Scouts’ Bear to be named “Ted”

Mrs Kettle, dressed as a GI bride for Rose Day, drew Mrs Clark’s winning entry of  “Ted” for the Scouts’ Name the Bear Mascot competition.

Mrs Christine Burgess, Chair of Rose Day, is seen holding a painting kindly created by Steve Ellwood – as a fitting prize awarded for the winning entry.

The competition attracted much interest among the children of the village and the bear – now known as Ted and kindly donated by Mrs Margaret Kettle – went on tour last month to visit the Brownies, Rainbows, Cubs and Beavers as well as the Pre-School, so that all the children could participate in the competition, which raised nearly £200 towards the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

Christine Burgess with Mrs Kettle drawing the winning name

Christine Burgess with Mrs Kettle drawing the winning name

Mrs Kettle as a GI Bride draws the name "Ted"

Mrs Kettle as a GI Bride draws the name “Ted”

Group Scout Leader of 1st Goostrey Scouts, David Giles said: “Many thanks to all who participated in this fun competition to raise valuable additional funds for the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.  I wish to say a big thank you to Mrs Kettle for kindly donating Ted to us and drawing the winning entry for us on Saturday to give our mascot his name and also to Steve Ellwood for painting the lovely picture of the bear as a prize.

Work will be starting on the building next month, and when it is completed, Ted, will move from his current home at Mrs Kettle’s shop to have pride of place in the new building.”

Large response to Holmes Chapel’s N’hood Plan consultation

“As well as servicing the needs of its own residents and businesses, the residents and businesses in the surrounding parishes of Brereton, Cranage, Goostrey, Twemlow, Swettenham, Allostock, Lower Peover, Upper Peover, Somerford and Chelford also use the shops, library, medical and educational services.

Holmes Chapel’s status as a Local Service Centre providing these needs has been taken into account in developing this Plan.” page 11.

Holmes Chapel’s neighbourhood plan is well underway following the end of the six week public consultation: (Knutsford Guardian article)

After receiving a ‘large’ response from the general public, developers and landowners, the plan has now been drafted.  The next stage will see the plan reviewed by the steering group, who will decide whether changes needed to be made.  Brian Bath, chairman of the neighbourhood plan steering group, said:

“We are very pleased with the response to the consultation and the valuable comments made.  These will allow us to ensure the revised plan takes into account any new issues raised.”

All of the comments will be reviewed and logged, and any decisions will be recorded and made available on the parish council website.  Once the plan has been revised it will be submitted to Cheshire East Council who will carry out a further level of consultation called ‘regulation 16’ after which the plan will be subject to independent examination prior to a local referendum within Holmes Chapel.

The consultation period ran from April 30 to June 10, during which time council sought representations from statutory consultees, residents and anyone else who may be affected by the proposals.

Policies outlined in the plan include housing, community and wellbeing, countryside and environment, employment and skills and finally traffic and transport.

On the often controversial topic of housing, the draft plan said: “All housing development will be expected to deliver a range of housing from smaller starter units of one to two bedrooms to larger, three or more bedroom properties.

“New homes on developments of ten or more should be limited to one-third detached two or three storey properties, the remainder being flats, bungalows, terraced or semi-detached.  This mix of house types must support a sustainable neighbourhood and meet the needs of a diverse range of household types and incomes and foster community cohesion.” Knutsford Guardian

To view the draft plan, visit

Flying Scotsman steams through Goostrey

Once again the Flying Scotsman 60103 charged through Goostrey station on its way to Crewe for a service this afternoon with billowing clouds of steam past ‘trainspotters’ of all ages. A magnificent sight! (I’ll upload a video onto facebook for those who couldn’t get to the station)

Waiting for the Flying Scotsman

Waiting for the Flying Scotsman


Two beautifully engineered icons

Two beautifully engineered icons



And whoosh it was gone..

And whoosh it was gone, on its way to Crewe.

Ground Breaking for Goostrey Scout Hut and Youth Centre

The new Goostrey Scout Hut and Youth Centre is a step closer now that ground has been broken by the local MP for the Congleton constituency, Fiona Bruce, and Goostrey Parish Councillors at the site of the old Youth Centre on Main Road, Goostrey, opposite the Crown Inn on Saturday 11th June.

