Goostrey’s Laura needs your vote

Laura Harvey, from Goostrey, is among eight volunteers from around the world (she is the only one from the UK) to be selected out of nearly 2000 as finalists for the 2019 IVHQ Alternative Break Scholarship. However the ultimate winner will be determined by public vote so Laura would be grateful for our support…… voting is open until March 3. Vote for Laura at

Laura Harvey

My name is Laura Harvey and I have lived in Goostrey my whole life, attending the Primary School and Holmes Chapel High School.  I have been lucky enough to receive funding to take a gap year, already spending time living with a host family and volunteering in environmental education in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

However, I am also hoping to continue my environmental volunteering and practice my Portuguese, and have been shortlisted for a scholarship to go to Lisbon for two weeks and volunteer with a local diving school. Through this, I will aid with the training of local divers, a sustainable method of keeping the coastline clean of pollution.

This will only be possible through this scholarship, which is now up for public vote! It is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me, and I have already been overwhelmed by the support from home so far.  However, voting is still open for two weeks, and I need more support to try and win! You can vote once everyday, and I would be so grateful to everyone who would like to support me.

As I look to the summer, I am excited to bring what I have learnt to the community, and will be visiting local sixth forms to share my experiences with students and help them explore their post-18 options.”

A passionate environmentalist, Laura says she wants to win the IVHQ Alternative Break Scholarship to volunteer in Portugal on an environmental conservation project.

In choosing an environmental, non-socially-oriented project I hope to give the biggest positive impact. My passion for the environment motivates me through tough physical labour, through awkward cultural encounters and to take initiative in creating side projects and initiatives.” 










The world’s leading volunteer organization, International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ), in partnership with sister company Intern Abroad HQ (IAHQ), is offering the scholarship to an outstanding candidate who wishes to complete either a volunteer or intern program in any of the nearly 50 international destinations available.
This year’s Alternative Break Scholarship attracted nearly 2,000 applications worldwide. From there, eight outstanding finalists have been selected to compete for the public vote and the chance of a lifetime to volunteer or intern abroad for nothing. The finalists all have rich backgrounds in serving as community volunteers previously and stood out for their enthusiasm, attitude and proactiveness.
18 year old Laura Harvey has worked as a fundraiser for the WWF and as a Girl Guide leader, and a year-long volunteer scholarship in Brazil. For more details and to vote for Laura visit


Goostrey Juniors FC fundraise to compete in Europe!

Goostrey Juniors FC U14s team is having a fantastic season, currently top of the division within the Mid Cheshire Youth League.

In addition to success at home, the team has been given the opportunity to participate in a European tournament in Lisbon at the end of May, for which they are currently fundraising:

QUIZ NIGHT: Quiz Night in the Crown Inn on Tuesday 26th February, 7.30/8pm. This will be a general knowledge quiz; cost £3 per person – bring a group of friends.

CAR WASH: On 2nd March we are planning to run a Car Wash in the Crown car park 10-3pm.
Do come down with your dirty vehicles – £5 a car, £10 for a 4 x 4 or a van.

The Crown Inn plans to open early to serve bacon butties!

“We have been very grateful for the generous sponsorship by the Crown Inn last year, and are currently looking for sponsorship for the 2019-20 season. Are you interested in supporting the team?” Please contact Jason Lynch (Chair) on 532066 / 07833775641 or Sue Mottershead (Secretary) on 534760 / 07952 550696. “Do support us in our cause and feel free to come down to watch our matches when we are at home – Sundays from 10.30 – you will be made very welcome.”

“We are lucky to be using the excellent facilities the VHPFF have to offer, both for training and home matches (the envy of many opposing teams!) and have a wonderful committee headed by Jason Lynch, with excellent management of the boys by Rob Kennerley and Steve Lord.”

In this Internet age, where screens seem to govern the lives of the younger members of our community, how refreshing it is to have a group of teenage lads keen to spend time running around getting fresh air and exercise in a competitive environment. Watch out for future updates of their progress!


Changes to Nether Lea proposal

The indicative layout for Outline Planning now shows 13 homes (one extra) being proposed by Crabtree Homes Ltd for land to the east of Hermitage Lane, with access off Nether Lea. (see layout below).  The mound to the east (allegedly to deflect interference to JBO) has been removed.

revised Netherlea

Proposal Feb 2019 now shows an extra dwelling and no mound

The decision, by delegated authority, has been moved to the end of March 2019.

Link to application:  18/4980C

Previous layout for 12 homes Nether Lea 18/4980C








Before these changes Goostrey Parish Council had objected – as had JBO. Jodrell Bank Observatory  were also opposed to a previous application for 26 homes at this location (Ashalls submitted a different proposal in 2014 – 14/1964C ; refused and then withdrawn before appeal).


 “The development will provide a mixture of market and affordable homes enhancing the land which has previously been used for agriculture and is currently empty .” Design & Access, Crabtree Homes.