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Vicar’s Letter Easter 2020 – Covid19 Coronavirus

Updated 18 March: Services Suspended during Coronavirus Precautions on Archbishops’ advice, but Prayer available in Church, see


As I write, there is much uncertainty about the outbreak of the Coronavirus – nobody quite knows where it will impact and when it will end?

Clearly following the official advice is where we should all start – handwashing, self-isolation when needed, good personal hygiene and so on.  But there is a more fundamental issue of our care for one another and especially those who are most vulnerable.

A clergy colleague shared the following prayer with me which is a very good place to start:

Dear God our Shield and our Defender, guide and protect my neighbour in this time of health emergency; deliver them from all harm and may your love and care ever grow in this place.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

… may your love and care grow in this place!

As Christians we are called to “love our neighbours as ourselves” which means thinking about who is vulnerable and how we can each play our part.  The telephone in these circumstances is a God-sent for keeping in touch – a friendly voice at the end of the phone can be a great encouragement to someone who is worried.  A smile, even on the phone can bring cheer.  Visiting can be problematic but we can all pick up the phone.

Sadly, there is much fear mongering and it is crucial that we DON’T demonise anyone or any group.  Pulling together is what’s going to get as through this not pointing the finger of blame.

We all need to take SENSIBLE precautions but panic buying and hoarding goods, when there is plenty to go around, is very unhelpful and may put others at riskPractising the Christian discipline of sharing is vital and asking your neighbours what they need instead of filling your own cupboards with “just in case”. 

Living life to the full has always been the Christian way.  None of us knows what the future holds.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenged his followers to live each day fully and NOT be afraid.  Every time we are tempted to give in to fear we need to make a conscious choice to respond in trust and openness.

Life can be worrying but we are not alone, and we can equally make a difference to our neighbours even through tough times.

Happy Easter to you and your family.

Peter Chantry

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Notice Under Local Government Act 1972 (Section 87(2)) VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the Madeley Parish Council following the resignation on 5th March 2020 of Deborah Rogerson

Rule 5(2) of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006 now applies.

The rule allows TEN ELECTORS for the Parish in which the casual vacancy has arisen to request the Returning Officer to hold an election to fill the vacancy[1].   That request must be made within FOURTEEN DAYS, calculated in accordance with the rules[2], of the date of this notice.  The fourteen day period ends on Monday 30th March 2020

What if a request to hold an election is not received during the permitted time?

Rule 5(5) of the above Rules will apply.  The Parish Council must, as soon as practicable after the expiry of the fourteen day period, co-opt a person to fill the vacancy.

The Returning Officer’s address is:

Electoral Services, Castle House,

Barracks Road, Newcastle under Lyme, ST5 1BL

The telephone number for further guidance is 01782 717717

This notice is dated 10th March 2020

Janet Simpson. Clerk, Madeley Parish Council,10, Freebridge Close, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. ST3 5XQ

[1] There is no form of words for this request, which might simply be a letter headed with such words as “We the undersigned being electors for the (Ward of)….Parish, call for an election to fill the vacancy arising from the (death)(resignation) of….”.  It is helpful if the ten signatures are accompanied by printed names and addresses.

[2] In calculating the notice period, day one is the day following the date of this notice; a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning shall be disregarded, and the period closes at midnight on the fourteenth day after the date of this notice.  Rule 5(2) of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006 now applies.

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Vicar’s Letter March 2020

Of all the seasons of the year springtime is my favourite.

As I walk Fin our dog, I love to see the new green shoots, the spring flowers and the blossom on the trees – all of which speak of our amazing creation and our amazing Creator.  The rhythm of the seasons is wonderful and inspirational – even when we can feel rather down-in-the-dumps of winter blues.

1st March is the first Sunday in Lent: our annual opportunity to nurture new life in our own lives; to look for God’s spring-time in us; to focus on Jesus’ amazing life and sacrificial love: to take some time to think and pray in response to the challenges we face; to work out what God might be asking of us.

During Lent some of us will be taking up the challenge of “40 Acts!” – a global movement of Christians who want to see God’s generosity transform the world.  This is an opportunity to allow our faith in Christ to change us and, into the bargain, to bring generosity and kindness to others – as God brings generosity and kindness to us.

If you’d like to join in, each day during Lent, you will receive a daily challenge, hear the story of someone who has given themselves in service to others and think about a possible response you can make.  Their stories are inspirational, and the suggested responses are do-able!

The Bible teaches us that God so loved the world that he gave …– He gave Himself, His love, His service, His sacrifice.  At the very heart of God is generosity and kindness – something that can be lacking in the world today.

40 Acts gives ordinary Christians, like you and me, a chance to be inspired by others example, to think about what we can do in Madeley and Betley and to see how we can share God’s love amongst our neighbours and our friends in realistic, practical and tangible ways.

Believing that God wants to transform this world (as he turns winter into spring), so let us see how we can join in.  Details of the project and how to sign up to receive your daily email can be found at:

May God bless you during this season of Lent.

Peter Chantry

Confirmation* – on May 10th.

