October 2020: Hall Update



A screen shot of our digital AGM!

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and supported our successful AGM this October. Due to Covid-19 most participants attended via Zoom, so we have achieved our first digital AGM!

One of the highlights of our AGM this year was a virtual tour and update of the extensive works being undertaken in the Hall's ballroom area through-out this year. This footage was created by Buttress, our architects, who have allowed us to share it on this website, enabling us to show you the amazing progress being made! 


The minutes of our AGM and a copy of the Powerpoint shown at the event will soon be available on this website. 



 Lisa accepting the Queens award for Voluntary service on behalf of our volunteers. 

Another highlight of this year's AGM was the formal presentation to the Hall and its volunteers of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The award was delivered by a representative of the Queen. All our volunteers should have received their Queens Award badge and our thanks for all their ongoing hard work and support. 



One of our winning Flags: By Evan aged 5 years old. 

In addition, this month we would like to share with you the fabulous winners of our Flag Competition. There are 6 winners of the Stretford Public Hall flag design competition, where we asked local people to respond
to the brief ‘reasons to be cheerful’.

Please click here so you you can see the original designs and the digitised versions as well as read a bit about the inspiration behind each one. The judges of the completion were Kate Green, Labour MP for Stretford & Urmston and Shadow Education Secretary, Venessa Scott, Artist and Designer Specialist in Creative Education, and Daniel Williamson, Chair of Friends of Stretford Public Hall.

We would like to thank everyone who took part. Look out for the new flags outside the Hall very soon! 

Finally, just a quick update to say that we are currently allowed to proceed as we have been with classes and activities under new guidelines. 

Big Comedy Shop: Workshops for kids during October Half Term




We are pleased to announce that the Big Comedy Shop will be delivering workshops on comedy sketches and improvisation, for kids aged 9 to 12 years old, at the Hall over this coming October Half Term.

These workshops will be held from Monday 26 October through to Thursday 29th October. You can book on for any number of days; for one, two, three or all four days! The workshops will be from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Each workshop will cost £35.00 a day. 

Instructors are DBS checked and will be working in line with the current government guidelines on Covid-19. 

For further details and to book a place please contact Ali on bcs@bigcomedyshop.com or on 07793956228.

Also, please see their poster below!


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Coming Soon: Pink Purse's Online LGBTQ Cabaret Night !



Back by public demand Pink Purse brings you a night of LGBTQ cabaret and this time they bringing the show right into your living rooms, with their online event, live from Stretford Public Hall!

'From retro to right now and cool to quirky, acts promise to entertain all genders, ages (over 18) and sexualities'.

The event will be on Friday 6 November 2020. The time will be 20:00 pm - 21.30 pm and it is FREE and ONLINE. 

Links to YouTube and Facebook will be emailed to ticket holders at least 7 days in advance.

You only need one ticket per device you're using to watch the show.

To register for this event/ to book your ticket, please click here

For those that remember our prizes will be relieved to hear we can't do our usual raffle! In our cancelled March event we were going to donate the funds to African Rainbow Family. It would be great if you could still donate to them - and you don't have to risk winning a dodgy prize: https://africanrainbowfamily.org/donate/

There will be BSL signers at this event. 


For more information on Pink Purse please click here to see their Facebook  



New Trafford Drop-In Advocacy Service



We are also please to announce that a NEW Trafford Drop-In Advocacy Service will be held at the Hall, which will be focused on the hard of hearing, elderly deafened, d/Deaf or deafblind residents of Trafford. This service is a partnership between Trafford Council and the Manchester Deaf Centre.

This service will start at the Hall on Thursday 15 October at 10.00 am -12.00 midday and will continue every Thursday at the same time until Thursday 21 December 2020 (excluding Thursday 29th October).  

The range of support available will include:

 Letter translation / Telephone calls;

 Wellbeing and healthy lifestyle advice;

 Referral to other support services, e.g. stop smoking, weight management;

 Access to online fitness classes via Zoom, and

 Coaching on digital competency and device access (subject to availability).


Should you wish any further details please contact Danielle Sharps on 07443 683848 (text/phone)


Please click here for the pdf information poster

It's all about getting people back on their bikes!


We are please to announce, on behalf of the Culture Champions Project and their partners, a new volunteering opportunity for Traffords over 50's.  

These volunteers will be part of a new and exciting bike maintenance and repairs project, which will offer local people a much needed and FREE service to help them get back on their bikes!

Six dedicated volunteers are wanted to help others at local pop-up events with bike maintenance and repairs. These 'Cycle Maintenance Volunteers' will receive the relevant training, which will initially be held on Thursday 15 October 11.00 am to 3.00 pm at The Open Cafe Area, Stretford Mall, M32 9BD. 

For more information on the project and the volunteers role(s), and to sign up for the training course provided for the volunteers, please contact Mark on 07528130349 or mark@blendcentre.co.uk. Also, please see the poster below: 

To download a pdf of the above please poster please click here 

New at the Hall in October



Laura from Dance for Pregnancy and Birth


We are pleased to announce the following new activity and class.


Singing Together: Monday 12th October 2020 10.30 to 11.30am.

Numbers are restricted and under strict Covid-19 safety measures so you will have to book on a session waiting list. Or! Join us online on Facebook Messenger Live!    

See our Facebook page here


Ring Janice on 0161 864 1996 for more info.


Dance for Pregnancy and Birth: Mondays 6.00 pm (starting on 12th October)

These classes focus on moving in a way that  feels good during pregnancy.

They can help you to move intuitively during labour, which is the key to having a calm, gentle birth.

Very effective on pelvic strength, stability, flexibility, and mobility, preventing discomfort and gently training your stamina.

Connect with your body and your baby through movement and awareness.

