Westbury Park Community Association

What's On in Westbury Park, September 2019


Tuesday 3rd September:  Henleaze Community Forum, Henleaze Library 7 pm

This Forum session will be about listening to what people want.  There are no presenters (other than the police) so it will be an opportunity to determine what we want from the Forums and to prioritise issues that are causing us concern.


Wednesday 4th September:  What’s Your Style?

Come and hear Caroline Walton, stylist. The WI meets from 7.30 pm at Redland Church Halls.  All women welcome. Guest fee is £4 if you don’t want to join yet


Thursday 12th September:  Books - found in Translation

At Redland Library, 6.45 pm for 7, a panel of experts discusses books translated from their original language. Pay on the door, £3.


Saturday 14th September:   Ride and Stride for Churches

St Alban’s Church in Westbury Park is joining with hundreds of people being sponsored to visit some of the region’s historic churches on foot, by bike, by bus or in a car. Half the money raised will go towards building works at St Alban’s including the provision of improved disabled access and better toilet facilities, and half will help Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust to support other places of worship.  Visit http://ghct.org.uk/ride-and-stride/ for more information and please come and visit our beautiful church any time between 10.00am and 4.00pm on 14th September. Refreshments will be served. If you would like to contribute to our fundraising, please contact the local organiser, Kate Maddock, on 07805 868 725 or visit our JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/StAlbansWestburyPark 


Monday 16th September:  “9 to 5” with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton

1980 Film about sexism in the workplace. Senior Film Club starts at 2 pm at St Peter’s Hall, Henleaze, BS9 4LD. Carers welcome, easy access, refreshments £4   FFI Home Instead 0117 989 8210


Saturday 21st September:  Coffee and Cake 

Cafe 10.30 to 12 noon in the foyer of Westbury Park Methodist Church. offering tea, coffee and lovely home-made cake. Raising money to help an area of Mozambique which has been massively affected by the hurricane that hit the country in May.


Saturday 21st September: Barn Dance for Friends of Bristol Oncology Centre

Dance to Jill Elliot’s Highly Strung Band and remember Deborah Godshaw and others who have died of cancer.  St Alban’s Hall, Bayswater Avenue. 7.00 pm for 7.30 start. Tickets including food £15 on the door or dmemel5@gmail.com . All dances will be called. Children welcome, at no charge.


Thursday 24th September: Banned Books

At Redland Library, to coincide with Banned Books Week, a panel of experts discusses books that have been, or are currently, banned.  6.45 pm for 7 pm. Pay on the door, £3.


Coming in October

Thursday 3rd October, 7 pm: Friends of Henleaze Library – Sylvia Williamson “My love affair with India”

Thursday 10th October, 7 pm: Friends of Redland Library - Books you should read, recommended by local politicians. With a vote at the end!

Monday 21st October, 2 pm: Senior Film Club – “The Third Man” with Orson Wells


Events in October

Would you like us to advertise other social or charitable events in September? Please get in touch with us by September 24th at latest. Thank you

Many thanks to all those providing us with information.


The Community Association has joined over 50 local residents and ward councillors in opposing a planning application to extend a nursing home at 8 and 9 Belvedere Road to number 7 Belvedere Road. This would be the seventh house in the road to be used as a nursing home, adding to the problems being faced by  people living in Belvedere Road and adjoining roads who suffer the adverse traffic impacts and day to day consequences (eg. the blocking of driveways, elderly people and families with young children having to park well away from their homes). 
While the Community Association is aware that some parts of Westbury Park (eg. the Etloe Road / Queen Victoria Road Road area) are strongly in favour of resident parking it is not clear whether this is the case in other parts of Westbury Park possibly less affected by commuter parking.

The City Council conducted a household postal survey on parking issues in Westbury Park in January 2015 and concluded from the responses (and lack of responses) that there was only sufficient support to progress with resident parking in the Durdham Park and Manor Park areas. Since then parking pressures have worsened in parts of Westbury Park following the introduction of resident parking in Redland and parking restrictions on The Downs. As a consequence areas in Westbury Park that might have been only marginally affected by commuter parking in 2015 are now far more affected and possibly more receptive to resident parking.

A few words of caution about new resident schemes– the Council’s guidelines relating to new resident parking schemes agreed in November 2017 are not very positive in tone and challenging, both in terms of the complex process for securing a new scheme and in setting a high bar for new schemes (eg. new schemes have to cover areas of 1,000 – 4,000 households).  The guidelines also seemed to rule out the possibility of extensions to existing schemes – an option that might have been appropriate in parts of Westbury Park.

Henleaze and Westbury on Trym ward councillors carried out a survey in January 2019 to establish the degree of support for resident parking in that part of Westbury Park within their ward. 

Residents in the Blenheim Road area are planning to set up a local group to press for resident parking in their area - an area very much affected by commuter parking. 


Webpage updated on Sunday, 1st September 2019