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Paul Thelwell from Neston
Air Cadets celebrates
September 2009
completing an Ironman
Issue 20 triathlon

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What did the policeman say to his stomach: Your’re under a vest
SUMMER seems to be nearly at

an end - and already plans are

being made for a big Christmas
festival in Neston to mirror the
successful event last year. The
town council is looking at plans
for the festival to give the town
6 centre a big boost following a

year of disruption due to the
ongoing works.
Congratulations to Neston
High School for achieving their

best ever A level results. We’ve
got some good pictures from
the school and details of their
forthcoming open day.
There’s also loads of news and
features from the area to keep
you busy for the next month.
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Greg Bakewell, of Heswall, married Vicky Elliott, of Neston, at St Mary & St Helen Church, Neston and then held their
reception at Thornton Hall Hotel.
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 ThIEVES broke in to the branch of the Cheshire Building Society in high Street,
Neston, last month, and stole a small safe.

 MP Andrew Miller visited the Digital Switchover roadshow in Neston Market to
see how people are gearing up for the end of analogue.
Mr Miller was also keen for the technical experts to sort out the problems of
receiving BBC North West and Granada in some parts of the town.
The Winter hill transmitter will switch over to digital in November and December.

 NESToN Company of Archers won the hoyt Club Team Challenge Cup at the
recent British Target Championships. The team of Carol Morris-Lewis, helen

Porter, Graeme Steele and Malcolm Lewis won the title at the Lilleshall National
Sports Centre in Shropshire, last month.

 PArKGATE’S Artroom Gallery is the venue for an exhibition entitled ‘Inspirational
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local news
 ThE town centre public
toilets at the back of
Neston Town hall are being
demolished, so if you need to
spend a penny, you can use
the toilets at the Town hall
until the new public toilet at
Belmont Cottage Car Park is

WorK has begun on the raby
road car park, but people
can park free of charge at
the royal British Legion, on
hinderton road, from 8am- Flt Lt Paul Thelwell, from Neston Air Cadets,
6pm Monday to Saturday.. completed his first Ironman triathlon in 13
hours, 22 minutes and 54 seconds. To achieve
AMoNG the improvement this he swam in open water for 2.4 miles,
works being carried out in followed by a 112 mile cycle and then a 26.2
the town centre is a new mile run.
pedestrian crossing on The ATC meet on a Tues and Thurs evening,
hinderton road and cycleway 7pm - 9.30pm, at Tanks Field, Church Lane,
over Sytchcroft. Little Neston. The next intake evening is the
15th September. Teens welcome.

6 Bishop Wilson Primary School Year 5 & 6 pupils in a performance of ‘Cinderella
meets Rockerfella’.

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‘Beware doorstep lenders’  
says credit union chief
Do you realise that some doorstep lenders
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They cited an
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repaid would be
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animal be in a considerable amount of pain in its mouth, dental care at an early age. Introduce brushing gradually
but bad teeth also have a direct relationship with other and begin by rubbing your pet’s teeth and gums with a
medical conditions including kidney and heart problems soft cloth wrapped around a finger. Gradually switch over
which can lead to more serious health conditions. In sim- to a toothbrush designed for pets or to a very soft human
ple terms, gum disease involves complex bacterial infec- toothbrush. Try to make this a pleasant experience for
tions. These bacteria can become free in the bloodstream your pet and always praise and reward your pet for its
and travel from the mouth to distant organs, potentially cooperation.
creating serious disease at such sites.
Regular dental check-up visits to your vet are strongly
Periodontal disease is the most common dental condi- recommended. Hardened tartar should only be removed
tion affecting dogs and cats. This is where the gums by your vet, as this requires the use of special instru-
become infected and inflamed and is caused by bacteria ments and equipment. Routine periodontal treatment
present in plaque and calculus (tartar). The problem performed by a veterinarian typically includes ultrasonic
begins when plaque and calculus are allowed to build up scaling, subgingival scaling, and polishing. All dental
on a pet’s teeth, especially below the gumline. Some of procedures in pets, including scaling and polishing, are
the symptoms that your pet may experience include: bad performed under general anaesthesia, however the current
breath, bleeding and inflammation of the gums, receding state-of-the-art of veterinary anaesthesia is such, that this
gums and loosening of teeth. Your pet may also have poses minimal risk in most cases. The adverse effects of
difficulty eating its food and may continually “paw” at bad teeth on the overall health of the animal also greatly
its mouth. outweigh the anaesthetic risk.
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Best ever
results for
Neston High

