WW1 memorial tree planted

Lest we forget.

The 18 young men from Goostrey, Twemlow and Allostock who fell in the First World War were honoured at a ceremonial oak tree planting this morning on the Bogbean, organised by the Goostrey branch of the Royal British Legion, who have funded the event along with Goostrey Parish Council.  27 other local men who served and survived were also remembered.

The chairman of Goostrey Parish Council, Cllr Ken Morris, made a very touching tribute (written in full below) and 18 Scouts and Guides from Goostrey laid crosses. The vicar of St Luke’s Church, Rev Heather Buckley, and the Minister of the Methodist Church, Reverend Yvonne Pearson lead the prayers and Mrs Margaret Kettle (lovingly referred to as the Queen Mother of the village) helped plant the tree.  A big thank you must go to Arthur Lamb, Chairman, and the Goostrey Branch of the Royal British Legion, for all their hard work in organising the Centenary tree planting and memorial service.

An oak tree was planted with a memorial plaque in memory of their sacrifice for the community and country.   Photographs below.

A Service of Remembrance was held at St Luke’s at 10.00am Sunday 11th and bells rung at 12.30 to mark the 100th anniversary (along with many churches nationally).  The parade assembled in the Crown Inn car park from 9.15am.

Click here to read the list of the 18 men  , where I have now added links to their stories on the Cheshire County Memorial Project so you can look up individual names.

I would like to thank the Royal British Legion for asking the Parish Council to speak at todays ceremony.  It is a privilege to be able to join with all of you to witness the formal planting of this tree and unveiling of the plaque.  Together we are part of a series of tributes taking place up and down the country.

World War 1 was a most terrible and tragic event. Tomorrow will be exactly 100 years since the signing of the Armistice, when the guns fell silent on the Western Front.  These eventsmarked the beginning of the end of that Great War of 1914-18.

As chairman of the Parish Council, I am honoured to be able to represent the local community in paying our respects for the bravery and sacrifice of those 18 men from Goostrey and surrounding villages who fought and died, during, or as a direct result of, the war.   They were truly heroes and they gave their lives for the freedom we have today.

We have the details of another 27 of our local men who served in the war, they fortunately survived.  We salute them as well.

Its hard to imagine the horror that all those men would have experienced.  Before the war they were living peaceful lives and doing ordinary jobs in and around Goostrey.  Some of them were farm workers, some worked at the Railway Station, one was training to be a doctor, another was an MP.  They lived in roads we are familiar with today, including Bank View, Mill Lane, Main Road and in the Station Cottages.  

Following the outbreak of war, in August 1914 Britain recruited a huge volunteer citizen’s army.  In just 8 weeks three quarters of a million men in Britain had joined up.  The menfrom our villages answered the call of duty.  They volunteered to leave their homes and families to fight for their country in far distant places. Almost in the blink of an eye they were no longer in Goostrey, Twemlow or Allostock, but deep in mud at the Battle of the Somme, the Battles at Ypres and the most horrific Battle of Passchendaele.  Between them they saw active service in many different countries, service in which more than nine million military personnel were killed.

I’m sure that we are also very proud of the fact that two of the men from our villages, were awarded the Military Medal for Bravery.  Another was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and another was mentioned in Dispatches by Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig and was awarded the Military Cross for a conspicuous act of gallantry.

16 of the 18 are commemorated on the war memorial at St Luke’s Church, but we know that many of them are buried where they fell or in graves a long way from home, including in France, Belgium, Greece, Jerusalem and Iraq.   Most were only young men, three died at only 19 years old.  

I’d also like us to remember all those who were affected by the loss of these local men at that time, including their families and friends.   Goostrey and the surrounding villages were much smaller places in 1914.  The impact on those left at home, wives, children, fathers, mothers and all those depending on them must’ve been devastating. Even those who returned were often left severely injured or with permanent disabilities, both physical and psychological.

I expect that everyone living in Goostrey and round about today have parents, grandparents, great grandparents or other relatives who served in the war and as such our lives have also been touched in one way or another.

The phrase ‘Lest we forget’ is often used in connection with the Great War.  I therefore feel it is very appropriate for the Parish Council to join with the Royal British Legion and all of you here today in continuing that pledge by marking the centenary with this plaque, and oak tree.  Both will be a reminder of the fallen heroes in our village, and the debt of gratitude that we owe to those 18 men, for centenaries to come. ”  Councillor Ken Morris, Chairman of Goostrey Parish Council.

 

 

 

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.

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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 info@goosfest.com.

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 info@goosfest.com. To look at photos from this year’s Goosfest, please visit www.goosfest.com.

