Job Opportunity for Madeley Centre Manager

There is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant and busy community centre in Madeley.

Please follow the link below for further details of the post and application process.

Madeley Centre Manager Advertisement

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Vicar’s Letter February 2016

What’s gone wrong with the world? Daffodils in December?! Floods happening in so many different places! Migrants on the march! Where will it all end?

The world at the moment does seem like a topsy-turvy kind of place and increasingly insecure – What’s to be done about it all?

It’s easy to blame our leaders – who’d be a politician with all the many and varied responsibilities and concerns they’ve got to juggle: Junior Doctors going on strike – Flood defences proving inadequate – Terrorist groups making everyone feel vulnerable. Some politicians get well paid but they haven’t got a magic wand and the tide is sometimes too strong. So what is to be done?

Well, let’s pray! It’s a good place to start: …

Let’s pray for our leaders – that David Cameron and his government and all those in power and authority will make wise decisions about immigration, climate change, the EU and so on. But let’s also pray for the leaders of big corporations who are arguably as powerful as the politicians.

Let’s pray for those most vulnerable – there are always casualties of war and climate change and humankind’s inhumanity. Can we put ourselves into their shoes? E.g.What’s it like to be homeless? What’s it like to loose all your possessions? What it like to be in a country where you know no-one and no-one wants to know you! In our own country, what’s it like to have to brush the flood waters out of your living room? Or put your prize possessions into a skip? it’s good to see people rallying round those afflicted by the floods but it’s a great loss. We who have must always remember those experiencing disaster.

And let’s pray for ourselves – How can we help? Can we support an organisation bringing help to Asylum Seekers? (like “Sanctus” at St Mark’s Shelton) Can we give money to those who run refugee camps in far away places? Can we support medical charities that are the only hope for people caught up in terrible situations?

God so loved the world that He gaveHe gave Himself… to help people turn their lives around. Jesus had a wonderful healing ministry; Jesus had an amazing way of helping social outcasts to find a new start; Jesus had a fantastic ability to respond to someone in crisis.

As Jesus gave Himself to help the likes of you and me, so we too, with the help of His Holy Spirit can do the same – or will we just sit around and moan about the problems of the world?!

Peter Chantry

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Music For Memories

Starting from 12th February at The Madeley Centre, 11am, there will be the return of the popular workshop sessions, “Music for Memories”. Evidence has shown that singing and music have proven benefits on health and well being. For further information and how to book your place, please follow the link below.

Music for Memories Poster Jan 2016

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Would you like to become a “Dementia Friend?”

‘Dementia Friends’ is an initiative organised and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness about dementia.

If you would like to find out more there will be two one- hour awareness sessions, 10:00am-11:00am or 11:00am-12:00pm, to be held on Friday 3rd February at The Madeley Centre.

The sessions are free but you must book your place on the course by contacting Debbie Burns on 01782-751164

Follow the link below for further information

Dementia Friendly Poster


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HS2 Phase Two: West Midlands to Crewe Property Consultation 2015

Have your say on the property proposals for the West Midlands to Crewe route. There will be several information sessions in the area where HS2 staff will be available:

Saturday 23rd January 2016, 10am-5pm, Whitmore and District Village Hall.

Friday 29th January 2016, 12pm-8pm, The Madeley Centre, New Road.

The proposals are available online at, at your local library or contact HS2 Helpdesk on 020 7944 4908

Please note that the consultation finishes at 11.45pm on 25th February 2016


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Vicar’s Letter January 2016

One of the highlights of being Vicar of All Saints’ has been the Alpha Course. For the last two years a dozen or so of us have gathered on a Tuesday evening to share a meal and think together about life, the universe and God!

Some of those who have come to Alpha came with BIG questions; others with nagging doubts; and others have just wanted to find foundations for faith in the modern world.  Not everyone has left with a radical change of mind but so many have discovered and deepened a faith in God which has enriched and inspired their everyday lives. I don’t believe that it is an exaggeration to say that for some, it has been a life-changing experience.

On Tuesday 12th January at 7.30pm we will be gathering for this year’s group at Madeley Vicarage. The first session is a taster session with no obligation to come back but it will give you an insight into what Alpha is all about.   Please consider yourself invited to join us. You will not be expected to say anything, if you don’t want to, but if you do have questions, we would love to explore those with you, as best we can. If you would like more information up front, please ring, collar or email me.

Alpha has proved to be an amazing vehicle for exploring some of the biggest and most important questions of life – we would love to meet you there.

