Sand Quarry comments extended due to new documents

Although CEC’s Strategic Planning Board voted earlier this year to approve the part of Sibelco’s planning application which is in Cheshire East, the decision has not yet been confirmed and an approval letter has not yet been issued. Residents now have the opportunity to submit further comments due to additional information, see below, up  until the 3rd January 2019. (Original comments are still relevant)

The application has not yet been considered by Cheshire West and now new objections have been raised by Garnett Farms.  They put the case that the water table in the area will be lowered if the Quarry goes ahead; in particular the water level in New Platt Mere would drop.  This has resulted in a number of new technical documents between the Environment Agency, Sibelco and others – which can be found on the following link to Cheshire West website under 17/03104/MIN. 

The Sibelco rebuttals (but not the other documents) have appeared on the Cheshire East planning website in the last few days and are open to public consultation with a closing date of 3rd January 2019, the planning application number is 17/3605W.   (click link).

After a number of re-schedulings the latest date for the Cheshire West Planning Committee is 8th January 2019.

Interestingly Cheshire West have also published a document from Sibelco entitled ‘Electromagnetic Compatibility Scheme’  which shows that the background level of radio emissions are higher than those specified by JBO, even before any works are started.  Although Sibelco have asked for a response from JBO, there is nothing showing on either CEC or CW&C websites.

Quarry location

Location of sand quarry

Mrs Kettle’s DVD

The last copies of the DVD of the charming conversation that was recorded at the “Afternoon Tea with Mrs Kettle” event in June are on sale at Goostrey’s Post Office from today. A lovely Christmas present for friends in Goostrey…only £5 a copy.

Many were sold at the Christmas Lights Switch-On event at the Bogbean last Sunday, but there are a few left over.

Cllr Graham Lenihan’s funeral 11th Dec

Goostrey Parish Council: You may be aware that Councillor Graham Lenihan sadly passed away on Friday 30th November, after a short illness.  We send our sincere condolences to his wife and family, and hold them in out thoughts at this difficult time.

Graham was elected onto the Parish Council in May 2011 and sat on most of the Council’s committees during his two terms of office.  He had a warm personality, an affable nature and a great sense of humour and was always ready to volunteer for Council duties.

Graham was involved with a number of Village groups including the Goostrey Parish Archive Group and the Gooseberry Society.

He will be greatly missed by us all.

Graham’s family has asked that we publish the date and time of the funeral which will take place on

Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 11.00am at St Luke’s Church, Goostrey.

Everyone is welcome to attend the funeral and after at the Crown to raise a glass to Graham and bid him a fond farewell.

Graham Lenihan

Cllr Graham Lenihan

Scouts switch on Lights

As Christmassy lights start to twinkle throughout the village, last night, after a blessing by our vicar, Heather, the tree on the Bogbean was lit up for the festive period.

Well done to 1st Goostrey Scouts, sponsored by the parish council, for organising it all once again. Residents enjoyed rousing Christmas carols from the Rode Hall Silver Band while enjoying warming mulled wine and hot dogs as well as buying yummy cakes and biscuits from the Guides.

It was a lovely start to the build up to Christmas and Father Christmas was obviously the star of the show for many of the village children eager to meet him.

*Santa’s sleigh will be travelling through the western end of the village on Wednesday 5th (eastern end 15th).

*Scouts Christmas local Post; 30p/envelope. Place with payment in a bag in Goostrey News, Trading Post or Scout Hut by 13th Dec.

Seniors’ festive lunch

More than 100 of Goostrey’s senior residents enjoyed a festive lunch,
sponsored by the Parish Council, on Sunday 25th November at the Village
Hall.  The meal was accompanied by seasonal music played by Hannah on the
piano and the opportunity was taken for everyone to sing a Happy Birthday to
Margaret Kettle.  

It was a lovely community day – Ken Morris, Chairman of the Council, thanked Sharon, the Parish Clerk, for all the behind-the-scenes organisation, the Brownies for
making the table decorations, the Guides for washing up, the caterers and
servers for the excellent lunch and everyone for coming and making this one
of our traditional village events.

Senior’s lunch 2018

Seniors’ lunch

Santa’s sleigh journey through the villages


Holmes Chapel Partnership has taken over the management of the Sleigh run this year, and would like to thank the Rotary Club for the many years that they have run the Sleigh…. all donations will be split between the various organisations. You can give them to Santa’s helpers at the time – or go online:

The dates and times they have published below are provisional but the sleigh is scheduled to come to Goostrey on 5th (west) and 15th (east).

Scouts’ Christmas Post

Once again the Scouts are running a Christmas Post, delivering your Christmas cards around Goostrey and Holmes Chapel to raise funds, from 1st Dec to 13th Dec.

Cost per envelope is just 30p;  please put your cards – include the postcodes with the addresses- and payment (cash or cheque payable to 1st Goostrey Scouts) in a bag and place in the red ‘post boxes’ in Goostrey News, Trading Post or the Scout Hut.

Scouts post

Christmas Post 2018