As Ringwood’s Community Centre we can offer halls and rooms of various sizes to meet your needs. The halls are popular for larger gatherings, especially club events, meetings and celebrati0ns – they can seat up to 150
For more detailed information please click on the “Hall & Room Hire” page above. Mimi & Anne in the Greyfriars office are pleased to discuss options, Monday to Friday and Saturday morning on 01425 472 613 and by email: email@example.com
The rooms in the Georgian Greyfriars House are also ideal for club and society events, as well as meetings, interviews and training courses and more
Stop press news – Greyfriars Quiz – rearranged date
Please note the Greyfriars Team Quiz is not taking place this coming Monday evening, 26 January and has been re-arranged for Monday, 23 February at 7.15pm, for prompt 7.30pm start. This applies to all teams please. The final will be on Monday evening 30 March.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused through the changed arrangement.
Royal Hospital Chelsea Luncheon – 7 Feb
There is a very special luncheon on Saturday, 7 February when the guest speaker is Brian Cumming, MBE and the topic is “The Royal Hospital Chelsea”. Brian is both a Chelsea Pensioner and Tour Guide. The event takes place in the Greyfriars Hall, 12 noon for 12.30pm and tickets, now available from Reception, are £12
Concert at Ringwood Parish Church 7 Feb
There is a Aurum Vocale Concert at Ringwood Parish Church, 7.30pm on Saturday, 7 February. It features singers with The Sixteen, The Gabrieli Consort, The Tallis Scholars and The Monteverdi Choir. Programme to include Allegri Miserere and Victoria Requiem. The Conductor is David Clegg. Promoted by The Friends of Ringwood Parish Church. Tickets £15 and they will be available at Greyfriars from this Wednesday, 7 January. You can also phone 01425 473593 or 476327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Blake art exhibition coming soon
Popular and highly rated local artist Michael Blake is again holding an art exhibition at Greyfriars – starting in the Coffee Lounge 3 February and running through the whole of February. The above painting “Porthcurno picture” is one of his many exhibits. There have been several enquiries about the snow leopard painting (shown in left hand panel on this page) from the last exhibition – Michael reports that it was successfully sold at that exhibition in September and the proceeds went to the “Blue Lamp Foundation”.
Valuation Day Success
The Lockdales Valuation Day on 19 Jan in the Activities Centre was successful with a steady stream of people, especially around noon when it started. Although some wanted just a free valuation, many chose to sell their item for cash. Lockdales plan to make this an annual visit – they are based in Suffolk and phone number is 01473 627 110 and website www.lockdales.com
Lip-reading classes start in January
Deafness is the most isolating disability and the only disability where communication is the key element. Lip-reading classes empower those with hearing loss to lead an independent and fulfilled life. Joining a class is a significant step towards enhancing a life after hearing loss. Caroline Court is running lip-reading classes at Greyfriars from January and she is a trained and qualified lip-reading tutor and counsellor. To contact Caroline there are 2 options: a text message to her mobile 07877 468450 and email to email@example.com
Do you love all things Italian – from food to places?! If so, this is the society for you and there is absolutely no requirement to speak Italian. There are interesting and illustrated meetings on the 1st Monday each month – why not give it a try and support this long established Greyfriars society? More information on their website: http://ringwoodangloitalian.co.uk and also from the secretary Hazel at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wyn’s Book Shop at Greyfriars continues to be open daily and Saturday mornings. The emphasis is on good quality 2nd hand books, and low prices. Most books, expecially paperbacks are just 50p. 100% of all proceeds go to the Greyfriars Community Centre. Since October 2012, £7k of books have been sold. Run by volunteers, the Book Shop is so grateful to all those who generously donate books.
A Kurling Club started at Greyfriars on Weds 14 Jan. Sessions will continue every Wednesday and refreshments are included in the £2.50 weekly fee. A particular aim of the club is to provide social interaction for “older people” and Kurling is popular for both men and women. More information from Catherine Fellingham on 07467 955 863 or 01962 857 099. Website for the organisers BrendonCare is www.brendoncare.org.ukat 1.30pm
More about Greyfriars
We are a registered charity and the Community Centre for the market town of Ringwood – over 120 clubs, societies and organisations regularly meet in our various halls and rooms. There is something for everyone!
Although Greyfriars has been established a long time, we are also planning ahead to meet future needs in Ringwood and a major current project is to build a new Arts Centre – actually on the Greyfriars site. To read more about this, please see the item and linked page immediately below.
Some of our activities are welfare based, aimed at helping people in the community who need support – this includes offering a minibus service and a Good Neighbours Scheme.
When you make a booking with us you are also supporting our work in serving the local Ringwood community.
New Arts Centre
Looking to the future, we have an exciting plan for a new Arts Centre at Greyfriars. This will meet a significant community need and is a joint project with Ringwood Musical and Dramatic Society (RMDS). Planning permission has been granted and fund raising is well under way. More information and the voting survey through the link below:-