EMERGENCY: Our parks and greenspaces are in grave danger again!
Trafford Council is in the process of privatising our parks and green space services. This will involve a private company being given the maintenance contract for up to 23 years for all the green spaces in the borough.
The Friends of Parks movement in Trafford was formed approx 15 years ago in response to the decline of our parks which happened when Trafford Council privatised the maintenance of the parks and green spaces services to a company and they did not do a good job - indeed the parks were in a terrible state that the service was bought in-house again.
The shared view amongst the Friends of Trafford Park is that the in-house park services need to be retained but there is need to achieve better services within the finances available.
Also you can show your support by signing the following petition https://www.change.org/p/save-our-parks-protect-and-invest-in-the-uk-s-public-green-spaces
CANCELLED: Friends of Longford Park 7th December
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the FOLP Christmas Carols event this year but we are very pleased that the following local events are taking place:
- Friday 12th December at 7 until 9 pm Christmas Concert and Carols Longford Community Choir Firswood Community Centre Tickets £5 includes mince pie and tea/coffee
- Sunday 14th December Christmas Market including Santas Grotto, Children’s activities, stalls and carol’s 2pm until 6pm Longford’s Function suite Trafford Athletics Stadium
2014 Quiz Night & Hotpot Supper Friday 7th Nov 7.30pm
Quiz night is on Friday 7th November at the Longfords Suite, Longford Park. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9 and available from the cafe in the park, the newsagent by Stretford Metro or call Sonia on 864 2414.
Vegetarian option available but must be booked in advance!
This event has sold out for the last two years so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
Longford Park Allotment Open Day this Sunday 19th Oct 2-4pm
Find out more about http://longford-park-allotment.org.uk
Longford Park Archaeology Dig Open Day 18th October 10am-3pm
The Centre for applied Archaeology Salford are pleased to announce that Longford Park in Stretford has now been confirmed as the site for the Trafford leg of Dig Greater Manchester.
The dig will run from the 6th - 18th October 2014 (no Sunday working and Saturday 18th October will be the public open day).The site was home to Longford Hall best known for its association with the Manchester cotton magnate John Rylands who purchased the Longford Estate in 1855 and built a mansion house on the site. The history of Longford Hall is however older dating back to at least the mid-18th century. The site is said to have originally been a farm comprised of a large house and several other buildings and a large kitchen garden.
Find out more about http://www.thedigsite.co.uk/news.html
Longford Park Health Walks Autumn/Winter 2014/14
HEALTH WALKS AUTUMN/WINTER 2014
Sunday 26th October
Sunday 30th November
Sunday 28th December
Sunday 25th January 2015
Sunday 22nd February
Sunday 29th March
Join Friends of Longford Park volunteers in a gentle stroll around the main paths in Longford Park Stretford. Enjoy the fresh air, company and beautiful surroundings of Trafford’s largest park.
Walking can make a difference. It can be fun, a chance to talk and can help keep you fit. Research has shown that walking in green surroundings can promote a drop in blood pressure and reduce feelings of stress. The walks are especially suitable for people who do not take regular exercise and who might feel unable to access their local green space.
Walks commence at 10.30 am at the main entrance gate on Edge Lane (at the Junction with Cromwell Rd.) Walks last about 1 hour and are suitable for all abilities. Everyone can walk at their own pace. Wear suitable flat shoes. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk at Trafford Athletics Stadium within the park.
Walks provided in partnership with Trafford Borough Council as part of the British Heart Foundation Walking Your Way To Health Initiative. For further details contact Sport Trafford on 0161 912 3140 or Jean on 0161 865 6030
Centenary Mosaics Official Unveiling Longford Park this Sunday 28th Sept 3pm
On September 28th we are having the official unveiling of the two centenary mosaics in the People’s Millions Garden and a Harvest Market event organised by the Uprising Co-operative who will be running Pets Corner. The unveiling will take place around 3pm with Kate Green MP, whilst events around the park will be ongoing through out the day (see details of Harvest Fayre below).
We do need 15 volunteers to help out on the day - if you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Click here to view the Volunteers fact sheet.
Harvest Fayre Longford Park this Sunday 28th Sept 11am -9pm
A local co-op developing a food hub -
making hand-crafted produce for everyone to share
A farmer, a baker, a brewer, & preserve maker.
Bringing everyone together for a seasonal fayre!
Music, food, workshops and a market place including food and crafts for everyone to enjoy. We Uprising Coop have also been awarded money from Local Community Investment Business to further our dream of creating a micro-food production hub in Longford Park.
