Neston Christmas Market – Friday 6th December 8.00am to 2.00pm

Neston’s Christmas Market this year will take place on Friday 6th December at the normal Friday market times of 8.00am until 2.00pm.  It will be the popular regular Friday market with some additions:

Inside the main hall:

  • Fairtrade café and Fairtrade stalls
  • Craft stalls
  • Seasonal entertainment provided by the Ecumenical Choir

In the basement food hall:

  • Foodie Friday with lots of tasty treats and gifts

On the market square:

  • The wonderful regular Friday market
  • Street food stalls
  • Live Entertainment
  • Additional stalls

The Council are delighted that Neston High School have agreed to provide a programme of entertainment on the market square during the day, to include The School Band, The Samba Band, The Mini Harmonies Choir, The Performing Arts Choir and The Ukulele Band.  The programme will also feature 2 of the local primary schools, St Winefrides and Woodfall.

There will be a ‘most festive stall’ competition for the market traders which will be judged by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

This is a great opportunity to soak up the festive atmosphere, enjoy the entertainment, maybe have a bite to eat or a hot drink and perhaps buy some Christmas gifts and treats at the same time.

Nicky McMahon (Senior Markets & Support Co-ordinator) said “Neston Town Council and Neston Market Traders would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas.  We hope to see you all at the market”.

The light switch on event this year is funded by Neston Town Council and being run by Hip and Harmony.  This will take place on Saturday 30th November from 4.00pm and looks set to be a fantastic event for all.


Proud to Live in Neston – Best Kept Village Award Successes

Neston takes great pride in announcing the results of this year’s Best Kept Village Competition 2019, sponsored by CWaC.  The entry was made jointly by Neston Town Council and the Neston Civic Society.


The awards presented were:

Runner up – Population 5,000 to 10,000 for Neston

Little Gem, citing our Commemorative Bench in Little Neston, and

Most Improved Award for 2019

Parkgate came 4th in their category and received a ‘Little Gem’ award for the ‘Hi-C’ boat on the middle slip.

What an achievement!

Thank you to all who care and look after your neighbourhood, we couldn’t have done it without you.

The judges were particularly impressed by our hanging baskets and “wonderful variety of floral displays, very impressive” And went on to comment that our Railway station and Primary and Secondary school areas had well maintained flower troughs, well placed bins and showed no evidence of litter, graffiti, dog fouling or weeds.  They particularly liked the all-round facilities at Stanney Fields Park.  Up to date notice boards along with the History boards were enjoyed by the judges and they found them to be well maintained.

Their special (abbreviated) note to Neston was “Neston is a very pleasant town with a good variety of shops and free parking which makes it a great place to stop and visit. Together with excellent access for walkers and cyclists and views of the Dee Estuary and Welsh Hills, it can be enjoyed by all.  The Town and Village caters for both young and old alike, with plenty of amenities and a good selection of places to eat, socialise and relax.  A very special place to live and visit, a joy to judge”

What more could you ask for… it’s official, Neston is a great place to be!

Neston’s Spooky Halloween Market, The Results!

Neston’s Spooky Halloween Market took place on Friday 1st November. There were a few strange characters wandering about, some in fancy dress and others who had visited the free face painter.

The very scary looking Neston Mayor, Cllr Dominic Roberts, and Deputy Mayor Cllr Christine Warner, who had flown in on her broomstick especially for the occasion, were joined by the Junior Mayor and Deputy Junior Mayor for the judging of the trader’s pumpkin carving competition.


1st prize was awarded to ‘The Great British Bakehouse’.

2nd Prize to ‘Neston Fish & Seafoods’


3rd Prize went to the ‘Liverpool Cheese Company’.  The Council were delighted that the pumpkin was put to good use.

The entertainment was provided by the 64’N Ukes who were raising money for Help for Hero’s.

There were activities for children including free face painting, Halloween biscuit decorating (provided by the Wooden Spoonful) and a craft activity (provided by the Girl Guides).

The day was also a ‘Foodie Friday’ week and the market basement food hall was packed full of tasty treats to compliment the street food traders and regular food and other traders on the Market Square.

A lot of fun was had by all, on a very autumnal Friday Market. Neston Town Council would like to thank all those who joined in the fun.

Bluebonnet Sweets stall being staffed by imposters!

The creative entry for ‘Garden, Home Art and Crafts F S & S Ltd’ stall

Not the regular table at ‘Rich Coffee’ Van!

