WW1 memorial tree planted

Lest we forget.

The 18 young men from Goostrey, Twemlow and Allostock who fell in the First World War were honoured at a ceremonial oak tree planting this morning on the Bogbean, organised by the Goostrey branch of the Royal British Legion, who have funded the event along with Goostrey Parish Council.  27 other local men who served and survived were also remembered.

The chairman of Goostrey Parish Council, Cllr Ken Morris, made a very touching tribute (written in full below) and 18 Scouts and Guides from Goostrey laid crosses. The vicar of St Luke’s Church, Rev Heather Buckley, and the Minister of the Methodist Church, Reverend Yvonne Pearson lead the prayers and Mrs Margaret Kettle (lovingly referred to as the Queen Mother of the village) helped plant the tree.  A big thank you must go to Arthur Lamb, Chairman, and the Goostrey Branch of the Royal British Legion, for all their hard work in organising the Centenary tree planting and memorial service.

An oak tree was planted with a memorial plaque in memory of their sacrifice for the community and country.   Photographs below.

A Service of Remembrance was held at St Luke’s at 10.00am Sunday 11th and bells rung at 12.30 to mark the 100th anniversary (along with many churches nationally).  The parade assembled in the Crown Inn car park from 9.15am.

Click here to read the list of the 18 men  , where I have now added links to their stories on the Cheshire County Memorial Project so you can look up individual names.

I would like to thank the Royal British Legion for asking the Parish Council to speak at todays ceremony.  It is a privilege to be able to join with all of you to witness the formal planting of this tree and unveiling of the plaque.  Together we are part of a series of tributes taking place up and down the country.

World War 1 was a most terrible and tragic event. Tomorrow will be exactly 100 years since the signing of the Armistice, when the guns fell silent on the Western Front.  These eventsmarked the beginning of the end of that Great War of 1914-18.

As chairman of the Parish Council, I am honoured to be able to represent the local community in paying our respects for the bravery and sacrifice of those 18 men from Goostrey and surrounding villages who fought and died, during, or as a direct result of, the war.   They were truly heroes and they gave their lives for the freedom we have today.

We have the details of another 27 of our local men who served in the war, they fortunately survived.  We salute them as well.

Its hard to imagine the horror that all those men would have experienced.  Before the war they were living peaceful lives and doing ordinary jobs in and around Goostrey.  Some of them were farm workers, some worked at the Railway Station, one was training to be a doctor, another was an MP.  They lived in roads we are familiar with today, including Bank View, Mill Lane, Main Road and in the Station Cottages.  

Following the outbreak of war, in August 1914 Britain recruited a huge volunteer citizen’s army.  In just 8 weeks three quarters of a million men in Britain had joined up.  The menfrom our villages answered the call of duty.  They volunteered to leave their homes and families to fight for their country in far distant places. Almost in the blink of an eye they were no longer in Goostrey, Twemlow or Allostock, but deep in mud at the Battle of the Somme, the Battles at Ypres and the most horrific Battle of Passchendaele.  Between them they saw active service in many different countries, service in which more than nine million military personnel were killed.

I’m sure that we are also very proud of the fact that two of the men from our villages, were awarded the Military Medal for Bravery.  Another was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and another was mentioned in Dispatches by Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig and was awarded the Military Cross for a conspicuous act of gallantry.

16 of the 18 are commemorated on the war memorial at St Luke’s Church, but we know that many of them are buried where they fell or in graves a long way from home, including in France, Belgium, Greece, Jerusalem and Iraq.   Most were only young men, three died at only 19 years old.  

I’d also like us to remember all those who were affected by the loss of these local men at that time, including their families and friends.   Goostrey and the surrounding villages were much smaller places in 1914.  The impact on those left at home, wives, children, fathers, mothers and all those depending on them must’ve been devastating. Even those who returned were often left severely injured or with permanent disabilities, both physical and psychological.

I expect that everyone living in Goostrey and round about today have parents, grandparents, great grandparents or other relatives who served in the war and as such our lives have also been touched in one way or another.

The phrase ‘Lest we forget’ is often used in connection with the Great War.  I therefore feel it is very appropriate for the Parish Council to join with the Royal British Legion and all of you here today in continuing that pledge by marking the centenary with this plaque, and oak tree.  Both will be a reminder of the fallen heroes in our village, and the debt of gratitude that we owe to those 18 men, for centenaries to come. ”  Councillor Ken Morris, Chairman of Goostrey Parish Council.

