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Cancellation of Christmas Lights Switch on & Older Persons Party 10th December

Please note that due to the forecast of heavy snowfalls the above event has been cancelled.

Madeley Parish Council wish to apologise for any inconvenience. However, it wishes to ensure that all  residents and staff are not exposed to any unnecessary risk by traveling to and from this event.

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Vicar’s Letter Christmas and New Year 2017/18

Like many churches we have a wonderful nativity set – lovingly made by some of the women in our church – and we are just getting it ready.

This year in Madeley the Mary and Joseph figures from our Crib scene are going on a journey! During Advent they will be travelling around the parish and spending a night in many different homes.

We hope the children will really enjoy opening their homes to Mary and Joseph, taking a picture of themselves with the figures and writing a diary about what happened on their visit.

As part of the visit we ask each family to read the story of Mary and Joseph’s original journey to Bethlehem – some 60 miles.  Mary, of course was heavily pregnant and having to travel because of the census – forcing them to journey at an unimaginably bad time.

And as Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, the town was so heaving with visitors that the only place they could stay was where the animals lived.

Which is why at Betley Court Farm on Christmas Eve (thanks to the kind invitation of Frank and Jayne Speed) we will be holding a Farmyard Crib Service at 2.30pm IN THE LAMBING SHED and surrounded by animals – to which you are warmly invited – please come warmly dressed and DON’T FORGET YOUR WELLIES! Our Madeley Crib Service is later the same afternoon, at 4.30pm in Church.

But the Crib Service isn’t just a reminder of the first Christmas but also highlights that even today there are people like the Holy family who are a long way from home and desperately looking for a safe place to stay – and as such are vulnerable and in danger.

The Christmas story is a vital reminder of God coming to us – to you and to me and especially to all those who struggle and suffer and who need help. It’s not just an amazing story but one packed with love and compassion and challenge – the challenge to live generous and supportive lives.

May you and your family know the joy and peace and purpose of Immanuel: God with us.

Peter Chantry

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Madeley Rural Community Charity-Notice of AGM

The 8th Annual General Meeting of the above charity will take place on Wednesday 6th December 2017 at The Madeley Centre, commencing at 7:00pm

Please follow the link below for further information.

AGM Dec 2017 MRCC Members Notice

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Songs of Winter with Simply Allsorts and Dolly Mixture

Come along to this lovely Winter event to be held on Saturday 9th December 2017 at The Madeley Centre, New Road. Performance commences at 7:30pm.

Please follow the link below for further details.

songs of winter

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Reminiscence Session-Food Glorious Food

A fun look at the advent of convenience food in our diet. From fish fingers to Angel Delight; spam to salmon paste-all the things we have loved….and some of those we have hated!

Friday 3rd November 2017, 10am-12 noon at The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley.

Free entry-all welcome-full details available from Debbie Burns-0797756198

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Vicar’s Letter November 2017

One of the privileges of my work is meeting some amazing people – amazing not because they are celebrities or high profile people – but amazing because of what they are doing and how they are coping in the face of adversity.

Like the couple who are quietly supporting each other through terminal illness and making the most of the time they have left together.

Like the mum who is doing her best to support her young adult children as they find their way in life in the midst of all the comings and goings of a family home.

Like the person who refuses to let her cancer treatment suck the life out of her.

I am humbled by their strength of character, their positive mindset and their ability to see life beyond their own challenges.  I am sure they must have their dark moments – but I find them inspirational.

And my prayer for them, as it is for all of you, is that they will know God’s peace – helping them through those dark moments; reminding them that THEY are precious to God; encouraging them that they are NOT alone and NEVER will be.

Hard times come to us all.  Some people seem to get more than their fair share of troubles and it is difficult to imagine all the headaches and heartache that some people have to endure.  But we all have a role to play in supporting each other: being willing to listen, slow to judge and ready to help where needed.  And when we do this, we are truly fulfilling God’s call to love our neighbour as ourselves.

So, may you know God’s peace, strength, wisdom and help in the midst of the challenges you face and may you be a channel of God’s love to encourage neighbours, friends and family around you.


Peter Chantry

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Community Bingo 25th October 2017

The Madeley Centre and Lea Court Residents Association present a Community Bingo evening in aid of Sir John Offley Primary School.


Please follow the link below for further information.


Bingo Poster PDF

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Madeley Tidy Group minutes 11th. Sept. 2017

    Alan Woodhouse, Anne Shaw, Phil Shaw, Roy Dutton, Helen Dutton, Anne Nicholson , Terry Edmond, Mary Edmond.

    Chris Wright , Liz Walker , Lynda Berrington.

