March (and Feb!) Newsletters

Attached are the March (and February) Newsletters. Plenty going on this month, so do have a look. Locals should receive the printed copy in the next few days!

We’ve got Easter Bingo coming back at the beginning of April. The Cafe on the Green is also back, and there are updates on the City Road improvement project (CityGate Project) and updates on the Cricket Pavillion and other local improvement work. There is also another local history society talk on 16th March!

December 2022 Newsletter

My apologies, I forgot to upload this. However, you should all have had the paper copies before 1st December!

NEWS ALERT: We’ve just been alerted that Our City Our River are holding a public consultation on the Heritage and Interpretation programme that’s going to happen in Chester Green. This is the first stage of our plans to provide a comprehensive trail of sculptural interpretation focusing on the riches of Little Chester roman and industrial history, World Heritage Site (WHS) and conservation area. This will be on Thursday 15th December between 2pm and 5pm at the Community Centre.

There’s lots already happened in Chester Green this December, with a fantastic lights switch on (wasn’t it busy!) after the Church’s Christingle service.

The Christmas Window trail is now on (although not all windows are quite ready yet!) plenty is happening in the run-up to Christmas!

The on-line Christmas Tree map can be found at: and the ‘find the pud’ helper app (if you’re struggling to track it down for the competition (see the PDF map for details!) can be found at 

November 2022 Newsletter

After a fabulous Halloween Disco and the final Cafe on the Green of the year in October, what have we got in store for November in Little Chester?

Well, firstly a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who donated to keep the newsletter going. We raised £295 which is enough to keep the newsletter going for another year….hooray!

We’ve the first Chester Green Christmas Market, on 19th November and the annual Chester Green Christmas Lights switch on on the 4th December, which also marks the start of the Chester Green Christmas Window Trail. If you’d like to be included on the map, do let us know by 6th November.

There’s lots more going on, and updates on local projects in this month’s newsletter which can be downloaded below:

October 2022 Newsletter

You should have this delivered by now, but here’s the electronic version if you’d like it! As always, lots of news and updates about all things Little Chester/Chester Green including:

  • City Road Gateway Project to help improve the look of the end of City Road (gateway to the Little Chester Conservation area and World Heritage Buffer Zone) on October 10th at 7 pm in Centurian Walk Common Room.
  • Details of the infamous Community Centre Halloween Disco
  • How to sign up for the Chester Green Christmas Window trail
  • A request for donations to keep the newsletter going (authoring the newsletter and delivery is carried out by unpaid volunteers, but we do have printing costs, although these are also subsidised by the University of Derby)
  • Updates on the MARV Studios Haslam Foundry project
  • Updates on the planning application to demolish the historic Duke of Clarence public house
  • Date of the last Cafe on the Green of the season (22nd October).
  • …and more!

Download the Newsletter here:

September 2022 Newsletter

After a busy August with, among other things, the 1st ever Chester Green Arts Trail and Jazz on the Green, we now look to September! There’s the ever-popular Chester Green Entertainment Team’s Quiz Night, updates on the MARV studio developments of the Haslam’s Foundry site and more! Download using the link below!

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: