Goosfest 2016 – diary of events:

Link to Goosfest website for booking:

Saturday 1st October

  •  Jam & Pickle Workshop – 2.00 to 4.30 p.m. – tickets £25.00 (limited to 6)          SOLD OUT

(Additional event on Saturday 8th October – 2.00 to 4.30 p.m.) 

  • Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir & soloist Linda Richardson – 7.30 p.m. – tickets £12.00 ONLY 20 TICKETS LEFT

Sunday 2nd October

  • Knitting workshop – 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. – tickets £25.00 (limited to 6) –  CANCELLED .                                                                           

  • Crochet workshop – 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. – tickets £25.00 (limited to 6) – CANCELLED.                                                                               

  • Little Frankenstein – Lempen Puppet Theatre present “A little horror for little horrors” – 2.00 p.m. – tickets Children £3.00, Adults £5.00 , Family (2+2) £13.00 

Monday 3rd October

  • Glass Fusing workshop – 12.00 noon to 2.00 p.m. tickets £42.00              TWO PLACES LEFT

  • Bun in the Oven Workshop with the Roberts Master Bakers – 7.30 p.m. tickets £12.00

(20 places are now available for this event)

Tuesday 4th October

  • Afternoon Recital of Opera arias, German lieder and English and Italian songs 2.30 p.m.  – tickets (including light tea) £15

  • Goostrey Comedy Store – 8.00 p.m. – tickets £12                                                    SOLD OUT

Wednesday 5th October

  • Fracking – Fact & Fiction Lecture – 10.00 a.m. – tickets £5.00 

  • The Jodrell Bank Lecture with Professor  Tim O’Brien – 7.30 p.m. tickets £8 (£6 concession available for Goostrey Residents on proof of residency) available from Jodrell Bank rey Residents on proof of residency) available from Jodrell Bank       (ONLY TICKETS FOR GOOSTREY RESIDENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE)

Thursday 6th October

  • Jewellery Workshop – 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. – tickets £40 (limited to 12)       ONE PLACE LEFT

Friday 7th October

  • A Touch of Mrs Robinson – 8.00 p.m. – tickets £10     SOLD OUT                                                     

Saturday 8th October

  • Jam & Pickle Workshop – 2.00 to 4.30 p.m. – tickets £25.00 (limited to 6)                  SOLD OUT

  • An Evening with Richard Digance – 8.00 p.m. – tickets £15

Sunday 9th October

  • The Roberts Bakery Brass Band Concert – 3.00 p.m. – tickets £8.00

Monday 10th October

  • Another Bun in the Oven Workshop with the Roberts Master Bakers – 7.30 p.m. tickets – £12.00 (20 places are now available for this event)

Tuesday 11th October

  • Glass Fusing workshop – 6.00 to 8.00 p.m. – tickets £42.00 (limited to 5)         SOLD OUT

Wednesday 12th October

  • Cafe Scientifique Lecture – “What killed David Livingstone: malaria, mansoni, or mercury?” with Professor Malcolm Molyneux – 7.30 p.m. – tickets £5.00

Thursday 13th October

  • Amy Wakefield lunchtime piano recital at the Crown Inn – 12.30 p.m. – tickets £15 (including lunch)                                                                                                             SOLD OUT

  • Fashion Show – 7.30 p.m. – tickets £8.00 (including a complimentary drink)  SOLD OUT

Friday 14th October

  • Wychcraft Big Band Night themed dance  – 8.00 p.m. –  tickets £12

Saturday 15th October

  • The Big Concert – Adam Bulley & Chas Mackenzie (formerly Wingin’ It) supported by India Electric Co. – 7.30 p.m. – tickets £15

Sunday 16th October

  • Organ Recital by Christopher Cromar – tickets £7


Terry Price presented with gooseberry memorial plate

Goostrey Gooseberry show winner Terry Price was presented with a prized Frank Carter Memorial plate by the author Alan Garner at his home in Blackden, Goostrey.

Terry Price with author Alan Garner

Terry Price with author Alan Garner

The plate, decorated with gooseberries, was Terry’s reward for his prize-winning Just Betty berry of 24 pennyweights and 22 grains in Goostrey Gooseberry Society’s show in July this year.

Terry, competing for more than 40 years, will be able to put the plate alongside an identical one at his home in Twemlow Green, the first to be awarded by the trust following his success as the top grower  in a previous show.