    Minutes of 17th July 2017
    Accepted as a true record;
    Proposed by Phil Shaw
    Seconded by Roy Dutton
    Matters Arising
    Anne Shaw had arranged for a visit to the recycling facility but unfortunately the person that this was arranged with no longer works there. Anne will try to re arrange.
    Bins for dog waste cost £350 plus the cost for emptying.
    There are proposals for new laws to come into force later this year. Owners when walking a dog must carry cleaning up equipment or risk an on the spot fine . When walking a dog near recreational areas such as playing fields , football pitches and children’s playing areas they must be on a lead.
    Anne Nicholson to contact Street Scene about the litter on Bowsey Wood road and Bar Hill as well as gutter cleaning .
    Anyone who wishes to report litter can do so with Street Scene. The telephone number is 01782 742500 or email them at Streetscene@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk

    Treasurer’s report;
    The available funds are £875.52
    There will be a cost of approximately £100 for 10 Hi vis jackets.
    PR and Sponsorship report
    The leaflets in the local shops have been topped up .
    Photographs have been taken.
    The web site has been updated.
    The minutes of the Tidy group meetings are on the web site.
    Our offer to contribute an article and photographs for issue 10 of the Parish magazine was not accepted.
    There are 125 hours of gardening logged so far . Thanks to everyone. Please let Anne know the hours you are spending on gardening so that an accurate log can be kept.
    Chris Wright will order bulbs from Newcastle under Lyme Council.
    Anne Shaw has ordered 245 spring bulbs from a mail order company.
    It was decided to plant some plants in the Offley Arms bed. Alan and Anne have spare plants. Roy has a spare conifer .
    It was decided that the gardening diary was a success, So the idea will be kept for next year.
    The next gardening session will be the school bed And Greyhound on Monday 18th September at an earlier time of 10.30

    Litter Pick
    There have been 85 hours of litter picking logged.
    Nicola from Furness Lane has volunteered to litter pick at Furness Lane and the One Stop carpark .This is a large area so help will be required.
    Consider putting up “Keep your village tidy” signs on flower beds.
    Pat Forster to join the Tidy Group litter picks.
    Next litter pick is Saturday 30th September.

    Other Business.  
    The Tidy group has not responded to the Madeley Parish future plans survey but individuals have. It wasn’t known how the results would be distributed to villagers.
    Terry and Mary Edmond are due to leave the village in the next few weeks. Individuals from the Tidy group presented them with flowers and a present. This was to show appreciation for the enormous amount of work that they had undertaken around the village over the years.
    Anne has spoken to Councillor Whitmore about the geese fouling . She has been assured that action will be taken by the Parish Council.
    Thanks to Helen Dutton who volunteered to arrange the Christmas meal once again. Possible dates are 8th, 12th , 13th December.

    Meeting Dates
    At the Madeley Centre (Bar area) 7.00
    October 9th.
    AGM 13th November

    Gardening Dates
    18th September …New time 10.30
    2nd October
    16th October

    Meeting closed at 8.30 pm 

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Control of Canadian Geese on Madeley Pool



 Madeley Parish Council are considering the above proposal and would like to hear your views on the subject.

 Please come along and take part in the  Public Open Meeting on Monday 16th October, 7:00pm-8:00pm, The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley.

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Vicar’s Letter October 2017

On Sunday 1st October, we will be celebrating Harvest Festival with familiar hymns and songs in thanks to God for all His goodness, and we will be making a collection of non-perishable goods to be donated to the ever important work of our local Food Bank.  You are very warmly invited to join us, and indeed for the Harvest Supper and Dance in Betley Village Hall the night before.  But what are we celebrating at Harvest?

There is something very fundamental about a Harvest Celebration – recognizing our dependency on God’s goodness and our interconnectedness with all those involved in providing for our daily needs.

The incredible variety and quality of the food in our supermarkets today is truly amazing – products from around the world and now with home deliveries – even brought direct to our doorsteps: a-ma-zing!

But of course it doesn’t just happen – think of a good tuna mayo sandwich –  something so simple and yet think of all those involved in its production: the farmer growing the wheat, milking the cows, harvesting the eggs; the fisherman catching the fish; the driver collecting the crop; the miller grinding the flour; the baker making the bread; the canner sealing the fish; the factory making the mayonnaise; the supermarket marketing and selling the bread, the tuna and the mayonnaise – and then you and I doing the final part on the board at home – what a lot of people involved in the production of a simple sandwich.

I believe Harvest remains a vital festival for us all.  Too easily do we forget how blessed we all are in this country with our food security.  Too easily do we take for granted the work of others from whose labours we benefit.  And too easily do we lose sight of the wonders of creation and ingenuity of growers, engineers, processors, shop keepers and most especially God from whom all these things come.  Anyone for a sandwich?

Peter Chantry

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