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Community group needs volunteers A BIG question mark hangs over the community organisation, ch64inc due to a lack of public support. Unless volunteers come forward at the Annual Meeting on 16th September the charity may have to be wound up. A chairman is also required to spearhead the group. Book prize winner LorrAIne Davies, of Parkgate, was the winner of the recent competition we ran to win a copy of Anthony Annakin Smith’s new book. Many thanks to everyone who entered. Neston Civic Society ‘Down the Hatch - The British and Drink from roman times to the 21st Century’ is the title of a talk by Michael Murphy at 8pm on Thursday 16th September, at the United reformed Church Hall, Moorside Lane, Parkgate. Visitors and new members are most welcome. Contact Janet Griffiths 336 5478 or email janet.griffiths.ncs.googlemail.com Burton Manor garden facelift worK to restore the walled garden and glasshouses in Burton Manor have begun. The college obtained lottery funding for the work to create a new learning centre and community area within the walled garden. Keith Chandler, Principal of Burton Manor College, said: “It is the start of a very exciting new chapter in the history of the Manor. It has been five years in the making to get to this point and I am absolutely delighted that we have got here.”
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WELCOME to a really packed September edition. There’s loads going on this month, including the family dog show at Stanney Fields and the Neston High School open day. In this edition we’ve got stories on Willaston’s Big Meadow, Neston Neons netball team and the visit of the Great Tour cycle event to Parkgate. Also, thank you to everyone who has become friends with the Neston Local on Facebook. We are updating the page all the time so you can keep up to date with the latest happenings in CH64 There’s also a what’s on guide, financial column, veterinary advice and an update from Mostyn House. Please remember to support your local advertisers Jon White
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In the news
neSTon Youth Zone is seeking the views of young people on what they would like from a new youth club in the area. on wednesday 1st September at 7pm there will be a meeting at neston Community and Youth Centre.
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FroM 11th September Arriva Merseyside will run a new bus service between neston and Liverpool on Saturday nights/ Sunday mornings. The N51 used to end at Spital, but will now go to neston.
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IT’S not only the cadets who get to have fun. Staff, joined the air cadets from 2375 (Neston) Squadron as the “race crew” for the 2010 Marathon Canoe Championships that took place on the river Dee in Chester. Competitors came from country wide, and didn’t disappoint the spectators with some fantastic paddling from ages as young as seven. The ATC are always looking for new cadets, but they also need staff and committee members. If you are interested and think you have something to offer the squadron, please call 336 2551 on either a Tues or Thurs evening between 7.30pm and 9pm.
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Cllr graham Smith (fourth from left) congratulates members of the Friends of Willaston Meadow on their certificate for green Pennant status.
Big joy over meadow award
Big Meadow in Willaston has been awarded green Pennant status, recognising ongoing work to preserve rare grasslands at the site. Managed by the Friends of willaston Meadow, with the help and support of Cheshire west and Chester Council, Big Meadow is classed as a Site of Biological Importance. Mostly ‘unimproved’ grassland, the meadow has a diverse mix of native grasses and wildflowers such as Pignut and Yellow-rattle. Nationally 95 percent of this kind of grassland has been lost, in Cheshire this figure stands at closer to 98 percent. Friends of willaston Secretary David nind said: “we are delighted that Big Meadow has received this award. “Maintaining the site has been a real community effort - with pupils from nearby willaston Primary School creating an area of native woodland with annual plantings of trees; the local wI groups helping to establish an apple orchard, and local Scouts and Guides who planting native bulbs, trees and flower-plugs.“ only green spaces that are open to the public and are free to enter are eligible to win an award through the scheme, run by environmental charities Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and GreenSpace. Local Councillor Graham Smith said: “This is a great example of a community coming together to preserve, improve and protect their local area and I am delighted that all their hard work has been recognised with such an award. “I want to congratulate not only the Friends of willaston Meadow but all of the voluntary organisations, members of the public and young people who genuinely care and have got involved to preserve this beautiful green space.” Big Meadow is a 1.85 hectare hedged field of mostly semi-improved grassland, of which only about 2 percent remains in Cheshire. It is rich in grass species and perennial wildflowers, with varieties of old apple tree, several developed in Cheshire, and also some pear and damson trees. To the west of the Meadow a small copse of native trees has been planted over several years by willaston Primary School pupils.
