We wanted to share some beautiful music with you for St Patrick's Day.
These stunning tunes 'O'Farrells Welcome to Limerick' and 'Connaught Heifers' are played wonderfully by Michael McGoldrick, on the Uilleann Pipes . As you will see from the video Michael played this music in our newly renovated Ballroom - the perfect setting!!
As promised here are the exciting pictures of our new Ballroom 2021!
As you can see the renovation project has transformed our Ballroom! We have added modern improvements such as fully functioning and versatile bars and food serving areas, accessible toilets on the Ballroom level, a new heating and ventilation system (including traditional cast iron radiators) and adaptable LED lighting.
We are currently thinking of the best way to launch our new Ballroom - watch this space for details! We want to make sure that as many people as possible get to see the new Ballroom, whilst following current government guidelines.
The project has been a key objective since The Friends of Stretford Public Hall took over the running of the building in 2015, so we are delighted that we have reached this stage and we couldn't have done without all our supporters.
We have recently been made aware of another local historic building in much need of support to be saved. 'Save Hulme Hippo' are working to save the iconic Hulme Hippodrome from redevelopment. If you would like more information or would like to donate to this cause please visit
An opportunity for you to help your community get more digitally connected...
The Hall's NEW Digital Support project aims to help Stretford residents get online! We are looking for friendly, patient adult volunteers, with good communication skills, to support the users of the program to use digital devices and to access online information and services that could improve their lives! As part of the project, Stretford Public Hall will be able to loan out tablets and laptops, to give people an opportunity to trial the use of digital devices.
All voluntary work will be carried out remotely, so you can be based at home or at the Hall; you will not be asked to visit or support a user in anyone's home. No specific previous experience or qualifications are required as training will be provided but you will need to have a good understanding of using devices to access the internet and internet services.
The project is aimed at people who currently have limited internet access and have found it difficult to stay connected with their friends, family, and community during these unprecedented times. The aim is to enable users to learn new skills, build up their confidence, and increase their knowledge in accessing the digital world.
To apply and to find our more about the project and this worthwhile new voluntary position please click here.
Your opportunity to lend a helping hand and help you community ...
As you may be aware we are still running our Stretford Community Hub and our volunteers have been vital to the success of this throughout the Covid pandemic. As part of this project we are currently looking for friendly and reliable volunteers to help vulnerable Stretford residents with walking their dogs.
If you are currently interested in this volunteering opportunity at the Stretford Hub and are available on weekdays, please see our Volunteer Portal here.
For some amazing examples of the work our volunteers have being doing throughout the Covid pandemic please see our website here - Christine's volunteer journey may be of particular interest to you!
In March, we will be operating as a Census Support Centre to support this important survey. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help - more info coming soon!
Finally, if you are interested in volunteering in the Trafford area you may wish to look at Trafford Thrive's website.
Mr Wilson's Second Liners (Photo credit: Andrew Billingstoke)
What a day this was...BRING ON THE BRASS, a touring band event in #stretford with @MrWilsonsSecond and @twistedtubesbb .
Take a look at our new video of this Christmas time event on our Youtube page and spread the joy!
To watch Bring on the Brass on Stretford Public Hall's YouTube channel - click here
Before we post the amazing pictures of our new Ballroom 2021, we wanted to share a few pictures to remind everyone of where it started out ...
We are very excited to announce that the Stretford Wall of Fame has now been installed in the Pocket Park, next to Stretford Public Hall.
This outdoor exhibition features portraits of people connected to Stretford who have contributed to arts, culture, and social and political change in our community and beyond. Selected by local residents, and reflecting changing historical boundaries there will be some people you will know and some you may not, but we wanted to use this space to shine the light on the successes of the people less recognised for their achievements.
The Stretford Wall of Fame was the idea of Stretford resident Jules Bagnoli . Jules stated she wanted to make,
“ A walk-through gallery of our area's special people - from all walks of life and backgrounds".
We really hope you are able to go and enjoy the outdoor exhibition as part of your daily exercise. Please remember to maintain social distancing at all times and wear a mask. If you have any feedback or take any photos we would love to hear it/see them. Please email [email protected] or send photos via WhatsApp to 07926686224.
The Stretford Wall of Fame's fantastic original artworks were created by local artist 'Barry the Boxer'. It was installed by JackArts and funded by Trafford Housing Trust. The exhibition is as part of Culture Champions Trafford, a project led by Jessica Loveday and Friends of Stretford Public Hall.
We hope you enjoy the exhibition!!
This free online event is part of this years Manchester Science Festival and is delivered in partnership with MACFEST . Joanna Jones, Outreach and Events Manager for Friends of Stretford Public Hall, will chair the conversation.
Manchester Science Festival plays a vital role in engaging the public with humanity’s global challenges and exploring the work of scientists, experts, campaigners and communities in seeking solutions. It returns from Friday 12 – Sunday 21 February 2021 with a programme of free online talks, exhibitions, debates and activities that explore our changing climate and ideas for a better world. You can see a full list on What's On here.
