Christmas tree collection after xmas

Best wishes to all for Christmas, we hope everyone has a wonderful week.

What to do with the tree afterwards?  Simply register with St. Luke’s Hospice Christmas Tree Collection and they will come and collect it.  Over 642 trees have already been registered – giving over £8000 towards patient care!

How to register your tree…..

  1. Simply, go to their website and enter your postcode here.
  2. Complete the form and make a donation if you wish.
  3. Click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email.
  5. At collection time (10th-13th), just leave your tree outside and the trusty volunteers will do the rest!

Christmas Tree Collection

 

Seniors’ festive lunch

More than 100 of Goostrey’s senior residents enjoyed a festive lunch,
sponsored by the Parish Council, on Sunday 25th November at the Village
Hall.  The meal was accompanied by seasonal music played by Hannah on the
piano and the opportunity was taken for everyone to sing a Happy Birthday to
Margaret Kettle.  

It was a lovely community day – Ken Morris, Chairman of the Council, thanked Sharon, the Parish Clerk, for all the behind-the-scenes organisation, the Brownies for
making the table decorations, the Guides for washing up, the caterers and
servers for the excellent lunch and everyone for coming and making this one
of our traditional village events.

Senior’s lunch 2018

Seniors’ lunch

Hedge planting goes well

What a fantastic job the young people made of the hedge planting this afternoon. Paul Kemsley says, “If I was a hedgehog I’d move in! Our thanks to Carbutts Turf and Lisa & Andy Lintell at Dromedary Lodge – especially for them keeping us in tea & hot chocolate”.

It’s a lovely thought that the youngsters can watch it grow and develop over the years to come.  Well done all.

Traffic Lights scheduled at the rail bridge

Cheshire East are to install traffic lights on the railway station bridge in the new year.

****(January 2019 update: plans currently on hold “mainly down to the complexities of the site in terms of the highway boundary extents”.)

It is anticipated that Station Road will be closed from 4th February to 3rd March 2019 (the dates are only provisional at the moment).

Residents seem to be split in their views on the lights; some strongly in favour, due to safety reasons, and others less so. Will it complicate things at the entrance to the Station and nearby resident’s driveways?  One resident said “I worry it will actually cause drivers entering the village to speed if they’ve been held up on red, especially as many seem to think they don’t need to slow until near the Red Lion, maybe another 30 sign could be put up on the village side of the Station”.  (Highways state that additional signage is not necessary as the presence of street lights indicate a speed limit of 30mph.)

The Parish Council’s preferred solution was a footbridge, but I believe this was ruled out by CEC/Railtrack due to insufficient space on the platform and issues with the overhead wires.

CEC/Railtrack decided that, as their risk assessment showed there is also a danger of cars leaving the road and going down onto the rail track, a traffic light scheme is needed – as well as a footway to address the safety of people crossing the bridge to the southbound track on foot.

Station lights

Station bridge closure

 

Youngsters to plant more trees

Goostrey youngsters are going to be busy on Saturday afternoon (and the village is lucky to have such enthusiasm!).

**If there are any young people (over 11 years old, there will be an event for younger ones in the spring) that are keen on getting involved in helping the environment and want to join in on Saturday please get in touch with paulkemsley72@btinternet.com.

They are to plant more trees and a hedge by the footpath behind Mount Pleasant (the turf fields).  Well done all and thanks to Carbutts Turf and Andrew & Lisa Lintell from Dromedary Lodge.

Saturday 24th November- the first national Tree Charter Day.

Read more about the “tree charter” :  https://treecharter.uk/home.html For trees, woods and people.

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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.