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 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 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 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!

Thank you

I just want to say a big thank you to all those who have wished Martin and I well with their very kind words, and to sign off from LoveGoostrey – it is time to let go of the reins.  ( I will let the new editor introduce themselves shortly…)

…..and if anyone wants to buy a lovely house 51 Station Road will be on the market next week!! 😆.  Very best wishes, Janet


Well done to the Cubs and Brownies!

What a shame Goostrey’s young (and older volunteers) had to battle the elements this afternoon on the Bongs; and well done, another planting towards the climate fightback campaign:

“A wet one but a good one!

Watering cans were not required when the Cubs and Brownies got to work this afternoon at Shearbrook Bongs!

They planted native Small-leaved Lime for the bees & Crab Apples for the butterflies and scrumpers.

Thanks to all who came”… Paul Kemsley.

New application for replacement home at Fairfields

A new application for a replacement dwelling at Fairfields on Blackden Lane is now on the CEC webpage  (Link to 19/4326C).

Last day for submitting comments 23rd October.

What was the old vicarage has been standing empty for a while now and the new plans show a larger footprint at the site.

19/1592C/  19/0127C were approved May 2019 for extension to rear with swimming pool house etc. 18/4949C for a replacement dwelling was withdrawn in Nov 2018.


Moving on, with happy memories

A little personal news for a change.  Martin and I have recently made a big decision to move from Goostrey in early October after 16 happy years here.  I shall therefore be relinquishing “LoveGoostrey” but am sure it will continue to grow as a handy community resource and source of village news.  (Happily another resident has already agreed to run it and I will wish them well when they take over.…more on that next month)

Since LoveGoostrey started the village has seen developers come and (mostly) go and the introduction of the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan should help to preserve its shape and character in the future.  I’m proud to have been involved in a small way.

A big “thank you” to all who have followed the website and Facebook page (and Instagram and Twitter), who have sent in details of events, who make comments and swop information and who share posts to spread the word. Also thanks to the Parish Council – volunteers who do more than we all realise on ‘our’ behalf for the village. 

Goostrey is such a lovely village; full of groups, societies, clubs, events and activities to suit everyone (as well as many willing volunteers!) – surrounded by gorgeous countryside, greenfields and walks …and overlooked by our stunning, iconic neighbour at JBO.  We will miss it but at the same time Martin and I are excited to explore pastures new!

At least I can keep up to date by following LoveGoostrey!


Martin and Janet Lardner-Burke

A dreamy Sunday afternoon – what local mysteries inspired local author Alan Garner?

Looking for ways to while away the first Sunday afternoon in October? How about a dreamy afternoon listening to a mix of poetry, storytelling and music about the memories of our renowned local author Alan Garner?

This is a unique opportunity to hear some of Alan’s memoirs of growing up in Cheshire brought to life.

Celebrated as the author of ‘The Weirdstone of Brisingamen’ and 12 other books for children and adults, Alan’s fascinating account of his wartime boyhood in Alderley Edge, and which local yarns and legends inspired his writing, is a wonderful look-back to a bygone rural age.

This afternoon show, from 3pm on Sunday October 6th in St Luke’s Church, Goostrey, celebrates the publication of Goostrey-based Alan Garner’s memoir ‘Where Shall We Run To?’.

It’s a collaboration between storyteller Nick Hennessey and musician and composer John Dipper, with script-development support from Alan’s daughter Elizabeth, a novelist and editor.

Tickets for this special afternoon, entitled ‘Over and Nether, ’are £15, available here.

“The storytelling and music were wonderful, and I found the Q&A very inspirational in getting me thinking about storytelling and place”  Kate Picker Visitor Experience Manager, The National Trust

Other opportunities during our event-filled first Goosfest 2019 weekend…..


 Friday evening October 4th: a cabaret-style Friday evening of easy-listening jazz, from 8pm in Goostrey Village Hall on October 4th , with licensed bar opening at 7pm Click here for tickets, priced £15. 
 Saturday daytime: a day-time Saturday photographic workshop, from 10am to 4pm in Goostrey Sports Pavilion, with instruction on still life photography from award-winning professional photographer Richard Weston. There are still a few places at £20. Click here to book.
 Saturday evening, October 5th: on the first Goosfest Saturday night, October 5th, we’ve got a special Cheshire appearance by BBC ‘Springwatch’ presenter and wildlife expert Iolo Williams at 8pm in Terra Nova School Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are £18 each. Click here for more information.

Sunday afternoon’s Floral Masterclass is fully booked, but if you fancy a rural treat on Sunday evening….

 Sunday evening, October 6th: we’ve got up-and-coming country music star Katie O’Malley and her band, in ‘The Barn Upstairs’ at The Orchards Farm, Twemlow Lane, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £13. You can still book here.

And that’s just the first weekend. There are still another 27 events to follow. Check out the Goosfest 2019 website for full details and availability on each event.

Goostrey’s young people are amazing….

….and so are all the volunteers!….

If you go down to the woods on Sunday you might see our fabulous Cubs and Brownies planting more native trees and bulbs on the ‘Shearbrook Bongs’ adjacent to Swanwick Hall.

“A thousand ‘thank yous’ to The Gilcrest-Dicks at Swanwick Hall and Aiden Heritt their estate manager for making it all possible.

It’s all part of our young people’s wildlife project.

Later, on the 24th November we will be inviting all of the young people in our community to do their bit and come and plant a wildlife hedge at the Scout Hut as part of the Woodland Trust’s big climate fightback campaign.

It’s great to see our young people so engaged in their project.” Paul Kemsley. (Well done all!)