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Céilidh Night Friday - 23rd April 2010

The Cutback Ceilidh band will be back to play the Chorlton Irish Club on the 23rd April 8pm-11.30pm.
The Cutback Ceilidh band features the highly accomplished fiddler Tom Kitching.

Cutback Ceilidh band

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 £6 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 the excellent Cutback Ceilidh Band and also thanks to Bob and Amanda for organizing this very enjoyable event.

Picnic in the Park/Music Event 14th September 2008

The Picnic in the Park featuring the ‘One Love’ Steel band took place September 14th 2008 and blessed with September sunshine and great music this was a very popular and enjoyable community event. Thanks to Denise Atkinson and Bob Dunbar for providing the pictures:-

The excellent local ‘One Love’ steel band will be providing the entertainment for the picnic in Longford Park. Come and join us in front of the Longford Hall facade for this enjoyable community event.

This event will take place on Sunday 14th September between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

Please bring your own chairs, rugs and food and enjoy the September sunshine and chilled out tunes provided by the ‘One Love’ Steel Band.

Friday 12th March - Quiz Night/Hotpot Supper

Our annual Quiz night commences at 8pm at the Longfords Suite (adjacent to the Trafford Athletics stadium).

Fully licensed Bar, Quiz, Raffle and excellent Hot pot supper available (including vegetarian option).

Tickets £7 each including supper £2.50 admission only
Advance tickets from Bob 286 6979 or Margaret 865 6064

All proceeds raised in aid of the Friends of Longford Park. Please join us …

Christmas Carols - Sunday 14th December

A welcome return for the Christmas Carols, commencing at 2pm at the Longfords Suite (adjacent to the Trafford Athletics stadium).

Children’s Craft Activities will complement the Carols.

A Raffle will be held

Mulled wine and Mince Pies available for purchase

** If you are a performer and can help out at this event we would love to hear from you (phone 061 865 6030) **

Longford Park Festivals

Longford Park Festival 2005
(Film running time: 5 minutes)

The Longford Park Festival, normally held in May, will not take place this year. This is because of a lack of members to run an event of this scale.

We do hope to host more community events in the near future so if you are a performer, stall holder or would like to just be kept informed then please contact us.

The spirit of Longford Park Festival was captured in 2005 by film maker James Graham (0774 7080523)

2005 Longford Park International Festival

The Friends of Longford Park put together a fun day of International music and dance with styles from England to Zimbabwe:-

“You can either watch, or alternatively take part in one of the dance workshops where you can get to grips with Indian dance, capoeria, rumba, klezma, Jamaican moves and belly dancing.

To keep the kids happy they’ll be a craft area where they can make percussion instruments, learn willow weaving, woodcarving, and even circus skills.

By the time they get back to school they’ll be all-dancing, all-making entertainers.

The less proactive can listen to a storyteller and watch a puppet show.

Bands and strolling players, Street theatre, dancers and several folk music type workshops are on offer. Free, thanks to the friends-of, as in title. Most participants are amateurs in the real sense, so join in if you feel like a taster of Klezmer dancing, African drums or just food tasting from stalls.”

Images from the 2005 International Festival:-

2004 Longford Park Folk Festival

Images from the 2004 festival:-

2003 ‘Celebrating Friends’ Folk Festival

The very best of music, dance and art will hit Longford Park this Sunday with the 2003 ‘Celebrating Friends Folk Festival’.

The festival is organised and fund-raised by the Friends of Longford Park in conjunction with the Parks and Countryside Service. It is one of the many Trafford in Bloom showcase events, which will help raise the profile of local parks and show the important year round work all the local ‘Friends of Parks’ groups carry out.

Interim Head of the Parks and Countryside Service Bernard Sheridan said it is thanks to the hard work of all the ‘Friends’ that it has been possible for this event to go ahead.

“The Folk Festival promises to have something for everyone and I hope that the Bank Holiday weekend weather is kind to us. It is encouraging to see just what efforts local ‘Friends’ groups put into our local parks week in week out and the Council is pleased to be able to work with these and other groups to maintain and improve the facilities and events hosted in the parks.

“With plans for this year’s Boroughwide Trafford in Bloom entry gathering pace it is good to see what enthusiasm and commitment there is from the Friends of Longford Park and all sections of the local community. They are helping to keep our parks and open spaces attractive places that people can visit to relax,” he said.  

2003 Festival Images below:-