The very festive Neston Christmas Market was held on Friday 6th December. It was a perfect opportunity for browsing the market stalls both inside and out, enjoying the tasty artisan ‘Foodie Friday’ treats on offer and being entertained by the talented pupils of Neston High School, St Winefrides Primary School and Woodfall Primary School, as well as the Neston Singers.
Refreshments were provided in the Town Hall by the Neston Fairtrade Town Group who have recently succeeded in making Neston a Fairtrade Town.
The Mayor of Neston, Cllr Dominic Roberts & Julie Tinsley
The Neston Market Trader of the Year Award for 2019 was awarded to Tinsley’s Fruit and Veg. The award was presented by The Mayor & Deputy Mayors of Neston, Cllr Dominic Roberts. Tinsley’s have been very supportive of all of the market events and changes during the year and their award is very well deserved. The Council and markets staff would like to congratulate them.
Tinsley’s is a family business that was started 70 years ago. Today, it is run by Howard, Julie, and Ben. Their produce is collected fresh daily, from 2 local farms, to ensure quality but sold at very competitive prices and it is always served with a smile.
Val Jones & Cllr Dominic Roberts
A second ‘Special Recognition’ award was presented to Val Jones of Bluebonnet Sweets for the time she volunteers to successfully run the Neston Markets Facebook page on behalf of the Neston Market Traders. Since Val took over this task earlier in the year the page has gone from strength to strength with the number of followers significantly increasing, she does a brilliant job of getting information about the wonderful market out to the public.
The prize for the ‘Most Festive Stall’ was presented jointly to ‘Carmatara’ Jewellery and ‘Digger & Dozer’ handmade dog accessories.
The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Christine Warner, admires the most festive stall
The market was a great start to the festive season, following on from the fantastic Christmas Lights switch on event at the weekend. The weather was very kind to us and the atmosphere was buzzing.
Neston Market will be holding the last Foodie Friday event of the year on Friday 20th December, to give shoppers chance to stock up artisan produce, gifts and fresh fruit and vegetables closer to the big day itself.
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 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.
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.
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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|
Update on mosquito monitoring and control.
Neston Town Council is calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand as Ward Councillors. There are currently two vacancies, one each for Little Neston and Parkgate wards.
What do councillors do?
Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.
How much time out of my day will it take?
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies. This is an unpaid position.
Can I stand?
There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be:
- A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
- 18 years of age or older
- Live in an area that is served by a local council
How can I get involved, how can I find out more?
Contact Mrs A Kunaj on 0151 353 1407 or visit Neston Town Council at Neston Town Hall. You can check us out on our website www.neston.org.uk and you will find the link to the application by clicking: https://www.neston.org.uk/co-option-application-form/
If you would like to be considered by the Council for co-option, please complete an application form. This will help members of the Council in making nominations from which to select a new member of the Council.
The deadline for return of the co-option application form will vary and is on the application form.
Please note that all information contained in Part 1 of the application will be published in the same manner as other documents for consideration at a meeting of the Council and be available to the public at the Council’s office and on its website.