Illustrated Talk

Glyn’s Garden

Speaker: Hily Clarke

Date 24th November, 2.30pm in the URC Hall

The illustrated talk will provide a potted history of gardening as a therapy.

Hily will also talk about the Church Stretton project and how it will be available to help a number of different groups locally.

Proceeds from the talk will be shared by Glyn’s Garden and the Friends of Church Stretton Library.

Help support these two local projects that are part of our rich local culture.

Admission £5.00, payable on the door.

Our 2024 Calendar now on sale

Calendars are £8.00 and can be purchased in Church Stretton, Library, The Outdoor Depot, Peppers, and Stretton Print and Supplies. (cash only please)

This year photos have been kindly donated by eight local photographers: Yvonne Beaumont, Richard Childs, Penny Hayward, Ron Parnell, Andrew Fusek Peters, James Russell, Geoff Taylor and  Simon Whaley.

This calendar will make a wonderful present for friends and family, as well as a treat for yourself.

Each photograph is A4 in size and and comes with an envelope suitable for sending the calendar through the post

All profits go to the library

If you cannot get into town we can arrange local delivery but postage would have to be added if delivered outside the Strettons area.

For further information email

More photos can be seen below.

If you would like to purchase a print from one of the photos in the calendar please contact the photographers direct.

Andrew Fusek
Ron ParnellEmail
Yvonne Beaumontprints not for sale
Penny Haywardprints not for sale

Summer Bike Safety Session

Bikeability is the national cycle training programme supported and funded by the Department for Transport. 

Level 1 is the first step in the Bikeability training scheme and prepares pupils for when they are in older year groups.  So, whether your child cycles regularly or not, the course will prove beneficial.  Shropshire’s Bikeability Scheme is delivered by Learn Cycling, a national training company who employ qualified, professional, DBS checked National Standard Instructors.

To take part, pupils will need:

A roadworthy cycle and a cycle helmet that fits securely.  A roadworthy cycle has:

●             inflated tyres, as hard as an apple

●             two working brakes

●             a well-oiled chain

●             a saddle and handlebars which are fixed on tight

We train in all weather conditions!  On cold or wet days please make sure pupils have coats and gloves.

This course develops the cycling skills and confidence of children who can already cycle (no stabilisers please)

Attendance is free but places are limited, and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.  Please call Church Stretton Library to book on 01694 722 535.

Summer Reading Challenge 2023

FREE – Summer reading challenge 2023 has started in Church Stretton Library – for ages 0-12 years. 

Help the ‘Ready, Set, Read’ team complete the obstacle course, collecting all 6 golden books to cross the finish line!  With crafts and a treasure hunt to do in the library and many different types of books to bury your head into…. Come and sign up!  

It only takes 6 books over the summer to complete the whole challenge and you can complete it as many times as you like or just sign up and read what you can.  We look forward to seeing you at Church Stretton Library!

This years theme – Games & Sport

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about games and sports.  Children will join a fictional team (and their animal mascots!) as they use their skills to weave their way through a summer obstacle course.  Developed in collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust, the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge will celebrate play and participation, encouraging children to engage in games and sports in any way that best suits them. 

Ready, Set, Read! will showcase how reading can be active and engaged, and can itself involve teamwork and community.  On registration, children will receive a free starter pack and, if successful in achieving their reading target, will be awarded with a medal, certificate, other goodies….and a FREE SWIM at Church Stretton Leisure Centre.

Future Plans for the library

Church Stretton LIbrary

Please come to our AGM to hear about future plans for Church Stretton Library .

Speakers include Peter Banford, newly appointed Culture and Communities Manager for Shropshire Council and Rawden Parslow, Shropshire Library Services Area Manager.

Following the  meeting there will be the opportunity for discussion and sharing of ideas with  wine, soft drinks and nibble

Our Annual & Financial Reports for 2022-23 are now on our website.

The agenda for the meeting is now on our website


Stained Glass Talk & Demo

Monday 17 April and Wednesday 19 April from 2.30pm to 4pm.

Glass technician and artist Andy Bennett will be giving a talk and demonstration of glass staining on two afternoons in April.

Andy creates handmade stained glass artwork to sell and runs workshops for people wanting to learn how to make their own stained glass artefacts. His presentation will cover a brief history of glass manufacture, the tools that are used and some of the techniques he employs.

Advance booking is essential as places (£7.50) will be limited so those attending will have a good view and the opportunity to participate in Andy’s demonstrations.

To reserve a place please email or call Ben Warren (Friends of Church Stretton Library Trustee) on 0777 943 7871

Turkey through its Writers

A talk by Janet Longstaff

in the library, March 22nd 2.30

Janet will explore the country through 14 of its authors of both fiction (especially crime) and non-fiction, including history. Writing in Turkey can be a dangerous activity: two of the books discussed were smuggled out of prison where their authors were political prisoners. Two writers were killed in the street for their views