August 2022 (and July!) Newsletter(s)

So much was covered in these newsletters with both the Picnic on the Green and Jazz on the Green going ahead in spite of unexpected ‘visitors’ to the green twice in the space of three weeks!

Both events were a huge success, and thanks to all the locals who organised these, and also all the residents that came and supported them, too! Lots more to look forward to in August, including the regular scarecrow festival, Cafe on the Green and the first ever Chester Green Arts Trail!

May (and April and March!) Newsletters!

We’ve got an action-packed newsletter for you all this month, with a number of exciting local events and announcements.

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  • Friday 6th May (7pm) features a live Harp Concert at St. Paul’s Church (a great venue, acoustically, too!)
  • Saturday 7th May (7.30pm) has a Fashion Show Event at the community centre. Come along for some refreshments and bargain clothes, modelled by some of the locals!
  • Sunday 8th May has the new ‘Board Game Church’ at St. Paul’s Church. Everybody welcome!
  • The next Cafe on the Green is on 14th May (10am – 12pm). Come and get some locally made cakes and refreshments while meeting the friendly local folk!
  • The annual general meetings for both the Community Centre and the Local History Society are on 19th May (both at the Community Centre straight after each other so it’ll be easy to attend both if you like!)
  • 21st May is the rescheduled Chartist Celebrations: Arise! Rebels with a Cause. The event celebrates the Chartist movement’s Chester Green meeting which aimed to give the working classes political rights and influence, which emerged in 1836 and was most active between 1838 and 1848.

There’s much to do in June, too, with the Chester Green well dressing, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and a day of Theatre.

All the above, and more, in this month’s newsletter!

Feb 2022 Newsletter – Haslam’s Foundry Plans!

This month’s newsletter is now out (paper copies coming ASAP). It’s all about the Haslam’s Foundry Council Home development this month. The council have released their plans regarding this site.

As plans are now emerging, and consultations open, for 75 Council Homes to be built on the site of Haslam’s Foundry (Aida/Bliss factory), we’ve got announcements from both the council and concerned residents.

The council turned down the Car Heritage proposal for the site (which is now happening in Sinfin with the petition of 500 names to reconsider this falling on deaf ears at the council. They have since discovered it’s going to cost at least an extra £4 Million to develop the site for council housing so it’s time to start finding out if they’ve made the right decision (especially as the spend has not yet been agreed by the council)! The plans, and the council’s consultation can be found at the link below:

Here’s a link to the full newsletter:

December (and Nov!) Newsletter

Lots to look forward to in December. There’s the official Chester Green Christmas Switch-on, at 4.30pm (for a 5pm switch-on) at the Northside of Chester Green (where Marcus Street meets Chester Green road). They’ll be festive music and the council have confirmed our Chester Green Christmas Tree will be ready in time. Bring a baulbal or similar to help decorate it on the night!

It also marks the start of the Chester Green Christmas Window Trail 2021. The trail map is included with this month’s newsletter, but a mobile-friendly electronic version can also be found at: Can you find the Christmas Pudding hidden in one of the windows? There’s a prize for one person who correctly identifies where it is (drawn at random after Christmas!). If you’re struggling to find it, have no fear, this link will help you (if you view it on a phone ;-))

We’re pleased to report that the Community Centre is back up to a full timetable of weekly events. There may be something that takes your fancy. The latest info can always be found at:

Anyway, there’s lots more in the newsletter, which will be making its way to you (Little Chester residents!). Electronic versions of the newsletter, and the Christmas Window Trail map can be found below:

October (and Sept.) 2021 Newsletters

Both this month’s, and last month’s, newsletters are attached (forgot to upload last month’s newsletter….apologies!)

Lots going on this month, in Little Chester. There is the Cafe on the Green, a potential Christmas film screening and updates on the latest Aida/Bliss factory redevelopment proposals. Also, the Halloween Disco is back at the Community Centre (and we still have the Little Chester pumpkin counter app for the little ‘uns at Halloween!), and the lamppost poppies will be going up soon, all donations are welcome (!

The real-life copies should be on their way to you, as we speak, but the electronic versions are viewable below:

August 2021 Little Chester Newsletter

Below is a link to the August 2021 Newsletter. A massive thanks to everyone who helped organise and run this year’s Picnic on the Green. Although there were still some restrictions (we couldn’t play games…boo), it was a great event showing off some local talent, too! Another big thanks to all the local businesses that gave their support in the form of prizes for the raffle (J R Smith Newsagents, Chester Green Fish Bar, Robert Ashley Barbers, Chester Green Mini Market, The Barbershop and Crumbs on the Green) and the loan of a generator for power (Sunbelt Rentals).

There’s also details of a new group, hoping to meet on Wednesday 4th August (Friends of Chester Green), the upcoming 2nd Chester Green Scarecrow festival and lots more in this month’s edition!

Little Chester July 2021 Newsletter

Picnic on the Green is ON (weather permitting!). There are a few changes and a bit of social distancing, but I think we all deserve a day on the Green for our annual event! It starts at 1pm on Sunday 11th July!

There’s also details on the restarting of the Little Chester Local History Group, more classes starting in the area, and even details of a new, local, driving instructor! Do feel free to share!

June 2021 Newsletter

Jazz on the Green. Sunday 27th June @ 2pm

Lots in the newsletter this month! One of the stolen street signs has been recovered. There’s a free ‘Jazz on the Green’ concert this month, a new Drama group for kids (two separate age-group classes) at the community centre, and details of this year’s Picnic on the Green! Exciting times! The hard copy is on it’s way to you as we speak, or get the electronic version below!

Little Chester May 2021 Newsletter

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This month’s newsletter is winging its way to you all as we speak! There’s a history book co-written by local resident and history expert, Joan D’arcy (who also sadly passed away in 2020) charting the story of Sir Alfred Haslam, the Marine Refrigeration pioneer who was M.D. of the Haslam Foundry and Engineering Company in City Road, Derby. The book is available to purchase online at

There’s news on the up-coming events like The Chester Green Well Dressing which will be held at the Marcus Street Well on the afternoon of 11th June and for the first time in many years, the boards will be displayed on 12th/13th June at the Well in the Vicarage Garden on Old Chester Road.  We’re also hoping to hold the annual Picnic on the Green on 11th July. There’s also a family cycle ride to Elvaston Castle happening on 22nd May.

There’s more in the newsletter, of course, linked below. Do share!