View the Goostrey Parish Archives

The Goostrey Parish Archive group welcome material of local interest and already have a mass of photographs etc to examine and catalogue in the growing collection.

The archive is open to the public on Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm and on Thursdays 10am – 12.00 in the Village Hall.

Archive chairman Roger Burgess, “The archive is up and running in its new home and people are welcome to drop in when we are open to look at documents and pictures of village life, as well as bring any items they think we might like for the collection. It is amazing the amount of material we have that might otherwise have been lost, including photographs of the village and its people from before the Victorian age up to modern times.”

For further information about the group Roger can be contacted by calling 01477 535443.

P.O. robbery. Who to contact if you have any info

Anyone with information should contact the police via 101 or  https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries/  .

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  https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage/

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.

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  https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries/  . 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  https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage/

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 Post Office robbed

Sadly Goostrey post office was robbed this afternoon, between 4 and 4:30pm shortly before closing. Apparently it was a youth with something resembling a crowbar who took a small amount of cash.

We hear that everyone is ok, thank goodness, though no doubt Steve and Gill will be shaken. (Mrs Kettle was in the back room and was unaware of the incident until after it was over. She was visited by Rev. Heather shortly after and was said to be fine.)

Police with dogs were quickly at the scene – you may have heard all the sirens – and questioned people nearby etc and gathered forensics, searching nearby fields.

Anyone with information should contact the police via 101 or  https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries/  . 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  https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage/

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.

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.

New signs for Booth Bed Lane junction

Residents may have noticed that all the warning signs are being replaced/upgraded at the junction of Booth Bed Lane/Hermitage Lane with Main Road.  Goostrey Parish Council received representations about the dangers there and analysis showed that all the accidents that have occurred there had been due to drivers coming from Booth Bed Lane or Hermitage Lane not realising that there is a junction and going straight across.  Although the visibility is poor, those who stop at the junction and move out slowly had not caused any accidents.

Although on-site discussions with CEC Highways showed that there is very little space to improve the junction itself some improvements could be made: the lights on the ‘stop’ signs had failed on both sides and some of the signage was badly positioned or discoloured.  Therefore CEC agreed to upgrade and replace the signs with new ones, and also to add some new road markings.   The Parish Council will continue to monitor the situation once the upgrades are complete.

Booth Bed Lane junction

The Woodland Trust featured Goostrey hedge planting

Goostrey featured in The Woodland Trust’s newsletter this month:

I’ve been a Woodland Trust member for 20 years and a cub scout leader for five, so as there hasn’t really been any woodland conservation or planting for years here in Goostrey, Cheshire, I decided to combine the two. With some help from a local landowner, funding from the Goostrey Rose Festival and our local Brownie pack, we planted a new woodland bank (a bongs in local dialect) along the stream that runs through our village.

It proved so successful, with over 35 young people involved, each planting a tree to nurture and enjoy, that I am already planning the next event in March!”

Paul Kemsley, Woodland Trust member

Goostrey on The Woodland Trust website