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Event During September 2016
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Friday, 30 September at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd Hilary Cooke

Event During October 2016
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Friday, 07 October at 10:00 AM
Launch of new exhibition - 'Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake'

Friday, 07 October at 1:20 PM
Lunchtime Concert by Marilyn Taylor and Team

Saturday, 08 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake Exhibition

Monday, 10 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Tuesday, 11 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Wednesday, 12 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Thursday, 13 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Friday, 14 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Saturday, 15 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Saturday, 15 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake Conference

Monday, 17 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Monday, 17 October at 1:00 PM
Bards of Avalon Therapeutic Sound Bath for relaxation

Tuesday, 18 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Tuesday, 18 October at 1:30 PM
Qigong Bristol: outside taster session in the courtyard

Wednesday, 19 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Wednesday, 19 October at 1:30 PM
Laughter Wellness workshop with Joe Hoare

Wednesday, 19 October at 2:00 PM
Laughter Wellness workshop with Joe Hoare

Thursday, 20 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Thursday, 20 October at 12:00 PM
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity needs your help

Thursday, 20 October at 1:00 PM
An Introduction to the Alexander Technique with Veronica Pollard

Friday, 21 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Saturday, 22 October at 10:00 AM
Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake exhibition

Saturday, 22 October at 1:00 PM
Talk - 18th century perspective of health and wellbeing

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Welcome

The New Room is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm all year round. Entry is free although donations are welcome.

We look forward to welcoming you to the New Room; over 25,000 visitors come every year from all over the world! As well as the chapel, there are Preacher’s rooms upstairs which accommodate our museum. There is also our shop which stocks a range of items relating to John & Charles Wesley, the New Room and Methodism.
 
Address: 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE 
 
Telephone: 0117 9264740
 
 
 

Paul Field in Concert

Popular singer/songwriter Paul Field is coming to the New Room for a one-off concert on September 30th at 7.30pm.
 
The concert includes extracts from 'Stolen Lives', a project exploring historic and modern slavery (www.stolenlives.co.uk)
 
Tickets for the concert are £8, available from Eventbrite (click HERE to go to their website). You can also reserve tickets by emailing the New Room via education@newroombristol.org.uk
 
 
 


Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake

Exhibition in the New Room / John Wesley’s Chapel

7th – 22nd October

The exhibition will explore links between Methodism and publishing in Bristol. It will celebrate The Uncle Books written by the Reverend J P Martin, and mark some of the achievements of the Martin/ Currey family, particularly the involvement of James Currey in the African Writers Series

 

Writing and Publishing in Bristol: J P Martin, the Uncle Books and Quentin Blake

Conference – Saturday 15th October, 10.30- 4.00, at the New Room / John Wesley’s Chapel

The conference will explore the theme ‘Writing and Publishing in Bristol’. The final session of the conference will bring together some of those involved in writing and publishing in Bristol.

Doors open 10.00 a.m. No prior registration required.

For more information contact - Jamesgibbs@btinternet.com

Exhibition and conference are open to all and free of charge.

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Healthy City Week Bristol: Wellbeing that doesn’t cost the earth

15th – 22nd October 2016

www.bristolgreencapital.org/healthycityweek

Healthy City Week is an eight-day programme of activities that will aim to inspire citizens of Bristol to achieve healthier lifestyles as part of a more sustainable future city. Launched last year as a brand new initiative from Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, Healthy City Week is the product of contributions from local organisations and individuals whose free or low cost events, talks and workshops will explore the links between sustainable living, personal wellbeing and the health of our environment. 


Saturday 15th October

De – Stress your Body and Mind with Body Talk Cortices workshop

1 – 2pm

(Please note this will be relocated to Broadmead Baptist Church but people can meet at the New Room at 1pm and a group will walk over to the Baptist church together.)

Take control of your own stress and wellbeing by the cortices technique. This short sustainable healthcare routine improves the communication between the left and right hand side of your brain, establishes healthy brain function and stimulates the body’s self-healing potential.