On the day …
Scrumptious High Noon tea and treats from MISS DAISYS TEA DEN!
Workshops on the day will include:
- Feed the pets of Longford park
- Bread making for children
- Thai Chi
- Seed planting
- Make and decorate your own pizza
- Hoola Hooping
- Circus skills and equipment
Sports shack please bring any old sports equipment to swap, share, on the day
Local poets and speakers performing spoken word at points around the park
We will have the fabulous Chorlton Art Market for the day bringing you everything from vintage to crochet
There will also be local food traders including Uprising’s very own pizza oven, scrumptious one pots, Oooh La La and their wonderful crepes and the English Rose Bakery’s delightfully colourful macaroons.
There will be a fabulous DJ playing between three and four then bands into the evening EMU, RUBBER DUCK ORCHESTRA AND WALK.
find out more from https://www.facebook.com/events/937651486249781/
Also in case you missed it - here is the facebook page for Pets Corner - https://www.facebook.com/groups/LongfordParkPetsCorner/
June FOLP Newsletter - All the latest News
Click here for the FOLP June newsletter which provides loads of useful information related to the cafe, disc golf, the community allotment, health walks, fitness bootcamps, bowling in the park,scouts, Firswood Community centre and Longford Park Stadium.
Particular events you may be interested in include:-
Cafe workers save Longford Park’s pets corner
As reported by Amy Glendinning on the April 21st 2014 (View the Article).
A pets’ corner threatened with closure due to council cuts is to be saved - and run as an urban farm.
Members of the Uprising Bakery co-operative, who run Longford Park’s cafe, are to take over the space currently home to over 100 birds and rabbits.
They plan to raise goats, chickens and geese there - as well as growing fruit and veg.
The group, who took over the cafe from Trafford Council last year, are due to sign a contract with the council in a few weeks’ time and should get the keys by the end of April.
And after appealing for volunteers to help look after the animals last week, over 50 people have already signed up - with training due to start in May.
Members of Uprising Bakery, who bake and sell artisan breads, stepped in when the council announced it could no longer afford to keep it running.
Under the plans, the hundred odd budgerigars and parrots currently living there will be re-homed, with the aviary torn down.
The space will then be used to keep goats plus ducks and chickens, whose eggs will be on sale.
Dozens of rabbits, chickens and parrots could be made homeless as part of town hall cuts.
Fruit and vegetables including gourmet cooking ingredients will be grown there along with proposals for gardening classes and pick-your-own fruit beds.
Janey Riley, a member of the nine-strong Uprising Bakery co-operative, said: “Because we’re based in the park the general public are really important to us, it’s about the experience people have when they are here.
“When we heard the pets’ corner was to close we didn’t want to see it go and I think people who use the park looked to us to do something.
“Two of our members are already growing on land outside Manchester and another is a horticulturalist, so they are passionate about urban growing and we can use those skills.
“I don’t think pets’ corner is particularly educational for older children so we want to run something more interactive with feeding times for the animals where they can get involved.”
A Trafford Council spokeswoman confirmed they were in negotiations with a community group but would not say who, adding in a statement: “We are currently in meaningful dicussions with community groups to develop a way forward for facilities at Longford Park.”
Removal of funding and possible closure of Pets Corner
Please sign the petition to Save Pets Corner
The impact of 2014-15 Trafford Council’s budget proposals may mean the closure of Longford Park’s Pets Corner. Trafford Council ‘seek alternative support/cease council support of Pets corners in Longford Park‘.
Sue from the Friends of Longford Park is looking to find volunteers to help in Pets Corner. If anybody is interested they can email email@example.com or ring 01618657169. She is hoping to arrange a meeting this coming week as the site is due to close at the end of the month.
As reported in the Stretford and Urmston Messenger 15th March 2014 by Kate Banks (View the Article)
FANS of Pets’ Corner in Longford Park are appealing for volunteers to help run it following the council’s decision to withdraw funding.
Trafford Council is currently responsible for the pets’ corners in Longford Park and John Leigh Park, in Altrincham, but will cease to be from April, following executive members’ approval for a package of budget cuts on February 19.
A spokesman for the council said the move is necessary to meet the projected £17m budget deficit facing the council this year, but is in talks with the Friends of Longford Park group and Uprising Cafe to establish an alternative model.
In fact Janey Riley, who is one of the directors of Uprising, hopes the cafe can take over the management of the pet’s corner under a service licence agreement and thinks the attraction can be better than ever.
