15 Côr Meibion Rhosllannerchrugog 22nd October 2016

Neston Parish Church was almost full for the visit of Rhos Male Voice Choir, presented by the Rotary Club of Neston.

The range of their programme included light operatic favourites such as The Prayer from Wagner’s Lohengrin and Speed Your Journey from Verdi’s Nabucco, Welsh language pieces such as Si Hei Lwli Mabi, a medley from West Side Story and a wonderfully powerful rendition of the South African National Anthem, N’kosi Sikeleli Africa.

The Concert was enhanced with two solo sets from the Royal Northern College of Music’s student of the year 2015-16, violinist Jodie Smith. We shall hear more of her in the future.

Proceeds from the event, including the raffle, were split between the Wirral Talking Newspaper and the Wirral Society for the Blind.

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14 Neston Primary School Homework Project display 6th October 2016

One of the highlights of the mayoral year – attending the opening of the “Our Area” themed work display at Neston Primary School. Each term the school sets a theme for the whole school to work on at home. The children can interpret the theme in any way they wish, and the current theme had pieces of writing, drawings, modelling of great ingenuity.
We were guided round the work display by four Year 6 pupils – Bella, Ethan, Faith and Sam – as articulate as many in a secondary year 11. It was clear that as well as learning from their own project work, they had acquired so much from experiencing everyone else’s work on display.

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The work took in the history of the area as well as contemporary insights. There were models of the parish church, the skateboard park and mine workings; there were photographs, historical collages and riverbank scenes.
We spent an hour there, and were still only able to take in a small proportion of all the exhibits. But not all could be seen: one digital piece had remained on a computer.
One piece appeared particularly inspired: a Neston edition of Monopoly, with local roads and buildings all with rental values determined by the creator. I noticed the school was worth £300, but the Town Hall only £60.
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Congratulations also to the staff at the school who are able to inspire the children to produce this quality of work.