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.

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).

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.

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