Interesting Times: Church Stretton 1914-1918

In 2018 we presented the story of our community in wartime to celebrate the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice. We are repeating this story to celebrate the work of the Royal British Legion over the past 100 years and its continuing support for the members of the Armed Forces.

In the story we describe how the men of the Strettons went away to war, and how the community continued to keep its home fires burning through four difficult years until the Armistice.

Some men came wearily and thankfully home. Others are remembered on the War Memorial, erected above the town at Longhills, facing down the valley where they had lived and toiled. There are also memorials near the Church in All Stretton and in the Church at Little Stretton.

What was happening in the town during that time?

Based on local Newspaper articles and research into other local media, we bring to life the activities of residents in the Strettons, the impact of war casualties on local families, the welcoming of Belgian refugees and the charitable works aimed at easing the lives of those on the front and at home.

Hear the voices of those who marched away.

Through the research by the Local History Group, we hear about the lives of some of the Stretton men who marched away.

We will hear some extracts from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ by A.E. Housman and with the words of Shropshire-born Wilfred Owen, who told the world in a soldier’s voice of the War to end all wars.

Some snatches of the songs of the time will also be heard as we take you through those long years of conflict.

Tickets cost £10.00 and will be available from 10th June 2022 at Newsworld/Sandford Hardware, the library or online at

Proceeds in support of The Royal British Legion and Friends of Church Stretton Library.

Annual General Meeting

Wed 22nd June 2022, URC Hall, 7pm

Please come along to our AGM.

We will be reporting back on this year activities and giving an update on how the new Shropshire Council Library Strategy will affect Church Stretton Library.

We also want to share our thoughts on how to spend money on library improvements.

We will be serving Wine & Nibbles at the end of the formal business so people have the opportunity to meet, chat and consider what they have heard.

Following this, we will be asking you to feedback your thoughts on possible library improvements as well as how we can make the new library strategy work for Church Stretton Library.

You can find copies of our annual report here . Printed copies are available in the library.

You can download the AGM agenda here.

Shropshire Council Draft Library Strategy

Shropshire Council are currently running a consultation on the new library strategy for Shropshire. This runs until the 3rd August.

You can find details of the Shropshire Councils Draft Library strategy and consultation here


Speakers: Dave Lyons and Malcolm Phillips
Wednesday 13th April
2.30 pm
URC Hall

With film footage from the cockpit

Malcolm gets ready for take off

Admission £5.00 at the door
In support of Friends of Church Stretton Library

David Lyons and Malcolm Phillips will share details of their ultimate boys’ day out last May: a ‘fighter appreciation experience’, flying Spitfires over the south coast.

They flew in simulated combat in their two two-seated Spitfires pursuing a third fighter plane, the Messerschmitt 109.

Captured live on 360° cameras, you can share in this thrilling adventure which turned out to be considerably more dramatic and eventful than had been originally envisaged!

Old Church Stretton – Part 2

Illustrated talk on Old Church Stretton
Tony Crowe

Thursday 31st March, 2.30 pm
The Silvester Horne Institute

Admission £5 on the door
All proceeds to Friends of Church Stretton Library

Tony will present the second of his illustrated talks on “Old Church Stretton”, following the very successful talk he gave last November on Shrewsbury Road and High Street. In this talk, Tony will deal with other parts of the town and the many changes that have taken place over the years.

Given the large number of people who came to the first talk , if you want a seat then come early!

On sale will be copies of the recent reprint of “Church Stretton through the ages” by Tony Crowe and Barrie Raynor, together with a series of information sheets on different aspects of the history of the town.

Yoga in the library

Spring into spring with new Yoga Classes at Church Stretton Library!
Starting in March

Improvers yoga suitable for those who have some experience of yoga, but essentially a gentle flowing practice.

Monday  9.30-10.30 am, £8.00

Also chair yoga, more challenging than you think! but a safe practice from seated and standing by your chair, ideal for those with knee, hip or mobility issues.

 Monday  11.00-11.45 am,  £6.00

Fully qualified and insured, 30 years experience working as a health professional.  For more information, please contact :;;;   07432349933

Free Dogs Trust event at half term

Dogs Trust event in the library for children during February half term

Alison, Education & Community Officer for the Dog Trust, will run a FREE fun family workshop to learn all about safe behaviour around dogs and being responsible around four pawed friends. 

No real dogs will be in attendance at this event. 
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Event Date: 24th February
Event Time: 10.30 am – 12.00 pm

In the library for two weeks

Music for Dementia – create your own personal playlist

A personal playlist harnesses the power of music to help those living with dementia and their carers. Playlists include music that is personal to the individual which can reduce anxiety, improve mood and evoke memories that help families and carers connect.

If you pop into the library, there is a display with more information about this and resources to take away to help you develop a personal playlist for someone important to you.

You can find more information at Playlist for Life – Personal music for dementia

Shropshire Council Finances and Cuts to Services for 2022/23

Shropshire Council are running a consultation asking people their views on savings they propose to introduce in the next financial year.

Shropshire Council propose to plug the gap in funding they face by

  • Increasing council tax by 3.99% (maximum allowed) to raise approx. £6.9 million pounds
  • Make savings of approx. £10.5 million
  • Take £13 million pounds from their financial reserves.

The proposed savings include £244,430 in library provision. We do not at this point of time know how these proposed savings will affect the library in Church Stretton but will keep you informed as we find out more.

Other savings mentioned in the consultation include

  • Various savings in provision of Adult Social Care 
  • Review of parking charges (£350,000)
  • Transport review (£130,000)
  • Review of leisure centres, including income generation (£50,000)

We would urge you to respond to this consultation and let Shropshire Council hear your thoughts on this.

If you do not feel you have sufficient background information to answer some of the questions in the consultation you are able to skip them and move to the next one, but we would still encourage you to highlight any concerns you might have in the text box below each Directorate’s questions.

The consultation can be accessed at  Budget consultation 2022/2023 | Shropshire Council.

Concern about subsequent years funding

Shropshire Council spends approx £554 million every year delivering services across Shropshire. They receive income for this from central government via the Revenue Support Grant as well as from local council tax and business rates.

Over the last few years, the Revenue Support Grant has been reduced at the same time as costs, especially in adult social care and children’s services, have increased.

This year there is a £66 million funding gap between the amount of money that Shropshire Council will receive in 2022/23 and what they require to provide services.

Thankfully they are receiving £36 million in one off grants from central government which will help them meet some of this year’s funding shortfall.

What is of greatest concern is how will Shropshire Council meet this shortfall in the following financial year 2023/24. There is no guarantee they will receive more one off grants from the government for subsequent years and by then they will have fully depleted their revenue reserves.   

We would urge you to respond to this consultation and let Shropshire Council hear your thoughts on this.

The consultation can be accessed at  Budget consultation 2022/2023 | Shropshire Council.