St Helens Edition February 2018
Scrum on down
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Village Hall Improvements
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I‘ve never knowingly been ahead of the curve in
terms of latest trends and fashions. I usually pick
up on great TV series about four years after they first
aired, and I’m about three models behind the latest
‘must have’ mobile.
Yet of late, I’ve discovered I have been about 25 years
ahead of almost everyone I know when it comes
to hygge. For the uninitiated, it’s a Danish word
(pronounced‘hooga’) which has no direct equivalent
in English. The closest you can get is ‘cosiness’ or a
general desire to appreciate the simple things in
life. The word first drew my attention in the mid
1990s while visiting Scandanavia for the first time.
As someone with a voracious appetite for learning
languages, I picked up a Danish phrasebook and
started memorising the odd word. The book came
with a section on Danish traditions, way of life etc
and that’s where hygge was mentioned.
It seems the term has now made it over here as it’s
been the subject of various highbrow newspapers
we take of a weekend... it impresses the guests when
we use it for Pass The Parcel. A hardback - entitled
The Little Book of Hygge - has also been published. So
how can you get the hygge lifestyle? It’s quite simple
actually; put your phone down, switch off the TV
and go for a walk. Spend time with friends and
family. Cook meals from scratch. Build a campfire.
Learn to play an instrument. Plan an adventure. You
get the idea. In fact it’s the kind of things this very
publication has espoused for years. Yes, you read
all about hygge here first - and probably didn’t even
David Sudworth, Editor
In this issue
10 Class From The Past
20 Puzzle Corner
30 Jack’s Tracks
36 Test Drive
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6 Local News
Editorial: David, Niamh
38 Home Services
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Village hall improvements
Funding has been approved for
repairs and refurbishment at Rainhill
The £28,000, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community
Action Fund, will be used to replace the boilers and
upgrade the heating system. The appearance of the
hall will also be much improved by replacing the
soffits, fascias and gutters.
Rainhill Village Hall Management Committee has
welcomed the news - saying that having a reliable
and efficient heating system will make a huge
difference to the hall users.
WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants
for community, biodiversity and heritage projects
from funds donated by FCC Environment through
Landfill Communities Fund.
Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager, said: “We’re
delighted to be supporting Rainhill Village Hall and
pleased our funding will make such a difference to
so many groups of people across Rainhill. WREN
is always happy to consider grant applications for
projects that benefit local communities and we’re
looking forward to this one having a positive
impact very soon.”
The Management Committee hopes the
improvements will be completed early this year.
Rainhill Village Hall is a charity and is mainly run by
volunteers. It is now in the process of redecorating
all the rooms, but the hall requires some major
refurbishment that cannot be carried out by
Over 55s flats
Plans to build an over 55s facility will
help address social housing needs in
That’s the claim from Torus Housing Group who
want to erect a £6m facility near the town centre.
If passed, it will be built at the site of former Lowe
House School, Crab Street, and will house 61
apartments split across a three-storey building and
Papers lodged with the application say there will
be a choice of one and two bedroom apartments,
as well as a communal lounge and 47 off-street car
parking spaces for residents.
They add: “All apartments will be for affordable
rent, which is rent based on 80% of the local open
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“The development will be built on vacant
brownfield land which, over the last few years, has
become a focus for increasing anti-social behaviour
and has subsequently become a blight upon the
“If planning approval is obtained, then it is
envisaged that there will be a start on site in April
with completion taking place in October 2019.”
Paul says goodbye
A Rainhill choirmaster and organist has said his
farewells after 17 years. Paul Jones arrived at St
Ann’s Church, from St Margaret’s in Anfield. He’s
now moving on again, this time to St Cuthbert’s
in Southport. A farewell dinner was held for him at
the Victoria Hotel on Warrington Road recently. A
spokesman for St Ann’s said: “We will miss Paul and
wish him success and every happiness in his new
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Students rally for fundraiser
Staff and students from
the Creative Media
department at St Helens
College rallied together
to raise funds for The
Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The students, dressed in bright
yellow, travelled across the
College with a cake trolley in tow, to sell cakes and
biscuits donated by the local Tesco superstore in St
Helens and raffle tickets, to win a family ticket to
the first game of the rugby season, gifted by Saints
Second Year student, Paige Ollerhead, documented
the day by taking over St Helens College’s Instagram
page: “It was really interesting for me as it gave me
the opportunity to experience how to promote
such an important event through social media.”
