Conservation Group

Welcome to the Madeley Conservation Group. 

Village Values

In a Sunday Times article last year it was suggested that the following features in a village would add to the value of property. Read on…

  • Village Shop/Post Office; (Yes and yes, add about £5,000)
  • Population less than 5,000 (Just?),
  • and in Domesday Book (Yes, add £1,000).
  • Public House listed by CAMRA, Good Food or Good Pub Guide, (Not yet? But Betley lost theirs, so add £5,000 anyway.
  • Church, medieval with spire in historic setting, and Chapel, (Almost yes, yes, add £10,000 -.and donate it to them?…..)
  • Schools, good primary with small class sizes, (Yes, add up to 10% premium, and more for the other good schools here)
  • Community Groups (Yes, good)..but these have no financial influence, (bad)….but do have a feelgood factor, (good)..and friendliness can sway buyer’s decision…(assuming you want to sell, but good anyway).

Add all this up, plus

  • Car accessory shop
  • Newsagents
  • Off-licence
  • Butchers
  • Indian Restaurant/Takeaway
  • Chinese Takeaway
  • Italian Takeaway
  • Fish and Chip Shop
  • Doctors’ Surgery
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacy
  • Bus service in two directions
  • Access to Wales
  • Peak District
  • Lake District
  • Moorlands
  • Big Pool with free fishing
  • Lovely surroundings
…(Hey, stop this, we don’t want everyone finding out. Ed.) 

Tidy Group minutes for September:

Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of Committee Meeting on 7th September 2015
Present Chris Machin, Sue Machin, Anne Shaw, Alan Woodhouse, Chris Wright ,John Berrington, Roy Dutton, Helen Dutton, Maria Thomlinson, Anne Nicholson.
Apologies Andy Capewell.
Minutes of last meeting on 20th July 2015 accepted as a true record; proposed by Chris Machin; Seconded by Alan Woodhouse
ACTION; Sue to contact Simon Long to express an interest in obtaining some woodchip and soil improver.
Madeley fun day is this Saturday the 12th September.
The Planting assistance forms from Newcastle council have arrived and must be returned by the 2nd October.
ACTION; Sue M to apply for bulbs and seeds..
Two volunteers from the Tidy Group are required to attend the Britain in Bloom awards at the New Vic on the 10th October at 13.30. Helen & Maria have volunteered.
The balance on the 7th September £1580.22
A green grant or Community grant could go towards the Long trough?
We have purchased 10 leaflet holders and most have been placed in various shops around the village – if you notice any holders need filling up, please let me know.
Tidy Group information in particular and Madeley information in general is put on the Madeley Tidy Group Facebook page – please forward anything you would like to promote.
So far this year we have completed 122¼ gardening hours, mostly in a group but some individual work has also been undertaken.
Work has started removing old and dead plants from the two stone troughs. Some of the old compost will be removed and recycled compost added before new planting.
The long trough has further deteriorated and we have received two quotes for a replacement; this will be discussed under future plans.
Some plants from the long trough will be relocated to appropriate locations in the other beds and planters.
We have been nominated again for a Community Champion Award in the ‘Best Community Group’ Category. Helen & Maria have volunteered as Sue & Chris are unable to attend.
If you see any litter build up, please report it to Street scene on 01782-742500 or
Next litter pick will be on the 26th September 2015
ACTION; Sue to contact the manager of the One Stop to raise awareness of the litter at the rear of the shop. Which is believed to be blowing onto the car park.
Tetra packs are still recycled at Leycett Lane.
The replanting of the stone troughs is ongoing.
Anne Nicholson to become a school liaison officer.
ACTION; Sue to email Anne some contact details.
Bug Houses.
Replacement of the Long trough.
We have received a couple of quotes.
£200 to replace with wooden railway sleepers.
£810 +VAT to replace with wood (Pete from Apedale)
£2000 from Gorsty Hill Gardening Services.
Elmside have yet to quote on a concrete replacement.
Neither Mark Bradley or Lizzy Stewart who expressed an interest in joining the group have been in contact.
19th October 2015; 7.30 in the café area at The Madeley Centre.
Present; Apologies; Minutes of Previous Meeting; Matters Arising; Treasurers Report; PR & Sponsorship Report; ; Gardening Report; Litter Picks; Recycling; Future Plans; AOB; Date of Next Meeting.

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Save The Offley Arms

Our local, historic public house is under threat of being neglected and in the future, could be built on. The Offley Arms has been the at the core of the village for over 300 years; from housing the former servicemen’s club after the First World War to protecting the villagers from air raids during the Second World War. The Offley Arms has seen Madeley go from strength to strength, and it would be a shame for this to end in such circumstances.

Please sign the petition to protect this valued, essential venue in our community and help to get the building listed (on Facebook – The Madeley Centre or Madeley Tidy Group page)

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Perennial Shrubs & Plants Required…

Madeley Tidy Group are looking for any donations of perennial shrubs or plants to help stock the flower beds, troughs and planters around the village.

If you have any surplus plants, please consider donating them to the group and help improve our village.

Sue on 751524

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