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Rose Queens

Past & Present

1905 - Rose Day – No Queen
1906 - Rose Day – No Queen
1907 - Marian Hooley
          (nee Marlor)
1908 - Emily Cumberbirch
1909 - Mary Duckworth
1910 - Edith Carter
1911 -
1912 - Mary Smallwood
1913 -
1914 - Maud Kennerley
1915 -
1916 -
1917 -
1918 -
1919 -
1920 - Violet Richardson
1921 - Edith Norbury
1922 - Rosa Dakin
1923 - May Davis
1924 - Prudence Bailey
          (nee Dakin)
1925 - Alice Bayley
          (Mrs Griffiths)
1926 - Lily Broome
          (nee Davis)
1927 - May Price
          (nee Newton)
1928 - Ida Hulme
          (nee Carter)
1929 - Lizze Ash
          (nee Carter)
1930 - Winnie Hollinshead
1931 - Gwennie Jones
1932 - Ethel Hamilton
1933 - Renee Simpson
1934 - Elsie Maddock
          (nee Capper)
1935 - Evelyn Blackhurst
1936 - Margaret Kettle
          (nee Foden)
1937 - Bessie Burt
          (nee Allen)
1938 - Morjorie Blain
1939 - Marjory Clarke
          (nee Lawrence)
1940 - Marian Jervis
          (nee Smallwood)
          No rose day held,           Crowned 2005

1941 - No Rose Day (because           of the War)
1942 - Irene Jeff (nee Bell)
          Crowned at a garden
          party Held August
          Bank Holiday at the

1943 - No Rose Day
1944 - No Rose Day
1945 - Rose Day – No Queen
1946 - Rose Day – No Queen
1947 - Rose Day – No Queen
1948 - Barbara Armstrong
1949 - Margaret Bailey
          (nee Newton)
1950 - Kathleen Hall
1951 - Cynthia Parker
          (nee Wkefield)
1952 - Elizabeth Groves
1953 - Barbara Tunock
1954 - Joyce Stubbs
          (nee Turnock)
1955 - Phyllis Newton
          (nee Blackhurst)
1956 - Jean McGrath
          (nee Hopley)
1957 - Maureen Hulme
1958 - Jean Callwood
          (nee Pierpoint)
1959 - Annette Lewis
          (nee Smallwood)
1960 - Christine Leger
          (nee Lester)
1961 - Pauline Taylor
          (nee Wilson)
1962 - Carole Moston(
          nee Newton)
1963 - Hazel Harcourt
          (nee Challinor)
1964 - Anne Bagnall
          (nee Aitchison)
1965 - Rosemary Kellett
          (nee Bloor)
1966 - Barbara Taylor
          (nee Blain)
1967 - Alison Rawlinson
          (nee Schofield)
1968 - Christine Derrick
          (nee Collinge)
1969 - Margaret Street
          (nee Dakin)
1970 - Wendy Golding
          (nee Booth)
1971 - Christine Goostrey
1972 - Lesley Elliott
          (nee Drewery)
1973 - Beverley Horne
          (nee Elton)
1974 - Janet Blackhurst
          (Mrs Howlett)
1975 - Nichola Chapman
1976 - Paula Francis
          (Mrs Smith)
1977 - Fiona Stocks
1978 - Elaine Brierley
          (nee Jarvie)
1979 - Jill Crooks
          (nee Basford)
1980 - Virginia Hewitt
          (nee Francis)
1981 - Laura Isherwood
1982 - Karen Garnett
          (nee Bailey)
1983 - Nicola Wait
1984 - Anna Small
1985 - Joanne Hewitt
1986 - Rachel Cook
1987 - Claire Beeley
1988 - Gillian Thomas
1989 - Nicole O’Connor
1990 - Rebecca Wainwright
1991 - Angela Turnock
1992 - Kathryn Palmer
1993 - Clare Leake
1994 - Diane Taylor
1995 - Sarah Goode
1996 - Shabawn Stokes
1997 - Lucy Blake
1998 - Vicky Crouch
1999 - Sarah Gilsenan
2000 - Rachel Bayley
2001 - Colette Brown
2002 - Sacha Powell
2003 - Melissa Prescott
2004 - Amy Burgess

