The Priory Rooms news 2016-01-07T19:41:00Q The Priory Rooms news feed running on finetune cms site_dscpn Think Venue Board Member Opportunity 2016-01-07T19:41:00Q Are you an outside the box thinker with some spare time to volunteer?

Think-Venue.jpg Think Venue are looking for board members to add strength to the current board and bring new ideas to the table to manage and promote our services.

The board meets every 6 weeks to work on group actions. Each board member does take responsibility for actions from meeting to meeting, so it is a hands on role.

We were established in 2010 and have a growing membership of diverse venues provided by charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and other not for profit groups from across the Midlands. Think Venue is a member of Social Enterprise UK and is a not for profit organisation. We offer a free venue finding website which will help to find the right conference venue or meeting room for any event.

Previous experience within the voluntary sector and conferencing is preferred but not essential.

If you think you have something to offer Think Venue then please email the Chairman Andrew Callan with an expression of interest and what skills you believe that you can bring to the board. You can also contact Andrew Callan on 0121 236 2317 with any questions about the role.

Christmas Greetings 2015-12-18T11:17:00Q Priory Rooms' Director Wendy Burnett, also a member of Central England Quakers (CEQ) sends Christmas Greetings and wishes for a Peaceful New Year to The Priory Rooms customers, staff and associates on behalf of the Board.

Christmas-2015.jpg"The Priory Rooms have enjoyed an exciting and busy 2015 and we have welcomed existing and new clients over the year. This year we completed an eighteen-month refurbishment programme which included a new highly-efficient air conditioning unit, outstanding new lighting facilities in the Main Meeting House and the installation of fibre optic wi-fi throughout the venue. We were also delighted with the launch of the Midland Metro extension which stops right outside the venue. In the New Year the completed project will provide our customers with a quick and easy route from New Street Station through the city centre to our doorstep.

At the beginning of 2015, The Priory Rooms were able to gift over £40,000 to CEQ for projects which include West Midlands Peacemakers, Northfield Ecocentre, The Peace Hub and Hope Project. These have grown tremendously this year, expanding their work and outreach, to deliver a wide range of services. I would like to thank all of The Priory Rooms' customers for choosing our venue and supporting the invaluable work of each of these projects.

We have had some lovely feedback on your experience. at The Priory Rooms which is much appreciated. On behalf of the Directors we thank Andrew Callan, The Priory Rooms Manager, and all of the staff for their hard work and dedication over the past 12 months. The excellent service provided to customers could not happen without them!

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year and look forward to seeing you again in 2016." Discover the CEQ charities

Frozen Hospital Warms Children and Families This Christmas 2015-12-14T11:13:00Q This Christmas Birmingham Children's Hospital has been transformed into a festive Frozen winter wonderland by volunteers from local businesses. The Priory Rooms took part by decorating the Renal Ward waiting area to help spread festive cheer to patients, their families and staff.

Frozen-Birmingham-Childrens-Hospital.jpgThe Priory Rooms would like to THANK everyone who donated generously to the fundraiser and enabled them to purchase a wlarge selection of Frozen themed Christmas decorations. After a few hours volunteering they sprinkled the festive feeling across the waiting area.

The Priory Rooms were delighted to take part in the project alongside 41 other businesses who donated and decorated too. Together everyone turned over 50 different areas within the Hospital festively Frozen. Characters, quotes and games from the popular film now appear all throughout for everyone young, and old, to "Let It Go"!

The Priory Rooms not only decorated the Renal Ward waiting area, but because so much money was fundraised we were able to donate £210 to the charity.

Happy Christmas to the Patients, Families, and Staff of Birmingham Children's Hospital!

Film Club Screen Festive Classic 2015-12-11T11:09:00Q The Priory Rooms' 1930's Main Meeting House hosted the Colmore Business District Film Club screening of Tim Burton's Christmas Spectacular "A Nightmare Before Christmas"

Film-Club.jpgMembers of the Film Club arrived to a festive scene at The Priory Rooms. They were served Christmas inspired canapes including Turkey, Chestnut and Bacon Roulades alongside Mushroom and Stilton Wellingtons, For dessert there were Mini Chocolate Yule Logs and Cranberry Mince Pies.

The screening was enjoyed by over 50 film fans who laughed throughout the classic Christmas musical of Jack and Halloween Town stealing the festive holiday. The most magical moment was when the Colmore Business District Choir, amateur singers from businesses within the District, sang along with the film. The crowd applauded in delight at their excellent performance. The show ended with a joyful cheer as everyone had enjoyed a great evening. Many then took advantage of The Priory Rooms' city centre location and walked to the Frankfurt German Market to browse the craft stalls.

The Priory Rooms were delighted to host the Film Club who use unique venues within Birmingham city centre to show classic films.

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Beth Gives Uprisers Networking Tips 2015-12-07T11:04:00Q The Priory Rooms' Business Development Manager Beth Sadler recently enjoyed volunteering as a mentor for local charity UpRising. Beth delivered an evening workshop on Networking Tips to 40 young people who are enrolled on the Leadership Programme.

Beth-Uprising.jpgThe programme takes 18-25 year olds on a 9 month journey discovering first-hand the ways political, business, public and third sectors shape communities. As it involves "access behind the scenes" sessions Beth was asked to deliver a workshop on networking effectively and building relationships. The group's enthusiasm was infectious and Beth thoroughly enjoyed working with them on activities, answering questions and having lots of fun throughout.

The Birmingham Programme's Co-ordinator Mikayla Jones commented, "There were some great conversations happening during the evening. The skills session gave them such practical advice, breaking the barrier that networking is too scary." Become an UpRiser and Start a Social Action Campaign

Ann-Louise Hits Top Marks In NVQ 2015-12-02T11:02:00Q The Priory Rooms' Ann-Louise Rowlands, Conference Support Executive, is half way through her NVQ journey with Hospitality Industry Training (HIT). Ann-Louise is doing tremendously and recently shone during a Speaking and Communication Assessment.

