Simply Allsorts, Madeley Community Choir: Next Concert: Saturday, 13th December:

in The Madeley Centre – for further details phone Chris Hale on 01270-820687

Rehearsals Thursday evenings 7.15pm All Saints’ Church; new singers welcome

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All Saints’ Christmas Services:

30 November 4 pm – Christingle Service in Church. Not Christmas Eve this year.

9 December 7pm – Carol Singing at Madeley Manor Care Home. Come and join us as we sing carols with the residents of the home.

14 December 6.30pm – Carols by candlelight. An opportunity to sing all your favourite carols in the surroundings of our ancient church, lit as it would have been in times past, with candles.

21 December 11.00am – Family Carol Service. All the family are invited to join in with this celebration of Christmas. Refreshments will be available after the service including a slice of the Christmas Cake made by the children and young people from Stepping Stones and The Towers.

22 December 10am-12noon – Children’s Christmas Activity Morning. Bring the children along to church to join in the fun at our activity morning. Refreshments will be available and the morning will conclude with a short Christmas service. All welcome. There is no charge but donations towards the expenses of the morning will be gratefully received; a plate for donations will be available in the church.

24 December 4.00pm – Crib Service. A special Christmas Eve service for children and their families.

24 December 11.30pm. Christmas Midnight Communion. A service with a special atmosphere as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

25 December 10.30am – Christmas Morning Family Communion. A service for all the family – children are invited to bring along their favourite Christmas present.

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Madeley Tidy Group

Minutes of the 2014 A.G.M.

Held at The Madeley Centre on 17th November 2014


Chris Machin; Sue Machin; Ricki Williams; John Berrington; Lynda Berrington; Alan Woodhouse , Mary Edmund; Terry Edmund; Chris Wright, Anne Shaw, Roy Dutton.


Andy Capewell, Isobel Hughs, Phil Shaw, Helen Dutton, Simon Wright.

Minutes of 2013 A.G.M.

Accepted as a true record.

Proposed by Linda Berrington

Seconded by Chris Machin

Election of officers

All officers re elected.

Anne Shaw takes over the role of vice chairperson from Ricki Williams.

Proposed by Ricki Williams

Seconded by Chris Wright

Matters Arising

No matters arising

MTG Chairman’s Report 2014

The Tidy Group has had another successful year and gained one new member, Anne Shaw.

In March some of the group met with Simon Long and Beverley Sutton of Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council to learn about the Borough’s Community Projects and through that meeting joined the RHS Britain in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood project. In July, we met with Roger Tait, a judge and assessor for the Heart of England It’s Your Neighbourhood project, who awarded us Level Three ‘Developing’ and in his report praised the group stating that the work done around the village by the group was a fantastic community effort.

June 6th was Communities Day and nine Tidy Group members were joined by four Conservation Group members, one Parish Councillor, Sue Roberts, and two NUL BC wardens; the group tackled the himalyan balsam around The Pool area. Simon Long and Trevor Hambleton who holds the Council portfolio for leisure, culture and localism, came to thank everyone for their hard work. The himalyan balsam removal will be an ongoing yearly project!

John B successfully applied for the green grant and community chest which we have used for investment planting, geraniums and other bedding plants for The Vicarage Lane Bed and for the planting up of the new planters and the wooden barrel planter on Poolside.

For the second year running we were nominated for the Newcastle in Bloom Community Champion award. John and Lynda attended and we won an award under the category of best community group. Well done all.

We have continued litter picking as a group and individually and on the whole the village looks much tidier for all our efforts. We will continue to target litter hot spots.

Financial report. 2014

Income this year has fallen to a total of £615.89 from three sources: Marley Eternit , The Community chest grant and a £4 donation from the summer fayre. To this can be added a carryover balance of £1825.49 from the previous year.

Previously in the year October 2012 to September 2013 there were 8 sources of income from various donations / awards this number has fallen to 3 !

We are continuing to expand our permanent planting sites . E.g our two new planters at the entrance to the village at a cost of £786.00. Because of the dry summer jerry cans had to be purchased to carry water to the various beds . Strimmer cutter blades were required to control weed growth and to keep the environs of some beds tidy.

£640 was spent on plants from the miners memorial , Leycett lane to near the Alins houses throughout the village.

Third party insurance is a necessary expense for ouir work and we have managed to reduce this from £121.60 to £79.50 this year. As one of the central demands relate to the insurance cover 20 high vis jackets have been purchased costing £180.00.

We should like to thank the Parish council , Newcastle Borough Council and other donors for their continuing support in our endeavours .

John Berrington


October 2014

PR & Sponsorship Report: 2014

The Tidy Group has tried to raise the awareness of villagers in Madeley in a number of ways this year, as follows, with the intention of attracting new volunteers to our small band.

New posters were produced and placed in two parish notice boards and in The Madeley Centre. Thanks to Andy C for their high quality and eye catching appearance.

