series of workshops from Feast Kitchen. Make some slithery slimy goo as well as other less messy crafts. Tickets are £8 and include a picnic tea of sandwich, crisps and squash.

Friday October 26th 6pm to 8pm - Halloween Party
Lots of games, dancing, tricks, treats and, of course, fancy dress.
Booking essential for all workshops and activities - ask at reception.

Also coming up in November...

Friday 9th November - Quiz on the Hill 2
A joint event with Friends of Shrewsbury Park, Friends of Shrewsbury House and the House itself. Look out for more information online and in the House, get a team together and book your tickets now!.

Coffee, Cake and Culture Club

In Association with Advocacy for Older People, every Monday throughout October we are running a series of free daytime events - a great opportunity to meet new people, learn about interesting things and try new activities. It's a great place to mingle, join in and enjoy. The first session was this week - The roots of popular music: a reminiscence, and the next sessions are

Monday 8th October - How to cook and eat healthily
Monday 15th October - Arts and crafts for happines
Monday 22nd October - Gentle Yoga for body and mind
Monday 29th October - How does your garden grow?

All sessions run from 10.30am to 12.30pm. No need to book, just drop in. Thanks to our generous sponsor, Beaumont Gibbs, all sessions are free.

Shrewsbury Showcase
On Saturday 13th October we present our fantastic Showcase event - a chance to sample many of the classes and activities that take place at Shrewsbury House every week. We have a fantastic lineup - see here for full details, or pick up information in the House, Highlights include

SE18 Choir
All day children's history hunt
Trinity Qi Gong and Tai Chi
Doriel School of Dance
Camcorder Club
Dice on the Hill tabletop games
Drop in children's craft activities
Life Drawing taster sessions (over 18s only)
Gentle Yoga and Iyengar Yoga sessions
Zumba and Salsa taster sessions
Roos Performing Arts
Royal Greenwich Fencing Demonstrations
Aperture Photographic group will open the studio for free photographs

Feast will be providing gorgeous food and the bar will be open, staffed by Shrewsbury House Trustees.

As well as all these, we are running two competitions open to all :

The Great Community Cake-Off!

Cakes to be brought in on the day and judged by Feast - great prizes, including bubbles, afternoon tea for two and a vintage tea set. Get baking!


The Great Community Photo Competition

Any photography showing our community at its best. Judged by Aperture, with prizes of a beautiful set of frames worth £50, and bottle of bubbles. Bring your print in by 1200 on the day.

There will also be community art exhibitions running all day. It's going to be a great day - come and join us!

New classes and groups
We are very pleased to welcome a number of new groups to Shrewsbury House

Dice on the Hill
Little Bananas

...and from this Friday, October 5th, Shrewsbury House hosts its first WI meeting - all welcome!


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