Madeley Village Tidy Group

 

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Madeley Tidy Group


If you feel that you could spare a little time to improve our village, please meet us at Greyhound Court on the last Saturday of each month, at 10.00am, for a litter pick.


If you would like to help you can contact:

Sue Machin 751524


The group would like to say a ‘BIG’ thank you to all people who have worked hard in maintaining the flower beds throughout the village. Not forgetting, of course, all the generous donors of money, to purchase flowers and troughs.

If you feel that you could spare a little time to improve our village, please meet us at Greyhound Court on the last Saturday of each month, at 10.00am, for a litter pick.


Tidy Group Minutes March 2015:

Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of Committee Meeting on 16th March 2015
Present: Andy Capewell; Roy Dutton; Chris Machin; Terry Edmonds; Mary Edmonds; Anne Shaw; Chris Wright; John Berrington; Ricki Williamson; Maria Tomlinson.
Apologies: Sue Machin; Isobel Hughes.
Minutes of last meeting on 2nd February 2015 accepted as a true record; proposed by Roy Dutton; Seconded by Chris Wright.
Chris welcomed Maria Tomlinson to the group.
Matters Arising: None
Treasurers Report: Balance as at 27 Feb 2015 £765-54. Since then a grant of £400 has been received from the Community Chest. The evaluation report from the Borough Council requires plans for spending the grant.
PR & SPONSORSHIP REPORT: Chris Machin reported that he had opened a community group page on Facebook under Madeley Tidy Group. The community group aspect hopefully means that anyone can view it; it’s open to everyone on Facebook & not just people who have been invited. Chris would welcome any advice regarding Facebook and content. Members are welcome to contribute articles for publication, especially photographs as it is a very visual medium. Chris also puts any general articles about groups in Madeley on the site so that it is of interest to anyone who’s interested in Madeley – so please submit these as well. And spread the word!
The Conservation Group Newsletter has just been published, thank you to Chris Wright for his article about Madeley Tidy Group.
Andy Capewell is working on a recruiting leaflet for the group; he has produced a couple of examples and hopefully we can go to print in the near future. Andy will e-mail out the new draft copy to everyone for approval / feedback.
GARDENING REPORT: Gardening started in the village at the beginning of March.
Due to the mild winter the weeds have been growing very energetically!
The roses in The Greyhound Bed have been removed and we are looking at some autumn and winter colour to replace them; these will be paid for as part of the Community Chest grant of £400 we have received, along with payment for the geraniums and replacing the old rose bushes in The Vicarage Lane Bed.
John & Lynda Berrington have purchased a new sturdy plastic barrel for Poolside and replanted it up.
Working on one bed per week as a group seemed to be successful last year and, if everyone is in agreement with it, we will continue with the same arrangement this year?
Litter Picking: Streetscene have cleared the two areas at Keele & Madeley Heath that Sue & Chris reported to them: if you see any litter build up, please report it to them on 01782-742500 or Streetscene@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk
Future Plans: Build-up of litter in the weir area. Suggested that a litter bin could be moved from the One Stop car park and relocated at the far end of the long trough to try and stop litter being thrown into the weir.
ACTION: Chris & Sue to contact Borough Councillors to see if this is possible.
The Long Trough project to be left on the agenda but no new trough for the time being; just patch the existing trough up.
ACTION: Roy to try and repair it.
Bug Houses for the beds to be left on the agenda and possibly sited in the autumn.
Communities Day; Friday, June 5th; tackle the himalyan balsam again;
ACTION; Sue & Chris to contact NUL BC to advise them and try and arrange a pick up to transport it away; also contact local like-minded groups to see if they can help.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS: Maria is undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and has chosen the Tidy Group as her volunteer project; this will last three months and she needs to undertake voluntary work for one hour per week. Anne Shaw has agreed to be her ‘mentor’ but if anyone has a project at the weekend or after 5.00pm on weekdays can they liaise with Anne to see if it would be suitable for Maria. The Tidy Group needs to help her as much as possible to reach her qualification.
Izaak Walton Bed needs to be worked on; discussed for this Thursday but no-one really available; more people free on Friday and so agreed to meet there at 2.00pm on Friday, March 20th. Apologies from Sue Machin.
Concern raised that the Pukka Pie sign belonging to the fish shop obscures the new barrel.
ACTION: John & Lynda Berrington will discuss with a Borough Councillor.
John Berrington reported a meeting with Councillor White and the Footpath Officer. If there are issues concerning footpaths and the maintenance of Rights of Way these can be reported to John.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING: 27th April 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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Madeley Tidy Group

Committee Members:

Chairman: Sue Machin
Vice Chairman: Anne Shaw
Secretary: Alan Woodhouse
Treasurer: John Berrington
Publicity & Sponsorship: Chris Machin

We are a group of volunteers who look after the flower beds and troughs in Madeley & Madeley Heath.

We also litter pick as a group on the last Saturday of the month, meeting at Greyhound Court at 10.00; and as individuals on a regular basis.

Our meetings are open to all and are held in the cafe area of the Madeley Centre.

All meetings start at 7.30 pm & finish at approx. 9.00 pm.

If you are interested in joining our friendly group, please contact either Sue Machin on 751524.

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