The Priory Rooms news http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/feed/rss site_dscpn Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Upcoming Friends Activities & Projects http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/upcoming-friends-activities-projects http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/176 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:15:00 +0000 Move More, Eat Well Project Launch

Move_More_Eat_Well.jpgThis January the brand new healthy living project, Move More, Eat Well (hyperlink to website www.movemoreeatwell.com) launched in Birmingham. Delivered by the Quaker led Northfield Eco Centre, together with their project partners Garden Organics, Sustrans, Sport Birmingham and Health for Education, the project will offer a programme of free events, support, activities and opportunities to help people in South Birmingham feel healthier.

Over 2017 to 2019 the Move More, Eat Well team will engage with residents, community groups and schools across the wards of Longbridge, Cofton, Northfield and Rubery. They will encourage people to move more by taking up cycling, volunteering, sports and active hobbies. As well as to eat well, by growing their own fruit and veg, adding to a collection of healthy recipes and cooking more healthily.

Find out more on the Move More Eat Well website www.movemoreeatwell.com

You can also sign up now for the first of their free courses:

Family Food Growing Course - 5 week beginners gardening course for families

When: Wednesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th March 2017 10:00am to 11:00am

Where: Coney Green Drive Allotments, Northfield

More Info: Eventbrite

30 Years of the Pacemakers Celebrations

Peacemakers_Celebrations.jpgIn 2017 the Peacemakers project will celebrate their 30th year anniversary. Peacemakers is an initiative that focuses on helping schools build more peaceful communities, informed by Quaker philosophy around peace and conflict resolution. The Peacemakers activities include courses for children and young people, training peer mediators, strengthening social and emotional learning, developing adults’ and children’s conflict resolution skills and introducing restorative approaches to schools.

To mark their anniversary the Peacemakers will be organising activities through 2017 to celebrate their work in the West Midlands, raise the Peacemakers profile and introduce more schools and more people to the benefits of education for peace.

You can keep up to date with their activities on the [Peacemakers website (http://www.peacemakers.org.uk/ "http://www.peacemakers.org.uk/")

Take Twenty

Peace_Hub_Events.jpgTake time out from your busy week to stop and reflect by joining a Silence in the City session.

Once a week Birmingham's Peace Hub organises 20 minutes of group silence, providing an opportunity for some calm and inner reflection. This is then followed by tea and coffee. All are welcome to join in any Tuesday session.

When: Tuesdays 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Where: Peace Hub, 41 Bull Street, Birmingham.

More info: Peacehub website

Quaker Quest Bitesize

This February the Peace Hub is hosting a series of short Quaker Quest sessions, providing an opportunity to find out more about the Quaker way of life.

Anyone with an interest is welcome to drop in to one, or all, of these half hour sessions which will focus on different themes.

When: Thursday 9th, 16th & 23rd February 1:00pm to 1:30pm.

Where: Peace Hub, 41 Bull Street, Birmingham.

More info: Peacehub website

Bull Street Quaker Meetings

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New Year, New Opportunities http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/new-year-new-opportunities http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/175 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:35:00 +0000 The Priory Rooms January newsletter is now available. This month we explore what our unique, central large conference space has to offer. We look forward to developments and events happening this year around our thriving city. We share with you a number of learning opportunities coming up soon, plus highlight the upcoming 30th anniversary for the Peacemakers project. We also introduce you to another one of our team members.

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Read the newsletter here.

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The Priory Rooms Gives Back http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/the-priory-rooms-gives-back http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/174 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 19:29:00 +0000 At the end of September The Priory Rooms hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and raised a total of £175.

MacmillanCakeCollage.jpg Donations were collected for servings of cake, of which we had a wonderful delicious selection, many home baked by The Priory Room’s staff, directors and some of our regular customers. In fact, we had so much cake we ended up running the event over two days!

The Priory Rooms team were delighted to be able to give back to Macmillan, who are one of our top customers, with staff from their various offices regularly utilising our meeting spaces. The coffee morning funds will aid Macmillan’s work to provide important emotional, practical, medical and financial support and information to people facing cancer, as well as their work to campaign for better cancer care.

Thank you to everyone who supported the event.

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Join us for our Macmillan Coffee Morning 2016 - Wednesday 28th September from 10:30am http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/join-us-for-our-macmillan-coffee-morning-2016-wednesday-28th-september-from-1030am http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/173 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:02:00 +0100 Macmillian_Coffee_Morning_Table.jpgWe are raising money this month for Macmillan Cancer Support by holding a coffee morning and you are all invited! Tea, coffee and cake will be available at The Priory Rooms to customers and visitors for a small donation.