2005 - Kelly Woodcock

2006 - Isobel Cronin
2007 - Amy Mitchell
2008 - Lucy Lynch
2009 - Emily Hocknell
2010 - Georgia Wooton
2011 - Honor Hocknell
2012 - Alice Keeling
2013 - Anna de Souza
2014 - Catherine Flanders
2015 - Ellie Davies
2016 - Charlotte Harvey
2017 - Abigail Burgess
2018 - Samantha Drucker
2019 - Casey Wakefield


Past & Present

1948 - Mr Blurton
1951 - Mr J E Barlow
1952 - J Bayler
1953 - C W Dankin
1954 - C Goodwin
1955 - W Grinsditch
1956 - T Hurdsfield
1957 - Mrs M Hooley
1958 - M W Newton
1959 - F Pierpoint
1960 - F Pierpoint
1961 - Mrs H M Simpson
1962 - F Todd
1963 - J L Warburton
1964 - John Barber
1965 - John Barnett
1966 -J D Broadbent
1967 - R Basford
1968 - Mrs J Bates
1969 - D Garner
1970 - Rev. A A Hughes
1971 - H Hurstfield
1972 - B Rogers
1973 - Arthur Jones
1974 - R Hough
1975 - Frank Walton
1976 - Douglas Harrison
1977 - Leonard Grimsditch
1978 - Edward Schofield
1979 - Fred Lloyd
1980 - Bill Lester
1981 - David Blackhurst
1982 - Miss Harriet Sweatman
1983 - 1984 - Mrs Elsie Maddock
1985 - Lily Broome
1986 - Margaret Kettle
1987 - Mrs Bessie Burt
1988 -Mrs Val Edwards
1989 - Pat Schofield
1990 - Jo Pierpoint
1991 - Jo Pierpoint
1992 - Ella Thomas
1993 - Helen Wood
1994 - Edward Simpson
1995 - Margaret Bennett
1996 - Gill Blackhurst
1997 - Rod Wainright
1998 - Jim Schofield
1999 - Roberta Pochin
2000 - Margaret Kettle
2001 - Jean Smallwood
2002 - Madeline Brown
2003 - Yvonne O’Donoghue
2004 - Renee Wainright
2005 - Mary Hooley
2006 - Gerald Maddock
2007 - Cynthia Bridgewood
2008 - Sheila Gregory
2009 - Edna Brabdreth
2010 - Tina Palmer
2011 - Anne Wheatley
2012 - Ann Turnock
2013 - Terence Rathbone
2014 - Eileen Everett
2015 - David Giles
2016 - Terry Price
2017 - Martin Leake
2018 - Mr William Ollier
2019 - Lyndsey Saxton





History of the Rose Festival

The Beginning - Early Years - Location - The Rose Queen
The Children
- The Weather - Thanks

The Rose Festival is a day set aside by the Goostrey village community for all children between three years and fourteen years of age. Taking place on the last Saturday in June, it is a significant event in the village calendar; a day of pageantry, with the Rose Queen's Court, a procession through the village of historical and modern tableau, and of traditional and national dancers. In the past few years has even raised sufficient money to allow donations to various charities, and for the provision of community facilities in the village: the 1966 Rose Festival programme (priced 6d and admission 2/-) stated that: 

"The immediate aim of the Village Centre Committee is to purchase land for future Rose Days, School Sports, Field Days, etc. and to plan a Village Hall by 1971." 

