Annual Report & AGM 30th June, 7 to 8pm (via zoom)

We hope you enjoy reading our Annual Report for 2020/21

At our AGM you will hear about:

New library Strategy – Rawden Parsloe from Shropshire Library Services will be there to tell us about the new library strategy being developed by Shropshire Council . We are not sure what impact this might have for Church Stretton library at the moment .

Library improvements – We will be telling you how we might spend some of the money raised on the library and want to hear your thoughts on this.

Trustees – we will be formally electing our Board of Trustees – you can find out who they are here.

To attend – Please email churchstrettonlibrary@outlook.com to let us know you intend to attend so we can send you the zoom link.

NB We had hoped to run the AGM as a face to face event but unfortunately this would mean restricting the number of people who could attend if we were to maintain social distancing.

Attracting Birds to your garden – Resource Materials

An On-line talk by John Arnfield, Chair of Shropshire Ornithological Society

This Thursday 10th June, 7.30pm–8.30pm (via Zoom)

You can download a useful summary written by John on ‘Attracting Birds to your garden ‘ here

You will also find links there to the Resource material referenced in John’s talk

If you have not already booked please do so by Wed 9th June at the latest,

by emailing churchstrettonlibrary@outlook.com.

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus). Peel Wyke, Church Stretton, Shropshire.

Attracting birds to your garden

An On-line talk by Dr John Arnfield

Thursday 10th June, 7.30pm–8.30pm (via Zoom)

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus). Peel Wyke, Church Stretton, Shropshire.

Dr John Arnfield, Chair of Shropshire Ornithological Society, will explain how any size of garden can be designed to attract more bird species and wildlife – he will advise on bird food, watering and nesting.

There will be an opportunity to submit questions to the speaker.

To book a place: email churchstrettonlibrary@outlook.com

Admission is free but donations appreciated

Geology of Church Stretton – the Jewel in the Crown

Thursday 6 May, 7.30pm–8.30pm (via Zoom)

an online talk by Dr Peter Toghill


Local resident and geologist, Dr Peter Toghill
will give an introductory talk about the geological history
of our local area. 

There will be an opportunity to submit questions to the speaker.

To book a place: email churchstrettonlibrary@outlook.com

Admission is free but donations appreciated

 

 

Collect your rapid coronavirus tests at the library

Everyone in England is now able to access two rapid coronavirus tests a week from 9th April, under an extension of the government’s testing programme.  Regular testing for people without symptoms is an important tool, alongside hands, face, space, vaccinations and fresh air in allowing us to move safely forward as we ease out of lockdown.

The lateral flow kits, which can provide results in around 30 minutes, will be available to collect for free at the various locations including Church Stretton Library

Click here for details of other locations in Shropshire

Restoring a Wetland Flower Meadow in Church Stretton

Friends of Church Stretton Library are delighted that Dr Isabel Carter of the Stretton Wetlands Interest Group has offered to give our first Zoom slide talk. We will be hosting more zoom events in May and June.

Wednesday 14th April, 7.30pm–8.30pm (via Zoom)

Earlier this year, the Middle Marches Community Land Trust, in collaboration with Stretton Wetlands Interest Group, purchased a 3-acre wetlands site located to the South of Church Stretton.

Dr Isabel Carter of the Stretton Wetlands Interest Group, will describe the history of the area, finding from surveys and future aims for the site include the restoration of a wetland flower meadow – one of the UK’s most threatened habitats. There will be an opportunity to submit questions to the speaker.

To book a place: email churchstrettonlibrary@outlook.com

Admission is free but donations appreciated

Light & Thank You

Online Poetry Event

Saturday 27th March, 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Friends of Church Stretton Library will host a ZOOM reading of poems by you, their authors, and by other notable poets on two themes              Light and Thank you (to be interpreted as freely as you like).

If you have a poem to share on the themes of Light or Thank you either your own, or a poem you love which is not under copyright, or both, please email clarkjoanna62@gmail.com by 21st March latest.

Audience-only participants please sign up to the event by 24th March to find out more, or book your place, contact Joanna Clarkemail: clarkjoanna62@gmail.com

Town Park Survey

Statement from trustees of Friends of Church Stretton Library

Our charity’s purpose, written into our constitution, is to support the provision of a community library and information centre in Church Stretton.

Support for the information centre was included in our constitution as we recognised its importance to local residents, as well as to supporting the local economy by attracting tourists into town.

We were surprised to discover that the current Town Council consultation on the Town Park asks people for their views about putting a Visitor Information Centre in the town park, together with a car park with an entrance from the A49.

The Visitor Information Centre is currently housed in the library in the centre of town. It used to be fully staffed and paid for by Shropshire council. A few years ago Shropshire Council slashed its tourism budget and cut its tourism staff almost completely. Church Stretton library staff agreed to absorb the work of the Visitor Information Centre at no additional cost, as they recognised its importance to the town.

The costs of running the Visitor Information centre in Church Stretton are therefore currently absorbed into the running costs of the library.

A new Visitor Information Centre would incur costs for building, maintenance (including energy bills), insurance and staffing.

No information is provided as a background to the Town Council’s consultation as to where the funding would come for a Visitor Information Centre in the town park.

We are also concerned that putting the Visitor Information Centre on a site by the A49 outside the main town would encourage motorists to park there, pick up some leaflets and then possibly drive elsewhere. Such visitors would not enter the town.  Our Local shops, pubs and cafes rely on the tourism trade to remain in business.

We would urge the Town Council to temporarily withdraw this questionnaire until full background documentation can be provided. This documentation should, as a minimum, provide information on likely costs / benefits / impact on each of the substantive questions.

The town park survey is only available online – You can find it here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/community-messages1

Those without computer access can telephone 01694 722113 or write to the Town Council and ask for a paper copy of the survey.

Coping with our feelings – A Reading Well for Children online event

Coping with our feelings – A Reading Well for Children online event

Free zoom event for parents with their children run by Shropshire Libraries

Join staff from Shropshire Libraries and explore books and activities from the Reading Well Collection for Children.

As parents we all want to help our children come to terms with the current situation. Join with your children to explore books and activities from the Reading Well Collection for Children.

This online event is delivered by Shropshire Libraries and is suitable for children aged 7+

For more information and book a place click here

Booking required 24 hours before the event