Date: Wednesday 28th September 2016

Time: 10:30am onwards (until the cake runs out!)

All funds raised from the event will go to the national charity Macmillan, supporting their work to provide emotional, practical, medical and financial support and information to people facing cancer, as well as to campaign for better cancer care.

Let’s help make sure no one has to face cancer alone.

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Heritage Open Days 2016 at Bull Street Quaker Meeting http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/heritage-open-days-2016-at-bull-street-quaker-meeting http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/172 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:00:00 +0100 Main_Meeting_House_2.jpg

Bull Street Quaker Meeting will be opening for Heritage Open Days on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2016 from 1.00pm to 5.00pm on both days.

Today the building includes the meeting house and Priory Rooms Conference Centre but there has been a Quaker meeting house on this city centre site since 1702. The current meeting house was completed in 1933. Information will be available on the meeting house today together with artifacts and information on the history of Quakerism.

The meeting house is accessible by wheel chair and has an accessible toilet on site.

Refreshments available

All welcome

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The Priory Rooms Supports Birmingham Children’s Hospital http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/the-priory-rooms-supports-birmingham-childrens-hospital http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/170 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 19:16:00 +0100 This month The Priory Rooms raised much needed funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital as part of the charity’s annual Big Bandage event. This was the fourth consecutive year we have taken part and we are delighted to say over three days we collected £130 in donations. We also supported the Big Bandage street collections which raised in total £296.

BigBandage_Collage_2_for_Web.jpg Over several days The Priory Rooms promoted the charity with staff wearing bandages in support, offered cakes to customers and collected donations. Wendy, Clerk to our board of Directors, made a delicious Victoria sponge cake complete with jam made from her home grown blackcurrants. The Priory Rooms catering supplier Just Good Food donated some moreish brownies and sponge cakes too - many thanks to both.

At the end of the week Natalie, Nikki and Joanna helped the hospital’s fundraising team with morning and lunchtime collections in the city centre. They encouraged workers, commuters and shoppers to donate cash and gave out bandages to encourage people to participate in their own way and donate online.

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All the Big Bandage funds raised will aid the charity’s valuable work to improve the lives of the hospital’s young patients and their families. This includes their Star Appeal which is concentrated on creating the UK’s first centre for children with rare diseases. This center will provide coordinated care, treatment and support to help to brighten the lives of children with rare and undiagnosed conditions.

Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Big Bandage. I’m pleased to say you don’t need to wait long for your next opportunity to have a cuppa and a cake for charity – look out for our coffee morning event at the end of September in aid of MacMillan cancer support…

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Get voting for The Priory Rooms in the M⁢ 2017 industry awards http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/get-voting-for-the-priory-rooms-in-the-m-2017-industry-awards http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/166 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:30:00 +0100 It’s the event industry’s biggest and most prestigious recognition the M⁢ Awards.

The Priory Rooms is entering the 2017 M⁢ Awards in the hope of obtaining recognition for being the UK’s best value for money conference venue.

Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the awards bring together various sectors within the industry to measure market reaction in rewarding excellence of service and product.

There are 19 awards voted for by the readers of Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine as well as those connected to the nominees and The Priory Rooms is seeking recognition for the UK’s Best Value for Money Conference Venue.

Simply visit https://www.mitawards.co.uk/vote/ to support us in achieving this great accolade and adding our venue name to category Q and completing your details.

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Conferencing with a conscience! http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/conferencing-with-a-conscience http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/165 Fri, 13 May 2016 16:19:00 +0100 Have you thought about how sustainable your next conference or meeting will be?

Top of the agenda for many organisations at the moment is Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR), included within this is sustainability. Here at The Priory Rooms meeting and conference centre we've developed our "Conferencing with a conscience" initiative which is geared at ensuring our customers both existing and potential get a really strong understanding and overview of how we operate, which in turn can compliment good practice when it comes to choosing a sustainable venue and more importantly compliment their CSR policy.

We actively continue to build on our position in sustainable conference and meetings, we lead the way as one of Birmingham's most sustainable conference venues and just by taking a few simple steps we've managed to achieve BIG things:

  • Commitment to waste reduction - reducing the amount of waste that enters landfill by working with First Mile recycling and achieving Gold status for our efforts in the introduction of processes to improve our food recycling procedures.