Janey said the cafe already makes preservatives, brews beer and teaches people to bake bread, but hopes to extend micro-food production by introducing laying hens and goats which can produce milk – which can then be used in the cafe.
While the cafe would manage the pets corner, volunteers are needed to help look after the animals and many people have already expressed an interest.
People wanting to volunteer should email Sue Simpkins on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sue said: “The more people who volunteer the better it will be as then people will have to give up less of their time.”
Council leader, Cllr Sean Anstee, said: “It is pleasing to see that an agreement appears close to being reached to allow the facility to remain open for the community to use and I am grateful to all those involved to date.
“The scale of the financial challenge we face is unprecedented, but Trafford and its communities continue to show resilience to it as we seek to collectively work together to maintain facilities for all to use.”
Longford councillor, Anne Duffield, said: “We are now more hopeful that pets’ corner can remain in Longford Park and that local people will come forward to volunteer.
“Negotiations are on-going with Trafford Council about the level of funding that will be available to support this.”
Latest News [8th August 2013]:Longford Park Mosaic Now installed
As a permanent commemoration of Longford Park’s first 100 years, the Friends of Longford Park are commissioning two mosaic features that will celebrate the People’s Park from 1912 onwards.
Tracey Cartledge working with St Hilda’s schoolchildren has now installed the first mosaic in the Longford Park formal gardens based on themes from 1912. Find out more about the work of Tracey Cartledge.
We do need sponsorship/new contributions/funding to get another mosaic made which will be sited on the other side of the formal gardens and will focus on images from 2012!
Latest News [20th August 2013]: Longford Park Cafe now open
Longford Park Cafe is now open 9.30am during the week and 10am on the weekend, closing 5pm every day.
Initially the cafe will serve coffee, cake, sandwiches and ice creams. This will be extended to also offering bread in partnership with Uprising Bakery, warm scones from the oven at 3pm, a full brunch menu at weekends, slow cooks & stews for lunch, homemade kid’s lunch & occasional summer barbecues.
Find out more about Caffeine & Co by visiting their Facebook site
Also, more information on Caffeine & Co and Hulme’s Uprising Bakehouse can be found in a recent Manchester Confidential article.
More about the Edwardian Bungalow:
The best way to preserve older buildings such as the Edwardian Bungalow is to put them back into productive use and this scheme will restore an attractive building in the Longford Park conservation area as well providing the local community with a cafe, community space and centrally located toilets.
The conversion of the building comprises replacing roof coverings, repairs to timbers, new windows and doors, re-pointing and general repairs plus the internal rearrangement of facilities to provide a new cafe with an associated toilet block which can be opened up separately. Externally, a new paved seating area is to be created for use by the cafe.
Latest News: Longford Community Choir
Learn to sing! Join Longford Community Choir!
Friday nights at Firswood Community Centre M32 8QS 6 – 8pm
Only £3 per session (including refreshments!)
I’m here to help you to realize your ambition to sing well and above all enjoy yourself whilst you learn. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced, and at any age!
Individual lessons in Pop Vocals, Classical Singing, Musical Theatre and early piano now also available at £15 per half hour. Exams from the London College of Music, Rockschool or just Sing for fun!!
Visit http://www.longfordchoir.org.uk or Contact me: - Janice Rendel Dip(LCM) on 0161 864 1996.
Aims of the Friends of Longford Park:
Friends of Longford Park (Stretford, Manchester) are a group of local people who work with Trafford Council to improve and promote the park as a vibrant local facility for the whole community.
The Friends have held many successful events ranging from social nights, health walks, festivals, picnics, conservation days, carol singing, tree planting, music events, youth activity days and have helped in the creation of a wildlife garden.
To host more of these events we do need more volunteers. Please contact us if you can help out.
Find out more about our activities and how the community can develop and shape the future of Longford Park.
1933 Incorporation of Stretford
Borough Council and Fireworks!
Longford Park is the largest park in the borough of Trafford and is in need of significant investment. The Friends of Longford Park believe that the park remains an attractive place to visit, a vital community resource with a rich heritage that has the potential to be an excellent asset for Stretford and the whole of Trafford. The North West Film Archive have kindly provided a 1933 film that illustrates the important role Longford Park has played in the heritage of Stretford.
The Friends of Longford Park are keen to help develop a first class park with great historical significance and exciting green credentials. If you care about Longford Park or would just like to get involved with a worthwhile enjoyable community group then please contact us. If you have comments, suggestions or ideas regarding the future of Longford Park then please add your comments here.
Images of Longford Park:
Image Courtesy of Imran Rashid