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 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). 


Quarry liaison committee

August update…..Sibelco form a Liaison Committee.

Sibelco have appointed a Site Manager, Kaz Jinks, “to support the development, opening and future running of the site”. Kaz will provide updates (like the one below) and be Sibelco’s ongoing contact for the operations at the Rudheath Lodge quarry on New Platt Lane: a member of the Parish Council will attend the Liaison Committee to represent Goostrey’s views.

Don’t forget to vote for FoGS


The winning photo will be decided by public vote so please support FOGS by clicking the link below and vote!…..

click here to vote…….> Cast your Vote for FOGS. *You can vote until 3 September

FOGS entry photo is option d) in the above competition – seen below, showing two of our volunteers taking a break during a working party to enjoy the pleasant seating area on the Manchester platform. 

“This part of the station has been made more welcoming by tubs of flowering plants and railway memorabilia. We have also been nominated  for the Most Improved Station so keep your fingers crossed for us at the ACoRP Awards Evening in Telford on Thursday 3rd October.”

Thank you from all members of FOGS (Friends of Goostrey Station)  

Vote for this photo to help FOGS win an ACoRP award!

Join the big butterfly count

It only takes 15 minutes to join in and count what butterflies and moths you see in your garden. #WildAboutGoostrey

The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping to assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 100,000 people took part in 2018, submitting 97,133 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK (see all the 2018 results).

The big butterfly count 2019 takes place from Friday 19 July – Sunday 11 August.

Click the link for details: big butterfly count 2019. Or to download the app.

Police appeal for witnesses

Detectives believe the same man may have robbed Goostrey Post Office and a Rode Heath off-licence with the space of 90 minutes.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the raids, which happened yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

The first robbery was reported at 2.58pm at Bargain Booze in Sandbach Road, Rode Heath. A man entered the shop and threatened staff with a wheel brace before fleeing with cash.

Then at 4.32pm police were called to the post office in Main Road, Goostrey, following reports of staff being threatened with a wheel brace before the man fled with a quantity of cash. Police attended both scenes and made searches of the area, and are continuing to make inquiries in Rode Heath and Goostrey, which are 10 miles apart.

The man being sought is described as white, with scraggy dark hair. He is believed to be 20 to 30 years old, about 6ft tall and of slim build. He was wearing a grey tracksuit and black trainers with white soles. At the Goostrey incident he was wearing a grey and green hooded top with black tracksuit pants and black trainers with white soles.

Jonathan Royle, the sub postmaster responsible for Goostrey Post Office said: “The man came in and demanded cash and produced a wheel brace, which he was waving about. The man had waited until the customers had gone out, and two members of staff were serving at the time. Although no-one was harmed it was an unpleasant experience for them.”

Newsagent Nigel Fallon, whose shop is opposite the post office, said: “The first I was aware of it was when a police car came roaring in. It’s the kind of thing you don’t expect to happen in such a lovely village as here.”

DS Dave Jarvis said: “We are working on the theory that these two incidents may be linked. I would urge anyone who may have seen suspicious activity that may have been connected to the robberies to contact police. If you have dashcam footage and you were in the area between 2.45pm and 3.05pm in Rode Heath, or in Goostrey between 4.25pm and 4.40pm we are keen to hear from you.” Knutsford Guardian

Anyone with information should contact the police via 101 or  . Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

If you have dashcam footage you can submit it by going to

If you have information on the Rode Heath robbery please reference IML 452991. If you have information on the Goostrey robbery please reference IML 453099.

Goostrey Gooseberry Show 27th July 2019

Goostrey Gooseberry Show Saturday 27th July from 1pm at The Crown (til 6ish).

The first Goostrey Gooseberry Show was in 1863 with the first one held in the Red Lion, Goostrey.

The current Society has been going since 1897.

It’s all about who can grow the heaviest Gooseberry, some of which can grow to the size of a hen’s egg! After 12 months of carefully tending their ‘goozgog’ bushes the members will be on tenterhooks from the day before for “The Gathering” – when they pick their berries in front of witnesses and lock them away in special boxes until the all important weigh-in on the Saturday…..will they have split overnight?….will they be the heaviest?…..

Fingers crossed the weather is kind to them….too much sun? ….too much rain?

The Society would be grateful for your support on Saturday 27th July from 1pm (go along and witness this lovely village tradition and buy a raffle ticket!). The Crown will be serving food and drinks to round off an exciting day. If you live in Goostrey, Allostock or Twemlow you can join the Society and help keep this tradition alive!

2018 winners Goostrey Gooseberry Show