Clothes Swap

Frock off to binning old clothes, and hello to swapping them!


Stretford Public Hall's fabulous Clothes Swap is on Sunday 1st March 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

( doors open at 1.30 pm)


In the UK, we send 350,000 tonnes of wearable clothes to landfill every year. That's enough to fill over 450 Olympic-sized swimming pools. So come along and take part in our 1st ever Clothes Swap!

It works by you bringing along your old but clean and in good condition clothes and taking away some lovely different ones. Just drop off your old clothes at the Hall between 9am and 5pm this week, Tuesday to Friday (just ring the reception buzzer on Dorset St) and then come back on Sunday 1st March! 

At our amazing Clothes Swap there wont be a token system so please don't get carried away - if you need a wheelbarrow to carry your stash home, we might ask you to put a few things back for others.

Please see our websites Events page for more details or contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions. 


Journeys into Film

We are delighted to invite you to Journeys Into Film, a film festival, led by Journeys Festival International Manchester, exploring stories of belonging, migration, education and women’s empowerment. The programme of films highlights global issues of displacement and refuge in non-traditional cinema venues around Manchester.



The films have been selected in partnership with a number of community groups and venues in the city. Screenings will be followed by Q&A’s, talks and discussions where the audience can discuss the issues raised in the films in a relaxed and sociable setting. We look forward to welcoming to you this inspiring and inclusive series of events.

Monday 24th February, 6.30 pm, Longsight Library, 519 Stockport Rd, M12 4NE

The story of activist Malala; following her survival of an attempted assassination. A testament to family, freedom, and education.

Friday 6th March, 7.30 pm, Stretford Public Hall, Chester Rd, M32 0LG

A group of women find a sense of empowerment and belonging whilst preparing for a theatre performance in a refugee camp in Lebanon

Register here

Saturday 7th March, 2pm, Longsight Library, 519 Stockport Rd, M12 4NE

On the road, headed for Blackpool, a group of women are seeking escape and a good time. A ‘90s comedy classic From director Gurinder Chadha (Bend it like Beckham)

13th March, 12.30 pm, Revive Centre, 1 Northallerton Rd, M7 3TP

Born walking and talking, Kirikou is not your average baby! Setting out on an adventure to destroy the evil sorceress to bring peace to his home. (Family Friendly)

20th March, 7.30 pm, Nexus Art Cafe, 2 Dale St, M1 1JW

Based on a true story charting a childhood discovery of Dirty Dancing an opening a dance company at university; all whilst dancing is forbidden in Iran.

Saturday 28th March, 6.30 pm, Stretford Public Hall, Chester Rd, M32 0LG

This Oscar nominated feature tells the tale of 12-year-old Zain who attempts to sue his parents for giving birth to him.

Register here

All screenings are offered on a ‘Pay What You Can’ basis. People seeking asylum can attend for free and travel expenses can be covered. Please contact [email protected] to make arrangements.

Please find more details for each event and register your place here:

You can find all the events listed on our Facebook Page here:

Please follow @journeysfest on Instagram and Twitter. 

All films will be screened in English language with English Subtitles.

With thanks to our partners; Manchester Libraries, MAC Fest, Stretford Public Hall, Screen 32, Manchester City of Sanctuary, Revive, Rethink Rebuild Society.

With thanks to our funders; Film Hub North, BFI Film Audience Network, supported by The National Lottery.

Stretford born Ted Lewis of Get Carter and Yellow Submarine fame is celebrated

The Stretford born 'Father of British Noir' Ted Lewis, is to be celebrated at Stretford Public Hall.
Ted Lewis was born at Stretford in 1940 and went to be an artistic polymath. Ted Lewis is arguably best know for writing the novel that inspired Get Carter and for creating the graphics for the Beatles Yellow Submarine. He was a writer, an artist and a jazz musician. 
To celebrate this local lad who did good Monty Martin: Author of Ted Lewis, Hard or Soft Boiled and founder of the Ted Lewis Group will make an illustrated presentation of Ted Lewis’s writing and graphic art. 

Ted Lewis Get Carter 2020 Anniversary

Ted Lewis Get Carter 2020 Anniversary  

Wednesday 12th February 2020, 6.30 pm (finish 8.30 pm)

Tickets available here at £7.70  or Telephone 01652 661823 or £9 on the door if spaces allow. 

Journeys into Film presents 'We are not Princesses'








This International Women's Day we are delighted to be screening We Are Not Princesses, a moving documentary which tells the story of empowerment through art. This documentary follows a group of Syrian women living as refugees in Beirut, who come together to tell their stories of love, loss, pain and hope through the ancient Greek play, Antigone.

With intimate footage and stunning animation, this film focuses on the strong, resilient, and often hilarious Syrian women who are moving forward in spite of the ever-worsening situation back home.

