Events coming soon
Syria Then and Now: 8000 BC to 2022 AD
An illustrated talk by Janet Longstaff
Friday 21st January URC Hall, 2.30 – 3.30pm
Syria is a war-torn country. Janet has stayed there three times as an independent visitor. Her last visit was three years before the latest war erupted. She has an on-going interest in events in the Middle East. Hear about ancient civilizations, a variety of cultures and religions. Find out about some of the interesting people she met.
To Book: Tel. 01694 724657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
EARLY BOOKING ESSENTIAL as numbers may be limited to 30 to enable safe social distancing.
Ablaze! – poetry events with Jean Atkin
There is a maximum of 14 people in the morning workshop so advance booking needed
Geology Talk -Church Stretton in the Ice Age
Thursday 17th February, 7.30pm–8.30pm (via Zoom)
An On-line talk by Dr Peter Toghill
Peter will give an introduction to the impact of the ice age on the local landscape.
There will be an opportunity to submit questions to the speaker.
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Admission is free but donations appreciated
Deer Including Reindeer
Thursday 9th December, 7.30pm (via Zoom)
An On-line talk by Aiden Foster, president of the British Deer Veterinary Association
Aiden will briefly outline the six main species of wild deer in the UK and their various potential interaction with human activities. As the Christmas period approaches the media usually tend to focus their seasonal interest in a seventh species of deer – the reindeer
An overview will be given of some of the unusual features of reindeer
Old Church Stretton
Local History Talk by Tony Crowe
Thursday 25th November 2.30 pm
Quizmaster Ben Warren will test your quiz skills with his usual mixture of fun and thought-provoking questions.
An evening of music for cello and piano
with Thomas McMahon and Richard McMahon
playing music by Chopin, Elgar & Franck
Saturday 30 October at 7.30pm, in the URC Church
All proceeds to go to Friends of Church Stretton library
Attracting Birds to your Garden
An On-line talk by Dr John Arnfield
Thursday 10th June, 7.30pm–8.30pm (via Zoom)
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.
Geology of Church Stretton the Jewel in the Crown
an online talk by Dr Peter Toghill
Thursday 6 May, 7.30pm–8.30pm (via Zoom)
Local resident and geologist, Dr Peter Toghill will give an introductory talk about the geological history of our local area.
Restoring a Wetland Flower Meadow in Church Stretton
Wednesday 14th April, 7.30pm–8.30pm (via Zoom)
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.
Poetry Event: Light and Thank You
An On-line slide talk by Dr Isabel Carter
Saturday 27th March, 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Event in the library
Lucy Aphramoor: Raise the Roof
Friday 28th February. 7-9pm
A mesmorising exploration looking at food, body respect and the ways we connect with ourselves and each other
A Real Inspector Calls
Murder Mystery Dinner
Saturday 15th Feb , Parish Centre
Tickets all sold out
Winter Talk – Thursday 6th Feb, 2.30pm
Winning Hearts & Changing Minds: How the British Council makes friends for the UK” – Michael White
Michael worked for the British Council in ten countries between 1984 and 2015. He will talk about his experience in two of his favourites – Cuba and Yemen, which should make for a fascinating insight into life in these countries.
Winter Talk , Thursday 9th January, 2.30 – and due to popular demand being repeated on Thursday 23rd at 2.30
‘A 500 mile walk across Spain’ – Sandra Whitlock
Children’s Christmas Craft Event
In 2012, Sandra set off alone to walk the famous 500 mile (790km) ‘Camino de Santiago’ – and then two years later, returned to walk it again. Sandra will describe her experience of walking this historic pilgrimage, the trials and tribulations of being ‘on Camino’ and the incredible rewards that have made this journey so popular.
Sat 14th Dec – 2.30 pm in the library
Come to our Christmas Craft workshop and make some Christmas decorations to take home
Admission 50p per child on the door
Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Drinks and mince pies will be available.
New Book Launch
Meredith Vivian: ‘Running Hard’
Wed 4th December 7.00 to 9.00 pm in the library
For more information click here
Sandford Avenue and its Lime Trees
Local history talk by Tony Crowe
Rev Holland Sandford and his avenue of lime trees. Hear how this Victorian philanthropist developed his vision for the town and planted the lime trees. Silvester Horne Institute, 7th November, 2.30pm Tickets £3.00 on the door.
The Pedlar’s Tale
A Fabulous Puppet-Play for Children and Adults.
The story teller weaves a magical spell and draws you into a fantastical world bringing past events to life with music and puppets. This event is funded largely by Arts Alive
Church Stretton Library: 2pm. Adults go free when accompanied by a child (£4 per child)
October 30th French Horn Connexion
URC Church at 7.00pm in aid of the library.
Join us for a convivial and relaxing evening of music-making from hunting-horn pieces to Simon and Garfunkel arrangements.French Horn ConneXion will perform a varied programme of music to suit all tastes.
Also featuring in this concert, and regaling us with his witty renditions of comic popular songs is Mr Philip Harratt.
Tickets £10.00 from Burway Books and J R Thomas which includes cheese and wine in the interval
October 9th- Close to Paradise
Church Stretton Library at 7.00pm
Another wonderful opportunity to enjoy the magic of words all relating to Shropshire. Phil Bowen, poet and playwright reads extracts from Wodehouse and Betjeman.
Admission £5 includes tea and biscuits.
October 3rd Home Truths – poetry workshop with Jean Atkin
Church Stretton Library 3 to 4.30 pm
Jean Atkin, BBC Poet for Shropshire, leads a poetry workshop specially for National Poetry Day. This is a workshop, kindly sponsored by Arts Alive, in which you can tell the truth about something that matters to you, or deliver a home truth, or – just possibly – tell a big lie! Jean will provide inventive ways into our tangle of truth and lies, and this will be a creative, friendly and celebratory afternoon.
September 24 th Poetry Workshop with Lucy Aphramor
With Poetry month and mental health awareness month just around the corner come and join our local poet in this FREE and friendly workshop.
Quiz evening Friday 20th September, 7.30pm
in aid of the library
Parish Centre, 7.30pm, £5 per person, Maximum 6 per team
Bring your own drinks and nibbles.
September 13th, Parkinson’s UK Coffee & Cake
Church Stretton Library, 10.00 to 12.00
Parkinson’s UK Church Stretton Support Group invite you to join them at the library for coffee and cake. Proceeds to Parkinson’s UK and Church Stretton Library
Summer activities in the library
Public launch Thursday 25th July; 3-4pm
Please join us for drinks & nibbles and hear our plans to support the library.
A funny but sad production by the Journeyman Theatre based on the true story of an asylum seeker. Age range 16+
Read more about it here
Living with Dementia: What Helps We asked people who live with or care for people with dementia to give us their tips about what helps. This was used to create a display in the library during Dementia Week, 20-26th May.
You can download the handout given out at this display here.
Dementia Café: Thurs 23rd May, 10 – 12. Pop in for tea and cake – all welcome
Interesting Times – Stretton Players
This performance depicted life in The Strettons during the Great War. It was based on research we carried out using the library local history archives and separate research carried out by the local history group on the servicemen who did not return.