The High Sheriff of Surrey visits the Centre

The Woodhouse Centre in Oxted were pleased to welcome Dr Julie Llewelyn, High Sherriff of Surrey, to the Centre on February 17th .

She spent time talking to all the members and finding out about the crafts they were making and also visited the Men in Sheds section.  She spoke about her role and explained how the High Sheriff supports and encourages the police, judiciary, and prison and probation services; voluntary organisations involved in crime education and social cohesion; local authorities; and faith groups. 

The Woodhouse Centre Appoints a New Manager

The Trustees at The Woodhouse Centre are delighted to introduce Liz Martin-Lawrence as our new Manager. The role is central to the success and community at The Woodhouse Centre, including Men in Sheds, responsible for both the day-to-day running of the Centre, as well as developing activities and commissions for our members, recruiting and managing volunteers, and cultivating relationships with partners and supporters. Liz demonstrated a combination of aptitude and enthusiasm for the role and for Centre’s objectives to reduce social isolation.

Most recently, Liz has been Assistant Manager at The BRIDGES Centre, a community hub in Edenbridge. BRIDGES is similar and different to The Woodhouse Centre; it’s a busy environment, playing an important role in the community and for the people who visit and volunteer there. Liz’s strengths include connecting with people, being highly organised, developing communication and social media channels, and leveraging the experience of volunteers.

Liz says: “It’s great to see that people are coming together at The Woodhouse Centre to connect through similar interests and passions. I’m looking forward to joining as Manager, and feel I have a lot to bring to the role. I’m excited about a new challenge, and looking forward to getting to know everyone.”

Liz will begin her new role with us from 1 March, 2022.

End of an Era: Celebrating Dee Graham

Outgoing Manager, Dee Graham, has been at the helm of The Woodhouse Centre for 30 years. After her long service, Dee announced her decision to retire back in September. True to her generous and caring nature, Dee agreed to stay on until the end of March, in order to contribute to the transition and onboarding of a new Manager. We’ll be celebrating Dee’s contribution to The Woodhouse Centre, and helping her kick off her retirement nearer to the time.

Chris Sutehall, of the Board of Trustees said: “All of the Trustees and I are pleased to select Liz as our next Manager. We all look forward to working with her to develop The Woodhouse Centre and maximise its potential.”

Lorna Edser, Chair of the Board of Trustees said: “I couldn’t be happier about how things are working out. After Dee’s long service, we are fortunate that she can help us manage the transition, and we’re excited about Liz and the future for all of us working to support people in and around Oxted.”

Christmas Wreath Workshop

On 27 November, 10 members of the public joined volunteer Naomi Crage, who ably demonstrated how to cover a metal wreath ring with bunches of foliage held by wire, and then everyone got stuck in, with pine needles and berries flying!

Read all about it here

Christmas Workshop

Battling the elements at local fairs

The Woodhouse Centre has been out battling the wind and rain at local fairs including Oxted and Limpsfield. There were plenty of Christmas gifts on sale and they made some great sales on all sorts of crafts.

The Woodhouse Autumn Fair

Councillor Simon Morrow( Chairman of Tandridge District Council) very kindly opened the Woodhouse Centre’s Autumn Fair on 21 October. The Fair was the first one since Covid and had a great attendance providing a wonderful fund raising event for the Centre.

Poppy Dress

The Woodhouse Centre has created an amazing dress out of poppies to help support the Oxted Royal Legion Poppy Appeal and it is being displayed at Morrisons in Oxted.