The screening is a collaboration between the Muslim Arts and Culture Festival MACFEST, Journeys Festival International, and Screen32, Stretford's community cinema. It is supported by Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network. 

Please register your place online and Pay What You Can on the door.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Film starts 8.00pm.



Children's Theatre Christmas Show returns to the Hall

We’re very proud to be hosting the first community Christmas performance at Stretford Public Hall since 1977!

Stretford Children’s Theatre are staging their biggest-ever show in December at The Hall. You will see Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all your favourite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life
onstage in Seussical JR, a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Performances dates and times are:

  • Fri 13th Dec 7pm - 8.30pm
  • Sat 14th Dec 2pm - 3.30pm
  • Sat 14th Dec 7pm - 8.30pm

This is a fun show for all the family and suitable for children from 3 years old.

Please support this fantastic local children’s charity and buy your tickets here.

We’d love to see you here for what promises to be a wonderful festive show!

Christmas Raffle

Volunteers here at Stretford Public Hall take our Christmas Festival very seriously. This year they've been working super hard to gather some great prizes for our yearly raffle!

The list of prizes include:

Hamper donated by Unicorn Groceries 

Friends of Stretford Public Hall Hamper

Hamper donated by Morrissons 

2 bistro sets donated by Chief Productions

4 meals for two at Samir's restaurant 

A signed Manchester United Football

An Adults Bike

A chocolate bouquet donated by Dunky Spoons 

Tesco vouchers

Sainsbury's vouchers more still arriving!


Tickets are £1 each and will be on sale at events at Stretford Public Hall, and on the Christmas fair on 7th December 2019.





Get involved! Join our Board of Directors

Have you got the passion & skills we need to help achieve our vision for Stretford Public Hall?

Each year we are on the hunt for dedicated individuals who are willing to add their own unique skills to our Board of Directors.

Friends of Stretford Public Hall’s Board of Directors is elected by and from the members. Democracy is the lifeblood of co-operatives and we want as many of our members as possible to get involved in the election process, either standing as candidates, nominating candidates or voting for candidates.

There is no person specification for the perfect director. In fact, we want a real balance of skills and personalities to help take FOSPH forward. If you are passionate about co-operatives, community ownership and have the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact, you could be just the person we need...

We currently have vacancies for three new Board members, to join the Board in October 2019. In particular, we are hoping to recruit a new Treasurer. We're also really keen to appoint individuals with skills and experience relating to human resources, and marketing and communications.

Interested? Download our Information Pack here

If you want further information, or would like to speak to either a current member of the Board of Directors and/or an officer of FOSPH, please contact our Secretary Petra Morris by email at [email protected]

An online application form is available here or you can complete a hard copy which is available within the Information Pack. The deadline for applications is Friday 4th October 2019.

Trafford Live


On Sunday 1st July we attended Trafford Live - and we took our building with us! 

We wanted to tell everyone about how Stretford Public Hall is a co-operative, owned and run by our members- over 800 of them! We ran a little competition where we asked children to design a brick with their name and add a sticker to our Stretford Public Hall representing all the members that make up the building. 


We had some great entries and it was tough to choose a winner but we're happy to announce that Matilda Yarwood, who is 8 years old won a £10 gift card for her entry.


Big thanks to all of you who visited us at our stall, and to the volunteers who helped us run it- Hope to see you all in the building soon!


Stretford Public Hall 'showing the way'

The Architectural Heritage Fund have highlighted Stretford Public Hall as 'showing the way' when it comes to the transfer of assets of community value into community ownership.

Our community ownership of the Hall was highlighted as a leading example at the launch of a new report 'Our Assets, Our Future'. The report was commissioned by Power to Change and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The report found that there are over 6,300 community-owned assets (eg leisure centres and village halls) in England, contributing £150m into local economies.

We're also delighted to feature as one of the Co-op Foundation's 'hero projects', in their new Save our Spaces campaign. The story of our campaign to save Stretford Public Hall features in a short video that's been produced to launch the campaign. You can view the video on the Endangered Spaces website. Look out for pictures of the Hall appearing on screens in Co-op stores across the country!

We are recruiting! Trafford Culture Champions

Would you like to come and join the team here at Stretford Public Hall? We are recruiting a part-time Project Co-ordinator, to lead our new Trafford Culture Champions project.

Trafford Culture Champions aims to actively engage older people with age-friendly cultural activities in their local area, ensuring that older people are reflected in and have influence over local cultural activities. The project aims to reduce isolation and loneliness in Trafford residents over 50, focusing particularly on Longford, Clifford and Stretford.

The project is a collaboration between Friends of Stretford Public Hall and Limelight in Old Trafford, working in partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Great Place Scheme, Manchester
Museum and Ambition for Ageing.

We are looking for a part-time Project Coordinator (3 days/week; 0.6 FTE), to lead the project. The post is based at Stretford Public Hall. Deadline for applications: Sunday 14th July.

Visit our 'Work for us' page to find out more.



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