A Socially Distanced Gooseberry Gathering

Goostrey Gooseberry Society have announced that this year’s show will not go ahead as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. However, maintaining the tradition of over 100 years, the society will this year run a growers-only weighing meeting this Saturday (25th July), broadcasting live on their Facebook page from 1pm on the day, with prize giving […]

Gooseberries; from wooden spoon to Premier Berry

Gooseberries; from wooden spoon to Premier Berry

A look behind the scenes of producing a winning gooseberry. Goostrey’s Martin de Kretser tells of his journey from receiving the wooden spoon to winning this year’s cup for the heaviest gooseberry. “After moving into the village in 1993 after Sue and I were married, we started growing fruit and vegetables in the garden.  We […]

Battle of the bulging berries

Battle of the bulging berries

From Blogs from the Bongs: A Dunkirk spirit will be needed by growers poised this week for the annual battle of the bushes as gooseberries come under attack from a combined force of weather, disease and pests. Goostrey show in action Kelvin Archer with world beating berry Only several weeks ago all looked well as the […]

Goostrey Gooseberry Show. A tense time

Goostrey Gooseberry Show. A tense time

Friday 28th July: The gathering of the Gooseberries. Tension is mounting in the ‘goosegog’ community for the ‘Gathering’ tomorrow when about 25 Goostrey Gooseberry growers pick their berries, with witnesses, ready for the show on Saturday from 1pm at The Crown Inn, Goostrey.  All are welcome to watch! But will anyone have any berries left? […]