Statement from the Douglas Centre Trust

The unprecedented events following the spread of the virus have left us struggling to keep up with what is possible at the cornerHOUSE. Most of our users have already cancelled activities for the foreseeable future.

As a volunteer-run activity, at the best of times we are dependent on people coming forward to make the place happen. Many of those volunteers fall into the “elderly” classification and some are also scheduled as “vulnerable”. Correctly they are listening to government advice to self-isolate.
Government advice is also for us all to avoid “unnecessary social gatherings”; which may describe just about everything that goes on at the cornerHOUSE ( although we would argue that “art” and “community” are far from being unnecessary.).
So we have taken the difficult decision to close the building for the present. All planned and booked events and activities are cancelled. The Annual General Meeting will still formally take place on April 3rd, although consultations will only be in advance in e-correspondence .

We will keep a shadow diary to preserve timeslots already booked, although this does not mean that those events will necessarily go on when things allow the centre to be re-opened. We are taking no new reservations for the present.
As far as possible we will be keeping alert to changes in the government’s guidance, and also for opportunities identified by existing partners, which may mean that the building can be re-opened for some uses. Currently we have no idea when that might be. We are also looking at ideas which may keep the cornerHOUSE ethos alive on-line
We recognise absolutely the important role that the cornerHOUSE plays in the lives of so many in our community, and the potential that it has to be so in the lives of many more. As soon as we can we aim to get back to offering that role. For now, though, we ask your patience and understanding.

Stay safe

The trustees of the Douglas Centre Trust operating the cornerHOUSE community arts centre
March 2020

Live events at The cornerHOUSE

The cornerHOUSE is back up and running with full programming including:
live music, poetry reading and workshops, exciting drama, writing workshops, comedy galore, film club, talks. All with just a hint of social distancing

cH online

cH online continues to host a  selection of material from across all of the art forms represented at the cornerHOUSE. Go to the cH online pages to find out more.


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18 at 1800 - The Patio by Jane Marchant

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"Write it...and then write it better" A four part workshop for playwrights

“Write it…and then write it better” A four part workshop for playwrights

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19junallday07augJoie De Vivre - Martine Daniels Art ExhibitionMeet the Artist evening 28 June(All Day) Event Type :Art,Exhibition

01jul7:30 pm10:00 pmOutside the Box - Sara Pascoe - Tour Preview/WIP show.7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Comedy,Stand-up

04jul2:00 pm3:30 pmSingalong2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Event Type :Singing,Social

04jul7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Ragged Trousered Philanthropist7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Social,Spoken Word,Talk,Theatre

08jul7:30 pm10:00 pmMatilda the Musical JR7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Drama,Music,Musical,Play,Theatre

09jul3:00 pm5:00 pmMatilda the Musical JR - Matinee3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Event Type :Drama,Music,Musical,Play,Theatre

16jul8:00 pm10:00 pmWhole Lotta Comedy with Headliner Earl Okin8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Comedy,Stand-up

19jul8:00 pm10:30 pmFolk@thecornerHOUSE - Reg Meuross8:00 pm - 10:30 pm Event Type :Music

27jul7:15 pm10:00 pmPlaywrights Group7:15 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Social,Workshop,Writing

02aug7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Palaces of Richmond and Kew - A talk by Susan Rhodes7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Social,Talk

13aug8:00 pm10:00 pmWhole Lotta Comedy with Headliner Tez Ilyas8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Comedy,Stand-up

16aug8:00 pm10:30 pmFolk@thecornerHOUSE - Back of a Length8:00 pm - 10:30 pm Event Type :Music

29aug7:30 pm10:00 pmPlaywrights Group7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Social,Workshop,Writing

06sep7:00 pm9:00 pmElizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Social,Spoken Word,Talk

13sep8:00 pm10:30 pmFolk@thecornerHOUSE - Wizz Jones8:00 pm - 10:30 pm Event Type :Music

17sep8:00 pm10:00 pmWhole Lotta Comedy with Headliner Russell Hicks8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Comedy,Stand-up

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On Friday 6th May as part of the Surbiton Literary Festival, three bestselling crime novelists meet and discuss their books at the cornerHOUSE with panel chair and fellow author Felix Riley. Followed by a Q&A session and book signings. On Saturday 7th May come and meet author Alex Milway and hear all about the books he writes and illustrates. Join us as we visit the wonderful world of Hotel Flamingo and go on adventures in Big Sky Mountain. Tickets available now! ...
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