Dates for your diary from 1st Goostrey Scouts



Dates for the Diary

24th November – Woodland Trust Big Climate Fightback at the Scout Hut

Our young people consistently tell us that protecting our environment is one of the most important things they care about. On Sunday 24th November Cub Leader, Paul Kemsley, is inviting all young people from babes-in-arms through to young adults to drop in at the Scout Hut and Youth Centre with their families between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to help plant our wildlife hedge as part of the Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback. Please bring a spade, energy and enthusiasm – and hope for dry weather!

Countdown to Christmas

The Scouts run a range of events for the community each year, which help to raise funds and/or support the work of the Parish Council. The countdown to Christmas is a very busy period.

The Christmas Light Switch on Event will be held at its usual location on the Bogbean on Sunday 1 December from 5 pm onwards, when Santa will, we hope, be able to call in to meet children, while seasonal fayre will be on offer including mulled wine, mince pies, BBQ food and hot drinks and cakes. Join in singing Christmas carols to music performed by the Rode Hall Silver Band – which is kindly funded by a donation from the Parish Council.

Watch out for Santa’s Sleigh in the first week of December. Santa is planning to visit Goostrey West during the evening of Wednesday 4 December, and Goostrey East on Thursday 5 December, ably assisted by some of 1st Goostrey’s Scout Leaders and parents. Bring the children out to meet him.


The route on December 4th Goostrey West will be : Main Road both sides from Long Shoot,Hermitage Lane, New Platt Lane, Boothbed Lane,Forest Avenue, Mulberry Avenue and others.

On December 5thGoostrey East : Main Road (north side), Mill Lane, Woodlands, Buckbean Way, Brooklands Drive (and side roads), Station Road, Main Road (south side to Long Shoot)

Holmes Chapel’s Santa Sleigh is now fitted with a GPS tracker, so anyone can send a text message G123456# to 07933 617016 and they will receive a text providing a link to a google map, showing the exact location of the sleigh. This should greatly assist in checking that Santa is on his way, and to get ready for his arrival.

Donations to Holmes Chapel’s Santa Sleigh can also be made through

The Scout Christmas Post will again be run in December by Goostrey Scouts in conjunction with Holmes Chapel Scouts.  For the modest price of 30 pence per card, let the Scouts deliver some of your local Christmas cards.  Red post boxes will be located at the Scout Hut and Youth Centre, as well as at Goostrey News and the Trading Post from 1 December, with a final collection on Tuesday 17 December.   Please include the postcode for each recipient’s address, then package your cards and payment into one bag and place in the red collection boxes. Cheques should be made payable to “1st Goostrey Scouts” please.

Helpers welcome

We would appreciate help from Scouts’ parents, grandparents or other residents in running all these events. If you could spare some time to help, please contact: Neil Memmott, Group Scout Leader, e:    m: 07970 400880   t: 01477 544406

Goostrey Scouts support the Toy Appeal  for Christmas 2019

1st Goostrey Scouts have invited all our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers to help underprivileged children by showing support for the Toy Appeal 2019.  All our Scout members have been asked to try to bring a new, unwrapped toy suitable for any age group from 0 – 17 to the drop off point in the hallway at the Scout Hut & Youth Centre before  Saturday 7 December. Last year the Toy Appeal provided a sack of toys to 3800 children who would not otherwise have received any presents on Christmas Day.

This year, the Toy Appeal, a charity run by Chris and Dee Drake from Twemlow Green, is keen to increase the number of children helped to 5000.   Group Scout Leader, Neil Memmott, said: “We are keen for our scouts to understand that there are children who are not as fortunate as themselves in our region, and it would be wonderful if we could assist the Toy Appeal in achieving its aim of helping as many as 5000 underprivileged children in the North West to wake up on Christmas Day to a sack full of toys.”  The Crown Inn and Goostrey Primary School are also providing collection points for donations of new unwrapped toys.

Anyone wishing to make a financial donation, please see:

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