News from Goostrey Art Studio – a creative hub for our local community
At the end of January, professional artist Debbie Goldsmith and FOGS treasurer and vice chair Craig Sidebotham met with a member of the Railway Heritage Trust (RHT) at the restored station building. The visitor was very impressed by the scope of community projects that have been completed at Goostrey Art Studio, and also by the future activities that Debbie would like to organise.
FOGS has already secured some funds to continue the internal refurbishment of the Victorian wooden building. But now we are delighted to announce that, as a result of the meeting with Debbie and Craig, the RHT has promised financial help to complete the plan. Contractors will be asked to quote for the work needed, including testing the existing wastewater arrangements and connecting the water supply to the building. Then toilets, sinks and heating will be installed.
At the moment, Debbie is planning an activity to celebrate the coronation of King Charles and his Queen Consort Camilla. On Monday 8th May we have all been invited to take part in The Big Help Out when members of the public are encouraged to try volunteering for themselves. At Goostrey Art Studio there will be an open workshop where local residents will be able to make clay stepping stones. They’ll also be able find out about volunteering opportunities with FoGS. Please save the date – more details will be available soon.
Debbie is also working with FoGS members to make full use of the new noticeboard at the entrance to platform one. She’s collected information to publicise the work of FoGS and Goostrey Art Studio more effectively, and FoGS website manager Gavin Hollinshead has created a huge poster to fit the cabinet.
If you’re interested in bringing a group to Goostrey Art Studio, please contact Debbie on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to see some of Debbie’s artwork, why not pop into the cafe at Bidlea Dairy? She’s displaying her own paintings and also work by Sue Roberts and Susan McCall.