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No Heritage Open Days This Year

Published: 14th August 2020 09:33

This year's borough-wide Heritage Open Days programme of events has been cancelled to help limit the possible spread of Coronavirus.

Neston Parish ChurchNeston Parish Church would normally be open for guided tours during the Heritage Open Days programme, but is currently limited to Sunday services only.  Photo by Bernard Rose

The decision to cancel was taken by the Heritage Open Days committee, a partnership between Chester Civic Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: "This would have been the 26th year of running the ever-popular event. It is a national celebration of our heritage and relies on a small army of volunteers and property owners letting us all have a look into properties not normally open to the public, free of charge.

"With the virus still with us, it is unwise to run an event like this encouraging large numbers of people into buildings that aren't prepared for social distancing and the extra sanitising measures and risk assessments necessary for each specific building and event. The event will return next year."

Heritage Open Days is usually held in September and is a tradition shared across Europe, opening and sharing buildings and areas normally closed or with limited access to the public. In the Neston area these typically encompass tours of local churches (including the Bell Tower at the Parish Church) and guided walks.  A number of audio-guided walks are available to download throughout the year on the Neston Town Council website here.

There are some digital events being organised across the UK and more information on these can be found at: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

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Rob Ward
At 12:54 on 2nd September 2020, Rob Ward commented:
Some events are taking place this year, organised by the Wirral History and Heritage Association. Neston Civic Society are leading guided walks around Neston Town Trail, on September 11th at 2 p.m. and September 16th at 10 a.m. You need to book on 336 5478. One household will be allowed at a time, and if necessary the event can be repeated.
Carrie Spacey
At 13:59 on 2nd September 2020, Carrie Spacey responded:
Thank you for this information Rob.

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