Hello Neston Parish households
I’m not a natural blogger so didn’t keep this up to date during my last Mayoral year but, having been re-elected by my fellow Councillors I did say I would try to keep you in touch with when & where I represented Neston at civic and community events.
The last event of my previous year was an invitation to the Rotary Charter Annual Dinner and, unusually, this had also been my 1st event in 2017. This was a pleasant occasion with an interesting speaker from the Crime Investigation Unit. The Town Council is keen to maintain active relationships with local community groups, and Rotary is a really good example of this link.
I did start my second year on a high note with an invitation to represent Neston Town Council at the Civic lunch arranged by Cheshire West & Cheshire Council for HM The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex, when HM came to open the Story House in Chester. This was a prestigious occasion with the opportunity to network with senior Councillors from Cheshire West, Town Mayors and to meet other active members of the community. I had previously met the Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Alex Black when he was Deputy Lord Mayor and it was good to see him and the Lady Mayoress, Janet, briefly at the lunch. (Unfortunately photos were not allowed.
I have to confess that our contact with HM & the Duchess was rather remote but it was still a privilege to be there. During my previous year I had represented Neston at several civic occasions, including the Annual Civic Service for the current Mayor.
On a more local note Ladies Day is one of our own special days and I have walked in the parade as a member for many years so I was delighted to be invited to walk as your Mayor for my 2nd year. The weather was perfect and the parade was, as usual, well supported by a large crowd that clearly enjoyed the spectacle and the refreshments on offer from our increasing range of cafes and bars.
I was also invited to open the Neston Village Fair and to crown the Rose Queen. We travelled to the Fair in vintage cars, making a grand entrance, followed by the crowning of this year’s queen. 2 queens within one month – this has to be unusual.
It was interesting to walk around the various stall holders and speak with community groups about their commitment to making Neston a good place to live.
Northern Lights – the charity that sends children with life limiting ailments – to Lapland for an unforgettable Christmas experience. The organisers, Karen & Alan Jones, organised an event in 2017 to celebrate their 30th anniversary and that was so successful they repeated it this year.
I was privileged to be invited to open both events and we were blessed with perfect weather each year. The Town Council had a stall here so I spent my time divided between walking around talking to stall holders and taking a turn at our stall. There were several stalls and visitor from outside the Neston Town Council area and it was interesting to hear so many enthusiastic comments about the area. This is all good for bringing businesses and visitors to the area.
I finished July by attending a very special event for Neston Nomads youth football. The FA holds a competition each year to find the ‘Ground Spectators of the Year. 2018 saw success for 2 special youngsters in Neston as James & Will, brothers of Lucy who is a junior in one of the Nomad’s girls’ teams, have beaten all opposition to be chosen as overall winners. This is very special for the boys as they are twins who were born with celebral palsy and have learning difficulties but, with family support, they have grown into lively and active 11year olds who are enthusiastic supporters of their sister and the Nomads.
It was a delight to be asked to join the Nomads at a friendly girls’ game against St Asaph girls as a film team recorded interviews with the boys and filmed Lucy playing in the match. There were also interviews with volunteers that work hard to run the Nomads and with myself, about the support that the Town Council gives to help junior football continue in Neston.
August and September are looking quite busy so I will try to come back with an update in the Autumn.
Cllr Pat Kynaston 31st July 2018