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

17 Stretton Summer Volleyball 17 Yoga with Becca at SHI 17 Three Touch Passing Football 17 Cuppa and Chat at the Methodist Hall 17 Ukraine Coffee Mornings 17 Beginners Yoga with Becca 18 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 18 CS Chess Club 18 CS Pickleball Club 18 Hope Bowdler Handbell Ringers 18 Carer Support at Mayfair 18 The Strettons Bridge Club 18 Local & Family History Session 18 Yoga at Westhope 18 Wake Up Yoga with Becca 19 Christian Meditation (Meeting in Person) 20 CS Ballroom & Sequence Dance Club 20 Dancing in the Street 21 Stretton Players: A Comedy of Terrors 22 Learn 2 Jive 22 Yoga with Liz Curtis 22 Ley Gardens Knit & Natter Group 22 Vita Bona Yoga at CS Library 23 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 23 Yoga with Becca at Mayfair 23 u3a Writers Group 1 23 Rhyme Time 24 Stretton Summer Volleyball 24 Yoga with Becca at SHI 24 Three Touch Passing Football 24 Cuppa and Chat at the Methodist Hall 24 u3a General Meeting 24 Ukraine Coffee Mornings 24 Beginners Yoga with Becca 25 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 25 CS Chess Club 25 CS Pickleball Club 25 Hope Bowdler Handbell Ringers 25 The Strettons Bridge Club 25 Local & Family History Session 25 Yoga at Westhope 25 Wake Up Yoga with Becca 26 Bingo Night at Westhope 26 Christian Meditation (Meeting in Person) 26 u3a Reading Group 2 27 CS Ballroom & Sequence Dance Club 28 Dog Show Fundraiser 28 Dog Show Fundraiser 29 Vita Bona Yoga at CS Library 30 Christian Meditation (online via Zoom) 30 Yoga with Becca at Mayfair 30 Rhyme Time 31 Stretton Summer Volleyball 31 Yoga with Becca at SHI 31 Three Touch Passing Football 31 Cuppa and Chat at the Methodist Hall 31 Ukraine Coffee Mornings 31 Beginners Yoga with Becca