Family pay tribute to “just lovely” Nell

The family of Nell Jones say they were ‘lucky to have her’ following her tragic death at the Ariana Grande concert, at which her friend Freya Lewis was sadly injured and is still in hospital.  

Nell Jones “just lovely”

In a statement issued by Greater Manchester Police today, 28th May, her family said:

“Our Nell was just lovely.  She was top class, she was clever and she was fun. She would have a go at anything and just loved life.  She had her dad and her brothers wrapped around her little finger. She loved shopping and she loved to spend money. She loved clothes, shoes and make-up and was planning on working this summer so she could spend more.  She had told her brothers she planned on buying a new pair of shoes and expensive make-up every two weeks.

Nell was a great friend and listener, she always put everyone else before herself. She had been trying to get Harry Styles tickets for her friend, even though she was a huge Ed Sheeran fan.  We can’t wrap our children in cotton wool.  She was so excited to go to her first pop concert.  She was singing in the car, all the way there.

We have had a phenomenal response from everyone, Nell’s school, the police and the local community have been incredible. The response has really restored our faith in humanity.  Even though she has been taken from us we’ve had 14 lovely years with her and that makes us so happy. They were the best years. We were so lucky to have her.

Our hearts have been shattered. We loved Nell so very much, she was our world.”

All welcome for thoughts and prayers at St Luke’s Goostrey

St Luke’s church, Goostrey, are to hold a prayer vigil this evening at 7.30pm 25th May for Nell Jones, 14, of Goostrey who tragically died at the Manchester Arena and all victims of the atrocity.  **All are welcome, even if you just want to stay and sit for a short time. There will be a simple Communion Service and an opportunity for candles to be lit and thoughts and prayers written.

St. Luke’s church

Prayer vigil at St Luke’s, Goostrey Thursday eve

St Luke’s church, Goostrey will be holding a prayer vigil at 7.30pm Thursday 25th May for Nell Jones, 14, of Goostrey who tragically died at the Manchester Arena and all victims of the atrocity.  **All are welcome, even if you just want to stay and sit for a short time. There will be a simple Communion Service and an opportunity for candles to be lit and thoughts and prayers written.
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Heartbreaking news

It is truly heartbreaking to hear that Nell Jones, 14 and from Goostrey, has tragically lost her life at the Manchester Arena explosion on Monday.  Our thoughts and prayers for the family.

Nell was one of a number of Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School students to attend the Ariana Grande concert.  Knutsford Guardian ……

Nell Jones

Nell’s school has today paid tribute to a ‘bright’ and ‘popular’ girl.

Headteacher Denis Oliver said: “It is with great sadness that we reflect on the loss of Nell Jones from our school community. It has now been confirmed that Nell lost her life in the Manchester bombing on Monday evening.

“Nell’s family have been searching for her since the incident in the hope that they would find her being cared for in hospital. Unfortunately, the police have now confirmed that Nell died at the scene.

“We have now informed the whole of the school community through assemblies in which the students and their teachers reflected together on memories of Nell and shared their grief together.

“We are all devastated by the loss and as a school community we must now come to terms with what has happened. Nell was a very bright and popular student.

“Over the coming days we will give everyone ample opportunity to pass on their memories of Nell. In the meantime we will be providing professional support to children, staff and parents as necessary.

“The wellbeing of all of the children within our close school community is now our number one priority.

“I have met with Mr and Mrs Jones this morning and offered our sincere condolences on behalf of everyone at our school. I cannot imagine the loss they must feel.

“Nell’s family are devastated by the news and have asked that they be allowed to come to terms with their loss in private.”

Nell’s form tutor David Wheeler said: “Nell was a very popular girl, always smiling, always positive. Her tutor group have been together since the transition from primary school. It feels like they have lost a sister not a classmate”

Members of Nell’s family raised the alarm on Monday morning, searching on foot in Manchester after being unable to contact her. It was confirmed on Wednesday morning that she had not survived.

Knutsford Guardian

Two and half hour ‘peal’ of bells at St Luke’s: May 24th

A peal on the bells of St. Luke’s Goostrey, the first since 2009, will be rung at 6pm on Wednesday 24th May by a team of six local bell ringers. The attempt to peal the bells will last for nearly two and half hours without a break.

What is a real ‘peal’ and why is it special? Unlike the bell ringing that often precedes church services a full peal is a rare and long performance often reserved for national occasions or to mark a milestone in the life of the community.

