Working to transform our hall to benefit the local community

Once home to Stretford Civic Theatre, Stretford Public Hall was built for the local community by John Rylands in 1878. Since then it has had over 100 years of community use.

In 2015, the Friends of Stretford Public Hall took over the running of the Hall. Our aim is to restore the Hall into a fantastic multi-purpose community venue.

 



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    Herstories Festival announced!

    We are really excited to announce our forthcoming Herstories Festival, which will take place from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2019 here at Stretford Public Hall. The weekend-long festival of cultural activity will feature film screenings, workshops and a range of arts, all celebrating the history of women and social change in Manchester. Generously funded by Film Hub North and delivered in partnership with the North West Film Archive (NWFA), MACFEST (the Muslim Arts and Culture Festival) and the Stretford Arts Collective, SAC32. Join us on Friday night, as we kick off proceedings with a screening of Born a Rebel, a short documentary charting the history of women in protest across the North of England since the start of women’s suffrage 100 years ago. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and accompanied by an inspiring and varied selection of short films and archive footage, featuring Delia Derbyshire, Roxy Music, and a riot of awesome women activists.    On Saturday day, the Hall will be a hive of activity, as we celebrate the women who make Manchester great. Stretford Arts Collective will be printing, stitching and sticking a live art installation downstairs and there’ll be Arabic calligraphy drop-in sessions, henna painting and a chance to learn more about the different Muslim cultures of Manchester. In the cinema room, we’ll be presenting a specially-curated selection of local history films, showing Stretford over the years, as well as a chance to see the documentary ‘Invisible Women’, telling the story of Manchester’s LBGTQ pioneers Angela Cooper and Luchia Fitzgerald. On Saturday night, we’ve a special cinema screening of Made in Dagenham, accompanied by rare archive footage of Manchester women at work – from workers leaving Rylands Mills in 1902, to a fascinating glimpse into Stretford’s Job Centre in the 1970s. On Sunday morning, there'll be family life-drawing classes run by SAC32 and on Sunday afternoon, as football clubs around the country prepare for their last games of the season, we’ll be celebrating women’s football, with an early afternoon screening of Bend it Like Beckham and a chance to learn more about the Dick Kerr Ladies team of the 1920s. As if all this wasn’t enough, John Rylands Library have kindly lent us some of their recent ‘The Women who shaped Manchester’ exhibition, which will be on display all weekend, throughout the Hall. Save the dates! Ticket info and more details coming soon!
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    Wildlife Day Festivities

    Wildlife Day Activities at Stretford Public Hall    Save Our Species Poetry Competition Deadline 22nd February Write a poem about saving our species and e-mail it to friends@stretfordpublichall.org.uk or post to Stretford Public Hall, Chester Road M32 0LG by the 22nd February with your name, age and contact details. We have a first and second place prize lined up for each age category! We'll be announcing the winners at our World Wildlife Day Festival on the 3rd of March. Our first place prize  in each age group is a £20 voucher for Chorlton Bookshop and a hardback notebook- generously donated by Chorlton Bookshop Second Place signed book prizes are available for each age group too- Generously donated by Cillian Press and Becka Moor Illustration Community Cinema Screening: 'Big Miracle' PG Saturday 2nd March - 4pm-6.30pm Doors open at 4pm for the 4.30pm screening. With Wildlife Day focusing awareness on marine Life this year, we invite you to explore how we can make a big difference to our Marine Life.Film Description:An animal-loving volunteer and a small-town news reporter are joined by a native Alaskan boy to rally an entire community - and eventually rival world superpowers - to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.Under 18s need to be supervised. Snacks and drinks will be on sale- bringing your own will not be permitted. More info and Tickets Wildlife Day Festival  Sunday 3rd March 12pm-4pm Friends of Stretford Public Hall is happy to be collaborating with Stretford in BloomJoin us in exploring how we can help save our species on a local level! Information stalls and family activities from Stretford in Bloom, Pet's Corner, Longford Park Allotment, Pledge, Pebble Art, The Stretford Un-Camera Club, Trafford Conservation, Friends of Victoria Park, Stretford WI, City of Trees and moreTalks on the Natural History of the Mersey Valley Meadows, Growing Wildflowers and more.At 3.30 pm we'll be announcing the winners of our poetry competition 'Save our Species'We'll be running a community cafe with tea, coffee and sweet treats.The Manchester Tart Company will also be cooking up a variety of vegan food offerings.
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