Neston Spring Festival of St George
|Author: Carrie Spacey||Published: 26th April 2009 15:37|
Between April 23rd and 26th 2009, ch64inc Events Group presented the first ever Neston Spring Festival of St George
The Festival featured a series of events taking place in the area, involving schools, voluntary groups, the Library, the Parish Church and more.
There was also a free-to-enter art competition for children - anyone under the age of 16 who lives in the CH64 postcode area was invited to submit an A4 piece of artwork based on the theme of Spring or St George & the Dragon, with prizes donated by the Rotary Club of Neston. Click on the image to the right for the full story.
Two exhibitions based on the St George story ran throughout the festival, one at Neston Library and the other at Neston Parish Church.
Exhibition at Neston Library
Exhibition at the Parish Church
Thursday 23rd April - St George's Day
A dragon created by CAN group, accompanied by "St George" himself toured schools in the area and appeared on ITV's Granada Reports (click on the image below for the full story).
Neston Library hosted an evening with romantic novelist Penny Jordan.
Friday 24th April
A St George's Ceilidh featuring the Mersey Morris Men, The Boat Band and caller Sheila Mainwaring took place at Neston Civic Hall.
At the Parish Church there was a concert featuring "English Songs by English Composers," performed by the West Wirral Musical Society. The concert included songs by various composers, such as Gilbert & Sullivan, Vaughan Williams and John Ireland.
Organiser Len Smith (r) and Barry Hartley (l) of West Wirral Musical Society lead a chorus
of Rule Britannia!
Saturday 25th April
NESTON PERFORMS! A celebration of the performing arts in Neston took place at the High School. It featured, amongst others, the Neston High School Junior & Senior Bands, Little Actors Theatre Club, Neston Primary StreetDance Club, Woodfall Primary Orchestra and Neston Entertainers. Click on the image below for the full story.
Neston Ecumenical Singers and Chester Music Society Junior Choir performed the premiere of "Mass of the Children" by Rutter and Vivaldi's "Gloria" at Neston Parish Church.
Sunday 26th April
A Civic Service took place at Neston Parish Church. Traditionally the service to welcome the new Mayor, this year in light of the changes to the local authority, invitees included members of the new Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Our thanks to the following organisations for their invaluable contributions to the Festival:
- CAN Group
- Neston Community & Youth Centre
- Neston High School
- Neston Library
- Neston Parish Church
- Phillip Bates & Co Ltd
- Project Rural Matters
- Rotary Club of Neston