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FoWP Community Volunteer Day

FoWP Community Volunteer Day – Sunday 21st July 10.00-14.00

Following on from the success of our January Volunteer Day, we have arranged another Sunday get together for 21st July.  The main focus of activity will be the flower beds bordering the old putting green and the car park.  Westminster Park Gardening Club have kindly agreed to lead on this and have done a site survey to assess the extent of work.  There are quite a number of shrubs in the border and we plan to put mulch/ bark down in the future to help keep the weeds at bay.

If there are sufficient volunteers, we can tackle other areas too.  Please feel free to help for as much time as you are able – there is no obligation to attend for the whole time.

WP Gardening Club have suggested that we really need to maintain those areas we have cleared and it would be helpful if a few volunteers would be prepared to manage a small area on a more regular basis.  If you feel able to commit to this, please let us know.

If you are able to volunteer please could you advise us in advance.  If you know of anyone else who would like to help with this effort, please pass on this note.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on that day.  It will help to make our well appreciated open space even better.

Sue Britton & Steve Telford,

Friends of Westminster Park

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



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!

Membership renewal and AGM

On behalf of the Committee I would like to thank you for your support of the Friends of Westminster Park in the past year.                          

Over the last several years we have  been closely involved in significant efforts to attact new funds from various sources. As a result the facilities in the park have been greatly improved  and  are now widely enjoyed by many sections of the community. We are now entering a new phase where we feel we need  to become more involved in the ongoing planning and management of the park’s resources at a time when Council funding is coming under increased pressure. Exploratory discussions are already underway and we are wanting to explore how we might increase our participation. However, we are aware that whilst we represent a wide cross section of views through our affiliated clubs and residents associations we have perhaps not sought enough input from or provided enough feedback to individual members. We are therefore planning to provide more frequent updates between AGM’s on our discussions with the Council through email contact and invite members views or suggestions in return.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to your contributions in the coming year       

        Norman Trott

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st November 2012 at the Westminster Community Centre commencing at 2000 hours. 

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Parkies triumph in the final 3 games of their Season.


Westminster Park CC finished off the 2012 season on a positive note with victories in the final 3 friendly games.

2 runs needed from the final ball with the batsman having just arrived at the crease won a belter of a game at Cholmondeley Castle, Rob Aldridge recording his best score for the Parkies (42) set the momentum and WPCC crossed the line with 2 men remaining. Cholmondeley CC 183 for 5, Park 184 for 8. (40 overs).

The penultimate game was a splendid day at Eaton Hall; Park fielded first and ran through the batsman with ease, Peter ‘Gnome’ Dodd striking again to return figures of 2-1-5-3. Park reached the total set with balls, and players, to spare.

Eaton Hall 11 74 all out, Park 75 for 7.

The final game was at home against a touring team from Buckinghamshire, Chartridge CC were very merry by the time they reached Chester on the train but played well in the field, although they couldn’t stop the Parkies hitting a good total, the dark probably had some bearing on the final result but Chartridge couldn’t maintain there bright start and fell short by 19 runs.

Park 131 for 7, Chartridge CC 112 for 7.

Park have merged with fellow pitch users Chester Asians and will be looking to recruit for the new year, we will be competing in the Cheshire Alliance league and need players for a second team who can commit to Saturdays and occasional Sundays for the Knockout cup. We are also looking for players for the T20 league and friendlies. All abilities welcome.

2013 will also be the start of our junior section, we have 2 fully qualified ECB UK2 level coaches and crb checked volunteers who will form an under11 group, working with the local schools. Our intention is to add age groups as we gain experience and the kids grow.

Ladies are also welcome to join, there are a few women playing in the Cheshire Alliance and there are also plenty of women’s teams in the area, so if we have enough demand then there is the option to form our own.
Nets sessions start in January.

For more information, visit our webpage at