Scouts toast the final loan repayment!

Toasting the loan repayment on Goostrey’s Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

Goostrey Parish Councillors joined 1st Goostrey Scouts yesterday to celebrate the repayment of the last £50,000 of the loan on the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

1st Goostrey Scouts celebrating the loan repayment with parish councillors

Group Scout Leader (GSL), Neil Memmott, said: “In April, the outstanding loan stood at £50,000 but since then active fundraising by the Scouts has raised a massive £25,000 and generous match funding by the Parish Council of a further £25,000 means that the debt is now cleared. 1st Goostrey Scouts are extremely grateful to the Parish Council for its support over the past four years in bringing the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre to fruition, and this donation of £25,000 to clear the loan is the icing on the cake! We would not be standing here without the backing of Goostrey Parish Council, who had confidence that David Giles, my predecessor as GSL, and the fantastic team of professionals from Goostrey could deliver this project for the village.

Neil continued: “It is a privilege for my team of Leaders to run Scout, Cub and Beaver activities in the new building, to allow local children to enjoy the benefits of scouting in Goostrey. The outdoor play area is put to good use, including two weeks ago for a very successful Beaver and Cub Camp when activities enjoyed included archery and backwoods cooking. The hut is also home to Goostrey Guiding and Goostrey Pre-School, and the two rooms upstairs are hired regularly by a range of other community groups.”

Ken Morris, Chairman of Goostrey Parish Council said: “The Parish Council was pleased to give half of the site of the former Youth Centre to the Scouts, to support the planning application for the new building and to make the initial donation of £50,000. We have been impressed that the brand new facility opened 18 months ago is being well used by children, young people and other groups. It is a real asset to the village.”

Pictured (front row right to left) Beaver Alfie Warren, Neil Memmott, GSL and Colin Mottershead, Group Chairman of 1st Goostrey Scouts are with Ken Morris, Chairman and Ian O’Donoghue, Vice Chairman of Goostrey Parish Council, with Beaver Rose Saunders.

Pictured (back row right to left) by Beverley Giles, Group Treasurer, Rachel Boulton, Manager of Goostrey Pre-School, Cllr Terence Rathbone, Cllr Peter Godfrey, former Parish Council Chairman, Mark Nelson, Quartermaster and Robin Williamson, Assistant Scout Leader, as well as Jane Stubbs and Louise Brown from Goostrey Guiding

The £25,000 raised by the Scouts this year includes: a generous £10,000 grant from the Columbus Fellowship, more than £4,200 from the Big Bike Ride in May, and nearly £2,500 from other sporting events including another sponsored cycle challenge as well as the Simon Weston Trophy Football Matches in 2017 and 2018. More than £600 was raised from the Afternoon Tea with Mrs Kettle event held in June, a total of more than £1700 from Rose Day, nearly £700 from the Locals Night run at the Hut by a team from the Crown, and about £200 from a Quiz Night at the Crown. In addition, other kind donations have been received including a fantastic £3250 from this year’s Bluedot Festival.

Forthcoming Events:
Sunday 4 November – The Scouts’ annual Bonfire and Firework Night on the field next to the Scout Hut.    Tickets are available from The Trading Post, the Crown and Goostrey News.

10 November – Some of Goostrey’s Scouts will be participating in a special event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 – in memory of the local young men who died in this war.

11 November – Service of Remembrance at St Luke’s Church, Goostrey – when representatives from all three scouting sections will be part of the annual parade.

18 November – Presentation of Chief Scout’s Gold Award – As many as 8 Scouts from Goostrey have been put forward to receive the Chief Scout’s Gold Award this year at Parr Hall in Warrington

2 December from 5 pm onwards – Christmas Lights Switch On at the Bog Bean in Goostrey

Busy Brownies and Cubs

You might have seen a lot of activity along the Shearbrook if out for a walk this weekend.

Goostrey’s Cubs & Brownies have been hard at work planting trees and bulbs near Swanwick Hall. No doubt it will look fabulous next spring thanks to their efforts and we can look forward to watching all the trees grow over the years to come.

Many thanks must go to Goostrey Rose Festival and Swanwick Hall for all their support….but we’ll done all!

 

Bonfire tickets now on sale

Buy your tickets now for the Bonfire and Fireworks Night on Sunday 4th November; (wonderfully) organised once again by 1st Goostrey Scouts.

Tickets are available from today from the Trading Post, the Crown Inn and Goostrey  News.  Single tickets cost £5 in advance – or £6.50 on the night With Family Tickets ( 2 adults, 2 children) at £15 in advance – or £20 on the night.

The Field opens at 5:30 the Fire will be lit at 6pm and Fireworks will start at 7pm.