Congratulations to Windle resident Kathryn
Adamson (pictured left) who was one of the lucky
winners of a Local Life festive hamper.
Kathryn, of Regal Drive, received her basket of goodies just before
Christmas after entering our competition.
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Class from the past
This month’s Class from the Past is from Robins Lane
School. It’s believed the photo was taken in the
1960s. Maybe you can recognise a familar face? Do
you have an old class photo you’d like to share? Why
not send it to us here via email on sthelensnews@
Town councillors reduced?
The number of town councillors in Prescot and
Whiston could be cut. A public consultation is
set to start imminently over moves which would
reduce the total numbers to 12 councillors in each
authority. Currently, Prescot has 17 town councillors
while Whiston has 14. The changes have been
called for as part of Knowsley Council’s community
governance review. Yvonne Ledgerton, assistant
executive director at Knowsley Council, said in a
report: “A second phase of public consultation will
commence on February 2 via a formal notice in a
newspaper circulating in the area.” Any changes
would likely be implemented for the next set of
elections in May 2019.
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13 Church Lane: Replacement dwelling at 13
Church Lane, Eccleston (ref: P/2017/0960/FUL).
Rocklands House, View Road: Demolition of
existing single storey chalets and proposed
reduction of existing site levels and development
of three residential dwellings comprising of one
four bedroom and two, three bedroom detached
dwellings with garage and driveway parking and
associated landscaping (ref: P/2017/0959/FUL).
Land site of Former Lowe House School, Crab
Street: Erection of an over 55s facility incorporating
61 apartments split into a 3 storey building and a
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Health & Fitness
By Abi Jackson
So there might be a super-size helping of
clean-eating backlash simmering at the
moment (hurrah!), but that doesn’t mean all notions
of healthy-eating need to go out the window.
And this includes sugar. Luckily, when it comes to
blatant sugar-fests (doughnuts, birthday cakes,
family-sized Dairy Milks...), our nauseous stomachs
make it clear when enough’s enough. Where it gets
trickier though, is all this ‘hidden sugar’ malarkey (I
mean, how does a few spoons of beans have more
sugar than a biscuit?!). And then there’s fruit, and
juice, and all the confusion around that.
So how can we have our cake and eat it - without
totally screwing up our health goals?
:: What’s wrong with sugar?
“For many of us brought up from the Sixties to
the Eighties, Saturdays meant a trip to the corner
shop or your local Woolworths to spend pocket
money on as many sweets as you could fit into a
pick ‘n’ mix bag. It was also commonplace to have
a well-stocked biscuit tin in the kitchen,” says Rob
Hobson, author of The Detox Kitchen Bible and
head of nutrition at Healthspan (www.healthspan.
co.uk). “ We’re now reaping the legacy of this,
and of the food industry’s habit of slipping sugar
into everything from soups to smoothies, in the
epidemic of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease
and dementia. Highly refined sugars are the worst
and have a dramatic effect on blood glucose levels.
In excess, these sugars are converted to blood fats
called triglycerides, that may have a harmful effect
on the liver and encourage the build-up of bad
cholesterol, implicated in heart disease risk.”
:: What’s being done about that?
Official bodies are “all over the message to cut
down on sugar”, Hobson notes. In March last year,
the WHO (World Health Organisation) urged us to
“reduce ‘free’ sugars added during food processing,
preparation or cooking, and in honey, syrups and
fruit juice”. A few months on, the Scientific Advisory
Committee on Nutrition (SACN), which advises the
government on diet, recommended slashing added
sugars to 5% of daily calories - “half the previous
recommended intake,” Hobson adds. Experts now
Rob Hobson, head of nutrition for Healthspan
agree we should aim for around six teaspoons of
added sugars a day, but research suggests most of
us consume around 12.
