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.”

Call for volunteers to help save pets’ corner in Longford Park

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.

n 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.”

Alice - Open Air Theatre Saturday 31st August 5pm

You are invited to join Alice at her extraordinary birthday tea party…

Heartbreak’s ingenious and highly energetic adaptation blends both of Lewis Carroll’s volumes (Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass) to produce a fast paced production full of engaging dialogue, inspiring music and magical adventure.

Renowned for their award winning open air theatre, this brand new production is bursting with Heartbreak’s unique combination of interactive and imaginative theatre style that promises to be a captivating treat for all the family.

Tickets are now available online at www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk, or call 0161 864 2414. Tickets are priced at £13/adult; £10/OAP/Student; £8/Child (5-16years); £40/family(2 adults & 2 children).

New facilities for Longford Park

The following news release was issued by Trafford Council on the 25th July 2013 :-

A new café in Longford Park, Caffeine and Co, opened to the public on Sunday 21st July.

The café, housed in the Edwardian Bungalow which has now been fully renovated, will bake its own bread on the premises in partnership with Uprising Bakehouse, a small bakery from Manchester started by a group of people intent on reviving real bread in the community. The bakery is passionate about using almost entirely seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and authentic, organic products.

The café will initially offer a range of snacks and refreshments and once fully operational will also serve more substantial meals. As well as warm scones being served fresh from the oven at 3pm daily, customers can also enjoy a full brunch menu at weekends, slow cooks and stews for lunch as well as homemade kid’s lunches and occasional summer barbecues.

In addition, the building will also house a disabled toilet and changing facility for children and adults with disabilities. This is one of only two such units in Trafford, making the park accessible to parents and carers, meaning they can spend longer hours outside of the home and enjoy their day in the park.

The new facilities have been made possible due to funding from Aiming High, an initiative to improve services for disabled children and their families.

Executive Councillor Alan Mitchell commented: “The park has been crying out for this kind of facility for a number of years and I’m sure it will be a much welcomed addition to the community. I look forward to its use and enjoyment by local people.”

Old Trafford Gardeners Plant Sale - Sun 19th May 12-3pm

Free Boot Camp Starting Monday April 1st 10am

Every Monday until 6th May
Meet at the park’s new community café
contact Sammi – 07412711101
Supported by Friends of Longford Park

The BIG DIG Saturday 16th March 2–5pm Longford Park

Rylands Kitchen Garden – is developing – and needs YOU!

Through the black door in the wall past the pet’s corner, on the patch where the kitchen garden was in John Ryland’s day, there have been many changes over the last two years! A group of locals, part of Friends of Longford Park, are now growing local food.

Saturday 16th March is BIG DIG day nationally and we will be among numerous gardens in the North West and across the country who will be opening their doors and encouraging you to join us…..See www.bigdig.org.uk

The community allotment surrounds the bowling greens and there is a vegetable section, a herb patch as well as a developing small orchard and soft fruit section.

We have had exciting times, as we have seen the changes we have made and the support of those who have dropped in to help as volunteers or for our open days - even when the weather has been rather wet! We have had challenges too, this last year, thanks to the weather, as well as vandalism of the greenhouses, newly erected on site, even before we have been able to use them!

We are all learning, as we garden, and we look forward to a positive year ahead – with abundant crops….
whether you can join us on a regular or occasional basis – you will be welcome.

Call in on BIG DIG afternoon between 2pm and 5 pm to help plant potatoes, sow salad seeds, get some information and of course have some refreshments.

If you can’t make it on 16th you can drop in any Sunday morning from 10am – 12pm or Monday afternoon from 2 – 4pm and from Easter we will also meet on Thursday evenings from 6 – 7.30pm.

For more information get in touch by email rylandskg@hotmail.co.uk or by phone 0161 865 6064

We are grateful to
The Co-operative for the establishment of fruit trees,
Manchester Airport for greenhouses.
Unicorn Grocery for some tools, seeds and general funding
Greater Manchester Police Property Fund for arches
Parkers for perennial flowers.
Local people and Trafford Council for their support.

