The Priory Rooms news site_dscpn Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:03:00 +0000 Discover Peace in Birmingham; The Peace Hub’s Official Launch Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:03:00 +0000 This February The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre and Central England Quakers are celebrating the opening of The Peace Hub with a special all-day launch event; the latest project supported by The Priory Rooms a not-for-profit Birmingham conference venue.

cropped-Peace-Hub-sign-004.jpgThe Peace Hub is the exciting new project created by the Central England Quakers charity; one of four which The Priory Rooms Meeting & Conference Centre profits contribute towards. Located in the heart of Birmingham city centre next door to The Priory Rooms the Hub first opened its doors in autumn 2014. On Thursday 26th February the Peace Hub’s Co-ordinator, the volunteer team and Central England Quakers are delighted to invite the public to the official launch event; celebrating the support received for the Hub’s work so far and to introduce their upcoming project.

The Peace Hub is a centre for everyone who is in sympathy with the Quaker belief that a just and peaceful world is possible if we work together to make change in our own lives and to build local, national and international structures that support peace and justice. Everyone is welcome to pop into the Hub on Bull Street, Birmingham to escape the crush, get a cuppa and discover the exciting and varied ways they can help support this call for action.

The West Midlands Quaker Peace Education Project Peacemakers, who are also funded by Central England Quakers, are based on the first floor above the Hub. The group work in partnerships with local schools to help build more peaceful communities by delivering training to adults and children in skills such as peer mediation and conflict resolution. Peacemakers are teaming up with the Hub on the launch event day to celebrate the success of the Hub’s recent campaign supporting Fair-trade.

Peacemakers have invited local school children to attend workshops about fair-trade at the Hub throughout the day. They will design posters about the cause to be displayed in the Hub, with the public warmly welcomed to pop in and see the children’s’ artwork. You can also explore the fair-trade groceries available to buy there and sign a petition for local supermarkets to stock more fair-trade goods.

On the evening a special reception is being held at The Priory Rooms’ Main Meeting House. From 6.30pm you are invited to a thought-provoking and inspiring presentation about The Peace Hubs’ objectives and campaigns. Starting with a buffet and refreshments hosted by The Priory Rooms you can meet likeminded people to share news and contacts. Then discover the Peace Hubs’ motivating call to promote peace and justice in Birmingham and how they hope to work together with the community.

The guest speaker of the evening is Matthew Burnett-Stuart who will be introducing the Hubs’ next campaign theme; conscientious objection. In 2014 Matthew was awarded one of three UK Peaceworker placements funded by Quaker Peace and Social Witness to support organisations working for peace at local, national and international level. He is placed with Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), where he has worked on the Arming All Sides project.

Arming All Sides is a website which explores how the arms companies operated during and after World War I and the ethical questions this raises. As a history graduate, Matthew had a conventional knowledge of WWI, but work on Arming All Sides has allowed him to uncover an extraordinary hidden history. Matthew’s role at CAAT is to bring this history to wider public attention, including developing educational material for schools.

peacehub_logo_72rgb.jpgThe Hub’s next theme of conscientious objection is supporting the Central England Quakers “Faith and Action” exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; using original photographs, film, interviews and artefacts to tell the compelling stories of Quakers men and women during the First World War.

Join the evening celebration of this new peace-making project in Birmingham on Thursday 26th February by RSVPing to this special evening reception to or 0121 238 2869. The Peace Hub is located on 41 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF

New Coffee Hot-Spot at The Priory Rooms! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:27:00 +0000 New-Coffee-Hot-2.JPGWe have created a new coffee hot-spot in our lower lobby area with brand new furniture and coffee machine; the latest project of our recent £50,000 refurbishment to the venue!

The new furniture consists of three square, tall tables with white tops and chrome finish with six comfortable and lightweight bar stools to match. The bright and modern furniture brings the lower lobby to life, with a relaxed and inviting feel. It is also extremely practical and versatile as the design layout can be changed to meet different requirements.

New-Coffee-Hot-1.JPGThe lower lobby is now the ideal space for meeting and conference room delegates to hold informal meetings, enjoy our delicious lunch buffets, check emails on our free wifi or simply relax and gossip with colleagues!

So what are you waiting for? Call our highly experienced Bookings Team to book your next event at The Priory Rooms and make the most of our series of refurbishment projects! Call 0121 23 2317 or email

Faith and Action; Quakers and The First World War Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:30:00 +0000 Confronted by war and suffering what would you do?

