Goostrey is an attractive, thriving village in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. It is enjoyed by cyclists, horse riders and walkers as well as by residents. Recent house building means that ‘newcomers’ live alongside farming families but there is a strong sense of community. There are two pubs, a cafe, several shops, a church and a chapel. The village website captures Goostrey’s history and the activities of a range of clubs and societies.
Friends of Goostrey Station is an award winning group of volunteers who improve Goostrey railway station through gardening, collecting railway memorabilia and displaying art by children from the local primary school. Negotiations about restoring the iconic ticket office building are ongoing. Recently local MP Fiona Bruce commented "...a real model of constructive joint working on the part of local residents of which this community can be rightly proud”.
From Goostrey, there are striking views of the Lovell radio telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory. This is part of Manchester University’s school of Physics and Astronomy and it is also the headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array, an international project to build the world’s largest telescope. In recognition of its historic and scientific significance, Jodrell Bank has been nominated as a World Heritage Site. The public can enjoy the visitor centre, arboretum and cafe; they can also attend courses and the annual Bluedot Festival.
and erected alongside Toad Hall, the home of author Alan Garner. The combined structure is a grade 2 listed building and is cared for by the Blackden Trust. The public can attend events inspired by local history and topics include archaeology, herbal medicine, medieval music and growing gooseberries.
The Medicine House stands between Goostrey and Jodrell Bank. The timber framed apothecary’s house was threatened with demolition at its original site in Wrinehill; but in 1970 it was dismantled