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.


Judi Dench and Michael Williams

Donald Sinden

Andrew Sachs and Clive Merrison

Philip Madoc as Brother Cadfael


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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 http://new.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/selection-criteria-for-the-appointment-of-a-new-organisation-to-manage-library-services-in-church-stretton/


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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The CSLSGL have put many months of effort into trying to keep the Library in its current town centre location. However, they did not face the task met by Church Stretton Library supporters 128 years ago when, according to this item in the Wellington Journal of 6th April 1889, the entire Library appears to have disappeared completely!


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New Public Consultation on the Library

Shropshire Council has now announced the next stage in the lengthy process of deciding the future of Church Stretton Library. A public consultation has now been launched which will help the Council finalise details for its procurement process, in which further bids to run the library will be invited.

This is a completely new consultation, so even if you have already responded to the previous consultations, it is important that you participate again this time to make your wishes heard.

The consultation will run until July 10th, and can either be completed online


or paper copies are available from: the Library, Town Council Office, the Leisure Centre, Mayfair and the Health & Wellbeing Cente.

We realise that many people will be taking holidays during the consultation period, so do make sure you respond promptly, and help spread the word about the latest consultation.

For an over view of the situation regarding the town’s “At Risk ” services, there is an informative report on the Town Council’s website


which includes the funding requests made by ourselves and the Academy.

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Drop In – A Great Success

The Library Support Group Drop-In at Church Stretton Library on 30th May was a great success. Members of the Group had a very busy morning detailing to “droppers-in” the current situation regarding the future of the  Library, to the accompaniment of tea and cake. Many thanks to all those who signed pledge forms on the day, pledging both financial and practical help in our bid to keep the Library in its proper place in the town centre.

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Tea, Cake & Chat at the Library


Drop in for tea and cake

and hear the latest news on the library

Tuesday 30th May 2017

between 10 a.m  and 12 noon

in Church Stretton library

Church Stretton Library Support Group have been campaigning for nearly three years to keep the library in its current building.

You can email for more information at churchstrettonlibrary@outlook.com


CSLSG Ltd. Is a non-political, non-profit organisation. Registered office

15 Stretton Farm Road, Church Stretton. Company no. 09648663


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