Climbing Boulder Launch Event 18th June 1pm-4pm

The Climbing Boulder Launch Event will be performed by the Worshipful Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Mrs Jane Baugh.
The Climbing Boulder is located in the older children’s playarea in the north of the park, near the Firswood community centre.
Activities will include:

  • Climbing Demonstration and supervision by Trafford Youth Department Outdoor Pursuits Team
  • Circus Skills by the Company of Fools
  • Interaction from the Gorse Hill Youth team
  • Stretford Brass Band Recital
  • Trafford Wheelers Demonstration

If anyone is available to help the Friends of Longford Park with the setting up of Tables, Chairs, Gazebo etc then please come along at 12.15pm.

More about the Climbing Boulder:-
A successful application for a Groundwork Community Spaces grant has funded an excellent climbing boulder next to the older children’s play area. The climbing boulder was constructed by climbing wall specialist Bendcrete and extends to approx 3.5m in height whilst the fall area is finished with a safety surface. The boulder provides many challenges for both the expert and more junior climber and is a very welcome addition to Longford park.

Thanks to the team at Groundwork Community Spaces, Bendcrete, Bob from the Friends of Longford Park and all the staff from Trafford Council that helped make this happen.

Seymour Grove Allotments - Plant Sale 21st May 11-3pm

This year we will be offering the usual plants and delicious refreshments in our pavilion but will also have a book stall and a ‘car boot’ sale for those who are not into growing!

Longford Park School Summer Fair Saturday 16th July 2011

Gardener looks at park past

As reported on February 24th 2011 by Peter Devine

FLASHBACK…The park’s rockery in the early 1970s
A FORMER Longford Park gardener has sent in pictures of how it used to look as it undergoes a revamp.

Chris Barnett’s photograph shows the park when it was still in its prime. He worked on the park from 1961 until 1979.
The project to transform part of the park is well under way following the award of £50,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s People’s Millions competition.

It is, hoped the cash will breathe new life into the park’s rose garden, restore running water to the ornamental fountains and to the Japanese garden and to build a band stand.
The works are expected to be completed by April. John Fitzgerald, a member of the Friends of Longford Park said: “The initial work on the gardens started back in November, and despite the bad weather in December, the project is progressing.

The designs were put together by the council with the help of the pupils of Stretford Grammar School.When it is completed in April, there is going to be quite a lot of planting to be done which will take.a season or two to become established, and before the beds will come to fruition.”

The project has also provided the opportunity for pupils to become involved in all aspects of transforming the gardens and help develop an education pack. It is seen as an important stepping stone to future improvements in Longford Park as laid out in the council’s park’s masterplan.

Friends of Chorlton Meadows Events, Spring/Summer 2011

The Friends of Chorlton Meadows have announced the following events for Spring/Summer 2011

Wild Flower and Fern Walk* led by Dave Bishop
Sunday 8th May 2011 10:30 am
Meet at Jackson’s Boat Bridge

Story Telling and Wildlife Walk* led by Ingrid Burney & Dave Bishop
Sunday 22nd May 2011
To be announced
Meeting PlaceTo be announced

An Introduction to Bees led by Carl Ashcroft (local beekeeper)
Sunday 12th June 2011
Chorlton Ees car park (end of cobbled road off Brookburn Road)

Insect Life of the Meadows led by Richard Gardner & Julian Robinson
Sunday 3rd July 2011
10:30 am
Jackson’s Boat Bridge
* We may be walking a bit further than normal for this event (Approx. from Jackson’s Boat Bridge to Chorlton Water Park and back) so you should be prepared for this.

Car parking at Jackson’s Boat is for pub customers only, so, if arriving by car, please park at Mersey Valley Visitors’ Centre car park and walk down Rifle Road to the meeting point. For all events you may like to bring a packed lunch. You will also need to wear suitable footwear (boots or stout shoes) and dress for the weather.

Contact Mersey Valley Countryside Warden Service:
Website: www.merseyvalley.org.uk
Email: info@merseyvalley.org.uk
Chorlton Water Park: tel. 0161 881 5639
Sale Visitors’ Centre: tel. 0161 905 1100

Visit the Friends of Chorlton Meadows website at: http://friendsofchorltonmeadows.blogspot.com/

Festive Carols in the Park Sunday 12th December 2010

2pm -5pm on Sunday Dec 12th for Christmas Carols in the Longfords function room at Longford Park Stadium.
This year is extra special as the Stretford Brass Band will be playing
Children’s Craft Activities will complement the Carols.
A Raffle will be held. “Tuck Shop” facility.
There will also be mince pies and mulled wine available for purchase

10-2pm Christmas Eve Trafford Wheelers Christmas Party in the Park

Join the Trafford Wheelers for a festive cycle around Longford Park with music, drinks, Christmas buffet and of course …Bikes!
Price £3.00

Contact Helen 07871 621778 or Paul 07717 832498

Visit their website at http://www.traffordwheelers.co.nr

Free Nordic Walking Taster Sessions 24th Nov 12.30pm

Learn the Nordic Walking technique, new skills and have FUN!