:: Why is it so confusing?
“ Unfortunately, it’s not easy to tell how much
you consume, as sugar masquerades under many
different names. Fructose, for example, may
appear on labels as itself or be concealed under
the umbrella of sucrose, which is half fructose, half
glucose,” explains Hobson.
“Weirdly, I sometimes find myself in defence of
sugar, as some people begin to focus too much
on this single nutrient and become obsessed with
anything that contains a single grain of the stuff,”
he adds. “A little is fine - and yes, soft drinks are a
definite no-no - but worrying about yoghurts and
the odd glass of fruit juice seems a bit over the top.
“It’s also funny that those worried about sugar turn
to ‘natural’ alternatives that are essentially sugar,
whether that’s in the form of agave, maple syrup,
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coconut sugar, date syrup or any other trendy food
product. There is also a certain comfort and sense
of occasion with sweet foods that you just can’t get
from any others. Can you imagine being served a
slice of sugar-free birthday cake?”
:: One lump of common sense, or two dear?
“The key is to take a sensible approach to how you
eat, and unfortunately that goes back to the adage
of everything in moderation. Set a realistic goal for
reducing sugar that you can stick with in the longterm,
rather than go cold turkey,” says Hobson.
Here are his seven top tips for reducing sugar the
1. Check the label
Always check labels. Ingredients are listed in order
of amount, so the nearer the top, the higher the
quantity. Look for foods with green and amber
traffic light labels.
2. Seek out certain ingredients
Sucrose, glucose, fructose, or anything that ends in
-ose, as well as healthier sounding alternatives, such
as raw sugar, barley malt, maple syrup, coconut
nectar, palm sugar, agave nectar, date sugar and
brown rice syrup are among sugar’s many guises.
3. Take your time
If you’re a sugar addict, cut the amount you add to
cereals, pancakes, tea or coffee by half. Once you’ve
got used to the taste, halve the amount again.
4. Sweet food swaps
Try sweetening foods with a little fresh or dried fruit
or go for ‘sweet food options’ that are fruit based. A
slice of malt loaf has a quarter of the sugar content
and twice the fibre of a chocolate cookie.
5. Include proteins and fats
A Mediterranean diet, with protein from fish, lean
meat, cheese and yoghurt and healthy fats mainly
from olive oil, nuts and seeds, will keep you more
satisfied between meals, which in turn means you
are less likely to reach for the biscuit tin.
6. Get spicy
Flavour foods that you would normally sweeten
with sugar, with spices. Try ginger, allspice, nutmeg
7. Don’t be a softie
Soft drinks are some of the biggest offenders in
boosting sugar intake. But shop-bought smoothies,
energy drinks, fruit juices, iced teas, coffees and
flavoured waters can all be sugar-laden too.
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Scrum on down
They’re the world’s oldest rugby club. Now Liverpool St Helens’
history is being made into an exhibition. Niamh Ollerton reports...
Queen Victoria’s reign was a time of social, economic and technological
change. Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist was published; the London-
Birmingham railway line opened and married women were given the right to own
property. And in 1857, the face of sport changed forever - right here in this area.
Rugby union is more often than not described as a southerners’ game with strong
roots in the public schools. But a group of local young men from Liverpool decided
this should no longer be the case.
They were bored with their usual pastimes, and looked back to their recent years at
public school – Rugby School to be precise – to rectify this.
Frank Albert Mather of Bootle Hall and a former Rugby School pupil,
wrote to his old friend Richard Sykes, a Manchester lad who was
captain of football at Rugby, inviting him to play a game of football.
He also asked him to bring one of the balls which were made by
Lindon, who at the time made the balls for games at Rugby.