Christmas Carols & Winter Songs- Sun 9th Dec 2-5pm

Free entry to our Christmas Carols and Winter Songs event featuring the Open Voice Community Choir.

The event includes Christmas Carols, mince pies, mulled wine, community singing, jamaican punch and childrens activities and will be held at the Longfords Suite (adjacent to the Longford Park Athletics stadium).
The address for Longford Park Athletics Stadium is Ryebank Road, Chorlton Cum Hardy, MANCHESTER, M21 9TA.

Quiz Night & Hotpot Supper- Nov 9th, 7.30pm

Latest News: Quiz Night & Hotpot Supper- Nov 9th, 7.30pm

The Quiz night and Hotpot Supper (including vegetarian option) commences at 7.30pm 9th November at the Longfords Suite (adjacent to the Longford Park Athletics stadium). The address is Ryebank Road, Chorlton Cum Hardy, MANCHESTER, M21 9TA.

Tickets £6 in advance or £7 on the door.

Advance tickets from Sonia 864 2414

All proceeds raised will go towards hosting community events and making improvements to Longford Park

Soul and Motown Concert - Oct 12th, Longfords 7.30pm

As part of monthly centenary celebration events the Friends of Longford Park group is holding a 60s night of soul and Motown featuring the band Black and Gold on October 12 at the Longfords, Trafford Athletics Stadium, Rye Bank Road. Doors open 7.30pm.

Black and Gold are a 12-piece Lancashire band covering music from Dusty Springfield and Wilson Pickett to Sam Sparrow and Bill Withers. Tickets are £8 and available in advance, call Sonia 864 2414

Longfords Athletic club Over 50s keep fit - Tuesdays 11am

You might be interested to know that Longfords Athletic club Over 50s have started running a keep fit group.
The session is held every Tuesday at 11am, first session free then £3 a session. More details can be found at http://50plus-fitness.co.uk

Brass Band in the Park This Sunday 12th August 2-4pm

This Sunday, 12th August, between 2-4pm there will be a free brass band concert at Longford Park.
Stretford Brass Band will be performing at the Rose Garden and refreshments will be available.
Bring a picnic and hope for sunshine!

Manchester Marathon Sunday 29th April 2012

After a 10 year absence the Greater Manchester Marathon in Trafford brings the ultimate running challenge back to Manchester. On the 29th April 2012 thousands of runners will take to the streets to achieve their personal dream.

The 26 mile 385 yard course will take in some key landmarks and beautiful countryside around the borough of Trafford.The course is one of the flattest in the world, so is great for anyone looking to do their first marathon, or for those looking to set a new personal best time.

The start and finish of the Greater Manchester Marathon will be at Longford Park and over 8000 people are expected to compete ( Directions to Longford Park). The race commences at 9am.

Longford Park - Race start and first mile including Lancashire Cricket Club and MUFC’s Old Trafford stadia.

Media City UK - Miles 2 - Imperial War Museum, New Coronation St set (still to be built)

Stretford - Miles 4 - 5 Kingsway, Chester Road

Sale - Miles 6.3 Sale Town Centre

Brooklands - mile 8

Altrincham - mile 11 - 12 Altrincham Town centre

Dunham Massey - mile 15

Partington Sports Village - mile 19

Carrington- mile 21

Urmston- mile 23

Stretford - mile 25 - 26 final stretch along Kingsway, Edge Lane and Longford Park finish

If you would like to know more than visit http://www.greatermanchestermarathon.com

Monkeybox Ceilidh Band - Sat 10th March 8pm-11.30pm

Beekeeping and You - Friday 24th Feb 7.30pm

Manchester and District Beekeepers’ Association members and local Beekeeper Dave Rome will be attending to talk about the practicality and benefits of keeping bees in an urban environment.

The Community Centre is located at the Firswood Quadrant Entrance to the Park behind the Beacon Centre (formerly Greatstone Library).

Come along if you are interested in finding out more about this fascinating subject or if you would like to share your experience of keeping bees. Refreshments and locally produced honey will be able to taste.

