We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our very festive Christmas Sing-a-long, which was successfully livestream this weekend. There were plenty of Christmas jumpers, Christmas cheer and of course lots of great songs and singing! We had over 60 devices logged on to the event, where we sang along with Rob Leach, Hannah Newcomb and Simon Borkin. We also had a little boogie with DJ Jonny and were delighted by Stretford Singer's Christmas message for us- you can view that here!
We'd like to give thanks to Culture Champions and GMCA for funding the event.
As part of the Sing-a-long Dan our Chairman kindly switched the Hall’s Christmas lights, which will hopefully bring a little festive fun to the area.
If a Sing-a-long is your thing you may be interested in the following links to other groups who are working to bringing a little Christmas music to everyone at home this year.
‘Stretford Jingle Bells’ by Pace Maker Events – please see their Facebook page here for details and gather at 6.00 pm on Christmas Eve for two minutes on your door step to ring bells as part of the Christmas Eve Jingle campaign.
‘Carols on the Doorstep’ will be being performed in Stretford by some of Stretford’s Mutual Aid groups and others. If you would like to join in see the following link for details. This doorstep event will be on Sunday 20th December at 5:30pm for about 15 minutes. The carol sheet will be available.
Friends of Stretford Public Hall are partnering with Placemaker Events, the team behind the popular Play Café events at Stretford Mall, to organise a Christmas toy collection for the children of families supported by Trafford Domestic Advice Service (TDAS).
A collection point has been set up in Stretford Foodhall and toys can be dropped off from Tuesday 8th December through to Monday 14th December. All donated toys will be put into age-appropriate present hampers and donated to TDAS. We’re looking for donations of new, packaged toys please (not second hand), and there is no need to wrap the presents as we have some elves volunteering to do that!
If you’re unable to donate a toy, donations can also be made via the ‘donate’ function on our website: https://www.stretfordpublichall.org.uk/donate
All donations will be used to buy presents for the hampers. We’re expecting to receive more toys for younger children, so financial contributions are particularly helpful so that we can make sure the teenagers don’t get forgotten! Any donations received on our website between Monday 7th and Monday 14th December will be used to buy presents for TDAS.
Click here for a pdf of the above flyer for the Christmas toy collection & donations flyer
To celebrate the 43rd Anniversary of the now Iconic Rock Against Racism Christmas Party at Stretford Civic Theatre, Friends of Stretford Public Hall will be streaming five hours of music and memories live from the venue it took place in.
Immerse yourself in memories from the night from those that were there (and we want to hear from you if you were!) and images from the event and the wider Rock Against Racism movement that grew into the larger Northern Carnival event the following year. Featuring a line-up of Manchester’s finest DJ’s we will be covering music from the event its self, of the era and everything that has grown out of this movement since. Expect a dynamic mix of Punk, Funk, Soul, Rock n’ Roll, Reggae, Ska, Electro, Hip Hop and House.
So put your pop your Christmas jumper on, raise a glass and get on your kitchen, living room dance floor and join us from your home.
Our 2020 Rock Against Racism Christmas Party will be on the 23 December from 5.00 pm to 10.00pm and it will be streamed live on Stretford Public Hall's YouTube channel and the Friends of Stretford Public Hall's Facebook page.
John Cooper-Clarke playing at the Rock Against Racism gig at the Stretford Civic Theatre 1977: With thanks to Bernie Wilcox for the photograph provided.
A free interactive livestream Christmas sing-a-long in lockdown style all from home
Our tradition of getting together to sing and be merry in the run up to Christmas will go ahead in 2020!
We’re adapting our annual Christmas sing-a-long to an interactive livestream event on Zoom, with Hannah and Simon leading one portion of the evening, and Rob leading another. Plus, we’ve got a couple of added bonuses for you … Stretford Singers are busy recording away and Jonny will be setting up his DJ decks!
Our online Christmas sing-a-long will be on the 11 December 2020 from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm. At 8.00 pm the event will be opened Dan our Chairman switching on the Hall’s Christmas lights and wishing all a very Merry Christmas
So grab your FREE ticket, set up your devices and get ready for a night to remember. We’ll want to see decorated rooms and lots of Christmas outfits! PJs will only be permitted if they are Christmas themed.
Tickets will be available to book from Fri 27 Nov at 5.00pm (there will be 90 tickets ). You can book your ticket here:
Once you have booked you will be sent a personalised Zoom link. So, to join in you will have to have Zoom downloaded to your device. A pdf with the lyrics to the songs will be made available for you to download beforehand so you can sing-a-long at home.
This event is free but donations are encouraged via our website: www.stretfordpublichall.org.uk/donate
This project offers free minor repairs, advice on bigger repairs and on keeping your bike in a safe condition (particularly in these winter months), as well as friendly social bike rides.
As you can see on the flyer below the Trafford Volunteer Pop-Up Cycle Project will be held every Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm throughout November. A recent extension to the project means that it will now also be running in early December from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm on Sat 5th / Sun 6th and Sat 12th / Sun 13th. You can find it in Stretford Mall (where Love Coffee used to be).
If you are interested in volunteering for this exciting new project and/or would like more information you can contact Mark on 07528130349 or [email protected]
Remembrance Sunday at the Hall.
During November the Hall is continuing to work hard to deliver classes, services and events in line with current government guidelines.
