Westminster Park Residents Association

Bringing our community alive

March 13, 2018
by Dave Craggs

Road Closures

Overnight road closures are taking place later this month to allow Cheshire West and Chester Council to carry out resurfacing works on a major route.

Affected will be the A483 Grosvenor Road and Overleigh roundabout with contractors operating between 8pm and 6am from Sunday, March 18 until Sunday, March 25.

The routes will re-open to all users during the daytime and pedestrian routes will be maintained at all times.

To ensure the safety of both the workforce and the travelling public a full road closure is needed. However access will be maintained for emergency services.

The two schemes are part of the council’s highway maintenance programme but have been programmed together to minimise disruption.

More here:



March 6, 2018
by Dave Craggs

EVERGREEN – next meeting Thursday 15th March



The next meeting at the Community Centre is on Thursday 15th March 2.00 – 3.30p.m

Our speaker at this session is Colin Barber from the Rhydymwyn History Society, who is going to enlighten us on ‘The Secret Valley’ – Rhydymwyn Tunnels once a WW2 top secret network used to manufacture and stores chemical weapons.

This promises to be a very interesting session and we are sure will be very well attended.

Complimentary tea/coffee/biscuits will be available as usual.

Membership forms will be available for your completion.  New members are always welcome.  If you would like to come along and have a ‘taster’ session at a charge of £2, we would be pleased to welcome you as a guest.


Sandra Magilton

Committee Member

February 12, 2018
by Dave Craggs

Geoff Nelder Talk

Advance notice of a talk Geoff Nelder is giving at the Lache Library on June 21st 2018 at 2:30pm. My talk is why I wrote the historical fantasy novel Xaghra’s Revenge, which was published in the summer of 2017. I’ll be revealing secrets I found on the gorgeous Mediterranean island of Gozo. Don’t worry there’s no compulsory purchase.

Fact: in 1551 pirates abducted over 5,000 people from Gozo and sold them as slaves. Those souls need revenge and Nelder gives it to them in his historical fantasy Xaghra’s Revenge.

January 17, 2018
by Mary Pole

Gardening Club programme 2018

Winter and spring

Friday, 9 March 2018.

An Evening with Anne Swithinbank

The Burton & Rossett Horticultural Society is pleased to welcome horticulturist, broadcaster and writer, Anne Swithinbank as the special guest for March 2018. Anne is perhaps best known for her regular appearances on Gardeners’ Question Time, as well as presenting television programmes including The Gardens of the Caribbean and The Chelsea Flower Show on the BBC.

Anne will be giving her popular talk, “Grow Something Different — unusual plants to ring the changes and raise eyebrows, both edible and ornamental“. This will be followed by cheese and wine, and a Q&A session.

Tickets £15. Please book your tickets online this year: https://www.brhs.org.uk/anne/


Wednesday, 18 April at 8 pm. Spring Talk.

Edible Landscaping

Our speaker is Richard Smedley.

Richard is a social entrepreneur, currently helping charities and community groups with sustainable IT solutions. He is a certificated permaculture designer, former Garden Organic advisor, Prince 2 project manager, and trained in horticulture at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Community Centre. Tickets: £4 at the door.

Bar, light refreshments, plant and seed swap.

All WP residents welcome.


Wednesday, 16 May. Garden Visit.*

Bodnant Gardens

Bodnant Rd, Tal-y-cafn, Colwyn Bay LL28 5RE

With its hillside setting the garden’s 32 hectares (80 acres) drop dramatically from manicured lawns and grand, flower-filled terraces, through buzzing wildflower meadows and shrub-filled glades, into awe-inspiring dells of water gardens and towering trees.

Meet in the coffee shop by the main car park at

11 am. Entrance free for NT members, £13.20 for non members.


Tuesday, 24 July. Garden Visit.*

Bodrhyddan Hall

Dyserth Road, Clwyd LL18 5SB

Bodrhyddan Hall is a Grade I listed building and has been the home of Lord Langford and his family for over 500 years. Set in several acres of stunning formal gardens and reclaimed woodland, the house is one of the few remaining family-owned stately homes in Wales.

Meet at Bodrhyddan Hall at 2 pm for the audio guided tour of the gardens. Unfortunately the grounds have limited disabled access.

