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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

PLANTING & WEEDING – Thursday 10th November

Following the success of the volunteer working party in collecting litter and other rubbish in Westminster Park as part of the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign earlier in the year, another volunteer working party is being held to plant spring bulbs and to tidy some of the shrub beds in Westminster Park.

We will be meeting at the café in the centre of the park at 10.00am on Thursday 10th November and working for about a couple of hours.

Please come along with family and friends to do your part in brightening up Westminster Park. Wear working clothes and stout boots or shoes and with gardening gloves if you have them. Some equipment will be available but it would also be helpful if you could bring gardening tools such as hand or border forks, spades, secateurs and loppers for your own use if you have them.

Please email if you are able to join us, so that we have an idea of numbers – we would like 20-25 helpers if possible.

We are fortunate in having Westminster Park with its wide range of sporting and recreational activities. With your help we can keep it looking at its best.

See you there!

David Guyton

AGM – Wednesday 25th November 2015

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Westminster Park will be held on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at Westminster Park Community Centre, commencing at 8.00pm


1. Welcome by Chairman – David Guyton

2. Roll call of Members present.

3. Minutes of meeting dated 26th November 2014

4. Report by Chairman – David Guyton

5. Treasurer’s report – Jenny Szczyglowska

6. Election of officers – Chairman
Vice Chairman
Committee members

7. Present and on-going activities – General discussion

8. Any other business


The Council has announced that Golfstorehouse has been selected to manage the golf course and cafe in Westminster Park in succession to Brio with effect from 1 April. Norman Trott and I have met the directors of Golfstorehouse. We have expressed our keenness to help the new venture make a success of both the golf course and the cafe and are planning to meet them again shortly now that their appointment has been made public.

As with Brio, the arrangement does not include responsibility for the public toilets.

David Guyton
Chairman FOWP

Minutes of FOWP March Meeting

Friends of Westminster Park

Minutes of Committee meeting held on Wednesday 7th March 2012 at
24 Lache Lane Chester. Commenced at 1930 hours.

Present. Norman Trott. Sue Britton. Helen Noble. Peter Dodd.
David Guyton. Jennifer Stokes. Jenny Szcyglowska. Liz Neeves.

1. Apologies for absence . Received from Allan Stobie and Nicky Crane.

2. Minutes of last meeting ( 5th October 2011)
Agreed as a true record .

3. Matters arising. None that are not covered by agenda items

4. Correspondence. None

5. Treasurer’s report. Current funds as presented are £194.51 in Current Account and £1,344.52.01 in the Bonus Saver. No major expenditures planned at present.

6. Review meeting with Council held on the 13th February 2012. Notes already circulated to Committee members. Item 7 to detail and comment on content.

7. Issues from meeting.
 Proposal from Council to regulate park opening hours at 0800-1800 hours during GMT and 0800- 2100 in BST. No issue but confirmation awaited.
 Dog regulations. Still with legal officers
 Cafe update. Offer to contract out cafe operation declined by Brio Leisure. Improvements due during spring period
 Hedge cutting. This is now finally underway
 Future management input by FoWP. 12 month Council Management plan made available to Committee but very lengthy with no real substance. David Guyton,s single page document on objectives and priorities discussed by Committee and agreed as best way forward with presentation to Council at next review meeting. General view that FoWP will need to drive this issue as no initiatives coming from Council particularly now that Chris Cook is no longer in employment.
 Car Park trees. No funding available for planned changes.
 Woodland Trust. Secretary has now receive the 100 trees due to be planted to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Andy James has arranged for local school children to assist in the planting on Wednesday 28th March 2012. Secretary to produce information leaflet for circulation to all members seeking support for the venture.
 Jubilee week end events. As a number of local residents associations are holding their own parties the Friends will not host any park events.
 Temporary fencing. Progress is being made to make good temporary structures.

8. Website. Good updated content continues but these must be made through Sue to ensure continuity.

9. Any other business. The Green Flag is no longer on it’s flagpole. Secretary to write to Andy James.
Peter Dodd is looking for support for the cricket team who are arranging a charity match in June. Committee agreed that it would publicise the event and offer personal assistance when the date and time is confirmed. Notice boards and website to be used.
Surplus picnic benches appear to be available from the cafe area and the Secretary will write to Andy James to seek best use of them.
The positioning of the small gate on the path by the tennis courts appears to serve no particular purpose and will be raised at the next review meeting.

10. Date of next meeting. To be advised following further discussions with the Council.