Throughout the winter, we are continuing to operate Stretford Community Hub, providing our local community with ongoing practical and emotional support. We have already supported local residents with enquiries about food deliveries, prescriptions, personal safety and other relevant services they can access. Our activities are delivered in partnership with Trafford Citizens Advice, who can also offer support on a number of issues including employment issues (eg redundancy), housing rights and welfare support. For further information about this service or support from our Hub please contact the main Trafford Community Response phoneline on 0300 330 1553.
During November our exercise classes have continued online and currently include a free online mindfulness class. Further, we have supported the Pink Purse Cabaret, which took place online; the event bought together the LGBTQ+ community in a celebration of creativity through comedy, singing, dance, poetry and lots of laughs! And throughout November you may have seen our new colourful flags flying outside the Hall. These were designed by the winners of last month’s flag completion. We hope they made you smile!
As we will not be able to hold our usual Christmas Fair in December because of the ongoing Ballroom renovations (and likely government restrictions), we have been working towards celebrating Christmas with you in other ways. Look out for more details coming soon!
Friends of Stretford Public Hall are looking to appoint a part-time Digital Skills project coordinator, to develop a digital outreach project at Stretford Public Hall.
The Project Coordinator will be responsible for delivering the Stret-Net project, a pilot project aimed at tackling digital exclusion in Stretford. The aim of the project is to help more people in the community to access the Internet and digital services.
The project coordinator will be responsible for developing the project, recruiting volunteers, and working alongside staff at Stretford Public Hall, to develop the hall’s Online Centre activities. The post will be based at Stretford Public Hall and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
We’re looking for a self-motivated, organised, and friendly individual to develop the project. The successful candidate will be passionate about the positive role that digital services can play in people’s lives.
Hours: 15 hours per week (0.4 FTE)
Duration: Fixed term contract, until April 2021
To find out more, including details on how to apply, visit our Vacancies page.
Deadline: Friday 4th December 2020
If lockdown has you feeling stressed out, please join us for an hour of free mindfulness online.
For the month of November, during lockdown, Stretford Public Hall is offering free mindfulness Zoom sessions every Tuesday, starting at 9.00 am.
Our mindfulness classes 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.
You can book now via the link below and your joining ticket will be sent to your email:
You will need to download Zoom beforehand as we will not be able to assist with technical issues during the class. If you need assistance with learning how to use Zoom please contact us beforehand.
The class instructed by Catherine.
50 free tickets are available until Monday 9th Nov 4.00 pm
In addition to our mindfulness class many of our other classes are now available online. Please check out their details, including their availability and the charge for the class , using the link below:
Changes to Classes and Activities at the Hall due to current Government Guidance
Starting next week all our Wellbeing Tuesday classes will continue to be available on Zoom; we will no longer be able to hold them face to face at the Hall as a result of the recent changes to government guidelines. For clarity, all this Tuesday’s classes (Tuesday 3rd November 2020) will be available at the Hall and over Zoom as normal. From Tuesday 10th November all our classes will be via Zoom only, until government guidelines change. We will of course be following the government's announcements regarding our options in a month's time.
If you have already booked face to face classes this month, your tickets will automatically be transferred to a Zoom version. Your Zoom link will be available by opening your booking confirmation e-mail, clicking 'View Booking', and then clicking 'View Zoom Event'. If you are unable to participate in classes online please contact Joanna at [email protected]
You can continue to book Zoom classes should you wish and due to the lack of restrictions on capacity you will find more spaces available in the classes.
Should you need clarification contact Joanna from the Hall via [email protected]dpublichall.org.uk. We appreciate you support in this difficult time and hope that you continue to enjoy our classes at home.
Wellbeing Tuesday class details and booking:
If you're unable to book using our online ticketing system please e-mail [email protected]
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 -10.30am-11.30am
Burn calories whilst having fun with simple dance, stretching and strengthening. Open to all. Class instructed by Bridget.
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.
Improve your strength, flexibility, reduce stress, improve your immune system and general wellbeing. Suitable for all levels. Class instructed by Gaynor.
Wellbeing and Fitness Classes, which are not part of Wellbeing Tuesday:
Please contact the instructor should you need further information about the following classes. The Hall will not be allowed to hold any face to face classes until the current government guidelines change. The instructors contact details are below ( on the bookwhen booking pages the relevant contact details are at the bottom of the page).
Movement for Pregnancy and Birth - Mondays 6.00pm-7.00pm
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
Yoga for all: Mondays 7.30-8.30pm
Yoga for All 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.
Having practised yoga since 2004 and taught since 2012, Richard is an enthusiastic advocate of the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga practice, and how these can help all of us on a practical level in everyday life.
In the current circumstances and with the need to 'track and trace', Stretford Public Hall isn’t allowing drop-in classes. Attendees are asked to book for blocks of 4 classes (£20 for 4 classes).
Email Richard at [email protected] or call 07840 149651.
Mum and Baby Yoga with Helen: Tuesdays
In addition, to fitness and wellbeing activities art and singing activities are not currently permitted at the Hall due to the current government guidelines. Please contact the organisers for further information.
Kids Art Club:
Life Drawing will continue online.
The Deaf Advocacy Drop In will continue at the Hall ( please previous News posts for details).
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.