Friends of Stretford Public Hall

Friends of Stretford Public Hall

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Local / community
  • Poverty relief

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Organisation type: 
Society, cooperative or credit union
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Stretford Public Hall is a community-owned, multi-purpose building. Our aim is to create space for good things to happen in Stretford.

The hall is run by Friends of Stretford Public Hall, who have owned the building since a community asset transfer in 2015. We are a charitable Community Benefit Society which is a type of co-operative. We have over 800 members.

We provide accessible community space and deliver our own programme of events and activities, including arts activities, live music nights, community cinema, and health and wellbeing activities.

We are also one of six Community Hubs operating across Trafford. We work closely with Trafford’s health and social care teams, to provide support and access to services for local Stretford residents.

Any profit we make from our activities is reinvested into the running and restoration of the hall.


Built in 1878 by local industrialist and phlianthropist John Rylands, Stretford Public Hall originally housed lecture rooms and library, as well hosting civic events.

After a hard-fought campaign by hundreds of volunteers, the local community took control in 2015, forming a co-operative to own and run the building.

  • We offer space to a multiple groups and individuals from local artists, freelances, community groups and small enterprises.
  • Over 10,000 participants have attended our health and wellbeing classes since 2017.
  • We have delivered hundreds of cultural classes & events including community cinema & live music.
  • During the coronavirus pandemic, we mobilised to set up the Stretford Community Response Hub. We answered over 850 incoming calls for help, helped over 450 households to access emergency food supplies, conducted over 470 wellbeing calls, delivered 57 prescriptions, and delivered over 13,000 newsletters and flyers to households in Stretford.
  • We continue our work as a community hub, this includes managing the household support fund, and our volunteers support housebound members of the community as well as our new Ukrainian residents. We lead Trafford's Poverty Truth Commission.

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