Recycle your Xmas tree for charity Christmas

Why not arrange for your Christmas tree to be collected after 12th night for a small donation to St. Luke’s hospice…. Go to to register.

Xmas tree collection for St. Luke's hospice

Xmas tree collection for St. Luke’s hospice

Register early [now?] so that they can plan their collection routes to be time and fuel efficient.

Last year the tree collection raised over £16,000 for the hospice and an additional £1,600 which went to nominated, smaller, very local charities.  They would love to beat this target this year and hope to raise enough to cover two full days of hospice which cost almost £20,000.


Fiona Bruce

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Fiona Bruce spoke in parliament at length last night; mentioning neighbourhood planning in Goostrey, Brereton and Sandbach and, following recent inconsistencies in the planning process, she asked for clarification on the weight “to be given to made neighbourhood plans in the absence of a local plan, and also to provide increased weight to a draft plan because of the stage it has reached. “

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill was at its third reading before going to the Lords, the Planning Minister Gavin Barwell having “made it clear that from yesterday, where communities plan for housing in their area in a neighbourhood plan, those plans should not be deemed out of date unless there is a significant lack of land supply—that is, under three years. That applies to all plans for the next two years, and for the first two years of any plan that is put into place. That will give a degree of protection that has not been available. The message needs to go out clearly from this House that local authorities must get up-to-date plans in place to provide that protection for neighbourhood plans.”

Santa back in Goostrey on Saturday evening!

Following Sunday’s Christmas Lights Switch-on in Goostrey at the Bog Bean, Santa was seen visiting the western parts of Goostrey near the Trading Post on Wednesday eve.  His sleigh is kindly sponsored by Holmes Chapel Rotary and supported by members of the 1st Goostrey Scout team – many thanks to all helpers as well as all those who kindly made donations to the cause.

Santa and his sleigh will be out in Goostrey again this Saturday 10th starting 5.30 – 6.00pm; route: (Main Road north side, Mill Lane, Woodlands, Buckbean Way, Brooklands Drive, Station Road, Main Road South to Long Shoot)

Tomas Lomax,  seen in his Beaver uniform, and younger brother Zack loved seeing Father Christmas Wednesday evening, as did many other children in Goostrey.

Christmas Lights and Carols raises £1100

Another rousing success for the annual Goostrey Christmas Lights Switch-on; raising £1100 towards the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

2016 Christmas Lights and Carols

2016 Christmas Lights and Carols

It was crisp and clear on Sunday evening on the Bog Bean when residents were treated to festive music by the Rode Hall Band, joining in singing Christmas carols, and children were able to have a word in Santa’s ear.


Delicious BBQ fayre, mulled wine and hot drinks were served by the Scouting team and wonderful home made cakes were served by volunteers from Goostrey Guiding.

Rode Hall Silver Band

Rode Hall Silver Band

The new Scout Hut and Youth Centre is gradually taking shape and should be completed in the Spring.

Group Scout Leader, David Giles said “ Thank you very much to all who helped and all who attended for your continuing to support the young people of our community and for making the Christmas Lights and Carols event such a success.”