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: 8th June 2015

Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of Committee Meeting on 8th June 2015
Present Chris Machin, Sue Machin, Anne Shaw, John Berrington, Anne Nicholson , Alan Woodhouse, Maria Thomlinson ,Andy Capewell .
Apologies: Helen Dutton, Roy Dutton.
Minutes of last meeting on 27th April 2015 accepted as a true record; proposed by Chris Machin ; Seconded by Alan Woodhouse
Matters Arising:
Welcome to Anne Nicholson, our latest new member.
Chris has spoken to Simon White about a suitable position for a bin near the weir.
The chip shop sign has now been moved to a more suitable position.
Andy to arrange printing of the new leaflet. £75.00 for a 1000.
Consider posting with the conservation leaflet.
Andy to order new signs at a cost of £45.71
Seven people from the Tidy group attended the Communities day. Over 1hour litter pick .Children from the Meadows school also took part. Linda Berrington did a litter pick earlier due to other commitments.
TREASURERS REPORT
The balance on the 8th June £806.37
PR & SPONSORSHIP REPORT:
We have had a contact on Facebook from Lizzie Stuart, who graduates this year in Wildlife Conservation & Ecology & is looking for volunteer opportunities in Madeley when she returns home later this month.
While she may not be interested in litter picking or gardening, I have suggested she may want to use her qualifications with our group by, for instance, compiling a report with ways of reducing our carbon footprint for the IT’s Your Neighbourhood Competition and suggesting ways of making our flower beds more wildlife friendly. It’s a win-win because we get qualified advice and she will get a glowing testimonial from us for her CV. I also mentioned Staffordshire Wildlife Trust may be of interest to her and that one of our volunteers is also a volunteer with SWT.
We have replaced our tidy group sign in the long trough after it was removed. However, it was the last one and so we do need to order some more.
The last property news in the Evening Sentinel had a focus on Madeley and the cover photo was of the new planter on Bevan Place, with our name and logo centre stage.
Anthea Bourne has requested photos of the tidy group litter picking for the Parish Council Newsletter, unfortunately I don’t have any and wondered if Andy C could send some of the Communities Day photos on to her?
Chris Machin
GARDENING REPORT:
We’ve once again registered with the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood 2015 Campaign and their assessor, Donna Loades, is coming to assess us on Monday, July 20th at 2.00pm. With this in mind we have continued gardening on a weekly basis focusing on one particular area.
Last year the Areas for development in the assessors report were:
1. Install the new planters at the village entrances
2. Replace the memorial tree
3. Consider engagement and involvement with the local schools
One and two have been achieved, but we may need to do further work on number three.
The daffodils in the Vicarage Lane Bed has been cut back, ready for geraniums and antirrhinums to be planted by Elmside as soon as possible.
Chris & I are away from June 18th to July 2nd, so could you all keep an eye on any of the planters or new plants and water them if necessary?
Alvery Stanley from Elmside has looked at the long trough with a view to repairing it but has advised that leaving it to the autumn would be advisable, so as to avoid too much disturbance of the plants.
Linda Berrington has found an article that says that bedding plants often have little pollen or nectar available for insects which supports our policy of investment planting with perennials.
Don from Cygnet close has volunteered to look after one of the flower beds and to donate the plants.
If anybody would like to go on a guided daffodil walk next spring at Whitegate, Vale Royal, please contact Len Thomlinson via Maria.
Sue Machin
Litter Picking:
If you see any litter build up, please report it to Street scene on 01782-742500 or Streetscene@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk
Next litter pick will be on the 27th June 2015.
Future Plans:
Bug Houses for the beds to be left on the agenda and possibly sited in the autumn.
“Summer at the Centre “is on August the 16th. Ideas required
Renewal of the Long trough. Possibility for the autumn?
Contact Simon Long for soil improver.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS:
Madeley beer festival is on between the 9th and 12th July 2015.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING: 20th July 2015; 7.30 in the café area at The Madeley Centre.
AGENDA:
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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Tidy Group AGM:

Madeley Tidy Group

Minutes of the 2014 A.G.M.