For Quakers faced by the outbreak of the First World War, answering this questions was complicated by their historic commitment to peace and peace-making.

This year the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) will host a thought-provoking exhibition about Quaker involvement in World War One.

Faith-Action.jpgBased in Chamberlain Square in Birmingham city centre, the BMAG are holding the exhibition between January and June 2015 in the Community Gallery. A collaborative project between Central England Quakers, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and BMAG the collection aims to educate and inspire visitors about Quaker values past and present.

The exhibition covers all aspects of Quaker involvement in World War One and the challenges for them; taking the form of sound, artwork, film, artefacts and photographs. Topics covered includes pre-war peace-making initiatives, Friends Ambulance Unit, conscientious objectors' experiences, Quakers who joined the armed forces, the impact on Quaker businesses and Quaker Humanitarian and relief work across Britain and Europe.

The exhibition is available to view at the BMAG between the 17th January and 7th June 2015, for more information about the museum visit their website

Shake Up Your Wake Up Wed, 07 Jan 2015 09:00:00 +0000 Throughout January The Priory Rooms are supporting the HGCA’s “Shake Up Your Wake Up” campaign which promotes the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. The Priory Rooms are taking part in the campaigns “Breakfast Week” during the 25th-31st January 2015. The week is all about the importance of eating breakfast, with cafes, hotels, venues, schools and restaurants across the nation helping to educate the public and showcase their best breakfast recipes!

The Priory Rooms will be showcasing the healthy and varied continental style breakfast they provide conference room user and highlight the benefits of eating breakfast before starting a busy day of meetings!

suywu_logo.pngThe HGCA is the Cereals and Oilseeds Division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. “Shake Up Your Wake Up” is their campaign to encourage more people to eat breakfast. The Priory Rooms are proud to be involved, encouraging their conference room users to start the day right way with a healthy and fulfilling breakfast. The Priory Rooms provide a delicious breakfast selection for delegates; offering a range of light, healthy and fresh choices perfect for a busy day of meetings ahead. The breakfast menu includes Light Bites; low in calories, high in fibre; Fresh Fruit; full of vitamins and Freshly Cooked Pastries; bite-sized treats.

Start the day with your choice from miniature cereal packs all served with semi-skimmed milk. Cereal is a low-fat breakfast option which provides iron, B vitamins and zinc with the milk adding calcium and protein to your diet. Or choose one of the low-calorie Alpen cereal bars and enjoy a cup of tea from a selection of flavours by fair trade supplier Clipper. Breakfast also includes colourful fruit bowls. Fruit helps to improve memory and keeps you feeling fuller for longer. They are also low in calories and provide sugars, fibre, and vitamins which are essential for a healthy lifestyle. Or for a treat, every morning bite-size danishes, pain au chocolat, pain aux raisins, croissants and blueberry muffins are freshly-cooked. These go deliciously with the freshly-filtered coffee provided.

So why should you start a day of meetings at The Priory Rooms with a healthy breakfast?

  • Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast - that's where its name originates, breaking the fast!
  • Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre.
  • Many studies have shown how eating breakfast can improve memory and concentration levels and it can also make us happier as it can improve mood and lower stress levels

So get involved with HGCA’s Breakfast Week at The Priory Rooms!

Ensure you start the day the right way at The Priory Rooms with the superb continental style breakfast, to be focused and alert during your meetings and conferences!

Most importantly, make sure you find out the benefits of eating a healthy and varied breakfast.

To enquire about booking your next meeting or conference at The Priory Rooms call 0121 236 2317 or email

Christmas Greetings and a Peaceful New Year Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:15:00 +0000 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.

"It has been an exciting and busy 2014 for The Priory Rooms and we have welcomed existing and new clients over the year.

Christmas1.jpgTen years on from the establishment of The Priory Rooms a programme of refurbishment has included new carpets, the ground floor ladies toilets remodelled and the wonderful new AV equipment in the Main Meeting House.

We have continued our commitment to environmental improvements with the addition of food recycling and increasing the capacity of the rainwater harvesting system.

A new internet network is in the process of being installed.

Further work to enhance the experience of our clients in the new year.

The Priory Rooms were able to gift £38,000 to CEQ at the beginning of 2014, for the various projects that were undertaken this year by their charities West Midlands Peacemakers, Northfield Eco-centre and Hope Project Uganda.

