Neston - The Year in Review
|Author: Carrie Spacey||Published: 22nd December 2010 12:52|
It was another landmark year for Neston, with the completion of the Town Centre development, numerous community events and plenty to celebrate in the CH64 area.
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Snowy Neston. Photo by Bernard Rose.
The year got off to an unusual start as everyone went back to work and school after the Christmas festivities, only to find that a couple of days in, the snow came down, forcing schools to close and effectively offering an extension to the holidays. AboutMyArea was pleased to publish your snowy scenes photographs.
A brand new visitor centre opened at Wood Park Farm, where the Tesco Centre of Excellence also celebrated its first anniversary.
Neston Primary put on their own version of the X Factor, much to the entertainment of parents and friends of the school.
The subway under Neston railway station was given an unusual make-over in a project organised by Neston Civic Society.
Former England Cricket coach Peter Moores was on hand for the launch of Dad's Den in Neston - a fortnightly drop-in for Dads and their kids which has now been funded through to at least August 2011.
Willaston's Guides and Brownies celebrated World Thinking Day.
Little Actors Youth Theatre took London by storm with a performance of Macbeth.
A Community Forum held to discuss parking issues in Neston sparked a lively debate on AboutMyArea.
Granada Reports popped in to Parkgate Primary School to see how pupils had been following the exploits of Neston rower Neil Gyllenship and his colleague Dean Jagger as their cross-Atlantic rowing expedition came to a close.
Dee Sea Scouts were given a grant by Neston Town Council to improve their facilities in Burton Road.
Over 200 runners supported the Sport Relief Mile at Neston Cricket Club, ultimately raising over £5600 for the charity.
Parking was back on the agenda as AboutMyArea exclusively announced the 'Floop Rail' project.
Claire House welcomed the return of the Atlantic Rowers, Team Heatwave.
Parkgate front was given a tidy-up by local residents.
Neston Rotary Club raised money for the Polio Eradication Programme thanks to over 300 people attending a concert by the renowned Hermitage Ensemble from St Petersburg.
Neston Players celebrated no less than four NODA nominations.
With the General Election looming, AboutMyArea organised a hustings at Neston Cricket Club. The event was very well attended and gave local residents the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates.
Parkgate Primary began fund-raising for the new Pre-School building, with a Silly Socks Day.
Councillor David Clark became Neston's first ever Mayor.
Sadly, it wasn't all good news in May, as an arson attack at Neston Community & Youth Centre in Burton Road drew widespread condemnation.
There was also the sad news that Mostyn House School was to close.
Happier times returned at the beginning of June, with a glorious day for the annual Ladies Day walk.
Local ladies netball team, the Neston Neons, received news of funding to help them expand their membership and improve training.
Neston Air Cadets celebrated no less than three gold medals in the area athletics competition.
The World Cup started on an optimistic note, with local photographer Linda Pelling there to capture the initial euphoria in Neston pubs.
Pupils at St Winefride's Primary held a 'Bring Your Bear Day' to raise funds for Action Medical Research.
Neston's Christian Aid Committee celebrated as they raised a record amount through local collections.
More celebrations were afoot as local bike racer Chris Morley won at the Ace of Aintree Championship.
The month was nicely rounded-off by the first ever Neston Youth and Community Achievement Awards, held at Neston High School.
Willaston enjoyed a weekend of fund-raising events.
Neston's Village Fair, on a sixties theme, drew record crowds and featured the finals of Neston's Got Talent.
Also this month, we heard the touching story of Ruth Pisarek, who received the Elizabeth Cross in memory of her husband who had been killed on duty in Northern Ireland in 1973.
Good news on the jobs front this month, as Sainsbury's announced a locally-focused recruitment drive for the new store.
A report was published showing the recommended changes to local government boundaries in the area.
Local Mum Louise Jones raised over £500 for Diabetes UK with a Care for a Cuppa event.
Little Actors Theatre Club brought their production of Bugsy Malone to Neston Civic Hall.
Some 20 walkers took part in the annual Viking Walk from Chester to Neston.
