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 & 12th 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

 


September 2020: Hall Update

 

September has seen the welcome return to the Hall of many of our classes, which are now running in line with government guidelines on Covid-19. Thank you to everyone who has come along and supported the classes so far!  Should you wish to book a class now or in the future you will find the details of how to do this on our website here.

To enable September’s return of activities we have made many changes to the Hall to keep it in line with current guidance. These include: hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the Hall; frequent cleaning of communal spaces; a one-way system, and new signage. You may be aware that some classes have unfortunately not returned yet, this is due to Covid 19 regulations about time between classes etc. We hope you understand that we working with many guidelines that are changed regularly.

Work is very much underway with the renovations to the Ballroom. New toilets and bars areas have been created, wiring and plumbing addressed and new colours for its decoration decided on. The works are currently on schedule to be completed for Christmas and it is looking fantastic! Great care is being taken to modernise the space whilst keeping its original character.

Finally, wonderful news! We have been successful in our bid for funding to pilot a new digital outreach project at the Hall, to help local resident get online. The service will include an area with a number of computer and/or tablets for Stretford residents to use, along with free internet access. Watch this space for further news on this later in the year.


New Creative Saturdays Club

 

We are pleased to announce that a new Creative Saturday Club has just started at the Hall. This project is aimed at children who are in school years 7 and 8 and who also live in the Stretford area. To these children this artistic new club will be completely free to attend!

Creative Saturdays will run at the Hall from the 12 September, for 9 weeks. It will be at 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm, every Saturday during this time. Spaces are still available should you wish your child to join the classes; they will keep booking open until the end of the month or until they have filled all the spaces, which ever comes first!

The Creative Saturdays Club aims to explore:

Comedy;

Storytelling, and

Film making.

The project was set by and is delivered by three local artists, Ali, Jenny and Hafsah. They are all DBS checked and are working in line with the current government guidelines for Covid 19.  Creative Saturdays builds on their recent project, also delivered at the Hall, which provided local students about to start high school with a creative experience and the time/place to meet other students. 

If you would like to find out more about the Creative Saturdays or book a place please contact either workingclassfilmsmcr@gmail.com or call 07368207953.

#creativesats. 

 


The Stretford Community Response Hub: what an achievement!

 

 

 

The Stretford Community Response Hub’s last official day was the 31 August 2020.

Stretford Public Hall set up this service at the end of March 2020, as part of our response to Covid 19. For just over five months we developed and delivered our service, which helped to meet the needs of many of Stretford’s residents, including especially vulnerable members of our community. It was part of Trafford Council’s borough wide action.

In these few vital months our dedicated staff and volunteers worked together and what we achieved was fantastic! For example, together we:

Answered over 850 incoming calls for help;

Delivered over 360 Foodbank parcels;

Helped with over 100 food shop orders;

Conducted over 470 wellbeing calls;

Delivered 57 prescriptions;

Delivered over 9000 plus newsletters and flyers to households across Stretford, and

bought and delivered one much needed microwave!

If you would like to see more about the Stretford Community Response Hub please visit our Facebook page here. There are many wonderful messages of support and thanks from those who follows us on Facebook and they are well worth a look! 

We hope to use what we learnt throughout this time to continue developing our activities, events and services in line with local needs.

If you should need any support you can still call Trafford Citizen Advice on the Trafford Council Covid 19 helpline 0300 330 9073.


More Face to Face activities returning to the Hall!

 

We are looking forward to seeing some familiar faces back at the Hall and hopefully some new ones!

We are very pleased to be able to announce that even more or our exercise classes will be returning to the Hall in September! In addition, in the same month we will also welcoming back Stretford Childrens' Threatre! 

Due to Covid 19 there will be new booking and payment procedures. 

Here are the details you will need ....

 

Monday

Yoga for all: Monday 7.30 - 8.30 pm starting on Monday 7th September

Classes are suitable for all levels, from absolute beginners to seasoned yogis, and include asana (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation practices to develop strength, flexibility and a state of relaxed awareness to improve your overall wellbeing.

Attendees are asked to book for blocks of 4 classes (£20 for 4 classes).To book your place, email Richard at richardfowleryoga@gmail.com or call 07840 149651.

 

Tuesdays

( please see earlier News concerning the return on Wellbeing Tuesdays)

 

Mum and Baby Yoga with Helen: 12.10 -12.55pm or 1.10-1.55pm, starting on Tuesday 15 Septemeber.


45 minute sessions 
£20 per block of 5 sessions. Limited class sizes due to current restrictions.
A fun mix of gentle stretches for new mum's and songs and stretches for babies.
The class is suitable for women and their babies from 6-8 weeks old till mobile.Book here: https://bookwhen.com/helensyoga

 

Wednesday

Art Club For Kids: 5.45-7.45pm 

( please see earlier news about the return of our Art Club for Kids).

