Neston Ladies Day Heritage Project - Latest
|Published: 27th March 2014 19:01|
From the collection of Barbara Gill.
Helping to write lyrics for the Ladies Day Anthem
Anthem Workshops have started
Paula Prytherch and Steve Daintree have been into St Winefride's RC Primary, Woodfall Primary Neston Primary and Parkgate Primary Schools this week. They have been talking to children about the history of the Neston Female Society and Ladies (Club) Day and then asking them to get creative and help to write the lyrics for a special song. A second set of workshops will take place in early May.
Paula said: "This week has been amazing. The pupils at all the schools have been so enthusiastic and creative and the feedback we have had from them and staff at the schools has been brilliant."
The song will eventually be put to music and 25 children from each of the four schools will record it. CDs will be available for all the participating children and a special performance will be arranged around the time of the 200th Neston Ladies Day Walk.
100 different pennant designs will be duplicated
to create bunting for the town centre.
Bunting Workshops have started, too
CAN Group are going into the primary schools to ask pupils to create 100 individual designs to form a unique commemorative bunting that will be used for many years to come.
Workshops begin with the history of Ladies Day and the Female Society, using lots of images and film from the past to the present.
Children are then designing pennants based on the ladies who have walked through the ages, flowers, soldiers and other features of Neston's history and landscape.
Images will be scanned and sent to a bunting company to create 500 metres of bunting, enough for the whole route of the Ladies Day procession.
Get a sneaky peek at a few of the finished designs in the gallery of photos below.
The Heritage Project needs YOUR memories and photos
On Saturday 29th March and Saturday 5th April from 1-4pm, Neston Library will be open for people to come along with photos, memorabilia and memories associated with Neston Female Society and Neston Ladies (Club) Day. These will help populate the pop-up museum that will go on display around Ladies Day and the Commemorative Brochure that is being created as a unique keepsake of Neston's wonderful tradition.
There will be equipment available for recording your memories if you have a story or snippet to tell. There will also be a scanner so your photos can be copied and, if you have any items you would like to lend for the museum, they will be very well looked after. Or, if you can't bear to part with them, they can be photographed.
Not just really old photos, though they are very welcome, there is also significant interest in more recent times.
Help tell Neston's greatest story!
We're in the news
In addition to the coverage on AboutMyArea, other local media have been very supportive:
- A huge thank you to Neston Local magazine, which has devoted several pages of coverage already.
- Wirral News : http://www.wirralnews.co.uk/news/local-news/big-plans-200th-year-ladies-6849958
- Chester Chronicle : http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/towns-greatest-story-told-neston-6875867
Neston Players - Tickets on sale now
Tickets for Neston Players' production 'A Walk Through Time (1814-2014) are on sale now.
It is a unique production that has been written by members of Neston Players to celebrate and pay tribute to the 200 year anniversary of Neston Female Society. It explores the history behind the society and why the tradition and values behind the annual walk are still strong and relevant today.
It will be performed from Weds 28th to Sat 31st May 2014 at Neston Civic Hall, four evening performances and one matinee on the Saturday. These performances are sure to sell out, so don't leave it too late! You can find details of how to purchase tickets here.
The '200 - Neston Ladies Day Heritage Project' is being co-ordinated by Hip & Harmony CIC and brings together a number of community organisations.
Partners include Neston Female Society, Neston Town Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, CAN Group, Neston Players, Neston Library and AboutMyArea Neston.
If you have any photographs, memorabilia or memories to share, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org - we would love to hear from you.