Burn an extra 20-46% more calories than normal walking.

Led by trained British Nordic Walking Instructor.

All equipment provided. Poles are appropriate for adults 5” and over.

The sessions are being held as follows, and are in the employee’s own time. They will last 45 mins to 1 hour.

It is essential to pre-book a place as numbers for each session are limited. To book a place contact Heather on 912 3140.

Tuesday 23rd November from 12.30pm at Crossford Bridge Pavillion, Sale (Danefield Road, Sale, M33 7WR)

Wednesday 24th November from 12.30pm at Longford Park, Stretford (meet at the ‘quadrant’ entrance to the park, off the King’s Road roundabout, Stretford, M32 8GS). Contact Heather on 912 3140 or email deborah.byrom@trafford.nhs.uk

Céilidh Night Friday - 12th November 2010

Tom Kitching (With Monkey Box!) will be back to play the Chorlton Irish Club on the 12th November 8pm-11.30pm.
Tom Kitching is a the highly accomplished fiddler and you can find out more on his website.

Tom Kitching

Refreshments by way of a Jacobs Table - Bring buffet type food you like to put on the communal table and share. Friends of Longford Park will provide cutlery and napkins.

The Chorlton Irish Club address is 17 High Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9DJ

Tickets are £7 and are available from Bob on 286 6979.

Event Update: A big thank you to all those that helped make the previous Ceilidh Night such a success. Thanks to Tom Kitching and the Cutback Ceilidh Band and also thanks to Bob and Amanda for organizing this very enjoyable event.

Quiz Night/Hotpot Supper - Friday 8th October

Our popular Quiz Night will include a fully licensed Bar, Raffle and excellent food available (including vegetarian option)

The Quiz night commences at 8pm 8th October at the Longfords Suite (adjacent to the Longford Park Athletics stadium).
The address is Ryebank Road, Chorlton Cum Hardy, MANCHESTER, M21 9TA

Tickets £7 each including supper (£2.50 admission only).

Advance tickets from Bob 286 6979

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

National Day of Walking on 26th September

To celebrate the National Day of Walking on 26th September STRIDE are holding a walking event at Longford Park in Stretford. Jean and Janet (Walk Leaders at Longford Park walk) will be leading the walk on the day. Details of the event are:-

Sunday 26th September
Longford Park, Stretford
Meeting at Main entrance gate on Edge Lane, junction with Cromwell Road
Water and a goodie bag will be provided for all walkers
Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult and dogs must be kept on a lead

You can access details of this and other events supporting the National Day of Walking at www.walkevents.org/

Stretford Brass Band/Picnic in the Park 12th September

Picnic in the Park
Sunday 12th September 2010
Music from Stretford Brass Band
2pm until 4pm
in the art deco shelters
rose garden Longford Park

Event Update: A large crowd enjoyed the great weather and great music from Stretford Brass Band on the 11th July. We are very pleased that they have agreed to play Longford Park again on the 12th September. For more information about Stretford Brass Band please visit their website.

Excerpt from the Stretford Brass Band at the Picnic in the Park -
Longford Park 11th July 2010 (Running time 2 minutes and 40 seconds) :-

Pictures from the Picnic in the Park:-

Walk Leader Training Course - Monday 27th September

Details of the next Walk Leader Training Course are below

Monday 27th September 2010
Crossford Bridge Pavilion, Danefield Road, Sale
9.30am - 3.30pm
Refreshments and lunch will be provided
You must book a place on the course if you wish to attend. Please contact 0161 9123140 to reserve a place.