In Willaston, local flower and plant enthusiasts enjoyed the annual horticultural show.
Work began on the glasshouses and walled garden project at Burton Manor.
Neston gave the Great Tour riders their warmest welcome on a round-Britain cycling challenge.
Stanney Fields Park played host to Vikings at this year's Family Fun Day.
Families also enjoyed a play day at the recently revamped West Vale Park.
The Big Meadow in Willaston received Green Pennant Status.
On the final weekend of the Summer, Parkgate Pony Sanctuary welcomed visitors to the Open Weekend, held in Raby Park Road.
In one of several efforts to address the mosquito problem stemming from the marsh at Pargate, Neston Town Council hosted a Bat Box Evening.
Pupils at Neston Primary learned how to cope with disaster as the school was the epi-centre of an earthquake...ish.
Angharad Hubble and Martin Pulford became the first couple to marry at the newly restored St Thomas' Church in Parkgate.
American Bulldog 'Prince' triumphed at the annual Fun Dog Show at Stanney Fields.
Bishop Wilson school in Burton celebrated the opening of two new classrooms.
Neston Players raised money Cancer Research by staging two special performances of their critically acclaimed production 'Shadowlands' at Burton Manor.
The annual Burton & Puddington Fun Run took place, with 167 runners taking part.
Woodfall Primary proudly opened a brand new set of gates, designed by one of the school's Parent Governors.
Hallwood Court resident Vera Walsh celebrated her 100th birthday.
A showcase of local talent took place at Neston Parish Church, to help raise funds for the Village Fair.
LIVE! A brand new Wednesday youth night at NC&YC in Burton Road was launched.
It was announced that Neston town centre would be getting a brand new Christmas Lights scheme this year.
Hat-trick, a football-based initiative for local primary schools, was launched at an event attended by players from Tranmere Rovers.
The annual Remembrance Sunday Parade took place in Neston.
Help for Heroes calendar launch. Photo by Linda
Regulars at Parkgate's Red Lion pub launched their hilarious Help for Heroes calendar - THE must-have gift for Christmas in the area.
Local charity, Northern Lights, announced that they had raised over £5,000 at their annual ball, to take children to Lapland.
Sainsbury's opened its doors in the town centre, with the ribbon-cutting performed by the Mayor of Neston and the Head Boy and Head Girl from Neston High School.
Two local projects were recognised at the Cheshire West and Chester Design and Conservation awards.
Neston Christmas Festival 2010. Photo by Linda
Neston Christmas Festival ran from November 26th to December 21st - the headline event was held in the Town Centre on Friday 3rd December, when hundreds turned out for the switching-on of the brand new lights, an ice sculpture, a programme of entertainment in the new Market Square and, of course, Santa!
Local resident Adam Bidston celebrated his 108th birthday.
Information boards were installed at Marshlands Road and Denhall Quay by the Burton & Neston History Society, to help people find out more about the Neston collieries.
It was announced that due to a 25% budget cut from Liverpool City Council, Burton Manor College is to close in March 2011.
The winners of the Neston Christmas Festival Stocking Trail were announced. Neston High School were proud to announce that a record 300 shoeboxes had been collected as part of Operation Christmas Child.
St Thomas' Church in Parkgate rounded off a significant year with a festive outdoor candle-lit Carol Service.
And finally....looking ahead to the future, it was announced that Cheshire West and Chester Council have engaged an Environmental Consultancy to draw up a Public Realm Design Guide, which will shape the future design strategy for the town over the next two decades. Working with partner organisations such as Neston Town Council, Neston Civic Society and Neston & District Chamber of Trade, the consultancy, TEP, will be engaging with members of the public over the coming months to get their views on how they would like their town to look. Watch out for details of consultation events and opportunities on AboutMyArea/NESTON.
These are just some highlights from all the events and news stories covered on AboutMyArea Neston during 2010. To see more, please visit our Archive section where you can scroll through all the news articles published since we launched, or the Best of Neston & CH64 for more Highlights articles.