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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cornerHOUSE August 2022

cornerHOUSE August 2022

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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

A four part workshop for playwrights led face to face by Susannah Finzi begins at the cornerHOUSE this October The ...
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16sepallday07octOur Dad's Art Legacy - Art ExhibitionAbout the Artist evening 20 September(All Day) Event Type :Art,Exhibition

02oct7:30 pm10:00 pmcornerHOUSE Film Club - Evening Screening7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Film,Social

03oct7:30 pm10:00 pmPlaywrights Group7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Social,Workshop,Writing

04oct7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Jacobites and International Intrigue 1708-17597:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Social,Spoken Word,Talk

05oct7:30 pm9:00 pmRewilding at Court Farm Fields7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Social,Talk

06oct8:00 pm10:00 pmLOOKING FOR ME FRIEND – THE MUSIC OF VICTORIA WOOD8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Comedy,Drama,Music,Theatre

07oct7:45 pm10:00 pmPoetry reading7:45 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Poetry

11oct8:00 pm10:30 pmFolk@thecornerHOUSE - Jacob and Drinkwater8:00 pm - 10:30 pm Event Type :Music

12oct7:00 pm9:00 pmADULT ACTING WORKSHOPS WITH DAVID LAWSON LEAN7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Workshop

15oct11:00 am4:00 pmBlack History Celebration - Free event11:00 am - 4:00 pm Event Type :Art,Dance,Music,Poetry,Social,Spoken Word

17oct8:00 pm10:00 pmOutside the Box presents Angela Barnes8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Comedy,Stand-up

18oct7:45 pm9:45 pmWriting in Gold : An illustrative talk by iconographer Carol Henderson7:45 pm - 9:45 pm Event Type :Social,Talk

22oct7:30 pm10:00 pm‘Ready Or Not’: Bryn Haworth, with Stewart and Carol HendersonMusic and Poetry and Stories from the road.7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Music,Poetry

30oct3:00 pm6:00 pmcornerHOUSE Film Club - Matinee show3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Event Type :Film,Social

01nov7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Casebook of the Bow Street Runners7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Type :Social,Talk

08nov8:00 pm10:30 pmFolk@thecornerHOUSE - Bob Wood8:00 pm - 10:30 pm Event Type :Music

10nov7:00 pm10:00 pmSurbiton Literary Festival presents The QI Elves book chat and quiz7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Quiz,Social

12nov10:00 am12:00 pmSurbiton Literary Festival presents Lydia Monks, illustrator of the What the Ladybird Heard books10:00 am - 12:00 pm Event Type :Children,Social,Talk

14nov7:30 pm10:00 pmPlaywrights Group7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Event Type :Social,Workshop,Writing

18nov7:30 pm9:30 pmAdorable Dora7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Event Type :Drama,Music,Play,Theatre

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18 at 1800

18 at 1800

CornerHOUSE Radio Shorts was our very own Covid-proof challenge. It was November 2020, and with lockdown and no live events possible we invited submissions for a 7-10 minute original radio play – performed by whoever was gathered at home and recorded as an Mp3. We were looking for a number of good plays that would make for an interesting selection to feature on our website rather than a single “winner”. The recordings were assessed anonymously by a panel of listeners and each of the twelve ...
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Surbiton Literary Festival presents: A Conversation in Crime and ALEX MILWAY with Hotel Flamingo & Big Sky Mountain.

Surbiton Literary Festival presents: A Conversation in Crime and ALEX MILWAY with Hotel Flamingo & Big Sky Mountain.

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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