Winter Talk ‘A 500 mile walk across Spain’ – Sandra Whitlock

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.

Thursday 9th January at 2.30 pm, £5 admission includes tea and cake

Murder Mystery Dinner Tickets now on sale

Stretton Players are teaming up with Friends of Church Stretton Library to put on a Murder Mystery Dinner in Church Stretton.

Tickets £20.00 includes 3 course meal and tea/coffee.

Menu includes choice of starter, main course and dessert – vegetarian options available. Diners are invited to arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Bar available.

Tickets must be purchased in advance by Sat 8th Feb from Burway Books or J R Thomas so we know how many to cater for.

Email or Tel 07710491951 if you want more detail.

Winter Talks in the library

Sandra Whitlock sets off on her journey

We are beginning a series of monthly Winter talks on Thursday afternoons in the library.

Our first talks is called ‘A 500 mile walk across Spain’ – given by Sandra Whitlock.

It takes place on Thursday 9th January at 2.30 pm

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. Since then she has walked a number of other pilgrimage routes, all ending at Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Sandra has also volunteered at one of the pilgrim hostels along the way.

Sandra will talk about the Camino and 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.

Tickets £5.00 on the door includes tea and cake.

Burway Books – Book Launch in the library

Wed 4th December 7.00 to 9.00 pm

Tickets £5.00 from Burway Books and Church Stretton Library

Drinks (wine and soft drinks) and nibbles will be provided

Any profits from ticket sales will go to The Friends of Church Stretton Library

Meredith lives in Shropshire with his beloved wife. As well as being a dedicated sports fan, Meredith loves drumming, stand-up comedy, swifts and blackbirds. He began to lose his sight as a teenager but, despite the minor inconvenience of blindness, these days, he ‘sees’ life more clearly than ever.

About the Book

Joe Marshall is loved by the residents of the care home where he works but, as Victoria Court is about to find out, he is no ordinary odd-job man.

Victoria is a highly-principled headmistress who is dealing with some challenging students: they are facing trauma from which they cannot escape, no matter how hard they run. She is determined to help them but she knows it won’t be easy, especially as she too has her demons.

When Joe asks if any of her students can help him with arranging a birthday party for one of the care home’s oldest residents, Victoria takes a leap of faith and encourages her most difficult students to volunteer.

Victoria has no idea how much Joe’s empathy and inspiration will affect the lives of Frank, Anthony, Katy and Gary, or how much her own sense of self is about to change. However, being with Joe is far from straightforward: his bright light casts some very deep shadows.

Set starkly in the unreconstructed culture of 1976, Running Hard doesn’t pull its punches: this is a breakneck dash full of shocks and surprises — right up to the finishing line.

More information available on Burway Books website :

Rev Holland Sandford and his avenue of lime trees

Local history talk by Tony Crowe

Sandford Ave and it’s lime trees

Sandford Avenue is named after the Reverend Holland Sandford who lined it with lime trees. Hear how this Victorian philanthropist had a vision for the town and worked with the community to plant 150 lime trees

Thursday Nov 8th, Silvester Horne Institute at 2.30 pm in aid of the library.

Tickets £3.00 on the door.

 Local History Books and leaflets on sale at this event.

Update: Library Strategy Review

Implications for Friends of Church Stretton Library 

How does this review affect us?

We have been reassured by Shropshire Library Services that the strategy review announced earlier this month will not change the arrangements proposed back in January whereby:

  • Shropshire Library services continues to manage Church Stretton Library library in its current building
  • Church Stretton Town Council and Friends of Church Stretton library provide financial support to help towards running costs.

The Town Council and Shropshire Library services are still in discussion about how the proposed future partnership arrangement will work between Shropshire Library Services and the Town Council, and what on-going financial contribution from the Town Council is realistic and equitable, with the support of the Friends of Church Stretton Library.

We would still encourage people to  respond to this survey and let  Shropshire Council know how much you appreciate the library service in Church Stretton by going to

Money raised so far

Since April 2019 Friends of Church Stretton Library has raised approx. £5,000 through donations and fund-raising events.

All money collected so far by Friends of Church Stretton Library is being be used to:  

  • Purchase equipment to improve the library in Church Stretton
  • Support events taking place in the library e.g. forthcoming children’s puppet event
  • Build up our reserve, which will help us cover possible shortfalls in fund raising in future years.

We expect to be making financial contributions to help with running costs of the library from April next year.

Concert: Wednesday 30th October, United Reform Church , 7pm

Join us for a convivial and relaxing evening of music-making in support of our wonderful Library.

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 are £10.00 which includes cheese and wine served in the interval