Library reopening

The library staff at Church Stretton are looking forward to welcoming you back when the library reopens this Tuesday August 4th.

Opening times will be 10am to 12 pm and 1pm to 3pm – to allow for additional cleaning at lunchtime and after the library closes for the day.
There will also be

  • limited numbers of people in the building
  • protective screens on the counter
  • hand-sanitiser available

All returned library stock will be quarantined for 72 hours.
Don’t worry if you haven’t been able to return your library books, as overdue fines are still currently suspended until further notice.

Poetry during lockdown

We hope to run an event in October for National Poetry Day where lovers – readers and writers – of poetry are invited to read a poem which has ‘chimed’ for them from a poet they most value and respect and, side-by-side, a poem of their own inspired by their ‘role model’ poet.

Who knows whether this will be possible in October or whether it will need to be rescheduled for a later date?

But while lockdown continues, Joanna Clark has provided some ideas and suggested reading which will hopefully inspire you to start preparing for this.

You can read Joanna’s ideas here

Annual Report and Future Library Funding

We have pleasure in presenting our first annual report which includes information about:

  • Our achievements including our fundraising activities and how we helped the library
  • An update about discussions with the Town Council and Shropshire Council regarding future library funding
  • Our future plans and goals for 2020/21

Our financial report provides a more detailed breakdown of income and expenditure for this financial year.

Printed copies of these reports will be available from the library once the current coronavirus restrictions on it being open are lifted.

If you have any questions about any of these please do contact us

AGM postponed

AGM – and election of trustees

We had planned holding our first AGM in early June but have had to postpone it because of coronavirus restrictions. We will hold it as soon as we can.

Charity commission regulations state that all trustees have to stand down at the first AGM but can stand for re-election. All but one of our current trustees have agreed to stand for election at the AGM. We will just have to delay this procedure!

We are always on the lookout for new committee members – anyone and everyone is welcome because we know that everyone brings their own range of skills and experience.

If you want to find out more about who is on the committee and what is involved please look on our trustee page

Home delivery and Take Away – for people unable to get out at the moment

Many of our local traders and pubs are providing take away and home delivery services for people unable to get out at the moment.

We have compiled a list of what is on offer – with telephone numbers for people without the internet.

Please note that traders and pubs might not be able to continue providing a service advertised should their circumstances change

If you know of someone who might find this information useful please telephone them and let them know


Shropshire Library – coronavirus concerns

In response to coronavirus, Shropshire Library is extending its loan period to 6 weeks and allowing people to renew their books up to 4 times. see attached

People are encouraged to renew their books by phone Tel 01694 722535 or online at

If you or someone close to you is feeling unwell, has a fever or cough please do not come to the library. No fines will be accrued on outstanding stock

Branded Rogues concert postponed

We have decided to postpone the Branded Rogues concert on the 17th April because of the coronavirus situation.

We will be rescheduling this event for later in the year – when hopefully the situation has been resolved.

At present we are hoping to run the talk on ‘Swifts and other urban birds’ on April 2nd in the library – but will alert people if this also has to be cancelled.

Swifts and other Urban Birds

Peta Sams

Thursday 2nd April at 2.30 pm, in The Library

In our next Winter Talk, Peta of Shropshire Swift Group will talk about these birds that visit our towns during the Summer – their lifecycle and issues they face.  She will also briefly look at some of the other birds with which we share our gardens and buildings.

Tickets £5 on the door, to include tea and cake.

All funds raised will go to Friends of Church Stretton Library