 

Glamping site proposed on Bomish Lane, Goostrey

Full planning permission is being sought for a ‘glamping’ site on Bomish Lane about half a kilometre from the Lovell.  JBO has opposed the proposal, noting “that the impact from the additional potential contribution to the existing level of interference coming from that direction will be moderate to severe.”

link to application:  18/5000m   Comments by 14th Nov.

The application, for Mr Barber of Cheshire Country Holidays on Bridge Lane, includes the construction of 10 glamping pods – on wheels covered by decking- a permanent reception/office, store, shop and shower block with parking spaces for 15 vehicles.

New plans for land off Nether Lea/Hermitage Lane

Yet again – a developer is attempting planning permission for several homes in the village.

12 homes are being proposed by Crabtree Homes Ltd for land to the east of Hermitage Lane, with access off Nether Lea. (see layout below)

Link to application:  18/4980C

Jodrell Bank Observatory were opposed to a previous application for 26 homes at this location (Ashalls submitted a different proposal in 2014 – 14/1964C ; refused and then withdrawn before appeal) however the new developer has included a ‘bund’ to the east in the hope that it might help block interference – higher than the houses??).

I have no idea how effective that would be and details of its height are not included – JBO are yet to comment – but …would diffraction be an issue anyway?

The development will create 12 new dwellings with associated public open space , which provides a choice of housing to meet the needs of the area, whilst respecting and enhancing the site’s environmental assets. This will be achieved through the provision of 9 market houses and 3 affordable homes . Housing will be set within a robust green infrastructure, which will include existing mature trees and hedgerows. It will also include a permanent earth bund to the east side of the site which will help to block any interference to Jodrell Bank. The development will provide a mixture of market and affordable homes enhancing the land which has previously been used for agriculture and is currently empty .” Design & Access, Crabtree Homes.

12 homes proposed behind Nether Lea 18/4980C

Scouts toast the final loan repayment!

Toasting the loan repayment on Goostrey’s Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

Goostrey Parish Councillors joined 1st Goostrey Scouts yesterday to celebrate the repayment of the last £50,000 of the loan on the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

1st Goostrey Scouts celebrating the loan repayment with parish councillors

Group Scout Leader (GSL), Neil Memmott, said: “In April, the outstanding loan stood at £50,000 but since then active fundraising by the Scouts has raised a massive £25,000 and generous match funding by the Parish Council of a further £25,000 means that the debt is now cleared. 1st Goostrey Scouts are extremely grateful to the Parish Council for its support over the past four years in bringing the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre to fruition, and this donation of £25,000 to clear the loan is the icing on the cake! We would not be standing here without the backing of Goostrey Parish Council, who had confidence that David Giles, my predecessor as GSL, and the fantastic team of professionals from Goostrey could deliver this project for the village.

Neil continued: “It is a privilege for my team of Leaders to run Scout, Cub and Beaver activities in the new building, to allow local children to enjoy the benefits of scouting in Goostrey. The outdoor play area is put to good use, including two weeks ago for a very successful Beaver and Cub Camp when activities enjoyed included archery and backwoods cooking. The hut is also home to Goostrey Guiding and Goostrey Pre-School, and the two rooms upstairs are hired regularly by a range of other community groups.”

Ken Morris, Chairman of Goostrey Parish Council said: “The Parish Council was pleased to give half of the site of the former Youth Centre to the Scouts, to support the planning application for the new building and to make the initial donation of £50,000. We have been impressed that the brand new facility opened 18 months ago is being well used by children, young people and other groups. It is a real asset to the village.”

Pictured (front row right to left) Beaver Alfie Warren, Neil Memmott, GSL and Colin Mottershead, Group Chairman of 1st Goostrey Scouts are with Ken Morris, Chairman and Ian O’Donoghue, Vice Chairman of Goostrey Parish Council, with Beaver Rose Saunders.

Pictured (back row right to left) by Beverley Giles, Group Treasurer, Rachel Boulton, Manager of Goostrey Pre-School, Cllr Terence Rathbone, Cllr Peter Godfrey, former Parish Council Chairman, Mark Nelson, Quartermaster and Robin Williamson, Assistant Scout Leader, as well as Jane Stubbs and Louise Brown from Goostrey Guiding

The £25,000 raised by the Scouts this year includes: a generous £10,000 grant from the Columbus Fellowship, more than £4,200 from the Big Bike Ride in May, and nearly £2,500 from other sporting events including another sponsored cycle challenge as well as the Simon Weston Trophy Football Matches in 2017 and 2018. More than £600 was raised from the Afternoon Tea with Mrs Kettle event held in June, a total of more than £1700 from Rose Day, nearly £700 from the Locals Night run at the Hut by a team from the Crown, and about £200 from a Quiz Night at the Crown. In addition, other kind donations have been received including a fantastic £3250 from this year’s Bluedot Festival.

