Free historic herb garden workshop

A free afternoon learning herb gardening skills

with Barbara Depledge and Griselda Garner 

 Saturday 30th March 2019 

The Blackden Trust, CW4 8BY

2.00 – 4.00 pm

Barbara and Griselda have been maintaining the herb garden at The Blackden Trust together over the last three years. They are planning to replant it with the herbs that are listed in John Gerard’s   ‘Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes’ published in 1597.  Gerard was born in Nantwich in the same period as the building of The Old Medicine House.

Griselda will link some of the features of The Old Medicine House to the use of the herbs in the garden. Barbara, who is a former Chairman of the Herb Society UK, will give a short talk about the history and purpose of the herb garden and the plans for its future.  Then, drawing on her experience and expertise, she will give a hands-on workshop on sowing herb seeds and taking cuttings from established plants.  These plants will be grown in the herb beds.  

No previous experience is required, just enthusiasm and a willingness to work with other volunteers. 

All equipment will be provided.

Tea and cake will be served during the afternoon.

After this introductory session if you would then like to extend your knowledge and skills, we would welcome your help for couple of hours each month to create our John Gerard herb garden. 

8 places are available.

Please email    

or call 01477 571445 to reserve your place.

Please support the Campaign for Fairer Funding for Cheshire East Schools

A letter from Headmaster D. Oliver re support for our schools. Do take a moment to sign the petition at the bottom:

“You have possibly seen previous information about the unfair funding schools in Cheshire East receive.  Cheshire East remains one of the lowest funded authorities nationally and the current national fairer funding proposals do not address the significant variations in funding schools receive across the country.  Schools in Cheshire East do an amazing job achieving excellent outcomes for Children and Young People but behind the scenes schools are struggling to balance the budget.

Cheshire East Council together with the full school community is committed to campaigning for fairer funding.  The Leader of the Council, Cllr Rachel Bailey, and the Portfolio Holder for Children and Families, Cllr Jos Saunders, are committed to support any campaign, but it is the voice of our schools and families that has the greatest impact.

Nationally, a School Funding Petition has been developed which all Cabinet Members, and Senior Officers in the Council have signed including the Chief Executive, Executive Director for People and the Director of Education.

We would like to ensure the results of the Campaign highlight the strength of feeling about school funding for Cheshire East Schools ensuring we are the area with the highest level of responses by a significant majority, if possible. 

We want every person with an interest in the education of the children in Cheshire East to show their support for this campaign. I would therefore encourage you, your family and friends to sign the petition.  This does take less than one minute to complete.  The only information you need is your postcode.

Please add your name by following this link:

I would like to thank you for your support on this matter.”

Mr D Oliver, Executive Headteacher

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive & Sixth Form College

Volunteers at Goostrey Station celebrate their latest success

Members of Friends of Goostrey Station (FOGS) celebrate another win in the Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition (BKSC). The award was presented at a special event in Northwich. 

FoGS volunteers celebrate their success

The Northern Youth Challenge Award 2018 is not just a reward for the adult volunteers.  It acknowledges the contributions from Goostrey Community Primary School, Goostrey Cubs, Goostrey Beavers and local Duke of Edinburgh Award candidates. All these people from our local community are working to improve the appearance of our railway station. Hopefully it will also increase the number of passengers.

Chair of FOGS, Mike Jarvis said: The primary school pupils provide exhibitions of artwork in the platform shelter which are changed regularly.  We also have a collection of railway memorabilia which gives insights into the history of the Crewe to Manchester railway. It includes the keystone of the original road bridge and an old oil lamp.  Carved in to the keystone are the initials MBR for Manchester Birmingham railway, the name of the engineer G W Buck and the date 1841. 

Vice chair of FOGS, Craig Sidebotham added: Passengers really appreciate the displays of flowering plants on both platforms.  And they are also grateful for the monthly working parties.  They help to keep the platforms swept and the vegetation around the car park tidy.

Previously FOGS has received three other awards from Cheshire BKSC : for most improved station in 2014, for Art in 2016 and for Diversity in 2017.  FOGS has been shortlisted twice by the Association of Community of Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), a national organisation : for Small Art Projects in 2017 and for the Diversity Award in 2018.

Duke of Edinburgh candidates Amy Goodwin and Jay O’Donoghue proudly hold the new award

Mike Jarvis, David Mason and Bill Macdonald receive the Northern Youth Challenge Award 2018