NESToN high School is celebrating after
another year of best ever A Level results,
the fourth year running!
With the emphasis placed on delivering
academic A level courses, this makes the
results even more impressive, with 50 per
cent of entries achieving A & B grades
and a 100% pass rate
Ten per cent of students achieved three
or more A grades compared to the national average of seven per cent with six per cent
achieving four or five As.
Neston is also celebrating a significantly higher than average number of passes in the
traditional A-Levels of Maths, Sciences, English and Foreign Languages.
headteacher, Steven Dool said: “We are very proud of what our students have
achieved and now wish
them every success on
their future courses, at
University, and in their
chosen profession.”

Top performers: 4
A grades: Thomas
Banaszek, David Neary,

Bethan Rimmington,
Christopher Thomson
3 A grades: Jill Barrow,
Ian Johnson, Katherine
Maltby, Ban Randall,
Helen Reeve, Ben Twells

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Delight for GCSE students
THERE was joy unconfined at Neston High School when the GCSE results were
revealed last month.
The school achieved its best ever score, with a 100 per cent pass rate.
head teacher, Steven Dool said: “It is
particularly pleasing to note that student
performance in the core academic
subjects is significantly above the national
average, especially in terms of those
students achieving 5A* - C grades which
include passes in English and Maths.
“results like these are only achieved
by hard work by students, commitment
and dedication by their teachers and
support from parents. I am delighted
to congratulate all concerned on these
outstanding results.”
high achievers with the top 10 highest
total point scores are: Matthew Burton
(5A*, 4A), Kristie Clinch (7A*, 2A), Andrew
Cooke (3A*, 6A), Joseph Cooper (7A*,
A, B), rebecca Davies (6A*, 3A), Emma

Gray (6A*, 2A, B), Mark Greenwood
(4A*, 3A, 2B), rachel hogg (2A*, 7A),
Claire hutchinson (3A*, 5A, B), Jack
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AT the third meeting of the town council a wide variety of issues were up for
At the open forum Carrie Spacey said that the Christmas Festival needed to be
organised soon. Pat hughes said that prompt action would be a way of helping local
businesses, which faced a year of disruption while the new supermarket and town
square were built.
The Town Council had submitted to the Boundary Committee a proposal for four
single-member wards: Neston, Little Neston, Parkgate, and riverside with Ness.
The council has decided to appoint a Town Clerk. Already 38 people had asked for
details of the paid position. Applications
were due by 11th September, with a
final decision due on 24th September.
Jerry harris, webmaster of www. said that the website
would disappear in March 2010 unless
action is taken by the council. The
council agreed that
was a good site, came top in Google,
and was better than websites set up
by other local councils. A working party
has been set up to look at the options.
The Council are waiting for information
from Cheshire West and Chester
Council about Section 106 money
which comes from Sainsbury’s to be
spent in Neston Town Centre.
A planning application from
Sainsbury’s for internally lit signs on
their new supermarket was passed to
the Planning Committee, who were
asked to meet soon.
The next meeting is 15th September at
6.30pm in Ness Gardens.


