13 Hinderton Guides presentation 19th September 2016

At the end of July over 40 Guides from companies in the Neston area took part in an international challenge in Copenhagen.  The visit was supported financially be the Town Council’s grants scheme for local organisations, and this was the first opportunity to present the guides with their funding certificate.

Trip leader and organiser Catherine Hilditch told me that one of the aims of the trip was to encourage girls to undertake international travel and for their leaders to gain international qualifications.  They had successfully completed their challenge and were able to spend time exploring Copenhagen.  They even had a ferry trip to Sweden during which two new members made their Guide promise – gaining a special international badge they proudly showed me.

Neston owes a lot to its volunteer leaders who provide so many opportunities for our young people.  Congratulations.

Oh – and they tell me next year they hope to be undertaking another challenge – in India.



12 Winsford Salt Fair and Civic Service 18 September 2016

Now this was a first – a Civic Sunday Service on a dodgem track.

Winsford Salt Fair – events throughout Winsford – culminates with a service conducted by the Mayor’s chaplain, and this year it took place in the open air on the dodgem cars track in the fun fair on the town’s main car park.  In glorious weather an army cadet band fronted the procession led by Cllr Steve Smith, Town Mayor of Winsford followed by guest town mayors and consorts from East and West Cheshire.

For me a good opportunity to renew acquaintance with councillors from other towns, as well as being able to make new contacts and swap ideas.

11 Neston High School Awards evening 14 September 2016

Who needs grammar schools?  This was a question which came to mind as I listened to last year’s pupil successes at Neston High School.  So many high achievers – straight As and A*s and a wealth of other results way above average.

But what makes the awards day even more pleasing is the recognition of progress.  Anyone putting her or his mind to it is in there with a chance of an award.

It was really good was really good to see the pleasure on winners’ faces – and also on those of parents.

10 Council meeting in Little Neston 30 August 2016

Apart from a few meetings in its infancy in the Parish Church, and one at Ness Gardens, and a special one at the URC Community Hall to endorse the Neighbourhood Plan, the Town Council has always previously met at its “home”, initially NCYC and later the Town Hall.  So this otherwise routine meeting held at St Michael’s hall in Little Neston was something of a special event.  Indeed, it was the first meeting at which members of the public started by outnumbering – by 1 – the Councillors who were present.  This changed fairly soon into the meeting when the 1 was co-opted to the Council.

The venue had been arranged specifically to get the Council physically into other parts of the town to enable local residents to take part in the public forum session which begins each meeting.  And this they eagerly did.  A report of the meeting has already been published and the Minutes are on this website so no more details here.

But the Council is looking forward to meeting next at St Thomas’s, Parkgate on 18 October.

9 A long summer

A few people have asked me what had happened to my blog, because nothing had been posted for July and August.  Well, first of all it’s rewarding to learn that those few at least noticed – so they must have been looking for it.

There is an explanation: In July and also in August we were away on holiday.  So this year I missed the annual Village Fair.  This is one of the very few occasions I haven’t been able to enjoy this event since it was started.  I had not been expecting to be asked to do a second year as Mayor when I booked the dates for a river cruise back in November.

My very able deputy, Ceri Lloyd, enjoyed stepping in for me here, and also at the school art festival the following week.

August seems to be a traditionally quiet month and I had no engagements other than a full Council meeting.  In fact this time last year the only event was to ride round in the newly deployed Arriva buses.