Goosfest 2021 – September 30th to October 3rd
Dear Goosfest friends and followers,
It has been a long and difficult 18 months for all and no one was more bitterly disappointed than us when we had to cancel Goosfest 2020, especially after we had already put together another fabulous programme.
However, we believe we can have a gradual kick-start to normality this autumn, with a mini Goosfest long-weekend of events. Our rationale for holding just a short festival this year is based on recognising that many people may still feel uncomfortable in public venues and take some time to gradually readjust. Furthermore, as some uncertainty yet remains, if we did have cancel again, a weekend is less difficult to unpick than our usual 17-day programme.
The safety of our festival goers and performers is paramount and so we are keeping events to a reasonable audience size. This means that only a limited number of events and tickets will be available this year. We will not be distributing our usual programme flyer or widely promoting the festival through all our marketing routes. Tickets will not go on sale through the website until Monday 6th of September and all sales will be card purchases. We hope to run a more limited bar at events and use card transactions to avoid handling cash. All events will be organised and run to comply with best Government advice and guidelines at the time of performance.
Should the current covid-19 Government restrictions change, meaning we have to cancel or ensure that people attending require proof of vaccination, we will fully reimburse ticket orders. In addition, should anyone feel unwell on the day of an event they have bought tickets for – or have to quarantine – we will also give a full reimbursement.
We have selected some excellent events for our mini Goosfest and we hope that this will brighten lives and help start bringing back some normality to our community.
Goosfest is excited to announce the following line-up for this year’s Festival.
- The Idesta Duo at The Yellow Broom – A music recital followed by afternoon tea£29.99Kezia Lovick-Jones saxophone - Martha Cullen saxophone - (The Idesta Duo appear by kind permission of the RNCM) 2pm Thursday 30th September 2021 (Tea will be served at 3pm) Please arrive in good time to be seated , and accept our apologies if there is a little delay in doing so. The Yellow Broom Restaurant, Twemlow Green, CW4 8BL Includes afternoon tea served at your table, for Covid-safe reasons: the concert will take place with the audience seated at their tables throughout; some may have a restricted view. Tickets for this event should be purchased directly from The Yellow Broom who will organise seating plans for people attending. Tel: 01477 534048, with payment upfront, please. Please try to make up a table of four or more, if possible. Numbers are limited by protocols for distancing at the restaurant for this event. The Yellow Broom please request that you wear masks on entry, whilst moving around the restaurant at any time, and during the Recital. Call venue to book on 01477 534048
- LOW STOCK!‘Write Your Way to Wellbeing’ workshop – with Judi Goodwin£35.0010am-4:30pm Saturday 2nd October 2021 The Old Fuel Depot –Twemlow Green (CW4 8GJ) Limited to a maximum of 12 participants (Tea and Coffee provided but bring your own lunch. Ample parking spaces.) No previous writing experience needed and beginners are very welcome. Please bring a pen, and a large notebook or A4 lined pad. Call Judi on 07799 644000, for any further information.
- Larks and Magic – the story of E. Nesbit£10.00Written and performed by Alison Neil, directed by David Collison 7pm Sunday 3rd October 2021 Goostrey Village Hall (Licensed bar) (This is an admission by ticket only event)
- NEWLY ADDED!Into The Woods! – A guided walk through the Lovell Quinta Arboretum, Swettenham£6.0012pm Sunday 3rd October 2021 The Lovell Quinta Arboretum, Swettenham, CW12 2LF This is an admission by ticket only event, limited to a maximum of 20 participants Parking at the Swettenham Arms Car Park CW12 2LF
- FREE EVENT‘Shades of Autumn’ – A Display of Flowers by The Goostrey Flower ClubFree admissionAdmission is free but any donations made will go to Church funds Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October 2021 St Luke’s Parish Church, Goostrey – open throughout the day Goostrey has a long-standing and thriving Flower Club, renowned for skilful and sensitive flower arranging. As part of this year’s mini-festival, club members will be creating a beautiful floral display on the theme of ‘Shades of Autumn’. This promises to be a visual feast and one that should not be missed. Admission is free but any donations made will go to Church funds.
- FREE EVENTArtist Debbie Goldsmith opens up her new studio spaceFree admissionAdmission is free. 1pm to 4pm, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October 2021 The newly restored Ticket Office on Platform 1, Goostrey – open throughout the day As part of Goosfest 2021. Debbie invites you to visit her working studio, she will have work in progress, paintings, drawings and prints on display. Debbie Goldsmith (b. 1969) graduated in Fine Art from Coventry polytechnic in 1991. She is based in Cheshire, now in the former railway waiting room at Goostrey station. Her paintings are a vibrant mix of drawing, mark making and painterly abstraction, using her surroundings to inform her paintings. She exhibits regularly, works to commission and has work in both public and private collections. Entry numbers may be restricted to maintain social distancing. (There are no toilets at the station)
- FREE EVENTGoostrey Parish Archive – Shops and businesses in words and picturesFree admissionAdmission is free. 10am to 4pm, Saturday 2nd 2021 The Crown Inn Conservatory, Goostrey Images of past businesses in Goostrey Village. Can you place them? Come and find out if you’re right at The Crown Inn where Goostrey Parish Archive will be displaying lots more fascinating photos, words and artefacts relating to shops and businesses in the village. Most business premises have had multiple uses over the years and did you know that Goostrey once had two petrol stations? More than a dozen other businesses have given way to private housing, even though the population of the village has soared in the last fifty years. So come along and take a step back into the commercial history of our wonderful village. We will also be able to scan, copy or record any of your own pictures and memories for the collection. Entry numbers may be restricted to maintain social distancing.