Westbury Park Community Association

This website will shut down at the end of December 2019.  

The new Community Association website is Westburyparkcommunityassociation.weebly.com


Westbury Park Community Association AGM 2019 

The Community Association AGM took place on Wednesday, 30th October. The AGM included discussion on the future of the Community Association in the light of dwindling active support for the Association,the pending resignation of a number of Committee officers, and the more widespread use of social media groups (eg. Next Door, street based Whats App groups) which provide an alternative and more immediate means of messaging and information sharing.

The AGM considered a number of options ranging from revitalisation of the Association (dependent on more people joining the Committee) to winding up the Association. 

The meeting was not in favour of suspending or winding up the Community Association and discussion focussed on how these outcomes might be avoided.  It was agreed that there should be a transition period to October 2020.  During this time a group would be formed to consult with the community (up to 2,000 households) about what they would like and expect from an Association, and whether and how they could support it. 

In the next year Kevin Chidgey and Janet Brewer will continue to keep members informed about social events and key issues affecting our area. The capacity to take on other activities (eg organising social events, lobbying, bidding for funds, upgrading the Association’s website, improving communications through use of social media) will be much reduced.  


More information on the challenges facing the Community Association and possible options is contained in a short report "A review of Westbury Park Community Association, October 2019" (see foot of page)


What's On in Westbury Park, November 2019

___________________________________________________________________Wednesday 6th November:  Rupert Bear meets the WI

Rupert Bear: a talk from Mike James.  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.

________________________________________________________________________________________Tuesday 12th November: “The Grand Tour and Rome in the 18th Century”

Rome offered a museum city, a well-established art market, brothels and other delights to the aristocratic young men of Northern Europe. Richard Henderson is the speaker at this Anglo-Italian Circle meeting. 

Henleaze Library at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 start. Visitors £5, refunded if you join the Circle.

_________________________________________________________________________________________Thursday, 14th November:  “The Women who Built Bristol”

The Friends of Redland Library, Whiteladies Road are hosting Jane Duffus who will be presenting “The Women who Built Bristol : Volume Two”. Tickets £3.00 on the door. Doors open at 6.45 pm

_________________________________________________________________________________________Saturday 16th November:  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.  And a chance to meet people.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________Monday 18th November:  “Finding your feet”

Comedy film (2017) with Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley. Chosen by the film club members.

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

____________________________________________________________________________________________________Thursday 28th for three nights:  Alan Ayckbourn’s “A Chorus of Disapproval”

St Albans Players present this comedy at St Albans Church Hall at 7.30 pm, with a Saturday matinee at 3.30 pm. Tickets £10 (conc. £7) from www.stalbansplayers.co.uk/boxoffice. 

_________________________________________________________________________________________Thursday 28th November:  “Elizabeth 1”

Professor Ronald Hutton – back by popular demand – will talk about the Tudor queen. At Henleaze Library, doors open 6.45 for 7 pm. Tickets from the Henleaze Library: £5 in advance only, to include wine and snacks.


Saturday 30th November:   Christmas Fair  2.30-4.30pm at Westbury Park Methodist Church, North View.

The Parish Christmas Fair is a community event: whether it’s shopping for Christmas presents, a range of activities for children or a chance to catch up with friends over fresh coffee.  Father Christmas is planning to pop in too! The WI are bringing along delicious homemade preserves and handmade bags, decorations and stationery. White Tree Preschool and Beavers have been busy creating gifts and a wide range of activities to join in. We also have two local artists joining us, Jenny Urquhart and Priscilla Sorapure.

Raising money for 2 local charities: Little Hero and Bristol North West Food bank. Entry to the event is 50p per adult (children free) or a donation of a can of food for the Food bank.

_________________________________________________________________________________________Orpheus Silver Screen

10.30 am, Tuesday, 5th November     Late Night

10.30 am, Tuesday, 12th November     Rocketman

10.30 am, Tuesday, 19th November     Head Full of Honey

10.30 am, Tuesday, 26th November     The White Crow

Tickets £3.90

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). 

Little progress is being made on extending resident parking to those parts of Westbury Park in favour of RP. The Council’s guidelines for new resident parking schemes published in November 2017 are very onerous and low priority is being accorded to new resident parking schemes by the Mayor.   Local councillors are lobbying the Mayor to change his stance and there are signs that this might happen.   

Henleaze and Westbury on Trym ward councillors carried out a survey in early 2019 to establish the degree of support for resident parking in that part of Westbury Park within their ward.  There was a 20% response with support varying between different locations - residents generally supporting resident parking in areas close to The Downs, not so much elsewhere.  

Residents in the Blenheim Road area have set up a local group to press for resident parking in their area - an area very much affected by commuter parking.  This area was surprisingly overlooked when the Council agreed an extension to the Redland and Cotham North resident parking zones in 2017.

Webpage updated on Monday, 4th November 2019