Station renovation details from FoGS

Barriers have been erected around the old ticket office at the station and rumours immediately abound. Thanks to Mike Jarvis, Chairman of Friends of Goostrey Station for explaining the full details of this exciting renovation:

As Chair of FOGS I can clarify the position as we know it in that the building will be restored, by the owners, Network Rail. They will limit the work to the exterior of the building, and they will renew the internal floor and provide utilities. Their plan as announced to FOGS is as follows:

15 – 30 November :strip and renew the floor

3 – 10 December :undertake electrical testing and remove redundant equipment

10 – 19 December: internal soft strip

Renovation of the outside will be carried out then during the period January – June 2019 which overlaps two financial years for budgeting purposes. Owing to the proximity of the high voltage power lines much of the exterior work will have to be done during the night with ”possession” of the line which requires electricity to be switched off completely. The building will be finished in specified heritage colours, principally green and cream as now, rather then in the livery of the franchise holder, Northern Railway.

It is envisaged then that FOGS will be responsible for the decoration of the inside together with installation of sanitary ware, after which the franchise holders, together with FOGS, will be seeking tenants for the building. The tenancy can be for commercial or for community use and for the whole building or a part thereof. We currently have one interested party.

FOGS has been working hard for the past six years to reach this stage. Maintenance of the building is the responsibility of the franchise holders but the previous holder carried out no maintenance. The new holders, some two years ago, argued that the building had deteriorated too much for simple maintenance to be possible but FOGS ,managed to secure the support of the Rail Heritage Trust who agreed that, being one of the last Victorian, wooden, modular buildings, complete with canopy, remaining in the whole country it was worthy of being saved for our heritage. They , therefore, are providing £40K out of a total cost which, we are told, will be over £100K.

We, FOGS have had several false dawns with promises not coming to fruition so have refrained from making any announcements until we could see that work had in fact started.

We trust that dawn will finally break and that the sun will shine again on a restored and refreshed Goostrey station. We shall aim to keep you aware of progress but if you have questions then we shall try to answer them.

Meanwhile our gardening and planting to improve the appearance of the station will continue. It is this work, aided splendidly by the art displays provided by Goostrey Community Primary School and their pupils, that has demonstrated to the railway companies our commitment to our station. which must be of benefit to the whole community. We still need more help and would appreciate your support.

Mike Jarvis, FoGS

East-West divide

I’ve just been chatting to the workmen fixing the sewer etc on a Main Road.

Many will be dismayed to hear that, whilst United Utilities have already replaced a section of pipes, they say it will still take them well into next week before they are able to finish.


Great Bonfire Night for the Scouts

Goostrey Scouts’ annual bonfire held on the field next to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre on Sunday raised a fantastic £3,000 to help towards the cost of buying equipment and organising activities.

Group Scout Leader Neil Memmott said ” We were lucky that the weather was clear until after the end of the fireworks, so I was delighted by the turnout on the evening and the total raised.

“All the burgers and hotdogs barbecued by the team from Goostrey Scouts even ran out before the fireworks started, but fortunately Goostrey Guiding were also serving hot drinks and cakes, and Goostrey Pre-School’s marshmallow kebabs proved very popular. My thanks go to the organising team for the event, led by Executive members Tony Taylor, Mark Nelson and Colin Mottershead, and also to Ray Brown and sons for the use of the field and working to create the bonfire.”

JBO opposes Hermitage Lane and Mt Pleasant plans

Jodrell Bank Observatory has objected to two current applications in Goostrey, ‘noting that the cumulative impact of this and other developments is more significant than each development individually’.

12 homes proposed by Crabtree Homes Ltd on open countryside to the east of Hermitage Lane, with access off Nether Lea.  Decision expected 3rd Jan.  Link to application:  18/4980C

Mount Pleasant Residential Park (Tingdene Parks Ltd) applied for the demolition of 60 & 60a Main Road and the garage blocks to redevelop the site with 9 new park homes.    Decision expected 30th Nov. Link to CEC planning page:  18/4510C 


The Lovell radio telescope

How was it for you?

Goosfest 2018 is over – but planning for next year’s festival has already begun!

Now the organisers are keen for any feedback on this year’s events – plus any suggestions for what you might like to see in a future schedule.


Goosfest 2018 was the largest programme to date, with a record-breaking 28 activities, ranging from classical music to country and western, popular music, Broadway favourites, jazz and folk, plus drama, comedy, and magic.

There was also a range of workshops, including jewellery-making, photography, memoir-writing and sourdough baking. Children enjoyed an afternoon of Pirate activity, and village performers put on two ‘Cole Porter’ lunches at The Swettenham Arms. Goostrey went to Spain for an evening of Spanish food, song and flamenco dancing, and there was a series of lectures covering local history and the development of the SKA headquarters at Jodrell Bank. An organ recital in Goostrey Church, and a fascinating presentation by explorer Benedict Allen, rounded off more than two weeks of Goosfest events.

Now it’s your chance to contribute to future success. What would you like to see in next year’s or further festival programmes? Please email your suggestions – plus any comments on this year’s events – to

Goosfest Chairman Bill Ollier said: “Every year, we try to put together a varied programme – something for everyone, we hope. But we’re always open to new ideas or suggestions for who we might ask to perform. We’re a not-for-profit organisation, so we obviously have a limit to the fees we can pay for acts, but we try to get the best possible quality of entertainment within the budgets we manage. So, if anyone has an idea for entertainment, a lecture or a workshop, then please get in touch quickly, as we aim to have next year’s schedule mapped out by Christmas.

“In the meantime, the Goosfest Committee would like to thank everyone for their support this year, and also for their patience and understanding as we had to introduce new ticketing processes due to unforeseen circumstances.”

Goosfest, held every October, is organised by a group of local volunteers. If you would like to be involved – either by joining the Goosfest committee or by simply volunteering to help with needs such as event set-up, the bar rota, leafletting etc – then again, please email To look at photos from this year’s Goosfest, please visit