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Taste Test
The Lawns Restaurant, Thornton Hall Hotel

T hornton Hall’s
restaurant has
undergone some
big changes from its
previous incarnation as
the Italian Rooms. With
contemporary flashes in
the tableware and now
named The Lawns, it
boasts stunning views
of the hall’s gardens and
can comfortably seat
approximately 50 people.
New head chef Gordon with sautéed potato and an exclusive brand.
Campbell is already wilted spinach, but our Thornton Hall have
putting his own stamp on favourite was definitely already earned two AA
the menu and comes to the pea and spring rosettes and the aim is
Thornton Hall with a big onion risotto which was to add another this year.
reputation. It is clear that deliciously creamy. The Olivier explained that their
there is great enthusiasm peas, in particular, were exciting menu is constantly
amongst the staff as they bursting with freshness as evolving according to
embark on an exciting if they had been picked the seasons, so that the
period of change and that very morning and vegetables and meats fit
there is no doubt that the cut through the creamy in perfectly with the time
restaurant is heading in risotto, creating a perfectly of year.
the right direction. balanced dish. Remarkably, such a
The restaurant’s midweek Restaurant manager fantastic dining experience
lunch offers a variety of Olivier Gamory served does not cost the earth.
well constructed dishes, two wines, a delightful The midweek lunch menu
using stunningly fresh Chardonnay which offers two courses for
seasonal ingredients perfectly complemented £13.95 and three courses
sourced locally. Starters the freshness of the for just £15.95. The three
include seared red salmon and a red Pinot course Sunday lunch
mullet and pressed Noir which went well with offers a greater range
terrine of ham hock with the ham hock terrine. of dishes and costs just

piccalilli. The seared Olivier explained that £18.45. Even better, from
red mullet in particular the Paul Jacqueson 1st October the restaurant
was cooked perfectly label, which is from will offer a three course
and was balanced with the Bourgogne area, is Sunday lunch dinner menu
a zingy basil pesto. not easy to find in his with a bottle of wine for
native France so it is a £39 per couple.
22 Highly recommended for
considerable coup for the
the main course is the Highly recommended.
exquisite grilled salmon restaurant to secure such

What is the best remedy for water on the brain? A tap on the head

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Saighton Grange, Chester CH3 6EN

Aldford School 3 - 5.30pm
(age 4 - 11)
Abbey Gate College 5.30 - 8pm
Thursday 24th September 2009 (age 11 - 18)

We look forward to seeing you when you will have the
opportunity to meet our pupils and teachers
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to meet
all the needs of our pupils, providing an education for life.
• Excellence in Pastoral Care
• Wide range of extra-curricular activities
• Outstanding Music Department
• Strong academic results
• New Sixth Form Centre
• New facilities in Art, Science, Design and Technology

For further details please contact Admissions 01244 332077
or email for a prospectus. 23

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Just when you think it’s safe to come out
of the house - another flu season starts
Bob Smith, Practice Manager at
Neston Surgery, gives some advice on
how to deal with flu.

The Seasonal Flu vaccination
programme is about to begin.
I am talking about the annual flu jabs –
nothing to do with the swine flu (H1N1)
Neston Surgery will be starting our campaign
on 26th September – Yes a Saturday.
We will be running regular Saturday clinics as
well as regular weekday clinics.
Book early as there are limited stocks and If you have flu-like symptoms,
it is wise to have the vaccination as early as telephone the surgery, do not come
possible. in!
We give at least 1800 per year to our patients.
This is not protection from swine flu it is Waiting can be very frustrating
the annual flu vaccination for the over 65’s, We try to give our patients enough time during
patients with diabetes, asthma, chronic liver or consultations but please be ‘patient’ if the
kidney disease, or those that have had a stroke surgery over runs, the patient seeing the doctor
or TIA or suffer from chronic heart disease and may need the extra time. It may be you, your
those with chronic respiratory disease. child or parent.

