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

19 Engaging Issues Talk at the URC 19 All Stretton WI 19 Dr Robinson’s A Cappella Group 19 U3A Writers 2 (Tues Group) 19 Rhyme Time 19 Yoga Class at SHI (term-time only) 20 CS Badminton Club 20 Poetry Group 20 On Your Doorstep Theatre Production 20 UNA Shropshire Discussion Group: Britain in the World Today 21 Stretton Community Singers 21 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 21 CS Chess Club 21 Begin to Sing 21 Hope Bowdler Handbell Ringers 21 Carer Drop-in Event 21 Local & Family History Session 21 CS Bridge Club 21 Yoga at Westhope 21 Stretton Climate Care Energy Advice 22 Christian Meditation (meeting in person) 22 U3A Writers Group 1 (Fri) 23 CS Ballroom & Sequence Dance Club 23 Sit and Knit at CS Library 23 Charity Christmas Card Sale 24 CS Inaugural 10k Run 25 Westhope Fortnightly Whist Drive 25 Shropshire Ornithological Society, CS Branch 25 All Stretton Weekly Dance Evening 26 CS & District Gardening Club 26 Halloween Evening at CS Library 26 Dr Robinson’s A Cappella Group 26 Rhyme Time 27 CS Badminton Club 27 CS u3a Meeting 28 Stretton Community Singers 28 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 28 CS Chess Club 28 Begin to Sing 28 Hope Bowdler Handbell Ringers 28 CS Bridge Club 28 Yoga at Westhope 28 Stretton Climate Care Energy Advice 28 Lucy Aphramor Nutrition Talk 29 Westhope Monthly Cash Bingo 29 Christian Meditation (meeting in person) 30 CS Ballroom & Sequence Dance Club 30 An Evening of Music for Cello and Piano 30 Sit and Knit at CS Library 30 Cancer Support Group Craft Fayre 31 RSPB South Shropshire Local Group