Sheila Rice with Dr Thomas Earnshaw at St Johns Medical Centre in Altrincham
(Image: Altrincham Healthcare Alliance PCN)
Through our work as the Stretford Hub, we’ve been supporting Trafford’s Covid vaccination programme this week.
Trafford's vaccination programme already means that all of the top two priority groups (those over 80 years old and those living in care homes) are due to have had first vaccination by end of next week. Over the coming weeks and months residents of all ages will be offered the vaccine. You may have heard that some Stretford residents are being given the option of getting vaccinated at the Etihad Stadium complex, to help get the vaccine to many people as possible quickly, but please note if travelling there is a problem you can get the vaccination more locally.
Please be also be aware that you will be phoned with your appointment details when it is your turn for the vaccine. You can also email any questions related to the rescheduling of vaccinations to [email protected]
The Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page here, to answer residents' questions about the vaccine. If you've got any other questions about the vaccine, you can now also leave a message with the new Trafford Covid Vaccination Hotline 0161 912 1299. Please help to ease pressure on the NHS by using this number, rather than calling your GP. The hotline aims to answer all questions within 24hrs.
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! The 2021 festival will celebrate the diversity and richness of Muslim heritage; it will engage people and bring together people of all ages and denominations, including school, college and university students and local communities; and what is more MANFEST says ....
'This international festival line up will take you on a cultural journey from Manchester to Azerbaijan!'
Most of these events will be online and free so find out more and save your space now!
The opening Opening Ceremony for MACFEST 2021 will kickstart this year’s festival on Saturday 30th January 2021, from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon. The Opening Ceremony will offer you a taster of MANFEST's Festival Feast – including a preview of our international programme. Once you book on a Zoom link will be sent out a week before and a day before the event.
On the 19 February Ashfia Asrif, a Manchester based artist, will provide an ONLINE workshop to demonstrate how to construct/draw and paint flowers inspired by the Mughal Empire of India. This ONLINE event will be from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm and will be introduced from the newly renovated Ballroom at Stretford Public Hall by our Events Manager Joanna Jones.
In the workshop, participants will look at a design that is on a Darbar wall in a palace in the Punjab in India
( please see above).
It has been a difficult start to 2021. So, we wanted to let you know about the support services available to you 2021, including the continuation of our own Stretford Hub.
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.
(Please note that the old Trafford CAB number was 0300 330 9073. This number is still in operation but the new 0808 278 7803 number is free).
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.
Further, you may find this list of contacts helpful - it is taken from our last 'The Civic' newsletter - which we distributed around Stretford before Christmas.
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