site_authorenquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk The Priory Rooms news 2014-10-09T09:00:00Q http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/feed/atom The Priory Rooms news feed running on finetune cms site_dscpn The Priory Rooms Support Lupus Awareness Month http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/87 2014-10-09T09:00:00Q The Priory Rooms is proud to support the charity Lupus UK in their Awareness Month this October. Better awareness of Lupus is needed in the UK to reduce the delay in diagnosis.

Lupus.jpgThroughout October The Priory Room’s Atrium will have a display of booklets and posters from Lupus UK explaining the symptoms of Lupus, with advice and support for patients living with the illness. There will also be items to purchase, bookmarks, badges and car stickers to make a donation towards the charity’s work.

A recent survey by Lupus UK of over 3,000 people showed that the average number of years between somebody experiencing their first symptom and receiving a diagnosis of lupus is 7.5 years. During this time patients are unlikely to receive the necessary treatment to lessen the impact of the main symptoms and to limit potential damage to the kidneys, heart, lungs or brain.

Lupus is an illness of the immune system, the body’s defence mechanism begins to attach itself through an excess of antibodies in the blood stream, causing inflammation and damage in the joints, muscles and other organs.

Lupus UK is currently campaigning with the Primary Care Rheumatology Society and The Royal College of General Practitioners to increase awareness amongst GPs. The Priory Rooms are supporting this campaign and hope visitors to the conference venue learn valuable information about the illness which may be life-changing for themselves or others!

The Priory Rooms’ conference co-ordinator Hannah Baynes, who has a family member with Lupus, is delighted the charity are raising awareness, “Sadly I have seen the discomfort Lupus symptoms can cause when they are not being treated. The quicker a GP can spot the signs and diagnose the illness the better, because with the correct treatment patients can live their lives more fully!”

All throughout October The Priory Rooms will be fundraising and raising awareness for Lupus UK in our Atrium. For more information about Lupus UK’s Awareness Month and the illness, please visit their website http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/

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The Priory Rooms’ Magnificent Macmillan Coffee Morning! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/86 2014-10-03T09:00:00Q This September The Priory Rooms took part in the Worlds BIGGEST Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and raised an exceptional amount of money for the charity!

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The Priory Rooms were thrilled by the high turnout for the Macmillan Coffee Morning they hosted on Wednesday 24th September with a grand total of £108 being fundraised!

Guests and conference room delegates relaxed in our bright Atrium whilst enjoying fair trade tea and freshly filtered coffee with delicious home-made cakes; Victoria sponge, date and oat meal bars, fruit cake, carrot cake and chocolate brownies. Many of the cakes were donated by The Priory Rooms’ long-standing caterers Just Good Food, who played a vital role in the events success. Just Good Food was delighted to help with the cause and delegates praised the variety and taste of cakes offered throughout the week. All who attended the coffee morning donated generously to the charity, as did the many conference room users and The Priory Rooms staff.

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Macmillan Cancer Support provides medical, emotional, practical and financial support and push for a better cancer care system. Each coffee morning held across the country this year will have raised life-saving funds for Macmillan’s on-going hard work. For more information about Macmillan visit their website http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx

Thank you to everyone who donated, every penny will help enhance the fantastic support Macmillan provides cancer patients. The Priory Rooms staff hopes to inspire other companies to fundraise for charities. More fundraising events will be held at The Priory Rooms throughout the year.

If you would like to enquire about availability of meeting and conference rooms at The Priory Rooms call the team on 0121 236 2317. For full details of Just Good Food’s services, visit their website http://www.justgoodfood.com/

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Celebrate The Priory Rooms’ Refurbishment TODAY http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/85 2014-09-30T16:45:00Q Exciting AV upgrades have been made to The Priory Rooms’ stunning 1930’s Quaker Main Meeting House, creating a unique state-of–the-art conference hall with character and history in Birmingham city centre!

To celebrate the 200-seater Main Meeting House’s refurbishment The Priory Rooms is offering a 19.33% discount, marking the year it was first opened.

the-Main-Meeting-House-set-up-180-people-theatre-style.jpgBook your next event in the Main Meeting House before December 2014 to a receive 19.33% discount off any future date! The not-for-profit Priory Rooms have invested over £20,000 worth of facility upgrades to their large conference room, which now boasts a high spec audio visual system and impressive stage area for award ceremonies and presentations. Added to the venues beautiful high ceilings, tiered seating for 200 people, 1930s design and city centre location makes the Main Meeting House the ideal space for your next Birmingham conference!

