Speedwatch

The Goostrey Speedwatch team were on Station Road this morning, with about 10 speeders noted over the limit within the hour.

Hopefully the occasional Speedwatch presence at various points causes drivers to be more aware of their speed through the village. (And thanks should go to responsible drivers who drive carefully, within the 30mph limit!).

One resident suggested a Speedwatch after pub closing….but they aren’t allowed to ‘watch’ in the dark – presumably as numberplates couldn’t be read.

More ‘park’ homes applied for on Mount Pleasant

Goostrey’s Mount Pleasant Residential Park (Tingdene Parks Ltd) has applied for the demolition of 60 & 60a Main Road and the garage blocks to redevelop the site with 9 new park homes.    Link to CEC planning page:  18/4510C   (last date for comments 17th October)

Although they could be seen as in line with general Neighbourhood Plan policies they would be in a general area where the Jodrell Bank Observatory has found dwellings unacceptable in the past (south of Mount Pleasant park as well as behind Fairway to the north):  GNP Policy SC2 ‘Developments will not be permitted which can be shown to impair the efficient operation of the radio telescopes.’

Unsurprisingly the Planning Statement states that “it is not anticipated that its impact will be significant. It is unlikely to amount to material harm.”  but JBO has yet to comment.

Goostrey Parish Council has objected however as it would conflict with Neighbourhood Plan policies.

 

Goosfest sales are soaring – book your tickets quickly before any further events sell out!

Tickets for this year’s Goosfest are selling fast – and extra events have been added to meet demand. Festival organisers are urging anyone who hasn’t yet booked, to do so quickly before any further evenings sell out.

The annual festival of music and arts is held every October in Goostrey, and this year’s schedule opens on October 5th with a concert by internationally renowned saxophonist Snake Davis and his five-piece band. From then, Goosfest ‘18 now continues over three weeks with the addition of three extra sourdough bread-making workshops at Roberts Bakery.

This year saw the launch of a new website – www.goosfest.com – which prompted a flurry of sales, from as far afield as the North Wales coast. Now that the box office is open as well, ticket sales to date have exceeded all expectations, and Goosfest organisers anticipate that this year’s festival will be a resounding success.

Benedict Allen

Certain events, such as an evening of comedy by veteran broadcasters Barry Cryer and Colin Sell, and the ‘Goostrey Goes to Spain’ night, have already sold out and there are waiting lists. There are still a few tickets available for the joint evening with The Royal Geographical Society-IBG featuring intrepid explorer Benedict Allen; a 1960’s night by The Revolvers; a concert by iconic Liverpool band The Christians, and a Country & Western night featuring up-and-coming Nashville-style singer Jeannine Barry and her band.

In addition, there are tickets for The Hope Wind Ensemble on Sunday evening, October 14th, and also for Goosfest’s tribute to the 100th anniversary of the ending of The Great War, a performance of ‘Standing in Line,’ on Wednesday, October 10th. This is an evening of songs, readings and images, commissioned by ‘Peace Concerts Passchendaele’ and first performed in the church in Passchendaele, Belgium.

For children, there’s an afternoon of pirate mayhem on Sunday October 14th, featuring the same duo who presented last year’s festival favourite, ‘Scary Science’. This interactive show features pirate songs, stories and games, with tea, soft drinks and cakes available throughout.

Goosfest Committee Chairman William Ollier said: “Considering that Goosfest is organised by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, we’re delighted that our growing reputation of hosting one of the best music and arts festivals in the North-West means that we can attract an increasingly diverse mix of both well-known and up-and-coming acts. We work hard to put together a programme which we hope offers something for everyone, but we also want to challenge people to experience something new.”

Now in its 11th year, Goosfest began as a folk weekend and has since grown into a packed two-week festival with fringe events held over a range of different venues local to Goostrey.

Festival organisers have just arranged an extra Swettenham Arms lunch, with entertainment ‘What a Swell Party – The Life and Music of Cole Porter’. The first ‘musical lunch’ on Tuesday October 9th quickly sold out, so a second has been arranged for the day before, Monday October 8th.

Anyone who wants to buy Goosfest tickets is advised to check the website for availability and book online. Alternatively, please call the Box Office – 01477 765016.

Goostrey Tennis Club triumphs in League competitions

Goostrey Tennis Club won three trophies at the recent South and Mid Cheshire Tennis League presentation event in Congleton.

The club’s Men’s A team came top of their division in the Spring League, beating Cuddington D, Congleton E, Nantwich C, Congleton D and Wrenbury B along the way. Team Captain Andrew Brierley and Jason Lynch collected the trophy; other team members were Luke Brierley, Mike Saxton and Richard Saxton.

Goostrey Tennis Club Men’s ‘A’ team members Andrew Brierley (l) and Jason Lynch with the Barbara Smith end of Winter League Knockout Cup

The Men’s A team also won the Barbara Smith end of Winter league Knockout Cup, which was presented to the winning team: Luke Brierley, Jason Lynch, Mike Saxton and Richard Saxton.

Goostrey Tennis Club Men’s ‘A’ Team Captain Luke Brierley (r) with Jason Lynch and the Spring League trophy.

The third trophy was presented to Jason Lynch, who won the Veterans Mixed Doubles tournament held on the presentation day.

Goostrey Tennis Club is currently growing its membership, offering social play on Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons and Saturday afternoons, as well as a club winter floodlights competition, and seasonal league matches.

For further information please email goostreytc@outlook.com.

Last day for comments on the Grange 8

Today is the last day for submitting comments on the application for 8 houses at The Grange Livery’s stables and menage off Station Road.  Click the link to CEC planning portal: 18/4079C.   (Your name is required but it won’t show on the objection)

Goostrey Parish Council voted to object last night, due to the conflict with policies in the Neighbourhood Plan and supporting JBO – if they object.

Jodrell Bank Observatory are, LG believes, most likely to object – having previously objected to 6 houses opposite Mt Pleasant, 3 next to the Red Lion and 6 at Swallowdale behind it, all at a greater distance.

The application itself is for outline planning (generally used to find out if the scale and nature of a proposal will be acceptable without incurring costs before final details are submitted at ‘reserved matters’ stage).

CEC’s draft Site Allocations document states that no allocation for further houses or sites are required for Goostrey.

Link to LoveGoostrey page