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For many people a cash ISA is regarded as part of their longer term financial planning however with rates as they are now it is fair to ask if they are fit for purpose and if an alternative strategy should be considered. Over £178 billion is tied up in cash ISAs according to the Building Society Association* and interest rates on the majority of accounts are particularly poor. According to Moneyfacts July 2010, the top paying instant cash ISA paid 2.75% and the best fixed rate is 4.25% over 5 years with many accounts paying a miserly 0.10%. The rate of inflation at time of going to press is 3.2% meaning that your money will be losing purchasing power if your interest rate does not match this. ISAs can be transferred to alternative providers without losing the original tax benefits which means where you have a number of tax year ISAs lumped into one which is not proving a decent return the whole amount can be moved if you so wish. In addition, it means that you do not lose this year’s allowance. It is also possible to transfer cash ISAs to stocks and shares ISAs. Where a cash ISA is regarded as long term savings you could be well advised to consider this route. Historically, over the longer term, investing in stocks and shares have proved more profitable than deposits and have the added potential to make a real return on your money above inflation. They can also be used to provide a tax free income, which can be used to supplement a pension and provide tax free capital growth. However they do carry more risk to your original capital and it is particularly important that where you are considering switching a cash ISA to a stocks and shares ISA you take appropriate advice. ISA funds can invest in anything from low risk Government Bonds to high risk Emerging Market funds together with anything available in between. Where someone feels that they would like to consider an alternative to cash ISAs but do have concerns about fluctuations in the value of investments some of the low risk funds may well be a good way to put a toe in the water. These can provide the benefits of a greater return without carrying all of the risks of investment by spreading the risk between a number of different funds and assets. If you have accumulated a decent sum in cash ISAs and want to look at alternatives a full review of the options available could well be a profitable and good use of your time. *www.bsa.org.uk June 2010 Please note that the current favourable tax treatment of ISA’s may not be maintained and may be subject to future changes in legislation. Submitted by Simon Tutton, from Hadlow Edwards Ltd, Appointed representatives of St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc. 01978 311611
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NESS AND LITTLE NESTON WI
AT our August meeting the speaker David Casement gave a talk on his visit to newfoundland. David showed us some very interesting pictures of the scenery and especially the fossils which were really spectacular. David also went whale watching and he saw whales galore. The vote of thanks was given by Maggie King. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 7th September and the speaker will be Liz Garghrian whose talk is entitled “A Legal Scenario”. Meetings take place in St. Michael’s Church Marshlands, road, Little neston, at 7.30 p.m. Why not come along and join us. new members are always welcome. For further information about our wI please telephone 336 4386
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THe current conflict in Afghanistan reminds us all of the need for safeguarding the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. The royal British Legion (rBL) fulfills these requirements by providing financial, social and emotional support to service people, past and present, and their dependants. in addition to the fund-raising and Branch welfare activities, there is a neston Legion Club. Membership
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is available to all Branch members - and the good news is that you don’t need to have served in the Armed forces! The Club’s aim is to be warm, welcoming and comfortable and to offer members all the facilities for socialising. in the Games room and Lounge there are two large screen HD tvs showing sky sports. A social evening of entertainment is provided every saturday night in the Concert room, with guest artists and the Club’s own resident Duo providing all dance music. snooker players are well catered for with three top class tables available. Bingo evenings are held on tuesdays and Thursdays in the Lounge. The Club is open from 7.15pm – 12am Monday to friday; 12pm – 12am saturday, and 12pm – 11.30pm sunday.
