Friends of Goostrey Station Celebrated in Parliament!

This month there was another surprise for Friends of Goostrey Station!  Their work has been celebrated in parliament! Vice Chair of FoGS Mike Jarvis received a letter of congratulation from our MP Fiona Bruce which reads:

I am writing to let you and all your fellow volunteers with Friends of Goostrey Station know that I have tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) commending work in Parliament.   EDMs are a way for MPs to raise awareness and commend local organisations and volunteers publicly in Parliament for the work they do.  This is one of the first times in around 9 years as an MP that I have use an EDM in this way.  I am, and continue to be, impressed by the dedicated work you do.  Your organisation is an invaluable asset to Goostrey.

Goostrey Rail Station Staff 1891

Goostrey Station and staff when it opened in 1891 with a building on both platforms

Celebrating again - a reward for enthusiasm and commitment!

Members of FoGS celebrating a fourth success in the Cheshire Best Kept Station competition

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The restored Victorian, modular, wooden station building at Goostrey

This Early Day Motion was tabled on Thursday 30th October 2019:

That this house commends the effective restoration work of Friends of Goostrey Station (FoGS) in transforming Goostrey Station including engaging the support of the Railway Heritage Trust and the securing of significant funds to facilitate the restoration of the historic station building, one of the last remaining Victorian, wooden, modular buildings complete with canopy in the country;  congratulates the attainment by FoGS of a number of awards including from the National Association of Community Rail Partnerships and four Cheshire Best Kept Station awards;  and commends the involvement of enthusiastic and dedicated local volunteers, Goostrey Parish Council, Goostrey Primary School, Cubs, Beavers, Brownies, Guides and young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Chair of FoGS Craig Sidebotham commented ‘It’s a huge surprise to receive this recognition.  Thanks to everyone for their support.’  But Mike Jarvis added that ‘if we are to build on our success, we need more people to come forward and help. Many of the current team are approaching, or over, 80 years of age.’  To ensure that passengers continue to enjoy using Goostrey station, our working parties continue on the second Sunday of each month starting at 10am. New volunteers are always welcome.  For more information, please contact Mike Jarvis on 01477 533981 or look at the FOGS website.

Fancy singing loud to spread Christmas cheer and help the homeless?

At Love Goostrey we’re firm believers in all the things that Buddy the Elf taught us: spaghetti and syrup is a fine recipe, alcohol in coffee makes Cossack dancing possible and, of course…

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So, when we received word from Angela Gilmore concerning Christmas caroling to raise money for the amazing homeless charity, Lifeshare, we knew we had to help. Over to you Angela.

“From long years of experience, people who join us always say that it is the real start of Christmas for them, that it is the most worthwhile thing they do at that season – or just that they thoroughly enjoy the experience of bringing joyful music to their neighbours.”

“However, most of our ‘regulars’ are getting rather long in the tooth for standing under street lamps singing and numbers have been dropping for several years. It’s not that we need masses of people as we have several good voices in our midst, but if the numbers fall too low, there are too few to carry the tins round the doors, and the fewer the tins, the slower the progress, and the less money raised for those who need it.”

You can see the problem.

So – are you up for adding your voice, or your tin-jangling abilities to help this year? If so, all the details are below. If you could comment on this post or on the Facebook post to say if you’re in then Angela can get an idea of numbers.

Think of how proud Buddy would be.

WHEN:

  • Tuesday, December 17th, starting at 7 p.m. at the Sandy Lane bungalows
  • Friday, December 20th, starting at 7 p.m. on the Bogbean and ending in the Crown.

All proceeds go to Lifeshare, a charity which provides shelter, food, fellowship, washing facilities, advice etc over the christmas and New Year period in central Manchester. They took over some years ago to continue the work done by Crisis.

Wear something warm and remember you don’t need a good voice – just a love of singing; or you could even help greatly by carrying the collecting tin. The spirit is still the same! Bring a friend!

Goosfest thanks – and please get in touch

A huge thank-you from the Goosfest organisers to everyone who supported this year’s festival. Not only did the 2019 programme include a record number of events, but the two-week festival also achieved nearly twice as many ticket sales as last year, with many events selling out.

Believe it or not, the Goosfest Committee has already started booking events for Goosfest 2020, such as:

  • A return visit by international saxophonist Snake Davis, following last year’s hugely popular evening of soulful melodic sounds

  • A concert by close-harmony vocal group ‘The Girls From Oz’, who regularly appear at prestigious jazz and cabaret clubs around the U.K.

  • For the children, a pumpkin carving workshop in good time for Hallowe’en.

As you can see, although the dust hasn’t settled on this year’s Goosfest, plans are well underway for Goosfest 2020, which will run from Friday October 2nd to Sunday October 18th next year. So, if you have any ideas for events or workshops, please get in touch by emailing info@goosfest.com. The organisers would love to hear your suggestions – or any feedback on any aspect of this year’s Goosfest.

And if anyone is interested in joining a small but happy band of committee members, please get in touch, again by emailing info@goosfest.co. Or if you’d like to help on the bar rota, or in any other way, let the Goosfest Committee know – the more the merrier.

Finally, visit www.goosfest.com and check out this year’s photo gallery from the October festival. There are some stunning photographs of this year’s events – a wonderful reminder of the wide range of acts, workshops, lectures and other activities that happened over the three weeks.

See you next year at Goosfest 2020!