More than 100 of Goostrey’s senior residentsenjoyed 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, theParish 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.