Job Opportunities at The Madeley Centre

The Madeley Centre has vacancies for a part time Administration Assistant and part time Caretaker.

For further information, please follow the links below.

Admin Assistant Job Vacancy Application 2017 Caretaker Job Vacancy Application 2017

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Madeley Tidy Group AGM 14/11/16

Madeley Tidy Group Minutes A.G.M. held on Monday 14th November 2016

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Vicar’s Letter February 2017

I’d like to welcome to Madeley and Betley Lee Nixon, the new Academy Principal at Madeley High School.

Lee was kind enough to get in touch with me before he took office officially so that we could talk about MHS and our community.

“Our” High School alongside “our” Primary Schools are such a vital resource, not just to the young people of our village but to us all.  I believe that it is in all our interests that Madeley High is a thriving, energetic and creative place which encourages our young people to aim high and to get the best education that they can and, talking to Lee, I know this is his ambition.

And to this end, may I encourage you to pray for all the staff and young people of our local schools and their families. Education has never been the sole domain of “teachers” – we all have a role to play in encouraging and inspiring our youngsters through our interest and by sharing what experiences we have with them.

In a world which can be full of negativity and cynicism, it is so vital that our young people have a sense of hope and possibility for their future. How are they going to get that? By having people around them (ourselves included) who believe in them (as I believe God believes in them and cherishes them).

Jesus himself made children a priority. He pressed upon his followers how important it was to help youngsters to flourish and to grow to their full potential. May we be a part of that encouragement and work to support our local teachers in whatever way we can.  Welcome Mr Nixon, how can we help?

Peter Chantry

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Madeley Parish Council Public Meeting

 

There will be a Public Meeting for all Parishioners to be held on Wednesday 11th January at 7:15pm at The Madeley Centre.

Madeley Parish Council wish to consult with the local community and listen to comments about the proposed draft Madeley Parish Council budget for 2017/2018.

Please come along-everyone is welcome.

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Results of bye-election for District and Parish Councillors

Please follow the link to see the results of the bye-election for Newcastle District Councillor, Madeley Ward..

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Please follow the link below to see the results of the bye-election for Madeley Parish Councillor.

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Christmas and Advent Services 2016

Christmas & Advent Services at All Saints’

Sunday 11th December  6.30 pm Carols by Candlelight
Tuesday 13th December 6.45 pm Carols at Madeley Manor
Wednesday 14th December 9.15 am Sir John Offley School Carol Service in Church
Friday 16th December 2.30 pm Madeley Christian Fellowship (Methodist Church)
Friday 16th December 7 pm Onneley Carol Service at Onneley Village Hall
Sunday 18th December 11 am Family Carol and Christingle Service
Tuesday 20th December 10 am – 12 noon Messy Church
Saturday 24th December 4.30 pm Crib Service
Saturday 24th December 11.30 pm Christmas Midnight Communion
Sunday 25th December 10.30 am Christmas Family Communion

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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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