The autumnal entry for ‘Rich Coffee’


Vacancy for Parkgate Ward

There is currently a town councillor vacancy for the Parkgate Ward.  Please see below the co-option notice and application form.  Completed applications should be returned by Monday 11 November.

Cooption Notice Parkagte 2019

19.11.11 Cooption Application form Parkgate

New Junior Mayor for Neston

Neston Town Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Lucas Sibeon as the new Junior Mayor for Neston.  The Junior Mayor will accompany the town’s mayor or deputy to various events throughout the course of the school year.

The Mayor, Cllr Dominic Roberts, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Christine Warner, visited Lucas at school recently and attended the weekly special achievement assembly where they presented Lucas with his Junior Mayor badge.

The Mayor & Deputy Mayor with the new Junior Mayor and his parents


Cllr Roberts said “The Town Council is thrilled to be working with local primary schools, giving young people the opportunity to take part in civic events and learn more about their local community”.

The new Junior Mayor has already been busy helping to present community grant certificates to Little Actors, a local organisation that provides professionally-led performing arts activities for both children and adults.

The Mayor & Junior Mayor presenting grant certificates to Little Actors

When asked what he was most looking forward to, the new Junior Mayor said “I am looking forward to finding out about all the different things going on in Neston, and meeting the children and adults who make Neston such a great place!”


All local primary schools are supporting this project and will each elect a junior mayor on a rota basis over a four-year cycle.

Neston’s Spooky Halloween Market, Friday 1st November



Cllr Christine Warner


This year Neston Town Council will be holding their Halloween Market on Friday 1st November.

Traders will be in Halloween fancy dress and, as usual, they will be holding a competition amongst the market traders for the best carved pumpkin and decorated stall.  The competition will be judged by Neston’s Mayor, Cllr Dominic Roberts, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Christine Warner.

The event will incorporate ‘Foodie Friday’ with the market basement food hall full of Artisan Traders. There will be a range of international food and street food out on the market square including treats such as Hot Chocolate, Milkshakes and amazing Pizza’s from Neston’s own Elephant coffee.

There will be FREE face painting for children, a children’s Halloween/Autumn biscuit decorating activity courtesy of The Wooden Spoonful, the Girl Guides will have a children’s craft activity with glitter tattoos and entertainment will be provided by the 64 N’ukes. What more reason do you need to visit their wonderfully, spooky Market – if you dare!


1st prize winner from 2018



Foodie Friday at Neston Market

We are pleased to report that the recent Summer Market was a great success with positive feedback from both traders and shoppers.  The weather was very kind to us which boosted visitor numbers, after a run of really awful Friday weather over the past few months.

Unfortunately, our regular coffee van trader was not able to attend but luckily Elephant Coffee, who have a mobile drinks van were able to step in.  We hope that other local businesses will come forward with proposals for our future special events, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss this further. *

Elephant coffee mobile van & pizza stall

Following on from the success of the Summer Market Neston Town Council are launching ‘Foodie Friday’ for the last Friday of each month. However, due to our special event markets the ‘Foodie Friday’ dates for the remainder of this year are as follows:

Friday 27th September   –   Our first Foodie Friday

Friday 1st November – Halloween Market (details TBC)

Friday 6th December – Christmas Market (again details TBC).

Foodie Friday will then resume in January 2020 and we propose to hold these on the last Friday of each month.

On each Foodie Friday the market basement food hall will be filled with our artisan food traders with products such as fresh fish, Guernsey yoghurt, Alpine cheeses, preserves, local sausages, gourmet tinned fish, gelato, honey and artisan bakery products to name but a few. The photo’s below show some of the enthusiastic traders who are regularly in our food hall and joined us at the Summer Market.

Tiresford Guernsey Gold yogurt and Golden brie



 Larkton Hall cheese


The gourmet tinned fish market


Chilly Stuff gelato


Neston’s Four Acre Farm – Pork sausages and burgers


Nova bakery products


On each Foodie Friday, and some of our weekly Friday markets, you will find a range of international traders and street food traders selling delicious products such as onion bhaji or halloumi wraps, tex mex, Lebanese food, Greek cookies, American style bakes, The Great British Bakehouse, artisan bakery products from a Welsh bakery and also our coffee van trader out on the Market Square, alongside our fantastic regular Friday Market traders, of which we have had new additions.


