Please support the Campaign for Fairer Funding for Cheshire East Schools

A letter from Headmaster D. Oliver re support for our schools. Do take a moment to sign the petition at the bottom:

“You have possibly seen previous information about the unfair funding schools in Cheshire East receive.  Cheshire East remains one of the lowest funded authorities nationally and the current national fairer funding proposals do not address the significant variations in funding schools receive across the country.  Schools in Cheshire East do an amazing job achieving excellent outcomes for Children and Young People but behind the scenes schools are struggling to balance the budget.

Cheshire East Council together with the full school community is committed to campaigning for fairer funding.  The Leader of the Council, Cllr Rachel Bailey, and the Portfolio Holder for Children and Families, Cllr Jos Saunders, are committed to support any campaign, but it is the voice of our schools and families that has the greatest impact.

Nationally, a School Funding Petition has been developed which all Cabinet Members, and Senior Officers in the Council have signed including the Chief Executive, Executive Director for People and the Director of Education.

We would like to ensure the results of the Campaign highlight the strength of feeling about school funding for Cheshire East Schools ensuring we are the area with the highest level of responses by a significant majority, if possible. 

We want every person with an interest in the education of the children in Cheshire East to show their support for this campaign. I would therefore encourage you, your family and friends to sign the petition.  This does take less than one minute to complete.  The only information you need is your postcode.

Please add your name by following this link:

I would like to thank you for your support on this matter.”

Mr D Oliver, Executive Headteacher

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive & Sixth Form College

Volunteers at Goostrey Station celebrate their latest success

Members of Friends of Goostrey Station (FOGS) celebrate another win in the Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition (BKSC). The award was presented at a special event in Northwich. 

FoGS volunteers celebrate their success

The Northern Youth Challenge Award 2018 is not just a reward for the adult volunteers.  It acknowledges the contributions from Goostrey Community Primary School, Goostrey Cubs, Goostrey Beavers and local Duke of Edinburgh Award candidates. All these people from our local community are working to improve the appearance of our railway station. Hopefully it will also increase the number of passengers.

Chair of FOGS, Mike Jarvis said: The primary school pupils provide exhibitions of artwork in the platform shelter which are changed regularly.  We also have a collection of railway memorabilia which gives insights into the history of the Crewe to Manchester railway. It includes the keystone of the original road bridge and an old oil lamp.  Carved in to the keystone are the initials MBR for Manchester Birmingham railway, the name of the engineer G W Buck and the date 1841. 

Vice chair of FOGS, Craig Sidebotham added: Passengers really appreciate the displays of flowering plants on both platforms.  And they are also grateful for the monthly working parties.  They help to keep the platforms swept and the vegetation around the car park tidy.

Previously FOGS has received three other awards from Cheshire BKSC : for most improved station in 2014, for Art in 2016 and for Diversity in 2017.  FOGS has been shortlisted twice by the Association of Community of Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), a national organisation : for Small Art Projects in 2017 and for the Diversity Award in 2018.

Duke of Edinburgh candidates Amy Goodwin and Jay O’Donoghue proudly hold the new award

Mike Jarvis, David Mason and Bill Macdonald receive the Northern Youth Challenge Award 2018


Station Road closed 18\19 March

A notice, below, from CEC re road closure by Goostrey Station – presumably testing to see how traffic lights can be placed in future.

Residents living beside the Station might be “inconvenienced” and access to the Station car park might be compromised. The notice asks commuters to “refrain” from parking on the road…..perhaps take up the Red Lion’s previous kind offer to use their car park over this period. N.B. pedestrian access will be unaffected.

Junior Tennis Coaching & Rusty Racquets

Children wanting to begin at tennis, or looking to improve their playing skills, could take part in this year’s Goostrey Junior Tennis Coaching at the Boothbed Lane courts.

The 15-session programme by LTA Coach David Richardson runs from Friday April 26th to Saturday September 28th – excluding school holidays and Rose Day weekend. Sessions run on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, and school-age children are grouped according to LTA junior coaching guidance for age and ability.

Junior coaching is open to children aged between 5 and 16, with sessions ranging from beginners and ‘parent-and-child’ classes, to more advanced coaching for older children. The programme is structured, with the emphasis on having fun whilst learning and developing tennis skills and ability.

Participation is open to juniors who live in Goostrey and the adjacent parishes of Allostock, Over Peover, Lower Withington, Twemlow, Cranage and Swettenham, whose families are already VHPFF members – or entitled, through living in the above parishes, to apply for VHPFF membership. Contact Sally Ball ( any Village Hall & Playing Field Foundation (VHPFF) membership queries.

The cost for the junior coaching programme’s 15 sessions is £67.50(cheques payable to ‘Goostrey Tennis Club’). Booking forms are available by emailing coach David Richardson at or by phoning Alison Richardson on 07885 804246.


There will also be an Easter holiday camp for children, from Monday April 8th to Friday April 12th, with warm-up sessions, games, fun drills and competitions – before the weekend coaching programme begins. These will be held at the Boothbed Lane courts from 10am to 3.30pm each day. Booking is available by the day, or there is a special rate for all five days. To enquire about availability or to obtain a booking form, please contact David, or Alison Richardson as above.

Rusty Racquets for adults

For parents who might not have played tennis for years, and fancy getting back into it, there will be an hour-long ‘Rusty Racquets’ session after junior coaching at 12 noon on Saturdays, beginning on April 27th. Contact David Richardson for details.