So on Saturday, December 19 1857, some 50 players arrived at
Liverpool Cricket Club ground to play “Rugby versus the World.”
Thought to be a trial game to explain Rugby’s version of football,
the final score of the game is not known, but the players’ appetite for
continuing on this tradition was history in the making, and Liverpool
Rugby Football club was formed on that day.
It’s safe to say that the club had a colourful history
from then on. The club actually provided three
of the England squad that played Scotland in the
first ever International in 1871 at Braeburn Place,
When Liverpool St Helens, as we know it today, was
still in its early years, the club had two seasons in
National Division One separated by one in Division
Two. But, this early triumph soon changed.
In 1914, the club had three International captains
in the 1st XV, Ronnie Poulton (later Poulton-Palmer)
with England, F.H. Turner for Scotland, and R.A.
Lloyd of Ireland. Some recent Internationals who
played for Liverpool include Fran Cotton, Maurice
Colclough, Mike Slemen and Kevin Simms.
“Cowley still a powerful
Meanwhile in St Helens, a new club was forming.
When it was founded in 1919, St Helens RUFC was
known as St Helens Old Boys, with many of the
original members being old students of Cowley
School, which even today holds the status of a
powerful rugby institution.
Internationals who played for the club include
Alan Ashcroft, John Horton and the current club
President Ray French who has the rare distinction
of International honours in both league and union.
In 1986, Liverpool and St Helens merged and still
continue to play at Moss Lane, the former St Helens
club’s ground, just off Windle Island.
The club sank to Division Four and spent almost
all of the 1990s coming to terms with the new age
of professionalism and the new order of the game.
However, during its time in the upper strata, it
furnished home international players in Dewi Morris
(England) and Simon Mason (Ireland).
Fast forward to today, Liverpool St Helens Football
Club and its unique history is receiving
recognition as the oldest open rugby
club in the world with a £75,000
grant awarded to them from the
Heritage Lottery Fund. As the years
have passed, the club has built upon
its illustrious story, and the Heritage
Project has captured this, creating a
comprehensive archive, in Liverpool
Record Office, with documents and
photographs from the past which are
now publically accessible for the first
The 18-month piece of work began in 2017 and involves students at Edge Hill
University, St Helens College and Cowley School all helping to develop a
website, a booklet and a touring exhibition across libraries in St Helens and
in Liverpool Central Library.
LSH president Ray French said “The club has a long and proud history. The
development of both the Liverpool and St Helens clubs is reflected in
the social history of the time and this work will enable us to share
this with a wider audience”.
Parr Library: Monday, February 5 – Friday, February 23
Rainford Library: Monday, February 26 – Friday,
Chester Lane Library: Monday, March 16-Friday,
Newton-Le-Willows Library: Monday, April 9 –
Friday, April 27;
Eccleston Library: Monday, April 30-Friday, May 25;
Liverpool Record Office (Liverpool Central Library):
Friday, June 1 –Saturday, June 30.
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The course teaches children correct football
techniques by FA Qualified Coaches, in a ‘FUN
through football’ course for reception through to
Y6. The club has links to local junior teams in St
Helens where players can play at the weekend. Call
0151 363 6503 or 07514 316 534 to book.
First Kick Football, 9B Hennel Lane, Walton-le-
Dale, Preston, PR5 4LA. Tel: 07514 316534
Little Red & The Big Bad Wolf
Sunday, February 11, 2.30pm-3.30pm
‘Do not leave the path, for you’d make a tasty treat!
For the hungriest wolf of all, who is ready to eat!’ A
theatrical re-telling of the classic tale packed with
music, dance and song. Tickets are between £5 and
£7 from www.citadel.org.uk
The Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St Helens
WA10 1PX. Tel: 01744 735436
The Wizard of Oz
Tuesday, February 13, to Sunday, February 18
Go on a magical adventure over the rainbow
with Maddie Hope Coelho as Dorothy. Regal
Entertainments’ version includes a hilarious
script, dazzling costumes, and brilliant songs and
choreography. For info and tickets visit www.