 

Monday 17th October

Bards of Avalon Therapeutic Sound Bath for relaxation

1 – 2pm

Let stresses melt away and experience a deep relaxation with a therapeutic sound bath. Join Bea Martin and David Johnson, community sound workers, as they combine their voices with the sounds of Himalayan bowls, Gongs to create an uplifting soundscape to enhance your wellbeing.


Tuesday 18th October

Qigong Bristol

Outside taster session in the courtyard 1.30 – 2.30pm

Come and try qigong which is similar to Tai Chi, with a warm up and simple standing exercises. All are welcome.


Wednesday 19th October

Laughter Wellness with Joe Hoare

1 - 1.30pm & 1.30 - 2pm

 

How simple basic laughter wellness practices promote engagement, connection, mindfulness and general wellbeing. Personal wellbeing is the cornerstone for professional wellbeing and peak organisational effectiveness.


Thursday 20th October

An Introduction to the Alexander Technique with Veronica Pollard

1 – 2pm

In this interactive session we will look at the work of FM Alexander and examine his two most important discoveries to see how they may help you to rid yourself of problems both physical and mental, and improve your life.

 

Thursday 20th October

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity needs your help

12 – 4pm                                                                                 

Courtyard of the New Room, Drop in

Every week people suffer sudden cardiac arrests in public places (when the heart stops beating). They often receive emergency care, but survival would be improved if bystanders knew how to do chest compressions (CPR) and use an AED (automated external defibrillator). Join our CPR marathon and learn how to do CPR – you could save a life!


Saturday 22nd October

Talk: 18th century perspective of health and wellbeing

1 – 2pm

Find out about John Wesley’s ‘Primitive Physic: or An Easy and Natural Method of Curing most Diseases’.  Written in 1747, it was a medical best seller for many years even though Wesley was an Anglican Minister and not a medical practitioner.  Discover how some of Wesley’s recommendations resonate with today’s perspective on health and wellbeing, while others may seem a bit unusual.


Talk will be delivered by New Room Warden - Gary Best.


For more information about the programme of activities happening across the city for Healthy City Week 2016 click on the following link - 

 
 
 
 
Horsefair Project Update - December 2015 
Construction on the Horsefair Project began in January 2016 and will continue until Spring 2017. The Charles Wesley statue has been placed into storage whilst the work is ongoing but it will return as it is an integral part of the new development.
 
During the building works, there is no access to the New Room via the Horsefair Courtyard and there will be no public toilet facilities available. The side alley which runs alongside the New Room connecting the two courtyards is now also closed.
 
Please note, however, the New Room chapel will be open throughout the build. Access to the chapel and museum will be through the Broadmead Courtyard although, as construction progresses, there will be days when access is restricted and we will provide as much advance notice of this as we can. In Autumn 2016, the museum will close in order to allow the design team to transform this space into the expanded museum which will also reopen in Spring 2017.
 
We will post progress updates on this site as well as the New Room Facebook and Twitter pages. If you have any queries, please contact us.    
 
 

Heritage Lottery Fund Grant Success for the Oldest Methodist Building in the World - and it's in Bristol - February 2015

New Room/HLF Press Release - February 2015

 

Step back in time
 
The New Room in Bristol is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world (originally built in 1739) and the cradle of the early Methodist movement.
It was built and used by John Wesley and the early Methodists as a meeting and preaching place and the centre for helping and educating the needy members of the community.

The chapel itself is on the ground floor (where there is also a shop) and is accessible from either the Broadmead or Horsefair courtyards. Upstairs, are the Preachers’ Rooms where the MLA accredited museum is located. This contains a unique collection of papers and artifacts and tells the story of John and Charles Wesley and their life and work in Bristol. 

Keep up to date with all the latest news by 'liking' our Facebook page.

 
General information

There is a short service of Holy Communion in the chapel at 1pm on Fridays throughout the year to which all are welcome. There is also a prayer book in the chapel for visitors to write in during the week.

There is also a regular series of lunchtime concerts during the course of the year; held on Fridays at 1.20pm, immediately after the service. Please check for details of upcoming concerts by visiting the ’Events’ section of this website.  

Over the years, the New Room has hosted numerous events to mark significant anniversaries and occasions in the respective lives of John and Charles Wesley, the Methodist Church and the city of Bristol.  
 
 
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