Author Archives: Stephen

About Stephen

Lay Chair of All Saints' Church Council and Treasurer. Retired Head of University Secretariat at Keele, Secretary of North Staffs Classical Association, Secretary of North Shropshire CLP, former Woore Parish Councillor & Vice-Chairman of Woore Neighbourhood Plan Team, now complete. Chairman of Sir John Offley's Almshouse Trust, Madeley.

Vicar’s Letter June 2020 & Church Magazine for June

Vicar Letter – June 2020 Joy in the morning! You have probably heard by now that Helen and I are on the move.  After nearly 7 years as Vicar of All Saints’ and St Margaret’s we have made the difficult … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter & Church Magazine for May 2020

What can we learn so far from the Lock down? What surreal (and for some tragic and anxious) times we are living through. Mercifully, in Madeley and Betley we have been spared some of the worst aspects of the virus … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter Easter 2020 – Covid19 Coronavirus

Updated 18 March: Services Suspended during Coronavirus Precautions on Archbishops’ advice, but Prayer available in Church, see https://www.facebook.com/allsaintsmadeley/photos/a.949576348405323/3350815404948060/?type=3&notif_id=1584627158845577&notif_t=page_post_reaction Letter: As I write, there is much uncertainty about the outbreak of the Coronavirus – nobody quite knows where it will impact … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter March 2020

Of all the seasons of the year springtime is my favourite. As I walk Fin our dog, I love to see the new green shoots, the spring flowers and the blossom on the trees – all of which speak of … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter February 2020

The Winter months can feel very tough (not to mention cold) and for some a tremendous struggle. But deep down, we all know that spring follows winter and new life IS on the way – not just for nature but … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Christmas Letter 2019

Looking for wise men and women! As the General Election draws near, it’s not just at the Nativity Plays that we are looking out for Wise People!  Our country badly needs wisdom and reassurance and … so do we! Life can … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter November 2019

As the clocks go back and the nights draw in November is a grafting time of year.  Time to be faithful and to be thankful for the good things we have. October 31st this year seems to be a massive … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter October 2019

Less than a month ago and just down the road in Betley, the beautifully restored Betley Court burnt down. Mercifully, no-one was hurt but it is a great tragedy to see such a lovingly restored Grade 2 18th Century Manor House … Continue reading

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Vicar’s Letter August/September 2019

At 54, my friend Dave has just taken a redundancy package from his work.  He has worked for the same firm since leaving college – over 30 years!  He told me that going into work on his final day was … Continue reading

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Sir John Offley’s Almshouses, Madeley

The Trustees of the Charity have recently purchased additional properties to supplement the historic row of Almshouses on Station Road. These new (but old established) properties are 1 Greyhound Cottage and Pool Cottage, near the Greyhound Court and shops car … Continue reading

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