Neston is set have its first Junior Mayor installed next week.
Good Friday saw the market square buzzing with new visitors as local representatives, traders and customers took to the airwaves on regional radio station Dee 106.3 to share their love for Neston’s historic market.
To attract new customers to the market and the High Street, Neston Town Council had commissioned promotional radio commercials on the station, culminating in six live broadcast slots at the Eggcellent Easter Market.
With an acoustic backdrop of local musicians Neston Strummers, children were entertained with face painting and balloon modelling. An Easter Bonnet competition showcased children’s creations and prizes were awarded by the judges, Deputy Town Mayor of Neston, Councillor Ceri Lloyd and other local representatives.
Broadcasting across Wirral, Cheshire and North Wales, traders and customers shared their thoughts on why Neston is such a wonderful, thriving market, whilst the Deputy Mayor explained how vital the market was to the local economy and town centre.
Claire Evans, Assets and Events Manager for Neston Town Council said “This has been an outstanding opportunity to be loud and proud about our fantastic market and reaffirms Neston Town Council’s commitment to promote the town centre. Most of Neston’s residents know how important the historic market is to the vibrancy of the town – it’s the busiest day of the week in Neston. But we wanted to remind people across the region, why it’s worth a visit to the town. Our Deputy Mayor spoke not only of the market, but award winning businesses, and Cheshire’s only coastal town. Our traders said it was the busiest Easter market they’d had in many, many years, so we’re thrilled that the Easter radio campaign was successful and locals and visitors alike enjoyed a great atmosphere – the Easter Bonnets were superb!”
Neston’s Countryside Trail was officially launched this weekend. Starting at Station Road car park next to the Community and Youth Centre, the trail takes in the Wirral Way, Old Quay Lane, Church Lane and Stanney Fields Park.
In glorious sunshine, the driving force behind the project, Cllr Janet Griffiths led the inaugural group including Town Mayor Cllr Mike Shipman on the 2.5 km circular walk, stopping at various points of interest on the way. These included Witches Brooms, a 300-year old hedge, an ancient Oak, lichens and mosses in the churchyard and the splendours of Stanney Fields.
The trail is being waymarked and special features identified with numbered stopping point. A free colourful booklet with a key and map is now available at the Town Hall, Library and Community & Youth Centre.
Neston Town Council are looking to recruit a Finance Manager to join their team
Finance Manager (18.5 hours per week, £23,398pa pro rata)
This is an important position which will act as the Responsible Financial Officer for the Town Council and will be responsible for ensuring accurate budgetary and accounting information is provided to both Councillors and the Council Manager. Although a small organisation, with a turnover of around £408,000, it is essential that as a public body we have the highest standards of accountability around our financial arrangements. As such you must have not only the ability to produce accounts and financial data, but to be able to interpret it and advise on options where required,
The successful candidate will be at least AAT qualified and ideally will have past experience of accountancy and book-keeping within a public sector environment. Familiarity with accounting packages would be helpful. The postholder can work their 18.5 hours by agreement, but there is a requirement to attend evening Council/Committee meetings as part of the role.
If you are interested in this role, please click here to download a full job description and here to download an application form. We offer a range of benefits including membership of the Local Government Pension scheme and flexitime. Applications should be sent to Alison Kunaj, Council Manager, either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Neston Town Council, Town Hall, High Street, Neston, CH64 9TR. Closing Date: 19th May 2017. It is anticipated interviews will take place in the week commencing 29th May 2017.
Neston Town Council is an equal opportunities employer
Neston Town Council has piloted a new programme of small grant awards (maximum £300) to help voluntary groups in the Neston area.
The scheme has been well received and the Town Council has recently made its first small grant awards to a variety of local groups that all share the same goal: supporting their local community and helping Neston residents.
If you would like any further information about the small grant award scheme, or the main grant programme, please contact Audrey Duncan on 0151 363 8024.
Neston Town Council is piloting a new small grants programme which will provide one-off small grants (maximum £300) to local voluntary groups.
Cllr Kay Loch said “The Town Council recognises the excellent contribution that small voluntary organisations make to Neston and we hope that this programme will help support their work”.
If any organisations would like to apply for a grant, please visit nestontowncouncil.org.uk or call 0151 363 8024. Closing date for applications will be 10 March 2017.
Emerge Community Arts are running a FREE taster workshop in Performing Arts at Neston Town Hall, High Street, Neston, CH64 9TR on Wednesday 16th March 2016 1pm – 3pm.
Please click on the link below for more details;