Screen shot 2016-06-13 at 16.48.45At the event, attended by many members of 1st Goostrey Scouts, Goostrey Guiding and their families, Mrs Bruce dug the first hole at the site using a specially engraved spade, and unveiled a large commemorative plaque. She was accompanied by Peter Godfrey, Chairman and Catherine McCubbin, Vice Chairman, of Goostrey Parish Council and David Giles, Group Scout Leader of 1st Goostrey Scouts.

The project, supported by a £50,000 grant from WREN’S FCC Community Action Fund, will provide a much needed place to meet for uniformed organisations and other youth groups, once it is open next year. Wren’s grant was matched by a generous £50,000 donation from Goostrey Parish Council in addition to £100,000 raised by energetic community fundraising in the last two years.

Screen shot 2016-06-13 at 16.48.22David Giles, Group Scout Leader of 1st Goostrey Scouts is excited that the project is starting to take shape. He said: “It’s fantastic to see our vision for this vital community facility moving closer to reality. We are extremely grateful for the funding both WREN and Goostrey Parish Council have given to us and we’re looking forward to having the building open for use next summer.   I am delighted to announce that we have appointed local building firm, Knutsford Construction, to build the facility, and work will start in earnest next month.”

Screen shot 2016-06-13 at 16.49.02Mrs Bruce said: “I am delighted to help 1st Goostrey Scouts to break ground today and wish to congratulate the Scouts and the local community in Goostrey for having raised more than £100,000 in only two years towards this new Scout Hut and Youth Centre. I commend WREN for their generous £50,000 grant and pay tribute to the foresight of Goostrey Parish Council in making a further matching £50,000 donation out of the proceeds of sale for the adjacent building plot.”

Peter Godfrey said: “After valiant efforts by a number of groups over the years to create a new youth facility in the village, the Parish Council is delighted to have been able to support the Scouts to bring this project to fruition both by gifting the land to them and by this additional donation towards the building cost. I am sure that when it is completed, the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre will benefit the whole community and will be widely used by Goostrey residents for many years to come. The Parish Council congratulates the Scouts on their effective and energetic fundraising campaign and thanks all sections of the community for their involvement and generosity.”

Goostrey celebrations

The winners of the Card for the Queen school competition Grady Alderdice
and Asa Walsh-Goldsmith planted a commemorative cherry tree today on the Bogbeen today for the Queen’s 9th birthday. (All the children’s cards are on display at Goostrey station)
Then followed a ‘breaking ground’ ceremony by Fiona Bruce MP at the Scout Hut/Youth Centre when Scout Leader David Giles thanked the Parish Council and

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Fiona Bruce MP breaks ground for the new youth facility

Group Scout Leader Daivd Giles thanks all those involved

Group Scout Leader Daivd Giles thanks all those involved

all those involved in the huge effort of raising funds. Only £50,000 to go…

The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman whistled through Goostrey station today at half four on its way to the heritage centre at Crewe.  An impressive sight indeed.

Flying Scotsman at Goostrey The 60103 Flying Scotsman will be making an overnight visit next to Crewe Heritage Centre on Tues 14th June 4pm – 9pm  and   Weds 15th June 9am – 12pm.  Visitors are invited to see the locomotive [admission £3ph].

Flying Scotsman at Goostrey

Scouts’ ground breaking ceremony!

Groundbreaking ceremony: Saturday June 11th 2.30


We would be delighted if you would join us on June 11th at 2.30pm for a ground breaking ceremony with Fiona Bruce MP at the site of the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre, to celebrate the beginning of the building of our new community facility and help us raise a glass in thanks to everyone who has helped us make this project come true.

Breaking ground ceremony 11th June 2016

Breaking ground ceremony 11th June 2016. Cllrs Peter Godfrey & Cath McCubbin with Scout Leader David Giles

I am delighted to be able to tell you that Goostrey Scouts have been given two generous grants towards the cost of building the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre, one from Goostrey Parish Council for £50,000 and another from WREN Community Fund, also for £50,000.

As a result of these grants we have now raised £200,000 of the £250,000 needed to build the new facility and have signed a contract with local builders Knutsford Construction, who will begin building the Scout Hut and Youth Centre next month. The building work is planned to be completed in February next year, which leaves us seven months to raise the remaining £50,000 to complete the project.

Yours in Scouting
David Giles – Group Scout Leader