Westminster Park Residents Association

Bringing our community alive

March 18, 2020
by Dave Craggs

Information for residents in self-isolation relying on volunteers via WPRA

Your safety and well-being is paramount.  We do not have either the time or financial resources to carry out criminal record checks on everyone who is volunteering help, although we do know that they all live locally.  It is therefore very important that you are careful in your dealings with someone that you don’t know.

  1. Coronavirus is contagious. Goods will be delivered to your door by volunteers.  If you answer the door to them, keep your distance (2-3 metres) to avoid contact.
  2. Keep a disinfectant spray/wipes to hand to clean your bell push/knocker/door handles. We are asking volunteers to wear disposable gloves, but these may not always be available.  Protect yourself.
  3. Be vigilant in matters of finance. If volunteers collect shopping for you, you will have to arrange payment. You must agree in advance with the volunteer how this is to be done – by cash, cheque or bank transfer.  NEVER GIVE ANYONE YOUR BANK CARD AND PIN NUMBER.
  4. Some local shops accept orders and payment over the phone – Bebbington’s butchers and Bebbington & Williams fishmongers at present. You can phone ahead and your volunteer can collect.  The supermarkets are still trying to organise telephone payment, but Broughton Post Office is offering home deliveries of groceries to the housebound (01244 531246).
  5. The veg shop in Handbridge offers deliveries – ExSqeezeMe tel: 637960 exsqueezemechester@gmail.com
  6. Morton’s Dairies deliver locally on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 01244 374422, https://www.mortonsdairies.co.uk/  Not just milk – a whole range of products.
  7. Francis Thomas (now based in town only) are offering to take orders and deliver supplies of fresh fruit, salad and vegetables as well as milk, bread, butter and eggs. Deliveries are currently planned for Tuesdays and Thursdays and orders should be placed a day in advance. There is no minimum order and no delivery charge.  When you have placed your order they will ring you back to take a card payment or you can arrange to leave cash.  They will give you an approximate time of delivery.
  8. Although most supermarket delivery systems are over-whelmed, it might still be possible to place a ‘Click and Collect’ order which your volunteer could collect for you.

Please remember that many volunteers are still working or looking after children and may not be available at all times.  It goes without saying that we should all be kind, courteous and patient in our dealings with each other.

If you have any comments on how this system is working or can be improved, please let me know – we are all feeling our way in this unprecedented situation.

With all best wishes

Jennifer Crew

Chair, WPRA

March 16, 2020
by Dave Craggs

Evergreens Meetings Suspended

The Evergreen Committee met on Thursday afternoon and the impact of Coronavirus/Covid-19 was discussed at length.  Later that afternoon the PM broadcast to the nation and since then events have changed rapidly and your Committee has regretfully decided that the only responsible way forward will be to cancel Evergreen meetings for the time being as we have many members in the age group which are most vulnerable.   We are very sorry to have come to this decision as we did not want to stop social contact earlier than necessary.  We will contact members as soon as it would appear that meetings can resume.

The Residents’ Association is proposing to set up a scheme where shopping and medication could be picked up for those who require it, Evergreen will be involved with this where it can.  If you want to know more please contact Committee members.

March 16, 2020
by Jennifer Crew


Can you help – or do you need help?

In response to the Coronavirus situation, Westminster Park Residents’ Association is setting up a support system for local residents who are likely to need to isolate themselves in the near future.

We would like to hear from you if:

  • You are likely to be self-isolating in the near future (ie you are over 70 or have underlying health issues). Even if you do not require immediate help, it will help us to plan to support you later.
  • You are willing to offer help, whether that is collecting and delivering urgent supplies, the daily newspaper or just picking up the phone and chatting to someone for a few minutes.

Please ring me on 07752 854383 or email me at chair@wp-ra.org.uk  with the following details: your name, address and telephone number.  Or even just pop a note through my door at 7 Dennis Drive.  I can then co-ordinate your responses to develop a local network.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Jennifer Crew

Chair, Westminster Park Residents’ Association


March 10, 2020
by Dave Craggs

FoWP Volunteer Day – Wednesday 25th March

Calling all FoWP volunteers!

We are arranging another FoWP Volunteer Day for Wednesday, 25 March. This date will coincide with the planting of a number of trees across the park by a group of Lloyds Bank volunteers in association with the Woodland Trust. Our FoWP volunteers, working in small groups, will provide a Spring tidy-up to the park, including clearing some of the pathways, cutting back overhanging branches and bushes, litter picking and “painting” the balustrade around the patio area by the café. If you could help, would you let Sue Britton know, and on the day bring along any appropriate tools (wheel barrows, hoes, clippers, secateurs etc).

We will run the session from 10.00 till 15.00, meeting first thing at the cafe/ Golf Shop. Please join us at any point during the day. Do invite any neighbours or friends who would be interested in helping.

Look forward to seeing you then.

Thanks in advance,
Steve Telford

March 9, 2020
by Jennifer Crew

A spring splash of colour from autumn bulb planting

In the autumn, the WPRA gardening club planted many daffodil bulbs at the entrances of Vincent Drive and Rowcliffe Avenue onto Lache Lane.  It is wonderful to see them all now coming into flower.  Thank you to all the planters and to our Councillors Neil Sullivan and Razia Daniels for providing the bulbs.

March 5, 2020
by Jennifer Crew

Please complete ASB questionnaire – deadline extended to Saturday 7th March

The Chester Residents’ Associations Group (of which WPRA is a member) is running an Anti-Social-Behaviour questionnaire in conjunction with CH1BID.  The questionnaire has been slightly reworded to make it more relevant to residents who live outside the City Walls, so if you tried it before and gave up, please try again!

The deadline has been extended until this Saturday, 7th March.

It is really important that as residents we give our views on this important issue for Chester.  The response to the questionnaire will determine the level of resource that both CWaC and the Police allocates to this problem in the future, and so please complete the questionnaire  ASAP. Here’s an updated link to the questionnaire


March 5, 2020
by Jennifer Crew

A couple of events for your diary …

Saturday, 21 March 2020 at Rowton Hall, 11am until 4pm – Sustainable Spring Fair

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Waste team are currently focusing on textiles and how climate change is affected by fast fashion.  The way we make, use and throw away our clothes is unsustainable. Textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined, consumes lake-sized volumes of fresh water and creates chemical and plastic pollution. Synthetic fibres can be found in the deep sea, in Arctic sea ice, in fish and shellfish.

We like to think that we do our bit to recycle old clothes whether this is at local charity shops or at the kerbside but in reality there is a lot more we can do. With this in mind, we would like to invite you to a ‘Sustainable Spring Fair’ at Rowton Hall in Chester on Saturday 21 March 2020. The event is open from 11am to 4pm for you browse around the small traders selling their sustainable products, attend workshops about mending clothes and being creative with textiles, demonstrations and find out what you can do to reduce the amount of clothes you throw away.

Wednesday, 25th March, 4pm until 8pm at Town Hall – Chester Northgate

A ‘drop-in’ event is being held in the Palatine Room when residents and businesses will be able to ask questions about the Chester Northgate programme including the forthcoming drainage tunnel works.