St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St
Helens, WA10 1LQ. Box Office: 01744 756 000
Thursday, Feb 15, 11am-11.30am, & 2pm-2.30pm
Don’t judge a book by its cover - and never judge
a lion by its ROAR! Dudley Libraries, Untied Artists
and Birmingham Rep brings the children’s book
to life in celebration of an endangered species –
the local library. For children aged 4-7 and their
families. Tickets: £3 or £8 for a group of four www.
Chester Lane Library, 132 Chester Lane, Sutton
Manor, St Helens, WA9 4DE. Tel: 01744 677081
The Final Twist
Thursday, February 15, 7.30pm; Friday, February
16, 7.30pm; Saturday, February 17, 7.30pm
Can a writer concoct a plot for the perfect murder?
Can an actor carry it out successfully? Why not
come along to the Village Hall and find out? Tickets
available from Rainhill Village Hall & Rainhill Post
Office. Ticket hotline 01744 813429.
Rainhill Village Hall, Dane Ct, Rainhill, Prescot, L35
4LU. Tel: 0151 430 9338
Southport 60s Weekend
Friday, Feb 16, 7pm to Sunday, Feb 18, 11.59pm
Great music from the likes of, The Rag Dolls, The
Berries, The Fourmost and The Undertakers plus
much more all under one roof. Full weekend tickets
are £199 (incl. three nights’ accommodation), call
01757 700042 for tickets and more info.
Prince of Wales Hotel, Lord St, Southport, PR8 1JS.
Tel: 01704 536688
I LOVE ME Wellbeing Event
Sunday, February 18, 10am-5pm
Come along to this uplifting event where you’ll
have the opportunity to try a wide variety of holistic
treatments and try out some new complimentary
therapies. Browse the stalls and discover new
products. Entrance fee is £2, but kids go free.
Contact Lyndsay May for more info 07572 066365.
Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,
WA11 8HB. Tel: 01744 884709
Rainford Heritage Society
Monday, February 19, 7.30pm
The Society is hosting a talk on the manufacture
and usage of manuscripts in Medieval England and
France by Brian Farrimond. Everyone is welcome;
entry is £2 per person.
Function Room, Junction pub, Rainford, WA11
7JU. Tel: 01744 882868
Hot Pot Lunch
Monday, February 19, 1pm-4pm
Come and join us for a lovely warm homemade
hot pot, cake or scone and unlimited tea/coffee
Byroney’s Cafe & Bistro. For those not rushing home,
you can stay a while and have a sing song or join in
with some fun games. Tickets are £12 and is hosted
by St Helens & Warrington Oddfellows. For info, call
Byroney’s Cafe & Bistro, 2 George Street, St Helens,
WA10 1BU. Tel: 01744 612122
St Helens Historical Society
Monday, February 19, 7.30pm
Learn a little more about ‘The History of Surgery’
with Khushroo Suraliwaka. For more information,
contact Secretary Mary Presland on 01744 23141 or
Treasurer Norma Cresswell on 01744 754962.
Friends Meeting House, Church Street, St Helens,
The Little Mix Experience
Tuesday, February 20, 6pm-9pm
Four talented girls pay tribute to the UK’s top
girl-band, Little Mix. With breathtaking dance
moves, replica costumes and amazing vocals,
this is a high-energy show from beginning to
end. Tickets are £12.50 (+£1.50 booking fee) from
St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St
Helens, WA10 1LQ. Tel: 01744 756000
Tuesday, February 20, 6.30pm-late
Hosted by Dr. Love; introducing gifted psychics
from television and radio. There’ll be Clairvoyance,
palmistry, tarot, crystal balls, runestones, and angel
cards. For all enquiries please call 07974 807774.