St Luke’s church, Goostrey

A peal is the marathon of bell ringing and tests the mental and physical stamina of each of the bell ringers.  Just like a marathon there are strict rules: there must not be a break and each bell is rung by the same person throughout.



A peal must have 5,040 combinations of the bells in a continuously changing pattern from beginning to end.  These combinations (or ‘changes’) are performed by each ringer from memorised patterns and rules without any notes or help from onlookers.

A lead ringer called the Conductor will alter the patterns throughout the ringing to achieve the required 5,040 changes and create a true peal. The Conductor on this occasion is local Tower Captain Mike Hodge and this will be his 1,000th peal – so the team will be in safe hands!

If you’re in or around Goostrey during the evening of 24th May why not pop out and enjoy the classic English sound of village church bells ringing the changes. In this case all 5,040 of them!

Tom Nestor says, “We’re grateful to the Curate and Churchwardens of St. Luke’s for permission to ring the peal and are always looking for new bell ringers. If you want to learn how to ring the bells or to find out more please contact me on 07775 747222”.

Opportunities with Goostrey Scouting family

Would you like to become a member of the Scouting family in Goostrey and contribute to the lives of the young people of our community?

Goostrey Scout Group have some exciting opportunities for people to join their team and have the following vacancies:


Scout Hut and Youth Centre Fire Warden – could you spare 1 hour a week?

Goostrey Scout Group are looking for a Fire Warden for their new Scout Hut and Youth Centre. The Fire Warden will be responsible for ensuring that the Scout Hut and Youth Centre is maintained in such a way as to minimize the risk of fire, ensure all fire safety equipment is maintained in working order and that regular users of the Scout Hut and Youth Centre are familiar with the use of the fire safety equipment and evacuation procedures. Please click image below to enlarge job description.

Fire Warden job description

Assistant Cub Leaders (2 positions)

Goostrey has a thriving and growing Cub Pack with 28 young people who meet on a Tuesday evening. We urgently need two assistant leaders to join the team who are willing to contribute up to 1½ hours per week to assist the Cub Leader in running the section. Assistant leaders do not need to commit to helping every week and will be supported by our team of leaders and young leaders. We provide full training and the opportunity to join the Scouting family in Goostrey and help us to bring our new Scout Hut and Youth Centre to life! Please click role description below.

Assistant Cub Leader description


Goostrey Scout Group wish to hear from anyone interested in becoming the Caretaker for the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre. At this stage we are inviting anyone interested in this position to discuss the opportunity with the Group Scout Leader and we have yet to finalise details of the role including hours of work. This will be a paid position starting in September; we have a preference to engage someone on a self-employed basis and shall be able to provide a high degree of flexibility of hours of work.

Applications for the above positions are welcome from anyone living Goostrey or the surrounding villages.  The Scout Association is an equal opportunity organisation and welcome applications from anyone regardless of age, religion, ethnicity or physical ability. Applicants will be required to complete Disclosure and Barring service checks. For further information, please contact David Giles – Group Scout Leader 1st Goostrey Scout Group on 01477 535634 or by email

Goostrey’s bus service under review

Cheshire East are to launch a 10-week consultation on May 18th on the possibility of withdrawing bus service subsidies.  This could lead to some Sunday and evening bus services being withdrawn or some routes being axed entirely.

Services that could be axed include the circular 319 Sandbach to Holmes Chapel through Goostrey; presumably targeted due to a low number of users resulting in a high level of cost per passenger.

Others to be considered are the 32 Sandbach to Crewe; the 77 Congleton – Mow Cop – Kidsgrove; the 99 Congleton to Macclesfield; the 315 Congleton to Rode Heath.  Support could also be withdrawn from the Sandbach town services and the Crewe Flexirider.

During the consultation – which starts on Thursday May 18 – the public will be able to give their views online at and on paper-based surveys at libraries and customer service centres.  goostrey sign

Cheshire East encourages all members of the public who use buses for work or leisure, as well as those who don’t use buses, to engage with the consultation.

Councillor David Brown, cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “Changing the way services operate is always a very complex issue.  Naturally the council wants to weigh up the needs of all our service users for such an important consultation, so we are determined to take every possible opportunity to get the message that we want to hear your opinions out there.  We will still be investing more than £2m in subsidised bus services.”

Cheshire East May 9th 2017