Barbara Dickson to appear at Goosfest!

Renowned singer Barbara Dickson is the headline act at this year’s Goosfest!

Barbara Dickson 20th Oct’19

She will be appearing at the festival finale at Terra Nova School on Sunday October 20th 2019.

The schedule for Goosfest 2019 is shaping up well, including a presentation by Iolo Williams, a Welsh
nature observer and television presenter best known for his BBC and S4C nature shows, who recently appeared on the BBC’s ‘Winterwatch’ series. Iolo is at Goosfest on Saturday October 5th.

The following Saturday October 11th features a stunning Elvis tribute act by one of the top Elvis
impersonators in Europe, complete with stage band and three backing singers in true Vegas style.

Goosfest Chairman Bill Ollier said: “The schedule for Goosfest 2019 is nearly complete, and we are
delighted to have secured such a talented and well-known performer as Barbara Dickson. Her concert will be a gala occasion and a prestigious finale to this year’s festival.”
With 17 Platinum and Gold albums to her name, Barbara is Scotland’s biggest-selling female singer, and is also a talented actress known for stage shows such as ‘Blood Brothers’ and for TV acting such as ‘Band of Gold’.

Her many well-known hits include several from top London musicals such as ‘Another
Suitcase in Another Hall’ from Evita’ and ‘I know him so well’ from ‘Chess’, recorded with Elaine Paige.’  Barbara Dickson’s Goosfest appearance is part of a national tour with Rab Noakes, a Scottish singer song writer whom she has known and worked with for many years. Rab has also had a long association with the band Lindisfarne.

Help needed:
But – although planning for this year’s ‘Goosfest’ festival of music and arts is well underway – the Goosfest Committee would like extra help.
One or two new volunteers are needed to join the Committee, and a few more Goosfest supporters are needed, who might not want to join the committee but who are able to help at the odd event or two.
“We’re a relatively small team of volunteers,” said Goosfest Chairman Bill Ollier, “and it would be great to have a few extra people to share the fun with!”
The Committee usually meets monthly, as each year’s programme evolves. Extra helpers are required during the festival itself, which this year opens on Friday October 4th and continues to Sunday October 20th.
“You don’t have to be a Committee member to help set up a venue, or go on the bar and refreshments rota, or help distribute the festival programmes and put up posters,” said Bill. “We’re just looking for extra help and it’s a case of the more, the merrier. And it doesn’t matter if volunteers haven’t been involved in anything like this before. We’re a friendly bunch of local people, who enjoy each other’s company and the fun of putting on something like this for local people.”

If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch with Bill direct, by emailing him on or by calling him on 01477 544467.
Tickets for this year’s Goosfest will go on sale online in the summer… for now just put the dates in your diary!!

WW1 fallen remembered in Goostrey

The men to be honoured:  (click the individual name links for more details listed on the Cheshire County Memorial Project)

Joseph Hamilton. Born Allostock 1895. Killed 31st October 1914. No known resting place.

Walter Bagnall. Born Twemlow 1893. Died age 22 in action at Ypres 6th May 1915.

William Davies. Born 5th May 1894 Parkgate Peover Superior. Died 17th August 1915.

Harry Newton. Born 1882. His family moved to Bank View, Goostrey, he enlisted in October 1915. Died from his wounds on 15th April 1916.

William Carter. Born Goostrey 1897. Enlists at Northwich in 1914. Killed in action 27th July 1916.

Thomas Edward Barber. Born 1884. Killed in action 17th September 1916.

George Lewis Hamilton. Born Twemlow Hall Lodge 1891. Returned to England wounded in September 1916 and died, age 25, from his wounds on 27th October 1916. Awarded the Military Medal for bravery in action which led to his death.

William Street. Born Twemlow Green 1888. Killed in Balkan Campaign 25th April 1917.

George Smallwood. Born in Blackden 1890. Died in action 13th June 1917.

Herbert James Hardy. Born 1890 in London but family moved to Twemlow. Killed at the third Battle of Ypres on 22nd September 1917.

Frederick Johnson. Born Blackden 1887. Killed at The Somme on 28th September 1917.

Philip Kirkland Glazebrook.D.S.O. Born December 24th 1880. A Conservative MP in South Manchester whose parents were from Twemlow Hall. Died in action on 7th March 1918.

Levi Jervis. Born Blackden 1886. 2nd/8th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, 307364. Killed, aged 32, in action 21st March 1918. Commemorated Pozieres Memorial, the Somme and Lower Withington memorial.

Arthur Wood. Born Goostrey 1898. Killed at battle of St Quentin on 23rd March 1918.

James Street. Gunner. Born in Goostrey 1891. Died from his wounds on 26th March 1918.

Charles Parrott. Born Goostrey 1899. Awarded the Military Medal in 1917 for bravery in action. Killed at Flanders on 31st March 1918.

Thomas Rufus. MC. Born May 18th 1890. Son of parents from The Willows, Goostrey. Died in action 14th April 1918. Buried where he fell.

George Thomas Woodward. Born 1898. Survived hospital treatment to return to action, but died on 18th December 1918 from the flu epidemic sweeping through Europe.

We will remember them.



Goostrey’s fallen in the First World War will be honoured at a ceremonial oak tree planting at 10.30am this Saturday, November 10th on the Bogbean.

The 18 young men from Goostrey, Twemlow and Allostock who gave their lives in the war will be remembered at a memorial service organised by the Goostrey branch of the Royal British Legion, who have funded the event along with Goostrey Parish Council.

The branch will be joined by the chairman of Goostrey Parish Council, Cllr Ken Morris, together with 18 Scouts and Guides from Goostrey, the vicar of St Luke’s Church, Rev Heather Buckley, and the Minister of the Methodist Church, Reverend Yvonne Pearson.

Commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War, an oak tree will be planted on the Bogbean, and Scouts and Guides will place named poppy crosses in honour of each of the fallen in a wreath beside the tree, to salute the men and as an everlasting memory of their sacrifice for the community and country. A memorial plaque will be placed around the tree.

**There is a Service of Remembrance at St Luke’s at 10.00am on Sunday 11th and the bells will also be rung at 12.30 to mark the 100th anniversary (along with many churches nationally).  The parade will assemble in the Crown Inn car park from 9.15am.

Biographies of Goostrey people who gave their lives can be viewed in the church this week during daylight hours.

Gooseberry Show Sat 28th 1-6pm

Goostrey Gooseberry Society will be having its 121st show day next Saturday, at The Crown Inn, which marks this year’s long quest of who can grow the heaviest gooseberry.  It’s all about the weight, with many growers having secret potions and growing methods to obtain the heaviest berry.  There are 4 different colours of berries Red, Green, Yellow and White with prizes for the heaviest berry, heaviest twin, heaviest triplet (very rare !), and heaviest plates of 12 berries.  Weighing is undertaken on an old balance scale and berries measured in penny weights and grains.

Competitive gooseberry growing started in the mid 1700’s when it was very fashionable, results were recorded in the Gooseberry Growers Register which was published each year.  Once there were over 200 shows in the UK, now there are only 9 left, 8 of which are based in villages around Goostrey and form the Mid-Cheshire Gooseberry Association, with Goostrey being the largest show in the Association.  The remaining show being in Egton Bridge in Yorkshire.

One of the legends of Gooseberry growing in Goostrey was Frank Carter, who used to work at the fruit farm in Goostrey (now Orchards Farm) and also was the head gardener in the arboretum at Jodrell Bank.  Frank bred many of the competitive varieties still grown today and was born at Toad Hall, now home of Alan and Griselda Garner of the Blackden Trust.

With the number of Gooseberry growers declining we are in need of new members to help keep this village tradition going and currently have space for 10 new growers, so if you are a keen gardener (or even if you are not!) please do come to the show and speak to one of the members.  New members are proposed at the Society’s meeting in September so they can be equipped with gooseberry trees ( not bushes!) prior to March meeting when the growing season commences.  Although some members have been growing for nearly fifty years, you don’t have to be growing for long to have a chance of winning.

There is an active social life as well with the Society members getting together to build a float for Rose Day each year.  The Society meets 4 times a year in September, January, March, and in July prior to Show Day.

This year Jason at the Crown Inn has kindly organised a Barbeque and Gooseberry cocktails for the adults for show day, and balloon modeller and facepaints for the children and music for both the Friday and Saturday night.

A film for TV is also being made of  Gooseberry growing and the Show on Saturday, so a filmmaker will be present on Saturday with their cameras. We would be grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you all on Show day.

Goostrey Gooseberry Show is on Saturday 28th July from 1pm at The Crown…….with prizes awarded around 6pm.

200 mile bike ride for Duchenne

Goostrey’s Catriona and Mike Marshall will be making a dash for it in a bid to raise £100,000 for a charity aiming to find a cure for a devastating disease.

The 200-mile Cheshire Dash cycle ride is being organised by Catriona and Mike Marshall from Goostrey, and starts and ends at their home.

Mike and Catriona Marshall

The event takes place over two days, July 7 and 8, with 100 riders aiming to raise £1,000 each for Duchenne UK.

The cyclists range from novices to experienced riders, all raising funds to find a cure for a form of muscular dystrophy which affects young boys.The route starts in Goostrey and heads through Delamere towards Mickle Trafford and the Cheshire Millenium Greenway cycle path.

From there the cyclists enter north Wales and later return via the River Dee Cycle Path into Chester, around the Chester Racecourse and through The Groves where it leaves the River Dee.

The route then heads towards east Cheshire villages in the direction of Bickerton then Audlem.

The riders will stop at 100 miles for an overnight rest at Keele University, before embarking the following day on the next 100 miles, heading back into Cheshire and over the Macclesfield hills.

The event is being organised by Catriona and Mike Marshall, who have been so impressed with the rapid progress being made by Duchenne UK that they want to help its mission to end this terrible disease.

They’re being supported by families in Cheshire affected by Duchenne, including family members who are taking to their bikes for the challenge.

Catriona was inspired to stage the event after taking part in The Duchenne Dash Bike Ride from London to Paris.

She said: “It’s been a great opportunity to raise awareness of Duchenne and funds to support critical research, but it’s also been an opportunity to celebrate our beautiful Cheshire villages and countryside.

“We’ve recruited many new cyclists, who’ve been enjoying months of training around the lanes.”

Local businesses have been very supportive, with The Cheshire Dining Experience providing food, Bentley Manchester providing the lead vehicles, Yodel the support vans and Jacamo a flash of fashion.

The event can still accommodate more riders, so if you’re motivated to sign up register at

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common fatal genetic disease diagnosed in childhood.The disease almost always affects boys, and they tend to be diagnosed before the age of five. There are around 2,500 patients in the UK and an estimated 300,000 sufferers worldwide.


Charity cyclists to set off . Knutsford Guardian

Lions Youth Brass concert 3rd July

Goostrey’s Amy Hext is arranging a concert in memory of her friend Nell.  Amy is a member of the Lions Youth Brass Band and they have kindly offered their Awards Concert to Amy as a fundraiser for the Remembering Nell Foundation.
It is being held at St Michael’s, Middlewich – as there is enough space for three brass bands plus audience! (and the vicar is the father of the principal trombone!)

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