Friends of Goostrey Station (FOGS) is a group of volunteers who aim to improve Goostrey railway station.
Local MP Fiona Bruce commented : this is ‘a real model of constructive joint working on the part of local residents of which this community can be rightly proud’.
The achievements of FOGS since 2012 include:
- working parties on the second Sunday of each month when platforms, paths and steps are swept, tubs of plants on the platforms are maintined and the planted areas around the station are improved
- providing opportunites for young people to work towards Scout Badges and the Duke of Edinburgh Award
- creating a pleasant seating area on the Manchester platform by introducing tubs of flowering plants and mounting an old station oil lamp and the keystone of the old road bridge
- regular exhibitions of artwork by pupils from Goostrey Community Primary School in a platform shelter
- negotiations which resulted in the repair of a platform shelter, improvements to the car park entrance, reconnection of the water supply and the restoration of the Victorian modular, wooden building
- using a GIS system to monitor the effect on biodiversity of new bird boxes and bug hotels
- success in the annual Cheshire Best Kept Station competition – most improved station 2014; Network Rail Award for Arts Projects 2016; Youth Challenge Award 2017; and Diversity Award 2018
- a gold award from Wild About Goostrey in 2019
- an award from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships in 2019 for the best photo; in addition, Goostrey was placed in the gold group for the It’s Your Station category