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Vicar’s Letter July/August 2016

By the time this magazine is published the result of the referendum will be known and there will be tension and uncertainty whatever the outcome. The question that someone asked me recently was: “How does you faith influence the way you vote?”  Some people say religion and politics don’t mix, but faith, I hope, influences every area of my life – otherwise it’s less important than many hobbies – and that would be an insult to God.  The world in which we live is complicated and there is no simple religious answer to these questions – I know of Christians I respect who have thought deeply and decided differently.  The issue which seems to be the most contentious is one of migration.

I like lots of things about Britain and feel very lucky to have been born here.   Democracy, free education up to 18, the NHS and peace and safety for the majority of the residents are amongst the reasons that make the UK a good place to live – even the weather could be a lot worse than it is!

I know that if my family were unlucky enough to be born in Syria then I would want to do my best to protect them and escape to a safer place.   If my family were unlucky enough to be born in a country where there was no democracy, no healthcare or education that I could afford I would want to try to change that – but without democracy how would I do that?  Perhaps I might encourage my adult children to go somewhere with better prospects – much as I would miss them.

The Bible is full of stories of people desperately trying to find a safe place to live and to flourish.  Migration has always been part of the life of the world.  As we thank God for all that we value in this country, is not also incumbent upon us to pray for others who are seeking the same things for themselves and their families?  Is this not also part of the second great commandment?  I know this is complicated but surely where God has blessed us, so we too need to be ready to be blessing to others.

Yours,

Praying for a better world for everyone,

Peter Chantry

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Vicar’s Letter June 2016

On Sunday 12th June at Madeley Church, we will be joining in the celebrations to mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth.  Whatever your views about the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth has had a remarkable life.  She has been a very committed servant of both the British people and of Jesus Christ in whom she believes and trusts.

At her Coronation, she asked the nation to pray for her – that God would equip her for the task ahead.  Each year she has made her Christmas Day speech in which she has encouraged us to look to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.  She is clearly someone for whom faith matters.  She speaks very openly about how her faith has given her courage, strength and wisdom for each and every day.  The Queen said in 2014: “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is an inspiration and anchor for my life.  A role model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretches out his hands in love, acceptance and healing.  Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none.”  The Queen has clearly been through some difficult and testing times herself: globally, nationally and within her own family – coping with bereavements, family break-ups and tensions.  Through all of those times, she has remained outwardly dignified, composed and committed to her calling.  Looking forward to the year ahead, in 1976 she said: ”the gift I would most value next year is that reconciliation should be found wherever it is needed.  A reconciliation which would bring peace and security to families and neighbours at present suffering and torn apart.  Remember that good spreads outwards and every little does help.  Mighty things from small beginnings grow as indeed they grew through the ministry of Jesus Christ.”

Our world today is arguably more fraught with tensions, injustice and heartache than ever.  Reconciliation, forgiveness and restoration is as vital today as it was back in 1976 or even 1953.  We may not be the Queen of England.  But each of us can have a life-giving partnership with God through Jesus Christ – which doesn’t make us perfect but does offer to us extra resources, wisdom and strength.   Through prayer and with the help of the Holy Spirit, God can use our impulses, gifts, talents and energies for the greater good, for justice, reconciliation and for peace.  None of this is easy but then nor was it for the Prince of Peace.

Queen Elizabeth has had a privileged life but, through it all, she has used her influence for good and, with God’s help, so can we.  Why not join us for worship on June 12th and help us to celebrate alongside our servant Queen and the King she worships.

Peter Chantry

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Community Information Morning

Madeley Parish Council would like to invite you to a morning packed with information for local groups.

Find out about broadband, befriending, recycling and much more.

The drop in event will take place on Friday 10th June, 10am-1pm in The Madeley Centre.

Everyone is welcome!

Follow the link below for further details.

