Do you have a few hours to spare each month to meet new people and join a winning community team?
Friends of Goostrey Station, winners of 8 Awards, including 6 Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards, are asking for new volunteers.
Further information can be found below or at their website - friendsofgoostreystation.org
Fiona Bruce MP -
“Since their creation eight short years ago, Friends of Goostrey Station have transformed the station – winning eight awards, including a national one, and being shortlisted for many others. It was lovely to visit recently and admire some of their most recent handiwork”
“Nine years of work by Friends of Goostrey Station - and we’re looking forward to more success in the future
Great things have small beginnings - that’s what it says on the Friends of Goostrey Station website friendsofgoostreystation.org . In 2012, Goostrey Parish Council identified the railway station as a blot on the village landscape. And so FOGS was created. We aim to work in a sustainable way to make Goostrey station a welcoming place that our community can be proud of. So much has been achieved since the group formed 9 years ago, and we’ve even been commended in an Early Day Motion in parliament. Our latest challenge is to enthuse others to join us.
We need helpers at our monthly working parties, but there’s much to be done ‘behind the scenes’. Tasks include recording plant and animal life, watering plants, applying for grants, keeping track of finances, researching railway history, writing competition entries, liaising with rail authorities, working with local young people and recording minutes of meetings.
So what’s been achieved so far?
Art projects :
regular displays by Goostrey Community Primary School
two banners designed by Eammon Murphy
workshops planned for the restored station building
Railway heritage :
restoration of the Victorian station building
preservation of the bridge keystone and a platform oil lamp
collection of photos and stories about the history of the station and the employees
Community involvement :
teachers and pupils at Goostrey Community Primary School
Goostrey Cubs and Beavers
Duke of Edinburgh Award candidates
increased variety of plants providing new habitats for animals
installation of bug hotels and boxes for birds and bats
GIS mapping of species and habitats
1 National Community Rail Award
6 Cheshire Best Kept Station Awards
1 Wild About Goostrey Gold Award
Have you a few hours to spend each month on a community project that is making a real difference to our local environment? You can find out more about FOGS from our website. You can also talk to our chair Dave Roberts on 01477 544779 or our vice chair Craig Sidebotham on 07526 704218.
The photo shows members of FOGS in July 2021 celebrating a sixth award in the Cheshire Best Kept Station Competition.
From the left - Bill Macdonald, David Mason, Dave Roberts, Monica Robson, Craig Sidebotham, Ayleen Jarvis, Mike Jarvis”