Walton le Dale Community page
Local projects and general goings on in the Walton le Dale community…
Walton le Dale Community projects
Walton le Dale Recreation Society
The Walton le Dale Recreation Society (Reg. Charity No: 521341) is a project to make Walton le Dale recreation ground a focal point for the village community. The Walton le Dale Recreation Society is a voluntary community charity committee that is democratically elected and is responsible for the maintenence of a community owned recreation ground.
After 13 years of fundraising, the doors are open at a new community centre in the heart of Walton-le-Dale.
When a run-down old sports pavilion at the Queen Victoria Recreation Ground off, Higher Walton Road in Walton-le-Dale, was deemed no longer fit for purpose, members of public joined together to form the Walton-le-Dale Recreation Society.
Their dream was to create a facility that could be used by community groups as well as sports teams, and hired out for functions throughout the year.
Despite knock backs, including falling victim to vandalism, the finishing touches have now been applied to the building, which is called The Queen Elizabeth II Community Sports Facility.
Dog Kennel Wood
Dog Kennel Wood is a 4.92 hectare biological heritage site, which includes ancient woodland, spring flora including bluebells, and a central meadow area with a pond. Wildlife includes foxes, frogs, dragonflies and abundant birdlife.
Dog Kennel Wood is a semi-natural ancient woodland, which is run as a community project.
Dog Kennel Wood consists of mainly broad-leaved Woodland. There is parking in the nearby area.
Neighbourhood Watch in Walton le Dale (SRNWA)
Neighbourhood Watch Schemes involve people getting together with their neighbours to work in an active partnership with the Police to prevent crime. The South Ribble Neighbourhood Watch Association (SRNWA) is a non-profit making organisation consisting entirely of unpaid volunteers. In order to enable the association to operate effectively and engage in community safety initiatives.
Cuerden Valley Park
Facilities at Cuerden Valley Park include a Visitor Centre at The Barn – Berkeley Drive, Picnic Area , River Lostock, Parkland, agricultural land, Woodlands, Lake/reservoir, Victorian Pinetum/American Garden & Walled Orchard, Ruins of Lower Kem Mill
Bleach & Dye Works, Wildlife including woodpeckers, kingfishers, great crested newts and dragonflies, Wildflower meadows, bluebell woods and many other plants. There is a Café/Restaurant on site at the Sue Ryder Home in Cuerden Hall.
The St Leonard’s church building is particularly interesting as it shows the influence of many generations upon it. In 1503 Ralph Langton died and by will bequeathed 20 marks ‘towards the making and repairing of the Low church if parishioners will build the same’. [more about St Leonard’s Church…]
Our Lady & St Patrick Church
The Parish of Our Lady and St Patrick’s with St Mary & St John Southworth (Samlesbury) is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford, England. Our Lady and St Patrick Roman Catholic Church has been serving Walton le Dale, near Preston, since 1855. [more about Our Lady & St Patrick Church…]
The Freecycle Network
The Freecycle Network™ is made up of over 5,000 groups with over 8 million members around the worldwide. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers and membership is free, so please sign up and find your community ‘Group’.
By giving freely with no strings attached, members of The Freecycle Network help instill a sense of generosity of spirit as they strengthen local community ties and promote environmental sustainability and reuse. People from all walks of life have joined together to turn trash into treasure.