Church Stretton has won a joint first in the town category of Shropshire Outstanding Community Awards.

Church Stretton has been awarded joint first in the town category of Shropshire Outstanding Communities Awards.

The Shropshire Outstanding Community award is designed to showcase the county’s communities.  It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate Church Stretton’s unusually vibrant and cohesive community.  The award submission was entered by the town council in June of this year. The submission reflected on the depth and breadth of our community spirit both ‘in peacetime’ and of course during the extraordinary events of the COVID pandemic.

The award has been granted by the Community Foundation for Shropshire, and this was the inaugural award.  The award is a cash prize and a plaque.    The Awards Ceremony was held in the Ironbridge Museum on the evening of 21 October. The mayor, Councillor Andy Munro, deputy mayor Councillor Sheila Davies and local businessman John Vine attended the ceremony to receive the award.

Andy Munro said: 

Our only concern when we entered this competition was that we wouldn’t be able to do justice to our remarkable Church Stretton community. There is so much to celebrate. We’re thankful to the Judges and honoured to receive this award on behalf of the community

The entry talked of; the vibrancy of both Church Stretton town and Little and All Stretton villages, our wide ranging sports and social clubs, our immediate countryside and how we support nature and wildlife, how we communicate with each other, our health and wellbeing and our efforts to be more sustainable. We also spoke of the efforts made by the Church’s, businesses, groups and individuals to support each other during the pandemic which really demonstrated the adage – hard times will always reveal true friends. 

In summing up the application said

What makes Church Stretton special is the people who live and work here and their strong sense of community spirit.

There is a long tradition of community service in the town which has been reinforced generation upon generation. People are generous in supporting others within the community, both through fundraising and in giving their time. This was demonstrated by the pandemic, when the need arises, residents of all ages willingly offer their services for the community good.

The full entry for the award submission is below. The council is keen to hear your experiences and celebrations of our outstanding community.

3 thoughts on “Church Stretton has won a joint first in the town category of Shropshire Outstanding Community Awards.”

  1. What fantastic news, Church Stretton receiving this award and being acknowledged for being such a wonderful community to live and work in.
    Well done!

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