26 Little Gem Presentation to Redcliffe Dental Practice 22 October 2015

It’s about eight years since Redcliffe Dental Practice commissioned local landscape gardener Gordon Kelly to design and build the distinctive floral display outside their surgery at the corner of Parkgate Road, Beechways Drive and Church Lane.
And last week it was recognised as a “Little Gem” in the Cheshire Community Pride competition. So today I was able to present the certificate awarded by Cheshire Community Action to the practice team, headed by Principals Dr Michael Hickley and Dr Rosie Steere. Joining me were Rob Ward and Janet Griffiths from Neston Civic Society who supported the practice’s initial request to Ellesmere port & Neston Council to build the display.
Any other businesses interested in taking similar initiatives? The Town Council would like to hear from you.

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Certificate presented to Drs Michael Hickey & Rosie Steere with Dr Tom Hickey, Areina-wyn Price and Elizabeth Mcbain grouped left, and Janet Griffiths and Rob Ward from Neston Civic Society looking on

25 Cheshire Community Pride Awards 15 October 2015

Sadly no major awards for Neston this year.  Surprisingly so, when the details of awards to other communities were revealed.  Stanney Fields Park would have beaten the winner of that category – had it been entered; the community work done by CAN is at least as worthy of recognition as this year’s winner; the work done by Little Actors and other groups is worthy of at least a commendation judging from the awards made in the youth work category – I could go on.  So next year let’s get our act together.  I’ll be asking the Town Council to do more next year to support the efforts of Neston Civic Society and (so I hear) Parkgate Society in winning a few award categories.

Not that Neston was completely devoid of success.  Highly Commended in the “Little Gem” category was the floral display on the corner of Parkgate Road and Church Lane maintained to such good effect by Redcliffe Dental Practice.  I hope to present their certificate later in the week.

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I was split off from Neston Civic Society chair and treasurer – Rob Ward and Cllr Janet Griffiths – to share a table with the mayors of the boroughs taking part (Cheshire West, Cheshire East, Warrington and Halton), and was more than a little amused to discover one admit to not knowing where a couple of prize-winning communities actually were.

24 Over 50s Swimming Club AGM 15 October 2015

The AGM of this excellent local group was combined with a lunch at Little Neston’s Royal Oak.  All very relaxed and informal.  An increase in membership over the year was reported.  The local community benefit from the access steps to the Neston Rec pool which were funded by the club with the assistance of a Town Council grant.  The club meets at the swimming pool on Mondays and Fridays from 3.15 to 4.00 during school term time.

I was pleased to present prize mugs (not cups, for a change) to the members with the best record of attendance, Jill Gibson and Clive Edwards.

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