2009 Longford Park Photography Competition

The theme of this year’s photography competition is ‘Aspects of Longford Park Spring/Summer 2009′.

The subject matter can relate to the landscapes, the wildlife, the history and of course the people that use Longford Park.

2008 Longford Park Photography
Competition Winner Hannah Roberts

The winning entry will receive a cash price of £20. Closing Date is the 29th June. The winner will be announced at our AGM on the 30th June.

Please email your photographs to: photo@folp.org.uk

Good Luck!

The Rules:-
1. Name and contact details must be included with the submitted photograph.
2. Photographs must be received before the 29th June 2009. The winner will be notified before the 3rd July.
3. Agree that submitted photographs may be used by the Friends of Longford Park for promotional purposes.
4. If people are featured in the submitted photograph please ensure that they have given their consent for the picture to be displayed by the Friends of Longford Park.
5. The Winner will be decided by the Friends of Longford Park and their decision will be final.

Friends want your help on Longford Park

As reported in the Stretford and Urmston Messenger Wednesday 17th June 2008 2pm(View the Article)

THE historic Longford Park is in need of a massive facelift - and needs your help.

The Friends of Longford Park and Trafford Council are aiming to put forward a £2 million lottery bid in September to breathe new life into the park - and they need public support to impress the decision makers on how much the park matters to local residents.

Work is already ongoing, with £80,000 being spent on the children’s playground, and £700,00 has already been put aside to match fund any successful bid.

There are already impressive plans to revitalise the park, including the Japanese garden, pet’s corner and the art deco bowls shelters, but the Friends now want to hear from the public on what they would like to see.

The Friends’ AGM meets at Longford Stadium, Longford Park on June 26, starting at 7.30pm. All welcome

Birds targeted in park killing spree

As reported in the Stretford and Urmston Messenger by Robert Downes Thursday 29th May 2008(View the Article)

Birds at a popular Stretford park have been targeted in vicious night time attacks over the past two years.

The birds, including hens, doves and parrots living at Longford Park’s pets’ corner, have been killed, plucked and then thrown back into their cages.

In another, two weeks ago, park staff found a dove which had been killed and plucked.

A Trafford Council spokesperson said: "Trafford Council can confirm that there is a problem of animals being targeted at Pets Corner in Longford Park. We deplore this behaviour and are working closely with Greater Manchester Police to identify those responsible.

"Investigations into this matter are ongoing and we therefore cannot make any further comment at this stage."

Police also revealed they were investigating a number of deaths of animals at Longford Park.

If you have any information about the attacks you can call Stretford police on 0161 856 7655 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Have your say on Longford Park

As reported in the Stretford and Urmston Messenger Tuesday 27th May 2008(View the Article)

TRAFFORD Council is asking residents to have their say about the future of Longford Park.

The park is one of Stretford’s greatest assets, offering space for people to play, relax and exercise.

It benefits from an active friends group, which monitors its maintenance and works with the council to ensure it is developed to suit the community.

The council wants to know what improvements people would like to see there and what kinds of facilities would make it a great place for everyone.

Residents are invited to the neighbourhood forum on Tuesday June 10 from 6-8pm at Trafford Town Hall to meet the friends group, find out about its ideas and share views. There will be a chance to talk to council staff about their plans for the park, and have an influence on future developments.

For more information about the Friends of Longford Park visit www.folp.org.uk or call Angela Elphick on 0161 864 1326. For more information about your neighbourhood forum visit www.trafford.gov.uk/CouncilAndDemocracy/CouncillorsAndDemocracy/NeighbourhoodForums or call the council’s area services team on 0161 912 1173.

Stretford Neighbourhood Forum

The Friends of Longford Park are extremely disappointed that the Heritage/Lottery bid was rejected and very concerned for the future of Longford Park.

Users of the park are also concerned about the current state of the play areas, broken walls, eroded paths, graffiti, the toilet facilities, safety issues and the neglect of the ornamental gardens.

The Friends of Longford Park appreciate though that Longford Park will be featured as part of the The Stretford Neighbourhood Forum on the 10th June at Trafford Town Hall.

Trafford Council have promoted the Stretford Neighbourhhood Forum and Longford Park by issuing a press release on the 3rd June entitled Have a say about the future of Longford Park?

From 6pm there is a drop in session where individuals can meet with Councillors, Council Officiers and other partner agencies to raise issues of concern. The Friends of Longford Park will also have a display stand there so please come along to find out more.

From 7pm Council Officers and the Friends of Longford Park will provide short presentations to be followed by a lively discussion on the future of Longford Park. This will be a great opportunity for the community to have an influence on the revised heritage lottery bid as well expressing other concerns about the future of Longford Park.

If you cannot make the Stretford Neighbourhood Forum you can add comments, suggestions or ideas regarding the future of Longford Park here.

June 2008 AGM and Social Night

The Friends of Longford Park AGM will take place on the 26th June at Longfords at Longford Park Stadium on Ryebank road, Chorlton at 7.30pm.

Longfords is an excellent venue, with a fully licensed bar and the night will provide a great opporunity to learn more about the Friends of Longford Park and and get involved!

Jean Byrne, the Secretary for Friends of Longford Park, issued the following statement on the 2nd June 2008:-

” I am writing to inform you of a couple of key dates for your diary in relation to Friends of Longford Park.
The dates are: -
10 June - Stretford Neighbourhood Forum, Trafford Town Hall, 6 – 8 pm (more of this below)
26 June – Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Longford Park 7.30pm.
Longford Park has reached a critical stage in its development and FOLP, with its aim to act as a voice for local people, could and
should be a vital link with Trafford Council about the park’s future.

Our Committee too has reached a critical stage and our future, sadly, is uncertain. This is why we need more members to become actively
involved. A number of resignations over the past 18 months have resulted in a smaller and less experienced committee. In 2007 we
continued to deliver our annual music festival and a programme of events. However, Trafford’s Heritage Lottery Fund bid and work on
various other funding applications (some of them successful) haveabsorbed our resources leaving us less able to offer events in the
Park this year. We need to increase our active membership so that a modest programme of events can start up again.

The Stretford Neighbourhood Forum, mentioned earlier, is to focus on Longford Park and our environment. This provides an opportunity for
you to share your concerns about Longford Park with organisations working in Trafford. Trafford Council will be publicising the event
and arranging for speakers, including environmental organisations, the police and other service providers. Not only can you come and have
your say, you can also renew your interest in FOLP.
So do put that date in your diary and come along!

If FOLP is to continue, we need people to play an active part and we need a Committee. Perhaps you would be prepared to stand for office
(giving as much of your time as you have able). The positions that need to be filled include Treasurer and Secretary.
For an informal chat about what’s involved please phone Angela on 864 1326.

I look forward to seeing you in June at both events.

Yours sincerely
Jean Byrne
Friends of Longford Park”

You can download a nomination form here.