Procurement Process Begins

You might have seen in the Shropshire Star and South Shropshire Journal that the procurement process for the library has begun .

It is not possible for us to comment  on our plans while the procurement process takes place.  

The procurement process is expected to end in early February


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Grand Christmas Book Sale

Grand Christmas Book Sale!

The Church Stretton Library will be holding a Grand Book Sale on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December from 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. each day.

Don’t miss this chance to pick up some bargain book presents for Christmas!

Tea, coffee and cake will also be available on Saturday 9th.

Come along and support the Library and ease your Christmas gift problems at the same time!

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Another Successful Event

Another Succesful Event.

The CSLSGL stall at the RNLI table-top sale on 4th November was a great success and very popular with the browsers.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who turned out to man the stall and all those who showed their support by buying our wares and helping to raise a substantial amount for our funds.

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A Trio of Fundraising Successes

Our September trio of fundraising events were all a great success.

They began on Thursday 21st September, when an audience of over 50 people were entertained by B.B.C. Radio 4 scriptwriter Bert Coules with his talk “No Need for Pictures” which revealed the joys and tribulations of writing radio drama. As well as a short history of drama on the radio (who remembers “Journey Into Space”?)  Bert’s talk took the audience behind the scenes to explain how the productions we hear are produced in the studio. He also recounted anecdotes and stories of some of the many stars he has worked with, including Philip Madoc, Michael Williams, Clive Merrison, Fenella Fielding and Judi Dench. A most informative and entertaining evening was had by all. (and a note of thanks to the Church Stretton Area Local History Group for loaning us their projector)


The following day saw Bert conducting a Writers Workshop in which members of Church Stretton U3A Writing Group got to grips with the complexities of writing for radio. (Photos by Hazel Whitehouse)


And on Friday 29th September, Sherlock Holmes came to Church Stretton when the Stretton Players performed two of Bert Coules’ B.B.C. Radio 4 dramatisations to an almost 100-strong audience at the Silvester Horne Institute. The pieces were performed as if in a radio studio, with the actors in everyday clothes and reading from the script, giving the audience a sense of watching an actual radio production as it would be broadcast. It was a fascinating insight into the world of radio drama., which the Players performed magnificently. Very many thanks to Ray Philpotts and the Stretton Players.  (Photos by Hazel Whitehouse)


Our appreciation goes also to all the local businesses who displayed posters, to Stretton Print, and a special thank you to Ros Ephraim of Burway Books for her help and continued support. We thank everyone who attended the events and all the volunteers who cheerfully came along to help. And our thanks above all others to Bert Coules, who not only very graciously waived his normal speaker’s fee and Play Performance rights, but made the train journey from his home in the south of England to Church Stretton three times during the preparation and execution of the events.

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Just A Reminder

Church Stretton Library Support Group Ltd presents ‘No Need for Pictures’

Everybody loves a peep behind the scenes! Don’t forget the Talk on Thursday 21st September when scriptwriter Bert Coules describes the workings of BBC radio drama production, illustrated with his photos and anecdotes of some of Britain’s best loved actors. Bert has enjoyed writing for and working with Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Brian Blessed, Oliver Reed, Andrew Sachs, Hugh Bonneville, Mark Gatiss, Michael Hordern, Tom Baker, Philip Madoc and so many more. Who can forget the rich tones of Sir Donald Sinden as Sir Charles Baskerville in Bert’s dramatization of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’?

Fans of Sherlock Holmes in particular are in for a special treat, and Burway Books will be in the Hall selling BBC CDs of Bert’s radio dramatizations of Conan Doyle’s famous tales featuring some of the above-mentioned actors.

Thursday 21st September URC Hall. Doors open 6.45pm for teas, talk starts 7.15. Tickets £8.00 from Burway Books.

All proceeds to Church Stretton Library Support Group Ltd working to Keep the Library Where It Is.


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“No Need For Pictures”

Library supporters should mark their diaries for two CSLSGL fund-raising events next month.

Bert Coules, a professional scriptwriter for over 30 years, has been invited to Church Stretton to talk about his work writing radio drama. Bert’s scripts for BBC Radio 4 include Brother Cadfael serials and the Complete Sherlock Holmes, and have been performed by actors such as Brian Blessed, Hugh Bonneville, Mark Gatiss, Oliver Reed, Michael Williams, Donald Sinden, Andrew Sachs, Judi Dench, Peter Sallis, Tom Baker and many, many more.

As well as hearing from Bert himself about the work and the people behind the microphone, audiences can experience something of the flavour of the recording studio the following week as The Stretton Players present two of Bert’s many radio dramatizations of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ at the Silvester Horne Institute.

Please support both these events, as the profits will go to the Library Support Group to help our efforts in the forthcoming Procurement Process, which will decide the future of the Library.

Thursday 21st September:

No Need For Pictures

Bert Coules, BBC scriptwriter, reveals the joys and trials of writing radio drama.

URC Hall 7.15pm Tickets £8.00 from Burway Books

Presented by Church Stretton Library Support Group Ltd

Friday 29th September: 

“Sherlock Holmes:  A Two-Pipe Problem”

The Stretton Players. SHI 7.30pm (Details re. tickets to follow)

 Profits from these events to Church Stretton Library Support Group Ltd.


During a preliminary visit in August, Bert Coules visited the Library and gave his support to our efforts to keep it in the town centre.


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Church Stretton Library –another consultation!


Shropshire Council received over 500 responses from residents to the consultation on the Church Stretton library service earlier this summer.


Residents said their top 3 priorities were:


Voted as Very Important by:


1: The library is accessible for all those wishing to use the facility 90.19% of residents
2 The library is located in a town centre location


84.34% of residents
3 The library offers a safe environment to all users 77.36% of residents



Shropshire Council have now published draft documents describing the new library service and the criteria they will use to select an organisation to manage this service.

They are running a further consultation from August 21st to 18th September

to ask residents if the draft documents they have drawn up reflect what people said.

This is not a user – friendly questionnaire and to respond one has to first read and cross reference:


  • The full results of the consultation
  • Proposed tender questions
  • Proposed tender scoring scheme
  • The Church Stretton Library Service Specification


This is not for the faint hearted!!


You can find all the above documents and how to respond to this consultation at


Paper copies are also available at the following locations: the library, leisure centre, Mayfair Health and Well-Being Centre, and Church Stretton Town Council’s office.


Top Tip: Keep the top 3 priorities people voted for in mind when reading these documents and keep asking yourself does the document reflect these priorities!!


 NB As Church Stretton Library Support Group will be submitting a bid to run the library in its current setting it would be inappropriate for us to let people know our views on these documents.



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