Held at The Madeley Centre on 17th November 2014

Present:

Chris Machin; Sue Machin; Ricki Williams; John Berrington; Lynda Berrington; Alan Woodhouse , Mary Edmund; Terry Edmund; Chris Wright, Anne Shaw, Roy Dutton.

Apologies:

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

Matters Arising

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 .

John Berrington

Treasurer

October 2014

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.

Chris Machin

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

Sue Machin

Litter Picks

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

Future Plans

Possible replacement of the long trough.

AOB

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

B/F Surplus
1825-49

Less expenditure
1811-84

Plus Exp Chq 400234
125-84
Total
1937-22

Minus
111-73

Income for year
615-89

Balance
504-16

Awaiting Bank Statement for above cheque
125-84

Bank statement closing balance 17/9/14
630-00

Books and records bank st’s etc checked &

found to be in good order

W.J.Knipe

25/10/2014

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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.

Contact:
Sue on 751524

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Local Rubbish Recycle Points:

Please note that these arrangements may change from time to time & the list is not comprehensive, but Madeley Tidy Group will try and keep it up to date as possible!
PLEASE TRY & RECYCLE EVERYTHING YOU CAN – SOMEONE’S GOTTA SAVE THE PLANT, ‘COS THE POLITICIANS & RICH INDUSTRIALISTS AIN’T!!

LEYCETT
Takes: Paper; Cardboard; Glass, Bottles & Jars; Food & Drink Cans; Textiles; Batteries;
Non-Recyclable Household Waste.
(Winter: 9am to 4.30pm, closed Xmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day;
Summer: 9am to 6pm, Mon to Fri; 9am to 5pm Sat & Sun)
ALSAGER Civic Car Park:
Plastic; Glass; Paper; Cans; Books & Music; Shoes; Clothing & Household Textiles.
ALSAGER, Hassall Road:
Hardcore & Rubble; Chipboard; Household Waste; Garden Waste; Cardboard; Plastic Bottles; Paper; Glass Bottles; Fridges & Freezers; Car Batteries; TV’s & PC Monitors; Clothing.
AUDLEM, Cheshire Street Car Park:
Paper; Glass; Tin Cans; Shoes.

AUDLEY, Community Centre, Nantwich Road:
Tetrapak Cartons
CLAYTON, Clayton Road Shops:
Tetrapak Cartons
SILVERDALE, The Parade Shops, off High Street:
Tetrapak Cartons
CREWE, Leighton Hospital:
Paper; Glass; Tin Cans.
WOORE, The Swan Hotel Cap Park:
Paper; Glass; Mixed Textiles & Clothes.
TRENT VALE, Tesco:
Paper; Tin Cans; Glass Bottles; Shoes; Textiles
& Clothing; Books & Music; Tetrapak Drinks Cartons.
NEWCASTLE, Morrison’s
Cans, Paper, Glass (outside); Used Shopping Bags (inside)
NEWCASTLE, Ironmarket:
Glass; Newspapers & Magazines; Tin Cans.
NEWCASTLE, Sainsbury’s, Liverpool Road:
Tetrapak Cartons
LOGGERHEADS, Co-op, Eccleshall Road:
Tetrapak Cartons
STOKE, Campbell Road:
Garden Waste; Metal; Clothes; Wood; Tetrapaks; Rubble;
(Winter: 9am to 4.30pm, closed Xmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day; Summer: 9am to 6pm, Mon to Fri; 9am to 5pm Sat & Sun)
STREETSCENE:
Contact at NUL Borough Council, on 01782-742500
or e-mail: Streetscene@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk,
For: parks & open spaces, street cleaning, Fly tipping, graffiti, abandoned cars, dangerous trees,
dangerous play equipment, empty litter & dog bins, fly posting.
BATTERIES:
ALL SHOPS THAT SELL BATTERIES WILL HAVE A USED BATTERY CONTAINER; THERE IS OFTEN ONE ON THE STALLS IN NEWCASTLE, HIGH STREET, OPPOSITE THE ENTRANCE TO NAT WEST.

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