History of tHe venue
He history of the British Legion began with its formation on sunday 15 May 1921 by the amalgamation of four services associations. in 1971, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the Queen granted the Legion with the prefix “royal” in its title. it also entitled the Queen’s crown to be added to the badge. Many branches were formed and of these the majority also had a “social” club attached. These provided the community face of the branch membership. neston has been well represented over the years and its involvement with the association began when many of the returning soldiers from the Great War became members of Comrades of the Great War movement. it was reported in 1919 that 841 officers and men from neston had served in the war and 91 were killed. neston Legion’s first meetings were held in a hut on the field next to st Mary & st Helen Parish Church, the field being known then as Comrades field. in The Congregational Chapel in 1909 1946, with assistance from Lord Leverhulme, the (Courtesy © 2009)ian Boumphrey) Legion acquired the disused Congregational Chapel and land next to what was then the institute, now the Civic Hall, in Chester road. The building has undertaken significant changes, notably in 1975 when an additional storey for a concert room was constructed. (As a result of the new level being built above the old church roof, part of the original roof of the church has been retained and can be viewed from inside the building). in the 1990’s a lift shaft was also added. The local Branch provides welfare services to serving and ex-service personnel and their families. not just those who fought in the two World Wars, but also those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting today.
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In the earlier years, Legion membership was strictly limited to serving or ex members of The Armed Forces. However, Rules have now been relaxed and it is no longer a requirement to have served in the Armed Forces to become a member
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The local membership number is about 500 and the Branch/Club is always looking for new members and volunteers to get involved in fundraising and welfare work as well as helping with Club activities. The annual Branch Membership fee is £11.10 and the Club fee is £3.90, making the total fee for 2010/11 £15. The Membership year runs from 1st october to 30th september.
The neston Branch/Club is to hold an open Day during september to enable those people interested in joining to see at first hand the facilities available and what activities are taking place. This open Day is on saturday 18th september from noon till 10pm. Just go along on the day and you will be met by a member of the committee who will show you around the premises, with no obligation. if you wish to become a member of the neston Branch of the royal British Legion, please complete the form below and a copy of the Application form will be sent to you. Alternatively, you can visit the Branch/Club offices and join.
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION REQUEST
Please send me a copy of the Application Form to become a member of Neston RBL. NAME : ....………………………………………………………………...... ADDRESS : …………………………………………………………….......... ………………………………………………………………............................ ……………………………………………………………….............................. . POSTCODE : ………………… TELEPHONE : …………………………… Please send to:- The Membership Secretary, Neston Royal British Legion, Chester Road, Neston, CH64 9PB
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Cllr Kay Lock and the Mayor of neston, Cllr David Clark, welcome riders and supporters
Neston welcome for Great Tour cyclists
Seven weeks in to their mammoth tour of the British coastline an intrepid band of cyclists arrived in to neston on 14th August. The cyclists are taking part in The great Tour Cycle event taking in every seaside port, village, town, cove and bay along every kilometre of coastline accessible by bicycle. on their way in to neston, the Great Tour riders were joined by local cyclists including Cheshire west and Chester Councillor Kay Loch from neston and Parkgate ward, who cycled the last few kilometres with the riders in to Parkgate along with members of Birkenhead north end Cycling Club. The cyclists finished stage 45 of their tour at Neston Cricket Club, where they were greeted by the Mayor of neston, Cllr David Clark, along with a rousing welcome from the Parade Jazz Band and a crowd of well-wishers. Some of the cyclists who have been part of the Tour since it began in Seaton, Devon, on 3rd July thanked neston for providing one of the warmest receptions so far on their travels around the coast of Great Britain. Cheshire west and Chester Councillor, Scott Mealor, also representing neston and Parkgate said: “The Great Tour event is a fantastic achievement for all the riders involved in this charity ride. The area in and around neston and Parkgate is very popular with cyclists and Cheshire west and Chester Council is pleased it showcased our area. “The warm reception provided to the riders by local cyclists and residents really highlighted the friendliness and hospitality of our community.” The tour is being promoted as a celebration of the British coastline as well as a charity ride supporting The Prostate Cancer Charity and Caravan - The national Grocers Benevolent Fund. Members of the local Prostate Cancer Charity welcomed the riders on their arrival in to neston and provided much needed refreshments to all involved.