Forthcoming Events:
Sunday 4 November – The Scouts’ annual Bonfire and Firework Night on the field next to the Scout Hut.    Tickets are available from The Trading Post, the Crown and Goostrey News.

10 November – Some of Goostrey’s Scouts will be participating in a special event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 – in memory of the local young men who died in this war.

11 November – Service of Remembrance at St Luke’s Church, Goostrey – when representatives from all three scouting sections will be part of the annual parade.

18 November – Presentation of Chief Scout’s Gold Award – As many as 8 Scouts from Goostrey have been put forward to receive the Chief Scout’s Gold Award this year at Parr Hall in Warrington

2 December from 5 pm onwards – Christmas Lights Switch On at the Bog Bean in Goostrey

More ‘park’ homes applied for on Mount Pleasant

Goostrey’s Mount Pleasant Residential Park (Tingdene Parks Ltd) has applied for the demolition of 60 & 60a Main Road and the garage blocks to redevelop the site with 9 new park homes.    Link to CEC planning page:  18/4510C   (last date for comments 17th October)

Although they could be seen as in line with general Neighbourhood Plan policies they would be in a general area where the Jodrell Bank Observatory has found dwellings unacceptable in the past (south of Mount Pleasant park as well as behind Fairway to the north):  GNP Policy SC2 ‘Developments will not be permitted which can be shown to impair the efficient operation of the radio telescopes.’

Unsurprisingly the Planning Statement states that “it is not anticipated that its impact will be significant. It is unlikely to amount to material harm.”  but JBO has yet to comment.

Goostrey Parish Council has objected however as it would conflict with Neighbourhood Plan policies.

 

Goosfest sales are soaring – book your tickets quickly before any further events sell out!

Tickets for this year’s Goosfest are selling fast – and extra events have been added to meet demand. Festival organisers are urging anyone who hasn’t yet booked, to do so quickly before any further evenings sell out.

The annual festival of music and arts is held every October in Goostrey, and this year’s schedule opens on October 5th with a concert by internationally renowned saxophonist Snake Davis and his five-piece band. From then, Goosfest ‘18 now continues over three weeks with the addition of three extra sourdough bread-making workshops at Roberts Bakery.

This year saw the launch of a new website – www.goosfest.com – which prompted a flurry of sales, from as far afield as the North Wales coast. Now that the box office is open as well, ticket sales to date have exceeded all expectations, and Goosfest organisers anticipate that this year’s festival will be a resounding success.

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Certain events, such as an evening of comedy by veteran broadcasters Barry Cryer and Colin Sell, and the ‘Goostrey Goes to Spain’ night, have already sold out and there are waiting lists. There are still a few tickets available for the joint evening with The Royal Geographical Society-IBG featuring intrepid explorer Benedict Allen; a 1960’s night by The Revolvers; a concert by iconic Liverpool band The Christians, and a Country & Western night featuring up-and-coming Nashville-style singer Jeannine Barry and her band.

In addition, there are tickets for The Hope Wind Ensemble on Sunday evening, October 14th, and also for Goosfest’s tribute to the 100th anniversary of the ending of The Great War, a performance of ‘Standing in Line,’ on Wednesday, October 10th. This is an evening of songs, readings and images, commissioned by ‘Peace Concerts Passchendaele’ and first performed in the church in Passchendaele, Belgium.

For children, there’s an afternoon of pirate mayhem on Sunday October 14th, featuring the same duo who presented last year’s festival favourite, ‘Scary Science’. This interactive show features pirate songs, stories and games, with tea, soft drinks and cakes available throughout.

Goosfest Committee Chairman William Ollier said: “Considering that Goosfest is organised by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, we’re delighted that our growing reputation of hosting one of the best music and arts festivals in the North-West means that we can attract an increasingly diverse mix of both well-known and up-and-coming acts. We work hard to put together a programme which we hope offers something for everyone, but we also want to challenge people to experience something new.”

Now in its 11th year, Goosfest began as a folk weekend and has since grown into a packed two-week festival with fringe events held over a range of different venues local to Goostrey.

Festival organisers have just arranged an extra Swettenham Arms lunch, with entertainment ‘What a Swell Party – The Life and Music of Cole Porter’. The first ‘musical lunch’ on Tuesday October 9th quickly sold out, so a second has been arranged for the day before, Monday October 8th.

Anyone who wants to buy Goosfest tickets is advised to check the website for availability and book online. Alternatively, please call the Box Office – 01477 765016.