 

Sivananda Yoga: 6.00 pm-7.00 pm Starting on Wednesday 9th September

General Class/Mixed ability/All welcome
£5 per adult
Capacity of 17 max - pre-booking essential, 4 week blocks.
Contact Your Yoga Journey- Emma 07723041727
Youryogajourney@hotmail.com
Facebook Your Yoga Journey

 

GKR Karate: 7.30pm-8.30pm beginning on Wednesday 2nd September 

Training with GKR Karate will provide you and your family the foundations for life-long personal development and growth.

Take your first step towards an exciting and enriching Karate journey… Join us now for your free trial class. Book via the website at: https://www.gkrkarate.com/locations/listing/gkr-karate-stretford/

 

Thursdays


Stretford Children's Theatre, starting Thursday 10 September

 

Stretford Children’s Theatre will be returning to Stretford Public Hall on Thursday 10th September to resume our weekly drama sessions – although in a socially distanced way. It will take a little bit of getting used to but we are very excited to be coming back. Most of our sessions are nearly full, but if you have a child aged between 4-16 years of age that would be interested in coming along then please get in touch via our email: stretfordchildrenstheatre@gmail.com with your child’s name, and age and we will get back in touch as soon as we can. For more information you can look on our website www.stretfordchildrenstheatre.org.uk

 

 

 


What's On at the Hall in September 2020

Wellbeing Tuesdays and Art Club for kids back at the Hall in September

 

 


After months of our doors being closed to the public, we’re delighted to be restarting some of our regular activities in September and are looking forward to welcoming back some familiar faces. Wellbeing Tuesday will be kicking off again soon and many of our regular hall users – like Stretford Children’s Theatre – are also busy planning their returns.

We're trialling some of our Wellbeing classes with new measures in place as of September!

All classes will be on a 4 week course basis to ensure social distancing measures and track and trace procedures can be adhered to. Please book as soon as possible in order to secure a space as places are limited. All courses have a minimum number of attendees needed to run the course. If this is not met, we will sadly have to cancel the course for the month.

If you're unable to book using our online ticketing system, please call 01619891689 and request a call back to book a space, or e-mail bookings@stretfordpublichall.org.uk

 

Stretford Public Hall's Wellbeing Tuesdays 8th-29th September


Mindfulness 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.

Tickets


Groove and Tone -10.30am-11.30am

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

Tickets


Chairobics - 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.

Tickets


Yoga- 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.

Tickets

 

Art Club for kids

 


Our Art club for kids is starting back up in September, with extra measures in place and limited numbers to ensure social distancing is adhered to.

This four week course will run on Wednesdays 9th,16th,23rd and 30th of September and there will be two classes with the age groups and timings as below

6-9 years from 5.30pm-6.30pm 10-15 years from 6.45-7.45pm

This course will be an observational drawing project using mixed media, developing into an abstract animal canvas painting in the style of Steven Brown's paintings

Tickets


Save the date! For our AGM

Save the date! This year's AGM: Sunday 11th October 2020
Planning is now underway for this year's Friends of Stretford Public Hall Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting will take place on Sunday 11th October 2020.
We are planning to hold a socially-distanced meeting at Stretford Public Hall, for members who do not have internet access, while also streaming the meeting live online.
The meeting is open to both members and non-members. It will be a chance to find out what we've been up to over the past year, as well as catching up on the ballroom redevelopment which is now underway.
More details to follow soon but please save the date!

 


Stretford Public Hall’s Ballroom Renovation

 

 

 

 

 

After years of planning and fundraising, our major works to renovate Stretford Public Hall’s ballroom have started!

Stretford Public Hall was saved by the Friends of Stretford Public Hall (FOSPH) and its community shareholders almost five years ago. At the time, it was clear the Hall would need considerable investment to enable it to function as a successful and financially viable community building. The new building improvements should enable us to increase our revenue from room hire and events; insuring that this beautiful building stays at the heart of our local community.

The current works include further restoring and decorating the Ballroom, adding two new kitchen and serving areas, and adding much needed accessible toilet facilities. In addition, the Ballroom’s lighting is being replaced and work will be undertaken to improve heating and ventilation.  

As with all historic building, this building work involves careful liaison between ourselves, Trafford Council’s Conservation Officer, our architects Buttress and our contractors Rosslee. It is hoped that the current building work will be completed by the end of the year, ready for a whole new year and activities and events!

Should you wish to enquire about booking a room (including the Ballroom) at the Hall, please complete the booking enquires form on our website here

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the funders who have made the ballroom renovation possible: Veolia Environmental Trust, the Architectural Heritage Fund, Power to Change, and Viridor Credits, not forgetting all of the community shareholders who invested in the ballroom right at the start!  

 

 

 

 


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