Sat 29 March 2014 11am-3pm: Basket Installation Day
This event is all about making disc golf in Longford Park a reality. The first sod of earth will be moved and three baskets (Holes 1, 2 and 18) will be installed in Longford Park.
Can you come along and help us? Big strapping boys and girls required. Dress appropriately (wellies and waterproofs). We will provide the materials, but please bring your own elbow grease and, if you have one, a spade.
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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.”
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