Celebrating 50 years of The Woodhouse Centre

The Woodhouse Centre celebrated the start of their 50th anniversary with a special ‘golden rose’ planting ceremony. The sun shone and members watched the planting of the rose and had some drinks to celebrate this special occasion.

Workshops for the community

The Woodhouse Centre is planning some workshops for the community to come and try some new crafts.  These will take place in The Woodhouse and are open to all the community.  They will cover a whole range of crafts from bunting making to making Christmas Wreaths and cater for a whole range of ages.

The first workshops – MAKING BUNTING – A 3 hour workshop for parent and child/children on Monday 23rd August at The Woodhouse Centre, Oxted.  9.30-12.30 am and 2-5pm (choose session).  Cost per adult and child £20 (additional children £5 each) and includes fabrics and refreshments.  Sessions are for up to 6 adults with children (max 2 each) at each workshop.  Children aged 9+.

We are also offering a special rate of £15 for students – maybe of interest to students going off to Uni to decorate their new rooms.

INTERESTED IN TAKING PART: Contact the Woodhouse Centre by email thewoodhousecentre@gmail.com or call on 01883 715189

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Grant for a new grinder for Men in Sheds

The Woodhouse Centre were very grateful to receive a Members’ Community Allocation Grant through Councillor Cameron McIntosh and were pleased to welcome Cameron along to the Centre to meet the members and see how the grant was spent.  The Men in Sheds have used it to buy a grinding tool and one of the members demonstrated it to Cameron.  The Men in Sheds have been very busy making all sorts of items from tables and bowls through to bird and hedgehog boxes and told Cameron how pleased they were to be back after lockdown.

New craft ideas

Check out some of the new craft ideas that Woodhouse members have been coming up with. Using a die cutting machine they have not only made a whole range of cards but also ear rings and some very cute ladybird planters from soft drinks and beer cans! They are also experimenting with tea bag art and have been promised end of run tea bags from Tetley and Yorkshire Tea to help.

Men in Sheds

Dave from The Men in Sheds at The Woodhouse Centre proudly showing his newly acquired skills on the lathe. The new bowls will shortly be available to purchase at the Woodhouse Centre.

Visit from the Neighbourhood Team

Lovely to receive a surprise visit from Lisa Cobby (Tandridge Safer Neighbourhood Team). She was pleased our members were enjoying the Centre once again and that we were safely following the Covid guidelines. Always great to see our local police community support officer. Thank you Lisa!

Thanks to Tandridge Together Lottery Fund

Members are so pleased to be back at The Centre and thanks to the heat pads purchased from money awarded by Tandridge Together Lottery Fund. They can now Diana chat and craft in comfort even with all the windows open 😀

Feature in Oxted Local Magazine

Don’t miss the full page feature on the Woodhouse Centre in the May edition of the free Oxted Local magazine! The article refers to our 50th Anniversary, our new Trustees, re-opening, current activities, and our search for more volunteers to lead craft and wood-working activities. The magazine is distributed to Oxted, Limpsfield, Hurst Green and surrounding areas.

High Sheriff of Surrey’s Visit to the Centre

The Woodhouse Centre in Oxted opened on 12th April after months of being closed.  The opening week was made extra special with a surprise visit from the High Sheriff of Surrey Mr Shahid Azeem DL, who came to look round.

He spent time talking to all the members and finding out about the crafts they were carrying out and also visited the Men in Sheds section.  He spoke about his role and how the majority of his time as High Sheriff has been in lockdown, including his installation process which had to be carried out for the first time in history virtually.