Bishop Michael is coming for a service of Confirmation in Newcastle.  If you are interested in being confirmed – please have a word with Peter/John

* Confirmation is a service for those who want to confirm their adult faith in Jesus Christ and to celebrate God love for them.

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Madeley Neighbourhood Development Plan Regulation 14-Public Consultation

To view the plan, hard copies together with consultation forms can be found at the following locations:

The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley. CW3 9DN.

Moss Lane Doctors Surgery, 65 Moss Lane, Madeley. CW3 9NQ

Newcastle Library, Castle House, Newcastle-under-Lyme. ST5 1BL

Madeley Parish Council supported by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will also be at the following events where the plan can be viewed: Madeley Centre, Monday 17th February 6:30 to 7:30; Thursday 27th February 1:30-2:30pm and Thursday 5th March 6:30-7:00pm

Follow the link below to access an electronic copy of the draft plan.

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Madeley Neighbourhood Development Plan-Regulation 14-Public Consultation

Madeley Parish Council, supported by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are launching the formal pre-submission consultation of the draft neighbourhood development plan. From Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 12 noon to Wednesday 25th March 2020 at 12 noon, Madeley Parish Council are undertaking formal consultation in accordance with Regulation-14, Town and Country Planning, England Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulation 2012. More information together with a downloadable version of the draft plan and consultation response form are available at the following link: We want to hear from you, please give your views on any of the policies in the draft Plan and any other comments you would like to make.

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Vicar’s Letter February 2020

The Winter months can feel very tough (not to mention cold) and for some a tremendous struggle. But deep down, we all know that spring follows winter and new life IS on the way – not just for nature but in faith we believe for us.

The whole of the Bible is based around God’s love for the world and His desire to renew and to restore: our natural world, our sometimes-strained relationships and our sense of well-being.

The prophet Isaiah said: “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength – they will rise on wings like eagles” – What a beautiful image – picture in your minds-eye an eagle in flight – a wonderful sight.

There are many people offering good help and advice but God’s love for those of us who believe is our security, our inspiration and our spur: to help us know God’s strength, to inspire us to be courageous in the face of tough times and to challenge us out of any complacency we may feel.

In faith, we believe we are NOT on our own – that God is for us and with us and even that He goes ahead of us.

God wants to guide us personally but also in our families, in our community groups and organisations to be a blessing to others. How do we engage with this love of God?

We engage with God by talking to Him, listening to Him and crucially reading the Bible- through its pages, God is able to speak words of encouragement and wisdom.

Our Christian faith is not an insurance policy against difficult things happening to us. It is a relationship with our loving God who does know and understand our hopes and our fears, our joys and our sorrows and who wants passionately to help us face, meet and overcome those things that weigh us down.

If you would welcome the opportunity to talk about this – please get in touch.

Peter Chantry

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Vicar’s Christmas Letter 2019

Looking for wise men and women!

As the General Election draws near, it’s not just at the Nativity Plays that we are looking out for Wise People!  Our country badly needs wisdom and reassurance and … so do we!

Life can seem very confusing and politics and politicians are often a huge turn off but we still need them and must pray for them and play our part too.

As we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birthday … What difference can Jesus make?

The Bible tells us that Jesus came to save us! Butfrom what? … From Brexit? … From The EU? … From ourselves?

Jesus offers to any of us something deeply personal and life-transforming.  He offers us reassurance and a big challenge.  He challenged the people of his day to look after each other and not just to feather their own nests.  It shouldn’t be just everyone for themselves.  Jesus knows that life can be depressing, disturbing and even dangerous but we do need each other for support and wise leadership.

In my life experience, Jesus has helped me know that I am loved andthat I matter to Him.In the most difficult days of my life – when I didn’t have a job, when my dad died suddenly and when I felt very down – sharing my troubles with Jesus and my loved ones gave me strength, peace and direction when otherwise I would have felt very lost.

Jesus is God’s gift to the world – a shining example of a brilliant life. He is also a potential wise friend for any of us who want to seek His counsel.  He keeps me on my toes and challenges me to do my best every day.

Christmas isn’t just an excuse for a holiday but an opportunity to realise that God reaches out in friendship to YOU!  He wants to help and support you and this world which He loves.  If you want to find out more, you will always find a warm welcome at All Saints’. Happy Christmas everyone.

Peter Chantry

Special Advent & Christmas Services 2019/20:

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The Offley Arms is Saved!

Fantastic news! The Offley Arms has been purchased by local Brewery Joule’s to refurbish and run as a pub.

This is great news for the village as we get to keep a pub in the centre by the pool, and with an established brewery (with a great reputation for beer and food) behind it, the pub is secured for a good many years ahead.

Read further details on the Joule’s Website!

The pub was very nearly sold at auction, and could have gone for development instead, but Joule’s stepped in with a direct purchase after seeing the level of community support for it.

The hundreds of survey responses online and in paper form showed just how much genuine support and demand there is in the village, and there are many comments with real affection for the pub and many memories in there.

Here’s hoping that the pub will be back and available soon, and of course it’s up to us as a village to use it again!

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