The Priory Rooms news http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/feed/rss site_dscpn Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:54:00 +0000 May it Please the Court http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/may-it-please-the-court http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/179 Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:54:00 +0000 Last month our Main Meeting House was brought to life with drama, despair and dispute when it became a court room for the day.

ACT_National_Mock_Court_Trial_Feb_2017_Collage.jpg The event was a mock criminal court trial, organised by A.C.T. National Ltd in partnership with IOSH Sports Grounds and Events Group and Magdalen Chambers.

Themed on a health and safety prosecution of an event company, the day brought together managers and workers in the events industry. The mock trial aimed to give attendees a practical understanding of what happens when a criminal trial is brought to court, and where responsibilities and accountability lie in such cases. Attendees were given the chance to act as the jury and to ask questions to the legal team, as well as network with fellow professionals.

The trial was run by practicing criminal barristers giving a realistic experience. The setting of our Main Meeting House enhanced the court room atmosphere and the feedback from the organisers and attendees was highly positive.

If you are interested in hosting a mock trial or another large event in our Main Meeting House space, please get in touch for prices.

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The Priory Rooms Top Ten Features - preview http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/the-priory-rooms-top-ten-features-preview http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/177 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:30:00 +0000 Hidden_Gem_in_the_City.jpg Here at The Priory Rooms we believe we have an exceptional venue for anyone wanting to hold a meeting, conference, course or event in central Birmingham. We are naturally a little bias, but we judge how well we are doing from our customers’ feedback. We would like to share with you what we have identified to be The Priory Rooms top ten features we believe draw people to our venue and a few snippets of feedback from our recent customers.

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The Priory Rooms Top Ten Features http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/the-priory-rooms-top-ten-features http://www.theprioryrooms.co.uk/news/permalink/178 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:13:00 +0000 Here at The Priory Rooms we believe we have an exceptional venue for anyone wanting to hold a meeting, conference, course or event in central Birmingham. We are naturally a little bias, but we judge how well we are doing from our customers’ feedback – and we find we have many happy customers, as you’ll see from comments below. We also see that once a new customer has discovered The Priory Rooms they want to return time and time again.

We would like to share with you what we have identified to be The Priory Rooms top ten features we believe draw people to our venue.

Our top ten features:

  1. Excellent location - Located in the heart of Birmingham, we’re easy to get to by all means of transport; – road, rail, tram, bus, taxi and on foot.
  2. A hidden gem in the city – Once new customers discover our place, hidden amidst the office blocks of Colmore Business District, they typically want to return again and again.
  3. Flexible meeting space - Our nine meeting rooms can accommodate 2 to 200 people in a variety of layouts and we can offer full day, half day and evening hire.
  4. Contemporary facilities – Our modern extension provides a contemporary suite of rooms as well as a light and airy atrium. We can provide a range of conferencing equipment and technical support is on hand too.
  5. Historic architecture - The main building was constructed in 1933 as a Quaker meeting house and it’s been sympathetically modernised to retain its historical charm.
  6. Fresh & versatile catering - Our menu offers a wide variety of hot and cold options, allowing you to choose a selection of fresh food to fuel focus and productivity.
  7. Supporter of charities and community - We donate a significant amount of our annual profits to Central England Quakers to help support various community projects. We also regularly hold our own fundraising events to support local and national charities.
  8. Environmental & ethical values – We are committed to operating our venue in a sustainable, ethical and environmentally friendly way wherever possible. We have various initiatives in place to achieve this including recycling schemes, waste reduction measures and serving Fairtrade refreshments.
  9. A courtyard garden – We have a small, but special landscaped courtyard garden, offering a little fresh air and peace amongst the bustling city.
  10. A dedicated team – And finally, our most essential asset is our team of staff who aim to ensure that each and every customer has an exceptional visit to The Priory Rooms.

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Happy customers

We receive plenty of wonderful feedback from our customers and would like to share with you some examples from the first couple of months of 2017:

“Thank you so much! I’ve been really impressed with everything about your facilities…”

“The delegates and our team were really impressed and we will certainly come to you again in the future.”

“Always a very positive experience when we use the facilities at the Priory Rooms - staff fantastic and the venue perfect for our internal colleagues and customers to meet.”

“A beautiful venue for a work event. We were well looked after, the rooms were wonderful and the general manager was very nice in showing us around and telling us more about the history of the Priory Meeting Rooms…”

“Today’s been fantastic, the room’s been great, the facilities have been great, the foods been amazing… and it’s a great location as well.”

“Everything has been great about the venue today… great welcome, great set up, equipment perfect, catering brilliant, the whole lot… everything we’ve needed they’ve given to us, highly recommend this venue…”

If you are interested in making a booking at The Priory Rooms, please get in touch by calling 0121 236 2317 or emailing enquiries@theprioryrooms.co.uk

We hope to see you soon.

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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

Quakers_Events.png If you’d like to join or find out more about the Quakers meetings for worship at the Bull Street meeting house just visit the Central England Quakers website





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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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