A break from flu - We also offer a service for patients who
A recent government patient survey revealed cannot get to the surgery during opening hours
that a large proportion of our patients do not – consultations are held at Ellesmere Port
realise that this surgery offers a variety of Hospital –
appointments. – this service is for booking regular
Did you know you can book in advance, up appointments only.
to two weeks, with a doctor – ask for a pre- You will see a GP but not a Neston Surgery
bookable appointment. GP.
half of the appointments are reserved for For this service telephone 01244 364700.
this type of appointment - they are popular
and because of that you may not get the time Finally on a personal note –
and doctor of your choice but you do get an Pandemic Flu -
appointment. I have been very impressed at the way
If you need a review – have a Nurse’s the local people are dealing with the Swine
appointment. Flu pandemic and its repercussions. There
has been no panic, no hysteria, only a very
When all the normal appointments for the day sensible reaction by everyone. Thank you.
are taken we have Triage appointments. The The three local surgeries have pandemic

receptionist will take your details and later that plans in place and we are working together so
day the duty doctor will call you to come in or that a GP service will always be provided for
give you advice. you should things go awry.
If you are ill you will be seen on the day, if
necessary after hours.

24 And of course we have Flu Vaccination
Appointments – for the vaccination only –

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What is a solicitor’s favourite dessert. Sue it pudding
Gardening by Janet Heath

SEPTEMBEr often provides a blaze of colour before autumn takes hold so if you like bright, bold
colours there is a wide range of flowers to choose from.
Shrubs such as hibiscus syriacus also known as the tree hollyhock because of the shape of their
flowers, are hardy shrubs with flowers in white, pink and blue. They flower for weeks in autumn.
Perovskia Blue Spire is a small shrub with branches of tiny electric blue flowers. It likes a well-
drained soil in sun and provides colour well into autumn.
Bright, bold colours for a damp soil why not try rudbekia fulgida Goldsturm in yellow and
pair it with Lobelia cardinalis with its purple leaved foliage and red flowers. Heleniums come in
a range of red, yellow, orange and russet colours, are good for the back of a border and give
colour for a few weeks especially if dead-headed. Japanese anemones are great ground cover
with tall or shorter flowering stems in white or pink. They also flower for weeks, well into autumn.
Some delphiniums will flower again in September if their first flush of flowers were removed after
You can dig up and split perennials in autumn and as the soil is still warm they should settle in
well before winter. Try to remember to plant daffodils in September (tulips can wait until october)
for flowering next year.
Lawn repairs can be carried out in September. If you have bare patches in the lawn or want to
sow a new lawn, September is a good time for sowing grass seed or laying turf. Scarify to remove
moss and apply a weed killer to control those tough perennial weeds.
Hedges can have their final trim of the year to leave them neat and tidy over winter.
Autumn ripening raspberries such as Autumn Bliss and blackberries will now be in season and
taste wonderful. Some early season apples will be ripening so if you want to grow your own
dessert apples, consider Egremont russet, Fiesta, Katy or Greensleeves. They will be ready to
eat in September but will not keep for very long, so just pick them from the tree!

Janet Heath – The Garden Mentor Tel 01244 318258

What do you call a blind dinosaur? Do-you-think-he-saw-us

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Oarsmen set for Atlantic challenge
PARKGATE man Neil Gyllenship and his colleague Dean Jagger will set off on the
voyage of a lifetime to raise money for Claire House Children’s Hospice.
Their 3,000 mile rowing expedition, as competitors in the Woodvale Challenge, will
start from Tenerife and end, approximately 60 days later, in Antigua, where their
families will be waiting to welcome them back onto dry land.
Neil’s son, James, is a Year 1 pupil at Parkgate Primary School, and it was with
great excitement that pupils at the school were treated to a presentation by Neil and
Dean. They brought with them a boat similar to the one they will be manning on their
Their own, two-hander boat is currently being built especially for them, thanks to
generous sponsorship by Manchester Airport, where both Neil and Dean work in the
Fire Service. The boat they brought with them to Parkgate will also be taking part in
the race, but will be manned by “Row For Girls,” a four-woman team.
The entire school listened to a fascinating presentation in the School Hall, finding
out all about the challenges the team will face on their journey, including weather
conditions, living on tight rations, sleep deprivation and the sheer hard slog of rowing
for hours every day and night.

