40 90th Birthday 10th February 2016

I was able to drop in on one of Neston’s long-term residents to wish him a happy 90th birthday (on Valentine’s Day).  Denis O’Brien, a stalwart of the Workers’ Education Association in Neston for many years was indulging his passion for learning at a WEA literature class at the Neston Community & Youth Centre when much to his surprise (but with the prior agreement of the tutor) I interrupted to wish him well.  Other members of the class, including his wife, June, had prepared a small cake celebration for their break time.

Denis was a member of the old Neston Urban District Council until it was abolished in 1974 for Neston to become part of the new Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council (which itself disappeared in 2009).

He still walks everywhere in Neston, a familiar sight in his trilby with a knapsack on his back and a stick in his hand.  Good to know you, Denis.

Denis O'Brien

39 Wesley Plaque Unveiled  29 January 2016

John Wesley preached in Neston at a chapel off Parkgate Road on his way to Ireland in 1762.  A brass plaque commemorating the event was stolen 30 years ago and replaced by Neston Civic Society.  The site is now part of the new McBryde Homes development, and the developers have kindly installed a new plaque designed by Steve Quicke of Neston Civic Society, paid from a bequest from Ruby Holloway.

After a brief introduction by Edward Hilditch, Chairman of the Burton & Neston History Society and a prayer from local Methodist Minister Revd Marcus Torchon, he and I unveiled the new plaque.

Photo courtesy Mrs E Ward

wesley plaque

38 Vivo Coffee Morning, Town Hall  25 January 2016

Vivo Care Choices run activities for local adults with learning disabilities each weekday at Neston Town Hall.  Today’s coffee morning was the first the group, aided by their volunteer carers, have held.  As well as enjoying coffee and some excellent homemade cake, we were able to chat to members of the group, volunteers and staff.

We learned of the different activities they regularly take part in, both inside the Town Hall and outside.  For example, weekly visits to Northgate Arena in Chester for swimming also involve independent travel by bus.  Vivo has also secured part-time work for many members, for example in local stores and the weekly market.

Neston should be proud of the work of the volunteer carers.  I was impressed.

Vivo group cropped