We are recruiting! Trafford Culture Champions

Would you like to come and join the team here at Stretford Public Hall? We are recruiting a part-time Project Co-ordinator, to lead our new Trafford Culture Champions project.

Trafford Culture Champions aims to actively engage older people with age-friendly cultural activities in their local area, ensuring that older people are reflected in and have influence over local cultural activities. The project aims to reduce isolation and loneliness in Trafford residents over 50, focusing particularly on Longford, Clifford and Stretford.

The project is a collaboration between Friends of Stretford Public Hall and Limelight in Old Trafford, working in partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Great Place Scheme, Manchester
Museum and Ambition for Ageing.

We are looking for a part-time Project Coordinator (3 days/week; 0.6 FTE), to lead the project. The post is based at Stretford Public Hall. Deadline for applications: Sunday 14th July.

Visit our 'Work for us' page to find out more.

 


Yogathon

 

In honour of World Yoga day, join us for a day of yoga practice in our beautiful Victorian Ballroom.
Community café open between 11am-5pm serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, homemade cakes and snacks

Day Pass £25
Half Day Pass £15
Class Pass £5 (Pay on the door)

Purchase your ticket now by clicking here 


Money raised through this fundraiser goes back into planning further activities at the hall, including our Wellbeing Programme that offers classes on a pay what you can basis.


Programme:

10.00-11.00 - Hatha Yoga with Richard Fowler

The art of balance - finding balance in body, breath, mind and being.



11.15-12.15 - Simply Yoga with Kate Brunt

Bringing ease to the body and calm to the mind.



12.30-13.30 - Iyengar Yoga with Gaynor Mullin

Energising the body and mind with twists.



13.45-14.45 - Dru Yoga with Christine Yates

Dru Yoga for inner strength and calm


15.00-16.00 - Hatha Yoga with Janet Long

Balancing the Chakras


16.15-17.15 - Sports Yoga with Emma Howard

Sports Yoga for Runners


16.15-17.15 - Chair Yoga with Claire Pickin

Gentle chair yoga including some standing poses, finishing with a seated relaxation


17.30-18.30 - Relaxing Yoga with Jackie Hudson

Moving to stillness through asana and pranayama


18.45-19.30 - Yoga Nidra with Deirdra Barr

Wrap up the day with a 45 minute deep relaxation of Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep). You may want to bring a blanket.


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!


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 Bloom

Join 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 more

Talks 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.


Board of Directors vacancy: Treasurer

 

The Friends of Stretford Public Hall (FOSPH) are looking to appoint a new Treasurer, to join the Hall’s Board of Directors.

Our vision is for Stretford Public Hall to be a unique and thriving multi-purpose venue at the heart of Stretford, owned and run by the local community. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with the management of this unique community asset, as we approach the exciting next stage of the Hall’s renovation and development.

The Treasurer will work closely with the Board’s Finance Sub-committee, providing financial oversight, advising on financial reporting, banking and book-keeping, and helping the Board to consider the financial implications of strategic developments.

The responsibility of Stretford Public Hall’s finances rests with the Board of Directors as a whole, with all Board members sharing responsibility and being equally accountable. The role of the Treasurer is to advise the Board, to help the Board meet its management obligations to the Friends of Stretford Public Hall.

The role of Treasurer is voluntary though reasonable out-of-pocket expenses can be reimbursed.

We are keen to hear from anyone interested in the role of Treasurer but we are particularly looking for someone with financial or accounting qualifications, experience and understanding of financial regulations and compliance relating to the charity sector, and experience of financial analysis and budgeting.

In addition, as a member of the Friends of Stretford Public Hall Board you will be expected to have a commitment to the aims and objectives of the Friends of Stretford Public Hall, an ability to communicate effectively and contribute constructively to decision-making, and an ability to work as part of a small team.

If you’re interested in the position, please read this further information including more details on the role and the expectations of Board members.

To apply: Please send a CV and cover letter to petra@stretfordpublichall.org.uk, explaining how you meet our requirements and why you would like to be considered for the role of Treasurer.

More information: If you want further information, or would like to speak to either a current member of the Board of Directors or a member of the Financial Sub-committee, please contact Simon Borkin simon@stretfordpublichall.org.uk or our secretary Petra Morris petra@stretfordpublichall.org.uk

 


Half Term Activities at Stretford Public Hall

We have some great activities planned for Half Term week at Stretford Public Hall that will get you dancing, writing and creating!

Family Dance Class | Tuesday 12th February-10am-11am

Focusing mainly on fun, this will be family friendly dance fitness class. All ages and abilities welcome.

Poetry Workshop Wednesday 13th February- 4.30pm-6pm

Join local poet Cave Man and learn some tips and tricks on writing poetry. Write a poem about 'Saving our Species' and enter it into our World Wildlife Day Poetry competition

Valentines Day Craft Session Thursday 14th February- 10am-4pm

Make a love themed paper garland, valentines day card, or just experiment with the resources. Drop in at any time.

All half term activities are on a pay what you can basis, with suggested donations from £1.50-£5 per participant. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

 

Poetry Competition | 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.

 


Wellbeing Tuesdays are back in 2019

From the 8th of January, Wellbeing Tuesdays will be back at Stretford Public Hall with some minor changes to the schedule and room allocation- some of our classes will now be taking place in our newly renovated ground floor room!

Classes are run on a pay what you can basis- we encourage you to pay what you would for a class elsewhere. All money collected goes towards up-keeping activities here at Stretford Public Hall.

From Friday 18th January we will also be reintroducing our weekly Friday morning Sivananda Yoga class with Emma.


Christmas Raffle - Tickets now available!

Every year at our Christmas Fair we have run a very popular raffle and tombola stand that has raised money towards our mission to upkeep and renovate Stretford Public Hall for the use of the local community. This year we have extended our raffle ticket sales and have worked with sponsors to have some great prizes available to win! We would like to take a moment to thank these sponsors and to let you know what prizes are available.

A big thanks goes to :

 

The Barking Dog Urmston-  2-4-1 meal vouchers

Bricktop Hairdressers: Free Cut and Blow Dry

Cheeky Cherubs-  Free Play Sessions

Croma Chorlton- Free meal for two

The Lloyds- Free meal for two with a bottle of wine included

Morrissons - £10 Vouchers

Pond Quay Urmston- Vouchers

Sainsbury’s- £10 gift card

Unicorn Grocery- Hamper

Our Grand prize will be a hamper of treats carefully selected by our volunteers and including Friends of Stretford Public Hall Merchandise.


We will have lots more prizes to win on our tombola stand at the Christmas fair on Saturday the 8th December

Purchase your Raffle tickets this weekend at our Christmas Lights Switch on, on Friday 7th December, at our Christmas Fair on the 8th December from 12pm-4pm, during our Community Cinema Screening of ‘Home Alone’ on Sunday 9th December (doors open 1.30pm). You can also ask to purchase a ticket when you visit the hall for any Wellbeing or Creative Classes.

The Draw will take place on 17th December


We would also like to thank another sponsor who has supported the hall for three years running now by donating our wonderful Christmas Trees that decorate the front of the building. A big Thank you to Newcroft Garden Nursery for their support over the years.


Wellbeing Tuesdays and Creative Thursdays kick off new year

Start 2018 in style at Stretford Public Hall as we launch new programmes for Wellbeing Tuesdays and Creative Thursdays - filling the week with a host of fantastic wellbeing and cultural activities. 

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"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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