50 Years Ago – Hollywood

On May 23rd/24th 1970, the “Hollywood Music Festival” took place at Finney Green, near Madeley.

Were you there? Do you have any memories or pictures you can share? Please get in touch and I’ll collate everything into this page! – howard@madeleyvillage.co.uk

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Vicar’s Letter, July & August 2020

This is the last letter I will write as Vicar of All Saints’ and St Margaret’s.  After nearly 7 years, Helen and I are up sticking and moving to Nottinghamshire to be nearer to our grown-up children. 

It is with much gratitude that we journey on with very many happy memories of this season of our lives.  It has been an enormous privilege to be your Vicar and thank you to you all for your friendship, good humour and fellowship in the life and work of God’s kingdom in these parishes.

This morning I gave a “thought for the day” on Facebook – something I never dreamed I’d be doing 6 months ago.  But these are exceptional times and I for one have really enjoyed the challenge of learning new skills in these Lockdown days.

The focus of my “thought” was Abraham – sometimes called “Father Abraham” because he was the founding Father of our faith.    God called Abraham to be his friend.  He wanted to bless Abraham and his wife Sarah and to make them into a great nation – quite an idea at the age of 75!

God asked Abraham and Sarah to up sticks and to move to Caanan – a land that was “flowing with milk and honey”.  He wanted to bless them and their descendants in order that they would be … a blessing to the other nations of the world.

There remains today much sadness and isolation and all the more in our post Lock down world.  The world needs people of hope and faith and love.  Abraham and Sarah were such people BECAUSE they felt secure within the love of God.

I hope and pray that you too know God’s love for you and your family and that that will enable you to have the confidence to be generous to those in need around you.

God has always and only ever wanted one thing: that we should know Him as our Friend and Saviour – the One whose love is unconditional – the One whose love for us enables us to reach out in love to one another – the One whose love for us drives out any fear.

May God bless you and keep you; May the Lord His face to shine upon: May the Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you and give you peace now and forever more.  Amen.

Peter Chantry

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Church Open for Private Prayer

Services Suspended during Coronavirus Precautions – but CHURCH NOW (22nd JUNE) OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10.30 – 12.30 each morning. (Wednesdays Food Bank open, Sundays online services)

There will be All Saints’ Church members present to help and assist (and if necessary control numbers entering). We are so glad to be partly back – in addition to all our online services. Sanitiser and washing facilities are available, but if you wish to wear a face mask please bring your own.

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Vicar’s Letter June 2020 & Church Magazine for June

Vicar Letter – June 2020

Joy in the morning!

You have probably heard by now that Helen and I are on the move.  After nearly 7 years as Vicar of All Saints’ and St Margaret’s we have made the difficult decision that it is time to move nearer to our grown-up children.  I will therefore be moving at the end of July over to Nottinghamshire where Helen has recently been appointed as the next Vicar of St Mary’s and St John’s Hucknall.

It is, of course with sadness AND with gratitude that we will be moving.  It has been an immense pleasure and privilege to be your Vicar for these years.  I have greatly enjoyed your fellowship and partnership in the life of our communities, and I am confident that God’s blessings will continue to be poured out upon Betley and Madeley – however tough these current times are.

In preparation for moving, Helen and I have hired a skip!  We have been sorting through all our “stuff” and it is amazing how much you accumulate over the years.  Before we put all our unwanted items into the skip, we decided to have an impromptu stall outside our house inviting people to: Help yourself.  What we had not expected was the delight that this gave to various people to reuse, repair and recycle.

Girls from along the road were delighted to take some board games; 12 paving stones that we’d taken up a couple of years ago were snapped up; and a very weathered Iron bench was taken away with great joy at the prospect of a restoration project!

Out of the tiredness and unwanted debris of life, can come new possibilities.  One lady was so thrilled at taking away a “telephone table” that she insisted that I take £10 for Christian Aid – even though I didn’t ask for it!

Life is tough at the moment with the Corona Virus and of course, very tough for some.  But even in the toughest of times there are moments of light and colour and joy and solidarity – as revealed by our impromptu stall.

We can (and do) feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty of our current circumstances.  But I believe that God is right in the middle of hard times.  He is no stranger to heartache, uncertainty and pain.  The Christian story remains one of hope and joy in the morning and our faith in Jesus, calls us to look out for Him, even and especially in the midst of our human struggles.

