Our 2021 Local Calendar

A great idea for a Christmas present or why not treat yourself!

Stretton Print & Supplies have kindly offered to sell our calendars from their shop during lockdown. They are open mornings only 9am to 1pm.

Alternatively you can still order using our Contact page or by emailing us on . We can then arrange for you to collect from the library, of for them to be delivered to your home.

In a wonderful example of our local community coming together to support the local library, James Russell of the Outdoor Depot has kindly donated 12 of his beautiful photos, all taken in and around Church Stretton. With help and design ideas from Marshbrook Printers we have created a beautiful calendar for 2021.

We would like to thank the library staff, Outdoor Depot, Peppers and the Shropshire Rural Charity who did a magnificent job of selling lots of these prior to lockdown.

All profits will go to supporting the library

Syria Then & Now: an illustrated talk

Thursday 5th November, URC Hall, 2.30 – 3.30pm, Advanced Booking Essential

Alleppo Citadel

We are delighted that Janet Longstaffe has agreed to give a talk about Syria. 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: please email  

EARLY BOOKING ESSENTIAL as a maximum of 20 people are allowed to enable safe social distancing.   

Organisations can run events in community halls if they follow current Government COVID-19 guidelines. 

All funds raised to support the Library

Town Council Decision on Library Funding

We are delighted that the Town Council have demonstrated their commitment to supporting the library, by moving half the funds from the ‘Service at Risk fund’ into a ‘Library Reserve’ fund. The remaining half was put in a reserve to support the Leisure Centre/Swimming Pool if called upon. The motion to do this was carried unanimously by town councillors at their meeting on Tuesday 11th August.

This funding will help cover some of the library’s operational costs over the next few years. Friends of Church Stretton Library will also have to fundraise if we are to find the amount of money Shropshire Council is asking for. Payments to Shropshire Council will commence for the next financial year 2021/2022 and the amount required is expected to increase in the years following.

Library reopening

The library staff at Church Stretton are looking forward to welcoming you back when the library reopens this Tuesday August 4th.

Opening times will be 10am to 12 pm and 1pm to 3pm – to allow for additional cleaning at lunchtime and after the library closes for the day.
There will also be

  • limited numbers of people in the building
  • protective screens on the counter
  • hand-sanitiser available

All returned library stock will be quarantined for 72 hours.
Don’t worry if you haven’t been able to return your library books, as overdue fines are still currently suspended until further notice.

Poetry during lockdown

We hope to run an event in October for National Poetry Day where lovers – readers and writers – of poetry are invited to read a poem which has ‘chimed’ for them from a poet they most value and respect and, side-by-side, a poem of their own inspired by their ‘role model’ poet.

Who knows whether this will be possible in October or whether it will need to be rescheduled for a later date?

But while lockdown continues, Joanna Clark has provided some ideas and suggested reading which will hopefully inspire you to start preparing for this.

You can read Joanna’s ideas here

Annual Report and Future Library Funding

We have pleasure in presenting our first annual report which includes information about:

  • Our achievements including our fundraising activities and how we helped the library
  • An update about discussions with the Town Council and Shropshire Council regarding future library funding
  • Our future plans and goals for 2020/21

Our financial report provides a more detailed breakdown of income and expenditure for this financial year.

Printed copies of these reports will be available from the library once the current coronavirus restrictions on it being open are lifted.

If you have any questions about any of these please do contact us

AGM postponed

AGM – and election of trustees

We had planned holding our first AGM in early June but have had to postpone it because of coronavirus restrictions. We will hold it as soon as we can.

Charity commission regulations state that all trustees have to stand down at the first AGM but can stand for re-election. All but one of our current trustees have agreed to stand for election at the AGM. We will just have to delay this procedure!

We are always on the lookout for new committee members – anyone and everyone is welcome because we know that everyone brings their own range of skills and experience.

If you want to find out more about who is on the committee and what is involved please look on our trustee page

Home delivery and Take Away – for people unable to get out at the moment

Many of our local traders and pubs are providing take away and home delivery services for people unable to get out at the moment.

We have compiled a list of what is on offer – with telephone numbers for people without the internet.

Please note that traders and pubs might not be able to continue providing a service advertised should their circumstances change

If you know of someone who might find this information useful please telephone them and let them know