We are the Chester Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. We work for a Britain and a World free of Nuclear Weapons. We also work for peace by supporting efforts to reduce conflict and sources of conflict to reduce the risk of armed conflict and possible use of nuclear weapons. As part of this we hold a monthly vigil calling for an end to UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, who are using British technology to commit crimes against humanity in Yemen.
There has been a CND group in Chester, on and off, for 40 years. We meet in the Quaker Meeting House in Chester on the third Thursday of every odd month (January, March, May, July, September & November), everyone’s welcome to come along and get involved.
The group started the annual commemoration for the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, held on Hiroshima Day (6th of August), the anniversary of the attack. We meet at the bandstand by the river, proceed to the footbridge and drop white flowers onto the river (originally candles were floated on the water but due to the fire risk this was discontinued). There is then a minute’s silence, before proceeding to the memorial tree for readings and a period of reflection. As the group went through a period of inactivity following the apparent decline of the nuclear threat in the 1990s after the end of Cold War, Chester Quakers took on the organising of the event. Over the years it has gone from strength to strength. Chester CND began organising it again in 2013 after the group reformed.
We are a member organisation of the Chester World Development Forum and have close links with West Cheshire TUC.