Sadly ALL our planned events have now had to be postponed until current restrictions on social gatherings have been lifted. We will be rescheduling as soon as we are able to. We look forward to see you all again soon.

Meanwhile stay safe – stay well.

Next Winter Talk


Swifts and other Urban Birds – Peta Sams

April 2nd , 2.30pm in the library

Admission £5.00 includes tea and cake

Peta of Shropshire Swift Group will talk about these birds that visit our towns during the summer – their lifecycle and issues they face.  We will also take a brief look at some of the other birds with which we share our gardens and buildings.

All proceeds will go to the Friends of Church Stretton Library.


Branded Rogues in concert

POSTPONED UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR due to the coronavirus pandemic

Brian Stone on the violin

with Ed Drury

on the guitar

Expect a special guest reprobate to slip in too!

Silvester Horne Institute, Friday 17th April, 7.30 pm

Tickets Adults £12.00, Children £6, from Burway Books, JR Thomas or on the door, Bar available

All proceeds will go to the Friends of Church Stretton Library.


Old Church Stretton – Local History Talk


Tony Crowe

Thursday May 14th 2.30pm SHI

Tony Crowe will present the first of two illustrated talks on ‘Old Church Stretton’.

These will be based upon Tony’s large collection of photographs of Church Stretton, both old and new, which he has put together since he began collecting in 1976.

The first talk will have as its main theme the road which runs through the town, now the Shrewsbury Road and the High Street, and the many changes which have taken place along it over the years.

All proceeds will go to the Friends of Church Stretton Library.


Friends of Church Stretton Library – AGM

Please come along to our first AGM on Tuesday June 2nd at 7pm in the URC hall.

This is your opportunity to hear how we have performed in our first year and help shape our plans for the future.

We will also be discussing Shropshire Councils plans for future funding of the library over the next 5 years, including the financial contribution they are seeking from both the Town Council and ourselves

Please come along and let us know your thoughts on these important matters.

All Welcome


Rock and a Hard Place

Thursday 25th June

URC hall , 7.30pm

Tickets £5.00 on the door

Friends of Church Stretton Library and All Stretton Women’s Institute would like to invite you to see Journeyman Theatre perform their play ‘Rock and a Hard Place’ written by Lynn Morris

Rock and a Hard Place follows the life of Kayleigh a talented teenager whose life should be full of promise. Instead, she finds herself in a cycle of domestic abuse from which there seems no escape until Aunty Jan helps her find a way out.

The proceeds from this play will be donated to a local women’s refuge

Previous Events

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, 2.30and 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

Children’s Summer Reading Challenge

Children’s Summer reading challenge events

Author Events

Public launch Thursday 25th July; 3-4pm

Please join us for drinks & nibbles and hear our plans to support the library.

The Bundle: Wed 19th June, URC, 7.30pm

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.