A Cheshire based station group is looking to the future with a call to arms for new members. “Great things have small beginnings” is the strapline 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 Friends of Goostrey Station was created. The group aims 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 nine years ago and many successes, including an commendation in an Early Day Motion in parliament. The group’s latest challenge is to enthuse others to join them.
The station friends are looking for helpers to join them at their 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.
The group is regularly involved in a number of projects and activities, connect their station with the community. These have included art projects, engagement with local schools and cub groups, and biodiversty initiatives. These projects have resulted in the group winner a number of awards, including a category win at the 2019 Community Rail Awards.
If you’re in the areas and have you a few hours to spend each month on a community project that is making a real difference to our local environment,get in touch with the group via their website. Alternatively, you can also talk to the group’s chair – Dave Roberts on 01477 544779, or vice chair – Craig Sidebotham on 07526 704218.