Subsequent Alpha evenings will also start at 7.30pm with a simple meal, great people to meet and time to get to know each other. Each week we will have a different speaker who shares directly from their own experience and discovery. It is not a hard sell but a collaborate exploration.

So Happy New Year to all and what about YOU coming to Alpha?

Peter Chantry

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Walks Programme 2016:


Please join us for one of our walks – Try one walk for free and then decide if you want to pay our annual subscription of £5.00 (which falls due annually after the AGM in November). Walks are usually on the first Sunday of each month – starting at 10:00am and finishing around 12:00pm / 12:30pm – distance covered is usually 4 to 5 miles.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PHONE JON ON 01782-613810 or 07976 814023

January: NO WALK
February 7th: Meet at Loggerheads Hotel, Eccleshall Rd, Loggerheads, Market Drayton, TF9 4NX. Grid reference: SJ945208.
March 6th: Meet at Grubbers Ash Car Park, Apedale Community Country Park, Blackbank Road, Knutton, Newcastle, Staffs, ST7 8BS.Grid ref: SJ815479.
April 3rd: Meet at Woore Victory Hall, London Road, Woore, Crewe, Shropshire, CW3 9SF. Grid ref: SJ731420.
May 8th: Meet at All Saints Church, Madeley, Church Car Park, CW3 9PQ. Grid ref: SJ773443.
June 5th: Meet at Woodlane Community Centre, Apedale Road, Woodlane, ST7 8PH. Grid ref: SJ811499.
July 3rd: Meet at The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley, Crewe, CW3 9DN. Grid ref: SJ772450.
August 7th: Meet at A525 lay by Buerton, just past Grange Kennels (The Grange, Woore Road, CW3 0DG). Grid ref: SJ694432.
September 4th: Meet at The Fitzherbert Arms, Swynnerton, Stone, ST15 0RA. Gird ref: SJ851356.
October 2nd: Meet at Astbury Mere Country Park, Newcastle Rd, Congleton CW12 4FR. Grid ref: SJ847627.
November 6th: Meet at Barlaston (Green) Downs Car Park, Barlaston, ST12 9AB. Grid ref: SJ893383.
December 4th: Chris & Sue (751524). Meet & Christmas Meal TBC.

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Parish Council Christmas Activities

Madeley Parish Council would like to thank all the volunteers who helped out at the Christmas Lights Switch on and party for older people on 13th December and the Pantomime, Aladdin, held on 20th December.

Both events, aimed at fostering a community spirit and tackling social isolation, were held at The Madeley Centre and were enthusiastically supported by local Parishioners. There were120 older people at the party and they were treated to entertainment as well as an excellent buffet meal.They were joined by The Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Councillor Sandra Hambleton and consort.

Follow the links below for some photographs of the Party

Christmas Party 2015 (1) Christmas Party 2015 (2)

Parishioners of all ages came to  the Pantomime. (Oh no they didn’t!). Aladdin was performed by the professional Northumberland based “Panto Company,” and 340 people over 2 performances joined in the fun.

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Tidy Group 2015 AGM:


Annie Shaw; Andy Capewell; Phil Shaw; John Berrington; Lynda Berrington; Chris Machin; Chris Wright; Roy Dutton; Helen Dutton.

Alan Woodhouse; Anne Nicholson; Sue Machin; Maria Tomlinson; Terry Edmond; Mary Edmond.

Minutes of 2013/2014 AGM
Accepted as a true record.
Proposed by John Berrington; Seconded by Lynda Berrington.

Matters Arising
No matters arising.

Chairman’s Report:
The Tidy Group continues with our gardening and litter picking activities with a very small group of volunteers. Despite ongoing recruitment campaigns, we have only one new member, Anne Nicholson, this year. Even so, the flower beds, planters and troughs have all been very colourful.
We were awarded Level Four ‘thriving’ in the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood awards. We were also nominated for a community group award for the third year running, although this time we were unsuccessful.
Part of our ‘Areas for Development’ are to liaise and engage with local schools and schoolchildren and this will be a priority for next year. Anne has agreed to be the School Liaison Officer.
Maria joined us in March as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and has been involved in litter picks and has attended several of our committee meetings. We have completed her Duke of Edinburgh report for her bronze level certificate.
So far this year we have undertaken 138 hours litter picking as a group and on Communities Day in June, seven members from the Tidy Group joined a group of children and their teachers from The Meadows School, members of the Angling Club and Community Wardens from Newcastle under Lyme Council in a ‘Big Litter Pick’ and then all enjoyed refreshments at The Old Hall Country House and thanks to Simon for organising all this.
Renewal of The Long Trough has been on the agenda for some considerable time. In order to keep costs down, we agreed that repair was a better option as a substantial portion of the trough was in reasonable condition. We have engaged the services of Pete Wells and his volunteers from the Newcastle Countryside Project based at Apedale, following a recommendation from Ann Spilsbury. Members of the Tidy Group will also be involved on Saturday, November 14th.
Early next year we will be planting a tree in memory of Ricki, a very much respected and hardworking member of The Tidy Group, who sadly passed way in October. We will liaise with her family, The Parish Council and The Madeley Centre.
Once again can I thank all the committee members and volunteers for their hard work and commitment during the year and The Parish and Borough Councils for their support.
Sue Machin

