“Wild about Goostrey” – make a pledge today!

Only officially launched at Rose Day, the Wild About Goostrey project is proving even more popular than hoped with pledges to transform the village into a wildlife haven.

With attractive plaques to display in gardens and meadows up for grabs by anyone taking part in the project, the pledges are “coming in thick and fast,” say the organisers.

“Urbanisation of gardens is the enemy of wildlife but aiming for a country look with areas left alone to grow on their own or even planted out in a wild-friendly way will stop the loss of habitat for creatures of all kinds,” said a project supporter.

Join in with Wild About Goostrey and email in the habitat improvement you pledge to make in your garden along with your contact details to pmorgan.goostreypc@gmail.com

Article by John Williams

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United Utilities Priority Services – Sign Up Today!

United Utilities have asked the Parish Council to publicise this free service to their customers.  If you know of anyone who could benefit from this service please pass on the information below.

Heard of our Priority Services Register?

As you know, United Utilities is the water and wastewater company that serves over 7 million customers in over 3 million homes right across the North West, and we have been doing a lot over the past couple of years to improve our services in giving more support to those who need it most.

We all need a little bit of extra help at some stage in our lives.  This could be due to age, ill health, a disability, mental health problems, financial worries or even language barriers.  By registering for our free Priority Services scheme, customers could benefit from additional free services from us, to support their particular needs, including:

  • A free phone number connecting them to a dedicated, externally trained team, to listen, help and support
  • Nominate a carer, family member or even a friend to speak to us on their behalf
  • A knock and wait service, so if they have mobility needs we’ll always wait, allowing them enough time to answer the door
  • We’ll notify them of any planned interruptions to their water supply
  • Bills and letters could be printed in braille, large print or even on coloured paper
  • Add a password to their account as added protection from bogus callers
  • Translation services if English isn’t their first language
  • Help and advice if they’re struggling to pay their water bill

For customers with internet access, there’s even an online accessibility tool, changing the look of our website to suit their needs. All they have to do is click on the ‘Accessibility Help’ button on the bottom right of each page of our website.

You don’t even have to be the account holder to join and registration really couldn’t be easier.  You can either:

  • Visit our website unitedutilities.com/priorityservices and complete a simple online form
  • Call our friendly Priority Services team direct on 0345 072 6093
  • Also, when someone registers with us, with their consent, we could also add their details to a similar free scheme with Electricity North West (who manage the electricity network in our region).  If eligible, this would provide additional support if there was ever a loss of power too – so two for the price of one!



Goostrey Christmas Lights Switch on Sunday 2nd December

The Parish Council thanks the Scouts for running the event again this year.  We hope you will support the event on the Bog Bean which starts at 5pm.

Santa will be dropping in on his Sleigh, the Guides will be selling cakes, the Beavers and Cubs will be selling gifts and the Pre School will hosting a stand for the first time.

Come and enjoy the brass band playing whilst you browse the stalls and tuck in to hot dogs, mulled wine, tea and coffee.

Reverend Heather Buckley will be there too.  The lights will be switched on at 6pm.

New Site Maintenance Officer urgently needed for Goostrey Community Primary School

GCPS is looking for a reliable, conscientious Site Maintenance Officer, who will become part of a whole school team committed to providing an environment in which pupils are happy and safe.

Hours of work will be 2.5 hours per day from 7 30 to 10 00 am Monday – Friday, during term –time. During school holiday closures working hours may be altered to accommodate scheduled maintenance work as required, therefore an element of flexibility is required. The school operates split maintenance shifts; therefore handover communication with the other post holder is required.

For full details of the role, which will include general cleaning/maintenance, unlocking the building, security checks, winter gritting, maintenance record keeping, and banking duties, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Closing date is NOON on Friday 19th January 2018.

Please download an application form and person specification, and return to admin@goostrey.cheshire.sch.uk

Goostrey Community Primary School is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of our pupils. The successful applicant will be required to have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks, and attend Basic Safeguarding training.

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