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Neston netballers aim to get their name up in lights
The neston neons netball Club has received the boost it needs to enter the realms of higher league netball – thanks to two Cheshire west and Chester Councillors. Cllrs Kay Loch and Scott Mealor have both donated part of their Members Budget Grant to the team – combined to total £3917. The funding will help the team play in higher leagues by assisting with the hire of training courts, new kits and bibs, equipment purchase, league entry fees and ensure that they can employ a trained coach. It will also help the team to extend membership to a wider age-range of players, helping to encourage the young and older people to partake in sport. Cllr Loch said: “when the neston neon’s first approached me for assistance in not only helping the club to grow but to actually keep it going I was struck by the team’s determination and dedication. “They have a core group of members who are contributing a lot of personal time and effort to building on four years worth of work and constantly looking to strike interest in other age groups. “They have great potential to do extremely well in leagues across the north west region and I am delighted to be able to help them take a step in the right direction.” Members Budget Grants of £5000 are allocated to each councillor at the beginning of each financial year and must be used within a ward for community benefit. Any community group, organisation or individual can apply to their local councillor for aid with funding for a project. Grants must be in excess of £250. Councillor Kay Loch presents a cheque to the neston neons netball Club.
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Letter from Neston Surgery
i am Bob Smith, Practice Manager of neston Surgery, Mellock Lane.
Visitors to the Surgery over the past few weeks must be wondering what the two huge packing cases attached to the surgery are.
The packing cases are not for sending elephants back to M.WASHINGTON, J.PERKINS and M. MIZE Drs. T.AWAN, the wild in Africa but are a modern wooden type of construction. Neston Surgery is a training practice – here we train qualified doctors to Drs. V. ARISTA, C. MERRIMAN, J. CARTER. become GPs. And we needed more space for teaching. The long building is actually Neston Surgery, Mellock Lane, Little Neston,left of the CH64 4BN a purpose built training facility and conference room, the building on the Wirral, surgery is an extra consultation3951 for the registrar. 353 0173 Tel. 0151 336 room Fax. 0151 www.nestonsurgery.co.uk I would like to thank our patients who have visited over the last week or so for putting up with the disruption in the car park and noise inside the surgery when drilling was going on. when the new rooms are open we will be starting to revamp the interior of Letter from– Neston Surgery. the surgery so no rest there for me! policy and commissioning of services. we have in this area huge and Mellock I am Bob Smith, Practice Manager of Neston aSurgery,very well Lane. You have probably heard that the PCT is being ‘disbanded’ and GP’s will take over
organized consortium of GP Surgeries – 39 at the last count. We have a Board of GPs who have the health and welfare of west Cheshire patients as their number one priority Visitors to the Surgery to start the past few the consortium know that the so we are in a good position over with. The GPs in weeks must be wondering needs each area of West Cheshire differs and services can be packing cases attached to the am not worried about the tailored to fit individual surgery are. areas instead of one size fits all. So I future of primary care and as I get older I think I will need more of it!
The packing cases health service though at times it can be frustrating and appear toin Africa we have a very good are not for sending elephants back to the wild not be wooden type of construction. Neston Surgery is a over our modernworking for the individual. we are here to help so if you have a problemtraining practic services or if you have any practical ideas on improving or adding services please let qualified – in writing tocourse. GPs. And we needed more space for teaching me know doctors of become building is actuallypatients who are unsure about ourfacility and conference room, I am still bumping into a purpose built training appointment system – some do not know that you can bookan extra consultation room for the registrar. the left of the surgery is appointments in advance. The Surgery operates a booking system for patients who require routine appointments. The Staff can book
these appointments, if they are available, two weeks in advance and the Doctors can
book them six weeks in advance. To book who of appointment over the last I would like to thank our patientsthis typehave visitedyou are requested week or s to withinformdisruption availablecar itparkpre-bookable appointment. The Doctor you the the receptionist that youbut should be possible to see another surgery when drilli in the require a and noise inside the Doctor. wish to see may not be on.PS Flu the new rooms arestarts again soon. starting to revamp the interi When vaccination season open we will be – so no rest there for me!
