Simon Weston Trophy raises £1130

There was a great occasion at the weekend on the Booth Bed Lane Playing Field. The 6th annual Simon Weston Trophy Match resulted in a hard-fought 2-1 victory for the West of the village. I’m not sure it matters who won as, most importantly, £1130 was raised for the Remembering Nell Foundation from a wonderful community event.  Well done all!

The organisers would like to pass on many thanks to all who attended.

Musical evening at The Blackden Trust 6th May

Chimney Music


Fireside Folk  An intimate evening of sublime singing and musicianship.

James Patterson: guitar and vocal

John Dipper: viola d’amore, violin and concertina


Monday 6thMay 2019

The Blackden Trust CW4 8BY

Doors open 7.00 pm – Music starts 7.30 pm – Finish 10.00 pm


James Patterson’s voice is considered one of the best on the folk scene, while John Dipper’s musicianship has been praised by the Sunday Times as “exquisite”.  James’ soulful, resonant and rich vocal delivery is underpinned by his intricate finger-style guitar playing.  John’s 14 string viola d’Amore weaves around the melody, at times joining the guitar, or harmonising with the voice, all the while heightening the atmosphere.

During the first half of the twentieth century a number of composers took a particular interest in the indigenous folk song of their native countries. A developing interest in this process and in the resulting “classical” arrangements led James and John to explore the possibility of reflecting them in a folk revival idiom.

Please join James and John for an intimate evening of music and discussion, exploring the diverse and inspiring folk song heritage that belongs to us all. Patterson Dipper

Refreshments will be served during the interval.

Fee: £15 plus booking fee.

Suitable for ages 13 and over.

Advanced booking is essential.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite

or Booking can be made via The Blackden Trust events  Or call 07534 288960

40 places are available..

James Patterson & John Dipper


The Old Medicine House, off Bridge Lane, Blackden, Holmes Chapel 

CW4 8BY 

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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.

The Goostrey Archive contains details of all those who gave their lives plus info on many men detailed on the Goostrey Roll of Honour who returned.