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Neston Spring Festival of St George

Author: Katie Robson 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

Neston Spring Festival

The Festival featured a series of events taking place in the area, involving schools, voluntary groups, the Library, the Parish Church and more.

Art CompetitionThere 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.

St Georges exhibition at Neston LibraryExhibition at Neston Library

Exhibition at the Parish ChurchExhibition 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).

The Dragon

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.

St George's concertOrganiser 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 Performs!

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:

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stan e
At 20:59 on 12th April 2009, stan e commented:
i think we need to take a reality check here folks.......its all very well having a neston spring festival of st george..just weeks before somerfield closes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 11:52 on 13th April 2009, Baz commented:
Sorry but I don't see what on earth Somerfield has to do with this? Why should everything in town grind to a halt just because of the supermarket situation? A community event such as this festival is exactly the sort of thing we should be embracing to cheer ourselves up.

If the doom merchants would rather see Neston sink into a slough of despond, they'll not take all of us down with them!
stan e
At 18:13 on 15th April 2009, stan e commented:
V L? i think you need to wake up and smell the cheese!! the fact is neston is slowly dying on its feet-just look and see how many shops have closed(and are soon to close).oh yes lets all celebrate the neston spring celebration of saint george-stuff and forget the fact that somerfield is to close and we are to be without a major supermarket for months and months.i bet your one of the individuals that will shop out of our town once somerfield closes arent you? i think we as a town have no backbone-we sit back and let other towns walk all over us without a bat of ones eyelid-other towns have everything and neston has nothing!! its time we as a town took drastic action-i for one am considering non payment of my council tax because as far as i can see none of my council tax is spent in neston-it goes in other towns and other greedy peoples pockets and frankly its gone on for too long!! we need to find our guts because this town is slowly and sadly becoming a ghost town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 20:09 on 15th April 2009, Baz commented:
I don't want to get into a ding-dong with you Stan, but you seem to be missing the point.

Yes these are tough times and yes it will be painful when Somerfield has closed and we have to wait 6 months for Aldi and another however many months for Sainsburys to open, but in the meantime are we all supposed to just stop and weep? Or shall we try and support events that are clearly aimed at bringing people into town and celebrating what is still good about Neston? I know which one I'll be doing.

Oh, and for the record, yes, I probably will shop outside Neston to some extent, but then I already do, as do most of the people who moan about Sainsburys coming to town. Like every other place, Nesotn is full of hypocrites who hate change but fail to put their money where their mouths are (not saying you're one of them, but I'm sure you've met a few in your time).

I look forward to having both Aldi and Sainsbury to shop in after the pain of the transition period. Between them and the good local shops (the ones that don't have really miserable sods behind the counters, and please don't get me started listing them!) we should be well sorted for shopping and in my view a great many people will shop in Neston who currently don't.
At 20:21 on 16th April 2009, Tony commented:
I must say I agree with "VL" here. We need events such as this to remind us about the good things about living in Neston.
Angela C
At 00:26 on 18th April 2009, Angela C commented:
Well, I for one think it's a great idea having the St George festival! It's about time we celebrated St George.It seems that the Irish celebrate St Patrick, the Welsh St David and the Scots St Andrew but poor old St George has been left out! I really don't see what the business about Aldi and Sainsbury's has to do with it anyway and in my opinion there are plenty of good things about living in Neston and I'm speaking as an incomer wgo has only lived here for 10 years but wouldn't want to live anywhere else now.

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