The village celebrated its Centenary Rose Festival in 2005 with a spectacular programme which included a gathering of 36 former Rose Queens with a service in St. Lukes Church, and lunch in the Marquee on the field on the Sunday. Other notable visitors in recent years have been pupils from the Elizabeth Fontein Primary School in South Africa (a school twinned with Goostrey Primary School) who have delighted the crowds with displays of traditional dancing.

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The Beginning

The history of the Rose Festival in Goostrey reaches right back to the 1800's.  It is known that Miss Beatrice Knowles, the daughter of the landlady of the Red Lion Hotel, and who was the teacher at the village school, was organizing "May Celebrations" prior to the turn of the century.  These were held in early May, but as they tended to clash with other established events, the date, title and nature of the occasion were changed.  It is understood that the Rose Festival, in its present form, was started by a Miss Emily Cumberbirch and Miss Margaret Worth, the daughter of the landlord of the Crown Hotel. These two ladies financed the day themselves, and ended with a total profit of the two old pence - this grand sum being shared between them. In 1901 the census recorded the population of Goostrey as just 351.

The Early Years

In April 1908 the Goostrey Parish Magazine reported:
“A Dance was held in the School-room in February, organized by the Committee who are undertaking the arrangements for the Children's May Day Festival this year, which it is proposed to hold, all being well, on the Saturday in Whit Week, June 18th.  The object was to raise a small reserve fund in advance so as to insure against any financial loss in the event of a wet day.  The Dance was a great success:  there being a good company present, and a very enjoyable evening was spent: and the Committee has since had the satisfaction of adding a nice little sum to the May Day Funds”.

Later, in July 1908, the Magazine reported:  

“The Committee who organized the Rose Festival had taken an immense amount of trouble in preparing for it and the only thing required to ensure its complete success was a fine summer's day.   Unfortunately that was just the one thing which was lacking.  The weather was bitterly cold and very wet.  Happily the rain, which descended in torrents later in the afternoon, held off till after the ceremony of crowning had been completed.  Emily Cumberbirch, the Rose Queen, looked very nice in her beautiful white robes and with a lovely bouquet of flowers, and was quite a model of grace and dignity.  The grouping round the throne of Ladies in Waiting, Maids of Honour, Soldiers, and other Court attendants was very effective.  The committee had very wisely decided that it should be essentially a Village Festival and all the different characters were undertaken by young people living in the Parish:  even the side shows, the cocoa-nut 'shy', shooting gallery, etc., were amateur affairs personally superintended by members of the committee. A great feature, deserving of special praise, was the really excellent dancing by the Morris Dancers, captained by Mr. Aaron Shuttleworth. The limited space at our disposal does not permit the publication of the names of all who took part, but the following were among the principal characters.  May Queen: Emily Cumberbirch.... and the accounts showed ......In spite of unfavourable weather.....a financial success....  with Receipts £34. 12s 4d and Expenses £27.2s 3d leaving a balance of £7. 10s 1d, such that the Committee consider that they will be in a position to carry on the Festival next year without making an appeal for subscriptions.  They have our best wishes for a prosperous future.”

Those two reports appear to describe the period when the Goostrey May Day became known as the Goostrey Rose Festival.

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In 1911 there was no Rose Festival but Coronation Festivities instead: a large scale occasion, with a free tea provided for everyone in the Parish, Coronation mugs for all the children, some sports and a band for dancing in the evening.  A Coronation Service was held in the Church.  The King expressed a wish that all School Children should be granted an extra week’s holiday in commemoration of the Coronation.

During the Second World War, a modified form of Rose Festival was held, often with an end object such as the National Savings Campaign.  It is interesting to note that in 1940 the committee sent six parcels of "Home Comforts" to serving members of the Forces from the village of Goostrey.  An application was also made to the Local Food Officer for a special licence for the allocation of 9 lbs of butter and 18 lbs of sugar for use at the Rose Festival Day.  This request was turned down by the official!


