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

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Newcastle Fire Station-Get Running!

Complete beginners welcome at this 6 week introduction to jogging and running.

Please follow the link below for further information.

Newcastle Fire Station Get running poster

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Vicar’s Letter for October 2015

Harvest is surely a time to be thankful to God, and all those involved in our food production – from farmers to delivery people for all that we have to eat – that we have enough – that we have choice and that it is easily accessible for most of us – things we often take for granted.

But this year I have also had a growing awareness of other things that we take for granted: a home to live in which has electricity and fresh water, sewage treatment, a roof, glass in the window and heating.

I am deeply grateful for the Health Service – for our peace of mind, for the doctors (I know it isn’t always easy to get an appointment but when someone is seriously ill – how amazing!), the wonders of modern medication, dentistry and eye care, to name but a few.

I have never lived anywhere where I have felt afraid of war or terrorism.  I know some people in this country still live in fear of violence from family members or abusive neighbours – but this isn’t the case for most of us.  Thankfully, most of us don’t live with the fear of guns or physical violence.

And I am aware of how much “stuff” I have – as I have watched people on the news walking to safety as refugees, carrying the things that are most important to them, I am overcome by the inconsequential things I sometimes put so much value on – which in reality and in comparison are trivial.

I do not want to make you feel guilty about what you have -  that does no one any good, but I hope you are able to enjoy, celebrate and give thanks for all that we do have. Praising and thanking God for our blessings is the start of wanting to share those blessings with others. It is good to praise God and what you do after that is between you and God.

Peter Chantry

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Tidy Group minutes for September:

Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of Committee Meeting on 7th September 2015
Present Chris Machin, Sue Machin, Anne Shaw, Alan Woodhouse, Chris Wright ,John Berrington, Roy Dutton, Helen Dutton, Maria Thomlinson, Anne Nicholson.
Apologies Andy Capewell.
Minutes of last meeting on 20th July 2015 accepted as a true record; proposed by Chris Machin; Seconded by Alan Woodhouse
ACTION; Sue to contact Simon Long to express an interest in obtaining some woodchip and soil improver.
Madeley fun day is this Saturday the 12th September.
The Planting assistance forms from Newcastle council have arrived and must be returned by the 2nd October.
ACTION; Sue M to apply for bulbs and seeds..
Two volunteers from the Tidy Group are required to attend the Britain in Bloom awards at the New Vic on the 10th October at 13.30. Helen & Maria have volunteered.
The balance on the 7th September £1580.22
A green grant or Community grant could go towards the Long trough?
We have purchased 10 leaflet holders and most have been placed in various shops around the village – if you notice any holders need filling up, please let me know.
Tidy Group information in particular and Madeley information in general is put on the Madeley Tidy Group Facebook page – please forward anything you would like to promote.
So far this year we have completed 122¼ gardening hours, mostly in a group but some individual work has also been undertaken.
Work has started removing old and dead plants from the two stone troughs. Some of the old compost will be removed and recycled compost added before new planting.
The long trough has further deteriorated and we have received two quotes for a replacement; this will be discussed under future plans.
Some plants from the long trough will be relocated to appropriate locations in the other beds and planters.
We have been nominated again for a Community Champion Award in the ‘Best Community Group’ Category. Helen & Maria have volunteered as Sue & Chris are unable to attend.
If you see any litter build up, please report it to Street scene on 01782-742500 or Streetscene@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk
Next litter pick will be on the 26th September 2015
ACTION; Sue to contact the manager of the One Stop to raise awareness of the litter at the rear of the shop. Which is believed to be blowing onto the car park.
Tetra packs are still recycled at Leycett Lane.
The replanting of the stone troughs is ongoing.
Anne Nicholson to become a school liaison officer.
ACTION; Sue to email Anne some contact details.
Bug Houses.
Replacement of the Long trough.
We have received a couple of quotes.
£200 to replace with wooden railway sleepers.
£810 +VAT to replace with wood (Pete from Apedale)
£2000 from Gorsty Hill Gardening Services.
Elmside have yet to quote on a concrete replacement.
Neither Mark Bradley or Lizzy Stewart who expressed an interest in joining the group have been in contact.
19th October 2015; 7.30 in the café area at The Madeley Centre.
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.

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Newcastle Male Voice Choir in Madeley-Cancelled Event

Unfortunately, due the lack of ticket sales this event has been cancelled.



