Madeley Village Tidy Group


Please Do Not Litter Our Village. Respect Others and Your Environment.

Recycling Guide


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 for October:

Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of Committee Meeting on 19th October 2015

Present Chris Machin, Sue Machin, Alan Woodhouse, Andy Capewell , John Berrington, Helen Dutton, Roy Dutton, Phil Shaw, Maria Tomlinson.
Apologies: Anne Nicholson, Anne Shaw, Terry and Mary Edmunds, Chris Wright.

Minutes of last meeting on 20th July 2015 accepted as a true record; proposed by Alan Woodhouse
Seconded by Chris Machin.

It is with great sadness we report the passing of Ricki Williams. She was a co-founder of the Madeley Tidy Group and did an enormous amount of work over the years to improve the village of Madeley. She will be sadly missed.
Sue has ordered the daffodils from Newcastle council. Half will be planted around the small pool by New Road and half will be planted by John Caulkin at Madeley Heath.
A big thank you to Helen and Maria, who attended the RHS Britain in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood awards.

The accounts are with the auditor.

We continue to put Tidy Group matters and events on Facebook to try and spread the word and encourage more volunteers.
The key for the old Parish Notice board has been obtained and we will put on a Tidy Group display there in the near future.

Gardening hours up to date total 146 hours.
Thanks to Alan for donating plants from his garden which have been replanted in various beds around Madeley
Both stone troughs have been filled up with recycled compost and then replanted and are looking very colourful; thanks to Annie for planting them up.
We achieved Level Four ‘thriving’ in the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ 2015 assessment, which is very pleasing, and is a credit to everybody’s hard work.
We will look at areas for development after the AGM.
Over the next few weeks we will be clearing up the flower beds and planters and cutting back shrubs in preparation for winter.
Madeley Heath will monitor the situation and contact us if they require any help or assistance.

If you see any litter build up, please report it to Street scene on 01782-742500 or
Next litter pick will be on the 24th October 2015.
Sue has spoken to Alan at the One Stop shop about the amount of litter blowing from the storage compound into the car park. Allan has said he will try to improve the situation.
There has been a noticeable increase in the amount of litter around the benches overlooking the pool.
There has been a total of 72 hours litter picking recorded.

Tetra packs are still recycled at Leycett Lane.

Ricki’s family has been contacted about a memorial tree at the village hall. They were pleased with the idea. The trustees will need to be contacted. CHRIS M TO ACTION. The family also suggested a large rock with a memorial plaque, not a bench as Ricki didn’t really like memorial benches. SUE M to contact Billy W as he has said and The Parish Council would like to do something in Ricki’s memory.
Bug Houses for the beds to be left on the agenda.
It was decided to go ahead with a repair to the long trough. SUE & CHRIS M to contact Pete from Apedale to look at a suitable date; will also need to contact Allan at The One Stop.

The Christmas meal this year will be at the Old Swan, Madeley Heath on the 9th December. Please contact Phil Shaw for details or bookings ASAP.
The Tidy group insurance is due shortly and will show a small increase due to the increase in tax.

The Tidy group A.G.M. will be the next meeting on the 16th November. Could the reports be forwarded to Alan by the 9th November please?

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.

Posted in Activities, Community, Conservation, Societies, Tidy Group | Leave a comment

Tidy Group’s Assessment Report:

RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood
Assessment Form 2015
Entry Name: Madeley Tidy Group, Madeley, Newcastle under Lyme Assessor: Donna Loasby Date: 20th July 2015

50 words of introduction re entry:
Madeley village is very fortunate to have this small group of hard-working and dedicated community volunteers, led by Sue the group’s co-ordinator, to keep it looking very tidy. The tour showed off all the attractive troughs and planters that have been created with mainly sustainable plants. In Vicarage Lane there was a very attractive flower bed with a mixture of colourful perennials and bedding plants. The new ‘Madeley Tidy Group’ planters are a welcome addition under the village entrance signs.

Section A – Community Participation (40% or 40 points)

The group is working towards things such as: Being inclusive of local people Local ownership and direction Making a difference to local people Involving local people with planning, decision-making, communication & implementation Representative of the local community Getting support (e.g. from local council, grant aid, sponsorship, in-kind aid etc.) Planning for the future Working in partnership with other organisations (i.e. police, community support officers, environmental groups etc.)

Total points assessed for Section A 28 (out of 40)

Section B – Environmental Responsibility (30% or 30 points)
The group is engaged in environmental activities such as: Conservation (e.g. resources, heritage, wildlife, built environment) Composting Recycling Creating, maintaining or improving green space Sharing knowledge and skills The group is engaged in addressing environmental issues such as: Fly-tipping Fly-posting Litter Graffiti Dog fouling
Total points assessed for Section B 22 (out of 30)

Section C- Gardening Achievement (30% or 30 points)
The group is employing good gardening practices appropriate to the area, such as: good plant choice Good maintenance, presentation and management Creativity Innovation Overcoming site difficulties Enhancing the area through gardening
Total points assessed for Section C (out of 30) 23
LEVEL ACHIEVED Level 4 – Thriving
Areas of achievement:
All the daffodil bulbs , bluebells, crocuses and snowdrops that have been planted around the village;
The memorial trees;
The monthly litter picks;
The bird boxes sited around the village;
Your new young volunteer;
Your plans for the “build your own bug hotel” ;
Being awarded Newcastle in Bloom ‘Best Community Group Champions Award’ in 2014.

Level Description Points
Level 1 Establishing 0-35
Level 2 Improving 36-52
Level 3 Developing 53-68
Level 4 Thriving 69-85
Level 5 Outstanding 86-100

Posted in Activities, Community, Conservation, Societies, Tidy Group | Leave a comment

Save The Offley Arms

Our local, historic public house is under threat of being neglected and in the future, could be built on. The Offley Arms has been the at the core of the village for over 300 years; from housing the former servicemen’s club after the First World War to protecting the villagers from air raids during the Second World War. The Offley Arms has seen Madeley go from strength to strength, and it would be a shame for this to end in such circumstances.

Please sign the petition to protect this valued, essential venue in our community and help to get the building listed (on Facebook – The Madeley Centre or Madeley Tidy Group page)

Posted in Community, Conservation, Historical, Pubs and Restaurants, Services, Tidy Group | Leave a comment

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.

Sue on 751524

Posted in Community, Conservation, Societies, Tidy Group | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Community, Events, Societies, Tidy Group | Leave a comment