You haveparents ever ask you that the PCT is being ‘disbanded’ and GP’s will Did your probably heard to run away from home? policy and commissioning of services. We have in this area a huge and ve
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Amici School of Dance has now been running for a whole year and we are very proud to celebrate our 1st birthday. Over the past 12 months we have achieved a lot, such as our first show.
The dance exams were a great succes with a number of students gaining honours and as a reward for doing so well we held an end of term Hawaiian summer party. Let your child be part of the Amici School of Dance success story - whether it’s to give them some extra confidence for everyday life or to help them become a fabulous dancer. Please call now to book your place. We look forward to hearing from you.
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IF you are looking for a new, inspirational and challenging start for a level study, look no further than King’s. The Sixth [email protected]
’s is an independent centre within the school, with its own café, It suite, careers library and lecture theatre. There is a wide choice of a level courses, all taught by specialist teaching staff. There is also the opportunity to take the aQa extended Project, increasingly sought by universities. The academic success of King’s students is phenomenal with virtually all going to university - almost 50 to Oxbridge in the last 5 years and 84% to the “top 30” universities. top university entrance is competitive and demands independent, well-rounded individuals. The Sixth [email protected]
develops these qualities to give you the greatest chance of success in your future. King’s offers excellent facilities for sports, drama and music with 21 different groups from rock to orchestral. Sixth formers get involved in charity fundraising and community work in some remote areas of the world. There are also leadership courses such as duke of edinburgh and Model United Nations. Financial considerations should not deter you from coming to visit Sixth [email protected]
’s as help is available, depending on parental income. Visit Sixth Form @ King’s for an Informal evening on Thursday 7th October or Open Morning on Saturday 16th October. Contact [email protected]
to request a prospectus or to arrange a visit. Read more about King’s: www.kingschester.co.uk/welcome
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the King’s JUNIOR School offers an outstanding education, preparing your child academically and socially for Senior School and beyond. The JUNIOR School for girls and boys aged 7-11, offers an inspiring education within a separate self-contained school. Within the caring and supportive environment of the JUNIOR School, your child will flourish and become, as the recent inspection described the children, ‘happy learners’. Overlaid on strong academic foundations, the curriculum offers excellent drama, Music, Sport and a whole host of other activities. For children 11-18 years, the SeNIOR School has excellent academic results, but add to this the
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outstanding teaching staff and the unique learning environment, and the result is an unbeatable combination to inspire and stretch young minds. King’s is a high achieving school with a vibrant atmosphere. King’s students are articulate, confident and valued by the top universities. Our students are phenomenally successful, with virtually all going to university- 50 to Oxbridge in the last 5 years and over 84% to “The times top 30” universities. Financial considerations should not deter you from visiting us, as financial help is available for Senior School, dependent on parental income. you are warmly invited to our Open Morningyou can explore the school, meet the teachers and pupils, and see for yourself what makes The King’s School unique. Contact [email protected]
co.uk. to request a prospectus or to arrange a visit. www.kingschester.co.uk/welcome