If you can help with Firewood – Collection (Goostrey Village only)  will be on Sat 3rd from 12noon…. please contact Tony Taylor on 07967 498526

Bonfire 2018

 

New Scout appointments announced at summer BBQ

Scouts, Leaders, parents and friends enjoyed a Scout BBQ on Friday.  Not only did the evening celebrate the first year of operating the new Scout Hut but it also marked new Scouting appointments.  (photos at foot of post)

David Giles District Commissioner Alderley

David Giles, 1st Goostrey’s Group Scout Leader since September 2012, has been appointed District Commissioner for Scouts for the Alderley District (covering Handforth, Lindow, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Goostrey and Holmes Chapel).  Generations of young people in Goostrey will benefit from his imagination and drive in pushing forward the plan for the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

Neil Memmott has taken over as Group Scout Leader for Goostrey and has appointed Colin Mottershead, currently Assistant Group Scout Leader, as Group Chairman, we wish them all well.  In his speech David Giles described Neil as ” a truly inspirational Scout Leader who has enriched the lives of many young people during his time at Goostrey” and asked the community to give him their full support as the new GSL.

David continued, ” It has been an honour to lead the team at Goostrey Scouts for the last six years.  It is thanks to the dedication and commitment of the superb team, and the generosity and support of the community, that we have succeeded in building a new Scout Hut and Youth facility in our village.  We are hopeful that we will have raised sufficient money by the end of this year to repay our loan in full.  I am very happy that I shall be succeeded by someone so capable and with such dedication to Scouting as Neil Memmott.”

Kit Tomkinson, who has been the Group Chairman of 1st Goostrey since May 2012 is to join David as Chairman of Alderley District.

David and Kit were both presented with a framed and signed photograph of all the Scout Leaders in front of the Hut at the formal opening in May 2017.  As well as scouts, leaders, young leaders and parents the BBQ was also attended by Cllr Peter Godfrey and Cllr Terence Rathbone from the parish council.

 

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Tea tops up funds for Scouts

Saturday’s charming 75min interview with Mrs Kettle raised over £500, but weren’t  the only funds raised last week.

The unique community event took place at 1st Goostrey Scouts’ new Scout Hut on Saturday 9 June – the Queen’s official birthday – when Group Scout Leader, David Giles, interviewed Goostrey’s most famous former Rose Queen and  post mistress, Mrs Margaret Kettle, about her long life in the village – with an audience of more than a hundred people hanging on to her every word.  

After the 75 minute “Michael Parkinson style” interview, all present enjoyed tea and cakes,  and the event helped to raise more than £500 towards paying off the outstanding loan on Goostrey’s new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

Mrs Kettle chatted with David Giles about growing up in Goostrey in the 1920s and 30s, and how, after leaving Goostrey school at 14, she worked on the family farm and at the Crown Inn before marrying her husband George in 1946, after his return from the war.  They opened a village shop on Main Road in 1960, and subsequently took on the post office, which Mrs Kettle has only relinquished in recent years.   Referring to old photographs including Goostrey School and Goostrey Rose Day, she displayed an amazing memory of names and faces of local people, many of whose families still live in the area.

B30257E8-FB6F-4942-8E56-7E8D74857E22David Giles said “The interview with Mrs Kettle was a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable event for both the audience and for me. I was honoured to have interviewed her and extremely grateful to her for sharing her memories to help the Scouts. Her sharpness of mind, wit and loving disposition at 95 is an example to us all.

More much needed funds received:

David went on: “I am thrilled to announce two new donations to the Scout Hut in the past week. We have just received a cheque for £600 from last year’s Simon Weston Trophy Football Match – on top ofthe £900 raised from this year’s event.  The proceeds from the 2017 match between East and West Goostrey teams were originally pledged as a contribution to a defibrillator at the Booth Bed Lane sports facility, but since other funding was secured for the defibrillator, we are very grateful that the money raised has kindly been remitted to the Scout Hut fund.

Furthermore, it gives me great pleasure to announce that 1st Goostrey Scouts has recently received a generous £10,000 grant from the Columbus Fellowship, This charity, which has ceased operating, used to run residential summer camps and other outdoor–based venture activities for 11-16 year olds. It is in the process of distributing its remaining financial assets to voluntary organisations with similar aims and I am delighted to announce that 1st Goostrey Scoutsgrant application to the Columbus Fellowship was successful.  This generous £10,000 grant makes a very significant reduction in theoutstanding loan on the Scout Hut.

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Tea and chat with Mrs Kettle

What a treat! About a hundred people enjoyed a lovely hour or more hearing from Goostrey’s Mrs Kettle about her life and times.  Here is a snapshot:

Born Margaret Foden in 1922, she has always lived in the village and chatted with David Giles about growing up in Goostrey, “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else “ -showing an amazing memory for names and faces on old photographs (many families of whom still live in the area) of school days and when she was Rose Queen in 1936 etc.

Leaving school at 14 she worked at The Crown (” I used to have to pluck the ducks ready for cooking”) and on the family farm – continuing through the war – before marrying.  She and husband George then opened their village shop (initially selling fireworks and sweets!) when not spending “some of the happiest years of my life” travelling round the country on George’s motorbike, before their son was born.   Eventually they also took on the post office, employing 5 ‘girls’ to sort and deliver the post for two hours a day (given a sherry on their birthdays!).

The village has certainly changed dramatically in her lifetime; they were of course thrilled in the late 60’s/early 70’s when the housing estates were developed – bringing more customers to the shop!

The afternoon was organised by 1st Goostrey Scouts with their volunteer helpers, fundraising for the hall, and ended with a delicious tea of cakes and scones.

A video recording is to be produced.