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Cronton Clean-Up Days

38 Wheatfield Road,,Cronton,Widnes,WA8 5BU

12 Nov 2011


Our next two-day clean-up will be on Friday 11th November 2011 and Saturday 12th November 2011. All volunteers welcome to meet at 10 a.m. on Holy Family car park. Litter-pickers, gloves and bags will be provided. Thank you to all those who took part in the Cronton Pathways Autumn Clean-Up. Over three days in November about twenty volunteers cleared seventy bags of litter from the highways and byways in and around Cronton and Pex Hill. Thanks also to ~ ï‚· Cronton Garden Centre for helping to transport our bags of litter to the central collection point and for providing much-needed hot drinks for our thirsty volunteers. ï‚· The Parthenon Daycare Centre, Norris Green, supported by BTCV for clearing litter on Pex Hill. ï‚· Knowsley Council for ensuring the efficient removal of our bags of litter. ï‚· Sam ~ our latest and youngest recruit who single-handedly cleared litter from Penny Lane.


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Cronton Spring Clean Up

Meet at Holy Family Car Park 10am on 22nd March 2019 to help clear the litter from the village pathways. All equipment will be provided. We arranged this clean-up to coincide with the national Keep ...

Cronton Autumn Clean Up

Meet at Holy Family Car Park on Friday 16th November 2018 to help clear the litter that has built up in the village. All equipment will be provided. Five volunteers cleared litter on Friday 16th Novem...

Cronton Spring Clean-Up

As we had to postpone our original Spring Clean due to the 'Beast from the East' bringing snow and wintry winds we have set a new date of 23rd March. We will meet at Holy Family Club car park at 10 am...

Autumn Clean-Up

Cronton Pathways will be joining together to do a clean-up of Cronton ahead of Remembrance Sunday. All help will be really appreciated. Meet on Holy Family car park at 10 a.m. All equipment is provide...

Cronton Pathways Walks for Health Spring Programme 2017

If you feel like a short walk of up to 30 minutes or a longer one up to 90 minutes come and join us any Tuesday in term time at Holy Family Club. We meet at 1pm and return for a cuppa and chat after t...

Cronton Spring Clean

We are signed up to be part of the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean Weekend 3rd to 5th March 2017. We hold two clean-ups per year and are joined by volunteers from the area to clear the p...

Autumn Clean Up

Cronton Pathways Project welcome any helpers to join us in our Autumn Clean Up on Friday 4th November 2016. Meet at Holy Family car park at 10am. All equipment and bags will be provided. We were reall...

Walks for Health - January 2016

The Spring programme of walks for health begins on Tuesday 12th January and ends on Tuesday 15th March. Please note the routes may change or be amended to cater for bad walking conditions. These decis...

Clean for the Queen

Join us for a litter-pick of Cronton grot-spots as part of the national 'Clean for the Queen' initiative. We will meet at Holy Family car park at 10 a.m. All equipment will be provided. Unfortunately ...

Walks for Health Autumn Programme

Cronton Pathways Walks for Health programme for Autumn 2015 is now available. All are welcome to join us for a choice of local walks every Tuesday at 1pm starting from Holy Family Club. See attached p...

Autumn Clean-Up

Our Autumn Clean-Up will take place on Friday 6th November 2015. Meet at Holy Family car park at 10 a.m. All equipment will be provided. Any help will be welcome. Thank you to the eight volunteers who...

Walks for Health

Cronton Pathways Walks for Health is now a National Walking for Health accredited walks scheme. All are welcome to join us for a choice of local walks every Tuesday at 1pm starting from Holy Family Cl...

Spring Clean-Up

Please come and join us on our annual Spring-clean of Cronton's pathways. Meet at Holy Family car park at 10 am, Friday 27th March. All equipment needed will be provided. Everyone welcome. The more th...

Autumn Walks Programme

Cronton Pathways Walks for Health take place weekly on term-time Tuesdays. We meet at Holy Family Club for a 1pm start and offer at least two health walks per week. The shorter walk lasts half an hour...

Autumn Clean-Up

Come and help keep Cronton tidy on our Autumn Litter-Pick. Meet at Holy Family car park on Friday, 7th November 2014 for a 10 a.m. start. Bags, gloves and litter-pickers will be provided. Many thanks ...

Cronton Pathways Walks for Health Summer Programme 2014

All are welcome to join us for a choice of local walks every Tuesday at 1pm starting from Holy Family Club. See attached programme for routes and distances.

Health Walks Spring Programme

Spring Clean-Up

Cronton Pathways have arranged for the annual Spring Clean-Up on Friday 14th March. We will meet at Holy Family car park at 10 am, where litter-pickers, gloves and bags will be provided. All volunteer...

Pex Hill Clean-Up

Pex Hill Clean-Up beginning at the Visitor Centre 10am Saturday 8th February 2014. Pickers, gloves and bags will be provided. Twelve drama students from Cronton 6th Form College together with their t...

Health Walks - Autumn Programme

Our programme of walks for Autumn 2013 includes weekly Walks for Health, a four-week course of Nordic walking, Boccia, Chair-based exercise classes and some members are trying out a Knowsley-led Healt...

Autumn Clean-Up

Please meet at Holy Family car park at 10am to litter-pick the hot-spots in the village. Litter-pickers, gloves and bags are all provided. All help most welcome. A small band of 6 gathered to do our a...