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2015 Flu Vaccination Clinics

Dates for the Flu Vaccination Clinics for 2015 are:

Madeley Surgery

Saturday 19th September, 9:00am – 11:00am

Thursday 24th September, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Thursday 1st October, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Monday 28th September, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Also at – Baldwins Gate surgery

Tuesday 22nd September 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Tuesday 29th September 1:00pm – 2:30pm


Walk in sessions – no appointment necessary. Eligible patients – over 65, pregnant ladies, carers, under 65 with a long term health condition (enquire at reception for eligibility.)


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Request for help re local family history in Madeley:

I am researching my family tree and it appears that it originates in the Madeley /Onneley Anyone interested in family history in Madeley? The Madeley website has had two e-mails from Gerry Peake in Canada whose ancestors came from the Onnerley area – he’s asked for help and made suggestions about local family history – if you want me to put you in touch with his, please let me know?

Enquiries about location of graves (over 890 recorded of about 10000 burials in 1000 years) in the Churchyard, and what the Parish Church knows about the War dead commemorated each November) are welcomed through All Saints’ Church.

I live in Canada so research has been slow, but productive at times. I have a few of my relatives including my Great x4 grandparents buried at All Saints Church.
It would be great if you could create a section for the posting of headstones for the church. I have a few Peakes stones that I would like to post with the hope of finding out how a few of them are related.
Maybe someone out there is doing the same thing and we could make contact etc. It would be great to have genealogical section/forum for the dead at the church. It would allow others to post info that they know of other families (i.e. Rowley, Bedson, Salmon etc.) from the area and maybe it would help others.
At the very least your site would be more informed about who lived and died in the area going back to the 1600’s etc..
I’m sure there are some interesting stories out there.
I know the Peakes in my family started out as farmers in the area. The Wood Farm in Onneley had a few Peakes who lived there at one time too. Census records would be another great section for your site.
Also the BMD records that are on microfiche going back to the 1600’s would be another great addition. I have a set and it contains loads of names and helps get an idea of who was there etc.
I have extracted all of the Peakes and created an inventory that I am slowly trying to piece together. It could be done for all of the families who lived in the area.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Gerry Peake

I’ve just discovered your war memorial on the internet and I’m not seeing a section for that on your site (sorry if there is one and I’m too blind to see it…..I know you have it briefly mentioned in the Tour Section, but the pic needs to be replaced….it doesn’t come in properly). Any chance you could make a Memorial Section with everyone’s name on it? Again, I have no idea if this is easy to do or not. Another thought…..can you add the following link to a section? It would be a welcomed addition to your great site.


A few more links to add to a new Memorial section or to your archives……….





Question…….Do you know any Wagstaffs living in the village? My research has just revealed that Sgt. Thomas Wagstaff, who is mentioned on the memorial married Elsie Peake. I then discovered an All Saints headstone that mentions both of them AND William and Hannah Peake. It would be great to get in touch with a Wagstaff and ask them some questions regarding the Peakes in their family. Do you know anyone at the church who could take a pic of this headstone and tell me where this plot is located in the churchyard? I’m interested in knowing its proximity to the other PEAKE headstones that I do know about there. Do you know anyone with the surname FORD? I have another lead with a Peake connection with this surname.

Can you add this link to the Church sections and Genealogy section???


This is an EXCELLENT site for anyone looking into their Madeley/Onneley roots and should be part of your site for sure. It’s not a complete inventory, but it’s a great start.

I know your site is for Madeley Village, but I was wondering if you could add a section for Onneley…..I think they are part of the Parish of Madeley ( https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Madeley,_Staffordshire_Genealogy ) and probably too small to create their own site. I would love to see this addition!

I’m really enjoying your site – thanks again for creating it!



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Choose the Right Puppy for You

Are you thinking about getting a dog or puppy in the next few months? If so, RDF TV for BBC2 are looking for people to film during this process. For further information please follow the link below.

Puppies Flyer

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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)

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Smoke Alarms Reminder and Safety Check!

Now is a good time to remember to check your smoke alarms!

The Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have a number of useful items, including their new Push The Button campaign which has a handy email sign up which will send you a reminder to check your alarm.

Free smoke alarms, including specialist alarms and equipment can be fitted as part of a free home fire risk check which you can book by calling FREEPHONE 0800 0241 999.


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