CPRA Garden Trip

CPRA are arranging a Spring trip to Dunham Massey Hall and Gardens on 01 May 2019. The cost will be £25 for non-National Trust members and just£10.50 for National Trust members (membership card required on the day). Entrance and coach travel included in the price.

There is also a National Portrait Gallery exhibition on 01 May 2019 which is free to visitors. The exhibition includes thirty portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection including Gertrude Jekyll, Roy Lancaster, David Attenborough, Octavia Hill and more.  Portraits of people who have shaped the way we think or feel about green spaces and nature today.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jacky Arrowsmith (01244 677266) or Christine Hughes (01244 679592) for tickets.

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Our AGM this year will take place on WEDNESDAY 22nd May at 7.30 p.m. (doors open at 7.00 p.m.)

Further details will be published in our April Newsletter.

Those who attended the 2018 AGM will remember the inconclusive discussion about changes to our constitution and the direction to the Management Committee to review it afresh, taking into account the proposals put forward in 2018 and the response to them at the meeting.

Clicking on the “Constitution” button above will lead you to a summary of that review, a mark-up of the changes now proposed, and a draft of the constitution as it would be if the changes were adopted.

If you have any comments on these new proposals, it would be helpful if you would submit them by the end of March to enable them to be taken into account by the Management Committee before they are formally published as part of the AGM agenda. Comments should be submitted by email to chairman@cpraonline.org

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Walk to Basingwerk Abbey and St Winefride’s Well

It was a three mile walk taking in the imposing ruins of Basingwerk Abbey together with access to various sites of interest along the route to St Winefride’s Well for which there was a 60p entry charge.

We were able to visit some of our industrial past, seeing the machinery left behind. Wire works, clothing mills, pot and pan factory had all been built and were in use along the pathway long ago where we walked.  We did not know how industial the aera had been.

The Well dates from 660AD and became an important place of pilgrimage over the centuries. It has been known as the Lourdes of Wales and there are legends and myths about St Winefride.  You could see the ancient graffiti on the walls.  We did not go into the water, it was rather cold and we did not take out bathing suits with us!

The weather was great for walking and we all enjoyed the day.

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Drug Detritus

A member has recently reported finding a syringe in Dingle Bank next to the footbridge. Drug users are known to use that and other locations within Curzon Park.  Should you come across a syringe or “sharp”, you are advised to leave it in situ and contact the council  There is an emergency telephone number for such occurrences, 0300 123 7035, for use at any time, 365 days p.a.

An on-line reporting formcan be found at  https://cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/contact-us/report-it/report-it.aspx. (Click on ‘Litter and Litter Bins’), but this will only be picked up during office hours (Monday-Friday 8.a.m. to 5 p.m).

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Walking Groups

Here is a list of upcoming walks:

Weekend Walks

  • HOLT AND FARNDON BORDER CROSSING Saturday 6 April 2019 – led by John and Christine
  • GREAT BARROW Saturday 4 May 2019 – led by Janet

Mid-Week Walks

  • MAIDEN CASTLE Tuesday 19 March 2018 – led by Jenny Plunkett
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Chester Race Course Masterplan

As you may know Chester Race Course Company have recently launched a public consultation programme on their Masterplan.
You can see the details on the following website:
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