Community Information Morning

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Madeley Tidy Group minutes 9th. May 2016

Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of Committee Meeting held on Monday 9th May 2016

Present

Alan Woodhouse , Roy Dutton, Helen Dutton, Anne Shaw, Anne Nicholson, John Berrington ,Chris Wright,

Apologies

Phil Shaw

Minutes of 14th March 2016

Accepted as a true record;

Proposed by Anne Shaw
Seconded by Roy Dutton

Matters Arising

There will be a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the memory of Ricki. This will take place at the Madeley centre 21st May at 14.00.

Future Plans

Anne Nicholson has spoken to Pete Wells from Apedale. Who informs us that he is no longer funded so will not be able to help with any projects. Anne has also spoken to Tim Coggins from Bar Hill who has experience with school projects who could help. It was decided that half a day at the Meadows and half a day at the Sir John Offley would be the best way forward.
The Madeley fun day will be on the 10th September .Chris Wright will head a project building bird boxes.
Anne Shaw emailed Simon White to ask about the Communities day.
Anne will also buy some bag o ‘s off the internet.

Treasurer’s report;

Balance at the end of April £1062.00
Minus two cheques with the value of £76.00.

It was decided to set up a fighting fund so that the long trough could eventually be replaced.
Billy Welsh has kindly offered to fund the geraniums in the vicarage lane bed.

PR and Sponsorship report

Phil Shaw has kindly placed labels on all the leaflets with a new telephone number.
An idea of a A board to advertise the Tidy Group was put forward. This could be placed out when any gardening was been carried out. This was thought to be a good idea.

Gardening

There was a very good turnout for the gardening session at the Vicarage Lane bed.
Only Roy Dutton and Anne Shaw could make it to the Issac Walton bed.
It was decided that a gardening event should take place every two weeks whenever possible.
Chris Wright has weeded the New road bed.
All the gardening hours need to be recorded and sent to Anne Shaw when possible.
Thanks to Don Brandreth who has planted up the corner of Cygnet Road at Madeley heath as well as donating the plants.
It was decided not to enter the RHS its your Neighborhood scheme this year. It will be considered next year.
Alan has treated the Long trough with a wood preserver.

Any Other Business.

Proposed meal at the Evening Spice.
Chris and Sue Machin send their thanks for the card and gift.
John Berrington also thanked the Tidy Group for the vouchers.
Thanks to Helen who organized the meal at the Offley Arms.

Litter Pick

A litter bin is required by the New road bus stop.

The next litter pick is on May 28th

Dates for litter picks in 2016 are;
May 28 , June 25 , July 30 , August 27 , September 24 , October 29 , November 26.

Recycling

Leaflets are now placed in local shops and on the web site.
An improved household recycling scheme is about to start.
Tetra packs are recycled at Leycet Lane
Try to recycle the litter pick bottles and cans.

Meeting Dates

At the Madeley Centre (Bar area) 7.30

Dates of the 2016 Committee Meetings are ;

July 11th , September 12th , October , 10th November 14th (A.G.M.)

Gardening Dates

Monday 23rd May Greyhound Bed and Long Trough (if possible)

Monday 6th June Offley Arms bed, planters alongside the pool and at the Springs and Evening Spice

Monday 20th June Vicarage Lane bed and planter at entrance to the village (geraniums should be in by now)

Monday 4th July New Road bed, possibly some new drought resistant planting ( I know- height of summer!)

Monday 18th July Isaak Walton/ John Offley or whatever it’s called

Monday 1st August Greyhound Bed

Monday 15 August Long Trough, Evening Spice , poolside planters and Offley Arms

Monday 29th August Bank Holiday I know but perhaps Vicarage Lane bed? (Or sometime that week)

Monday 12th Sept. New Road and/or Holm Oak Pool

Monday 26th Sept Isaak Walton

Monday 10th October Greyhound bed/ Vicarage Lane – cut back herbaceous perennials

Monday 24th October Offley Arms / Isaak Walton/ New Road – cut back summer/autumn growth

Agenda for next meeting

Present
Apologies
Minutes of previous meeting
Matters Arising
Future Plans
Treasurers Report
PR Report and Sponsorship
Gardening
Any other business
Litter Picks
Recycling
Dates

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Vicar’s Letter May 2016

On May 15th I’m hoping to run in the Chester Half Marathon – a race I’ve enjoyed taking part in for many years.

