The Priory Rooms news site_dscpn Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:29:00 +0000 Queen Visits Bull Street Tram Stop Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:29:00 +0000 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 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:34:00 +0000 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 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:33:00 +0000 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 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:29:00 +0000 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

Meet…Swarthmoor Hall Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:22:00 +0000 Colleagues from The Priory Rooms and other Quaker-owned conference centres met for a two-day conference at Swarthmoor Hall. Located in the scenic Lake District, the Hall was highly praised by the group for its recent refurbishment, superb facilities and great hospitality. Surrounded by beautiful views it was an inspiring location.

Swarthmoor_Hall.jpg Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th century country house set in 130 acres of farmland. A B&B, it also hosts conference, retreats and workshops. Guests enjoy stunning views of the lakes, delicious home-made meals, and tasty treats from the Barn Cafe.

The public are welcome to view the six historic rooms of Swarthmoor Hall from March to October. They bring to life it's fascinating history, house a fine selection of 17th century furniture and items associated with early Quakerism.

Swarthmoor_Hall_2.jpgSwarthmoor Hall was the home of Judge Thomas Fell (1599-1658) and his wife Margaret. Through their hospitality it was many years the centre to which Friends turned for guidance. George Fox first visited in 1652 and it was his home after his marriage to Margaret Fell in 1669. She lived there until her death in 1702. It was sold out of the family and gradually fell into much disrepair. In 1912 it was bought by a direct descendant of Judge Thomas, Emma Clarke Abraham who restored it. Her nephew sold it to The Society of Friends in 1954.

Swarthmoor_Hall_3.jpgSwarthmoor Hall accommodation provides the perfect base for a festive holiday break, It is within a few minutes of the beautiful Lake District National Park and all that it has to offer; quaint villages, spectacular scenery of lakes & mountains and places to visit. Accommodation is available all throughout the year. There are thirteen rooms to book, seven of these are newly refurbished en-suite rooms in the old Hall.

Beth, Business Development Manager at The Priory Rooms, shared her recommendation _“Swarthmoor Hall is beautiful. The refurbishment is fantastic, showcasing the character of the building whilst providing all you could wish for a B&B stay.” _

Further information about booking Swarthmoor Hall is available at
Autumn Swept In New Arrivals Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:18:00 +0000 A large proportion of The Priory Rooms' profits are donated to Central England Quakers. This autumn two of their projects, Peacemakers and Northfield Eco-centre, recruited new staff to expand their successful initiatives within the community.

Autumn_Swept_in_New_Arrivals.jpgPeacemakers unite education practitioners committed to promoting Education for Peace in schools. They welcomed Adrian Platt to the team as Operations Administrator. Adrian recently relocated to Birmingham after a year exploring international communities in the US and UK. He will support the smooth running of all the work Peacemakers do with existing and partner schools. Adrian was a timely addition as the autumn term quickly become one of Peacemakers' busiest yet! Their 6 trainers are now working in a record breaking 20 schools across the region. They are also preparing to co-host the forth Peaceful Schools Conference in London, June 2016.

Northfield Eco-centre welcomed Jonathan Saner (pictured) as Business Development Manager. Jonathan will focus mainly on promoting the Eco-centre's Energy and Education activities. The team say Jonathan is a great asset to folllowing their busy autumn agenda. They recently hosted Autumn Ecokids sessions; autumnal adventures playing with the wonderful colours of nature, and the annual Urban Harvest; picked fruit was donated to local children's centres, homeless projects, schools and elderly care homes.

The Priory Rooms send them their congratulations!

Find out more information about Central England Quakers’ projects

Donate to Decorate! Mon, 26 Oct 2015 19:02:00 +0000 Bringing Christmas to Birmingham Childrens Hospital

This Christmas, staff at The Priory Rooms are volunteering to decorate the Renal Ward at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital. They hope to spread some festive cheer for the children and families who will be spending time on the ward throughout the festive period.

bauble.pngThe Priory Rooms have a great relationship with local charity Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital after several years fundraising for them. This December, for the first time, Ann-Louise (Conference Support Executive), Beth (Business Development Manager), and Tom (Hospitality Assistant) are taking part in the Hospital Ward Decorating Project. Local businesses are invited to fundraise for decorations and create inspiring, festive displays around the hospital. This is a great chance for The Priory Rooms to meet patients and see the difference fundraising makes.