Bigger, Newer and Better state-of-the-art audio visual equipment has been sympathetically integrated into the 1930s original oak panelled walls and in keeping with the traditional Quaker Meeting House. Speakers can engage with the audience through the two speaker PA system and four roving microphones available, ideal for question and answer sessions.

The new hand crafted large stage area has been designed to be practical yet blend seamlessly into the traditional Quaker Meeting House style. Featuring a top table for four presenters, multiple plug sockets for laptops and a bespoke lectern, it is an impressive space to address delegates from.

The brand new projector and screen display your presentation clearly in the conference room which seats 200 delegates. These and all the other equipment are controlled by the event facilitators through a simple to use iPad. However any concerns on the day will be dealt with by our trained staff who are there from start to finish!

The Priory Rooms’ Business Development Manager Beth Reynolds has been enjoying showing off the upgrades to event bookers. “I’ve had several viewings of the Main Meeting House since the new audio-visual equipment was added and each time they are over-whelmed about how unique yet practical the venue is.”

Book this incredible Special Offer by calling The Priory Rooms on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk.

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A New Home to Meet in Manchester http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/84 2014-09-26T10:00:00Q The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre’s sister venue Friends’ Meeting House in Manchester is celebrating their recent refurbishment with an Open Day on Monday 6th October. The not-for-profit Manchester venue provides modern and flexible meeting and conferencing facilities within a traditional Quaker Meeting House from only £28 per person!

The Open Day at Friends’ House is an opportunity to view the outstanding venue and discover a new home for your next meeting, conference or event. The range of flexible rooms provide modern, state of the art facilities within the peaceful, traditional Quaker Meeting House located in Manchester city centre.

On Monday 6th October from 7.30am-7.00pm explore the 400-seater Main Hall and two floors of meeting space whilst enjoying fair trade refreshments and flavoursome buffets! As a not for profit organisation Friends’ Meeting House Manchester support a number of charitable projects; project representatives and Manchester Quakers will be available to talk about this work and the history of the Meeting House.

Find out more information about the Open Day on Friends’ Meeting House Manchester’s website http://www.meetinghousemanchester.co.uk/ . For enquiries about availability and rates contact the highly experienced Bookings Team on 0161 834 5797.

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Friends’ Meeting House 6 Mount Street Manchester M2 5NS office@manchesterquakers.org.uk

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MacMillan Coffee Morning Wednesday 24th September http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/83 2014-09-16T20:54:00Q On Wednesday 24th September the Priory Rooms will be taking part in the Worlds BIGGEST Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

macmillan_mug.jpgCome along to our venue between 8.30am and 12.30pm, where there will be a variety of fair-trade teas, coffee and juice along with freshly made cakes available in our Atrium. Each item will cost just £1 and guests can network, play board games, read the newspaper or simply relax inside or outside in our Terraced Gardens.

About Macmillan Cancer Support:

Macmillan Cancer Support provides medical, emotional, practical and financial support and push for a better cancer care system. So you can join the Priory Rooms for their coffee morning and at the same time make a valuable contribution to this great cause. For more information about the on-going work by MacMillan visit their website http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx

So come along on Wednesday 24th September, bring a friend, enjoy the cakes and help fundraise for MacMillan Cancer

Support to make this year the best year yet!

If you would like more information about our coffee morning contact the Priory Rooms on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk

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Bigger, Newer and Better http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/82 2014-09-08T19:51:00Q Exciting high quality upgrades have been made to The Priory Rooms this summer to ensure the venue continues to provide the best meeting and conference facilities in Birmingham!

Over £20,000 worth of facility upgrades have been made to the large conference room which now boasts a high spec audio visual system and impressive stage area for award ceremonies and presentations. Added to the venues beautiful high ceilings, tiered seating for 200 people, 1930s design and city centre location makes the Main Meeting House the ideal space for your next Birmingham conference!

Bigger, Newer and Better state-of-the-art audio visual equipment has been sympathetically integrated into the 1930s original oak panelled walls and in keeping with the traditional Quaker Meeting House. Speakers can engage with the audience through the two speaker PA system and four roving microphones available, ideal for question and answer sessions.

The new hand crafted large stage area has been designed to be practical yet blend seamlessly into the traditional Quaker Meeting House style. Featuring a top table for four presenters, multiple plug sockets for laptops and a bespoke lectern, it is an impressive space to address delegates from.

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The brand new projector and screen display your presentation clearly in the conference room which seats 200 delegates. These and all the other equipment are controlled by the event facilitators through a simple to use iPad. However any concerns on the day will be dealt with by our trained staff who are there from start to finish!

It is not just Main Meeting House that has been enhanced! Air conditioning has been installed into all the rooms; new carpet tiles have been laid throughout the Reception, Atrium and Lower Lobby and the reception ladies toilets now have an extra cubicle.

The Priory Rooms’ Business Development Manager Beth Reynolds has been enjoying showing off the upgrades to event bookers. “I’ve had several viewings of the Main Meeting House since the new audio-visual equipment was added and each time they are over-whelmed about how unique yet practical the venue is.”

Find out how The Priory Rooms latest upgrades will enhance your next meeting or conference at the venue by calling the Bookings Team on 0121 236 2317 or email enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk.

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Dutch visitors charge up at the eco-conscious Priory Rooms http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/81 2014-08-27T20:16:00Q This August, The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre were delighted to welcome all the way from Holland Raymond van der Stelt, his wife and their 100% electric car as they stopped by to use our vehicle charging points.

Electric-Car.jpgFollowing Quakers in Britain’s 2011 commitment to become a low-carbon and sustainable community, The Priory Rooms have put in place several eco-conscious initiatives as we strive to become Birmingham’s greenest conference centre. One of these initiatives was installing two 32A 3 phase charging points in our car park at the beginning of 2013. Several people have since used the charging points, but none have travelled quite so far to use them as Raymond and his wife!

Raymond contacted The Priory Rooms a year ago as he began planning a trip from Holland to England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and back again in his electric car. He designed a round-trip of 1,350 miles, taking 21 days, based on the location of charging points across the UK. Birmingham was an ideal charging point on his route from Banbury to Beddgelert. The Priory Rooms’ charging points, in the heart of Birmingham city centre, also offered the perfect opportunity for an afternoon of shopping and sight-seeing!

Raymond, a civil engineer, is 39 years old, owns his own project management company and has a passion for special cars. Last year the Tesla Model S caught his eye with it beautiful shape, similar to a Jaguar XJ, the 17 inch centre screen which you control the entire car from and its sports-car speed of 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Best of all for Raymond, a fan of long-distance car journeys, no engine means the Tesla has trunk and funk (storage space in the bonnet).

Raymond and his wife have previously travelled by car to Scotland, the Lake District and the South of England, but for 2014 they set themselves the exciting new challenge of doing it using their new premium electric car.

Skip forward a year and Raymond and his wife met with The Priory Rooms’ Business Development Manager Beth as he charged up the Tesla. Beth asked Raymond about the cost of running his electric car. He explained in Holland they pay 24 eurocents for a KWH and he gets about 4 kilometres from 1KWH; roughly converted it is 6 eurocents per kilometre. The Tesla’s battery comes with a warranty of 8 years for unlimited miles.

But how convenient is it to drive an electric car in Holland? Raymond detailed to Beth there are 21 companies which provide charging points each with their own company payment card. However you can charge up at every public charging point with any of these payment cards; providing you access to over 9,000 charging points! Following a “fuel” up at The Priory Room’s charging point Beth bid Raymond and his wife farewell and a safe rest of journey!

You can see where Raymond’s journey continues to on his Googlemaps page http://goo.gl/wUhlsI. If you have any questions about driving electric cars you can also contact Raymond on raymondvanderstelt@gmail.com.

For information about The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre’s eco-conscious initiatives visit our website page http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/page/about-us/environmental-initiatives. If you would like to use our electric charging points or book a meeting room at the venue please call Beth on 0121 236 2317.

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Meeting House Opens its Doors for Heritage Days http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/80 2014-08-05T12:31:00Q Once again Bull Street Quaker Meeting House is taking part in Heritage Open Days on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September from 1.00-5.00pm. The perfect opportunity for the public to learn more about Quaker convictions, beliefs and practices past and present!

ceq_image.jpgThe current Quaker Meeting House was built in 1933 on a city centre site occupied by Quakers since 1703 with many of the old gravestones retained. Throughout the two days volunteers from the Bull Street Quaker Community will provide informative show-rounds, illustrate Quaker history, introduce modern practices, share their memories of the building and answer any questions.

Light refreshments will be available in the Atrium; a bright, modern addition to the building which leads to the purpose-built meeting and conference rooms. Weather permitting, there is seating in the beautiful courtyard to be enjoyed. Children are welcome although there are no specific activities arranged.

On Sunday 14th September at 2.00pm Plain Quakers, an informal theatrical partnership, will be performing a short play entitled “Nine parts a Quaker…unfinished business” which looks at the work of Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846) on anti-slavery and at slavery today. There is no charge for this but donations to Anti-Slavery International are welcome.

