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Neston - The Year in Review

Author: Carrie Spacey Published: 22nd December 2010 12:52
Neston - Review of the Year 2010  
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.

Click on the highlighted phrases below to read more on each story.


Snow in NestonSnowy 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.


Woodfall Primary celebrated their Sing up to Silver award and Parkgate pupils put on their Hats for Haiti.

Neston tunnel projectThe 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 Theatre Company present Bugsy MaloneLittle 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.


Floop RailParking 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 Town Council announced the winners of an art competition, and held the first annual Town Meeting.

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.

Hustings held at Neston Cricket ClubWith 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.

Fire damage at NC&YCSadly, 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.


Neston Ladies Day 2010Happier 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.

World Cup madness in NestonThe 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.

Neston Youth & Community Achievement AwardsMore 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.


Debbie Jeffs - winner of the adult prize at Neston's Got FactorWillaston 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.

Neston Cricket Club enjoyed their annual Family Fun Day, and on the same day, there was a Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the re-opening of St Thomas' Church in Parkgate.

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.

Neston Primary School - Wizard of OzPrimary Schools in the area put on shows for parents and friends - including a trip over the rainbow at Neston Primary and a journey to the stars at Parkgate.

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.

The CH64 Big LunchLittle Actors Theatre Club brought their production of Bugsy Malone to Neston Civic Hall.

This very busy month also saw the first CH64 Big Lunch event, held at Stanney Fields Park, which had just been awarded Green Flag status for the second time.


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.

The Great Tour arrives in NestonWork 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.

Vikings at Stanney Fields Park Fun DayFamilies also enjoyed a play day at the recently revamped West Vale Park.

The Big Meadow in Willaston received Green Pennant Status

Neston High School once again celebrated excellent exam results at both A Level and GCSE.

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.

First wedding to take place at St Thomas' Church in ParkgateAngharad 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.


New gates at Woodfall Primary SchoolWoodfall 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. 

Grand Variety Concert in aid of Neston Village FairLIVE! 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.

Red Lion Help for Heroes Calendar launchHelp for Heroes calendar launch. Photo by Linda

Pupils from Parkgate Primary took part in the 'Voice in a Million' event at Liverpool's Echo Arena, whilst at Neston Primary, children raised funds for this year's Children in Need.

Regulars at Parkgate's Red Lion pub launched their hilarious Help for Heroes calendar - THE must-have gift for Christmas in the area.

Neston Town Centre Shopping and Parking Maps were introduced, and empty shop windows were given a facelift, as Sainsbury's announced that they had filled more than 170 jobs for the Neston store.


Sainsbury's opened in NestonLocal 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 2010Neston 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.

Neston High School Christmas Shoebox appealThe 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.

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Paul T
At 23:16 on 22nd December 2010, Paul T commented:
Its all been happening in Neston this year then! Well done on the report and for all the work that must have gone into keeping us all informed this year. We loved the floop loop!
Rob Ward
At 08:42 on 23rd December 2010, Rob Ward commented:
Well done Carrie - a brilliant year's work and an excellent summary. Nice that the mural in Neston station subway is still looking good. Pity that the ice Santa Claus melted, despite the cold weather (but that was predictable).
Happy Christmas, Carrie! I hope you have a good break - you deserve it!
Dennis L
At 12:21 on 5th January 2011, Dennis L commented:
Thank you Carrie for another well written and concise report about the busy year in Neston.
I wonder how many people like myself are having second thoughts about Sainsbury's?
On the favourable side it seems that -
1) They employ about 170 mainly Neston people who seem happy at their work.
2) Sainsbury are not cheap,therefore, most of our shopkeepers can compete with them.
3) There is now ample multi storey carparking even though there is a three hour restriction but whether a penalty can be legally imposed is debatable as only the police and LA's are legally allowed to impose fines.( Note ALDI £70 penalty after 1.5 hours but how many have actually paid such a ridiculous amount?)
However,it is still early days so let us see what happens during the course of 2011.

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