Parish Centre Update – April 2021

Dear Members and Friends,

As we emerge from the most recent lockdown it seems like an appropriate time for us to update you on the Parish Centre and Club.

FINANCES

Having closed our doors in March last year it has been a challenging year for us financially.  We have continued to pay our staff in full whilst our usual revenue streams (bar and car park) ceased.  We have been grateful for some small business grants from the local council, however these have not covered our significant stock losses and other ongoing costs.

REOPENING

In addition to government restrictions, we are required to follow diocesan guidelines and procedures when considering opening the Parish Centre.  Prior to lockdown we had already planned a period of closure to carry out some renovation work; notably a kitchen extension and outdoor patio.  We hope shortly to commence work on the patio, part of which involves the installation of new patio doors to give direct outside access from the hall.  This will undoubtedly delay our potential reopening date which we will keep you updated on.

MEMBERSHIP AND CAR PARKING

We are pleased to say that, subject to diocesan approval, we hope to reopen the car park office from Tuesday 4th May.  Club membership and Car Park permit renewals will also be payable from this date.  Fees have remained unchanged for a number of years, however there will be a small increase this year to ensure the club remains financially secure.   For existing member renewals, we will contact you in the next couple of weeks via email where possible and otherwise by post.  We are appealing to members to make payment online if possible, to help us renew permits in a COVID safe way.  If you have any queries please speak to John after mass or email him at  john_turver@yahoo.co.uk.

Download the Renewal Form Here

 Please note that there will be no public access to the car park office or toilets until further notice.

FAREWELL TO PARADISE

Finally, we are very sad to announce the closure of Paradise Playgroup which has been running from the Parish Centre for over 20 years.  We would like to thank Jill and her team and indeed all those who worked there over the years for their service to the parish, school and wider community.  We will update you with future plans for the Simpson Room in due course.

Many thanks for your continued support and we will look forward to welcoming you back to the Parish Centre as soon as we’re able to do so.  Stay Safe.

Parish Centre Committee and Club Directors

Christmas Wreath Making 2019

Christmas Wreath Making  – 30th November 2019
The morning workshop will be at 11am-1.30 pm and the afternoon workshop will be 3pm-5.30pm
The cost of all the materials for your wreath and light festive refreshments is £20.
Tickets are available after 9.15am mass in the Parish Centre on Sunday 6th October and Sunday 13th October.

Friday Nights at the Parish Centre – What’s Next?

With many thanks to all those who came along to our Friday night openings last autumn, and for providing us with feedback. 

We’ve looked at all of that and it seems the demand is more diverse than we thought.  We are trialing over the next few months, ‘Family Nights’ where all ages will be catered for, and Over 18′ nights, exclusively for the adults. 

They are as follows:

Friday 1st Feb – Over 18

Friday 8th March – Family

Friday 5th April – Over 18

Friday 3rd May – Family

Why not arrange a relaxed night out with the family/friends and use the facilities we have….TV, order a takeaway, bring snacks, or we can open the hall (if free) and run a video on the big screen for the kids/ put tables out with games etc (just let us know so we can set it up).  Or just sit and have a natter with friends.

If you have any special requests or ideas we will be happy to hear them. (Cocktails anyone?) We will report back in June on it’s success.   Over to you…Contact: staugspc@gmail.com

Christmas Swags – Saturday 24th November

Val Guest, who led the Spring Flowers Workshop in March, will be leading a Christmas Swag workshops on Saturday 24th November in the Parish Centre.  There will be a morning (11am-1.30pm) and afternoon workshops (3pm-5.30pm).  All materials will be provided for participants to make and decorate their own swag (garland).  The swags will make a great addition to your Christmas decorations for your home and will last till Christmas, they can also be made into a wreath for your door.   Festive refreshments will also be provided.

Tickets are £23 and will be available in the Parish Centre after 9.15 mass from Sunday 7th October from Marie Newbould

All profits will go to Sunday Stop who provide a hot meal for people in need in the Parish Centre on the first Sunday of the month.

Quiz Night

Family Quiz Night – Oct 12th 2018

Hello, we had a lovely time at the Parish Centre quiz in July and when it was finished I put my laptop down and thought “I’ve got ages to write the next one”.  But I looked at the calendar the other day and found I’ve only got a fortnight left.  Eek!

Don’t worry, there will be a quiz on the 12th Oct, 8pm, £1 to play.  Come along and see how I’ve got on…

Parish Centre Bar News: Friday Nights Are Back! (for a while…)

Following a request, Directors have reviewed Friday night opening, and decided to open the bar for one Friday night per month, to see how it goes.  Our Bar Team will monitor usage and report back to the Directors in December.

Opening times are 7.30 – 11pm on the following dates:

September 21

October 5

November 9

December 7

Remember, the Parish Centre belongs to us all,  and ideas for use are many and varied.  These will be ‘Parish’ evenings, so why not bring the family and friends down one Friday night – order a pizza in (or cook it yourselves?) and hook up the TV (lounge or hall) for the kids?  Or drag out a game of Trivial Pursuit/Dominoes/Cards for a nice family games night out? (Its out, but not out, out!)  It’s up to you of course….

Look forward to seeing you there

Gin and Prosecco Night

7.30pm on Friday May 11th sees the return of our much attended and loved Prosecco nights! This time with a difference…

Whilst prosecco remains a feature, we will be looking at a range of Gins too, and how to mix them to bring out the best. There are gins that go with prosecco, gins that go with fancy tonics, and some that even go with beer would you believe?

We will have a good selection of gins for you to try and to help us navigate the gin minefield, we have on hand a local expert who will also regale us with the Gin story and how to tell a good one!

All welcome – There are light snacks available.

Please drop Sheilagh a text or phone 07976 780850 to let us know if you’re coming (just for an idea of numbers for staffing).
See you there!

Quiz Night

Family Quiz Night – March 9th 2018

We have a family quiz on March 9th starting at 8pm in the Parish Center.

Come along and bring a team! A great night!

**POSTPONED**Prosecco Night with a twist! – Friday March 2nd

We have decided to postpone this event until further notice

 

 

7.30pm on Friday March 2nd sees the return of our much attended and loved Prosecco nights! This time with a difference…

Whilst prosecco remains a feature, we will be looking at a range of Gins too, and how to mix them to bring out the best. There are gins that go with prosecco, gins that go with fancy tonics, and some that even go with beer would you believe?

We will have a good selection of gins for you to try and to help us navigate the gin minefield, we have on hand a local expert who will also regale us with the Gin story and how to tell a good one! You can quiz Darren from Vesuvio on the night!

Top tip: eat before you come as its food free this time (though there may be a nominal table charge for some light nibbles). All welcome.

Please drop Sheilagh a text or phone 07976 780850 to let us know if you’re coming (just for an idea of numbers for staffing).
See you there!

Quiz Night

Family Quiz Night – February 2nd 2018

We have a family quiz on February 2nd starting at 8pm in the Parish Center.

Come along and bring a team! A great night!