On Monday 7th December Ann-Louise, Beth and Tom will be decorating the Renal Ward. The staff and nurses on the ward work hard all year round treating children with kidney disease, acute and chronic renal failure, renal transplants, plasmapheresis, lipid apheresis and MARS therapy. The children are often coming back and forth to the hospital and waiting long periods of time, so it is vital they feel relaxed, comfortable and at home. Especially at Christmas!

The Priory Rooms are asking you to kindly DONATE TO DECORATE! Help us buy decorations to transform the Renal Ward this Christmas;

Pop in and Put in to the fundraising tubs at our Birmingham city centre venue, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF.

Applaud and Award Ann-Louise, Beth and Tom with your generous donations.

Click and Contribute on our Just Giving website page

BCH1.pngThank you! We will keep you updated of our progress and share pictures of the festive display so that you can see exactly what your generous donations helped us to achieve!

For more information about the Ward Decorating Project visit the Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital website

Peacemakers Launch More Projects Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:34:00 +0100 This academic year, Peacemakers, a charity principally funded by Central England Quakers, start exciting new school-community building projects across the Midlands.

Peacemakers-Launch-More-Projects.jpgPeacemakers work with teachers, staff, students and parents to help school communities grow and develop; by putting time and energy into building, maintaining and repairing relationships in the classroom, in the staffroom, in the playground and in the corridors.

This academic year, they have just started the Whole School Approach Project at Bells Farm Primary School, Druids Heath Birmingham. Peacemakers and Bells Farm are at the start of a year long journey to ensure that healthy relationships are a focus across the school community. More resilient relationships across the school will mean the adults and children can work more effectively without conflict.

One teacher commented about the Whole School Approach Project "The impact of this training has been very profound for me. I feel a much greater responsibility for creating an atmosphere in which both children and adults feel happy and secure."

Peacemakers are also delighted to launch brand new projects for schools to engage with! Jackie Zammit, Peace Education Trainer, has begun supporting secondary school teachers with the delivery of "Life Skills" sessions. These enable teachers and pupils to develop the essential social and emotional skills we all need for life.

In addition, in light of all schools in England now having to show how well their pupils develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), Peacemakers have been creating a resource to help schools with the delivery of this. The resource will be published soon and start a new chapter for Peacemakers working with local schools. In the meantime, they are offering training sessions on how SMSC might be effectively delivered.

Peacemakers would be delighted to discuss a suitable project for your school; to create the building blocks of a community, inclusion and conflict transformation.

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The Priory Rooms’ Magnificent Macmillan Coffee Morning Total Raised! Fri, 02 Oct 2015 16:30:00 +0100 This September The Priory Rooms took part in the Worlds BIGGEST Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and raised a fantastic amount of money for the charity!

macmillan-coffee-morning-sept2015.JPGThe Priory Rooms were thrilled by the turnout for the Macmillan Coffee Morning they hosted on Wednesday 23rd September with £102 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; chocolate brownies, lemon and poppy seed cake, blackcurrant sponge cake and lemon curd sponge cake. 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 delicious cakes. All who attended the coffee morning donated generously to the charity, as did the many conference room users and The Priory Rooms staff.

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

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.

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

Support Our Magnificant Macmillan Morning! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:44:00 +0100 Enjoy and support The Priory Rooms’ Magnificent MacMillan Morning on Wednesday 23rd September, as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

macmillans-coffee-morning-at-tpr.jpg Come along to our Birmingham city centre venue from 9.00am where throughout the morning we will serve a variety of fair-trade teas, coffee and juice along with freshly made cakes in our Atrium. Each item will cost just £1 with all proceeds being donated to MacMillan Cancer Support.

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 will help raise life-saving funds for MacMillan's on-going hard-work.

Last year everyone who participated nationwide fundraised an incredible £25,102,796!

So come along on Wednesday 23rd September, bring a friend, enjoy the cakes and help fundraise for MacMillan Cancer Support to make this year the best yet!

We look forward to seeing you here

MacMillan Cancer Support