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NC&YC - Official Opening Event

Published: 11th March 2009 14:50
Article originally published 29th January 2009.  

Neston's long-awaited Community & Youth Centre was officially opened today by the Mayor of Ellesmere Port & Neston, Councillor Keith Butcher

Paul Davies, Director of NC&YC Ltd, introduced proceedings, which took place In the presence of, amongst others, representatives from: Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council; Neston Civic Society; ch64inc; the Police Authority; Cheshire Constabulary; Neston High School; Neston & District Chamber of Trade; Neston Children's Centre; Connexions; Neston Library and Neston Rotary Club.

NC&YC Opening EventPictured (l-r): Ted Lloyd (Cheshire County Council); Helen Barrie (Centre Manager); Joan Joynson
(NC&YC Ltd); Mayor Keith Butcher; Paul Davies (NC&YC Ltd); Reg Chrimes (former Councillor
and Chairman of Governors, Neston High School); Mayoress Mrs Joan Butcher and Michael Darby (Police Authority & Chairman of Project Rural Matters).

In speeches, both Paul Davies and Keith Butcher explained that the opportunity to redevelop the site of the old youth club in Burton Road had been presented by the Neston Market Town Initiative, through funding from the North West Development Agency (NWDA) and Ellesmere Port & Neston Borough Council.  Particular thanks were extended to both these organisations for their tremendous support through a sometimes very difficult process, as at one stage the project was in serious jeopardy following the collapse of the construction company who were originally contracted to build the Centre.

Acknowledgement was also made of the support of WREN, Fairshare and local organisations such as Project Rural Matters, Neston & District Chamber of Trade and the Rotary Club.

During the planning of the Centre, a Youth Consultation took place to ensure that the facilities for young people would be what they themselves wished to see, and has resulted in an impressive Youth Zone which is already providing activities on three nights a week, with over 70 young people already attending. 

Zoe Burnett, representing the young people who took part in the consultation, presented flowers to the Mayoress and to Joan Joynson of NC&YC Ltd. She also gave a short speech to thank everyone for all their support in bringing the Centre into existence for the young people of the Neston area.

The Centre will also provide life-long learning opportunities and rooms are available to hire for meetings, clubs and other activities.

Current courses include: Languages (such as French, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese & Spanish); Computing; Flower arranging; Deaf Awareness and BSL1 Communication Tactics. (See our link at the bottom of this page for more information).

The Youth Zone is currently open on Monday and Tuesday evenings 6.30-9pm and on Friday evenings from 7-9pm.  In addition, the Little Actors Youth Theatre meet at NCYC on Wednesdays from 5-7pm.

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NC&YC Opening EventChief Executive of EPNBC, Brenda Harvey (2nd from the left, front) with Mayor Keith Butcher
and Council representatives.

NC&YC Opening EventZoe Burnett, Joan Joynson & Helen Barrie

NC&YC Opening EventThe Mayor and Mayoress cut the cake to officially declare Neston Community & Youth Centre

NC&YC Opening EventPaul Davies with Phllip Bates, Chairman of Neston & District Chamber of Trade

NC&YC Opening EventHead Teacher of Neston High School, Steven Dool with Zoe Burnett and Michael Darby

NC&YC Opening EventCarol Stott (centre), with Michelle Broughton and Judy Gilmour of Neston High School

Neston Youth & Community CentrePC Mike Lockett, Sgt Paul Bluck, Carrie Spacey and Michael Darby  

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Adult & Community Learning at NC&YC

News story: Neston's new Community & Youth Centre

To book rooms or courses, or for any information about the Centre, please contact:

Helen Barrie
Neston Community & Youth Centre
Burton Road
CH64 9RE
Tel: 0151 336 7805

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