The Bhaji Box Wraps and take home curries

We will still have some artisan traders in our food hall alongside our regular fresh fish stall and deli counter on other weeks during the month but the emphasis will be on the Foodie Friday date each month.  Why don’t you come and take a look? This will be an ideal opportunity to stock up on some tasty extra special treats once a month. We hope to see you there!

Please direct any comments you may have about our proposals or about proposals that you may have, to Nicky McMahon using the contact details below.

*subject to availability.

Neston Town Council, Town Hall, High Street, Neston, Cheshire CH64 9TR

0151 336 3840       [email protected]


Neston Town Council, Half Way Through The Year.

The Town Council are reaching the half way mark of another year, and wished to provide you with an update of what we have done so far and some of the exciting awards we have provided with our grants scheme.

This year has seen the refurbishment of our basement to enhance the market experience and to accompany our much loved Friday market.  We have now launched our Basement Market food hall, where specialised artisan traders have come to join us.  We will be making this a special feature starting in September with our “Foodie Friday”; this will be a monthly event, the first of which will be on September 27th, so keep a note in your diary so that you don’t miss out!

Further information is provided in our special “Foodie Friday” press release (11.09.19).



New floral arrangements and hanging baskets…

We have seen this year a streamlining of our floral arrangements, and hope you will agree these are very much enhanced and catch the eye, to enrich your enjoyment of the outdoors, and hopefully raise a smile.

It was a great honour to be able to mark the commemoration of the end of WWI and Council presented a commemorative bench at the location of Little Neston, joined by one of our ‘Tommies’ and some local school children.

We have worked in partnership with the Youth Justice Service who have, free of charge, done a sterling job of clearing what was once a disused over grown, inaccessible allotment garden at our Marshlands Road allotment site.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From this                                                                                                                    To this

The Council are funding further works to cut down the trees with the intention of using the area for improving the health and well-being of our local residents.

The Council have agreed to approve and have taken steps to create a clear direction for the Council via a “Vision” and “Mission statement”.  Following on from this the Council will be looking at their strategic planning and will continue to review their budgets.

This year we have provided grants to our local community organisations, Neston Swimming and Polo club, Little Actors and Chapter North West; others are in the pipeline.  Not forgetting to record our thanks to our local community organisation Hip and Harmony, who have agreed to facilitate on our behalf, a 2019 Christmas Lights switch-on event.


Neston Nomads received £10,000 which will provide funding towards renovation of their club house, medals, courses and kits for the teams.

Neston Female Society have been supported by the Town Council for many years and the annual road closures are funded by the Town Council.


                                                                                                   Little Actors Theatre Company

Neston Town Council’s grants scheme is open to voluntary and community groups and organisations operating within the Neston area and is intended to: –

  • enable local people to participate in voluntary groups and activities
  • help the Neston area’s voluntary and community groups improve their impact on the community
  • ensure the provision of services needed by the residents of the Neston area, via the voluntary sector
  • support organisations which meet the needs of people experiencing social and economic difficulties
  • ensure that there is equality of access and opportunity for all Neston residents to the services it provides and funds
  • improve or enhance the local environment.


Our grants scheme successful provided grants of £28,932.90 for the benefit of our local community.


2018/19 Grants table below:
Hip & Harmony CIC Ladies Day Entertainment 2018 £3,996.82
Age UK Cheshire Canal boat trips £300.00
Parkgate & Neston URC Community Hall Defibrillator £500.00
Little Actors Theatre Company InterAct 18-19 repertoire £2,000.00
Amber Button Neston Work Club £3,000.00
Little Actors Theatre Company WWI commemorative play £500.00
Neston Players WWI centenary project – display £200.00
Friends of West Vale Park Family Fun Day 2019 £1,370.00
Hinderton Art Group Room hire costs £250.00
Neston Branch Cheshire Rural Touring Arts WWI commemorative play £120.00
Willaston Phil Supporters’ Group Publicity in Neston £390.48
Neston & District Art Society 2019 Art Exhibition £446.00
Little Actors Theatre Company Theatre Club & Drama Tots £2,500.00
Friends of Stanney Fields Park Refurbishment of park gates £1,000.00
Heath Lane Nurseries Community gardening for health £500.00
NestonVillage Fair Committee Village Fair 2019 £1,200.00
Neston Community Cybercentre Cost of broadband x 12 months £780.60
Neston Community Cybercentre Purchase of inkjet printer £500.00
Neston Riverside WI Purchase of wool £100.00
Hip & Harmony CIC It’s Not OK project £4,500.00
Train to Change Neston’s Lift Up 2 Work IV £4,779.00