Ann-Louise-Rowlands.jpg Ann-Louise is taking Level 3 NVQ in Management with HIT who are a leading specialist training provider for the UK's hospitality industry. She received glowing feedback from her Speaking and Communication Assessment when she delivered a presentation about Customer Service to colleagues. Her assessor praised that she had "shown clear understanding and research....spoke clearly and presented information well...excellent active listening should be really proud"

The Priory Rooms Manager Andrew Callan is very proud of how Ann-Louise is gaining a credible qualification whilst applying the experience practically to the business. Andrew praised Ann-Louise, "I can already see how the course is expanding her knowledge, skills and confidence. Well Done Ann-Louise."

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Queen Visits Bull Street Tram Stop 2015-11-26T19:29:00Q On Thursday 19th November the Queen visited the Midland Metro Bull Street stop directly opposite The Priory Rooms. The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, named and boarded one of the new trams ahead of its launch in December.


The Royal tour of Birmingham showed off the innovative new developments in Birmingham city centre which will improve the regions infrastructure. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived at New Street Station by Royal Train. They were welcomed to the city by crowds of spectators. The Queen then officially opened the refurbished station which has enhanced train services and created an extensive shopping mall. The Royals then drove to Bull Street tram stop where one of the new trams was parked. Crowds waved flags and cheered for the Royals. Centro, who operate the Midland Metro, then delivered a short ceremony. The Queen named the tram in memory of Angus Adams, a Dudley borough councilor who died in 2012. Mr Adams was the chairman of the West Midlands Integrated Passenger Transport Authority and Centro. Boarding the tram, the Queen and Duke were given a tour of the drivers cab by the Midland Metro's senior driving supervisor Derek Taylor. The tram was one of a fleet of 20 new units built in Spain with a capacity to carry more than 200 passengers.

The Midland Metro extension will start taking passengers on Monday 6th December. It will bring trams back into Birmingham city centre more than sixty years after they stopped running. Bull Street will be the first stop opened, taking passengers to and from Snowhill Station. The next stops leading to New Street Station will open in early 2016. The opening of the Bull Street stop is an exciting milestone for Centro's £128 million city centre extension which has been eagerly anticipated by businesses and commuters.

The city centre tram route will provide customers of The Priory Rooms with a quick and easy way to travel from Snowhill and New Street station to the conference centre. The Priory Rooms' Centre Manager Andrew Callan commented, "The travel improvements being made in Birmingham city centre will revolutionise how visitors and commuters travel. The Priory Rooms are delighted to be located directly opposite the milestone Midland Metro Bull Street stop and we know it will be a huge benefit to our customers. The Midland Metro will make travelling to our venue easier than ever before. We look forward to welcoming existing and new customers who enjoy the safe and quick journey on the tram to The Priory Rooms."

The Queen and Duke completed their tour of Birmingham by attending a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pals War Memorial which commemorates railway men who died during the First World War. They then visited the new Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry meeting patients and staff. The Queen unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the site.

The Priory Rooms were delighted to watch the Royal visit to Bull Street and look forward to the future of city centre travel on their doorstop.

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Freezing Prices To Make You Glow 2015-11-17T19:34:00Q We are freezing our prices for 2016 meeting and conference bookings.

wintry-tree.jpgRather than make you shiver, we want to make you glow this winter.

We have frozen our prices to ensure planning your next conference at The Priory Rooms is frost-free.

All room hire rack rates for Weekdays, Saturday's and Evenings in 2016 will be iced over to remain the same as this year. Our Day Delegate Rates will also remain the ice-breaking competitive price of £35+vat.

The incredible Marvelous Mondays and Fabulous Fridays special offer stays at the chillingly good price of £25.60+vat per person.

And....with a large proportion of The Priory Rooms' profits supporting the community-based projects of Central England Quakers, you are sure to glow when you book a meeting room.

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Fresh Apple Juice for Sale 2015-11-17T19:33:00Q The Priory Rooms are selling bottles of fresh apple juice from Northfield Eco-centre's Urban Harvest. They are available to buy from reception for £2.50 per bottle, Surplus funds from the sale of the juice will be used to support the Urban Harvest project in 2016.

apples.jpg35 picking locations were visited by over 70 volunteers who collected the fruit from residential gardens, orchards and parks across Birmingham, where the fruit would have gone to waste.

After 91 hours of picking over 3 tonnes of fruit was collected. It was then re-distributed to local charities and disadvantaged groups; children's centres, homeless projects, food banks and schools.

Some local fruit sellers also purchased produce which contributed to the reduction of Birmingham's food miles and in turn the carbon footprint.

The remaining fruit from the Urban Harvest was preserved; over 608 litres of juice was made into 810 bottles. Buy a bottle at The Priory Rooms reception and help continue this fantastic community project.

Find out how you can get involved in Northfield Eco-centre’s Urban Harvest community project.
Get your Winter Warmers 2015-11-17T19:29:00Q Shake off the colder mornings. Forget about the wet, dreary days. Warm up with The Priory Rooms serving scrumptious seasonal menus to make you melt!

TPR-Food-2-small.jpgThe Priory Rooms' delicious winter menus will keep you bright, focused and pro-active whatever the weather. Festive favourites are served in our seasonal hot lunch buffets; sausage and bean casserole, chicken and spinach pie, herb crusted salmon and butter bean and tomato stew.

Delicious puddings will blow away any mid-day moans about winter; walnut date and honey cake, cream and sultana shortbread, caramel apple loaf and chocolate walnut brownies.

Menus to Make You Melt