Vicar’s Letter September 2016

Dear Friends,

“We human beings don’t realise how great God is. He has given us an extraordinary brain and a sensitive and loving heart. He has blessed us with two lips to talk and express our feelings, two eyes with which to see a world of colours and beauty, two feet which walk on the road of life, two hands to work for us, and a nose which smells the beauty of fragrance, and two ears to hear the words of love. As I found with my ear, no one knows how much power they have in their each and every organ until they lose one.” 

The quote comes from the autobiography of Malala – the girl who became famous for being shot by the Taliban because she wanted to go to school!  Her book is an inspirational and fascinating read – I read on holiday and strongly recommend it.  It shows incredible courage and resilience of character.

She continues: “I thank God for the hard-working doctors, for my recovery and for sending us to this world where we may struggle for our survival. Some people choose good ways and some choose bad ways. One person’s bullet hit me. It’s swelled my brain, stole my hearing and cut the nerve of the left side of my face in the space of a second. And after that one second there were millions of people praying for my life and talented doctors who gave me back my own body. I was a good girl. In my heart I had only the desire to help people. It wasn’t about the awards or the money. I always pray to God: I want to help people and please help me to do that.”

Malala is a Muslim and her belief in a God of love and generosity appear, in this reading, to be the same as my understanding of the God I meet through Jesus in the Bible. In these days when awful violence and terror are perpetrated by people who call themselves Muslims, do remember the Muslims of good faith who are appalled by the way their faith has been claimed by people with very contrasting and violent views, just as we are when people who claim to be Christians speak words of hatred and violence.

We live in an instant era of news and the headlines can be shocking and evoke knee-jerk responses.  As a Christian, I know I mustn’t jump to conclusions but above all else be prayerful and faithful to the God of love that I know, love and serve.  I thank God for Malala’s faith and testimony.

Peter Chantry

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Madeley Funday. Saturday Sept. 10th 12.30-4.30

This year’s Funday on the College Field, New Road, will be the biggest and best yet!  Following a grand opening by the Mayor at 12.30pm visitors can sample a wide range of competitions, games, crafts, music and other attractions.  Buy a programme and the chance to win a one night stay in the King Charles Suite at the Old Hall, courtesy of Simon and Gary White.

Bring your dog along for the Fun Dog Show, enter a Victoria sponge in the Great Madeley Bake-off and for primary school children bring the sunflower you got at school for the biggest sunflower competition, even if it’s only grown a little bit. Entries by 1.00pm.

Watch the Staffordshire Morris men and the Street Dancers. Listen to the exciting music of Tiffany Lunn. Gaze in amazement at the Strongman Truck Pull.  Ride on Thomas the Tank Engine. Meet a Dalek, Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Elsa from Frozen.

Have a go on the rifle range, Zorb balls, Paintball, Stanways Funfair rides, bouncy castle and other inflatables.  Hook-a-duck, win on the coconut shy; splat Ronnie the Rat; skittle the skittles; get a ball in a bucket and persuade someone to put their head through the wet sponge throwing board.

See the fire engine, police amenity vehicle, vintage omnibus and make friends with Kash the police dog (subject to availability). There’s a beer tent, food van, ice cream, toy and craft stalls, tombola, charity stalls, face-painting, kids drawing and craftwork.

It promises to be loads of fun, Admission is free and charges for the various attractions are very reasonable. So come along, bring your family and friends, meet up with people you haven’t seen for a while and have a great afternoon.  If it’s fine why not bring a picnic?  In the evening The Offley Arms is putting on a BBQ with live music.

For further information and if you would like to help, contact Jenny Jennings (07918939692), Ann Spilsbury (01782-915137), Jill Whitmore (01782-751449) or Chris Wright (01782-750870)

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Dementia Friendly Community

Madeley Practice, Madeley Parish Council and Madeley & District Community Association have joined forces to make Madeley a Dementia Friendly Community.  Brigitte Knowles, who is the Elderly Care Facilitator at Madeley Practice, has already been very proactive in offering free Dementia Awareness Information Sessions (supported by the Alzheimer’s Society), which 75 people have attended so far.  Information regarding future sessions can be obtained from Brigitte on 01782 750274.

 

We have been running Music for Memories sessions in the Madeley Centre, which have proven to be beneficial to older people and carers.  Professional musicians run the sessions, and cover songs from the First World War to the present day.  These sessions have been funded by the Parish Council & Borough Council.  We are hoping to bring these sessions back in September.  They are open to all and are free of charge.  Please contact Debbie Burns on 01782 751164 for further information.