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BurToN aNd NeSToN HiSTory SocieTy The society have an active research group, which has published three books on the area and are currently working on the history of the neston old parish area upto 1840. Talks are held for members and visitors on the second Thursday of the month from october to May in the Gladstone Hall, Burton at 8pm and various outings are arranged. Contact the Publicity Officer 336 1190 or the Chairman 336 8643. BurToN MaNor Burton village. Tel 336 5172 cH64 iNc Community forum for neston, Little neston, ness, Burton, willaston and Parkgate. 0151 336 3758 [email protected]
cHeMiSTS Deeside Pharmacy, Mellock Lane, Little Neston. Tel: 336 1837 Galen Pharmacy, 17 High Street, Neston. Tel: 336 2350 D.M. Kaye, neston road, Willaston,. Tel: 327 5110 cHurcHeS St Mary & St Helen Parish Church, neston. The Vicarage, High St, Neston. Tel: 353 1000 Parkgate & neston United reformed Church, Moorside Lane,Parkgate. Tel 336 3336 Little neston Methodist Church. Tel: 336 1772. Sunday services, 10.30am neston Christian Fellowship, Burton Road. Tel: 336 1688 neston Methodist Church, Park Road, Neston. Tel: 334 1772 St winifride’s rC Church, Burton Rd, Little Neston. Tel: 336 4189 St nicholas Parish Church, Burton. Tel: 353 0453 St Michael & All Angels, Marshlands rd, Little neston. Tel: 353 1000 ciTiZeNS’ adVice Bureau Town Hall, High Street, neston ciVic HaLL neston Civic Hall, Hinderton road. Tel 336 1077 coMMuNiTy acTiViTieS iN NeSToN (caN) The neston Centre, High Street Neston Tel.353 8638 couNciL Cheshire west and Chester Council:For all local authority Inquiries regarding schools, roads, social services, planning, the Civic Hall, street cleansing, refuse disposal, local highways, environmental health and housing. Tel 0300 123 8 123 cyBerceNTre neston Community Cybercentre, Methodist Church, Park Street, Neston. Open Mon-Thurs. Tel: 336 7784 deNTiSTS Redcliffe Dental Practice, 25 Parkgate Road.. Tel 336 3012 David Jones, John Willasey 5 Park Street, Neston. Tel 336 5555 Raby Road Dental Centre,30 Raby Road, Neston. Tel 0151 336 6844 docTorS The neston Medical Centre, 14-20 Liverpool Road, Neston. Tel 336 4121 neston Surgery, Mellock Lane, Little Neston. Tel: 336 3951 The willaston Surgery, neston Road, Willaston. Tel 327 4593 ouT oF HourS eMerGeNcieS Arrowe Park Hospital. Tel: 678 8496 FrienDS oF PArK FieLDS The group aim to enhance the area of Park Fields in Parkgate Call 336 7472 or email: [email protected]
yahoo.co.uk JuNior FooTBaLL Neston Nomads. Ages 5-adult also includes a girls’ section. Tel norman on 353 8337 LiBrary neston Library, Parkgate road Phone 0151 337 4670 MarKeT Neston Market, Fridays 8.30am3pm. Farmers’ Market, 3rd Saturday in the month, car park at the rear of Neston Town Hall, 9am -1pm.Tel: 0300 123 8 123 MP Andrew Miller (Labour). Constituency office, tel 357 3019. web www.andrew-miller-mp.co.uk NeSS GardeNS 353 0123 NeSToN recreaTioN ceNTre raby Park road, neston Tel 336 5741 NeSToN ciVic SocieTy The society deals with the local environment, planning, architecture - and conservation. we hold 6 talks and 2 newsletters per year. Contact Janet Griffiths on 336 5478 or email [email protected]
ParKGaTe SocieTy The Society is closely involved with the local authorities with particular interest in the history, conservation and enhancement of the unique quality of Parkgate and its amenities. we issue members with a newsletter twice a year and hold regular talks which are free and open to all. we welcome new members. email [email protected]
phone 0151 336 1069. PoLice Neston Police office, Neston Town Hall. Tel: 0845 458 0000 ScHooLS Neston High School 336 3902 Bishop wilson Primary, Burton, 336 3396 Mostyn House School 336 1010 E [email protected]
Neston Primary 338 2500 Parkgate Primary 338 2082 St winefride’s Catholic Primary 338 2468 Woodfall Primary 338 2288 TaXi Neston Private Hire. 336 1555 ToWN HaLL neston Town Hall, contains a revamped post office and is available for many diferent activities. Tel 0300 123 8 123 VeTeriNary SurGeoNS Churchview Veterinary Surgery, Clayhill Ind Est, Neston. Tel: 353 0118
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You have a striking face. Tel me how many times you were struck there?
