Westbury Park Community Association

What's On in Westbury Park: May 2019

_____________________________________________________  Until 8th June - The Young Americans Exhibition at the Rainmaker Gallery, Coldharbour Road

A presentation of photography, printmaking and painting by sixteen artists from twenty tribal nations. Many of these artists are drawn from the alumni of the Institute of American Indian Arts, a well-spring of creative innovation since the 1960’s. 

_______________________________________________________ Wednesday, 1st May, 7.30 pm, Women’s Institute Meeting, Redland Church Halls, Redland Green

“Resolutions and Social” – bring your favourite summer dish to share with the recipe.

 £4 guest fee. Refreshments available.


Thursday, 2nd May – Saturday, 4th May, St. Albans Church Hall starting at 7.30 pm.  

St. Albans Players are presenting “Neville’s Island” by Tom Firth 

Four out-of-condition, middle-aged businessmen sent off on a team-building exercise in the Lake District succeed in being the first people ever to get shipwrecked on an island on Derwentwater. What should have been a bonding process for Gordon, Angus, Roy and Neville turns into a muddy, bloody fight for survival.

Tickets from www.stalbansplayers.co.uk/boxoffice


Thursday, 9th May, 7.00 pm, Redland Library, Whiteladies Road

Desert Island Books on the theme “Books, Science and Fiction” with guest panel :-

- Virginia Bergin (Science fiction writer and winner of the Tiptree award)

- Cheryl Morgan (Science fiction critic, publisher, broadcaster)

- Gareth L. Powell (Award winning science fiction writer)

- Dr. Sam Rogers (Senior lecturer in English at UWE, Bristol)

Admission £3.00 Pay at the door

Visit the Friends of Redland Library website for further information & updates – https://FriendsOfRedlandLibrary.org.uk


Saturday, 11th May, 10.30 – 11.30 am, Max Minerva's Marvellous Books, North View

Robin Tetlow will be in-store signing his hugely popular book, 'Beyond Bristol: 24 Country Walks' - a perfect gift for ramblers and locals who want to explore the surrounding Bristol countryside. 

www.maxminervas.co.uk/collections/events   phone : 07498 538 858


Saturday, May 11th at 7.30 pm. Symphony Concert at St. Alban's Church, Coldharbour Road  

The Long Ashton Orchestra with local conductor Nicholas Bromilow The programme comprises :-

a Beethoven Overture

Haydn - Drum Roll Symphony and 

Bruckner - Romantic Symphony.  

Free admission, Retiring collection in aid of ZA Foundation, a UK charity working in South Africa.


Saturday, 18th May 10.30 am – 12.00 noon: Westbury Park Methodist Church, North view

Monthly Café and Bring and Buy Plant Sale

Raising money for Christian Aid. All welcome

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Sunday, 19th May 2.00 – 6.00 pm, Redland Library, Whiteladies Road

Enjoy an afternoon of playing Popular Board Games including Catan, Carcassone, Ticket to Ride and Architects of the West Kingdom)

Booking essential – email FriendsOfRedlandLibrary@gmail.com

Admission £5.00 - includes tea and coffee (pay at the door)


Monday, 20th May, 2.00 pm,  Henleaze Senior Film Club, St. Peter’s Hall, The Drive, Henleaze

“The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society” 

Lilly James & Michael Courtney - Romance set during the Nazi occupation of Guernsey

Admission Free. Tea and cake £4.00.  Easy Access, carers welcome.

Phone Dial-a-Ride 0845 139 875 for transport. Supported by Home Instead


Thursday, 23rd May, 7.00 pm, “Unravelling the Double Helix”, Bishopston Library, Gloucester Road    A Max Minerva Marvellous Books Event 

Presentation by Gareth Williams, Emeritus Professor and former Dean of Medicine at the University of Bristol.

Unravelling the Double Helix covers the most colourful period in the history of DNA, from the discovery of ‘nuclein’ (in pus-soaked bandages) in 1868 to the publication of James Watson's best-selling The Double Helix a century later. 

£5,00 including wine and nibbles

www.maxminervas.co.uk/collections/events    phone : 07498 538 858


And looking forward to June

Saturday, 1st June, 3.00 pm, Westbury Park Methodist Church, 4 North View

An Afternoon of Italian Song 

An hour of popular Italian songs and arias performed by friends and residents of Westbury Park followed by tea and homemade cakes

Free Admission with a retiring collection in aid of The Church in Westbury Park.


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


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. 

__________________________________________________________________________________   WOOD BURNING STOVES AND OPEN FIRES

A Community Association member has asked the Association to circulate the following note re. wood burning stoves and smoke control regulations

"We love the warm glow of wood-burning stoves and open fires, but not the increasing levels of smoke in Westbury Park caused by people not following the rules for their use. This is a major source of air pollution, causing asthma, heart attacks and strokes.

Remember – this is a Smoke Control Area. This means:

Open fires.  You cannot burn wood but only smokeless fuels such as anthracite.

Wood-burning stoves. Your stove must be on the Defra list of approved appliances.  You must use only dry wood or pellets. (You can buy these ‘ready to burn’ or keep wood you chop yourself for two years to dry).  You must keep your chimneys and flues clean. 

As well as affecting everyone’s health, breaches of the rules can lead to fines of up to £1000".


Webpage updated on Wednesday, 1st May 2019