The plate is funded by the Blackden Trust based at Alan and his wife Griselda’s home, the Medicine House and Toad Hall, and is named the Frank Carter Memorial Plate in recognition of the late grower’s prowess as a competitor and grower over many years in raising new varieties of gooseberries, including Terry’s Just Betty entry. Continue reading

JBO oppose houses behind Red Lion

The proposal for six homes at Swallowdale, behind the Red Lion pub off the bridle path, has been opposed by Jodrell Bank Observatory: 16/3633C  (19th Sept update: the application has now been withdrawn)

“In the case of the proposal 16/3633C, we oppose this development. Our view is that the impact from the additional potential contribution to the existing level of interference coming from that direction will be minor/moderate. This is a general direction in which there is already significant development close to the telescope.

We would ask the planning authority to take this in to account in reaching its decision on this development, noting that the cumulative impact of this and other developments is more significant than each development individually.” JBO 16/9/2016

Notwithstanding JBO’s opposition GPC have also objected as the site is outside the Settlement Zone and in Open Countryside;  the target date for a decision is 19th Sept 2016 under delegated authority.

Since early August 2016 a total of 43 houses have been refused permission in Cranage and Twemlow following opposition by JBO, with a further 10 still to be decided in Cranage and 6 in Goostrey. (Swallowdale 6 withdrawn)

Local Plan inquiry resumes on positive note

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The planning inspector overseeing Cheshire East’s draft Local Plan set the tone on the first day of resumed hearings yesterday, saying that while he still had “outstanding concerns” about the borough’s development blueprint, “we live in an imperfect world and we need to be pragmatic”.

The inquiry into the Local Plan first began in August 2014, and after a few weeks of examination was put on hold by inspector Stephen Pratt to allow for more work and evidence gathering, after he became concerned over the plan’s legal compliance.

The plan initially proposed a minimum of 27,000 houses between 2010 and 2030, averaging 1,350 homes a year. During the work of the past two years, the council has increased the number of dwellings proposed by 33% to 36,000. The requirement for new jobs has gone up from 13,900 to 31,400 on 930-acres of land.

Taking place in Congleton Town Hall, the first day of the 12-week inquiry opened the floor to discuss the consultation process, Cheshire East’s duty to co-operate with neighbouring authorities, whether the plan should include a date for an early review, and if the plan period should be extended to 2032. Continue reading

Bluedot festival boosts Scouts’ fundraising

It’s great to see that work has started on the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre – and the fundraising received a very welcome boost of over £2,700 from the Jodrell Bank’s recent Bluedot Festival at the end of July.  

Bluedot festival: Tom Martin photography

Bluedot festival: Tom Martin photography

David Giles, Group Scout Leader said: “Goostrey Scouts were honoured to be named as one of the four chosen charities of the Bluedot music and science festival held at Jodrell Bank and delighted to receive a most generous cheque for more than £2,700 from the organisers.

“Following the £50,000 grant from grant-funding body WREN, matched by the generous donation of the same amount from Goostrey Parish Council, the construction work has started. During the school holidays, work has been progressing well on the site of the new building opposite the Crown Inn on Main Road, Goostrey. The ground work has now been completed, foundations have been laid and residents will soon see that the steel work for the building frame will be erected shortly.”

Ben Robinson, Festival Director at Bluedot, said: Bluedot is a new festival of discovery held for the first time this year at Jodrell Bank on 22-24 July. Festival goers were treated to a stellar programme of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space. The extensive line-up was headlined by Underworld, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Caribou. We are keen to support local community initiatives, and were happy to make a donation to the Scouts’ ambitious project to build a new Scout Hut and Youth Centre for local young people.”

David went on: “Although Goostrey Scouts have raised more than £200,000 towards the estimated £250,000 building cost of the new building, we are grateful for every donation and contribution to help us to meet the shortfall, as every pound counts. It is our aim to get the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre built as soon as possible to provide a much needed meeting place for local young people.”

Donations can be made directly through the link: Scout Hut and Youth Centre donations. 


Bike race photos

Apparently Holmes Chapel had the largest crowd of the day!  : (click to enlarge)

The winner of the 3rd leg, Ian Stanard. Photo: Jenny Mills

The winner of the 3rd leg, Ian Stanard. Photo: Jenny Mills

Sir Bradley Wiggins passing Goostrey on the A50. Photo: Jenny Mills

Sir Bradley Wiggins passing Goostrey on the A50. Photo: Jenny Mills









Some more great photographs of Stage 3 today of the Tour of Britain from Cheshire Portrait Photography:  see more at Cheshire Portrait Photography