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.
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:
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 [email protected] or call 07368207953.
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.
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 ....
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 [email protected] or call 07840 149651.
( 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
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
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/
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: [email protected] 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
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 [email protected]
Stretford Public Hall's Wellbeing Tuesdays 8th-29th September
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.
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
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!
The Friends of Stretford Public Hall (FOSPH) have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2020!
This award is generally considered as the MBE for volunteer groups; it is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK, to recognise the outstanding work they have done in their own communities.
Kate McGeevor, the Hall’s manager, said:
"We are delighted to be receiving this award, particularly in light of the work the Hall’s volunteers have been doing over the past three months. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, our volunteer team have been busy delivering food, prescriptions and other support to those in need. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is a fitting and timely tribute to the hard work and commitment of all of the volunteers who make Stretford Public Hall what it is".
FOSPH were granted the Queen’s Award for several additional reasons, starting with our popular achievement of saving and restoring a landmark historic building in the heart of the town centre – Stretford Public Hall. Our subsequent work creating spaces for the community and working with other community groups was also recognised, as well as the support we have received from local people alongside our endeavours to involve the local community in our development. Over 800 local people and organisations bought shares in Stretford Public Hall, providing over £150k funding for the group’s renovation of the Hall.
Working with the local community and other community groups ,our dedicated volunteer workforce was essential to the win! So we would like to take this opportunity that say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Hall including all our volunteers past and present - our ‘Friends’.
Joanna Jones, the Hall’s Events Manager who also co-ordinates volunteers said:
"Our volunteers have donated thousands of hours towards the project over the last 4 and a half years. They have adapted their skills, made friendships and supported our local community. For this, I say the award is very well deserved .We truly cannot thank them enough."
At the Hall, we’re lucky to have a brilliant team of volunteers who help with all aspects of the Hall’s activities. At the time of this awards assessment we had approximately 50 volunteers who were all contributing to running of Stretford Public Hall, representing a diverse mix of Stretford resident of different ages. This includes the Hall’s Board of Directors, who are all volunteers, as well as regular volunteers who oversee all events and community activities.
If you would like to become a volunteer at the Hall please follow this link to the enquiry form on this website, by clicking here.
Stretford Public Hall is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. Other local recipients of the Queens Award include The Bread and Butter Group and Reach out to the Community
Many of you will wondering if and when our regular activities and events will be starting up again at the Hall. Like you, we’re keen to see a return to normality as soon as possible, but we’re also mindful of the continuing risks posed by Coronavirus. Our priority is to ensure the Hall is safe and risk-free for visitors and users, and we’re reviewing government guidance on a regular basis to inform our re-opening.
As things stand, we will be remaining closed for most activities throughout August but we will regularly update you about any developments on this website and our various social media channels. So, if you don’t already follow us on Facebook or Twitter, please sign up! We are in discussions with many of our tutors and regular room users and hope that some activities will be able to restart in early September.
Throughout lockdown, we have held numerous online events and activities including our regular health and wellbeing classes, our choir Stretford Singers, live music from Back to the Civic and our monthly life drawing classes. These will be continuing for the foreseeable future. Please see our What's On page or Activities - online activities on this website or check our social media channels.
At the Hall itself, we’ve been busy putting measures in place to ensure staff and tenants can use the building safely, and we have started to take a small number of room bookings for activities that can be held within current guidelines. If you’re interesting in booking a room, please make your initial enquiry on this website via the bookings form, here.
Since March, the Hall’s volunteers and staff have been working with Trafford Council and many others to supply emergency support for Stretford’s local community. Volunteer tasks have included answering our Hub helpline during the week, delivering food parcels and prescriptions as well as providing a personal shopping service for those with particular medical or dietary requirements. Our voluntary wellbeing team have also been calling isolated people on a weekly basis to see how they're doing and for a little chat. To this date, over 1,100 hours of volunteer time has been donated towards the community response in Stretford alone!
During lockdown The Friends of Stretford Public Hall have delivered The Civic newsletter to thousands of local residents. This newsletter has been produced by Stretford Public Hall as part of our efforts to help people stay connected and informed during lockdown.
The Civic aims to bring together local good news stories and relevant information for those in need of support and living in Stretford. We hear it has already made an important difference. For example, Sam read issue one and as a result she said,
‘I was considering reaching out for help when The Civic arrived through the post. It was the push I needed to make contact and get some support’.
A hard working team of about 35 volunteers has already delivered just under 5,000 issues to front doors across Stretford and they will be out delivering the second issue to your home very soon!
Please click here to download Issue #2 of The Civic
We would like to thank everyone who has made The Civic possible, particularly Trafford Council and Forever Manchester for funding to help with costs.