This year there has been the addition of the Peace Hub to CEQ projects, in the building next door to The Priory Rooms. Please do drop in and meet the project co-ordinator Peter Doubtfire to learn more about the Hubs 2015 projects supporting peace campaigns nationally and internationally.

I would like to thank all of The Priory Rooms' customers for choosing our venue for your meeting and conferences. We have had some lovely feedback on your experience! Finally on behalf of the Priory Rooms 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 2015.

Mo-mentous Moment this Movember! Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Mo_Boys_1.jpgThroughout November The Priory Rooms proudly supported The Movember Foundations’ “Movember” to raise awareness of men’s health issues. The Priory Rooms’ Mo Bros grew moustaches and the Mo Sistas championed the cause to the conference room users and visitors. The team were delighted to collectively fundraise a momentous £212 for The Movember Foundation!

The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health. The Movember community has raised £346 million to date and funded over 800 programmes in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

Each year The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during “Movember” (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programmes. To date 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide!

Mo_Boys_2.jpgAll throughout this “Movember” The Priory Rooms displayed information and advice from The Movember Foundation in the Atrium area, where conference room users could also donate towards the charity. However, attracting the most attention was The Priory Rooms male staff who grew incredible moustaches to help raise awareness! Well done to each of them for involving friends and family, fundraising a fantastic amount and being great champions for the charity!

To celebrate fundraising a mo-numental amount of money for the Movember Foundation, The Priory Rooms’ long standing catering suppliers Just Good Food delivered “moustache cupcakes” for the men who took part. They were thrilled with the surprise cupcakes, thank you Just Good Food for your support.

The Priory Rooms would like to thank our conference room users, visitors and the family and friends of the staff who all supported this Momentous Month of Moustache Growing!

Follow us on Twitter to see pictures of The Priory Rooms’ Tache Tales and Mo Moments To find out more about The Movember Foundation visit their website

App-iness at The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:15:00 +0000 Book meeting and conference rooms in Birmingham? Always on the move? Struggle to find time to enquire from your desk? Well The Priory Rooms Meeting and conference centre have the perfect answer with their new mobile phone App!

TPR-Mobile-App.jpgMeeting and conference room bookers can now download The Priory Rooms’ mobile phone App, with all the useful information you need to know about booking rooms at the Birmingham city centre conference venue! The Priory Rooms realised many customers are often working on the move, around the country making their mobile phone one the most important way to research venues, so they created customers an easy to navigate and interactive App to download.

The Priory Rooms’ App enables you to browse on your phone details and pictures of the nine meeting rooms, check the open hours, discover the room hire rates and so much more! It even enables you to send an email enquiry to The Priory Rooms’ conference team who will respond with detailed quote outlining how the venue can meet your requirements. The highly experienced bookings team will promptly check availability and create a tailored packages to meet your budget. In the meantime discover how The Priory Rooms’ profits support local charity work, the long list of sustainability initiatives in place to support the environment or read the latest news and special offers. The App is informative, interactive and interesting, making booking conference rooms more fun than ever before!

Most exciting of all, this clear and concise App was created by The Priory Rooms staff themselves! Business Development Manager Beth Reynolds, Premises Manager Dragan Obrenovic and Conference Support Executive Ann-Louise Rowlands worked together to design and develop the App alongside Bournville College and partners Smartphone Media. The group took advantage of the free course being offered to businesses by Bourneville College through funding given by the European Social Fund. It was an opportunity to learn more IT skills and provide a resource for The Priory Rooms’ customers to have information in the palm of their hand! A win-win situation. The course was enjoyed by the staff and only took a couple of months to complete.

Beth Reynolds, Business Development Manager at The Priory Rooms, said “This has been a brilliant experience for us and produced a fantastic new communication tool for the business. We are so excited it is now available to download, we have been showing it off to all the customers! Thank you Bourneville College for this opportunity, it has greatly enhanced the resources available for customers to interact with The Priory Rooms.”

The trio’s hard work has been recognised with an NCFE award in Mobile App Development for Business.

The App is now available to download through the Apple and Play stores on smart mobile phones, simply search “The Priory Rooms”. Download it today to provide yourself with easily accessible information about The Priory Rooms and make the process of booking your next meeting or conference even easier!

The Priory Rooms would like to hear your thoughts about their App; call the team on 0121 236 2317, email or tweet the Twitter page @theprioryrooms.

Peace Hub Open Day Launch Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +0000 On Sunday 9th November Central England Quakers warmly welcomes local Quakers to celebrate the launch of the Peace Hub Centre on their open day.