May God bless you and your family.

Peter Chantry

The Church Magazine for June can be read online here

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Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

Madeley Parish Council has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor.

If you would like to make a difference to your local community by applying, please contact the Clerk for further details and an application form via e-mail on parish.clerk@madeley.staffslc.gov.uk

Telephone 07563660298

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm Friday 22nd May, Please note that due to the current Covid-19 crisis, interviews will take place virtually on Thursday 4th June via zoom

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Vicar’s Letter & Church Magazine for May 2020

What can we learn so far from the Lock down?

What surreal (and for some tragic and anxious) times we are living through. Mercifully, in Madeley and Betley we have been spared some of the worst aspects of the virus but of course our thought and prayers are with the bereaved, the traumatised and the front-line staff.

For many of us we have had to adopt new behaviours and observe important protocols and perhaps we are getting used to life in Lock down? There has never been a time like this in living memory and we may well feel overwhelmed.

However, and believing in the resurrection, there is new life ahead of us and we must look for the positives and think about lessons we can all learn.

So, amidst the all the difficulties and uncertainties, what has been good?

A greater sense of community – people volunteering to help with the NHS and local helplines, increased neighbourliness and a heightened awareness of the vulnerable down our streets. It has been impressive to see many younger people step up and put themselves out for others – at the Food bank, collecting prescriptions and running errands. Thank you and well done.

New ways of being church and good organisations – the church buildings are closed but God’s people are finding new ways to worship together and to keep in touch with those on their own. Zoom Services, on-line prayer meetings, pastoral visits via video link and a resurgence of the good old rag and bone (phone).  It’s not the same and we greatly look forward to being together again but we have learnt some new skills and been challenged to find new ways of keeping in touch.

The importance of exercise and greeting friends whilst on the move and at a “safe” distance. Thank God that we live in beautiful villages with green spaces to walk and take our dogs out. The weather has been really kind and stunningly beautiful – perhaps something we’ve noticed more under these circumstances – I love the Cherry Tree blossom , the buds on the trees, the freshly ploughed fields.

Not to take people for granted – Our NHS staff have rightly been heralded for their courage and commitment. But there are other frontline staff who don’t always get the recognition they deserve. The staff of Care Homes, our Refuge Collectors, those who serve us in retail, both in our shops and in supplying our bodily needs all deserve our respect and our appreciation of their service. It is very easy to take each other for granted but we shouldn’t. Noticing the commitment and service of others when we are the beneficiaries should be part of our everyday mini celebrations.

… Now, none of this is to ignore the deep-seated anxieties that are very real for many of us as we face the consequences for our economy and personal prospects. The future will bring further challenges, struggles and needs. Pulling together and practising consistent generosity of attitude and behaviour will be vital as we adapt and change again. We may well have to adjust our sights and lower our expectations – not forgetting that we still have so much to be grateful for.

I believe profoundly that God remains in the midst of us, wanting to sustain, inspire, resource and equip us for the future that lies ahead. The Bible tells us that He does not leave us abandoned but equips us with His Spirit to rise to the challenge that lie around the corner.

May you know God’s wisdom, peace and strength as you journey on. And may God bless and keep you in His good care.

Peter Chantry

For Online Parish Magazine for May click here

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Takeaway available at The Old Swan

During the lockdown, The Old Swan is providing a takeaway service – further details and a menu is available at : https://www.theoldswantakeaway.com/

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Post Office Help Scheme Covid-19

A new initiative introduced by the Post Office is being rolled out to banks.  Anyone who cannot leave home may be able to ask a trusted friend or volunteer to withdraw cash at any Post Office using a single-use voucher. The Post Office scheme is being extended and offered to all banks, building societies and credit unions. If the bank allows it, someone can ask for a one-time barcode sent via text, email or post for a stipulated amount. A trusted friend or volunteer can exchange the voucher for the cash requested. Previously, only a named individual, such as a carer, could collect cash in this way on someone’s behalf. Now any trusted neighbour or volunteer can do so.

The idea of the Payout Now scheme is to allow people who are shielded or self-isolating, mainly elderly, to maintain access to cash without having to hand over a debit card and Pin to somebody else.

For more details please see BBC News and the Post Office website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52229698    https://www.postoffice.co.uk/post-office-payout

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Coronavirus Response

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Please click on the link https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response for the most up to date and latest information from UK Government

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