Goostrey will celebrate Rose Day on Saturday 26 June even though there will not be an event on the school field because of the uncertainties surrounding the exit from lockdown.

Instead, the Rose Queen Cate Clayton and Rosebud Queen Rose Worsley, will be crowned in a short ceremony, that will take place at 12.30pm on the grassed area off Booth Bed Lane, opposite Meadow Avenue.

The girls, wearing their crowns, and accompanied by their attendants, will then form a small-scale procession, which will begin at 1pm and proceed along Main Road to the Church, where the Rvrd. Heather Buckley will say a prayer, before a wreath is laid at the War Memorial,  in memory of those whom preceded us, and lost their lives to protect the peace and hope, for the village.

Please visit St.Luke’s to see the accolade laid, and support our young people going forward in the future. The Rose Day committee hopes the village will support the procession, and line Main Road, whilst maintaining all covid restrictions, such as social distancing and mask wearing, that may still be in place on the day.

Main Road will be closed from Booth Bed Lane to the Church from 1pm until 2pm. Villagers are encouraged to decorate their gardens with banners and buntings, as usual and there will again be a prize for the best garden banner. Anyone  wishing  to enter the banner competition should e-mail Stewart Smallwood ( by Wednesday 23 June at the latest.

Following on from last year’s successful Rose Day at Home, there will again be a special programme broadcast on Dane Sound Radio, on the Saturday afternoon, with live-coverage and this will be repeated in the future, for supporters, at an advertised time.

The usual prize draw will be taking place with a fantastic array of prizes, generously donated by local businesses. The Goostrey Archive Group will be organising another Treasure Hunt also.

One of the successes of last year’s Rose Day,  was the delivery of small cakes, on behalf of the Rose Queen to residents, who were isolating because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and so,  the committee has decided to repeat the exercise again this year.

If anyone knows of someone who would benefit from a delivery of delicious cakes, they should let Martine Nicholson know by Sunday 20 June by calling 01477 532375 or e-mailing

Although Rose Day will be curtailed, the competitions will still take place. The Children’s Craft Competition, for those aged up to eight and those from 8 -11 is Pebble Art (up to 25cm size) Entries for both age groups should be taken to the Orchards Farm, Twemlow (opposite Bidlea Dairy) on Saturday 19 June between 9.00 am and 10.00 am.

Judging will take place at 10.00 am. Entries to be picked back up at 11.00 am till 12.00, as aforementioned  with the Pebble Art Competition.

There will be treats for each entrant on pick up, and a photo of the entries, with the child’s first name and age displayed, will be put on the Rose Day Facebook page and

This year’s theme for the Rose Festival Craft Plate,  is a Garden Door Wreath (up to 40 cms wide). Entries should be taken to The Orchards Farm, Twemlow on Saturday 19 June between 1.00pm and 2.00 pm. Judging will be at 2.00 pm and entries to be picked up between 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm. The committee and would like to thank Jill & Ray Brown for the kind use of their property.

The Hodgson Cup competition to create a Plant Pot Garden (up to 1 meter high and to include at least one rose) will be judged in the gardens of entrants.

To enter ring 07799 058198 leaving your name and address. Last entry is at 5.00pm on Tuesday 22 June and judging (in your garden) will begin at 2.00pm on Wednesday 23 June.
All winners will be announced on Dane Sound Radio.

Chair of Rose Day Chris Burgess said:

“Although this year’s Rose Day will be on a far smaller scale than usual, the uncertainty around the Government’s Roadmap out of the Pandemic has made it very challenging for the organisers, who have adopted a cautious approach with the safety of children, and villagers always their number one priority. However, we are confident that the people of Goostrey will make the most of it, and we hope that families will organise their own at home celebrations.”


Yours Truly,

Charlotte Fellows

Researcher and Writer



Sarah McNaught

Managing Director



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