Treasurer’s Report:
In keeping with our policy of ‘’investment planting’’ throughout the village there has been an emphasis on planting Perennials. To give a general idea of costings :- the planting of the Crewe Arms bed and Miners bed, Leycett Lane cost the group £65.94.
Expenditure at the Greyhound Court (Long Trough), Izaac Walton (2 beds) and Vicarage Lane involved plants to the value of £403.20. Additional plants were purchased to use in a variety of locations totalling £49.48. Thus total plant expenditure has been £518.62.
There are a number of miscellaneous purchases to a total of £335.42. Major items involved expenditure on the groups insurance (£79.50) (This is liable to increase during October 2015/September 2016 year because of additional PRT tax).
The rotten, wooden barrel opposite the Methodist Chapel has been replaced with a plastic barrel to the cost of £51.99 (Including bags of compost used here and elsewhere).
Tidy group leaflet promotion including printing and leaflet dispensers involved an expenditure of £141.80. Other lesser expenditure included a) postcrete for memorial plaques, b) Cuprinol treatment for the long trough, c) Osmacote balls and slug pellets together with, d) tool hire for strimmer.
The major planned expenditure for the year is replacement of the long trough.
Free bulbs, grass seed and recycled compost were gratefully received from Simon Long, NULBC. Many of these were used in the Plantation, Madeley Heath between the A525 and Heath Row.
We have also received free gifts of some plants provided by villagers.
Please see a copy of our balance sheet (Oct 14 – Sept 15) on a separate sheet.
It is with grateful thanks that we acknowledge the continuing financial support from Madeley Parish Council, Councillor W Welsh, various award schemes administered by Newcastle Borough Council and Marley Eternit.
John Berrington
Treasurer Madeley Tidy Group.

PR & Sponsorship Report:

There has been much work in highlighting the Tidy Group activities to try and attract more volunteers which again have been by and largely unsuccessful:
• New and impressive leaflets were designed by Andy Capewell and leaflet holders to display them purchased. Sue, Phil Shaw and I then distributed them to various shops and outlets around the village. Unfortunately, the one in The Madeley Centre has already disappeared.
• The Tidy Group started a Facebook page and has attracted some attention but unfortunately not enough to garner any volunteers so far.
• We have obtained the keys to the old Parish Council noticeboard and will display the activities of the Tidy Group and like-minded groups in it.
• Chris Wright provided a Tidy Group article in The Conservation Group newsletter in March with details of our work.
• Some of the Tidy Group signs in the flower beds have been removed and so replacements were ordered and resited.
The aim of increasing our green footprint in the flower beds, with for example, bug houses, so as to engage with other sections of the community, has not been achieved, but hopefully that will be a priority for next year.

Chris Machin

Gardening Report:
The group have undertaken 191 (recorded) hours of gardening this year incorporating both maintenance and new planting. We are trying to move towards implementing a policy of sustainable planting which is also eco- friendly and encouraging to wildlife. Financial assistance from both the Parish and Borough Councils has enabled us to replace plants that have gone past their best and also to purchase additional plants that will reduce both the need for and expense of bedding plants. Bedding plants are expensive to produce with a high “carbon footprint” and are labour intensive to plant, dead-head and ultimately remove/replace.
In addition to routine maintenance the following areas have had particular improvements made to them:

Isaak Walton – clearance of invasive perennials and groundcover. New planting
Vicarage Lane – new planting
Greyhound – new planting especially for winter interest
Springs and Moss Side troughs – completely replanted giving all year interest (Hopefully!)
Holm Oak Pool – major clearance of undergrowth and new planting of bulbs
Long trough – repairs to be made in November which will allow re- planting in the Spring
Particular thanks are due to those members who look after the Miners’ Memorial and Crewe Arms beds.
Schedule of planned activity;
Repair of the Long Trough.
Review the planting of the Isaak Walton bed.
Review the planting in the New Road bed. Requires low maintenance plants that are drought tolerant as the soil is fairly poor.
Use bedding plants (geraniums) only in the Vicarage Lane bed.
The Chair has already reported on our success in the “It’s Your Neighbourhood” awards and I would like to add my thanks to everyone who contributes to our efforts to improve the appearance of our village.

