Station Road closed 18\19 March

A notice, below, from CEC re road closure by Goostrey Station – presumably testing to see how traffic lights can be placed in future.

Residents living beside the Station might be “inconvenienced” and access to the Station car park might be compromised. The notice asks commuters to “refrain” from parking on the road…..perhaps take up the Red Lion’s previous kind offer to use their car park over this period. N.B. pedestrian access will be unaffected.

Junior Tennis Coaching & Rusty Racquets

Children wanting to begin at tennis, or looking to improve their playing skills, could take part in this year’s Goostrey Junior Tennis Coaching at the Boothbed Lane courts.

The 15-session programme by LTA Coach David Richardson runs from Friday April 26th to Saturday September 28th – excluding school holidays and Rose Day weekend. Sessions run on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, and school-age children are grouped according to LTA junior coaching guidance for age and ability.

Junior coaching is open to children aged between 5 and 16, with sessions ranging from beginners and ‘parent-and-child’ classes, to more advanced coaching for older children. The programme is structured, with the emphasis on having fun whilst learning and developing tennis skills and ability.

Participation is open to juniors who live in Goostrey and the adjacent parishes of Allostock, Over Peover, Lower Withington, Twemlow, Cranage and Swettenham, whose families are already VHPFF members – or entitled, through living in the above parishes, to apply for VHPFF membership. Contact Sally Ball ( any Village Hall & Playing Field Foundation (VHPFF) membership queries.

The cost for the junior coaching programme’s 15 sessions is £67.50(cheques payable to ‘Goostrey Tennis Club’). Booking forms are available by emailing coach David Richardson at or by phoning Alison Richardson on 07885 804246.


There will also be an Easter holiday camp for children, from Monday April 8th to Friday April 12th, with warm-up sessions, games, fun drills and competitions – before the weekend coaching programme begins. These will be held at the Boothbed Lane courts from 10am to 3.30pm each day. Booking is available by the day, or there is a special rate for all five days. To enquire about availability or to obtain a booking form, please contact David, or Alison Richardson as above.

Rusty Racquets for adults

For parents who might not have played tennis for years, and fancy getting back into it, there will be an hour-long ‘Rusty Racquets’ session after junior coaching at 12 noon on Saturdays, beginning on April 27th. Contact David Richardson for details.

The Woodland Trust featured Goostrey hedge planting

Goostrey featured in The Woodland Trust’s newsletter this month:

I’ve been a Woodland Trust member for 20 years and a cub scout leader for five, so as there hasn’t really been any woodland conservation or planting for years here in Goostrey, Cheshire, I decided to combine the two. With some help from a local landowner, funding from the Goostrey Rose Festival and our local Brownie pack, we planted a new woodland bank (a bongs in local dialect) along the stream that runs through our village.

It proved so successful, with over 35 young people involved, each planting a tree to nurture and enjoy, that I am already planning the next event in March!”

Paul Kemsley, Woodland Trust member

Goostrey on The Woodland Trust website

Goostrey Juniors FC celebrate!

Goostrey Juniors FC U14s are celebrating after winning the Mid Cheshire Youth Football League Division 2 Cup for the 2018-19 season, with 2 games still to play.

The team’s 4-0 victory on Sunday 10th March over second in the league Winsford Colts was a testament to the talent this team, expertly managed by Rob Kennerley and Steve Lord, have shown all season.

Both teams received medals following the match, Winsford Colts as runners up, and Goostrey as winners. Goostrey celebrated in true football style by popping the cork on a bottle of bubbly (kindly provided by The Crown Inn) and holding up the prestigious trophy!

Pizzas from the Trading Post, a bit of pop, and some real fizz for the adults were then enjoyed at the pavilion to round off the celebrations. 

The team are now looking forward to the Europa Cup tournament in Lisbon at the end of May and an exciting season in Division 1 next year, as both of today’s teams will be promoted at the end of the season.