League promotion for Goostrey Men’s Tennis team

Congratulations to the ‘Men’s A’ team from Goostrey Tennis Club having been promoted from 4th to 2nd division for the upcoming Winter League matches, following a highly successful 12 months of competing.

This marks a ‘first’ for Goostrey Tennis Club – their highest divisional placing in 23 years, since joining the South & Mid-Cheshire Tennis League in 1997. 

Having won both last winter’s and this spring’s league, they were well-placed at the start of the recent summer season for League matches. As they then came second in the summer league, competing against top teams from Congleton, Cuddington, Holmes Chapel and Nantwich, they were promoted up two divisions.

Accolades over the past 12 months also include winning the Winter League Knock-out trophy. Team Captain Andrew Brierley said: “Goostrey Men’s A Team had another great year. We’ve got some strong players, and it’s been hugely rewarding – and great fun – to have won many matches at home and away, and seen the team promoted to our highest-ever league ranking. Thanks go to all the players, and also to those who support the Men’s B team in flying the flag for Goostrey Tennis Club in our county area League.”

Goostrey Men’s A team members include Andrew Brierley, Luke Brierley, Jason Lynch, Richard Saxton, Mike Saxton and Simon Barlow.

Besides League competitive tennis, Goostrey Tennis Club also offers social tennis on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, with frequent American Tournaments for all ages and abilities, plus a regular programme of junior coaching. To find out more, visit the club’s website. 

Photos show Goostrey Men’s A Team Captain Andrew Brierley (left) receiving the League’s Spring Cup and team member Luke Brierley (left) receiving the Winter League trophy.


Skip Hire firm denies charges

A case against AM Skip Hire (most will know from Brookbank Farm, Bridge Lane) has been adjourned to 20th November for trial.

The company is “accused of failing to take all reasonable measures to prevent a contravention by another person of regulation 12 of the Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations” and that “it failed to ensure that there was a written description of the waste that would have allowed other persons to avoid a contravention of section 33 of the Act.”

Appearing before Cheshire Magistrates Court on 20th August in Crewe the company denied both charges and elected trial in the magistrates’ court.

Local paper reports on AM Skip Hire. (Photo blurred)


Blackden manor Open Weekend

Did you know Cheshire’s most beautiful wedding venue was on your doorstep?  Residents living at that end of the village would be hugely affected by noise etc from such a venture.  The Parish Council’s objection certainly makes interesting/disturbing reading: link to GPC objection

We didn’t – mostly because there’s no planning application or approval for an events venue in a previously quiet and dark corner of the village. That doesn’t seem to be holding Blackden Manor back though as an Open Weekend on 5th/6th October is planned in collaboration with BigChief Tipis. Link to Website: The Blackden Estate

Now called “Blackden Estate” nearby residents should be alarmed that events are being planned in tipis “anywhere on the estate”; we can’t imagine that they are easy to soundproof. So lookout if you live near the station, or even over the fields to Twemlow Green and along the A535 ( late night music, fireworks?). The website points to the Grade ll listed manor also being used for events; presumably planning permission /change of use will be required- meanwhile the only planning application in evidence is for a huge glass extension as a family kitchen (or for events in the future?).

I note there are noise complaints (from inside buildings, not tipis) for their sister site The Colony in Wilmslow (Altrincham Rd) on the CEC page for their retrospective planning application ……(link to planning page 19/3302).

I hope the Lovell at JBO isn’t about to be flooded with electromagnetic problems etc. The quantity of wiring, lights, sound systems etc so close to the World Heritage Grade l site could affect their work. It looks like being rather different to decades of quiet family home.

Goosfest 2019 selling fast – get your tickets quickly!

Tickets for this year’s Goosfest have been selling faster than ever before – so act now if you still haven’t ordered any.

Some events are sold out – but there is still limited availability for some great options, so get online to make sure you’re in this year’s audience.

In particular, there’s still availability for two of our Saturday night specials:

 BBC ‘Springwatch’ presenter and wildlife expert Iolo Williams is making a rare appearance in Cheshire with a presentation on Saturday October 5th about his career, sharing some stunning photography and anecdotes about his broadcasting work. Check out the event here.
 And on Saturday October 12th, there’s a fabulous Elvis tribute evening, featuring one of the world’s top ten Elvis tribute acts, Paul Larcombe. With band and backing singers, it’ll be a great evening of instantly recognisable music and entertainment. Click here for info.


If mellow jazz is more your thing, we’ve got a lovely way to start a weekend, with Stéphane Grappelli guitarist John Etheridge and singer Vimala Rowe on Friday October 4th – click here.

Or if you fancy country music in the best possible setting – a barn transformed into a concert venue – come and see Katie O’Malley and her band on Sunday October 6 – click here

For guitar enthusiasts, there’s a chance to experience a huge range of types of music, in ‘Worlds of the Guitar’ by Rik Roberts on Sunday October 13 – click here.

And to extend out musical line-up, we’re privileged to have Bridgewater Hall organist Jonathan Scott – as entertaining in his spoken introductions as he is at playing the organ – giving a spectacular organ recital on Sunday October 20th – click here.

Go exploring……

Take time to explore the Goosfest website. There may be tickets available for other events that tickle your fancy. But don’t delay. We can’t guarantee availability for much longer. 

This year – thanks to developments on our website:

 you’ll be able to book, pay for and immediately download / print off your barcoded tickets for each event and for each individual attending. 
 tickets will be sent to you as PDF attachments embedded in an email to the purchaser.
 for events where allocated seating plans are required, you will now be able to choose your seats. 
 for some events which include a food menu, you are now able to specify your choice and any dietary requirements and intolerances.


Help with online booking if you need it

Please note there is no longer a physical box office with paper tickets. But help is available if you don’t have easy internet access or are unfamiliar with making online bookings.

For anyone who is not connected to the internet please ring the 24hr Goosfest Box Office number(01477 765016) to leave your contact details and requirements.  Goosfest will ring you back and we will personally assist you with your purchases. 

If you’re familiar with online purchasing, please use the Goosfest.com online Box Office rather than ringing the Box Office number, as this option is quicker and ensures immediate possession of confirmed tickets. 

Online purchases can be made by either Credit Card, PayPal or direct bank transfer (BACS).