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New Temporary Venue for Neston Civic Society

Published: 9th January 2012 17:11

Neston Civic Society are holding their first public meeting in 2012 in a new venue - Neston Methodist Church, Park Street, Neston.

The usual venue, the United Reformed Church hall, is being renovated. Peter Cunnington, well known in Neston as the former Curator of Ness Gardens, will talk on 'The George Forrest Experience, a plantsman's China'. The meeting is on 19 January at 8 p.m., and visitors are most welcome.

Chairman of Neston Civic Society Rob Ward said: "2011 was an eventful year for Neston Civic Society. After a two-year break during the building of the new Market Square and supermarket, we again entered Neston & Little Neston in the Cheshire Community Pride Awards. We did not win this time, as we did in 2008, but we came third, and we received a little Gem Award for Neston Cross." The full comments by the judges are on the Society's website at http://www.nestoncivicsociety.co.uk/events.html.

One of the three planters at Neston Town HallOne of the three planters at Neston Town Hall,
looked after by Neston Civic Society members.

The plants around the Bushell Fountain at The Cross are looked after by Celia Garvey and a small team including Janet Griffiths. They recently braved the wind and rain to replace plants in front of Neston Town Hall.

Celia and Janet have been leading members of the Society for many years. At the recent AGM, Celia stood down as Chairman, but remains Social Secretary, and Janet Griffiths became Treasurer, having been Secretary for many years.

Elaine Griffiths had been Treasurer for two years, and was thanked at the AGM for her valuable help in that role. She very efficiently sorted out Gift Aid, which has greatly benefited the Society. Also at the AGM Chairman Celia Garvey said: "We welcome one new member to our committee. He is Stephen Quicke, a local resident and architect, whose expertise we hope will enable us to be even more efficient in examining Planning applications." Lindsey Hinks was elected as Secretary.

The Society had a stand at Neston Village Fair in July, and took groups of visitors around the Town Trail during the two Heritage weekends in September.

In 2008 the Society led the campaign to set up Neston Town Council, and three of the committee are now Neston Town Councillors as individuals.

Contact for more details:  Lindsey Hinks on 0151 336 6598 or by email

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