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BY ELEANOR DAVIES, FROM LINGHAM’S BOOKSTORE, HESWALL
Fiction: The Finkler Question- Howard Jacobson A dinner between three long-time friends sets the bittersweet mood of this book. The three friends are Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular BBC producer and hapless romantic; his old school pal Sam Finkler a popular Jewish philosopher; and Libor Sevick, an old Czech and their former teacher. Sam and Libor have recently become widowers and Treslove’s unsuccessful record with women gives him the honorary status of third widower. After dinner and a sweetly painful evening of reminiscence, Treslove walks back to regent Street. Lingering outside the oldest violin dealer in the country, he is mugged by a woman, who may, or may not, have called him a Jew in the process. From here on in Treslove’s whole life comes into question. A warm, funny, human, melancholic book. Longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize at the time of writing this review- I wait with interest to see if it makes the shortlist. Biography: Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother- Xinran Chinese journalist, radio presenter and author of Good women of China, Xinran has brought together a collection of stories of Chinese mothers who have lost their daughters, either through the notorious Chinese one-child policy or through economic necessity. Some were given up for adoption, others abandoned on city streets, outside hospitals and orphanages or on station platforms. others even had to see their baby daughters being taken away at birth and drowned. The book is divided into ten chapters, each telling the story of a different woman, and in some cases including the stories of the adoptive mothers. The book sends a heartrending message from their birth mothers to all those Chinese girls who have been adopted overseas (at the end of 2006 there were over 120,000 registered adoptive families for Chinese orphans, almost all girls, in 27 countries), to show them how things really were for their mothers, and to tell them they were loved and will never be forgotten. Children’s fiction (0-4): The Troll- Julia Donaldson (illustrations David Roberts) From the author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, one of the most popular children’s writers of all time, here is a super new book combining trolls and pirates all inside one cover. Colourful, uncomplicated, with a salutary moral and lots of laughs, a book any small child will enjoy! And don’t forget Gareth Williams author of ‘Angel of Death’ will be talking about and signing copies of his book at Linghams, Heswall on Wed Sept 8th at 6.30 pm. More details at http://heswall.linghams.co.uk
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Essential what’s on info for the next month
Friday 10th September Cheshire Police Authority will be in nestonTown Hall reception area from 10am-2pm to gather views about policing priorities and to hear what you think about police services. Friday 10th September Alpine Garden Society – Murray Bartlett Memorial Lecture, 7.30pm, at Gladstone Village Hall, Burton. Sally Pettit, Head of Horticulture at Cambridge Botanic Garden will give a talk about south west China, its plants and people. Contact 0151 336 3407 Thursday 30th September Neston High School Open Evening for Prospective Year 7 students. Parents of children currently in Years 5 and 6 in Primary Schools are invited to attend an Open Evening from 6-9pm. They will be given the opportunity to tour the School, looking at current and completed work by pupils, and to speak to the teaching staff. Tel: 0151 336 3902 Sunday 26th September Burton & Puddington Fun Run, starts 11.15am from Gladstone Village Hall. 5K and 10K routes available. There will be trophies for the winners and medals for all those who complete the course. entry forms available from:[email protected]
or the Good quality food from letterbox at Gladstone Village Hall, or tel/ text: 07970 247340 around the world
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Saturday 25th September neston’s annual Fun Dog Show takes place at Stanney Fields Park. Come along from 2pm onwards and see the finest pooches in the area strutting their stuff in an event organised by the Friends of Stanney Fields Park. Admission free.
Inclusive Lunch Menu (Served Mon - Sat 12 - 2.30pm) 2 Courses £9.50 Inclusive Dinner Menu
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2 Courses £12.50 Inclusive Sunday Lunch 2 Courses £11.50
Aerials APeX Aerial Services All types supplied, erected and repaired.Tel 336 2661 Mob: 07866 073583 Anytime, 7 days Established over 25 years reach customers on your doorstep! Decorating
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s Bricklaying s Sandstone/Stonework s Garden walls s Re-Pointing s Restoration work s Garages s Extensions etc Quality, reliable, friendly service No job too big or too small Free estimates
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Gardens & Drives Dug Out Land Drainage Pond Excavations Top Soil Available Small Demolition Mini Digger & Driver Hire Contact James on: 0151 336 4637 or 07990765605
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