A LIVEABLE EARTH: CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FAITH COMMUNITY examines:
How does the way we live our lives affect the world we are living in?
How much do we care and what role do faith communities play as bystanders or agents of change?
Can we continue to consume the way we do and still leave a liveable Earth for future generations?
Fazlun Khalid, founder of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences and author of Signs on the Earth: Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis, will share his thoughts on the consequences of our lifestyles and how we can leave a liveable Earth for future generations.
To find out more details about this free online event and to book (booking essential) click here
FREE FESTIVAL TALK
DATE: Saturday 20 February 2021
TIME: 10.30 am
PRICE: Free (booking essential)
AGE: Suitable for ages 16 and older
After years of fundraising and planning, we’re delighted that our ballroom renovation project is now entering its final week!
We will be sharing images of the transformed ballroom next week but, before that, we wanted to take some time to thank all of the people and funders who have made the work possible.
The renovation project has transformed the ballroom and the other adjacent spaces on the Hall's first floor, with modern improvements such as fully functioning and versatile bars and food serving areas, accessible toilets on the Ballroom level, a new heating and ventilation system (including traditional cast iron radiators), and adaptable LED lighting. The project has been a key objective since Friends of Stretford Public Hall took over the running of the building in 2015, so we are delighted that we are nearing completion.
Achieving this has required the support of numerous people and organisation but in particular we would like to say a huge thank you to the following:
• Our funders, whose generous financial support has made the project possible: the Architectural Heritage Fund, Viridor Credits, Power to Change, and Veolia Environmental Trust.
• Our community investors, who bought community shares in our building and trusted us with their money, and in particularly to Co-ops UK for their match-funding of our share capital.
• Our professional team, led by Buttress Architects and made up of Ingleton Wood, Ian Wilson QS, Thomasons Structural Engineers, and Jim Fowler at Fire Surety. Thanks in particular to our architects Ed Kepczyk and Adam Lewis, for never-ending patience and an appreciation of great tiles.
• Rosslee Construction, for carrying out the renovation with such professionalism and for keeping the project on-track, despite the challenges of lockdown.
• Our Board, for driving the project forward, and to former Board members Junaid Patel and Lisa Heanley, who devoted so many hours to the project.
• To Stephen McCusker and Sarah Renshaw, of Loop Architecture, who guided the early stages of the project.
• And last but not least, our wonderful volunteers, our staff and all the local residents of Stretford, who have supported us through the years.
Everyone above has made the ballroom renovation possible and we can’t wait to be able to share the space, as soon as lockdown restrictions allow.
Please also be assured we are not done yet! We are already working on funding to continue to develop the Hall and will soon be turning our attention to the hall’s basement!
We are really pleased to share here that our fabulous Ballroom’s renovation is very nearly completed. We wanted to share these amazing images with you …
The Ballroom renovation has transformed the Ballroom and the other adjacent spaces on the Hall's first floor, with modern improvements such as fully functioning and versatile bars and food serving areas, accessible toilets on the Ballroom level, a new heating and ventilation system (including traditional cast iron radiators), and adaptable LED lighting. One last push and everything should be completed by the end of the month!!!
Recently we welcomed Paul Earl, who has joined the staff team as our new Digital Skills Project Coordinator. Paul will be leading on the development of our Lottery-funded digital outreach project, and supporting the delivery of our Census Support Centre contract. Welcome Paul! More to follow on these projects here soon.
Our Stretford Hub continues to support local residents - we handled 27 calls last week helping local residents with issues such as registering their CEV status, access to food and prescriptions, and a few friendly chats!
The first point of contact if you need any advice, information and support is the Trafford Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), which you can call for free on 0808 278 7803. This adviceline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Trafford CAB have a team of trained advisers on hand to offer support with a wide range of issues including housing, employment, welfare rights and universal credit, as well as mental health support and advice on accessing the Foodbank.
If you need support with day-to-day things like help picking up prescriptions, accessing food shopping, or are just feeling like you need a bit of support, Trafford CAB will put your call through to our team here at Stretford Public Hall. We have a team of volunteers answering the phone who can help you access the information and support you need.
From the 30th & 31st of January 2021 and throughout 2021, the Muslim Arts and Culture Festival (MACFEST) will present a diverse selection of speakers, artists, cultures and much more!
We are please to announce that the the following MACFEST ONLINE event will be moderated by our own Events Manager, Joanna Jones. You can book your tickets for this event on Eventbrite here
MACFEST2021: Muslim Cuisine: Along the Silk Route
Saturday 30 January 2021
17:30 – 18:30
Join Haleh Moravej as she explores the origin of some of the food passing from inhospitable high mountains to long stretches of desert.
Haleh Moravej, Senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in Nutritional Sciences will explore the origin of some of the food passing from inhospitable high mountains to long stretches of desert of Central Asia along the Silk Route..
She will cover the past two millennia with special focus on the trade routes of the Silk Road that brought almonds, apples, figs, grapes, apricots, peaches, pistachios, rice, and a wide variety of other foods to European kitchens.