Welcome to Stretton Focus

Stretton Focus is a community magazine concentrating on issues and events relevant to the people living or working in, or perhaps just visiting, the area surrounding Church Stretton, Little Stretton, All Stretton and Minton – affectionately referred to as “the Strettons”.

From its humble beginnings over 50 years ago the magazine has steadily progressed from being a rudimentary collation of a few black and white pages to become the splendid glossy, colour publication that it is today. At heart it remains the same however as it is still produced and delivered by a changing and evolving group of dedicated, unpaid volunteers.

The structure of the organisation was changed in 2007 when the organisation became a company limited by guarantee.

Although it is, of course, necessary for the company to manage its finances and trade to make a profit in order for it to remain viable, the company’s purpose is not to maximise profits but to serve the community. The company is managed and run entirely by the volunteers and neither they nor the members of the company benefit financially in anyway.

Prudent management of the company has meant that, over a period many years, the company built up a capital reserve. The decision was taken that some of the funds could be given back to the community by way of a grant to assist in the funding of projects designed to be of benefit to the community or part thereof and so the Stretton Focus Community Award Scheme was introduced. Many local projects have benefited from this Scheme and it helped Stretton Focus Limited to win a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016.

The company is always looking for ways to improve the magazine and widen its scope to provide a better service to its readership. In recent years the introduction of the Student Jounalism Scheme in conjunction with Church Stretton School has enabled three school students each year to try their hands at journalism by producing articles for the magazine. Each year a competition is held to select the student journalists who each receive a modest financial award to help with their future studies.

Please check out the menu of pages above for guidance in how to submit articles for publication or how to apply for an award under the Community Award Scheme. You will also find details of how to get in touch with the company if you feel you would like to become part of the Stretton Focus team.

Events

9 Stretton Community Singers 9 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 9 Marmaladies Church Stretton WI 9 Friends of Church Stretton Library Winter Talk 9 Church Stretton Chess Club 9 Begin to Sing 9 Hope Bowdler Handbell Ringers 9 Local & Family History Session 9 Church Stretton Bridge Club 9 Festive Lunch at Mayfair 9 Yoga at Westhope 9 Stretton Climate Care Energy Advice 9 Arts Alive Event at Church Stretton Library 10 Friday Night at the Horne 10 Pub Night at Westhope 10 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 10 U3A Writers Group 1 (Fri) 10 Tai Chi with Marc Lacey 11 Church Stretton Ballroom & Sequence Dance Club 11 Sit and Knit at Church Stretton Library 11 Monthly Drop-In Council Surgery 12 RSPB South Shropshire Local Group 13 Scottish Dancing 13 Yoga with Liz Curtis 13 Stretton Cancer Support Group Lunch 13 Ley Gardens Knit & Natter Group 13 Festive Lunch at Mayfair 14 RSPB South Shropshire Local Group 14 Flicks in the Sticks Acton Scott 14 Engaging Issues Talk (URC and Zoom) 14 All Stretton WI 14 Church Stretton Youth Drop-In (Term Time) 14 Dr Robinson’s A Cappella Group 14 U3A Writers 2 (Tues Group) 14 Rhyme Time 14 Yoga Class at SHI (term-time only) 15 Church Stretton Badminton Club 15 Three Touch Passing Football 15 Poetry Group 15 Ring & Ride Shopping Trip 16 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 16 Church Stretton Chess Club 16 Hope Bowdler Handbell Ringers 16 Carer Support 16 Local & Family History Session 16 Church Stretton Bridge Club 16 Yoga at Westhope 16 Stretton Climate Care Energy Advice 17 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 17 Tai Chi with Marc Lacey 18 Church Stretton Ballroom & Sequence Dance Club 18 More Singers Christmas Carol Concert 18 Saturday Morning Music 18 Sit and Knit at Church Stretton Library 20 Yoga with Liz Curtis 20 Ley Gardens Knit & Natter Group 21 Festive Lunch at Mayfair 21 Christmas Rhyme Time and Craft 22 Church Stretton Badminton Club 22 Three Touch Passing Football 23 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 23 Church Stretton Chess Club 23 Hope Bowdler Handbell Ringers 23 Local & Family History Session 23 Church Stretton Bridge Club 23 Yoga at Westhope 23 Stretton Climate Care Energy Advice 24 Carols in the Square 24 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 24 Tai Chi with Marc Lacey 24 Church Stretton Library Christmas Closure 29 Church Stretton Badminton Club 29 Three Touch Passing Football 30 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 30 Church Stretton Chess Club 30 Hope Bowdler Handbell Ringers 30 Church Stretton Bridge Club 30 Yoga at Westhope 30 Stretton Climate Care Energy Advice 31 Church Stretton Ballroom & Sequence Dance Club 31 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom)