Great Bonfire Night for the Scouts

Goostrey Scouts’ annual bonfire held on the field next to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre on Sunday raised a fantastic £3,000 to help towards the cost of buying equipment and organising activities.

Group Scout Leader Neil Memmott said ” We were lucky that the weather was clear until after the end of the fireworks, so I was delighted by the turnout on the evening and the total raised.

“All the burgers and hotdogs barbecued by the team from Goostrey Scouts even ran out before the fireworks started, but fortunately Goostrey Guiding were also serving hot drinks and cakes, and Goostrey Pre-School’s marshmallow kebabs proved very popular. My thanks go to the organising team for the event, led by Executive members Tony Taylor, Mark Nelson and Colin Mottershead, and also to Ray Brown and sons for the use of the field and working to create the bonfire.”

JBO opposes Hermitage Lane and Mt Pleasant plans

Jodrell Bank Observatory has objected to two current applications in Goostrey, ‘noting that the cumulative impact of this and other developments is more significant than each development individually’.

12 homes proposed by Crabtree Homes Ltd on open countryside to the east of Hermitage Lane, with access off Nether Lea.  Decision expected 3rd Jan.  Link to application:  18/4980C

Mount Pleasant Residential Park (Tingdene Parks Ltd) applied for the demolition of 60 & 60a Main Road and the garage blocks to redevelop the site with 9 new park homes.    Decision expected 30th Nov. Link to CEC planning page:  18/4510C 


The Lovell radio telescope

How was it for you?

Goosfest 2018 is over – but planning for next year’s festival has already begun!

Now the organisers are keen for any feedback on this year’s events – plus any suggestions for what you might like to see in a future schedule.


Goosfest 2018 was the largest programme to date, with a record-breaking 28 activities, ranging from classical music to country and western, popular music, Broadway favourites, jazz and folk, plus drama, comedy, and magic.

There was also a range of workshops, including jewellery-making, photography, memoir-writing and sourdough baking. Children enjoyed an afternoon of Pirate activity, and village performers put on two ‘Cole Porter’ lunches at The Swettenham Arms. Goostrey went to Spain for an evening of Spanish food, song and flamenco dancing, and there was a series of lectures covering local history and the development of the SKA headquarters at Jodrell Bank. An organ recital in Goostrey Church, and a fascinating presentation by explorer Benedict Allen, rounded off more than two weeks of Goosfest events.

Now it’s your chance to contribute to future success. What would you like to see in next year’s or further festival programmes? Please email your suggestions – plus any comments on this year’s events – to

Goosfest Chairman Bill Ollier said: “Every year, we try to put together a varied programme – something for everyone, we hope. But we’re always open to new ideas or suggestions for who we might ask to perform. We’re a not-for-profit organisation, so we obviously have a limit to the fees we can pay for acts, but we try to get the best possible quality of entertainment within the budgets we manage. So, if anyone has an idea for entertainment, a lecture or a workshop, then please get in touch quickly, as we aim to have next year’s schedule mapped out by Christmas.

“In the meantime, the Goosfest Committee would like to thank everyone for their support this year, and also for their patience and understanding as we had to introduce new ticketing processes due to unforeseen circumstances.”

Goosfest, held every October, is organised by a group of local volunteers. If you would like to be involved – either by joining the Goosfest committee or by simply volunteering to help with needs such as event set-up, the bar rota, leafletting etc – then again, please email To look at photos from this year’s Goosfest, please visit


Remembrance on the Bogbean

Goostrey’s fallen in the First World War will be honoured at a ceremonial oak tree planting at 10.30am on 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, Ken Morris, 18 Scouts and Guides from Goostrey, the vicar of St Luke’s Church, Reverend 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.

The men to be honoured…..

George Lewis Hamilton. Born Twemlow Hall Lodge 1891. Returned to England wounded in September 1916 and died from his wounds on October 27, age 25. Awarded the Military Medal for bravery in action which led to his death.

Walter Bagnall. Born Twemlow 1893. Died in action at Ypres May 6, 1915, age 22.

Joseph Hamilton. Born Allostock 1895. Killed October 31st, 1914. No known resting place.

William Davies. Born May 5th 1894 Parkgate Peover Superior. Died August 17th 1915.

Philip Kirkland Glazebrook. Born December 24th 1880. A Conservative MP in South Manchester whose parents were from Twemlow Hall. Died in action on March 7th 1918.

Thomas Rufus. Born May 18th 1890. Son of parents from The Willows, Goostrey. Died in action April 14th 1918. Buried where he fell.

Levi Jervis. Born Blackden 1896. Killed in action March 21st 1918.

George Smallwood. Born in Blackden 1890. Died in action June 13th 1917.

Frederick Johnson. Born Blackden 1887. Killed at The Somme on September 28th 1917.

James Street. Born in Goostrey 1891. Died from his wounds on March 26th 1918.

Henry Newton. Born 1882. His family moved to Twemlow and he enlisted in October 1915. Died from his wounds on April 15th 1916.

George Thomas Woodward. Born 1898. Survived hospital treatment to return to action, but died on December 18th 1918 from the flu epidemic sweeping through Europe.

William Street. Born Twemlow Green 1888. Killed in Balkan Campaign April 25th 1917.

Thomas Edward Barber. Born 1884. Killed in action September 17th 1916.

William Carter. Born Goostrey 1897. Enlists at Northwich in 1914. Killed in action July 27th 1916.

Charles Parrott. Born Goostrey 1899. Awarded the Military Medal in 1917 for bravery in action. Killed at Flanders on March 31st 1918.

Herbert James Hardy. Born 1890 in London but family moved to Twemlow. Killed at the third Battle of Ypres on September 22nd 1917.

Arthur Wood. Born Goostrey 1898. Killed at battle of St Quentin on March 23rd 1918.

St Luke’s church fundraising

St Luke’s Reverend Heather Buckley is celebrating the success of its recent appeal to raise more than £8,000 to fund the cost of removing the old beech tree which, including traffic management costs, was £8,239, a major blow to the church’s finances for 2018.

Among a number of large individual donations the church received towards the cost of the work was an anonymous donation of £1,000.

Now, after reaching the target, Rev Buckley hopes more funds can be raised to continue the work in the churchyard.

St Luke’s Christmas fair is on Saturday, November 24, and the church would welcome donations for the raffle, tombola, gift and toiletries, cake and produce stalls.  The fair is the church’s major fundraising event of the year, and the church is very grateful for anything people may give.

St. Luke’s Goostrey

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