The boat will be equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS), allowing them
to plot their course, along with a satellite phone that they will use to speak to their
families, but just once a week due to the prohibitively high cost of making calls
(approximately £30 per minute).
Neil and Dean are hoping to raise £100,000 for Claire House by taking part in
the challenge. If you would like to sponsor their incredible effort, please visit their 27
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What do you call a blind dinosaur’s dog? Do-you-think-he-saw-us Rex
with Angela Bartlett

Q. I buy loads of expensive skin care products
but never get the results that I expect. What can I
A. Skin care products will only give the
promised results when they are used on the
type of skin that they have been formulated
for. This is why an in-depth skin care
consultation and analysis of your skin by a
trained therapist is so important to ensure that
you get the right products for your skin. Quite
often people buy far too many products when
just a few of the correct products will do a far
better job, sometimes less is more!
Also, you need to know how to use your
products. Your therapist should give you expert
instruction on the application and removal of your
skin care products so that you are completely
familiar with what you are supposed to do with them
before you take them home. This also helps you to
Angela Bartlett is a beauty and
get the most value out of what you have bought.
holistic expert with 25 years of
A final word, don’t forget that some skin care experience in her field. She is the
products promise results that would never be Chair for the British Association of
achievable no matter how much you used them! Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology, a
professional association established
Q. I like to use a fake tan product instead of over 30 years ago and representing
damaging my skin with the sun, but I am finding thousands of therapists throughout
that I am getting a lot of blocked pores on my face. the UK.
Is there anything I can do to improve this?
A. At this time of year many of my clients like to use Her expertise is called on
a fake tan product to give them a glowing, tanned to examine students for an
appearance to take them into the Autumn months. international examination board in
however, blackheads and blocked pores can be many areas of the world. Angela
a common side effect of using fake tan products, is also part of the HABIA forum,
especially if you have oilier skin or visible pores. helping to make decisions for
To improve the appearance of your skin try using of qualifications and standards in the
an exfoliating product, suitable for your skin type, on UK beauty industry.
a regular basis and treat yourself once in a while to
a deep cleansing facial treatment with your therapist. Angela is a successful column
I often recommend substituting fake tan with a writer for the trade journals Vitality
mineral based bronzing powder, bronzing dust or a and Salonfocus and has a beauty,
tinted moisturiser for your face and keep the fake tan holistic and skin care clinic in
products for your body. Tarporley.

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Entertainment guide
Essential what’s on info for the next month

 Sunday 13th September
Ness Gardens Musical recital - Celtic Brace,

 traditional Irish music, from 2-3pm

 Saturday 19th September
 Neston Farmers Market, 9am-1pm, at Neston
 Town hall.

Neston Cricket Club Car Boot Sale, from 8am.
 raising funds for the tennis section. Tel Jo race
 on 336 2014
Saturday 26th September
Fun Dog Show, 2-4pm, at Stanney Fields Park,
 hinderton road, Neston. Prizes and rosettes
for winning dogs. Come along for this popular


community event and bring your dog. Contact


 Mary Lavery on 356 6994

Sunday 13th September 2009

30 Now offering Wedding Packages from £1,500
Why did the hand cross the road? To get to the second hand shop
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Entertainment guide
Essential what’s on info for the next month
hErITAGE open Days celebrate England’s history, architecture and culture.
The dates for 2009 are Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September.
This year the following events are being arranged locally and entrance is free -
Mostyn House School Chapel, Parkgate
There will be a self guided tour around the chapel. open Saturday and Sunday 2 -
4pm. In addition there will be guided tours round the part of the school, which was
the former 18th century George Inn, Saturday only, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm,
and the WW2 Air raid shelter on Saturday only 2 - 4pm.
Neston Parish Church of St Mary and St Helen
Guided tours will be available around the church, explaining the history of the ‘Lady
hamilton Font’, the Easter Sepulchre, Viking Stones, Falklands Chapel and many
more treasures.
Detailed descriptions of stained glass windows, by Burne-Jones, Kempe and
harding amongst others, are available, written by a local historian who has
researched the church windows. Thursday 9.00 - 4.00; Friday 9.00 - 4.00; Saturday
9.00 - 4.00; Sunday 12.00 - 4.00
To find out more go to

