Westminster Park Residents Association

Bringing our community alive

April 6, 2014
by Dave Craggs

Real Ale and Sausage Evening A Real Success






The real ale and sausage event was a real success last night. With award winning sausages provided by Stuart Bebbington and great ales by the Peerless Brewing Company what more could we ask for.





March 26, 2014
by Dave Craggs


To be held in the Community Centre, Saturday 5th April 2014 at 8.00p.m.
The format will be in the order of sausage samples and beer tasting followed by a talk on the processing by the award-winning experts.
Stuart Bebbington, our local butcher, will provide the sausages and the beer is being supplied by Peerless Brewery, Wirral.
Tickets are £7.00 and will be available from Brian Westcott tel: 01244 675431 or any committee member.
This is the first event of this kind we have hosted and promises to be a fun evening. Please come along andgive us your support.
Sandra Magilton
S. J. Bebbington of Chester
Award Winning Butchers in Chester

February 28, 2014
by Dave Craggs

Great Crested Newts





We have just received a report on newts in the fields opposite Merton Drive:


I read in the latest newsletter that you wanted help from residents who had seen any newts.


We live in Merton Drive on Westminster Park, backing on to the open fields. There are a number of large ponds which we have a good view of and on a number of occasions when moving empty pots and materials our garden, we often find lots of newts – most of them are palmate newts or smooth newts, but sometimes we are lucky to find some great crested newts.


I’ve attached some pictures of the Great Crested newt we found last spring/early summer, when newts are out and about foraging for food and moving back to the ponds to lay their eggs.




Sarah Jones & Rob Lloyd


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February 7, 2014
by Dave Craggs
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Evergreens Airbus Tour


The tour was organised by Sandra Magilton and a great success.  Photo kindly supplied by Bill Hamilton.  Our group included Edna Stavert, who told us she had sewn the skin of Wellington bombers in the early days!

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February 7, 2014
by Dave Craggs
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JANUARY 16 THURSDAY 2.00-3.30pm The role of the Magistrate.
FEBRUARY 20 THURSDAY 2.00-3.3-pm AGM plus Quiz


MARCH 20 THURSDAY 2.00-3.30pm Picture Quiz
APRIL 17 THURSDAY 2.00-3.30pm Nick Fry will tell us of the lighter side of Chester Cathedral visitors.
MAY 15 THURSDAY 2.00-3.30pm Naughty but Nice: Underwear from 1840 to the present day.  A talk with June Corner.
JUNE 19 THURSDAY 2.00-3.30pm Afternoon tea with strawberries and cream – plus musical entertainment
JULY 17 THURSDAY 2.00-3.30pm A talk from Stuart Bebbington, our local butcher, plus a food quiz
AUGUST 21 THURSDAY 2.00-3.30pm To mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, Tony Davies will tell us of nine lads from the Tabley Country Estate who went to war.
SEPTEMBER 18 THURSDAY 2.00-3.30pm Beetle Drive


OCTOBER 16 THURSDAY 2.00-3.30pm Tom Jones will speak to us on Chester’s Ghosts – the inside story.

January 16, 2014
by Dave Craggs
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Summer’s coming, make the most of it!


Welcome for new members and learners


Why not try a new outdoor leisure activity this summer?  Croquet is an interesting and enjoyable game which, with its handicapping system, can be played on equal terms by men and women of all ages and abilities.


Perhaps you have played garden croquet with family or friends and would like to learn more about the game. Perhaps you have hung up your boots or trainers after playing a more strenuous sport and would like to switch to a game that involves challenge and skill but does not require the strength and stamina of more energetic activities. Perhaps the children have left home and you find you have more time. Perhaps you have just retired or moved to the area and would like to try something new. Or perhaps you would just like to escape from the phone or computer or kitchen or daily round of work and enjoy a stimulating game in the fresh air? Why not try your hand at croquet?


Chester Croquet Club meets in Westminster Park off Hough Green in Chester. It is a friendly and successful club with about a hundred members and is always pleased to welcome new members of all standards from absolute beginners to more experienced players.


There will be an initial taster session at 6.30 to 8.30 pm on Tuesday, 29 April, for which there is no charge. This will be followed by a comprehensive beginners’ course at the same time on Tuesday evenings for five weeks from 6 May to 3 June 2014. The fee is £30 but is free for new members joining the club at a subscription of £52 for the full season.


Coaching is also available for people who have played before and would like to improve their skills.


No previous knowledge of the game is needed and all equipment will be provided by the club. The only requirement is that players must wear flat-soled shoes.


If you would like to enroll or would like more information, please contact the club secretary, John Dawson, at 01244 675929.

Come and join in, and bring your family or friends!


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