Vicar’s Letter December 2016 and January 2017

Is it only me, or does the world seem more unstable than ever before? 2016 has seen: huge movements of people, continuing wars in the Middle East, terrorist threats, Brexit and now the prospect of a Donald Trump American Presidency – whatever next? And what will 2017 hold for all of us?

We all long for a brighter, safer future for ourselves, our families and the world but there seems to be so much uncertainty and insecurity. Is that something new? Or has it always been like that? The world has been through troubling times and come out the other side but now the stakes seem so much higher!

Back in Jesus’ day – the first Christmas – life was pretty fragile too. Jesus’ people were under the thumb, they were surrounded by soldiers and under the cosh of a new and Mighty Power – the Romans. Everyday life was a massive struggle for ordinary people and the prospects seemed very bleak.

Into that uncertainty came Jesus – quietly and almost unnoticed into our world – except for a few Shepherds and some exotic Travellers. Almost everyone else missed his arrival – the arrival of God’s great Champion – the Saviour of the World.

The newly elected Donald Trump has been described as “the most powerful man on earth” – heaven help the world – but in contrast, Jesus’ power, still active in the world today, is not power over others – but power to … love and help others in a world which so often cries out in pain.

When the Angels sang: Peace to God’s people on earth – they meant that Jesus was bringing new life to a struggling world; new hope to those whose lives were full of grief; and a peace which can sustain and empower us all to work for a better future with His help and His presence.

May you and your family be blessed at Christmas and have a peaceful New Year. We would love to welcome you to any of our special services over the Christmas Season.

Peter Chantry

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Notices of District and Parish Council Election

Please follow the links below for the notices of election relating to Madeley Ward and Madeley Parish Council.

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Results of Bye-election for Parish Councillor

Please follow the link below for the result of the bye-election for the position of Councillor, Madeley Parish Council held on Thursday 27th October 2016

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Vicar’s Letter November 2016

This week I met a Recruiting Sergeant for the army and he told me about his work on our local High Streets.  It was his job to “sell the army” to potential recruits i.e. young men and women thinking about their future careers.

The sergeant I was talking to was upbeat about the task but behind it I sensed his role presented quite a challenge.

As we come again to our annual Remembrance Commemorations this November, it would be nice to think that armies were no longer needed; that the world had finally learnt to live in peace with itself; that arms and fighting were a thing of the past … wouldn’t that be wonderful!  But in truth, we all know that the world is probably a more dangerous place today than it ever has been before.

I have never been a member of the armed forces but I have met many soldiers, sailors and airman who have served our country with courage, determination and distinction.  I believe they need our prayers, our understanding and our encouragement.

At this time of the year we rightly remember and give thanks to God for those who gave of themselves in the service of a greater good.  But we must also pray for and work for peace in whatever we can.

Our Armed forces do a very difficult job in far away places in all manner of conditions.  When we meet them – let’s take time to find out about what their active service involves?  Our world is a very multicultural place of diverse people.  The saying goes: “divided we fall but united we stand” – We all have a role to play in trying to understand each other’s story and situation.  Contrary to what we might think, God is not British – he transcends every race and every nation.  His calling to us all is to work for peace and justice in our world today and this is Jesus Christ’s calling to us too.  We all have much more in common with each other than that which divides us.

So where does “working for peace” begin?  Answer: by being ready to engage with others, to listen to their stories and to really try to understand the reality of their everyday lives.  This is a godly endeavour and something for us all to work on.

Peter Chantry

 

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Madeley Tidy Group minutes 10th. Oct. 2016

Madeley Tidy Group

Minutes of Committee Meeting held on Monday 10th October 2016

Present

Alan Woodhouse, Anne Shaw, Anne Nicholson, Phil Shaw, Roy Dutton, Helen Dutton ,Chris Wright

Apologies

None received.

Minutes of 12th July 2016

Accepted as a true record;

Proposed by Alan Woodhouse

Seconded by Phil Shaw

It is with great sadness to report the passing of Billy Welsh .A great supporter of the Tidy Group. His funeral was extremely well supported and thanks to all the Tidy group members who attended.

Matters Arising

Alan has emailed Roy the Tidy group constitution.

The insurance was last paid in January 2016. (£82.12)There will be a small increase in the premium next year.

Some pupils from Madeley High school did a litter pick today (12th July) and did a great job.

Future Plans

During the next council meeting we could try and find out, who owns the land that the long trough sits on.

The pond dipping with the children from the Meadows school has been thwarted. It was decided to concentrate on litter picks. Maybe bug houses?

Treasurer’s report;

The balance on the 12th October was £1106.21. but there are commitments of £75.49 to remove from this total.

£300 had been received from the Parish council. There was a record on the minutes dated 12th September requesting £750 but there was a limit of £300 which was granted.

It was decided that a reserve policy needed to be adopted. Roy volunteered to work on this.

PR and Sponsorship report

Phil has taken several photographs of the flower beds and has emailed them to Tidy group members.