Amici School Of Dance AmiciThe
School Of Dance
Turning Little Stars Into Big Stars! Marsh
Turning CatInto Big Stars!
Little Stars
Dance classes for younger children
Dance classes for Good quality
starting from 2food from
1/2 years
younger children With aaround
wide varietythe world
of lessons to choose
starting from 21/2 years from such as Nursery Class, Baby Ballet,
Inclusive Lunch
Ballet, Tap, Menu
Modern (ServedTheatre
Jazz, Mon - Sat 12Craft
- 2.30pm)
With a wide variety of lessons to 2 Courses £9.50
and Junior Street
choose from such as Nursery Class, Inclusive DinnerFor
more information call
Baby Ballet, Ballet, Tap, Modern (Served Mon, Tues 6 - 9pm, Wed, Thur 6-9.30pm, Fri 6 - 10pm,
Miss Francesca on: 0151 336 5540
Sat 5 - 10pm, Sun 5.30-9pm)
Jazz, Theatre Craft and Junior Street or 07811064574
2 Courses £12.50
or email:
For more information call Inclusive Sunday Lunch (ServedMember
12 - 3pm)
Miss Francesca on: 0151 336 5540 2 Courses £11.50
and CRB checked

or 07811064574
or email: We are located at
Member of IDTA and CRB checked The Scout Hut,
Sandy Lane, Heswall,
We are located at The Scout Hut, 1 Mostyn Sq, ParkgateEvery Saturday
Sandy Lane, Heswall, Tel 0151 336 1963 classes start from
Every Saturday classes start from 10am-1.30pm.
Web email:
Only £2.50
10am-1.30pm. Only £2.50
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No job too small, call Ray
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Corgi & IPHE Registered
Tel 342 6299
His speciality that separates him from most of his plastering competitors is that
The Depot,
A friendly and reliable 0151 336 1508
he is also fully qualified in polished plaster and textured walls. Most companies

Station Road,
either offer just the standard plastering or just the polished plastering not
local business
many do both.
Mob 07789 817652
Mike and his wife Stephanie decided to set up MEB Plastering two months
Established for over 25 years
ago. With Mike’s plastering talents and Stephanie’s business experience
they hope to build a successful company over the coming years to cover Barnston Wirral
0151 336 1965
the Wirral, Cheshire and Merseyside areas.
Said Mike: “We have done lots of research on our competitors

07747797110 affordable prices. Outside taps supplied
pricing so therefore believe we can offer professional services at

“We will offer a 5% discount to customers who return to us for further work.” and fitted from £49
The plaudits have already come in for Mike’s work with
one Neston man saying: “Excellent service extremely
pleased with the results. I came home expecting to
clean up and it was cleaner than when I’d gone out!”
Plastering For more details, go on line at www.meboydplastering., email Mike at or call

