200 mile bike ride for Duchenne

Goostrey’s Catriona and Mike Marshall will be making a dash for it in a bid to raise £100,000 for a charity aiming to find a cure for a devastating disease.

The 200-mile Cheshire Dash cycle ride is being organised by Catriona and Mike Marshall from Goostrey, and starts and ends at their home.

Mike and Catriona Marshall

The event takes place over two days, July 7 and 8, with 100 riders aiming to raise £1,000 each for Duchenne UK.

The cyclists range from novices to experienced riders, all raising funds to find a cure for a form of muscular dystrophy which affects young boys.The route starts in Goostrey and heads through Delamere towards Mickle Trafford and the Cheshire Millenium Greenway cycle path.

From there the cyclists enter north Wales and later return via the River Dee Cycle Path into Chester, around the Chester Racecourse and through The Groves where it leaves the River Dee.

The route then heads towards east Cheshire villages in the direction of Bickerton then Audlem.

The riders will stop at 100 miles for an overnight rest at Keele University, before embarking the following day on the next 100 miles, heading back into Cheshire and over the Macclesfield hills.

The event is being organised by Catriona and Mike Marshall, who have been so impressed with the rapid progress being made by Duchenne UK that they want to help its mission to end this terrible disease.

They’re being supported by families in Cheshire affected by Duchenne, including family members who are taking to their bikes for the challenge.

Catriona was inspired to stage the event after taking part in The Duchenne Dash Bike Ride from London to Paris.

She said: “It’s been a great opportunity to raise awareness of Duchenne and funds to support critical research, but it’s also been an opportunity to celebrate our beautiful Cheshire villages and countryside.

“We’ve recruited many new cyclists, who’ve been enjoying months of training around the lanes.”

Local businesses have been very supportive, with The Cheshire Dining Experience providing food, Bentley Manchester providing the lead vehicles, Yodel the support vans and Jacamo a flash of fashion.

The event can still accommodate more riders, so if you’re motivated to sign up register at eventbee.com/event?eid=101064316

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common fatal genetic disease diagnosed in childhood.The disease almost always affects boys, and they tend to be diagnosed before the age of five. There are around 2,500 patients in the UK and an estimated 300,000 sufferers worldwide.


Charity cyclists to set off . Knutsford Guardian

Getting ready for Rose Day!

Wednesday 6pm onwards – Pop down to the Pavilion if you could help with Rose Day preparations!

(and don’t forget the roads will be closed on Saturday 1.00 til 2.30ish for the procession)

Click for more info: Goostrey Rose Festival website.  

“Donations Please:

We are always grateful for donations for our tombola stall. please bring 2016 Donations to the field on the morning of the 25th June. .

Toys and Books: 
The Rose Day committee will again be running a second hand book and toy stall, any donations will be most welcome, again please bring to the field on the morning of the 25th June..

Cake Stall: 
One of the most successful stalls at Rose Day is the cake stall but we do rely on cakes being donated. Please bring any donations to the field on Rose Day.

Plants Wanted for the very popular Rose Day plant stall.

Please bring donations for the books/toys, and plant stall to the field on the morning of Rose Day Alternatively, labelled plants can be deliver to Chris Burgess at 8 Eaton Lane. If the plants need collecting, ring Chris on 535443″


Lions Youth Brass concert 3rd July

Goostrey’s Amy Hext is arranging a concert in memory of her friend Nell.  Amy is a member of the Lions Youth Brass Band and they have kindly offered their Awards Concert to Amy as a fundraiser for the Remembering Nell Foundation.
It is being held at St Michael’s, Middlewich – as there is enough space for three brass bands plus audience! (and the vicar is the father of the principal trombone!)

M6 overnight closures June-Aug

Oh dear.  The M6 is to have a summer of overnight closures affecting junctions 16-19 at various times.  Details have come to light from a letter to a Brereton resident but, sadly, this disruption is bound to have a knock on effect to our local roads and lanes.  Information can be found through Highways England website.

(click letter and images below to enlarge)


(apologies for fuzzy quality)


Click to Highways May newsletter


Sibelco’s decision postponed!

Last minute cancellation of meeting!

I’ve just been informed that the meeting of Cheshire West & Chester council for Sibelco’s application is now NOT going ahead tomorrow, Thursday, apparently due to some information only just becoming available.
New date as yet unknown but for now the meeting planned for tomorrow 21st June is postponed!

Goosfest tickets now available!

Goosfest 2018 tickets are now for sale and available online.  Click to the new website at Goosfest.com for all the details of this year’s programme of events and to buy, pay for and print off your tickets.  [n.b. Online only; the box office for tickets/queries in person or by phone opens in September.]


Goosfest Arts & Music Festival

Link to List of events.

“Some highlights for 2018: fun-filled comedy with Barry Cryer and Colin Sell; music from The Christians; a joint event with The Royal Geographical Society featuring intrepid explorer Benedict Allen; a 1960’s evening with The Revolvers; children’s entertainment with some ‘pirates’ and classical delights from the Hope Wind Ensemble.

Three stand-out events will be afternoon tea and entertainment at The Yellow Broom; a Cole Porter tribute with lunch at the Swettenham Arms, and our ever-popular Comedy Night. By popular demand, we have included two photography workshops, and workshops covering sourdough baking (Roberts Bakery master bakers), jewellery production, and memoir writing. There are also free ‘fringe’ events during the Goosfest fortnight, including music in both our local pubs”


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