Chester CND blog

Here you can keep up with what's going on in the group, with news of upcoming and past events, minutes, agendas, and opinion on topical issues.


posted Apr 2, 2017, 1:43 PM by Chester CND

From 27th to 31st March negotiations were going on at the UN headquarters in New York to try and move further towards a legally binding global ban on nuclear weapons.
Our government opted themselves out of these negotiations despite saying they support multilateral disarmament.  Most of our press decided the talks were un-newsworthy.

This is what happens when a nuclear bomb goes off  


1/2 of energy released -  travelling at supersonic speed - trauma to lungs, internal organs, eardrums rupture etc. - throws bodies and missiles around - ruptures to gas lines, downs power lines, electrical short circuits, damage to chemical/industrials plants etc.


1 – 100 million degrees C - 1/3 of energy released - travelling at speed of light - Flash burns, Retina Burns, Flash Blindness etc. - Hot gases suck up air creating hurricane winds - A high enough ground temperature will consume oxygen and flammable materials.


pulse of neutrons and gamma rays irradiate all living things - neutrons induce radioactivity in soil, building and other materials (relatively short term) - Radio active dust from fall out falls back to earth - locally or across the globe depending on height in atmosphere -Short to long term consequences, Cancer, sterility etc. - Ionising radiation can affect DNA.


damages electrical equipment taking out vital modern day services

A 2016 Round Up

posted Jan 4, 2017, 6:31 AM by Chester CND   [ updated Jan 4, 2017, 6:48 AM ]

We started the year off by doing some studying to prepare for a meeting we requested with our MP, Chris Matheson. We eventually met with Chris
in April and had a good discussion, although very disappointingly he said he would vote for renewal. He did not know what the Labour party would
do if a global nuclear weapons ban is adopted. 
We held a wet and freezing cold vigil in Chester town centre in February.

A group of us (Chester CND members and other concerned folks) went to the Stop Trident demo in London sharing a coach

with Merseyside CND.

We had our usual stall at the Trade Councils May Day event. One of our group designed a giant cheque for people to write down what

they would prefer £100 billion to be spent on. We were joined by a white elephant made by another member of the group.

During the year we have had a number of letters in the local paper.

Chester Lush contacted us just before the parliamentary vote as they wanted to do something at the store to raise awareness.

We provided posters and leaflets and joined them on the Saturday.

People always look out for our annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki Flower memorial in August. Meeting near the river we had  singers

as well as readings this year. It is always very poignant when the flowers are dropped on the water.

Not organised by us but around the issue of Trident.

The Chester debating society discussed 'Britain should do away with Trident. It has no place in the modern world'. The motion was carried.

Chester Labour party has been discussing Trident – at a politics in the pub meeting early in the year and the CLP meeting before the

 Labour Party conference. The majority view at the moment is for Labour to scrap Trident.

Stop Trident 2016

posted Feb 28, 2016, 6:54 AM by Chester CND

On Saturday 27th February we marched to say no to Trident renewal

The Devastating Impact- Scale of loss of life and long term effects

If the UK were attacked and Trident was used in retaliation the result would be the deaths of millions of people, almost entirely civilian. The sheer scale of this is difficult to comprehend, but is clearer to grasp if compared it to the Hiroshima bombing, where the initial blast alone killed c.140,000 people. Each of the proposed Trident submarines is set to have 8 missiles. Each missile has 5 warheads, and each warhead has the power of 8 of the bombs which devastated Hiroshima. One nuclear submarine has the capability to produce a staggering total of 320 Hiroshimas. Humanitarian organizations such as the Red Cross have said that they do not have the capacity to deal with such a humanitarian disaster.

Furthermore unlike conventional weapons, nuclear weapons have long term effects far beyond the initial devastation and loss of life including radiation sickness which can continue to effect victims years after the detonation.

Vigil in the rain

posted Feb 6, 2016, 11:31 AM by Chester CND

Thanks to everyone who turned up on this rainy cold day to object to Trident renewal. 

There is a lot of discussion in the press at the moment but we hear little of what will happen to me... you, them, life.... if there is a war, terrorist attack, accident, mistaken detonation etc.

