Westminster Park Residents Association

Bringing our community alive

April 8, 2016
by Dave Craggs
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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL PHARMACY

The government proposes to cut funding for Pharmacy in 2016/17.  There is a clear intention to reduce the number of pharmacies and acknowledge that the independents will be ‘squeezed’, which could well effect our pharmacy in Westminster Park.

We are fortunate in our Community to have a very caring and vital service. Do not let us lose it.  Please call into the pharmacy and sign the petition.  Our community support is essential to ensure we keep our local pharmacy.

 

Sandra Magilton (677373)

January 26, 2016
by Mary Pole
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Gardening Club programme for 2016

Gardening Club
Now in its seventh year, the Gardening Club is well established in the community. The aim of this Club is to stimulate a knowledge and love of gardening. All members of the Westminster Park Residents Association are welcome to attend – after all, most residents have gardens and enjoy making their plot look attractive.

Our meetings are publicised via the WPRA Newsletter, the WPRA website and posters on the community notice boards. Unless stated otherwise, meetings are held at the Community Centre.
We have been lucky to have knowledgeable speakers who have covered a variety of topics including garden design, plants for small plots, productive gardening and the art of compost making. We also have a summer outing to an inspirational garden and our trips have included David Austin Roses, Wollerton Old Hall, Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Dorothy Clive Garden and Mount Pleasant.
We have regular plant swaps and can usually go home with something new and interesting from a neighbour’s garden.

Winter and spring
Wednesday, 17 February 2016
An Evening with Christine Walkden.
The Life and Times of a Gardener, followed by a Q&A session with cheese and wine.
Gardener, horticulturist, broadcaster and lecturer. Organised by Burton and Rossett Horticultural Society at Darland High School, Chester Road, Rossett, LL12 0DL.
Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start.
Tickets £12 each from Mary Pole,
marypole@zcl-uk.net, 674439

Friday, 26 February 2016. Garden Visit.*
Snowdrops at Rode Hall.
Church Lane, Scholar Green, Cheshire ST7 3QP.
Meet in the tea room at 12.30 for lunch, followed by a self-guided mile-long walk to see over fifty different varieties of snowdrops in the magnificent setting of Rode’s Humphry Repton landscape. £5 entrance (lunch not included in this price).

Wednesday, 6 April 2016 at 8 pm. Spring Talk. Growing and showing herbs.
Our speaker is Malcolm Dickson from Hooksgreen Herbs. He promises to have herbs for sale after his talk.
Community Centre. Tickets: £3 at the door.
Bar, light refreshments, plant swap. All WP residents welcome.

Summer
Sunday, 3 July 2016. Garden Visit.*
Stonyford Cottage Garden.
Stonyford Lane, Cuddington, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2TF.
The Gardens have been lovingly created over 35 years and have been on ‘Gardeners World’, chosen as one of the Top Ten Spring Gardens in the Telegraph and is one of Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction. The vast array of plantings and beautifully created borders are a ‘must see’ for the garden lover. Our visit starts at 1 pm and will include a one-hour guided tour and cream tea: a warm scone, fresh cream and strawberry jam with tea or coffee – all for £9.

Saturday, 9 July 2016. Community Fayre.
All donations of plants for our regular stall at the Westminster Park Community Fayre will be very gratefully received.
Held at the Community Centre.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016. Garden Visit.*
The Garden House, Erbistock, LL13 ODL.
Just over 5 acres of world famous gardens housing the National Collection of Hydrangeas. We meet at 2.30 pm for a guided tour and light refreshments. Entrance £6.

* Garden Visits
If you plan to attend any of the garden visits, please contact Mary Pole: marypole@zcl-uk.net, 674439.
We like to car-share where possible.

Autumn
Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 8 pm. Autumn Talk. Bugs, Slugs, Spots and Rots.
A very entertaining talk by our speaker, John Scrace, a well-known plant pathologist. Community Centre. Tickets: £3 at the door.
Bar, light refreshments, plant swap. All WP residents welcome.

Front Garden Competition.
Each year the WPRA awards a small prize for the best looking front gardens. This year our theme will be autumn colours.

Bulb planting programme.
The Gardening Club will continue its programme of bulb planting throughout Westminster Park estate.

If you know of an area that would benefit from some spring colour, please let us know.
We will be looking for volunteers to help plant the bulbs during October.

January 7, 2016
by Dave Craggs
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Annual Subs

Hi All,

Happy New Year.

Membership to the Residents Association is open for 2016. Please find an Application form below. It’s only £2 and we do appreciate your support.

You can also join the Friends of Westminster Park who represent the local park itself.

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Also membership of the Community Centre costs £10 and is due now. Again your support would be appreciated. The Bar opens 7:30pm every night, so pop along.

Thanks

Dave Craggs

December 19, 2015
by Dave Craggs
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Westminster Park Lights Switch On

Carol singers from Belgrave Primary school entertained the residents of Westminster Park at the Christmas lights switch on.

Carol singers from Belgrave Primary school entertained the residents of Westminster Park at the Christmas lights switch on.

Festive celebrations got underway in Westminster Park on Wednesday 2nd December when the Christmas tree lights around the shops were switched on by the Lord Mayor of Chester.

Heralded by Chester’s Town Crier David Mitchell , the Lord Mayor Cllr Hugo Deynem, switched on the lights decorating the Christmas tree provided by Westminster Park Residents’ Association. In his address he paid tribute to the hard work of the volunteers who made the event possible.

From left to right: Cllr Neil Sullivan,  Town Crier David Mitchell, The Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Hugo Deynem, the Lady Mayoress Mrs Deb Deynem, Cllr Razia Daniels and Brian Westcott, Chairman of Westminster Park Residents’ Association.

From left to right: Cllr Neil Sullivan, Town Crier David Mitchell, The Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Hugo Deynem, the Lady Mayoress Mrs Deb Deynem, Cllr Razia Daniels and Brian Westcott, Chairman of Westminster Park Residents’ Association.

Carol singing was led by the Belgrave Primary School choir and local businesses the Al dente deli, Bebbingtons butchers and the Co-operative, provided complimentary mince pies, hot dogs and mulled wine.  M.C. Keith Scott kept residents entertained with seasonal music for the rest of the event.

The festivities were also supported by Councillors Razia Daniels and Neil Sullivan who kindly provided funding for the event from their Members’ budgets.

To round off the fun evening, Santa arrived to deliver goody bags to the children.