  • Reduction in energy consumption - we actively encourage better efficiency in energy consumption. All lighting is censored around our building and all of our electronic equipment is developed with power saving mode. We also have a strong "switch it off policy" to ensure when anything is not in use it is not powered. We also invested £35,000 to install new glass in our atrium to become more energy efficient.

  • Rain water harvesting - We have invested significantly in technology to harvest the rain water by installing state of the art equipment on the roof of the building. This rain water is then filtered and recycled to provide the water used to flush the ladies lavatories within the venue, this cuts our water consumption significantly and last year we achieved a reduction of 25% in consumption.

  • Fair trade - living true to our Quaker ethos we only use Fair Trade tea and have partnered with Kingdom Coffee to provide our refreshments in the venue. We're therefore confident from bean to cup coffee and tea growers globally are rewarded and paid fairly and equally for the work they do.

  • Sustainable sourcing and suppliers - we actively work with suppliers who instill the same vision and values we have on sustainability. This extends to our food as well, ensuring we source locally to reduce the amount of miles food is travelling to reach the venue as well as supporting social enterprise, start up and small to medium enterprises in our local community.

  • Recycling - we purchase plastics that are 100% biodegradable, they are made from plant starch with can be recycled back into compost.

  • Location - due to our central location we are walking distance from Birmingham's three main transport hubs New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street. Our Conference Sales Team actively encourage customers at the point of booking to travel to the venue by train thus reducing their carbon footprint.

Commenting on our initiative our Business Development Manager Mark McCloskey added:

"Sustainability is very much a hot potato in the industry and among many meeting planners. It is of significant benefit to our customers and equally our venue that so many of our initiatives ticks the box in complimenting many organisations CSR policy. I truly believe that our conferencing with a conscience initiative is extremely unique in the market place and more importantly in Birmingham. These simple steps really give us a point of difference against other venues in the city and something we can really use as a unique selling point when engaging with our customers."

These simple steps really go a long way in ensuring that when you book your next meeting or conference with The Priory Rooms that you're contributing not only to the environment but also to further enrich the lives of others in the local community but also further a field.

Contact our dedicated Meeting and Conference team today on 0121 236 2317 or enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk

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Opening The Doors To Our Heritage 2016 http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/opening-the-doors-to-our-heritage-2016 http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/164 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:02:00 +0100 Bull Street Quaker Meeting House is once again taking part in Heritage Open Days on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September from 1.00pm-5.00pm. You are invited to come through the doors and discover the history!

TPR-Heritagepng.jpg Bull Street Quaker Meeting is part of Central England Quakers who own The Priory Rooms, also located at the same building. This September they warmly welcome you to explore the Meeting House during the Heritage Open Days. Heritage Open Days is a nationwide event opening the doors of sites that are not normally open for the public. Bull Street Quakers are delighted to take part, for the public to learn more about Quaker convictions, beliefs and practices past and present. Refreshments are also available on both afternoons.

The current Bull Street Quaker Meeting House was built in 1933 on a city centre site occupied by Quakers since 1702 with many of the old gravestones retained. Throughout the two Heritage Open Days volunteers from the Bull Street Quaker Meeting will provide informative show-rounds, illustrate Quaker history, introduce modern practices, share their memories of the building and answer any questions.

Heritage Open Days was established by the Civic Trust (no longer in operation) 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.

Come through the doors to meet our heritage!

Heritage Open Days http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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Budding New Supervisor http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/budding-new-supervisor http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/162 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:57:00 +0000 Congratulations to our team member Tom Bennett who is budding with enthusiasm in his promotion as Hospitality Supervisor.

Tom-Bennett.jpgTom will be ensuring our hospitality team bring you excellent service and quality catering throughout your event. From our wide-range of refreshments, snacks and seasonal buffets, Tom will make sure everything meets your expectations! Tom brings experience, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the role. He is also studying a Level 2 NVQ in Customer Service with HIT Training, providing him with valuable practical advice and skills.

The Priory Rooms Conference Centre Manager Andrew Callan praised Tom's promotion, "Tom is a hard-working and dedicated member of the team, we are delighted to progress his career. His great attitude, customer service and attention to detail makes him a fantastic Hospitality Supervisor. Tom will go above and beyond to ensure outstanding service is delivered to each one of our customers."

Meet all of our team http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/page/about-us/meet-the-conference-centre-team

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