Annie Shaw
Vice- Chair, Madeley Tidy Group


Election of Officers:
Chairman; Vice Chairman; Secretary; Treasurer; PR & Sponsorship.
The existing officers were proposed by Andy Capewell and seconded by Phil Shaw to serve for 2015/2016.
Dates of Group Litter Picks:
[Meet at The Greyhound at 10.00 unless otherwise agreed]
January 30
February 27
March 26
April 30
May 28
June 25
July 30
August 27
September 24
October 29
November 26
Future Plans:
From the It’s Your Neighbourhood areas for development:
• Liaise with local schools; consider bug house and hedgehog hotel workshops/kits.
• A planting theme for the beds. Aim to achiever all year colour and wildlife friendly habitat.
The memorial tree for Ricki.
The New Road / Holm Oak Pool Strip Bed. The soil is dry; Plant plants that will thrive in this environment.
Notice Board. We have the keys to the old Parish Council Noticeboard on The Greyhound. A Tidy Group display is required there.
There is a lack of grants and donations from local businesses. Consider a mailshot to local businesses and request a donation. Include our leaflet which shows the work we do. A draft letter is required. Consider hand delivery to achieve face to face contact.
Any Other Business:
The Christmas Meal at The Old Swan Madeley Heath was confirmed on 9/12/15.
Some Tidy Group litter pickers do not have bag-o’s; agreed to try to obtain some from NUL BC and, if not, to buy some.
The free bulbs from NUL BC Planting Assistance Scheme are due in the next week or so. Half for Madeley and half for Madeley Heath.
It is 25 years since the start of Newcastle in Bloom. Madeley is one of the 25 areas that has been chosen to plant a celebration Silver Birch tree. NUL BC would like it in the Pool area and we thought The Springs area, by the Pool, may be suitable.
Re the balance at the bank, need to bear in mind, there are three cheques outstanding totalling £286.22 and we are waiting for an invoice from Pete Wells and his Newcastle Countryside Project volunteers for the work on the long trough repair.
Dates of 2015 Committee meetings:
January 11
March 14
May 9
July 11
September 12
October 10
November 14 (This will be our AGM)

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Vicar’s Letter Christmas 2015

Perhaps one of the most striking things this Christmas is how many people will be on the road, trying to find safe lodging and a future for themselves and their families. I am, of course, talking about the thousands of refugees fleeing the war in Syria, the harsh regime in Eritrea, the persecution in Iraq and so on.

We are in this country so privileged. We live in safety. We have food in our cupboards. Our homes are warm and we have flushing toilets and medicines in our cabinets. Simple things and yet things upon which we depend. It is hard to imagine what it must be like to live in a refugee camp or to have to beg for food.

Looking for safe lodging and charity hand outs is something that God knows about from first hand experience. Think of the Christmas story; Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus were themselves travellers on the road. They too had to up sticks and leave their home. They too lived in terrible times with evil leaders and violent soldiers. They too lived in fear of their lives and were at the mercy of an innkeeper in Bethlehem and the people they met in Egypt.

And this is the life that God chose to be born into. Why then and why in those circumstances? We don’t know, except that we sense it was fully intentional.

God, in His love, chose to be born into the desperation of human experience. He chose poverty and not splendour; He chose danger and not security; He chose to be born a long way from “home”. And all this in order to meet us – His people.

And God’s coming in Jesus was and is so obscure, so remote, so out of the way, that we easily miss Him. We easily forget that He has come, because we are so caught up with our own lives.

Jesus slipped into our world that Christmas and has done ever since. He comes to side with the poor, with the vulnerable, with those who live in fear and to demonstrate that God chooses to live in surprising places and especially with those whom others don’t want to think about.

The problems for many in the world today are so HUGE we can’t begin to imagine them, but the Christmas story challenges you and me to recognize that God’s love and God’s example calls us to respond to those who need our help this year.

Peter Chantry

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