Cost: £4; £7 for combined Hall and Garden tour. Refreshments are available from the tea rooms.


Saturday, 11 August. Garden visit.*

Shrewsbury Flower Show
Quarry Lodge, Shrewsbury, SY1 1RN

The show is one of the country’s premier Flower Show events, attracting top exhibitors from all over the country.

Further details will be circulated in due course.

Advance tickets from £23 and available from



Wednesday, 10 October, 8 pm.

Autumn Talk.

Making the most of your garden space

Our speaker is Jane Allison. Jane is a former teacher who has exchanged teenagers for plants. She is a trained horticulturist who specialises in cottage garden perennials.

Community Centre. Tickets: £4 at the door.

Bar, light refreshments, plant and seed swap.

All WP residents welcome.

Bulb planting programme.

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

To date we have planted many thousands of daffodil bulbs and some 600 crocus corms throughout the 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 10, 2018
by Jennifer Crew

Meet your MP advice surgery

Chris Matheson is holding a resident advice surgery at Westminster Park Community Centre, Five Ashes Road this Saturday 13th January 2018 from 9.30am to 10.30am.  No need to book, just go along.

If you are unable to make it, but would like his assistance, email or phone his office on:

T: 01244 343214

E: chris@chrismatheson.co.uk


January 10, 2018
by Dave Craggs

Grosvenor Bridge pavement works – from Monday 15 January

Hi all, Just received this:

Good afternoon everyone

Work is due to begin to upgrade the pavement on Grosvenor Bridge (Grosvenor Road), Chester on Monday 15 January from 7pm under an overnight working arrangement (until 6am).  The current paving slabs will be replaced with a more accessible, smooth tarmac surface.

These works, are due to be carried out in two separate schemes.

Phase 1 is the west side of the bridge (the Chester Racecourse side):

From the pedestrian walkway connection to Curzon Park, over the bridge and up to Nuns Road

This scheme is due to start on Monday 15 January for five or six nights, weather dependent, during night time working hours of 7pm to 6am only.

Traffic disruption:
·        No exit to traffic from Chester city centre.
·        In bound traffic will NOT be affected.
·        Pedestrian routes will be maintained both in/out of Chester.
·        During the daytime there will be no disruption with the road open as usual.
·        Both the Grosvenor roundabout and the Overleigh roundabout will be unaffected.
·        Right turn only out of Castle Drive at the junction with the A483 – no left turn will be available – during the works time only and reopened during the day.

Diversion route to exit Chester will be from Grosvenor roundabout via the Inner Ring Road to Fountains Roundabout and back to the Bars roundabout, follow the A51 Boughton to the A55, take the slip road off at the A483 Post House Roundabout back to Overleigh roundabout.

Phase 2 will be on the east side of the Bridge (Little Roodee side):

Roughly opposite the start location on Phase 1, across the bridge up to Castle Drive.

What and when:
A similar set up and timescale as Phase 1, however, dates are yet to be confirmed and more information will follow next week.

Best regards

Victoria Chowdhury DipRSA, DipM, MCIM
Communications and Marketing Co-ordinator – Place Operations
Cheshire West and Chester Council

December 8, 2017
by Jennifer Crew

Community Spirit lights up Westminster Park

The Lord Mayor of Chester, Razia Daniels, praised the residents of Westminster Park for their community spirit as she switched on their Christmas Lights at 5pm on Wednesday 6 December at Westminster Park shops.

Community Spirit is the theme of her year in office and, as the children at Belgrave Primary School arrived to sing carols, and residents young and old gathered to watch the lights come to life, she said that this was a fine example of just what she hoped to see in a local community.

The evening was rounded off by a visit from Santa, who listened to the children’s Christmas wishes and gave out sweets and satsumas.  Local shops generously donated hot dogs, fresh prawns, mince pies and mulled wine for the adults to sample.

The event was organised by Westminster Park Residents’ Association and was generously supported by Councillors Razia Daniels and Neil Sullivan, together with local shops: Bebbington’s Butchers, Bebbington & Williams Fishmongers, Francis Thomas Greengrocers and the Coop.

Photographs are courtesy of Anne Ord Sykes.