Scout Bonfire, Hiking and Washing up – the fundraising continues!

Not only was The Goostrey Bonfire and Firework Night a lot of fun but it also raised nearly £5000 towards repaying the outstanding loan of £50,000 towards the new Scout Hut and youth centre.
For the first time on Bonfire Night, the car park of the new Scout Hut was the venue for hospitality – including BBQ food served by Scout helpers – and the funfair held in the play area behind the hut. The magnificent bonfire and fireworks took centre stage on the adjacent field.

Brilliant bonfire by Deborah Goldsmith
2017 Brilliant bonfire; Deborah Goldsmith

Group Scout Leader, David Giles said: “Thanks to all who attended the Bonfire Night event and everyone who helped on the night to make it such a success. I am thrilled that the evening raised more than £4,750 – including a generous £1000 contribution from Barclays Bank from its “£ for £” scheme. ”
Even more money was raised by the scout section this month; a sponsored hike and lots of washing up!
The sponsored hike – postponed from late October – was held over the weekend of 18-19 November.  More than £800 was raised by the 22 scouts and 10 leaders from 1st Goostrey Scouts when they walked a 40km section of the Sandstone trail over two days to raise funds for the Scout Hut and Youth Centre. The route was from Frodsham to Bickerton – passing both Beeston and Peckforton Castles.  Congratulations to all the scouts, their families and their leaders!

Many thanks to all who sponsored our intrepid scouts, and if other residents would like to join in, donations would be very welcome at:

The same weekend, other scouts who did the washing up after the senior citizens’ Christmas Lunch on 19 November “earned” a further £130 towards the Scout Hut, including a donation of £100 from Goostrey Parish Council.  Well done all!

Christmas lunch. Photo John Williams

Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at:
Dates for the diary:
Sunday 3rd December 2017 – Come to the annual Christmas Lights Switch On at the Bogbean – from 5 pm onwards, organised by 1st Goostrey Scouts on behalf of the Parish Council. There is something for everyone: bring children to meet Santa, listen to a wonderful brass band and join in singing Christmas Carols, enjoy lovely BBQ food, hot drinks and mulled wine, and browse at Christmas Stalls.
Christmas Post – Collections from 1st – 19 December
Once again the scouts are running a Christmas post, delivering Christmas cards around Goostrey and Holmes Chapel to raise funds. The cost is 30p per envelope. Please put your cards and money (or cheque payable to 1st Goostrey Scouts) in a bag and pop these into the special post boxes to be found in Goostrey News, the Trading Post or at the Scout Hut.
6 December and 9 December – Father Christmas will be arriving on his sleigh and visiting Goostrey West in the evening of Wed 6 December, and Goostrey East on Sat 9 December, thanks to the generous support from the Rotary Club of Holmes Chapel and District.
Booking enquiries for the Scout Hut – whether for the main hall, the upstairs room or the Ian Godfrey Meeting Room – please contact: Group Treasurer, Mrs Beverley Giles, on: 01477 535634.
For further information re: 1st Goostrey Scouts, please contact:
David Giles, Group Scout Leader – tel: 01477 535634; Email:

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