Gardening

Chris Wright has ordered some daffodil bulbs from the council.

There has been 105 hours of gardening recorded so far.

The lavender in the Offley arms bed has been replaced.

Thanks to Roy and Helen for replanting the Evening Spice bed.

New gardening dates have been added.

Any Other Business.

The Christmas meal has been booked at the Old Swan on the 2nd December at 7.30. Helen said she would email the menu. A £5 deposit was requires per person.

Litter Pick

A total of 81 hours had been logged so far.

Phil asked for a longer litter pick so he could reach into the river.

Anne will write to Simon White to ask about the litter picking scheme that he was going to come and talk to us about.

Dates for litter picks in 2016 are;

October 29, November 26.

Recycling

Leaflets are now placed in local shops and on the web site.

Anne put forward a suggestion about trying to arrange a visit to the Newcastle recycling centre.

Meeting Dates

At the Madeley Centre (Bar area) 7.30

Dates of the 2016 Committee Meetings are;

November 14th (A.G.M.)

Gardening Dates

Vicarage Lane 17th October.

Offley Arms 24th October.

Long trough 31st October. Replant?

Agenda for A.G.M.

Chairs Report

Gardening Report

Treasurers Report

P.R.Report

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Notice of Vacancy in the office of Parish Councillor

Notice is given under Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that a vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the Madeley Parish Council following the death of Councillor William Welsh.

Please follow the link below for the process of filling the vacancy.

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Madeley Tidy Group minutes 12th. September 2016

Madeley Tidy Group

Minutes of Committee Meeting held on Monday 12th September 2016

Present

Alan Woodhouse, Anne Shaw, Anne Nicholson, Phil Shaw, Lynda Berrington. Roy Dutton, Helen Dutton

Apologies

Chris Wright, Melanie Bishop, Sarah Franks, Simon White.

Minutes of 11th July 2016

Accepted as a true record;

Proposed by Phil Shaw

Seconded by Anne Shaw

Matters Arising

Anne Shaw has some spare Hi vis jackets if anyone requires one?

The groups insurance is due and will see a slight increase in the premium.

Alan to email Roy the Tidy group constitution.

Future Plans

Anne Nicholson had been on holiday, so there had been no further developments with the activities for school children.

Treasurer’s report;

The balance on the 31st August 2016 is £925.10

PR and Sponsorship report

It was decided not to apply for the Communities chest this year.

Billy Welsh gave the go ahead to save the £1000 towards building a fund to replace the long trough at a future date.

It was decided to apply to the Parish council for £750. This would go towards £160 for Pond dipping at the Meadows school , £240 for plants in the Vicarage Lane bed.

Roy to arrange a meeting about Tidy group reserves.

Leaflets are being replaced by Phil.

Phil has designed a A5 poster for the shops and the notice board.

It was decided not to ask local businesses for sponsorship this year.

Gardening

There has been 89.5 hours of gardening time logged. Just a reminder that if any gardening is done please record your time and forward it on to Anne.

Some heather has been planted in the barrel.

Phil came up with the good idea of taking photographs of the flower beds throughout the year.

Phil has volunteered to put the photographs onto Face book.

Any Other Business.

It was decided not to order any daffodil bulbs this year. Alan to make enquires about any other bulbs available.

Tidy group Christmas meal. Anne had a menu from the Hand and Trumpet. Phil is going to the try the Crewe arms. It was also agreed that the Old Swan was a success last year.

A possible date is the 14th December.

Helen volunteered to organize the meal.

Anne Shaw let the group know that she was taking the roll of Ladies captain at Onneley Golf club in 2017.This would give her less time to organize the Tidy group so would require extra help.

Litter Pick

Bag ‘o’s have been ordered and given out.

Anne to give Roy the details so that he can order 4 more.

There has been 65.5 hours of litter picking done so far this year.

It was noted that the main road was steadily getting worse. One of the bins had been moved to a new location.

Dates for litter picks in 2016 are;

October 29, November 26.

Recycling

Leaflets are now placed in local shops and on the web site.

Anne put forward a suggestion about trying to arrange a visit to the Newcastle recycling centre.

Meeting Dates

At the Madeley Centre (Bar area) 7.30

Dates of the 2016 Committee Meetings are;

October, 10th November 14th (A.G.M.)

Gardening Dates

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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Electoral Review of Newcastle-under-Lyme Wards

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally commenced an electoral review of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

The Commission is carrying out a review to deliver electoral equality for voters across the borough. At present, some borough councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the borough. The review aims to correct those imbalances.

Please follow the link below for further information and how to express your opinions on this matter.

The closing dates for all comments is 5th December 2016

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Election of Parish Councillor-Statement as to persons nominated

Following a resignation from Madeley Parish Council please follow the link below for the “Statement as to Persons Nominated.”

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Notice of Election

Following the resignation of a Parish Councillor in July of this year, please follow the link below for details of how to apply for the role of Councillor.

Please note, the closing date is 4:00pm, Friday 30th September.

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