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

18 Stretton Community Singers 18 Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Strettons Branch Talk by Harriet Carty, Caring f 18 CS Youth Drop-In (Term Time) 18 Dr Robinson’s A Cappella Group 18 Rhyme Time 18 Yoga Class at SHI (term-time only) 19 Church Stretton Badminton Club 19 Three Touch Passing Football 20 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 20 Flicks in the Sticks Church Stretton 20 Church Stretton Choral Society 20 Church Stretton Chess Club 20 Hope Bowdler Handbell Ringers 20 Carer Support at Mayfair 20 Local & Family History Session 20 Church Stretton Bridge Club 20 Yoga at Westhope 20 Stretton Climate Care Energy Advice 21 New Year Gala Concert 21 Flicks in the Sticks All Stretton 21 Friends of CS Library Winter Talk 21 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 21 Tai Chi with Marc Lacey 22 CS Ballroom & Sequence Dance Club 22 Sit and Knit at CS Library 24 Shropshire Ornithological Society, CS Branch 24 Scottish Dancing 24 Learn 2 Jive 24 Yoga with Liz Curtis 24 Ley Gardens Knit & Natter Group 24 Flicks in the Sticks All Stretton 25 CS & District Gardening Club Meeting 25 Stretton Community Singers 25 Engaging Issues Talk (via Zoom) 25 CS Youth Drop-In (Term Time) 25 Dr Robinson’s A Cappella Group 25 U3A Writers Group 2 (Tues) 25 Rhyme Time 25 Yoga Class at SHI (term-time only) 26 Church Stretton Badminton Club 26 Three Touch Passing Football 27 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 27 Church Stretton Choral Society 27 Church Stretton Chess Club 27 Hope Bowdler Handbell Ringers 27 Local & Family History Session 27 Church Stretton Bridge Club 27 Yoga at Westhope 27 Lucy Aphramor Nutrition Talk 27 Stretton Climate Care Energy Advice 28 Westhope Monthly Cash Bingo 28 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 28 U3A Writers Group 1 (Fri) 28 Tai Chi with Marc Lacey 29 CS Rotary Charity Concert 29 Stretton Climate Care Repair Café 29 Sit and Knit at CS Library 31 Scottish Dancing 31 Learn 2 Jive 31 Yoga with Liz Curtis 31 Ley Gardens Knit & Natter Group