Heritage Open Days was established by the now defunct Civic Trust in 1994 as England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days. It began with 700 sites, that are not normally open for the public, being opened free of charge in September for four consecutive days. The event is now managed by Heritage Open Days National Partnership, participation has now doubled and the list of sites being opened more wonderful and varied each year. It celebrates the historical venues and attractions within local districts that make these areas unique and participants aim to encourage discovery and a sense of pride to bring communities together.

If you are unable to make the Heritage Open Days take a moment during your next meeting or conference at The Priory Rooms to visit the information table in reception, with flyers and booklets offering an insight into the religion.

Information about Bull Street Quaker Meeting House is available on the website www.thepioryrooms.co.uk To learn more about Central England Quakers visit the website www.centralenglandquakers.org.uk/web/ For other venues taking part visit the Heritage Open Days website www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

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Right Place, Right Time Photographs at The Priory Rooms http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/79 2014-07-25T10:00:00Q The Priory Rooms are delighted to now have on display in their meeting and conference rooms a selection of images from local photographer Lee Benson’s “Right Place, Right Time” collection.

Right-Place-Right-Time-3.jpgEach image is a snapshot of Birmingham by local photographer Lee Benson FRSA. Several of the pieces are special commissions for The Priory Rooms observing Quaker heritage within the region.

All of the photographs displayed are taken by Lee, except “The Owl” and the “Four Boatman” which are by Dr Rob Galvin. As observationists, the camera is only an extension of what these two photographers see and capture. The images are not staged or manipulated. Nature and being in the right place at the right time are the very essence of their photography.

Right-Place-Right-Time-1.jpgThis collection is aimed to inspire us all to take a moment to admire the beauty around us. So often we walk around with our thoughts locked inside and see almost nothing of the landscape surrounding us. The photographs capture how sunlight beautifully highlights features of nature and city landmarks; a moment of tranquillity and calm within the busy city centre. This imagery reflects the peaceful and harmonious Quaker approach to life.

Right-Place-Right-Time-2.jpgLee and Rob came together in 2011 with likeminded views on photography. They exhibited their first collection on a narrow boat in Gas Street Basin. This was followed by an outdoor exhibition of twenty four photographs located around Brindleyplace which ran for several months. Both events were a success and since then Lee has continued to exhibit his work along with his other passion, painting in watercolours.

Book your next meeting or conference at The Priory Rooms to enjoy Lee Benson’s photographs by calling the team on 0121 236 2317. Lee may be contacted on 07970 142 703 or email leebensongallery@gmail.com. Images may be ordered and commissions considered.

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The Priory Rooms’ enjoy a successful Big Bandage Day! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/78 2014-07-14T19:44:00Q The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre wrapped up a successful week fundraising for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, taking part in their “Big Bandage Campaign”, by donating an incredible £310.00!

Big-Bandage-Day-2014-3.jpg“The Big Bandage” campaign by the Birmingham Children’s Hospital asked for £1.00 donations for bandages to be worn on Friday 11th July, showing your support for the ground-breaking work of the hospital.

Big-Bandage-Day-2014-2.jpgThe Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre chose to fundraise all week so the wide-variety of meeting and conference room users had opportunity to take part. Staff wore bandages around their arms, legs and even their heads to raise awareness of the local charity and encourage donations.

Generous delegates donated a £1.00, with many also purchasing freshly-prepared cakes for sale. The home-made cakes were donated by The Priory Rooms’ long-standing caterers Just Good Food, who played a vital role in the events success. Just Good Food was delighted to help with the cause and delegates praised the variety and taste of cakes offered throughout the week.

Big-Bandage-Day-2014-1.jpgBalfour Beatty Construction Services, working on the Midland Metro extension outside The Priory Rooms building, also joined in with the fundraising event. Public Liaison Manager Lisa Zdravkovic rallied around the local team to raise an incredible £140.00!

All the money raised by The Priory Rooms will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s research projects, help buy state of the art equipment and just as importantly, toys and games for the children to enjoy. The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre Manager Andrew Callan summed up the week “I am thrilled how much money has been raised for such a great cause. The week has been fun for the staff and delegates, but also helped raise awareness for the hard-work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the on-going support they need to continue this work.”

The Priory Rooms would like to thank all of their kind meeting and conference room users who donated to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. All of the week’s activities helped raise life-saving funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The Priory Rooms hopes that the fantastic feedback and support will inspire other companies to fundraise for charities. More fundraising events will be held at The Priory Rooms throughout the year.

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