This year I am hoping to collect sponsorship for the work of Christian Aid (a charity who last year celebrated 70 years of international aid work). Their experience over many years means that they are very good at making sure that funds raised are wisely used and carefully deployed. Christian Aid’s hallmark is to work alongside local partners in the places most affected by poverty and disaster.

May 15th is also the start of Christian Aid Week when churches up and down the country will roll up their sleeves and get involved in the biggest national house-to-house collection – it raises vital money for the poorest people in the world. In this parish we don’t have one of these which is why I’m inviting you to sponsor me.

Jesus gave us two great commandments: to love God AND to love our neighbours – even those who we don’t know.

People sometimes say: “charity begins at home” but when you take into account how much we have in this country in comparison with Syrian refugees or Nepali earthquake survivors then I believe there is a compulsion for those of us who have to give to those who don’t.

This year’s Christian Aid campaign focuses on flood victims in Bangladesh – a country which permanently lives with the prospect of flooding. In our village last year, one family got flooded out and had first hand experience of the traumas of that. I’m glad to say that that family are now safely back in their home. Imagine living in daily fear of rising waters and losing all your possessions. That is the experience of thousands of people living in Bangladesh. Christian Aid partners are helping families to adapt and to find new ways to live with this ever present threat of flooding. Any donation you are able to make will help families like this to find new hope.

Jesus said: “Whatever you do for the least of these my children – you do it for me” – may God encourage us all to be generous with what He has given to us.

Peter Chantry

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Annual Meeting of Madeley Parish

PARISHIONERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MADELEY PARISH MEETING ON                    WEDNESDAY 11th MAY 2016 AT  7:00pm IN THE MADELEY CENTRE.

Under the Chairmanship of the Chairman of Madeley Parish Council

AGENDA

THE MEETING WILL COMMENCE WITH A CELEBRATION AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE FROM GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS WHO HAVE RECEIVED FUNDING FROM MADELEY PARISH COUNCIL OVER THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE FORMAL BUSINESS WILL COMMENCE DIRECTLY AFTERWARDS.

  1. To receive and approve Apologies for Absence

 

  1. To approve the Minutes of the last Parish Meeting

 

  1. To receive the Annual Report of the Parish Council

 

  1. To receive a Brief Financial Report of the Parish

              Council for the Year 2015/16

 

  1. To receive the Attendance Record of Parish Councillors

    for the Year 2015/16

 

 

                             The Public and Press are welcome to attend

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Tidy Group Minutes 14th March.

Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of Committee Meeting held on Monday 14th March 2016

Present

Alan Woodhouse; Sue Machin, Chris Machin, Roy Dutton, Helen Dutton, Anne Shaw, Anne Nicholson, John Berrington, Lynda Berrington, Chris Wright, , Melanie Deacon

Also in attendance were councilors . Billy Welsh , Anthea Bourne, , Alan Rowley and Beryl Ruscoe

Apologies

Andy Capewell, Phil Shaw

Minutes of 11th January 2016

Accepted as a true record;

Proposed by Anne Shaw
Seconded by Roy Dutton

Treasurer’s report;

Balance at the end of February £1128.31.

A big thank you to John Berrington ,who after 16 years of service to the Tidy group has decided to retire.
Two extra signatories will be required

Debbie Burns has volunteered to help out with Treasurer duties if required.

Thank you to Helen and Roy Dutton for volunteering to take this role on .
Proposed by Sue Machin
Seconded by Anne Shaw

Matters Arising

Anne Shaw thanked Sue and Chris for all their hard work over the past 16 years of the Tidy group.
Chris and Sue are moving out of the area so will be retiring from the Tidy group.
Everyone in the group agreed and everyone wished them well.
A big thank you to Anne Shaw who has volunteered to take on the Chairpersons role .
Proposed by Alan Woodhouse.
Seconded by Chris Wright.

PR and Sponsorship report

Thank you to Chris Machin , who has decided to retire after many years of hard work.
Phil Shaw has volunteered to take on the P.R. Duties.
Proposed by Sue Machin
Seconded by Alan Woodhouse.

