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.

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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!

New Planning Application For Skip Hire Business

There’s a new planning application (click here if you would like to see the original on Cheshire East’s Planning Portal). The location of the business is detailed in the plans below.

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Skip Hire

Residents have started to register their objections to the application with one telling Love Goostrey that on a previous occasion when skips were regularly going through the area it resulted in a significant increase in lorries coming through the village and debris on the roads.

There are currently no contact details listed for J Barber who is the named applicant on the planning permission but if they would like to contact Love Goostrey with their comments then we will gladly update this post to include them.

To register a comment on this planning application then residents have until the 7th November 2019 and a target decision date is 26th November.

FOGS members celebrate success in national and local competitions!

FOGS members are delighted to announce that their entry won the ACoRP Photo and Video competition.  The result was announced at the National Awards Ceremony of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) in Telford on Thursday 3rd October. Monica and Peter Robson, accompanied by Mike and Ayleen Jarvis, were there to receive the engraved trophy, a certificate and a cheque. Many thanks to all who voted for our entry.

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Winners of the photo competition at the ACoRP award ceremony in Telford

In the ‘It’s Your Station’ category, the 32 nominated stations were split by the judges into Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum sections.  Goostrey Station was placed in the Gold group and received a certificate. Whilst we did not win, this was a significant achievement and puts us in the top 10 of entries nationally. We punch well above our weight!

Now in its 15th year, the Community Rail Awards celebrate the important and often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships and community groups.  Details of the winners and runners up in all competition categories can be found at https://communityrail.org.uk/cra19-winners/

Locally, FOGS has a Gold award from Wild about Goostrey. The scheme is supported by Goostrey parish council and encourages residents to make habitat improvements which will increase biodiversity and wildlife connectivity.

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Enjoying a break during a volunteer working party at Goostrey Station

However, Vice Chair of FOGS Mike Jarvis commented 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.’

Chair of FOGS Craig Sidebotham added ‘New members must learn about our rail contacts because there is a complex structure to deal with. If no-one comes forward, then in a few years Goostrey station could return to being a blot on the landscape.  That would be a great pity especially as we are nearing the point where the newly renovated former ticket office will be re-opened. At that stage, we will need to liaise with the franchise holders Northern to persuade them that the building should be available for community and learning projects for young and old.’

To ensure that passengers continue to enjoy using Goostrey station, our working parties continue on the second Sunday of each month (except in November when we meet on the third Sunday) starting at 10am. New volunteers are always welcome.  For more information, please contact Mike Jarvis on 01477 533981 or look at the FOGS website.

Tell Us What You Want From Love Goostrey

I’m very keen to understand what readers would like from Love Goostrey and if you’ve got the time to answer 10 quick questions then I’d really appreciate you filling in this short survey.

You can either click here to take it (full link here – https://forms.gle/o5o4hn1Y3xxTMCXz6) or fill out the form underneath.

A New Era For Love Goostrey

As you will have gathered from our last post, today marks something of a new era for Love Goostrey, as it’s the first run by the new editor, Andrew Shanahan (that’s me, don’t worry I’m not going to write this all in the third person).

Before I bore you about me, I would like to put on record just how incredible and valuable a job Janet has done for a place we all love. Starting in 2013, she has documented and campaigned for our village with incredible regularity and energy. As I commented on a recent post when she announced her departure, I think she has done an incredible civic service for Goostrey. She has supported the efforts of local organisations, while providing a fun and informative journal of what’s going on. I sincerely hope that our local organisations do their bit to recognise her efforts, which are all the more impressive because she’s never once asked for recognition.

I got in touch with Janet several months ago to ask if she ever needed volunteers to help with the site, because as I’m sure as many of you have previously thought, it is a very useful resource and I wanted to help however I could. Janet politely refused saying she was happy to carry on with her “hobby” on her own, which I really respected because it shows how passionate she was about representing Goostrey in her way. Fast forward a few months and as she realised that she was going to be moving from the area, she asked if I was still interested in taking over, so here we are!

I’ve spent most of my career as a freelance journalist writing for The Guardian, The Telegraph and a number of magazines, many of which are too terrible or boring to mention. I’ve also unintentionally started a number of businesses in the past and I have recently stepped away from these to return to writing full-time. My family and I have lived in Goostrey since 2006, so we’re newcomers, but in that time we have been involved with St Luke’s, the local footpath group, Rose Day and we’re keen supporters of the schools.

I’m very keen to try and ensure that Love Goostrey represents and protects our local village, but that it also gives a platform for the people of the area. On a wider point I’m also a believer that we need to find a better way to do local news, which is sustainable and that helps to strengthen our local communities. You’ll be glad to hear that I’m very keen to follow Janet’s lead and ensure that Love Goostrey isn’t about its editor, and hopefully this is the last time for a while that you’ll hear about me. Love Goostrey at its heart should always be about our village and about its residents.

I look forward to carrying on Janet’s excellent work and to bringing you more years of Love Goostrey supporting the village.