Rose Festival has been held at various venues; Dromedary Farm, about 60 times on the Crown or Hall field situated next to the Old Village Hall opposite the Crown Hotel, on Mill Lane field (School Playing Field) between 1975-85  and since 1986 at the new village hall and field when the Mill Lane field was no longer available. From the Secretary's minutes of 1953 we find that "..... The setting up of the field is being done on Thursday and Friday nights"; today with the amount of equipment, side shows and marquees involved, this now takes a week of evenings by a large team of volunteers.

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The Rose Queen

Over the period of a hundred years there have been several methods of choosing the Rose Queen. Miss Marian Marlor was chosen by the children of the Village School in 1907 when she was seven years old. This method of choosing appears to have continued for several years, but the age of girls was varied to between twelve to fifteen years of age. Later all girls in the village between twelve and fifteen years of age were eligible for selection by the Rose Festival Committee. This method was followed by one where girls wishing to be Rose Queen submitted their names to the Secretary of the Rose Festival and a secret ballot was then held among the Committee in April or May, and an Independent Teller was appointed to count the votes and announce the chosen Queen (it was an un-written rule that committee members did not discuss who they voted for!). That method of election continued until 1956.

More recently the Rose Queen was a 13 year old who had participated in three previous Rose Festivals: she was chosen at the Rose Queen Dance held in the Village Hall in February, and more recently on the day of the parties, by an independent panel of Judges who also selected her two Ladies in Waiting.

An example of a typical Rose Festival Day was Saturday, 26th June 1976, which started for the Queen, Miss Paula Francis, with the adornment of the front door of her home with rose garlands. The Queen elect then joined the procession, in her landau, accompanied by her train bearers. The procession which set of from Booth Bed Lane moved through the village in its traditional order of bands, retiring Queen, floats, Morris dancing troupes and dressed characters. At the Church the Queen elect performed her first duty by laying a wreath in memory of the dead of the village in the two World Wars and an interdenominational blessing was given. From here the procession made its way to the Mill Lane field, where the Queen elect was crowned, and the many characters presented to her. The day continued with the children performing traditional dances, and Morris dancing troupes competing from as far afield as Derbyshire, Lancashire and North Wales, Side shows, teas were also available on the field of festivities and the day culminated in a marquee dance for the village and visiting guests. The Goostrey Rose Queen in turn visits several other similar events in the area during her year of office; 1984 saw our Rose Queen travel to Lower Withington Rose Festival by pony and trap.

In 1957, 1984, 1986 and 1987, the Presidents for the year were the ladies who 50 years before, as young girls, had been Rose Queen. 

The Children

In 1948 there were 99 children participating in the Rose Festival; by 1976 the total had grown to 350 children. In the past the Festival attracted children up to the age of 14 years but in recent years the event has been aimed mainly at children aged up to 11 years.  Some of the costumes still used today date back to the early 1900's, having been made by Mr. Sam Carter in his tailors’ workshop, which was located behind what was, until a few years ago, the old newsagents shop on Main Road. For the children of the Festival tea is provided and each receives a coin. 

Early in the following New Year a party and entertainment for young children and a disco for the senior children are held for all involved in the previous year's Rose Festival Day.  The Rose Queen Elect is chosen on the same Saturday.

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A Comment on the Weather

The unpredictable nature of our June weather continues to challenge the organizational skills of the committee and the resolve of children and parents alike (as all who were involved in the 2007 Rose Festival will testify!).  Although often featured in Rose Festival reports, the weather never seemed to dampen the spirits as can be seen from that early report in 1908.  One year the Festival was cancelled through bad weather, and even on that day the sports events, which were a regular feature of Rose Day at that time, commenced at 6pm. Later, in 1982, shortly after the procession started from Booth Bed Lane the heavens opened and costumes, children, spectators and all were thoroughly soaked - the floats nearly floated and the day was a washout! The reaction was a 'Rose Day Replay', held on a smaller scale, on the Village Hall field on a beautiful July day a week later.

Special thanks to Peter our archivist and to Mrs. Margaret Kettle

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