Black Horse Inn, 70 Rainhill Road, Rainhill, Prescot,
L35 4PF. Tel: 0151 426 4195
Arts Award Discover
Six weekly sessions from Tues, Feb 20, 3.45pm-
4.45pm, until Tues, March 27, 3.45pm-4.45pm
An introductory award inspiring children aged 7+
to enjoy the arts and develop their creativity. Please
call Prescot Library if interested on 0151 443 5101.
Prescot Library, 1 Park Road, Prescot, L34 3LN. Tel:
0151 443 5101
Family History Help Desk
Tuesday, February 20, 10am-1pm; Tuesday, March
20, 10am-1pm; Tuesday, April 17, 10am-1pm
If you’re hoping to delve into your family history a
little more, but are in need of some assistance, pop
down to the monthly help desk dates at Prescot
Prescot Library, 1 Park Road, Prescot, L34 3LN. Tel:
0151 443 5101
Prescot Historic Society
Thursday, February 22, 7.30pm
Learn all about the ‘History of Haydock Lodge’ with
Pauline Hurst. Tea/coffee will be served after the
meeting. Everyone welcome.
Parish Church Hall, Church Street, Prescot, L34
3LA. Tel: 0151 426 6719
‘The Rape of Lucrece’
Friday, February 23, 7pm-8pm
Gerard Logan (Olivier Award nominee and RSC
actor) stars in the first solo adaptation of William
Shakespeare’s poem about rape and its aftershock.
Tickets are £6; £5 St Helens Library member; £3
concessions from www.eventbrite.co.uk
Eccleston Community Library, Broadway,
Eccleston, WA10 5PJ. Tel: 01744 677575
Saturday, February 24, 10am-12pm
Helen Marie Charity presents a charity morning
with a cakes stall, tombola, raffle and much more.
Admission is 50p and includes refreshments. All
proceeds go towards helping sick and disabled
Rainford Parish Hall, Church Rd, Rainford, WA11
8HB. Tel: 01744 884709
World Book Day 2018
Thursday, March 1, 10am-7pm
Meet the artists, 1pm; pop-up book installation all
day courtesy of Michelle Wren; read on from 5pm-
6pm with Ian Greenhall and Michaela Anders. All
original works contribute to the merriment of World
Book Day 2018.
Eccleston Community Library, Broadway,
Eccleston, WA10 5PJ. Tel: 01744 677575
RAOC Veterans Reunion
Saturday, March 3, 7pm-11.59pm
If you’re ex RAOC and in the local area you’re more
than welcome to attend the veterans reunion,
but you must book so that food numbers can be
calculated. For more info visit their official website
Eagle & Child, 38 Main Street, Billinge, Wigan,
WN5 7HD. Tel: 01744 892453
Some Guys Have All The Luck
Sunday, March 4, 7.30pm-10.15pm
Celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest
icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to
international superstar!. All tickets are £21.50(+£1.50
fee) from sthelenstheatreroyal.ticketsolve.com
St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, WA10
1LQ. Tel: 01744 756000
Friday, March 9, 7.30pm-11pm
The BBC award-winning singer songwriter and
composer hailed by critics as “a genius” for his work
with 19th century polyphon machines. He creates
masterful acoustic folk music encompassing
humble woodnotes to syrupy synthesized twists.
Tickets are £14 from www.citadel.org.uk
The Citadel Arts Centre, Waterloo Street, St
Helens, WA10 1PX. Tel: 01744 735436
A Day in The Life of a Bottlehand
Thursday, March 15, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Set against the backdrop of St Helens life in the
late 19th Century, ‘A Day in The Life of a Bottlehand’
celebrates the lives, stories and histories (real and
imagined) of the people who worked in the largest
glass bottle-making factory in the world. Free event.
Rainford Community Library, Church Road, WA11
8HA. Tel: 01744 677820
On this walk you’ll wander through the
historical village of Cronton that appeared
in the 1086 Domesday Book, walk above the now
disused quarry that will have provided the foundation
stones of homes close by, and see far into the distance
from the top of Pex Hill. And with companions at
the ready, this route has all the ingredients for an
The starting point for our 4.5 mile walk was the car
park next to the Leighton Observatory at Pex Hill.
