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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

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
07734598095
Paul.beckett1@trafford.gov.uk

Longford Park Lottery project up and running

The following news release was issued by Trafford Council on the 28th June 2010 :-

Work has begun on an exciting project to bring Longford Park back to life.

Students from Stretford Grammar School, with help from experts at Trafford Council, have started work on designs to transform the park’s rose garden.

This is part of a scheme which won the public vote and £50,000 in the Big Lottery Fund’s People’s Millions competition last year, promising to:

• Transform the deteriorating rose garden into a beautiful garden.
• Use the latest sustainable technology to restore running water to the ornamental rock gardens.
• Provide the opportunity for young people from local schools to be involved in all aspects of transforming the gardens.
• Develop an education pack for local schools.

To kick start the project, all Year 7 arts classes at the school visited the garden site and are now putting pens and brush to paper and using their imaginations to put down their vision of an exciting, attractive garden to visit.

A team of young designers from the school, working with Trafford Council’s landscape architects, will distil these ideas into a final design which should be ready by the end of July.

Executive Councillor John Reilly said: “We’re working closely with the Friends of Longford Park and Stretford Grammar School to bring this project to life over the next few months.

Longford Park is steeped in history. We want to maintain it as an historic site while making sure it is more sustainable to ensure it survives in to the future and continues to be well-loved and well-used.

This project is an important stepping stone to future improvements in Longford Park, as laid out in the Park’s Masterplan, and I’m really excited about seeing it come to fruition.

This is an excellent example of how the community coming together can really help make Trafford a greener Borough.”

Longford Park wins £50,000 lottery grant

As reported in the Stretford and Urmston Messenger December 3rd 2009

THANKS to the support of Stretford residents, run-down Longford Park has won £50,000 to start bringing the historic site back up to scratch.

It was announced last Thursday that the park had won a public vote in the Big Lottery Fund’s People’s Millions competition to secure the cash.

The project will, say organisers – which includes the council and the Friends of Longford Park – breathe new life into the deteriorating rose garden; use the latest sustainable technology to restore running water to the ornamental rock gardens; provide the opportunity for young people from local schools to be involved in all aspects of transforming the gardens and help develop an education pack.

The project is an important stepping stone to future improvements in Longford Park as laid out in the council’s Park’s Masterplan.

Friends of Longford Park member, Margaret Westbrook, told SUM: “This is the first real extra money that we have managed to attract, having failed with the big Heritage Lottery bid last year.

“It effectively marks the start – but only the start – of many future possibilities.

“This is so very important as it will mark the beginning of constructive involvement of young people in our community.

“It also marks the beginning of an imaginative partnership between the school, the Friends, and Trafford Council.”

The money is designed to enable students to restore the Japanese water gardens using green technology and to redesign and replant the rose garden area which is somewhat worse for wear at present.

The council’s executive councillor for parks, Jonathan Coupe, also welcomed the cash injection: “I am delighted the bid was successful and would like to thank everyone who voted.

“The Friends group, local schools and council staff put a lot of hard work into this campaign and I’m now looking forward to seeing the project come to life.

“The council will continue to work with partners to secure more funding for projects like this one,” he said.

Vote Longford Park!

The following news release was issued by Trafford Council on the 28th October 2009 :-

A scheme to transform part of Longford Park has been shortlisted for a £50,000 Lottery award - and it needs your vote to secure the funding.

The project would give the much-loved historic park a real boost by creating a beautiful garden in the former rose, ornamental and water gardens. This would become an educational resource for young people, with an education pack available for use by local schools.

And, in keeping with Trafford Council’s pledge to create a greener borough, planting methods best placed to respond to climate change would be used, creating a site fit-for-purpose for the 21st century and beyond.

The Council, Friends of Longford Park, Stretford Grammar School and other partners have come together to campaign for the Lottery’s People’s Millions funding and make the project come to life.

A statement from the Friends of Longford Park said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for the People’s Millions project that will enable young people to design an informative, sustainable and very appealing green space for the whole community. This reflects the historical significance of the Longford Estate as an example of land management for the benefit of all.”

The scheme will feature on Granada TV’s evening news programme on Wednesday 25 November. Voting phone lines will open at 9am on this day and close at midnight. There will be full details of the scheme and how to vote at www.trafford.gov.uk and the voting telephone number will appear in the Daily Mirror and at www.peoplesmillions.org.uk on this day.

Executive Councillor Jonathan Coupe said: “Local people are really passionate about Longford Park and this can be seen through the huge amount of support shown for the Masterplan that has been created to lay out a vision for its future.

“The garden project is just part of that Masterplan, and it would be fantastic to see it start to take shape and to see the community coming together to achieve this common goal. I’d encourage everyone to support this campaign to help us make Trafford a greener borough and a great place to live, learn, work and relax.”

