Busy day in Longford Park this Saturday 30th August
More free Disc Golf taster sessions on the old pitch and putt course between 10am and 5pm - just turn up. Then - get your tickets now for Peter Pan, at the People’s Millions Gardens (or the near the old shelters at the back of the formal gardens) at 5pm.
Also in case you missed it - here is the facebook page for Pets Corner - https://www.facebook.com/groups/LongfordParkPetsCorner/
Saturday August 30th at 5pm: Peter Pan and the Lost Boys
Back by popular demand, Heartbreak Productions are returning to Longford Park with an outdoor theatre production of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.
On Saturday August 30th at 5pm you are invited to bring a picnic, chairs or a rug and join the Lost Boys as they stage an overnight protest to save their local skate park and find yourself whisked away to Neverland. Whether you’re five or 95, this energetic and enthralling adaptation guarantees audiences an enchanting experience full of magic, laughter and excitement.
Heartbreak’s innovative adaptation of the iconic classic Peter Pan gives audiences a chance to join the gang – team up with the Lost Boys and let your imagination run wild in a skate park full of fun and adventure
Tickets are available online (booking and credit card fees apply) at
https://longfordparkpp.eventbrite.co.uk or in person from the Longford Park Café.
Adults £13, OAP/Students £10, Children (5-16) £8, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £40. Under 5s are free.
This production will go ahead in all but the worst weather conditions (generally thunderstorms) so bring appropriate clothing (sunscreen, hat and an umbrella!).
Chairs are not provided and places cannot be reserved in advance.
Dogs are not permitted in the audience area (guide dogs excepted).
Please note the booking fees charged for these tickets are not under the control of Friends of Longford Park. Tickets are also available at the Longford Park Cafe for face value.
If buying in person only cash or cheque will be accepted – please make cheques payable to Friends of Longford Park.
If not sold out tickets may be available on the door on a first come first served basis - please note that last year this event sold out before the performance.
We encourage you to walk or use public transport to get to Longford Park (Stretford Metro is the closest) but if you must drive there is a car park at the Ryebank Road entrance, next to the athletics stadium. The car park at the Cromwell Road entrance will be closed.
Please check this website and our facebook site for updates.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.”
Longford Park Health Walks Autumn/Winter 2013/14
SUNDAY 27th OCTOBER
SUNDAY 24TH NOVEMBER
SUNDAY 29TH DECEMBER
SUNDAY 26TH JANUARY 2014
SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY
SUNDAY 30TH 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
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