Westminster Park Residents Association

Bringing our community alive

July 1, 2019
by Dave Craggs

Karate in Westminster Park

We have had karate classes in Westminster Park since January 2012.

The classes run on Wednesdays at the Community Centre and Saturdays at the Scout Hall.

We are always looking for new members, beginners are very welcome. We also encourage families to train together so you can share your karate journey.

Karate is a bit like riding a bike, if you have done it before it comes back quite quickly, often it’s fitness and flexibility that needs the most work.

We are part of the KUGB one of the largest shotokan karate organisations in UK. The KUGB has been running for over 50 years and has clubs all over the country.

If you want to find out more, contact Dave Craggs on 07711009041. Or you can use the contact form.

Or you can check out the following websites: West Cheshire Shotokan Karate or Handbridge Shotokan Karate Club


June 24, 2019
by Jennifer Crew

What a great day!

The weather was perfect for the Westminster Park Summer Fayre and we are so grateful to everyone who came to make it a huge success!  Here are a few photos from the day.

June 19, 2019
by Dave Craggs
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Westminster Park are holding their Summer Fayre on Saturday 22nd June between 1.30-5pm and we hope to see lots of residents with their family and friends attending to join in the fun.  Even the weather forecast is looking promising!

If anyone can spare a bit of time to help us set up things from 12 noon at the Community Centre and on the School Field behind it would be greatly appreciated.   This is a fun event that all the community take part in, from the Belgrave school children to local pensioners, let’s join together to make is a huge success!

June 17, 2019
by Dave Craggs

Bring and Buy for the Donkey Sanctuary

The 18th Chester cub pack who meet on Thursday nights at Scout HQ on Manor Road are holding a bring and buy on 27th June. All proceeds will be going to the horse and
donkey sanctuary, which is located at the junction of Green Lane and Lache Lane. This is for the Cubs ony.

The Akela, Chris Owens, together with her sisters and daughter in law, had three tables at a car boot sale and raised funds for the sanctuary. They are planning to repeat this in September, but would welcome any donations of bric a brac, toiletries, jewellery, toys, etc. Any donations can be dropped off at 1 Norwood Drive.

The sanctuary is run by two elderly people who look after eight horses and eight donkeys. They desperately need funds to provide care for these animals.

June 11, 2019
by Dave Craggs

Community comes together to organise fun and games at Westminster Park Summer Fayre, Saturday 22nd June 2019

Local organisations have thrown themselves into creating a great community event at Westminster Park’s Summer Fayre on Saturday 22nd June 2019 and are looking forward to welcoming Chester residents to the Westminster Park Community Centre at 1.30pm.

“The event will be opened by former mayor Councillor Razia Daniels followed by a display by the amazing Saltney Gymnastics Club.  We then have fun games and races for the children organised by our local Scout troop and tea and cakes provided by WI Handbridge.   Belgrave PTA are manning the barbecue and sports activities such as football, tennis and croquet are all being organised by our local clubs,” said Jennifer Crew, chair of Westminster Park Residents’ Association.

“For the children we have got craft activities, games, a lucky dip, face painting by Chester Catholic High students, and even a special appearance by Thomas the Tank Engine on a display by Chester Model Railway Club.  Our local police are also coming with a game for the children.

“The scouts are planning some fantastic races starting at 3pm – egg and spoon, bean bag relay and dressing up.  It should be great fun!” she added.

For other visitors there is a wide range of stalls to browse: plant sales organised by Westminster Park Gardening Club, pictures and greetings cards created by local artist Sarah Gregory, homemade fudge, cakes by the WI, ladies’ clothes, presents and cards made from upcycled materials, paintings and bric a brac, second hand toys and children’s books, cosmetics by Avon and a book stall managed by the Parkinson’s Society.

The Interiors Shop in Westminster Park will be demonstrating how to paint furniture ahead of workshops that they are organising and you can have a free mini manicure, get information on nutrition, health MOTs and fitness from Nuffield Health and find out about the activities of Cheshire Wildlife.

Catering during the day will include refreshments and cakes from WI Handbridge, ice creams, candy floss, sweets and a barbecue run by Belgrave PTA.  “The hot dog sausages are being supplied by our excellent local butcher Stuart Bebbington and there will be something tasty for vegetarians too,” said Jennifer Crew.  The bar in the Community Centre will also be open for the afternoon.

“We are very proud that this event draws on the skills of so many of our local organisations,” she added, “and we are very grateful to all of the voluntary groups, shops and charities for joining with us to put on this traditional Summer Fayre.”

June 3, 2019
by Dave Craggs

The Laskett Gardens

Thursday, 13 June 2019, 10.30 am. Garden Visit.

The Laskett Gardens

Laskett Lane, Much Birch, Herefordshire, HR2 8HZ. 

The Laskett Gardens, set in the idyllic countryside of Herefordshire on the Welsh borders, are the creation of Sir Roy Strong CH and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman. The gardens were begun in 1974 and continue to evolve. The ex-director of the National Portrait Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum, now pursues a freelance career as writer, consultant and broadcaster and continues an active role in overseeing the gardens.

Admission to the gardens is £12 and includes a beautifully drawn plan of the gardens and an audio guide.

Please let me know by Thursday 6 June if you are planning to attend.

Whilst it is possible to do this as a day trip some may wish to make arrangements for overnight accommodation.

Best wishes

Mary Pole