Please support Longford Park’s Pets’ Corner Emergency Fund
Closing date 21st June 2015 so please show your support at: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/pets-corner-emergency-fund/
Longford Park Pets’ Corner urgently needs funds to upgrade our security for the animals and also for ongoing costs, vet fees, etc. Following a recent unfortunate incident at Pets’ Corner, we have decided to invest in security measures. Also, Gandalf the goat now has a new friend (Frodo) and we wish to raise enough money for vets’ bills and improving the pets’ environment for at least the next 12 months.
Since we took it over from the Council in October 2014, all of the work has been done by volunteers, and they have had to contribute their own money to keep Pets’ Corner going. We now have goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and guinea pigs.
We know that the local community of Stretford, Chorlton, and surrounding areas want us to stay open, and we want to keep animals there and to make sure that they are safe. So many people have told us that they remember coming to this area as children, and that they now bring their children to Pets’ Corner to see the animals. We want to have a collection of happy, well-fed and SAFE animals, of which the local community can be proud.
Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LongfordParkPetsCorner
Mr Stink outdoor theatre Sunday 16th August at 5pm
The outdoor theatre is back in Longford Park!
Watch the colourful characters from the celebrated David Walliams story come to life in our adaptation of Mr Stink for the open air.
Twelve year old Chloe and a very smelly, homeless man -Mr Stink - forge an extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed.
An outdoor show packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this brand new adaptation of Mr Stink with some audience participation is suitable for the whole family to enjoy.
All tickets are £10 (under 5s are free). Tickets are available from the Longford Park café, NewsLink at Stretford Metro Station, and soon to be available at Chorlton Bookshop. Tickets can also be bought online at https://longfordparkmrstink.eventbrite.co.uk (admin fees apply).
•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 Café, NewsLink at Stretford Metro or Chorlton Bookshop for face value.
•If not sold out tickets may be available on the door on a first come first served basis – we will not know till on the day.
•For general information on the play see http://www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk/ or contact us at email@example.com.
•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.
Community allotment Open Day - May 10th 2015
There will be a short taster session about ‘Growing in Pots’ in our second new greenhouse, “buy” plants, have a tour around the garden and, of course, have the usual tea and cakes!
Find out more at http://longford-park-allotment.org.uk
Anyone interested in volunteering for the Community Allotment should visit their website for more information or just drop in to one of the volunteer sessions which take place on Sundays 10am – noon and Mondays 2 – 4pm and (from 7th May) on Thursdays between 6 and 7.30pm. The entrance is through the black door opposite the cafe and in the wall past the Pet’s Corner.
Longford and Firswood Strollers Health Walks Spring/Summer 2015
Here are the dates for Spring/Summer 2015:
Sunday 29th March
Sunday 26th April
Sunday 31st May
Sunday 28th June
Sunday 26th July
Sunday 30th August
Sunday 27th September
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 Trafford Community Leisure Trust on 0161 826 3969 or Jean on 0161 865 6030
You can also read an article about the Longford and Firswood Strollers in the June 2015 edition of the Chorlton Community Index:
Other events for Longford Park Summer 2015
The children’s play area by the cafe is currently being extended, while there will be disc golf open days during the summer, with a permanent 18 hole course due for completion by the end of the year. Other events for the diary include Sunday 16th August 2015, when Heartbreak Productions have an open-air theatre performance of ‘Mr Stink’.
Centenary Mosaics Official Unveiling Longford Park Sunday 28th Sept 3pm 2014
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 2014 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 2014 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