Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of the 2014 A.G.M.
Held at The Madeley Centre on 17th November 2014
Chris Machin; Sue Machin; Ricki Williams; John Berrington; Lynda Berrington; Alan Woodhouse , Mary Edmund; Terry Edmund; Chris Wright, Anne Shaw, Roy Dutton.
Andy Capewell, Isobel Hughs, Phil Shaw, Helen Dutton, Simon Wright.
Minutes of 2013 A.G.M.
Accepted as a true record.
Proposed by Linda Berrington
Seconded by Chris Machin
Election of officers
All officers re elected.
Anne Shaw takes over the role of vice chairperson from Ricki Williams.
Proposed by Ricki Williams
Seconded by Chris Wright
No matters arising
MTG Chairman’s Report 2014
The Tidy Group has had another successful year and gained one new member, Anne Shaw.
In March some of the group met with Simon Long and Beverley Sutton of Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council to learn about the Borough’s Community Projects and through that meeting joined the RHS Britain in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood project. In July, we met with Roger Tait, a judge and assessor for the Heart of England It’s Your Neighbourhood project, who awarded us Level Three ‘Developing’ and in his report praised the group stating that the work done around the village by the group was a fantastic community effort.
June 6th was Communities Day and nine Tidy Group members were joined by four Conservation Group members, one Parish Councillor, Sue Roberts, and two NUL BC wardens; the group tackled the himalyan balsam around The Pool area. Simon Long and Trevor Hambleton who holds the Council portfolio for leisure, culture and localism, came to thank everyone for their hard work. The himalyan balsam removal will be an ongoing yearly project!
John B successfully applied for the green grant and community chest which we have used for investment planting, geraniums and other bedding plants for The Vicarage Lane Bed and for the planting up of the new planters and the wooden barrel planter on Poolside.
For the second year running we were nominated for the Newcastle in Bloom Community Champion award. John and Lynda attended and we won an award under the category of best community group. Well done all.
We have continued litter picking as a group and individually and on the whole the village looks much tidier for all our efforts. We will continue to target litter hot spots.
Financial report. 2014
Income this year has fallen to a total of £615.89 from three sources: Marley Eternit , The Community chest grant and a £4 donation from the summer fayre. To this can be added a carryover balance of £1825.49 from the previous year.
Previously in the year October 2012 to September 2013 there were 8 sources of income from various donations / awards this number has fallen to 3 !
We are continuing to expand our permanent planting sites . E.g our two new planters at the entrance to the village at a cost of £786.00. Because of the dry summer jerry cans had to be purchased to carry water to the various beds . Strimmer cutter blades were required to control weed growth and to keep the environs of some beds tidy.
£640 was spent on plants from the miners memorial , Leycett lane to near the Alins houses throughout the village.
Third party insurance is a necessary expense for ouir work and we have managed to reduce this from £121.60 to £79.50 this year. As one of the central demands relate to the insurance cover 20 high vis jackets have been purchased costing £180.00.
We should like to thank the Parish council , Newcastle Borough Council and other donors for their continuing support in our endeavours .
PR & Sponsorship Report: 2014
The Tidy Group has tried to raise the awareness of villagers in Madeley in a number of ways this year, as follows, with the intention of attracting new volunteers to our small band.
New posters were produced and placed in two parish notice boards and in The Madeley Centre. Thanks to Andy C for their high quality and eye catching appearance.
We have replaced the tatty flower bed signs with new professional looking signs. The first large one was stolen twice from The Vicarage Lane Bed and has now disappeared. The smaller ones are now in all the beds and most of the large planters.
20 new high vis tabards with our new logo were purchased. We need them for health and safety purposes and also highlight that it is the Tidy Group working around the village and hopefully to attract more volunteers.
Two new planters were purchased under the new welcome to Madeley signs at Bevan Place and Smithy Corner as requested by a Parish Councillor. We approached NUL BC for second hand planters but they had none available. We asked for quotes from Broxap, Marshalls and Bailey’s Streetscene. The first two company’s quotes were in the thousands and so we used Bailey’s Streetscene, which was in the hundreds of pounds. The planters have our name and logo on to again highlight to Madeley residents of the work our small group does.
In August, we had an awareness stall with an album of photo’s showing the work we have done over the past 11 years and how the flower beds have come on and matured. Unfortunately no new volunteers were forthcoming.
Madeley Responders have produced a new recruitment leaflet and Andy C has kindly agreed to work on something similar for the Tidy Group.
Gardening Report 2014
We started gardening again early March and have tried to target one area per week as a group. This has worked quite well although we have a number of beds, planters and troughs to maintain.
Due to storm damage, Chris W, Sue & Chris M, spent two hours each raking up debris around The Pool and Springs, which was then collected by NULBC.
Once again, Simon Long obtained 30 bags of soil improver for us which we have used for various areas around the village including the two new planters.
Helen and Roy planted up the raised planter by The Poolside Tandoori which has brightened up that area. Roy once again painted and repaired the Long Trough and John B cut back the overhanging branches. John and Lynda planted up the barrel planter on Poolside.
All the flower beds and troughs were weeded before Roger Tait’s RHS visit in July and his visit coincided with them all looking at their best.
Alan, Phil, Sue & Chris M sited the new planters under the two new welcome to Madeley signs and then planted them up. A number of people have commented on how colourful they are.
Alan has applied for 500 bulbs from NULBC which will be given to John Caulkin for him to plant at The Plantation at Madeley Heath.
Unfortunately, Fred Bailey’s memorial tree died and has been replaced by a Malus Golden Hornet.
Thanks to all who have gardened with us this year both in Madeley and Madeley Heath; and to Liz Forster, Isobel Hughes and Dereth Carr for their plant donations. Also to Simon Long, Beverley Sutton and Mark Jones from NUL BC
Litter Picks will continue at 10.00 am on the last Saturday of the month – but there will not be one in December.
The dates are Jan 31st , Feb 28th , Mar 28th , April 25th , May 30th , June 27th , July 25th , Aug 29th , Sept 26th , Oct 31st , Nov 28th
Possible replacement of the long trough.
Gardening hours to be forwarded to Chris asap. We could top 200 hours this year.
There will be an unmanned tidy group display at the Christmas fayre this year. The date for the Christmas fayre is 30th November
The next A.G.M. will be on the 16th November 2015.
The next general meeting will be on the 26th January2015.
Madeley Tidy Group
A/c year Oct 13-Sep 14
Co-op Bank Community Directplus A/C
Plus Exp Chq 400234
Income for year
Awaiting Bank Statement for above cheque
Bank statement closing balance 17/9/14
Books and records bank st’s etc checked &
found to be in good order