Here are a couple of scenarios from the web

A Hiroshima (15kt) weapon detonated inside a van in Trafalgar Square in middle of working day

estimated deaths 115,000 casualties 149,000 (not taking into account fire conflagration and radioactive fallout)

100 Hiroshima sized bombs in war between India & Pakistan would result in 6.6 million metric tons of black carbon aerosol particles being injected into air. Causing worldwide climate change disruption


posted Jan 26, 2016, 12:05 PM by Chester CND

We have a coach going to the STOP TRIDENT march and rally - London Saturday 27th February 2016

Tickets £25/£15 with subsidised seats available - please ask

On sale at Rainforest Shop, 51 Watergate Street, Chester or

home slide stop trident slim


posted Jan 26, 2016, 11:52 AM by Chester CND

Prior to the National march in London on 27th February 2016 join us in a reflective vigil.

Saturday 6th February - 12 noon til 1 pm - Bridge Street, Chester

Bring a banner with your own message (not compulsory though!)


Join us for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Flower Memorial on 6th August

posted Jul 28, 2014, 9:14 AM by Chester CND

To remember all those who died and suffered as a result of the atomic bombs dropped in 1945, and in the firm belief that it must never happen again.

Wednesday 6th August 2014, 8.00 pm at The Groves, Chester

All are welcome to meet at the bandstand for readings, a period of silent reflection and the dropping of flowers on the river - bring white flowers if you wish.

99.5% and no one listens

posted Jun 26, 2014, 9:20 AM by Chester CND   [ updated Jun 26, 2014, 9:22 AM ]

No photos from our stall at last weekends Green Day, everyone too busy.

Results of our 'How would you spend £100 billion?' people poll are:

26.5% Tackling Climate Change, 19.5% equal on Education and NHS, 17% equal on Jobs and Housing and ......0.5% Nuclear Weapons

Chester Knits for Peace

posted Jun 18, 2014, 7:17 AM by Chester CND   [ updated Jun 18, 2014, 7:24 AM ]

The sun shone, dressed in pink (mostly), for two hours last Saturday, we brought a small oasis of peace to Chester town centre on a busy race day. We had fun talking with passers by and enjoying the music courtesy of Keith and Chloe.  
The pieces of knitting are piling up and we are now planning the hire of a minibus to take us to Aldermaston for the Wool Against Weapons seven mile pink peace scarf action on 9th August.  The scarf will run between Aldermaston and Burghfield.

Why connect the AWE factories with a seven mile pink scarf? The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston and Burghfield are the bomb factories that design, manufacture and assemble Britain's nuclear warheads. Since 2002, the government has been spending money on building new facilities at AWE, and recruited new staff to test, design and build the next generation of nuclear weapons.

In 2016, the 'Main Gate' decision on whether Trident should be replaced will be taken by Parliament – committing the UK to spend over £100 billion if it gives the go-ahead. 2013 commenced three years of vibrant activity at AWE Aldermaston, and we will continue to say no to Trident and its replacement throughout 2014 and onwards.

JUNE EVENT - Wool Against Weapons Street Knit

posted May 13, 2014, 3:11 AM by Chester CND   [ updated May 13, 2014, 3:21 AM ]

Saturday 14th June 12 until 2 pm

Meeting at the 3 benches on Eastgate Street, Chester (outside O2 shop)

Bring your own started piece OR come and knit a stitch,

a row………… or more

depending on conditions we may move elsewhere in town 

Start knitting a piece now!                                                                  The Plan

Between now and August 2014 people will be creating a 7 mile long knitted peace scarf to stretch between Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield, Berkshire, where nuclear weapons are made.

This is part of a larger campaign to put pressure on the Government to ditch a planned £80bn spend on renewing the Trident Nuclear weapons programme.

Pick up your needles and crochet hooks and help us to protest in a pink, powerful and pro-active way to say No! to more investment in nuclear weapons in the U.K.

Can you knit a metre or two of this yarn bombing peace scarf?

dimensions 1 unit = 100cm long x 60cm wide (39.5" long x 23.5" wide )

use any stitch, any pink wool, any shade ...suggestion: approx. 80 - 90 stitches wide - dk size 7 needles/4.5mm

with approx. 100 rows - use a tape measure, it really varies! crochet dk chain approx 75 st. Pieces can be dropped off at LUSH Chester by 5/7/2014 or visit or 

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