Seniors’ festive lunch

More than 100 of Goostrey’s senior residents enjoyed a festive lunch,
sponsored by the Parish Council, on Sunday 25th November at the Village
Hall.  The meal was accompanied by seasonal music played by Hannah on the
piano and the opportunity was taken for everyone to sing a Happy Birthday to
Margaret Kettle.  

It was a lovely community day – Ken Morris, Chairman of the Council, thanked Sharon, the Parish Clerk, for all the behind-the-scenes organisation, the Brownies for
making the table decorations, the Guides for washing up, the caterers and
servers for the excellent lunch and everyone for coming and making this one
of our traditional village events.

Senior’s lunch 2018

Seniors’ lunch

Santa’s sleigh journey through the villages

PROVISIONAL DATES AND ONLINE DONATION

Holmes Chapel Partnership has taken over the management of the Sleigh run this year, and would like to thank the Rotary Club for the many years that they have run the Sleigh…. all donations will be split between the various organisations. You can give them to Santa’s helpers at the time – or go online:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hcsanta

The dates and times they have published below are provisional but the sleigh is scheduled to come to Goostrey on 5th (west) and 15th (east).

Scouts’ Christmas Post

Once again the Scouts are running a Christmas Post, delivering your Christmas cards around Goostrey and Holmes Chapel to raise funds, from 1st Dec to 13th Dec.

Cost per envelope is just 30p;  please put your cards – include the postcodes with the addresses- and payment (cash or cheque payable to 1st Goostrey Scouts) in a bag and place in the red ‘post boxes’ in Goostrey News, Trading Post or the Scout Hut.

Scouts post

Christmas Post 2018

Christmas tree lights switch-on Sunday 2nd Dec

This Sunday is the Christmas Tree lights switch-on🎄

organised once again by 1st Goostrey Scouts on behalf of the Parish Council. The start of Christmas!

The Bogbean, BBQ from 5pm, lights on at 6pm.

Meet Father Christmas, listen to the brass band playing Carols with mulled wine, hot dogs, hot drinks and cake.

I believe copies of the “Tea with Mrs Kettle” dvd will be available to buy. £5 each.

Hedge planting goes well

What a fantastic job the young people made of the hedge planting this afternoon. Paul Kemsley says, “If I was a hedgehog I’d move in! Our thanks to Carbutts Turf and Lisa & Andy Lintell at Dromedary Lodge – especially for them keeping us in tea & hot chocolate”.

It’s a lovely thought that the youngsters can watch it grow and develop over the years to come.  Well done all.

Train strikes on Saturdays

Just a reminder that there are no trains stopping at Goostrey on Saturdays through to the end of December due to the RMT strike (and no replacement buses). A disappointment for one Goostrey resident today having lugged suitcases etc there.

⚠ RMT UNION STRIKE ACTION ⚠

Planned for every Saturday until the end of December.

You can find more details here: bit.ly/ARNStrike

Traffic Lights scheduled at the rail bridge

Cheshire East are to install traffic lights on the railway station bridge in the new year.

****(January 2019 update: plans currently on hold “mainly down to the complexities of the site in terms of the highway boundary extents”.)

It is anticipated that Station Road will be closed from 4th February to 3rd March 2019 (the dates are only provisional at the moment).

Residents seem to be split in their views on the lights; some strongly in favour, due to safety reasons, and others less so. Will it complicate things at the entrance to the Station and nearby resident’s driveways?  One resident said “I worry it will actually cause drivers entering the village to speed if they’ve been held up on red, especially as many seem to think they don’t need to slow until near the Red Lion, maybe another 30 sign could be put up on the village side of the Station”.  (Highways state that additional signage is not necessary as the presence of street lights indicate a speed limit of 30mph.)

The Parish Council’s preferred solution was a footbridge, but I believe this was ruled out by CEC/Railtrack due to insufficient space on the platform and issues with the overhead wires.

CEC/Railtrack decided that, as their risk assessment showed there is also a danger of cars leaving the road and going down onto the rail track, a traffic light scheme is needed – as well as a footway to address the safety of people crossing the bridge to the southbound track on foot.

Station lights

Station bridge closure