Scout Hut Opening Ceremony 6th May

The eagerly awaited official opening of the Scout Hut and Youth Centre is to be held on Saturday May 6th at 2.00pm with MP Fiona Bruce.

The chairman and members of Goostrey Parish Council, who gifted the site to the Scouts and provided a donation of £50,000, and representatives from the landfill charity WREN (which also awarded a generous grant of £50,000) will also attend.

Scout Leader David Giles is issuing an open invitation to the village to join in. Hopefully the whole community will come together to celebrate the opening of the new building and meet the members of the team who have worked unstintingly over the last three years to realise this project.

Opening Ceremony 6 May 2017

David says, “We expect many members of the Scout and Guiding organisations to attend, as well as representatives from a wide range of local community organisations who have supported and donated to this initiative.

The new facility will be used by all the uniformed groups in our village: Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and senior sections, as well as by the Pre-school and other clubs.

Our dream of having a dedicated facility has come true and hopefully the walls we have built will sound with the echoes of children’s laughter, only made possible thanks to the generosity of so many donors.”

Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at

Bluedot festival: 30% discount and residents’ meeting

The Bluedot Team for the festival at JBO are kindly giving a 30% discount for local residents, available from the Discovery Centre (see below). Link to Bluedot website.  They are keen to ensure that they are a good neighbour:

Bluedot Festival local residents meeting 24 April 7:30-8:00 @ Lower Withington parish hall;  “We genuinely welcome feedback in order to improve the way we deliver future events.  Should you wish to get in touch at any point or if you cannot attend the meeting but have feedback or questions please email:  Many thanks, The Bluedot Team”

Donation to Scouts in memory of vicar

1st Goostrey Scouts has received a £1000 donation in memory of the Rev Ian Godfrey (the late vicar of St Luke’s Church at Goostrey and St Peter’s at Swettenham) from his former church in North London.

David Giles, Group Scout Leader of 1st Goostrey Scouts, said: “I was touched to receive a very generous donation of £1000 towards the cost of our new Scout Hut and Youth Centre collected in memory of my dear friend and vicar, Ian Godfrey.  Ian, who died last summer, was a great supporter of the Scouts’ plans for the new building and was determined to start a new Youth Group which would have its home there. In Ian’s memory, we will be naming the upstairs meeting room the Ian Godfrey room. This contribution will help us to fund the final phase of this project, which has almost reached completion. The donation was received from the congregation at a memorial service held at John Keble Church, Edgware in North London, the former church where the Rev Godfrey served before moving to Goostrey.

“We have so far raised £250,000 of the £290,000 cost to build the new facility and have been very fortunate to have secured a 1% interest rate soft loan to bridge our funding gap. Every donation will help us to repay the remaining money we owe, which has been used to build the facility.”

Fundraising continues for the remaining £40,000 of the build cost of the Scout Hut and Youth Centre. Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at

Dates for the Diary:

The annual Big Bike Ride in Goostrey will be held on 13 May – friends and neighbours are encouraged to be generous in sponsoring all the keen cyclists to raise more funds for the Scout Hut & Youth Centre.

This year’s Goostrey Summer Ball will be held on 15 July – and is being organised in association with the Parent Teacher Association of Goostrey Primary School.

Goostrey Open Tennis Competition 2017 

Goostrey Tennis Club launch the 2017 Goostrey Open Tennis Competition to which entries are invited, to be received by 1 May 2017.



The events are Ladies Singles and Doubles, Mens Singles and Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Junior Girls and Junior Boys Singles (u/16).

This event, organised by Goostrey Tennis Club, has taken place in the village for more than 20 years and is open to residents of Goostrey or the six contiguous parishes, who have paid their 2017 subscription to the Goostrey Village Hall & Playing Fields Foundation (the trustees of the Boothbed Lane facilities).

The draw for the various events will be made at the Goostrey Tennis Club Committee Meeting on Wednesday 3 May and all finals will be played on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 July, 2017.  In recent years we have had difficulty completing events, so if you are unavailable to play on either of these dates please do not enter, as no exceptions will be made.

Entries can be made by  e-mailing….

or click the following link to the Goostrey Tennis Club Website  and complete the online entry form.

Frog racing Saturday 22 April !

The Rose Day organisers are hosting a fundraising Frog Racing social on Saturday 22nd April at Goostrey Village Hall to raise money for the visit of African children.

Tickets cost £10 and all proceeds will support the visit of the children from their twinned school in South Africa, who will join in with the Rose Day procession and dancing on the school field on 24th June.

Frog Racing 22 April 2017

A ‘pie and pea’ supper will be served (vegetarian option available) and there will be a bar available. Older children are welcome.

Doors open 7pm and the first race will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from from Martine Nicholson (07515 853693 or 01477 532375), Jill Brown (07866 938942 or 01477 532220) or Christina Burgess (01477 535443).  (further info on ‘Goostrey Rose Festival’ facebook page)