08000 828 521 or 0151 353 8227

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Useful numbers and info
HISTORY SOCIETY Cheshire West and Chester Family activities and new visitor
The society have an active Council:For all local authority centre. Now doing kids’ birthday
research group, which has Inquiries regarding schools, parties. Tel 353 0123
published three books on the area roads, social services, planning, NESTON RECREATION CENTRE
and are currently working on the the Civic hall, street cleansing, Raby Park Road, Neston
history of the Neston old parish refuse disposal, local highways, Tel 336 5741
area upto 1840. Talks are held environmental health and housing. NESTON CIVIC SOCIETY
for members and visitors on the Tel 356 6789. The society deals with the local
second Thursday of the month from CYBERCENTRE environment, planning, architec-
october to May in the Gladstone Neston Community Cybercentre, ture - and conservation. We hold
hall, Burton at 8pm and various Methodist Church, Park Street, 6 talks and 2 newsletters per year.
outings are arranged. Contact the Neston. open Mon-Thurs. Tel: 336 Contact Janet Griffiths on 336 5478
Publicity Officer 336 1190 or the 7784 or
BURTON MANOR redcliffe Dental Practice, 25 The Society is closely involved
Burton village. Tel 336 5172 Parkgate road.. Tel 336 3012 with the local authorities with
CH64 INC David Jones, John Willasey 5 Park particular interest in the history,
Community forum for Neston, Little Street, Neston. Tel 336 5555 conservation and enhancement
Neston, Ness, Burton, Willaston raby road Dental Centre,30 raby of the unique quality of Parkgate
and Parkgate. road, Neston. Tel 0151 336 6844 and its amenities. We issue or tel: DOCTORS members with a Newsletter twice
0151 336 3758. The Neston Medical Centre, 14-20 a year and hold regular talks
CHEMISTS Liverpool road, Neston. Tel 336 which are free and open to all. We
Deeside Pharmacy, Mellock Lane, 4121 welcome new members. email
Little Neston. Tel: 336 1837 Neston Surgery, Mellock Lane,
Galen Pharmacy, 17 high Street, Little Neston. Tel: 336 3951 phone 0151 336 1069.
Neston. Tel: 336 2350 The Willaston Surgery, Neston POLICE
D.M. Kaye, Neston road, road, Willaston. Tel 327 4593 Neston Police office, Neston Town
Willaston,. Tel: 327 5110 OUT OF HOURS EMERGENCIES hall. Tel: 0845 458 0000
CHURCHES Arrowe Park hospital. Tel: 678 SCHOOLS
St Mary & St helen Parish Church, 8496 Neston high School 336 3902
Neston. The Vicarage, high St, JUNIOR FOOTBALL Bishop Wilson Primary, Burton,
Neston. Tel: 353 1000 Neston Nomads. Ages 5-adult also 336 3396
Parkgate & Neston United includes a girls’ section. Tel Norman Mostyn house School 336 1010
reformed Church, Moorside on 353 8337 E
Lane,Parkgate. Tel 336 4966 LEISURE CENTRE Neston Primary 338 2500
Little Neston Methodist Church. Neston recreation Centre, sports Parkgate Primary 336 1609
Tel: 336 4510. hall, swimming pool, squash courts, St Winefride’s Catholic Primary
Neston Christian Fellowship, gymnasium, floodlit synthetic pitch, 338 2468
Burton road. Tel: 336 1688 grass football pitches, tennis courts, Woodfall Primary 338 2288
Neston Methodist Church, Park cricket square, bar and cafeteria. TAXI
road, Neston. Tel: 334 1772 Tel 336 5741. Thunderbirds. Tel 336 3999

St Winifride’s rC Church, Burton MARKET TOWN HALL
rd, Little Neston. Tel: 336 4189 Neston Market, Fridays 8.30am- Neston Town hall, contains a
St Nicholas Parish Church, Burton. 3pm. Farmers’ Market, 3rd revamped post office and town
Tel: 336 4070 Saturday in the month, car park at centre police office, and is available
St Michael & All Angels, the rear of Neston Town hall, 9am for many diferent activities. Tel 336
Marshlands rd, Little Neston. Tel: -1pm.Tel: 336 3991/0151 356 6431 3991
CITIZENS’ ADVICE BUREAU Andrew Miller (Labour). Churchview Veterinary Surgery,
Town hall, high Street, Neston Constituency office, tel 357 3019. Clayhill Ind Est, Neston. Tel: 353
0151 336 5848 Web 0118 35 34
hinderton road. Tel 336 3991

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