Congratulations to Friends of Goostrey Station! Goostrey has won a Cheshire Best Kept Stations 2020 Special Award. The announcement was made by Chair of CBKS, Mark Barker, during the Virtual Awards ceremony on Youtube. The Award will be presented at Goostrey Station when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Members of FOGS were asked to identify the project that they were most proud to have completed and to submit a written report with photos. Chair of FoGS, David Roberts said ‘Without a doubt, we had to choose the restoration of the Victorian station building.’ He went on to explain that the work by FOGS and Goostrey Community Primary School to improve the station environment through gardening, art displays and mounting railway memorabilia supported the conversations with Northern, Network Rail and the Railway Heritage Trust. ‘Even so’ he added, ‘the negotiations extended over 7 years.’
In 1891, when Goostrey station opened for passengers 50 years after the Crewe-Manchester line was laid, there were sidings, two wooden modular buildings and six employees. When FOGS was formed in 2012, commuters and school children were using the trains but the station was not welcoming, and the one remaining unmanned building, one of the last of its kind in the country, was deteriorating.
Having ascertained that the building was worthy of renovation because it is one of the last of its kind in the country, FOGS members secured funding. In 2019, Network Rail organised repairs to the roof and the replacement of floors, electrics and window frames. Drain pipes, cladding and decorative canopy brackets were repaired or recast and the exterior was painted in the traditional colours. A plaque on the building celebrates the restoration.
Fiona Bruce MP has described FOGS as ‘a model of constructive joint working’. In October 2019, impressed by the ‘dedicated work’, she publicly commended the members through an Early Day Motion in Parliament.
Have you thought about becoming a Friend of Goostrey Station? New members are always welcome to join us. For more information, please look at our website friendsofgoostreystation.org or come and meet FOGS members during the working parties at the station Or contact Dave Roberts (chair) on 544779; or Craig Sidebotham (vice chair) on 07526 704218.