Musical evening at The Blackden Trust 6th May

Chimney Music


Fireside Folk  An intimate evening of sublime singing and musicianship.

James Patterson: guitar and vocal

John Dipper: viola d’amore, violin and concertina


Monday 6thMay 2019

The Blackden Trust CW4 8BY

Doors open 7.00 pm – Music starts 7.30 pm – Finish 10.00 pm


James Patterson’s voice is considered one of the best on the folk scene, while John Dipper’s musicianship has been praised by the Sunday Times as “exquisite”.  James’ soulful, resonant and rich vocal delivery is underpinned by his intricate finger-style guitar playing.  John’s 14 string viola d’Amore weaves around the melody, at times joining the guitar, or harmonising with the voice, all the while heightening the atmosphere.

During the first half of the twentieth century a number of composers took a particular interest in the indigenous folk song of their native countries. A developing interest in this process and in the resulting “classical” arrangements led James and John to explore the possibility of reflecting them in a folk revival idiom.

Please join James and John for an intimate evening of music and discussion, exploring the diverse and inspiring folk song heritage that belongs to us all. Patterson Dipper

Refreshments will be served during the interval.

Fee: £15 plus booking fee.

Suitable for ages 13 and over.

Advanced booking is essential.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite

or Booking can be made via The Blackden Trust events  Or call 07534 288960

40 places are available..

James Patterson & John Dipper


The Old Medicine House, off Bridge Lane, Blackden, Holmes Chapel 

CW4 8BY 

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New signs for Booth Bed Lane junction

Residents may have noticed that all the warning signs are being replaced/upgraded at the junction of Booth Bed Lane/Hermitage Lane with Main Road.  Goostrey Parish Council received representations about the dangers there and analysis showed that all the accidents that have occurred there had been due to drivers coming from Booth Bed Lane or Hermitage Lane not realising that there is a junction and going straight across.  Although the visibility is poor, those who stop at the junction and move out slowly had not caused any accidents.

Although on-site discussions with CEC Highways showed that there is very little space to improve the junction itself some improvements could be made: the lights on the ‘stop’ signs had failed on both sides and some of the signage was badly positioned or discoloured.  Therefore CEC agreed to upgrade and replace the signs with new ones, and also to add some new road markings.   The Parish Council will continue to monitor the situation once the upgrades are complete.

Booth Bed Lane junction

Scaffolding coming down on station building

The scaffolding is being taken down on the old Railway building as the work progresses.

Station building April 2019 progress

Photo: M. Hughes

Here are some photographs from a walk around at the weekend, you can see shiny new green/red paint and where cladding has been replaced – and where work still needs to be carried out:


Speeding into the village

Volunteers on Goostrey’s SpeedWatch team recorded 19 vehicles doing over 35 along Station Road between 8:15/9:15 this morning; almost all offenders were driving into the village, with one recorded at 48mph.

Roads with street lights “are generally restricted to a speed limit of 30 mph ( 48 km/h) unless otherwise specified” (The Highway Code), so there is no excuse.

(The 30 mile/hour starts before the railway station)

An earlier SpeedWatch session.

Goostrey’s St Luke’s to toll for Notre Dame

Following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking cathedrals and churches across England to toll their bells for 7 minutes at 7pm tonight, Thursday. St Luke’s will toll the tenor bell.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are today encouraging, where possible, all cathedrals and churches across England to toll a bell for 7 minutes at 7pm this Thursday, as a mark of solidarity following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. This initiative has been  suggested by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, and it is hoped that many will take part.