Walks for Health

The summer programme of Cronton Pathways Walks for Health begins on Tuesday 16th April, 2013. Join us for a 1.00pm start at Holy Family Club, Hall Lane. Please dress suitably for the weather condition...

Cronton Health Walks

The Spring programme of Health Walks begins on Tuesday 15th January 2013. Meet as usual at Holy Family Club for a 1pm start. Please come dressed for the weather and underfoot conditions. Join us after...


Cronton Pathways now have their own Boccia set for weekly use. If you're not up to the walks come and try your hand at Boccia. It's a game of indoor bowls played from a sitting position. Running at th...

Chair-based exercise

Cronton Pathways have arranged for ten sessions of chair-based exercise to begin on Monday 14th January 2013 at Holy Family Club from 12.15 to 1.15pm, led by a trained teacher, provided by Rebound Da...

Cronton Spring Clean-Up

Volunteers are welcome to join us to litter-pick Sandy Lane and Tue Lane. Meet at Holy Family car park at 10 a.m where litter-pickers, gloves and bags will be available. I don't know if you would call...

Cronton Health Walks

The Autumn programme of walks begins on Tuesday 11th September. Meet at Holy Family Club at 1.00pm every Tuesday, except Half Term. Walks are followed by a cuppa and a chat and finish by 3.00pm. Begi...

Autumn Clean-Up

Cronton Pathways will be litter-picking the Pex Hill area on Friday 9th November 2012. Meet at Holy Family Club car park at 10.00a.m. where gloves, bags and litter-pickers will all be available for vo...

Cronton Health Walks

Cronton Pathways will begin a new series of Health Walks on Tuesday, 17th April. Meet at Holy Family Club at 1pm for the first of this term's walks. After the walk join us for a cuppa, a biscuit and ...

Cronton Health Walks

Cronton Pathways will begin a new series of Health Walks on Tuesday, 7th February. Meet at Holy Family Club at 1pm for the first of this year's walks. After the walk join us for a cuppa, a biscuit and...

Cronton Spring Clean

Cronton Pathways will be continuing the clean-up of Cronton Road on Friday 23rd March 2012. Meet at the Unicorn Inn car park at 10a.m. where gloves, bags and litter-pickers will all be available for v...

Pex Hill Quarry Drama

Students from Cronton 6th Form College present drama pieces based around the myths of Meg Pusey, The Devil's Chair and the pixie sightings around the area of Pex Hill. All welcome at 4.30pm on Wednesd...

Quarry Litter Pick

Cronton 6th Form College students are joining with Cronton Pathways and BTCV to clear the Quarry of litter in preparation for a drama production they are due to perform there. The students' pieces are...

Cronton Pathways Members' Meeting

Cronton Pathways members will be meeting on Monday 16th January at 4pm at the Parish Council office on Hampton Drive, Cronton. The agenda will include planning of the Spring Clean-Up event and the nex...

Cronton Health Walks

Starting on Tuesday 20th September, Cronton Pathways are running the next series of walks around the area in conjunction with Knowsley Health Development Team. Meet at Holy Family Club on Hall Lane at...

Cronton Pathways Members' Meeting

Meet at 6p.m. at Holy Family Club, Hall Lane Cronton. Agenda is mainly to discuss the coming Cronton Clean-Up Days. All welcome.

Volunteer Walk Leader Training

Cronton Pathways have 5 more volunteers training to lead the very successful health walks begun earlier this year. The training session will take place at Cronton Parish Council office on Hampton Driv...

Installation of community notice boards

Cronton Pathways volunteers will be joining with Groundwork Mersyside to instal two new community notice boards. One is to be sited at the start of Sandy Lane and the other is to replace the old ruste...

Cronton Health Walks

Starting on Tuesday 14th June, Cronton Pathways are running a series of four walks around the area in conjunction with Knowsley Health Development Team. Meet at Holy Family Club on Hall Lane at 1.p.m....

Sandy Lane Ditch Clearing

In partnership with Groundwork Merseyside, Cronton Pathways will be doing a final clearing of old fly-tipped rubbish from the ditches along Sandy Lane. Volunteers most welcome. Refreshments and equipm...

Cronton Pathways Members' Meeting

Meet at Holy Family Club at 6 p.m.

Cronton Clean-Up Days

Thursday14th, Friday 25th and Saturday 27th March 2011 meet at Holy Family car park at 10.a.m. Volunteers most welcome. Litter-pickers, gloves and bags provided. The Cronton Spring Clean this year too...

Pex Hill Avenue Litter-Pick

Cronton Pathways members to join residents of Pex Hill Avenue at 10.30 for litter-pick of the roadside. At the request of resident Edith Clark (one of our regular volunteers on Clean-Up days) a small ...

Cronton Clean-Up Days

The next major clean-up event to be organised by the Cronton Pathways Project will take place over two days in November when the vegetation starts to die back revealing litter that has been 'hidden' d...

Pex Hill Avenue Litter-Pick

Group litter pick of Pex Hill from 11 a.m. At Cronton Pathways Members' meetings we organise area walks to check out the need for litter-picking. Pex Hill Avenue was an obvious choice as a starting pl...

Cronton Clean-Up

Cronton Pathways Project has organised an area clean-up day in conjunction with The Highways Agency, The Environment Agency, BTCV and local volunteers. All welcome. Meet at Holy Family Car Park 10.30....

BTCV Big Tidy Up

British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) to clear Pex Hill area of litter. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 10.30 a.m. Today British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) joined with local res...

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