Helen and Roy have volunteered to take on the Sponsorship role .
Proposed by Alan Woodhouse
Seconded by Anne Shaw

Debbie burns has also volunteered to help if required.
Gardening

The daffodils have been exceptional this year especially around the pool at Holm Oak drive.
The gardening season is about to start.
This years daffodils have been planted mainly up at Madeley Heath.
The RHS its your neighbourhood application is open until 30.5.16. if required .
Ricky’s memorial tree is at Elmside Nursery awaiting planting . Permission required from the trustees .Anthia to be contacted.
Chris Wright suggested a regular gardening time each week, meeting at the Vicarage Lane bed. Starting on Monday the 11th April ay 10.30am. Then the 2nd Monday of the month.

Any Other Business.

A meal has been arranged at the Offley Arms on Friday 15th April.

Litter Pick

A litter bin is required by the New road bus stop.

The next litter pick is on April 30th

Dates for litter picks in 2016 are;
April 30 , May 28 , June 25 , July 30 , August 27 , September 24 , October 29 , November 26.

Future Plans

ACTION . Alan to paint the newly repaired Long Trough with wood preserver.
ACTION. Pete Wells from Apedale to be contacted about Workshop kits for Bug houses and Hedgehog hotels.
Chris Wright to arrange bird box and bird tables kits.
School Liaison –Anne to start at The Meadows school .Helen Proctor 750313
Planting theme for the flower beds. Aim for all year round colour and wildlife friendly ..
Obtain bag-o’s from Newcastle under lyme borough council.
Cut back the grass next to the foot path at the Vicarage Lane bed.
Soil improver required. Simon Long
Roy Dutton has obtained a water 1000ltr container

Recycling

Leaflets are now placed in local shops and on the web site.
An improved household recycling scheme is about to start.

Meeting dates

At the Madeley Centre (Bar area) 7.30

Dates of the 2016 Committee Meetings are ;

May 9th , July 11th , September 12th , October , 10th November 14th (A.G.M.)

Agenda for next meeting

Apologies
Minutes of previous meeting
Treasurers Report
Matters Arising
PR Report and Sponsorship
Gardening
Any other business
Litter Picks
Future Plans
Recycling

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Vicar’s Letter Easter 2016

You never know what’s round the corner”,

not a quote from the bible just a statement which we know is true.

That was the experience of everyone living through the first Easter – from the Pharisees who hoped their troubles were over as Jesus’ body was buried – to the Roman soldiers guarding the tomb, never expecting they would still be talked about 2,000 years after their own deaths – to the disciples who moved from devastation to confusion then to delight in the space of a few days.

But Jesus’ resurrection was not the end of the disciples’ problems.  Not everything became straight forward and easy for them. Life remained as unpredictable and at times risky, perhaps even more dangerous than it had been before.

What changes at the resurrection for the disciples is their confidence in Jesus – not the miracle working parts – but the sense of realising that they had been in the presence of someone so special.  And therefore that what he had been teaching was not just a good idea but THE way to live – the life of love and forgiveness, for them and for everyone.

And so they followed in Jesus’ footsteps – trusting when things were difficult – getting things wrong (read the Book of Acts to see how) and somehow coping when life was hellish.

I don’t know what lies around the corner for me, or you or for the world? But, I do know I would rather face whatever it is in the company of the risen Christ and follow in his footsteps which is, of course, Jesus’ invitation is to us all.

Yours Peter

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A525 Closed – Lorry turned over (Now resolved!)

MARCH 21st – Just a warning for today that the A525 is currently closed because of a lorry turned over, just by the old railway bridge (near Madeley Heath Motors); divert via Leycett Lane if you don’t want to be delayed!

Link to the Sentinel article

Road clear as of the evening!  Remember to take it easy around that blind corner, and it’s only a 40mph limit.

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New Recycling and Waste Collection Service

From 4th July 2016 there will be a new and improved recycling scheme delivered by Newcastle Borough Council.

Follow the link below for further information.

NULBC New Service 2016

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