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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 events@grubsup.org for more details.
Click here to view the Volunteers fact sheet.

Harvest Fayre Longford Park this Sunday 28th Sept 11am -9pm

Rub-a-grub grub
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:

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

Supported Sports
Sports shack please bring any old sports equipment to swap, share, on the day

Speakers Corners
Local poets and speakers performing spoken word at points around the park

MARKETS:
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.

Pavillion Music
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:-

  • Disc Golf Open Days 9am -6pm 9th August
  • Community Allotment Sundays 10am –noon, Mondays 2-4pm, or Thursday (summer only 6.00 – 7.30pm)
  • Quiz Night and Hotpot Supper 7th November
  • Christmas Carols 7th December

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 longford.petscorner@yahoo.co.uk 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 longford.petscorner@yahoo.co.uk.

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

Image Courtesy of Julie Henson

Image Courtesy of Hannah Roberts

Image Courtesy of Jean Thompson


Please view our Longford Park Image Gallery .

If you have any pictures or film of Longford Park you would like to share with us then please contact us.

What's On

Sat 9th August 2014 9am-8pm: Disc Golf Open Day

All welcome, and if you have Facebook, please sign up to our Facebook group:-
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ManchesterDiscGolf/
and sign up for our Facebook event by clicking on this link

Sun 13th Oct: M32 Boundary Walk and Photo Competition

Think you know Stretford? Think again!

Boundary Walk

Join members of the M32 Arts group on a casual walk around the boundary of the M32 postcode and discover the diverse terrain of Stretford, Manchester. This is a social occasion and has been organised for fun, for the physical challenge and for the excitement of what may be discovered along the way. It will take a leisurely pace, aiming to keep people together and allowing stops for occasional photographs. The route has been mapped to stick as close as possible to the boundary line of the postcode, only diverting when there is no footpath to follow, giving a sense of what is contained within the area where many of us live and many more have grown up.

The walk will be divided up into two legs with a stop off in the middle at the Longford Park Café where people can leave or join the group. The first half of the walk is fairly accessible for those with pushchairs or wheel chairs and mostly on pavement and canal path (although please do check the map carefully to inform your own decision as to whether this is acceptable for you). The second half from Longford Park south is more rural terrain, fields, footpaths, canal paths (and occasional undergrowth!) so this is perhaps the more challenging leg of the journey. We recommend you wear appropriate sturdy footwear and clothing appropriate to the forecasted weather conditions bringing a water proof, drink and snack just in case.

Sunday 13th October 2013 10am – 5pm Total walk time: 6-7 hours Total distance: 20km – 12.5 miles Start: Meet at The Urmston Pub at 10am Middle/Start of 2nd Leg: Stop off at Longford Park Café between 1-2pm End: At The Urmston Pub between 4-5pm

Photography Competition & Calendar

M32 Arts group is holding a photographic competition with a theme of ‘Community’. The winning photographs will be chosen to create a calendar which will be sold locally to raise funds for future arts projects in the neighbourhood in 2014. The only criteria is that photographers must live in M32 and photos must be taken within the M32 boundary. Joining in the boundary walk will be a great opportunity to take some shots! Photos must be submitted by Sunday 27th October by sending them to M32Arts@gmail.com Winners will be announced on shortly after and details of the calendar will follow shortly including cost, how to buy it and where.

Who are we?

M32 Arts is a group of like minded people with a passion for all things art and all things Stretford. We’re about bringing together people, talent and places in M32 and offering an alternative view and experience, that enriches where we live. If you are an artist, musician, dancer, writer, photographer, street performer, or someone who loves all of the above and would like to see more of it locally- whatever your bag- we would love you to join us. So please get in touch and join our group!

Photography Contact M32Arts@gmail.com

Press contact timpeterellis@gmail.com

Tues 22nd Oct - Longford Park General Meeting and AGM

It is our AGM on Tuesday 22nd October 7pm, at the Longfords Suite (next to the Athletics Stadium).

If you’re interested in joining the committee, helping out, or just concerned about the park we’d love to see you. The bar will be open for the duration of the meeting!

Harjinders Kitchen: Punjabi Cooking This Sat 10th Aug

Longford and Firswood Strollers (LAFS) Health Walks

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

Trafford Wheelers - Longford Park Simply Cycling

Your all ability cycling community Fresh air, exercise and fun!

Come and join us at our friendly all ability cycling sessions in a social environment. Everyone is welcome. No need to book - just turn up and we’ll find a a suitable cycle to meet your needs. See you soon.

Trafford Wheelers at Longford Park Athletic Stadium
Ryebank Road, Stretford (Sat Nav M21 9LJ)
Session days and times
Monday: 9.30 – 12 noon
Thursday – SPECIAL RIDE OUT – PHONE TO BOOK
Friday: 9.30 – 12 noon
Sunday: 1.00 – 3.00 pm
For more information call Helen on: 07871 621778
e.mail: helenhines68@hotmail.co.uk
Visit the Website http://www.simply-cycling.org

Longford Community Choir Friday Nights 8pm

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.

Longford Park Centenary Display 2nd-30th March

The Longford Park Centenary display will be going on show in the foyer at Sale Waterside, at the Tatton Road entrance to Sale Library, from Saturday 2 March to Saturday 30 March, no entrance free. The well-illustrated display covers the history of the Longford estate in Stretford before John Rylands took it over in 1855; the Hall and estate from 1855 under Rylands and his widow; and then the more recent history of both the Hall and Park. This later history is also covered by a new feature, a ring binder of people’s memories going back to the 1920’s, again with lots of pictures.

‘The Lost World of Longford Park’ Talk Wed 20 March

Trafford Local Studies on Wednesday 20 March, at 7.15pm. The talk will explain how the speaker has recovered the lost history of the Park, from its time as a private residence, including the Rylands era, and its transition to a public park. The talk will include lots of fascinating photos - for example,a 1926 aerial view which also shows Kings Road being built - and maps, including a very detailed map of 1881, featuring the ornamental lake.