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

1934 Rose Queen Elsie Maddock sadly dies

Sad news of the death of Mrs Elsie Maddock, Goostrey Rose Queen of 1934.

Elsie Maddock (nee Capper) became a much loved stalwart of the town carnival movement, both as an adjudicator (notably for the Lancashire Carnival Organization for 25 years) and as trainer of Goostrey Morris Dancers. Fifty years after she was Goostrey’s Rose Queen she was President of the Goostrey Rose Festival in 1984.

1934 Rose Queen Elsie Maddock. Photo from Dawn Maddock

Photos from Dr Lucy Wright, who made the wonderful commemorative shield in 2017 for the front of Elsie’s house, “she was much loved throughout the carnival world – and will be sadly missed”. There are already some lovely messages on LG’s Facebook post led by grandson Andrew Maddock “Thank you for the beautiful pictures of grandma. She had so much love to give to everyone. We will all miss her so very much.”


Goostrey’s Laura needs your vote

Laura Harvey, from Goostrey, is among eight volunteers from around the world (she is the only one from the UK) to be selected out of nearly 2000 as finalists for the 2019 IVHQ Alternative Break Scholarship. However the ultimate winner will be determined by public vote so Laura would be grateful for our support…… voting is open until March 3. Vote for Laura at

Laura Harvey

My name is Laura Harvey and I have lived in Goostrey my whole life, attending the Primary School and Holmes Chapel High School.  I have been lucky enough to receive funding to take a gap year, already spending time living with a host family and volunteering in environmental education in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

However, I am also hoping to continue my environmental volunteering and practice my Portuguese, and have been shortlisted for a scholarship to go to Lisbon for two weeks and volunteer with a local diving school. Through this, I will aid with the training of local divers, a sustainable method of keeping the coastline clean of pollution.

This will only be possible through this scholarship, which is now up for public vote! It is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me, and I have already been overwhelmed by the support from home so far.  However, voting is still open for two weeks, and I need more support to try and win! You can vote once everyday, and I would be so grateful to everyone who would like to support me.

As I look to the summer, I am excited to bring what I have learnt to the community, and will be visiting local sixth forms to share my experiences with students and help them explore their post-18 options.”

A passionate environmentalist, Laura says she wants to win the IVHQ Alternative Break Scholarship to volunteer in Portugal on an environmental conservation project.

In choosing an environmental, non-socially-oriented project I hope to give the biggest positive impact. My passion for the environment motivates me through tough physical labour, through awkward cultural encounters and to take initiative in creating side projects and initiatives.” 










The world’s leading volunteer organization, International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ), in partnership with sister company Intern Abroad HQ (IAHQ), is offering the scholarship to an outstanding candidate who wishes to complete either a volunteer or intern program in any of the nearly 50 international destinations available.
This year’s Alternative Break Scholarship attracted nearly 2,000 applications worldwide. From there, eight outstanding finalists have been selected to compete for the public vote and the chance of a lifetime to volunteer or intern abroad for nothing. The finalists all have rich backgrounds in serving as community volunteers previously and stood out for their enthusiasm, attitude and proactiveness.
18 year old Laura Harvey has worked as a fundraiser for the WWF and as a Girl Guide leader, and a year-long volunteer scholarship in Brazil. For more details and to vote for Laura visit


Mill Bank Farm Grade ll barn urgent repairs

The Grade ll listed 17th century barn at Mill Bank Farm, off Mill Lane, is currently unsafe and in urgent need of repair/conservation “to safeguard the future of the building”.  It would certainly be sad to see such a barn go to rack and ruin.

Cheshire East are seeking planning permission for Listed Building Consent for external urgent repairs to the timber framed barn and the 19th century neighbouring building. (To include removal of existing modern blockwork pens to the interior and additional structural bracing to stabilise the structure.)

link to application 18/6211C

Mill Bank Grade ll barn

Cheshire East Council’s conservation officers have undertaken emergency repairs over the past two years and the 17th century barn is not currently in use as it is deemed unsafe.

Purcell’s Elgan Jones’ Condition report states, “The building has suffered from weathering and general degradation of exposed timbers, which has caused longstanding movement, distortion and damage to parts of the aged timber frame and original fabric.  There is other recent damage, with a small local collapse occurring in early summer 2017 to the front middle section.  This has necessitated emergency propping and some shoring up of the load-bearing frame stable to make the building safe and reasonably secure for the time being.”


Historic England’s listing:

“Barn late C17 with early C19 alterations and additions. Brick nogged timber frame and brickwork with slate and tile roofs. 3 truss bays with 2 bay, 2 storey brick addition (west). The framing of the barn, which stands on a 900mm high plinth of C17 bricks, is 15 panels long and-4 panels wide of small framing filled with early C19 brick nogging. There are half-heck doors and square pitch hole doors. This section of the building has the slate roof. The early C19 brick addition has a flight of brick external steps, with stone treads, which lead to the loft, also a tile roof with blue clay ridge tiles. Interior: Oak Queen Post Trusses, with high collars, are supported by jowled posts. There are oak purlins with wind braces and an oak ridge tree. Braces from the posts to the tie beams are missing. The floor and roof timbers in the C19 addition conform to the period of the building.”

Help the scouts plant a hedge 3rd March

Join in with Goostrey Scouts to finish the ‘turf fields’ hedge on the 3rd March from 1.00pm.

They have 30metres of hedging to plant; some kindly donated by Chester Zoo and 10 Cheshire Damson Trees kindly donated by Goostrey Parish Council ( think of all the jam! and the biodiversity such a hedge will bring in years to come).  Damson trees have traditionally been planted in hedges through Cheshire, bringing pretty white blossom in spring followed by delicious dark fruit in September – for tasty jam, fruit crumbles and even damson gin!

The scouts would like to extend a welcome to all the local community … dog walkers, jam makers, bird watchers, youngsters & oldsters … to join them and help plant a tree.  (Where are the ‘turf fields’ ? Behind Mount Pleasant Residential Park in the middle of the village)

Paul Kemsley: “All are welcome, there’s lots of work, just bring a spade and please do come.”  (Please email…. if you need further details)

Did you know…..Market Drayton was famed for its Damson Fair when Lancashire textile makers  would buy damsons to make dye for their cloth until synthetic dyes killed the industry. The Damson Fair ran in Septembers between the 1850s and the 1930s.

The skins were used to make blue-grey dye for RAF uniforms in World War II, and damsons mixed with ammonia turned cloth green – army uniforms in the First World War were dyed khaki with damsons.