35 Christmas Crackers

A lot going on in the run up to Christmas, so just the highlights.

We eventually got the lights on in the Town Centre on Saturday 12th.  Because of the week’s delay the lantern parade was not as big this year, but no less enthusiastic for all that.  And so many to thank: CAN of course, Hip’n’Harmony, choirs, entertainers and a plethora of volunteers.

The Community Carol Service at the United Reformed Church (the following evening) has now also become a regular activity celebrating not just Christmas but also the contribution made to the local community by dozens of local groups from CAN right through to Men in Sheds.

One of the most creative local groups is the Little Actors Theatre Company, and it was fascinating to watch an open rehearsal at NCYC on Wednesday 16th.  Amazing the performance that Samantha Giblin coaxes out of the group.  Our only disappointment was having to leave early and missing the opportunity to speak to the little (and not so little) actors themselves.

The Birkenhead Operatic Society made a return visit (also on Wednesday) to the United Reformed Church to give one of their three Christmas Concerts.  Seasonal music, serious and comic.  We were really pleased to have been invited – and we won a draw prize!



34 Neston Flower Society Christmas Coffee Morning 10 December 2015

We were expecting an intimate gathering of flower enthusiasts huddling over coffee and talking blooms and foliage.

Instead we arrived at a Civic Hall bursting to the seams with members – all ladies – and some guests from the Cameo Club.  We were bowled over by their welcome.  It wasn’t long before member Irene Pugh was causing laughter and smiles with her welcome verses.  Then there was musical entertainment from the West Kirby Light Operatic Society, a talk about the work of charity Mary’s Meals, and a second session from WKLOS.

A really unexpected pleasure.  Didn’t win a draw prize, though.




33 Christmas Comes to Parkgate 4 December 2015

Dozens of people braved the gale and gathered at the Christmas Tree at the Donkey Stand to mark the beginning of Christmas festivities in Parkgate.

Singing of Christmas songs and carols was led by Parkgate Primary School aided by backing tape from Paula Prytherch after which we all repaired to Mozkitos Coffee House in Boathouse Lane for mulled wine and mince pie.

Tremendous – and by now a traditional! – gesture from Laura Spencer and her team.



Picture by Bernard Rose

32 Business Celebration of Business in Neston 2 December 2015

A welcome chance to meet up with the Neston business community. The bar area of the Civic Hall proved a comfortable area to sit, stand or mingle during the two hour event.
I was privileged to be able to present three awards. As Carrie Spacey, Chair of the Neston and District Chamber of Trade (co-host with the Town Council), said in reading the citations for the first two awards, they could equally have applied to each of the recipients. They were awards for successful new business, and for a business putting Neston on the map. The winners were Zone Fitness who have not only expanded within the Clayhill Business Park, but have now expanded into Moreton and Hoylake; and Andrew’s Estates who have in a few years doubled the size of their Neston High Street premises and are about to open their fifth branch. Two local success stories.
There was also an award for Barry Evans who owns John Evans Footwear in the High Street, for long established Neston business. As I told Barry when giving him his award, I was wearing shoes from his shop and going home later to put my feet into slippers he had also sold me.
A pleasurable evening organised by Katy Pierce, our Town Centre Manager. But what, I wonder, happened to the leftover food? Neston business people must feed off adrenaline and the business buzz!


Presenting award to Barry Evans