Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of the 2013 A.G.M.
Held at The Madeley Centre on 18th November 2013
Chris Machin; Sue Machin; Ricki Williams; John Berrington; Lynda Berrington; Alan Woodhouse; Andy Capewell; Isobel Hughes;
Mary Edmund; Terry Edmund; Chris Wright.
Minutes of 2012 A.G.M.
Accepted as a true record.
Proposed by Chris Machin
Seconded by Alan Woodhouse
Election of officers
All officers re elected
Proposed by Andy Capewell
Seconded by Isobel Hughes
There has been a big improvement in the amount of litter outside the school.
A litter bin is required in between the Motorway Bridge and Madeley club.
Isobel is to speak to Debbie Burns about the volunteer register.
Himalayan Balsam is to be kept on the agenda. Speak to Simon Long (Newcastle BC.)
Make enquires about soil improver later in the year.
MTG Chairman’s Report 2013
Here we are again at the end of another Tidy Group year and although we have had three new members join us this year, Sally Blagg, Andy Capewell and Isobel Hughes, we remain a relatively small group. I think our motto should be: a lot achieved by very few!
In February, a number of us attended the Parish Council meeting where Ricki Williams presented a virtual tour of all the beds, planters and troughs that we plant and maintain in Madeley & Madeley Heath. This along with our gardening hours for the year resulted in a donation of £1000 from the Parish Council for which we are very grateful and we wish to thank Billy Welsh, Simon White and the rest of the Parish Council for their generosity.
In April, we were finally able to have a tree planting ceremony at The Madeley Centre where we planted three trees, one each in memory of Bill Sinnott, Fred Bailey and Glyn Williams, all of whom had connections with the Tidy Group. The ceremony was attended by family and friends. Thanks to Fred Bailey’s niece, Jean James, and neighbours, Eric and Ann Jones for their donations towards the trees, which were supplied by Elmside Plant Centre.
We have continued the monthly litter pick on the last Saturday of each month. In addition, we targeted littered areas around The Weir, Springs and play area, Heighley Castle Way, New Road and Bowsey Wood Road.
In July, six members of the Tidy Group attended Madeley Pride Day and, along with schoolchildren and other volunteers, collected 40 bags of rubbish from the Madeley area. Simon and Gary White from The Old Hall provided refreshments for the volunteers. The whole day was very successful and involved members of the Parish Council, Borough Council, The Police and a dog warden. Hopefully this can be repeated next year.
We have received monies from the Green Grant and Community Grant, for which we are always grateful, as this is one of our main sources of funding.
Can I once again thank all our members for all their support, with gardening, litter picking, attending meetings and responding to our gardening calls to arms.
Chairman, Madeley Tidy Group
October 2012 – September 2013
During the year a number of memorial plaques, together with planted trees were paid for via personal donations and Madeley Tidy group funds to acknowledge the past involvement of certain villagers within our community.
Notable, in terms of income, have been the awards from the Green Grant (NULBC) to fund planting of the long trough, outside the butchers, Offley Arms bed and Izaak Walton bed. Planting at the Vicarage lane bed was entirely covered by a Community Chest grant from the Parish Council.
In addition to these funds we have spent £252 on plants in other locations around the village. One additional unforeseen expenditure, until part way through the year, has been the necessary third party insurance cover for the group. Generously funded by the Parish Council.
Because of a need to publicise our activities a display board was purchased so that an unmanned visual exhibition can be presented.
Generally donations / sponsorships from local businesses are much reduced from previous years and for this reason we are exceedingly indebted to the Parish Council for their July grant of £1000.
Last year’s balance sheet is included herewith.
MTG PR & Sponsorship Report 2013
It has been quite a busy year as we have tried to attract new volunteers and obtain sponsorship from local businesses.
In order to be included in the volunteers register at The Madeley Centre, we had to obtain public liability insurance. Thanks to Billy Welsh and the Parish Council for reimbursing our costs in respect of this. Unfortunately, the volunteer register did not attract any new volunteers to our group and the Madeley Centre was going to readvertise again in September. We wait with bated breath. As part of the insurance policy, we had to prepare a health and safety policy, which has been sent out to all existing members.
We now have an unmanned Tidy Group exhibition on display at The Madeley Centre to try and attract new volunteers.
Thanks to Chris Wright for his articles in the monthly Parish magazine and Conservation Group Newsletter and an article based on Ricki Williams’s virtual tour presentation was included in the Parish Council newsletter.
In May, the mailshot to seventeen local businesses, who did not sponsor us in 2012, was sent out and resulted in two very kind donations, one from Shepley’s Family Butchers and from Simon & Gary White from The Old Hall. They were presented with certificates of appreciation and photographs were taken of the occasion.
Madeley High School produced several excellent recruitment posters and Ricki Williams contacted several local shops and requested if they would display them.
We have been looking at a new logo for the Tidy Group and Andy Capewell has produced several quality examples which we will use for our letter headers, new high vis jackets and new posters / signs for the flower beds.
The weekly gardening projects and monthly litter picks are regularly posted on the Madeley website.
PR & Sponsorship Officer
Gardening Report November 2013
2013 has proved a satisfying gardening year. The Himalayan Balsam which caused such a problem last year around The Pool area was cut down by Newcastle Borough Council in the spring and has not been a problem over the summer. Hopefully this will be an on-going annual event.
Simon Long from Newcastle Borough Council provided us with 25 bags of soil improver, which Alan Woodhouse and I spread at The Vicarage Lane Bed, Long Troughs and The Greyhound Bed.
The Green Grant and Community Grant have been used for investment planting with perennials and shrubs in several of our flower beds. We have worked closely with Elmside Plant Centre, many thanks to Alvery and Keith Stanley for their help and support.
During the summer, we have weeded and planted the flower beds and troughs and maintained trees in rotation. This has worked well, working in a group of two to six people. Thanks to our members Alan Woodhouse, Chris Wright and Terry Edmond who do a lot of work individually, and not forgetting the regulars who turn up as part of the weekly gardening projects, Phil Shaw, Andy Capewell and Chris Machin. Thanks also to Liz Forster and Isobel Hughes who have donated perennials for the beds and to Roy Dutton for repainting the Long Troughs.
Once again we have applied to Newcastle Borough Council for more daffodils and bulbs to enhance the wonderful spring display that has been created over the years.
John & Lynda Berrington, who garden at Madeley Heath, report that, at The Miners Wheel, there was a lovely spring display of bulbs including iris and tulips followed by begonias, cyclamen, azaleas and geraniums, and then autumn colour provided by red and gold acers.
The Crewe Arms Trough was fully planted in the early summer and is still providing plenty of colour.
John Caulkin has planted lots of bulbs donated by the Tidy Group in The Plantation.
Thanks to John & Lynda Berrington and John Caulkin for all their hard work.
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 25th , Feb 22nd , Mar 29th , April 26th , May 24th , June 28th , July 26th , Aug 30th , Sept 27th , Oct 25th , Nov 29th
Christmas meal at the Old Swan (Madeley Heath) Wednesday 11th December.
Ideas for projects to be discussed at the next meeting.
New signs for the flower beds.
Simon Wright to be contacted about containers to go underneath the new Madeley signs for planting later in the year.
The long trough by the butches to be made of brick.
The Eternit Wall
Gardening hours to be forwarded to Chris asap.
Salt box by the Vicarage lane bed.
The next A.G.M. will be on the 17th November 2014.