Cheshire Community Pride Competition

Cheshire Community Action organise a Community Pride Competition each year for the Best Kept Village, and for other awards.

In 2016 Neston & Little Neston were runners-up, jointly with Upton-by-Chester: the winners were Grappenhall & Thelwall. A Little Gem Award was given for the art panels in Neston Market Square, created by school-children. Neston Town Council’s Press Release can be seen here.

Parkgate entered in a different category, and won a Little Gem Award for the seating at St Thomas’Church.

Best website was Hatton (Runners-up Bollington and Tarvin). Best newsletter was Winsham (Runner-up Rainow).

In 2015 Neston & Little Neston were sixth out of six (behind Cuddington & Sandiway, Frodsham, Weaverham, Upton-by-Chester, and Wistaston) for the Best Kept Large Village. The Floral display at the corner of Parkgate Road and Church Lane (looked after by Redcliffe Dental Practice) received a Little Gem Award.

Best Community Newsletters were Dodelston, Rainow, and Helsby.

Best websites were Audlem, Church Minshull and Willaston (Nantwich). The judges like ‘something out of the ordinary’, and cited Neston’s mosquito forecast.

The full report can be found on the Town Council side of this website here. Scroll down to item SC5-77 and click on the link to download a large pdf (13.1MB).

The judges’ comments on Neston & Little Neston included these points that lost us marks:

1. Shops etc.

Some shops in Town Lane (Little Neston)

Weeds along shop fronts and kerbs

Weeds in the car park behind West Vale shops

2. Railway, bus, etc.

Bus shelter in Burton Road

Shabby red telephone boxes

Vandalised noticeboard in Stanney Fields Park

Noticeboards needing varnish

3. Pubs, etc.

Greenland Fishery looking semi-derelict

4. Clubs, churchyards etc.

Lamination on colliery display board at Quayside failing

Long grass in Parish Church graveyard at first visit

Weeds around churches (not URC or RC)

Area immediately around cemetery chapel not well presented

Weeds in Library garden

Wirral Way muddy in places

Two pole roundabouts in West Vale Park playground need repair

5. Verges, floral displays etc.

Weeds in bed corner of Ladies Walk at first visit

Some allotments in Raby Park Road appeared near derelict

6. Litterbins, weeds etc.

Weeds in many locations.

Aspects praised by the judges included:

1. Shops etc.

Most town centre shops and window displays good

Paved areas free of litter

Aldi car park shrubs

2. Railway, bus, etc.

Station tidy, litter bins well used

Planters attractive

Most bus shelters excellent, surroundings clean and free from litter

School exteriors clean

Toilets behind Civic Hall clean and free from vandalism

Car parks clean, largely litter-free

Noticeboards tidy, well ordered

3. Pubs, etc.

Pubs,restaurants, cafés, smart, attractive floral displays

Car parks tidy

Doctors and dentists smartly maintained with floral displays

4. Clubs, churchyards etc.

Bushell fountain very well kept and decorated

Parish church frontage well stocked planters and manicured grass

Grounds of URC and RC churches outstanding

Cemetery extremely well presented

Stanney Fields outstandingly attractive – bowling green merits special mention

West Vale Park very pleasant, tidy, well maintained

5. Verges, floral displays etc.

Most grass verges tidy

Beds in West Vale good

Bed at corner of Church Lane excellent

Hanging baskets attractive

Stream running through Stanney Fields Park attractive

6. Litter-bins, weeds etc.

Litter-bins plentiful, well placed and generally in good order

Very little graffiti or dog fouling and no chewing gum residue

Some history:
In 2014 Neston & Little Neston were fifth out of five for the Best Kept Large Village. The Bushell Fountain again received a Little Gem Award. This website was again Runner Up for Market Town Websites.Best Community Web Site

Neston & Little Neston’s web site were in the Market Town category, and were Runners Up, after Poynton with Worth. Knutsford was Highly Commended.

Judges’ comments on the web sites were general.

Little Gem Award

The Bushell Fountain

Best Kept Village

Neston & Little Neston were in the category 5,001 – 10,000 population. We came fifth, behind Frodsham, Upton by Chester, Weaverham, and Wistaston.

The judges praised

  • Town centre retail outlets other than shops
  • Paved areas, particularly in the High Street
  • Car parks
  • The railway station
  • Parish church and churchyard
  • Stanney fields park
  • Bushell fountain
  • Litter bins
  • Dog fouling
  • Weed control

The judges criticised

  • Some untidy town centre empty shops
  • Rubbish on the track at the railway station
  • Works area and rubbish dump at Stanney Fields Park
  • Untidy entrance to Wirral Way and graffiti on sub-station [Station Road Neston]
  • Chewing gum in the town centre

The full report by the judges can be found on the Neston Civic Society website at

Neston Civic Society entered Neston & Little Neston in 2005, when we came third.
In 2008 Neston & Little Neston came first in their category (Large Village, population 5,001 – 10,000).
They did not enter in 2009 or 2010, when Sainsbury’s and the Market Square were being built.
In 2011 they came third, and received a Little Gem Award for the Bushell Fountain.
In 2012 they failed to reach the final judging, but received a Little Gem Award for the new gates at Woodfall School, and this website was Highly Commended as a community website. The judges’ detailed comments are on Neston Civic Society website here.
In 2013 Neston & Little Neston were Runner Up for the Best Kept Large Village. The Library Sensory Garden (plants provided and planted by Marsh Nurseries) received a Little Gem Award. This website was Runner Up for Market Town Websites.

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