Once booted up, wrapped up warm, and ready for
the challenge, my colleague Peter and I headed off
on the very cold, but clear winter afternoon.
Firstly head left out of the car park – where you’ll
actually be walking between two covered reservoirs
– and follow the road down the hill, through the
by Niamh Ollerton
gate and into the field; keeping to the left of it.
As we headed down the side of the field, Peter and
I were chatting about travel and the like to which
he said do you know what the Dream is? To which
I thought he meant a deep philosophical question,
but as you look to your right, in the distance you’ll
in fact see the Dream statue.
Continue on through the next field, which
happened to be filled with potatoes as far as the
eye could see, and follow the path around the old
sewage works which has an almost eerie air around
it. Carry on until you hit the track running along the
side of the motorway.
Turn left and carry on past the motorway footbridge
and continue along the track. As you look up on
your left you will just about see the shimmering
silver dome of the Observatory above the vast trees.
You’ll leave the track as it turns towards Pex Hill,
and continue down the footpath on the right of the
corner, heading down past Cronton Hall. But before
you reach Cronton Hall, on your right you will see
a paddock protected by a metal fence which is
home to the most beautiful black Shire horse which
would give Black Beauty a run for its money.
Once you reach Hall Lane (the main road), turn right
and enjoy the quaint village of Cronton. You’ll pass
the weathered remains of Cronton Cross which was
once the resting place for bearers carrying to the
cemetery, and continue straight on to Penny Lane.
Just before you reach Tue Lane, take the public
footpath on the left. Continue along the footpath
which reminded me of the carriage tracks in films
like Great Expectations, until you’ve crossed the
field and hit a stone footbridge that takes you on
towards Cronton Road.
Cross the road and go right, then turn left into
Lodge Lane. Once past the farm, ignore the first
public footpath sign and continue on to the second
one on your left. Take this one, keeping to the right
of the ditch, through the field and into the next,
until you reach the footbridge on your left.
Go over the footbridge and follow the path until reaching the next
footpath sign and turn right. This will then take you up along the
edge of fields until you emerge onto Chapel Lane.
Here you’ll cross the road and go right, following the road round the
bend to the next public footpath on the left. Take this footpath and
you’ll pass the farm building – but if there’s been heavy rainfall be
wary of the deep tractor tracks – and go through two small gates, and
continue to follow the path round and out onto Sandy Lane, where
you go left.
You can take a closer look at
the Dream statue on our Sutton
walk. There are guides to all our
walks at www.locallife247.co.uk
It shocked me to find out that thin and windy Sandy
Lane was once a 60mph road, but is now closed
to motor vehicles. With the ‘slow’ markings still on
the tarmac road, it’s clear to see the vegetation has
made itself at home and the road will eventually be
completely covered in greenery. Sandy Lane will
look lovely in the spring and summertime with the
trees lining the road.
At the end of Sandy Lane go left along Cronton
Road a short distance, then cross over to go up Hall
Lane on your right, passing a lovely red brick family
church. And you’ll then turn right again into Mill
When the road turns sharply to the left, instead
you’ll head straight on through the gate, going up
to footpath that was once the continuation of Mill
Lane many moons ago.
At the top, the path reaches the old sandstone
quarry which if you’d like to venture down, a lot of
free climbers are said to dare the heights.
Continue around the fence above the quarry,
following the path round to the footpath entrance
to Pex Hill Nature Reserve, which is beautiful come
As we walked up the path we had a great view
over to Liverpool; being able to pick out the two
Cathedrals and the Radio City Tower. Then it was
back to the car and off to find a hot cup of tea and a
well-earned piece of cake.
Length of walk: 4.5 miles
Accessibility: We did the walk after some
prolonged rainfall and there was some very
Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear while walking. While every care has been taken to ensure
that the walk is accurate, neither the publisher or its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability
to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or other cause.
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