Westminster Park Residents Association

Bringing our community alive

December 7, 2019
by Jennifer Crew

Festive fun at Christmas Lights Switch-on

Great fun had was by all at the Westminster Park Christmas Lights Switch-on which took place on Thursday 5th December.

The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Mark Williams, lead the countdown assisted by two members of the Belgrave Primary School choir.  Once the lights had been switched on the choir entertained the crowd of local residents with a selection of Christmas songs.

Refreshments were provided by the Westminster Park shops – mince pies from the Co-op, hot dogs from Bebbington’s butchers, pizza by Al Forno and prawns from Bebbington & Williams fishmongers.  The Westminster Park Residents’ Association supplied juice and mulled wine.

We are most grateful to our local councillors Neil Sullivan and Razia Daniels for providing funding from their Members’ Budgets to assist with the purchase of new lights for the trees opposite the shops and a beautiful Christmas tree, supplied by Francis Thomas, greengrocers.

All photographs are courtesy of Elise Mignon Weir.  Many thanks Elise.

The Lord Mayor of Chester congratulated Belgrave choir.

Belgrave Primary School choir

The crowd of local residents enjoyed the singing of Belgrave choir.

Councillors Neil Sullivan and Razia Daniels joined the Lord Mayor of Chester and Jennifer Crew of WPRA to admire the newly lit Christmas tree.

Councillors Neil Sullivan and Razia Daniels with the Lord Mayor of Chester together with Jennifer Crew of WPRA in front of the trees by Westminster Park shops car park.


November 28, 2019
by Jennifer Crew

Play your part – Public consultation closes 5 December

In case you are not already aware, Cheshire West and Chester Council want to hear your views on the challenges and opportunities facing Cheshire West and Chester over the next few years.


  • How could the Council make a difference?
  • How should the Council fund tackling these challenges?
  • How could we and our community play a part?

They want to start a conversation about what the Council’s focus should be for the next four years, how they use their budget and how we may want to get involved.

You can offer your views by going to this website:


The consultation is due to close on 5 December, so there is not much time left to make your views known.

November 18, 2019
by Dave Craggs


Thursday 16th January


Tom Welch talking about Chester courts (slums).
Thursday 20th February


AGM and quiz
Thursday 19th March


A talk by Eddie Tarry on ‘Life in Styal Women’s Prison’.
Thursday 16th April


The Servants of Erddig – talk by Jill Burton (ex NT)


Thursday 21st May


The Wirral’s Historic Dee Coastline – talk by Gavin Hunter.
Thursday 18th June


The Green by the Hollow Way – a talk by the Hough Green Local History Group which explores the trading route from Chester to Ireland.
Tuesday 23rd June


Midsummer Mill Hotel dinner cruise.
Thursday 16th July


Afternoon tea and quiz by Tony.
Thursday 20th August


‘Yankee Doodle’: Rina Tillinger tells us of the differences between US and UK.
Thursday 17th September


A picture quiz from Isobel Smith.
Thursday 15th October


The Chester Morris Men.
Thursday 19th November


The role of radiology in Archaeology, a talk by Prof Gill Baynes.  Includes Egyptian mummies, icemen, bogmen and Richard III.
Thursday 10th December Christmas party


Thursday 17th December Christmas lunch at 1539 Restaurant at the Racecourse.



Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 2-3.30pm in the Westminster Park Community Centre.   Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served.

Westminster Park Community Association have a ‘pop in’ session in the Community Centre every first Thursday of the month from 2-3.30pm.    All welcome.

November 11, 2019
by Jennifer Crew

Put the date in your diary – our big Christmas lights switch-on is on Thursday 5th December!


Belgrave choir singing last year. Photo courtesy of Anne Ord Sykes

Excitement is rising in Westminster Park as local residents prepare for an evening of festive fun on Thursday 5th December 2019 when their Christmas Lights will be switched on by the Lord Mayor of Chester.

This pre-Christmas treat will include singing by Belgrave Primary School choir, seasonal refreshments supplied by Westminster Park Residents’ Association and local shops, festive music and a visit from you know who!

Starting at 4.45pm with the arrival of the Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Councillor Mark Williams, this local event is a family friendly celebration of the start of the festive season. At 5pm the Lord Mayor will count down to the Christmas lights switch-on and then Belgrave Primary School choir will entertain the crowd with a selection of Christmas songs. To complete the exciting evening, Santa will be putting in an appearance to reward youngsters with satsumas and sweets.

During the evening, refreshments will be served with the generous assistance of Westminster Park shops: hotdogs from S.J. Bebbington Butchers, mince pies from the Co-op, prawns from Bebbington & Williams Fishmongers and mulled wine and juice courtesy of Westminster Park Residents’ Association.

This local event would not be able to take place without the amazing support of local councillors Neil Sullivan and Razia Daniels. This year they have not only most generously provided help from their Members’ Budget to purchase a Christmas tree, but have also enabled the local community to buy some new lights for the permanent trees by the Westminster Park shops car park.

November 6, 2019
by Jennifer Crew

Wrexham Road Night Closures Monday 11th November 2019 for one week

Temporary road closures are planned between 8pm and 7am each night to enable Scottish Power to carry out developer works for the Wrexham Road housing estate. The works are due to commence on Monday 11 November 2019 and are expected to last for one week.

Work is expected to take place on Wrexham Road between the King’s School and just before the Park & Ride roundabout at the junction of Herons Way.  Access to properties and for emergency vehicles will be maintained.

November 6, 2019
by Dave Craggs

Bulb Planting

This year our Councillor, Razia Daniels, has funded 50kg of daffodil bulbs for planting around the estate. Planting dates are as follows:

Sunday 17 November, 10 am, at the junction of Vincent Drive with Lache Lane

Sunday 24 November, 10 am, at the junction of Rowcliffe Avenue with Lache Lane

If you can help please come along and bring a spade (trowels aren’t really up to the job).

Hope to see you there.

Mary Pole

November 1, 2019
by Dave Craggs

Fireworks in Westminster Park

18th Chester Scouts Bonfire and Firework Display

Friday 8th November – doors open 6:30

Scout Hut Manor Rd Westminster Park


Individual £3.50

Families (2 adults/ 3 children) £12

Hot dogs, crisps, drinks and cakes on sale.

No personal fireworks.