For further information see the Friends of Longford Park website folp.org.uk or telephone Jean on 865 6030.

Work begins on new cafe for Longford Park

The following news release was issued by Trafford Council on the 3rd February 2012 :-

An exciting project to create a new cafe in Longford Park is under way.

The café will be housed in one of the park’s original buildings, an Edwardian bungalow, which is currently undergoing a sensitive renovation. Works also include the creation of a fully accessible Changing Places toilet and a new external paved seating area.

Manchester and Cheshire Construction have commenced work on the creation of the new café and Trafford Council will shortly be seeking to engage a community focused organisation to run the café.

There are a series of exciting events coming to Trafford in the near future, including the Greater Manchester Marathon on April 28 that begins and ends in Longford Park and in July, visitors from around the world will be coming to Trafford for the London 2012 Olympic Games (Football).

A project to improve the footpath network around Pet’s Corner, which is close to the café, will also be undertaken during the same period, with a new notice board and park signs also being installed.

Longford Park, which is a designated conservation area, became a public park after it was purchased by Stretford Urban District Council in 1911 and then opened in 1912.

The new café is causing great excitement among the community as local resident Patricia Morris of Kings Road, Stretford explains: “I often take my grandchildren to Longford Park and the café will be a welcome addition. The kids love the play area and the animals but there are no toilet facilities and nowhere to go and have a cuppa. I’m looking forward to sitting outside the café in the summer and watching the kids on the swings.”

Executive Councillor John Reilly said: “This is a fantastic project, which will provide a facility that can be used and enjoyed by all visitors to the park. Not only will the renovation of the building celebrate the history of this much-loved site, but the opening of the café will help ensure that this valuable asset can be enjoyed by as many people as possible.”

To help mark the start of the project, Manchester and Cheshire Construction ran an art competition at nearby St John’s Primary School. Children created scenes of Longford Park and the new café and the winning entries will be displayed on a large banner at the site during the renovation works.

Talk on Fletcher Moss Gardens 24th February at 7.30pm…

Talk on Fletcher Moss Gardens Its History & Plants By John Steedman 24th February at 7.30pm
The venue is the Council Chambers at Sale Waterside Arts Centre
Tickets £8/Concessions £6 From Box Office Sale Waterside Arts Centre Tel: 0161 912 5616

Wine Tasting Evening in Longford Park - Friday 20th January

“Wine Tasting Evening in Longford Park” accompanied by a selection of fine cheeses and its run in association with Majestic Wines. The start time is 7.45pm and tickets are £12 available from Chorlton Bookshop, Bob (286 6979) or Sonia - 864 2414).

Illustrated Nature Talk and FOLP AGM 21st July 7pm 2011

FOLP 2011 AGM and illustrated Nature Talk

The Friends of Longford Park 2011 AGM will be held at 7-00 pm on Thursday 21st July in the Longfords Suite at Longford Park Stadium. The evening will begin with an illustrated talk on the Plant Life and Biodiversity of Chorlton Meadows/The Mersey Valley given by Mr Dave Bishop, the Chair of Friends of Chorlton Meadows.

Following refreshments, the meeting proper will commence at approximately 8-15 pm. There will a report on the Group activities over the past 12 months and the usual election of Officers and Committee. There will also be an update from Trafford Borough Council on matters appertaining to the Park

The Friends of Longford Park(FOLP) are in need of new Committee members - and particularly a person to fill the position of Secretary which will be vacated on the night.
Please do come along and join in - Your Park needs you!!

2011 Stretford Carnival and Fun Fair at Longford Park

The 2011 Longford Park Fair commences on Thursday 23rd June and continues until Monday the 27th of June.

Morleys Fun Fair is situated on the Firswood end of Longford Park near the Rye bank road field and will be part of the festivities lined up for the 2011 Stretford Pageant this weekend.

Stretford Carnival and Fair has the following opening times:
Thursday 6pm-9.30pm
Friday 6pm-9.30pm
Saturday 1pm-9.30pm
Sunday 1pm-9.30pm
Monday 6pm-9.30pm

Find out more about Stretford Pageant