You can find out more about The People’s Millions scheme at www.peoplesmillions.org.uk.

2009 Trafford Council Destination Parks Events

Destination Parks is a program of events for young people over the holidays. There are many enjoyable events being held in Longford Park, Davyhulme Park, Stamford Park and Victoria Park. Some of the events being held at Longford Park include:-

Date Activity Time Age
10 July HAVIN’ A BLAST” Young people in Trafford present an Indie and rock music festival of local talent 6-9pm All Ages
11 July Sports coaching – Basketball, football etc. Come along and have a go 7-9pm All Ages
17 July Lacrosse for beginners. Ever played lacrosse?
Well now is your chance to play the fastest game on two feet! None contact games for mixed age groups will be played, so come and pick up a stick
7-9pm All Ages
18 July Dance and music with the Gorse Hill Studios –
Come and join in
6-9pm 10+
24 July Summer of Fun – family event –
for young people and all the FAMILY. Music, dance, pony rides, graffiti workshops, bouncy castle, face painters, arts and crafts, sports sessions
4.30-8.30pm Family
25 July Lacrosse for beginners. Ever played lacrosse?
Well now is your chance to play the fastest game on two feet! None contact games for mixed age groups will be played, so come and pick up a stick
7-9pm All Ages
31 July Dance and music with the Gorse Hill Studios –
Come and join in
6-9pm 10+
7 Aug Sports coaching – Basketball, football etc
Come along and have a go
6-8pm All Ages
8 Aug Dance and music with the Gorse Hill Studios –
Come and join in
6-9pm 10+
15 Aug Jamaica Day – A great day out in the park 10am-5pm Family
21 Aug TUSIT community group. Come and learn about
personal safety, kick boxing and Muay Thai (a form of thai boxing). Meet at pet’s corner
6-8pm All Ages
28 Aug Summer of Fun – family event –
for young people and all the FAMILY. Music, dance,pony rides, graffiti workshops, learn to MC, bouncy castle, face painters, arts and crafts.
3.30-7.30pm All Ages
29 Aug TUSIT community group. Come and learn about
personal safety, kick boxing and Muay Thai (a form of thai boxing). Meet at pet’s corner
6-8pm All Ages

All events are free and do not need to be booked in advance. Contact 0161 912 5579 for more details. For the full programme of events for all the parks please visit Trafford Council’s DestinationParks Events

Update: Images from a sunny and enjoyable ‘Summer of Fun’ event on the 24th July. Thanks to everyone that helped make this event a success.

Trafford Youth Service Presents Pandemonium Festival

Trafford Celebrates African Influences 21st May 2009

African Influence promises to be an enjoyable, entertaining event celebrating the hugely positive, creative influence African Culture has had in Britain.

The event will explore African history,identity and culture through music and the arts.

Doors Open 7pm at the Gorse Hill Studos, Cavendish road, Stretford, M32 OPS (0161 912 5251)

Free entry, food £1.50. Traditional dance, drumming, songs, music and film!

Trafford Celebrates World Mental Health Day

Longford Park Stadium 8th May 2008 11.30am till 3.30pm

The Free entertainment includes:-
Poetry Readings
Arts Activities
Live Music
Live Theatre
Many useful Information Stalls

Organised by Friends of World Mental Health Day
contact 912 4828
Email forworldmhday@bluesci.org.uk

Trafford Council Destination Parks 2008

A big thank you to the organizers of The Destination Parks event. Hopefully this enjoyable event will become a regular event and come back next year!


Sports activities, street dancing, storytelling and music workshops are among the variety of activities planned to make Trafford’s parks the place to be this summer.
Trafford Council’s Destination Parks programme aims to encourage the positive use of parks by local people and visitors in a bid to provide diversionary fun activities and ensure crime and anti-social behaviour is crowded out by fun events for all the family.

The council’s parks and community safety teams have worked closely with Greater Manchester Police and a range of other partners to develop three pilot schemes, which will take place this month (August) in Longford Park, Davyhulme Park and Stamford Park.

There is already a full schedule of events across our parks and these initiatives are providing an added opportunity for people to join in local activities in their parks. If the pilot events are a success, Destination Parks will be extended next year.

Longford Park, Friday 15 August, 5.30pm-8.30pm
• Trafford Urban Fitness Collective: Various sports activities
• Sale Moor Community Partnership: Graffiti art workshop
• Parktastic: Art/craft workshop with artist and play workers
• Spearfish: Street dance or break dance activity
• British Military Fitness: Assault course
• Police and PCSOs: Bike and phone tagging, mobile police unit
• Libraries: Storytelling and stall
• Gorse Hill Studios: Community radio
• Refreshments
• Rides and amusements