The latest news from Friends of Goostrey Station
When Friends of Goostrey Station was formed in 2012, one of the key aims was to see the remaining Victorian wooden building in use again. After protracted negotiations with a number of organisations, the restoration was finished in 2019. And now plans for the rental of the building are also nearing completion. An initial agreement prepared by Northern Rail has been reviewed by the prospective tenants. A revised agreement will be available in May and, if the content is acceptable, it is anticipated that artist Debbie Goldsmith and leather worker Sian Jones will be able to use the premises.
Debbie and Sian explained their vision in this way: “We hope to build an exciting creative space where we can not only house our working studios but also hold workshops, exhibitions and educational activities. Once we are able to enter, there will be a bit of work to do on the space before we can let the public inside. But we are already planning ideas and we are hopeful that the facility can be a real benefit to local people, including children at our primary school. The old ticket office is such a wonderful building and we can’t thank FOGS and Goostrey Parish Council enough for all their help in getting this venture off the ground. Hopefully, after the impressive work that’s already been done on its restoration, we can act as guardians of the building and engage our local community in activities. These are very exciting times!”
FOGS members are also pleased that they have secured funding for the acquisition and installation of two sealed lockable display cabinets in the Manchester to Crewe line waiting area where art work created by pupils at Goostrey Community Primary School is exhibited. The display cabinets will protect their creations from adverse weather conditions such as rain and wind and it will deter vandals. Rail users will benefit too as they enjoy the exhibitions. Our Community Rail officer commented that the long standing relationship between FOGS and the Primary School is outstanding and has been the basis of several awards, both regionally and nationally.
The acquisition and installation of a covered cycle rack at the station is also progressing well. Following a successful bid to DPD and discussions with Northern Rail, FOGS members have reviewed various options. They have submitted their preferred shelter design and requested helmet storage and CCTV. At this stage the installation date hasn’t been confirmed but the project should be completed in a couple of months.
Have you thought about becoming a Friend of Goostrey Station? Our monthly working parties have started again and new members are always welcome to join us. You can find out more about FOGS from our website friendsofgoostreystation.org . You can also talk to Dave Roberts (chair) on 01477 544779 or Craig Sidebotham (vice chair) on 07526 704218.
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