"Deck the Hall" - Christmas Festival comes to the Hall for weekend of festive fun

Join us at Stretford Public Hall’s Christmas Festival for a weekend of seasonal attractions. From 8th to the 10th December, we will be hosting a series of family friendly events and activities, kicking off with a Christmas Lights Switch On and culminating with a festive edition of our Community Cinema. 

 

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Community comes together to discuss Stretford development plans

Upwards of 200 residents gathered at the Public Hall on Sunday (24 Sept) to discuss the recent plans released by Trafford Council to develop a new university and a student village in Stretford. 

In particular, the refreshed masterplan proposes accomodation for 1,700 people for the Lacy Street car park as a well as a "student hub" in the Essoldo cinema - just over the road from the Hall. 

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First ever performance for the Hall's community choir

Stretford Singers, the Hall's community choir, held its first ever performance this month to a packed-out crowd. 

The choir launched back in January this year as an open and inclusive activity for anyone to join. They come together every Wednesday evening to learn and perform a new song. 

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Wellbeing Tuesdays continues into the summer

Our third term of Wellbeing Tuesdays is now up and running. It is running for 8 weeks - from the 6th June until the 28th July. Please share and let your friends know about our great line up. All classes are led by experienced trainers and each class is donation-based with a suggested minimum donation of £3 waged and £1.50 unwaged. 

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We did it! Stretford Public Hall raises over £250k to transform its historic ballroom

In little over two months, the community of Stretford raised over £250k to help transform the historic ballroom within Stretford Public Hall.

We launched a community share offer at the beginning of February, seeking to raise a minimum of £200,000 to restore the Victorian ballroom so it can host a range of community and cultural activities.

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Stretford Public Hall kicks off fundraising campaign with sell-out event

We launched a major fundraising scheme to bring our historic ballroom back into use, with a "sell-out event" on Saturday night.  

The evening celebration, hosted in the ballroom itself, kicked off a two-month campaign to raise £250,000 from the community to fund a series of essential refurbishment works which will transform the space so it can host events accommodating up to 400 people.

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New creative workspace to launch at the Hall

Lofthouse, Stretford Public Hall's new creative workspace, is to launch with an open day on Saturday 29th October.

Overseen by a Creative Hub Manager, it is a space for creatives and startups to set up shop and call home. It will offer opportunities to grow as individual businesses, but also seek to create collaborative projects for both Lofthouse members and the wider community.

Whether you're currently looking for desk space or not, Lofthouse would like to invite you to come and see our amazing co-working space and hopefully join us. 

More details of the open day to follow. Details of the desk space offering can be found here


New volunteer opportunities for building management and maintenance

Friends of Stretford Public Hall are looking for a number of volunteers to support activities in the Hall as it moves forwards with transforming the space into a multi-use arts and cultural centre. We are particularly looking for people who would be interested in building services and receptionist roles with more information on the roles and how to apply below. 

We are always interested in people joining our wider volunteer team too, to support on areas such as events, communications, fundraising and heritage and education. Sign-up here now.

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First AGM to take place on 18 September

We are delighted to be holding our first Annual General Meeting on Sunday 18 September at 2pm, at the Hall.  It is a chance to hear about all our plans in more detail, as well as electing the board and reviewing our financial performance. It is also an opportunity to see what's happening in the Hall itself. 

All members will receive information about the AGM via email regarding the arrangements for the day, including the process for those interested in becoming a board member. In order to participate fully in the AGM, we encourage you to sign-up to become a member now, as this will allow you to vote on any key decisions and contribute fully to discussions and debates. 


Extended deadline for applications to Project Organiser role

Friends of Stretford Public Hall (FOSPH) is looking to appoint a Project Organiser. This is a responsible and exciting role with real opportunity to contribute to a lasting legacy.

We have now extended the deadline for applications to midnight on Monday 19th September. 

This is a fixed-term position funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund for up to four months in the first instance (contract may be extended subject to securing additional funding). It will commence at the beginning of October. Fees, work schedule and timing of the work will be discussed with selected candidates according to qualifications and track-record competence. Weekend work may be required.

Access the full advert and job description here. 

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