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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.
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?
Please note this has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Details of the rescheduled meeting will be posted in due course.
Newcastle Borough Council have received a notice of disposal re the above asset of community value. If any community interest group/s are interested in placing an expression of interest to bid for the asset they must put this expression in writing to Simon Sowerby at Newcastle Borough Council no later than 25th September 2017.
Please follow the link below for further information.
AOCV – Notification of Disposal (Final)
Please follow the link below to find out how to become involved and see the latest update re Madeleys emerging Neighbourhood Plan.
HS2 will be hosting an additional information day on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 from 2pm-8pm at The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Please follow the link below to read the letter from the Post Office re temporary branch closure from Friday 8th September 2017.
I’ve just started watching the BBC Drama called “Broken” – a friend thought I’d like it. It is about a Catholic priest trying to care for his flock – emphasis on “trying”! Life in Father Michael’s parish is very tough for many of his parishioners and he himself carries “ghosts” from the past and family challenges in the present.
The series is refreshing because it rings true. However much we might like happy families, happy endings and Disney storylines – life so often is just not like that – even in good old Madeley. Many of us know that we are “the lucky ones” – or to put it in religious language – we are blessed. But all around us, people are grappling with complicated, messy, stressful lives and mostly doing an amazing job of surviving.
In the first episode, a young mum’s life is going belly up. She is trying her best to bring up her family and doing everything she can but, every time she thinks she’s coping, something else happens. Father Michael does his best to be supportive and understanding but he too finds that life is loaded with complications and contradictions – especially in his own family.
In contrast to many TV clergy dramas and sitcoms – there is an honesty and an authenticity that makes this worth watching. Father Michael is not depicted as a Saint or a paragon of virtue but as someone who genuinely longs to help and to point people to Jesus’ love, compassion and understanding.
I have been struck recently about the importance of “noticing” people and situations and hopefully not passing by on the other side of the street. Our family members and neighbours need our understanding, a slowness to judge and a readiness to help. All of which isn’t easy and won’t always be welcome but compassion is fundamental in God’s work of supporting broken lives.