‘Amazing exhibition, very informative. And yes, there was a pond with goldfish on the south bound platform.’ This was written by a local resident after enjoying a display about transport in Goostrey 1800 to the present – from tractors and trains to bicycles and buses. The exhibition was organised by Goostrey Parish Archive as part of Goosfest’s Arts and Crafts weekend.
Friends of Goostrey Station were proud to talk about the rejuvenation of the station building which Debbie Goldsmith has transformed into Goostrey Art Studio. Debbie displayed some of her paintings and rugs plus some of the plaques made by local adults and children to commemorate the coronation. FoGS brought GIS maps to show how we record biodiversity. The three engraved glass trophies awarded by Community Rail were on show together with a host of photos. There was even information about astronomy (the favourite hobby of the chair of FoGS!) – a link to Jodrell Bank, a local world heritage site, and the possibilities of travel in the future.
In preparation for the exhibition, FoGS obtained photos from enthusiasts at Stockport station. These included fascinating views of the building that used to be on platform two. But it took local knowledge to know about the pond and the goldfish! Presumably this was a hobby of one of the railway employees.
A few days after the exhibition, Goostrey Beavers held another meeting at Goostrey Station. The hour passed so quickly! But they all had time to work with Debbie Goldsmith and with Friends of Goostrey Station. Inside Goostrey Art Studio each Beaver created their own headdress. Outside they enthusiastically swept up fallen leaves. By the end of the evening, the steps and car park looked so tidy! And the children still had time to plant winter pansies in tubs and daffodil bulbs which will flower on the bank near the car park.
But, for several Beavers, the most exciting event of the evening was the frogs which jumped out of the grass near the bug hotels! Unexpected events are often the most memorable!