The movements are simple and slow and suitable for everyone, no dance experience necessary.

Bookings: https://bookwhen.com/laurabloombirthing

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/laurabloombirthing






AGM 2020 - Agenda & Registration

Friends of Stretford Public Hall Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020

Sunday 11th October 2020, 3pm – 4.15pm

Friends of Stretford Public Hall (FOSPH) would like to invite you to this year’s Annual General Meeting, which is taking place on Sunday 11th October 2020, at 3pm.

The AGM will take place at Stretford Public Hall and will be broadcast live online via Zoom.

Although we would love to welcome everyone to the hall, given current restrictions relating to coronavirus, we are encouraging everyone to join the AGM online.

Both members and non-members are welcome to join the AGM but we do ask that you register in advance using this link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you are unable to access Zoom or cannot join the meeting online, please contact us by email friends@stretfordpublichall.org.uk

Despite the challenges of the past six months, Stretford Public Hall has had a positive year and we look forward to sharing our successes and achievements at the AGM.

Papers for the meeting are now available:

October: Wellbeing Classes


As our socially distanced classes have worked so well we're back with the same schedule of Wellbeing Tuesday classes in October.

To make the courses we offer as accessible as possible we have put a new booking system in place, which means that:

  • Stretford Public Hall’s exercise classes are now available to be bought on a course basis;
  • From 9.00 am on Wednesday 30 September, where spaces remain in the classes, ad-hoc tickets will go on sale - so if you're not able to make all of the sessions you can book in just for the weeks you want, and
  • If you're unable to book using our online ticketing system, please call 0161 989 1689 and request a call back to book a space, or e-mail bookings@stretfordpublichall.org.uk.

Click here to go to the 'Tickets Available Here'  button on our website. 


Our Wellbeing Tuesday classes are as follows:

Mindfulness- Tuesday 9.00am-10.00am

Explore different styles of meditation, including mantra, loving kindness and mindfulness; helping you to relax, find inner calmness and create a happier, healthier state of mind

Groove and Tone – Tuesday 10.30am-11.30am

Burn calories whilst having fun with simple dance, stretching and strengthening. Open to all. Class instructed by Bridget.

Chairobics – Tuesday 2.30pm-3.30pm

Sit and get fit with Charlotte! A fun-filled class for the gentle exercise fan. Chairs are provided.
For Chairobics only, we're trialling a face to face and online system alongside each-other. So you have the option to come to the class at the hall, or follow along live from home. Please note that we need a minimum of 6 attendees to run this class.

Yoga - Tuesday 7.30pm-8.30pm

Improve your strength, flexibility, reduce stress, improve your immune system and general wellbeing. Suitable for all levels. Class instructed by Gaynor.


Also new in October

Pregnancy Yoga - Saturday 10.15 am – 11.45 am

A lovely relaxing start to your weekend!

Pregnancy Yoga classes at Stretford Public Hall is on Saturday mornings at 10.15am with Helen.
£8 for 1.5 hour face to face class, or £4 for 'live' online class via Zoom.

For full details and booking: https://bookwhen.com/helensyoga


For full listings of all fitness and wellbeing activities at the Hall click here





Join our Board & shape the hall's future

Would you like to play an important role in shaping the future of Stretford Public Hall?

As we approach our AGM, Friends of Stretford Public Hall (FOSPH) are on the look-out for people with passion and enthusiasm to join our Board of Directors.

There is no person specification for the perfect director. In fact, we want a real balance of skills and personalities to help steer the future development of Stretford Public Hall. If you are passionate about co-operatives, community business, and local arts and culture, and want to have a voice and impact in your local community, you could be just the person we need...

We want to reflect the diversity of our local community within our organisation and we recognise this needs to start at a Board level. As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from anyone interested in sharing their skills and experience with the Board. However, as Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities and young people aged 18 – 25 years are currently under-represented on our Board, we would particularly welcome applications from candidates in these groups.

Friends of Stretford Public Hall’s Board of Directors is elected by and from our members. Democracy is the lifeblood of co-operatives and we want as many of our members as possible to get involved in the election process, either standing as candidates, nominating candidates or voting for candidates.

We currently have vacancies for at least two new Board members, to join the Board in October 2020. We are particularly keen to appoint new members with skills and experience relating to human resources, and marketing and communications.

Interested? Download our Information Pack here

If you want further information, or would like to speak to either a current member of the Board of Directors and/or an officer of FOSPH, please contact our Secretary Petra Morris by email at petra@stretfordpublichall.org.uk

An online application form is available here or you can complete a hard copy which is available within the Information Pack. The deadline for applications is Monday 5th October 2020.

New Community Learning courses launched!

We're delighted to be partnering with Trafford College to launch two new short courses at Stretford Public Hall during October 2020:

Family Budgeting  Monday 5th, 12th & 19th October, 1.00pm - 3.15pm

This three-part course is designed to help participants to better understand and make the most of their personal and family finances. Topics covered will include shopping on a budget, budget planning, and understanding the risks of borrowing.

Health and Wellbeing  Tuesday 6th & 13th October 2020, 10.00am - 12.30pm

A two-part course aimed at anyone who is interested in improving their health and wellbeing. The course will consider the positive impact of good health, as well as including lots of tips and exercises which can help improve wellbeing.

The courses are aimed at adults who are 19 years old and over. Both of the courses cost £50.00 per course, and they are free to those on benefits or earning less than £18,135 a year.

The courses are being delivered by Trafford College. Please call 0161 886 7441 to book a place on either course.

For further information on these courses, please call 0161 886 7443 or email community@tcg.uk  or use the links below to pdfs of the images above:

Family Budgeting course information

Health and Wellbeing course information



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