 

One in fourteen people over 65 have a diagnosis of dementia, making it very likely that we all know someone who is living with dementia.  We are committed to raising awareness of the problems surrounding people with dementia and their carers.  Knowing more about dementia, and how you can support people in their everyday activities is a positive move for everyone in our community.

Help us to make MADELEY a Dementia Friendly Community!

For further details on how you can help, please follow the link below.

Befriending Scheme

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Madeley Tidy Group minutes 11th. July 2016

Madeley Tidy Group

Minutes of Committee Meeting held on Monday 11th July 2016

Present

Alan Woodhouse, Anne Shaw, Anne Nicholson, Phil Shaw, Lynda Berrington.

Apologies

John Berrington ,Chris Wright, Roy Dutton , Helen Dutton.

Minutes of 9th May 2016

Accepted as a true record;

Proposed by Anne Shaw

Seconded by Alan Woodhouse

Matters Arising

Ricki’s commemorative tree planting ceremony was a great success.

Thanks to Andy Capewells contribution to the Tidy group. He has now emigrated to America.

Trevor and Mary Edmond and John and Lynda Berrington require hand delivered minutes.

The drain by the butchers has been cleaned. Anne Shaw received an email thanking her for highlighting the problem.

Future Plans

Having previously asked the tidy group if they would be willing to fund some school based projects I approached Apedale to see if they were able to lead activities. They were unable to help us currently so I was put in touch with Tim Coggins who leads wildlife projects as a business venture. He is a resident of Madeley and was willing to reduce session rates as we would be working I local schools. These would be £80 per half day session.

Meadows Primary were the first to show an interest and a half day session was booked to take part in pond dipping and bug house making on Friday 24th June. Helen Proctor the headteacher suggested that we take the year one and two to the grounds over the road from the school owned by Eternet, ( they have permission to use these grounds as their own are limited).
I would also help with the session as a CRB cleared adult.
As this date approached Tim contacted me to say that having visited the site at Eternet which would be used for the pond dipping, he decided that it was too overgrown and therefore unsafe for the children to access. He suggested that we re arrange the date for September when he would have more opportunity to clear the site and therefore make it safe.
Sir John Offley have more recently replied to my email to say that they are also keen to arrange a wildlife project within their own school grounds.
Tim is willing to do both seasons but would prefer to wait now until September. The new school year.
Any help clearing the Eternet site would be appreciated. Once I have confirmed the new dates I will let the Tidy group aware.

The Tidy group also volunteered to help tidy the grounds at the Madeley centre .This is taking place next week ( 26th , 27th , 28th July)

Treasurer’s report;

There is no report due to holidays.

John and Lynda Berrington had received some Tidy group correspondence from the bank that had the incorrect address on it . This has now been forwarded to Roy Dutton.

PR and Sponsorship report

Phil Shaw has designed an ‘A’ board to advertise the Tidy group. This has been used when the Offley Arms bed was weeded.

Phil has also uploaded the Tidy group minutes onto the Madeley website.

Gardening

There has been 32 hours of gardening time logged. Just a reminder that if any gardening is done please record your time and forward it on to Anne.

It was decided to change the gardening time to 14.30 instead of 10 .00 to see if this better suited people.

The next gardening meet will be at the Issac Walton bed on the 18th July at 14.30.

Thanks to Terry Edmund for cutting back the trees that over hung the pavements.

The container on Beven Place needs a bit of colour adding into it.

Any Other Business.

Chris Wright is hoping to organize bird box building on the September Madeley fun day.

Phil Shaw,s new neighbor, Tony has shown an interest in joining the Tidy Group.

Litter Pick

So far this year there have been 47 hours logged.

There have been a couple of people showing an interest in joining the group on litter picks.

The Beavers also joined the Tidy group on a litter pick,this proved a great success.

Anne Shaw has obtained a couple of bag ‘o’s which are now been used. It was suggested that a few more be sought.

Anne Shaw is going to order some more high vis vests.

There was an excellent turn out for the latest litter pick.

The bin opposite the chemist has been vandalized.

Dates for litter picks in 2016 are;

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 has started. This now includes a weekly collection service.

Tetra packs are recycled at Leycet Lane

Try to recycle the litter pick bottles and cans.

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;

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

Gardening Dates

TIME CHANGED TO 14.30

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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Notice of Vacancy in the office of Parish Councillor

Madeley Parish Council

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 a resignation.

The vacancy will be filled by election if, within 14 working days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays) after the date of this notice, ten electors of the Parish Ward give notice to the Chief Executive, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Civic Offices, Merrial Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs ST5 2AG asking for an election to be held to fill the vacancy.

If an election is not requested, the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council.

 

 

Dated: Thursday 4 August 2016

Signed:  Janet Simpson

Clerk to the Madeley Parish Council

 

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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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