The training course is for anyone wishing to lead a health walk in the Trafford area. Once trained the individual can choose to either set up a walk their selves or become part of the STRIDE scheme. Benefits of becoming part of STRIDE are:-

  1. STRIDE is affiliated to the Walking for Health initiative, a nationally recognised organisation
  2. Receive insurance cover for your walk, provided certain criteria is adhered to
  3. Free publicity for your walk
  4. Walk Leader STRIDE t-shirt and jacket will be provided for all walks
  5. Receive the STRIDE newsletter
  6. Opportunity to become a member of the Volunteer Walk Leader Group
  7. Receive further support and training from the Physical Activity Coordinator
  8. Opportunity to become involved in developing walking opportunities Trafford

Please feel free to put as many people as you wish on the training course to make your walks sustainable. If this date is not suitable then please get in touch for later dates. Please forward the email to anyone you feel may be interested.

Guided Walk Training Day -Monday 19th July

Friends of Platt Fields and Blue Badge Guides invite you to Guided Walk Training Day Monday 19th July

10 – 12.30pm: Informal and fun session with experienced guide Kate Dibble, learning how to lead an interesting themed walk.

1-2pm: Practice delivering a guided tour of the park with our weekly health walkers.

2-3pm: Feedback and discussion

Please bring a packed lunch; drinks will be provided.

Contact Jean on mob: 079444 08697 or email: jean518@btinternet.com to reserve a place (maximum 20 people).


Find at more www.plattfields.org

Trafford Destination Parks 23rd July 2010 6pm-9pm

The three main Destination Parks events will be on:

Friday 23rd July from 6pm - 9pm in Longford Park
Friday 13th August from 6pm - 9pm in Stamford Park
Friday 20th August from 6pm - 9pm in Davyhulme Park

These events will include music, arts, sports and information … such as radio workshops, live performances, breakdancing, theatre, martial arts, skating skills, lazerquest, aerosol arts, pony rides, inflatable’s, information from connexions, friends of the earth …

If you would like to be involved with this event, we are looking for partners who may like to run activities, have a stall or come and help out for the evening. Please email hazel.okeefe@trafford.gov.uk or visit Trafford Council’s Destination Parks.

Update: This year’s event was sunny, enjoyable and very popular. Thanks to everyone that helped make this event a success.

Core Blimey - Abundance Trafford Group 4th August

Community Clear Up -7th August 2010

Meet @ Stretford Public Hall or Outside Trafford College

If you’re interested in taking part in this event or for further details please contact Paul Beckett
Trafford Youth Offending Service
0161 911 8241

AGM/Presentation Sunday 27th June, 2-00pm

Our AGM is now Sunday 27th June, 2-00pm at the Longfords Suite in Longford Park Stadium.

Hopefully there will be a guest speaker/presentation, tea and biscuits and then a short AGM meeting.
Please come along and find out more.

More details coming Soon.

Playbuilder Celebration Event - 8th May 2010 2pm-5pm

playbuilder longford parkSupport your Park!

The Friends of Longford Park are planning a celebration event to coincide with the opening of the Play Builder funded Play Facility at Longford Park.

The new play area will offer much appreciated improvements for children and young people aged 8-13 in the local area.

This is just the first stage of enhancements and we would really like to hear from young people about what other things they would like introduced in the next phase of improvements.

Beside the older children’s play area on the quadrant side adjacent to the golf course.

Circus Skills
Football Skills
Bowls Sessions hosted by the Longford Bowling clubs
Plant swap stall
Kick Boxing Demos
Recycling Demos by Rubbish Revamped
Refreshments available to purchase
Music for all ages

Hope to see you there!!!

More details:-

Click on Image to see detailed play area layoutlongford park playbuilder

Event Update: A big thank you to all those that helped make the Playbuilder event such a success. Thanks in particular for Amanda and Bob for organizing this very enjoyable event.

Offenders spring clean Longford Park

As reported in the Stretford and Urmston Messenger 2:00pm Monday 5th April 2010 by Jessica Bell (View the Article)

OFFENDERS from the Trafford area gave Longford Park a much-needed Spring clean last week. Graffiti was painted over and litter was cleared from the Stretford park by people who had been given community service for offences ranging from fraud, dangerous driving and affray.

Community Payback officer Debbie Wilford
and Bob Dunbar from Friends of Longford Park
at the rain shelter in the park

Organised as part of a Community Payback project to improve the area, the team, who were supervised by the Greater Manchester Probation Trust from March 28 to 31, painted the bollards at Pets’ Corner, the toilet roof and the rain shelter.

Debbie Wilford, community payback officer, said: “Offenders will be paying back in a very real way to the community against which they have offended, and will also be learning about team work.”

One offender, convicted to 200 hours community service for benefit fraud, told the Messenger that he thought the scheme was a good way of helping out the community.

Bob Dunbar, from Friends of Longford Park, said the work done by the offenders was “very effective and much appreciated”.