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.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Flower Memorial event

posted Aug 10, 2017, 4:00 AM by Chester CND

On 6th and 9th of August 1945 nuclear weapons were dropped by the USA on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The only times nuclear bombs have been used in war. 92 percent of the structures in Hiroshima were either destroyed or damaged by the blast and ensuing fires. Estimates of total deaths in Hiroshima range between 100,000 and 180,000, out of a population of 350,000. Casualties from Nagasaki are thought to be between 50,000 and 100,000.

Out of 300 doctors in Hiroshima 270 were reported dead, out of 1780 nurses 1654 were reported dead, out of 140 pharmacists 112 were reported dead and out of 45 hospital 42 were non functional

Our military and our government know full well that we do not have capacity to cope should what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki happen here.  Modern day nuclear bombs are way more powerful. 

Should it happen again anywhere else?

Since 1982 people have gathered at The Groves in Chester to remember what happened to those two cities and the people involved in the sad event.  Below is a photo from the Flower Memorial last Sunday. 


'Stop Arming Saudi' - Silent Vigils

posted Aug 8, 2017, 10:18 AM by Chester CND

Our July Vigil
The conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen has resulted in a humanitarian disaster. More than 2 million people are internally displaced.  14.5 million people, nearly 8 million of who are children, have no access to clean water and sanitation resulting in a cholera epidemic. Food shortages mean 2 million children are suffering acute malnutrition.

There is evidence UK weapons sold to Saudi Arabia are being used in violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen.  The government does not accept this and continues to sell weapons to Saudi and court their business. 

To highlight this unethical behaviour and to encourage people to let the government know they need to stop arming Saudi, we hold a Silent Vigil at The Cross in Chester on the last Saturday of the month.  If you would like to join us, whatever your age, check our Facebook page for more details or contact us at

7th July 2017 - A historic day

posted Jul 7, 2017, 10:22 AM by Chester CND   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 1:32 PM ]

Today all the hard work to negotiate a global nuclear weapons ban treaty came to fruition. The treaty will open for signature by states at the UN in New York on 20th September this year. 

The hard work continues though, as states with nuclear weapons will be unwilling to sign the treaty.  The treaty will increasingly put them under pressure to disarm.

More info at and


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.

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