Longridge Activity Centre is a charity run outdoor adventure centre near Marlow in Buckinghamshire that provides the opportunity for 80,000 young people to take part in activities and experience the magic of the Thames and its beautiful surrounds. In reality that number is probably actually much higher than 80,000, as our official visitor count only includes those that attend Longridge run activities – and Longridge offers so much more than just that!
It also provides an incredibly affordable home for the rowing clubs of three local schools, the local canoeing club, and fencing clubs. Not forgetting acting as a base for Marlow FM to broadcast from, in a studio they converted from our old toilets! Longridge prides itself on being a hub for community activity, but it wants to do so much more.
From its website:
Our Future – Your Future
Help us make sure that Longridge is ready to provide an environment that allows our young people, their families and their communities to thrive for another 50-years.
We have all learned a lot in 2020. Whilst recent times have been undoubtedly hard, we have all realised how important our families, friends and communities are. Home is important, and whilst Longridge has been home to many people over the years, we want to create a home for everyone. A safe place that our community will enjoy in a myriad of different ways, not just outdoor activities. We hope to open in 2021 with new partners – an outdoor pre-school, and a carpentry workshop. We want to create better spaces for our existing partners, such as Marlow FM, and our rowing and canoe clubs. We would love to see a family restaurant on our beautiful riverside site, as well as some family accommodation so that we can offer affordable family short-breaks. Perhaps a bigger gym, and definitely a soft play area. Working with community partners to create a hub of fun, learning and collaboration.
Sadly, years of regular winter floods have meant that our buildings urgently need replacing or refurbishing. Our first build will be a new accommodation block as our accommodation for our young visitors is completely oversubscribed in the summer months as increasing number of schools and youth groups are recognising the benefits of learning through outdoor adventures and whilst we couldn’t deliver much to schools in 2020, most schools have transferred their booking to 2021 and many that in 2020 planned to go abroad are now using home grown charities such as ours next year and we hope beyond.
We want Longridge to be affordable, inspiring and available to young people, their families and friends of all backgrounds and abilities.
4 Minutes plans on using Longridge to expand its range of First Aid courses. It’s a great location for running more realistic scenarios for its Workplace and Outdoor First Aid courses. Director, Andy Crowhurst is involved with Longridge’s regeneration and he is open to ideas and suggestions.
How can you help 4 Minutes to help?
Buy something from our First Aid Shop. If you use the discount code ‘LONGRIDGE’, not only will we give you 10% off but we will also give at least the same amount to the fund.
Gift an item or service or hard cold cash. Contact Andy directly for how to do this and what is needed.
If you or your children have ever enjoyed activities at Longridge, now is the time that they need your help to get back on track. Thank you.