Church Stretton in Shropshire is a small market town with a population of approximately 4500
people. However, both the town and the Centre serve an area of some 200 square miles of
scattered hamlets and villages. South Shropshire is one of the most sparsely populated
counties in the country.
Mayfair Community Centre in Church Stretton is an open access Community Centre run by the
Strettons Mayfair Trust, a charitable trust limited by guarantee. The Trust was set up in 1996 in
order to realise the Centre. The Centre was created in response to identified local needs.
The building in which the Centre is housed is owned by South Shropshire Housing Association.
On the same site are ten sheltered housing units. The Strettons Mayfair Trust has responsibility
to act as warden to the tenants in these units.
The Community Centre was opened in 1997 to provide:
By 1999, over 700 people a week were using the facilities. Not only was the Centre short of
space but, the Trust identified unmet needs within the community that fell within their remit to
deliver, if the funds could be found. In 1999 a first stage application was submitted to the New
Opportunities Fund to expand into a Healthy Living Centre. The Trust was invited into a second
stage in 2000 and in March 2001 a grant was awarded. In 2002 the Centre activities relocated
to four sites, whilst an additional storey was added to the building. The Centre is now the first
Healthy Living Centre in Shropshire. The expanded services provides:
The Centre has a staff team of 28 (mainly part-time) who are assisted by well over 300
volunteers. The volunteers are a vital part of the Centre. Not only do they help provide services
but, they also create the atmosphere that has given rise to the ‘Mayfair family’.
The Centre has a fundraising team. Their work is vital to the sustainability of Mayfair and in
addition, they provide many enjoyable social activities.
In 2013 over 1200 people a week used the facilities. The Centre is run by the Community for
the Community and is open to all.