 

 

 

WW1 fallen remembered in Goostrey

The men to be honoured:  (click the individual name links for more details listed on the Cheshire County Memorial Project)

Joseph Hamilton. Born Allostock 1895. Killed 31st October 1914. No known resting place.

Walter Bagnall. Born Twemlow 1893. Died age 22 in action at Ypres 6th May 1915.

William Davies. Born 5th May 1894 Parkgate Peover Superior. Died 17th August 1915.

Harry Newton. Born 1882. His family moved to Bank View, Goostrey, he enlisted in October 1915. Died from his wounds on 15th April 1916.

William Carter. Born Goostrey 1897. Enlists at Northwich in 1914. Killed in action 27th July 1916.

Thomas Edward Barber. Born 1884. Killed in action 17th September 1916.

George Lewis Hamilton. Born Twemlow Hall Lodge 1891. Returned to England wounded in September 1916 and died, age 25, from his wounds on 27th October 1916. Awarded the Military Medal for bravery in action which led to his death.

William Street. Born Twemlow Green 1888. Killed in Balkan Campaign 25th April 1917.

George Smallwood. Born in Blackden 1890. Died in action 13th June 1917.

Herbert James Hardy. Born 1890 in London but family moved to Twemlow. Killed at the third Battle of Ypres on 22nd September 1917.

Frederick Johnson. Born Blackden 1887. Killed at The Somme on 28th September 1917.

Philip Kirkland Glazebrook.D.S.O. Born December 24th 1880. A Conservative MP in South Manchester whose parents were from Twemlow Hall. Died in action on 7th March 1918.

Levi Jervis. Born Blackden 1886. 2nd/8th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, 307364. Killed, aged 32, in action 21st March 1918. Commemorated Pozieres Memorial, the Somme and Lower Withington memorial.

Arthur Wood. Born Goostrey 1898. Killed at battle of St Quentin on 23rd March 1918.

James Street. Gunner. Born in Goostrey 1891. Died from his wounds on 26th March 1918.

Charles Parrott. Born Goostrey 1899. Awarded the Military Medal in 1917 for bravery in action. Killed at Flanders on 31st March 1918.

Thomas Rufus. MC. Born May 18th 1890. Son of parents from The Willows, Goostrey. Died in action 14th April 1918. Buried where he fell.

George Thomas Woodward. Born 1898. Survived hospital treatment to return to action, but died on 18th December 1918 from the flu epidemic sweeping through Europe.

We will remember them.

 

 

Goostrey’s fallen in the First World War will be honoured at a ceremonial oak tree planting at 10.30am this Saturday, November 10th on the Bogbean.

The 18 young men from Goostrey, Twemlow and Allostock who gave their lives in the war will be remembered at a memorial service organised by the Goostrey branch of the Royal British Legion, who have funded the event along with Goostrey Parish Council.

The branch will be joined by the chairman of Goostrey Parish Council, Cllr Ken Morris, together with 18 Scouts and Guides from Goostrey, the vicar of St Luke’s Church, Rev Heather Buckley, and the Minister of the Methodist Church, Reverend Yvonne Pearson.

Commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War, an oak tree will be planted on the Bogbean, and Scouts and Guides will place named poppy crosses in honour of each of the fallen in a wreath beside the tree, to salute the men and as an everlasting memory of their sacrifice for the community and country. A memorial plaque will be placed around the tree.

**There is a Service of Remembrance at St Luke’s at 10.00am on Sunday 11th and the bells will also be rung at 12.30 to mark the 100th anniversary (along with many churches nationally).  The parade will assemble in the Crown Inn car park from 9.15am.

Biographies of Goostrey people who gave their lives can be viewed in the church this week during daylight hours.

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

 

Parish Council: vacancy for councillor

Would you like to join Goostrey’s Parish Council ?

There is currently a vacancy for a councillor to be co-opted onto the Parish Council; if you are interested in applying please send an e-mail or letter to the Clerk explaining why you are interested and what you think you would contribute to the Parish.

*Application letters must reach the council by 5pm on 24th Oct.

For more details on what is involved contact Sharon Jones, the Parish Clerk:

Phone: 01477 535825 or

Email: ParishCouncil@Goostrey.info

Write: Sharon Jones, The Village Hall, Goostrey CW4 8PE