We are recruiting! Digital Skills Project Coordinator opportunity

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



Mindfulness: Free online sessions now available.


 Mindfulness- Online on Zoom


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:

Online class details


Wellbeing Tuesday continuing on Zoom

Changes to Classes and Activities at the Hall due to current Government Guidance

Wellbeing Tuesdays:

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]. 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]

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

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.

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.


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

45 minute sessions on  Tuesdays starting 15th September 2020.  12.10 -12.55pm or 1.10-1.55pm.
£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.
Sivananda Yoga: Wednesdays 6pm-7pm
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
Emma Howard is registered as a senior teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. She is qualified in Sivananda Yoga, Sports Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga and has been teaching yoga for 19 years. She is due to qualify in January 2021 as a Yoga Therapist registered with the BBP (British Board Psychology). She is also a mainstream Drama and Dance teacher and a mother of 3. Her family Yoga Class combines aspects of yoga, wellbeing and mindfullness, alongside general having fun.
GKR Karate: Wednesdays 7.30pm-8.30pm 
Karate is an ideal sport for everyone, who would like to build self-confidence, balance, co-ordination, discipline, fitness and courtesy, while learning basic self-defence skills. Children may start from as young as 5.
Here at Stretford we run a family class, allowing people of all ages to train together in the same class. Parents may train alongside their children, while brothers and sisters of all ages may also train in the same class.
To book a Free Trial Class or find out more about our zero joining fee and 2 week free training offer please contact Dave on 07525675990 or visit https://www.gkrkarate.com/locations/listing/gkr-karate-stretford/
Pregnancy Yoga: Saturdays starting 3rd October 10.15am-11.45am
Pregnancy Yoga classes at Stretford Public Hall 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.
A lovely relaxing start to your weekend.
For full details and booking: https://bookwhen.com/helensyoga 

Other activities:

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. 

Stretford Singers: 

[email protected] 

Kids Art Club:

[email protected] 

Life Drawing will continue online. 

The Deaf Advocacy Drop In will continue at the Hall ( please previous News posts for details). 

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected]

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:


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