From 2pm the Peace Hub will open its doors for the first time to the public. Guests are invited to meet at the Bull Street Meeting House for a reception with light refreshments with tours of the new Hub being held throughout the afternoon. There will also be a performance of a new short play called "Over the Top" at 3pm, which explores Quakers and World War One.

Quakers believe that a peaceful world is possible if we work together in our own lives and build local, national and international structures that support peace and justice. Central England Quakers’ Peace Hub will be a centre for Quakers, the wider peace movement and the general public who sympathise with this call for action to join together.

From Monday 10th November, open weekdays 11.00-14.30, the Peace Hub will deliver a rolling programme of themes to inform and stimulate dialogue on peace and justice; encourage people to affirm the humanity of others; and provide opportunities for people to take action through advocacy, solidarity and positive changes in our everyday lives. The centre will also support community and interfaith cohesion and to uphold activists and groups working for peace and justice.


Find out more about the Peace Hub, the open day and how you can get involved on their website

Meet The Priory Rooms’ Mo Bros Making Tache Tales and Mo Moments this Movember! Tue, 04 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 The Priory Rooms are proudly supporting MOVEMBER to raise awareness of men’s health issues. The Priory Rooms’ Mo Bros will be growing stylish moustaches and the Mo Sistas will be championing the cause to all of our conference room users. Please get involved, show your support and kindly donate to help The Priory Rooms fundraise for The Movember Foundation!

The Movember Foundation is the leading global organisation committed to changing the face of men’s health. The Movember community has raised £346 million to date and funded over 800 programmes in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

Each year The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programmes. To date 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide!

A Mo Bro takes action by changing their appearance through the growth of a new a moustache for the 30 days of November to change the face of men’s health. But Movember is more than just an excuse to grow a fine piece of moustachery; it’s about having conversations while raising funds and awareness, it’s about having fun and doing good.


So meet The Priory Rooms’ Mo Bros…

  • Andrew, Centre Manager aka Mo Manager, Mo Problems
  • Jim, Company Director aka Tash-Tastic
  • Dragan, Premises Manager aka Beast of the Beard
  • Sri, Hospitality Supervisor aka Catering to the Tache
  • Tom, Hospitality Assistant aka Mo Bro, Ready to Grow
  • Barry, Hospitality Assistant aka Casual Cat whiskers, Full time Mo
  • Joel, Hospitality Assistant aka Mo’Stashe Supreme

And of course the Mo Sistas; Beth, Hannah, Ann-Louise, Natalie and Jean.

Movember.jpg A Mo Sista loves moustaches and is dedicated to supporting the men in her life and promoting the importance of men’s health. Mo Sistas are champions of men’s health, not only encouraging the men in their lives to grow a Mo, but actively signing up and raising funds and awareness themselves to change the face of men’s health.

The Priory Rooms would appreciate all of our conference room users’ support through this Momentous Month of Moustache Growing!

Please support our Mo Bros todays by donating to our Movember campaign either through;

The donation tubs in our Atrium and Reception

Or online by visiting The Priory Rooms Mo Space Follow us on Twitter to follow the latest Tache Tales and Mo Moments

A Successful Lupus Awareness Month at The Priory Rooms Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Throughout October The Priory Rooms proudly supported the charity Lupus UK in their Awareness Month, as better awareness of Lupus is needed in the UK to reduce the delay in diagnosis.


Photo: Business Development Manager Beth Reynolds & Conference Co-ordinator Hannah Baynes with flyers and leaflets from Lupus UK’s campaign

The Priory Room’s Atrium displayed booklets and posters from Lupus UK explaining the symptoms of Lupus, with advice and support for patients living with the illness. Items were available to purchase including 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 organised an “Awareness Month” throughout October with the Primary Care Rheumatology Society and The Royal College of General Practitioners to increase awareness of symptoms amongst GPs and patients. The Priory Rooms hoped by supporting the campaign their many conference room users would learn valuable information about the illness.

By the amount of flyers and booklets taken away from the Atrium display, it is fair to say a great quantity of visitors took an interest in finding out more about Lupus which may be life-changing for themselves or others!

The Priory Rooms’ conference co-ordinator Hannah Baynes, who has a family member with Lupus, was delighted with the amount raised saying “Thank you to all of our meeting and conference room users throughout October who have kindly donated to Lupus UK, I know every penny will help towards faster diagnosis and improving treatment.”

For more information about Lupus UK and the illness, please visit their website