Please vote for our photo!
Great news! Friends of Goostrey Station are excited that our work has been recognised again. A photo of Goostrey Beavers Doing Their Best could win the award for a picture that captures the essence of Community Rail.
But we need votes! Please use this link now : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRA2024
In 2019, we were proud to win this category and last year we were runners up. Please encourage your friends and family to support our enthusiastic volunteers by choosing our photo. Voting is open until 29th January.
This year, FoGS also achieved enough points to be in the platinum section for It’s Your Station. This reflects everything that we do throughout the year. Credit is given for gardening, sustainability, artwork and engagement with the community. The Community Rail Awards recognise the important work carried out by a vast number of people who work across Britain’s rail network to make stations welcoming spaces for passengers and visitors alike. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Swansea in March.
Meanwhile Goostrey Art Studio has been on tour. Professional artist Debbie Goldsmith declared that November was ‘super busy’. She was preparing for two events at the end of the month, one in Crewe and the other in Bury.
On Saturday 25th, crowds were wowed by Crewe’s first lantern parade which the Town Council had organised to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas lights. During half term, Debbie led lantern making workshops at Crewe Heritage Centre. Participants made star lanterns and helped Debbie to create a huge showpiece owl lantern. On the day, the effect was magical.
Children and families in Bury made 200 pyramid lanterns from willow and paper during workshops that Debbie led in schools and in the community. On Sunday 26th, over 500 people paraded through Bury and the spectacular creations lit up the town centre. The event included live music, street entertainment and a fire display staged by an organisation called Walk the Plank.
Friends of Goostrey Station are proud that Debbie is making such good use of her art studio in the station building. As well as pursuing her own interest in painting and rug making, she gets so many other people involved in creative activities.