Clocks change

Don’t forget to move your clocks forward an hour before you go to bed tonight. Clocks change at 01:00 to British Summer Time on Sunday morning 31st March; bringing darker mornings but lighter evenings.

Spring forward – Fall back

In 1907 British builder William Willett introduced the idea of changing the clocks to stop people wasting daylight on summer mornings.  He spent the rest of his life trying to convince people it was a good idea but died a year before Britain adopted “British Summer Time” during the First World War in May 1916.  This used less domestic coal which increased supplies for the war effort. Info from the Daily Telegraph.  [Germany had adopted this daylight saving idea a month previously.]


Booth Bed Lane closed 1-5th and 8-11th April

A section of Booth Bed will be closed for up to 5 days from the 1st April due to work on overhead cables and 4 days from 8th April: closures between Brick Bank Lane and Boots Green.

“Nothing in the Order shall prevent driving upon the said lengths of road of any vehicle which is being used for the conveyance of persons goods or merchandise to or from any premises situate on or adjacent to the lengths of road or in connection with agriculture building construction works of repair and the like or use in an emergency of vehicles for fire brigade ambulance or police purposes. A through route will not always be available and any vehicles not requiring access to properties on the length of road should use alternative routes.” TRO2292 and TRO 2299.

Booth Bed Lane closure

Goostrey Scouts need helpers..

Can you help?  Goostrey Scouts has several vacancies for new volunteers in the following areas:

  • A membership secretary to manage our waiting list and the progression between sections
  • A young adult aged 18 to 24 to lead greater youth involvement in the running of our group
  • Digital media skills to improve our online communication 
  • An event organiser as well as a team of helpers to support our fundraising – and 
  • Volunteers to support running our sections from occasional support through to leadership.  You perhaps have a specific skill or job that you could use to run an interesting activity to help our young people develop skills for life!

Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved and please share with others you think may be interested!  

Many thanks

Neil Memmott
Group Scout Leader
1st Goostrey Scouts
 07970 400880
 01477 544406

Goostrey Scouts are always looking for volunteers to contribute to running our village group and deliver amazing experiences to over 90 young people.  Scouting gives young people skills for life and we do that by delivering a balance programme of activities over 3 age groups: Beavers (6 to 8), Cubs (8 to 10) and Scouts (10 to 14). 

Maintenance on the Lovell

The Lovell telescope will be ‘parked’ for the next few months for maintenance; replacing the original, now corroding, surface which can be seen underneath. (Continuing work carried out last summer.)

Always a spectacular sight from around the village, our iconic neighbour is currently looking stunning at night thanks to the safety lights while work continues. Sections removed from the original dish are to be preserved for JBO’s heritage at the Discovery Centre’s First Light project.

Professor Tim O’Brien on the replacement:

“It’s not the reflecting surface, hasn’t been since 1970 when a new surface was built above the original. That was replaced in 2002, so we are on the third surface. Each better shaped than the one before so more efficient and able to work at shorter wavelengths.”

1956 Mark 1 surface

The Lovell Mark 1 in 1956. Photo: Goostrey Archives

First operational in 1957 the original surface of the Mark 1 was replaced with a shallower dish in 1970, with a further upgrade in 2002. It was renamed the Lovell Radio Telescope in honour of Sir Bernard Lovell in 1987 on its 30th anniversary.

‘Continual maintenance and major tasks like those currently underway are a key part of ensuring the telescope will continue to make fundamental contributions to radio astronomy research over the coming decades.’ Jodrell Bank Observatory

Photo: Prof Tim O’Brien “The Lovell looking out of this world this evening “

bluedot this year will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings: 18-21 July 2019

For more info on the Lovell: The Lovell Telescope and the Discovery Centre/heritage: Discovery Centre

Unique new sign at a Goostrey Station

Have you noticed? There’s a new banner mounted beside the platform at Goostrey Railway Station.   The wonderful artwork is by Eamonn Murphy and the banner was commissioned by Friends of Goostrey Station (FOGS). 

FOGS volunteers who erected the unique banner at Goostrey Station

Chair of FOGS, Mike Jarvis said ‘The digitally produced images are part of a Community Rail project featuring iconic buildings close to local railway lines.  Northern Rail chose two structures to represent Goostrey : the Old Medicine House, which is the home of author Alan Garner and his wife Griselda, and the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank.’
Several members of FOGS attended the launch exhibition in Manchester.  All were impressed by the designs which are in a style reminiscent of the classic posters of the 1920s and 1930s.  The aim of the project is to increase the number of visitors to the sites illustrated and also to promote travel by train. 
Vice chair of FOGS Craig Sidebotham explained that, after discussion, Eamonn Murphy agreed to create a banner especially for Goostrey.  FOGS members asked him to use images which reflected the stations along the Crewe – Manchester line.  Hence the title of the banner is “Goostrey Connections”.
Thanks go to the volunteers who transported and erected the banner.   But special thanks must go to Bill Macdonald who planned and made the wooden supports.  FOGS members are also grateful to the owners of Blackden Manor who allowed the structure to be placed on their land.
‘What a privilege to have this special feature at our station!’ commented FOGS secretary Louise Willis.  ‘We’re also excited that work to restore the historic ticket office has begun. There’s a target date of May 2019 for the owners, Network Rail, to complete the external repairs.’

Designed by Eamonn Murphy