We have replaced the tatty flower bed signs with new professional looking signs. The first large one was stolen twice from The Vicarage Lane Bed and has now disappeared. The smaller ones are now in all the beds and most of the large planters.

20 new high vis tabards with our new logo were purchased. We need them for health and safety purposes and also highlight that it is the Tidy Group working around the village and hopefully to attract more volunteers.

Two new planters were purchased under the new welcome to Madeley signs at Bevan Place and Smithy Corner as requested by a Parish Councillor. We approached NUL BC for second hand planters but they had none available. We asked for quotes from Broxap, Marshalls and Bailey’s Streetscene. The first two company’s quotes were in the thousands and so we used Bailey’s Streetscene, which was in the hundreds of pounds. The planters have our name and logo on to again highlight to Madeley residents of the work our small group does.

In August, we had an awareness stall with an album of photo’s showing the work we have done over the past 11 years and how the flower beds have come on and matured. Unfortunately no new volunteers were forthcoming.

Madeley Responders have produced a new recruitment leaflet and Andy C has kindly agreed to work on something similar for the Tidy Group.

Chris Machin

Gardening Report 2014

We started gardening again early March and have tried to target one area per week as a group. This has worked quite well although we have a number of beds, planters and troughs to maintain.

Due to storm damage, Chris W, Sue & Chris M, spent two hours each raking up debris around The Pool and Springs, which was then collected by NULBC.

Once again, Simon Long obtained 30 bags of soil improver for us which we have used for various areas around the village including the two new planters.

Helen and Roy planted up the raised planter by The Poolside Tandoori which has brightened up that area. Roy once again painted and repaired the Long Trough and John B cut back the overhanging branches. John and Lynda planted up the barrel planter on Poolside.

All the flower beds and troughs were weeded before Roger Tait’s RHS visit in July and his visit coincided with them all looking at their best.

Alan, Phil, Sue & Chris M sited the new planters under the two new welcome to Madeley signs and then planted them up. A number of people have commented on how colourful they are.

Alan has applied for 500 bulbs from NULBC which will be given to John Caulkin for him to plant at The Plantation at Madeley Heath.

Unfortunately, Fred Bailey’s memorial tree died and has been replaced by a Malus Golden Hornet.

Thanks to all who have gardened with us this year both in Madeley and Madeley Heath; and to Liz Forster, Isobel Hughes and Dereth Carr for their plant donations. Also to Simon Long, Beverley Sutton and Mark Jones from NUL BC

Sue Machin

Litter Picks

Litter Picks will continue at 10.00 am on the last Saturday of the month – but there will not be one in December.

The dates are Jan 31st , Feb 28th , Mar 28th , April 25th , May 30th , June 27th , July 25th , Aug 29th , Sept 26th , Oct 31st , Nov 28th

Future Plans

Possible replacement of the long trough.


Gardening hours to be forwarded to Chris asap. We could top 200 hours this year.

There will be an unmanned tidy group display at the Christmas fayre this year. The date for the Christmas fayre is 30th November

The next A.G.M. will be on the 16th November 2015.

The next general meeting will be on the 26th January2015.

Madeley Tidy Group
A/c year Oct 13-Sep 14

Co-op Bank Community Directplus A/C

B/F Surplus

Less expenditure

Plus Exp Chq 400234


Income for year


Awaiting Bank Statement for above cheque

Bank statement closing balance 17/9/14

Books and records bank st’s etc checked &

found to be in good order



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Christmas Fayre: 30th November:

At The Madeley Centre

12.00 – 4.00pm

Over 30 great stalls

From crafts and candles to pyrography and pies!

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Onneley Village Hall: December 6th: concert by Breeze and Wilson

A not-to-be missed Social event at Onneley Village Hall on December 6th

The concert is by Breeze and Wilson [web site: ] who sing rock, jazz, country etc.

Tickets are £10 each which includes a Christmas picnic box for 2.

Do check your diary for this Onneley Social event of the year!

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All Saints’ Madeley Christingle Service: 30th November:

Advent Sunday
30th November 4pm
An orange, some sweets, a ribbon and a candle.
Your chance to think again about God’s love for the world.
Everybody welcome.
In support of the Children’s Society: Come and hear about the great work that the Children’s Society is doing

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Madeley Post Office: Consultation on proposed move to new premises and branch modernisation

The Post Office is currently consulting with local people re the above. The proposal is to relocate from the current site to One Stop Store Ltd, Newcastle Road, Madeley. Posters and leaflets are on display in the the branch to let customers know about the changes and to seek their views.

The closing date for comments is 24th October 2014. The proposed month of change is December 2014/January 2015. Comments can be returned either:

on line (If you choose this option you will need to enter the code for the branch which is 17420699)


telephone 08457 22 33 44 or in writing to “FREEPOST Your Comments” (this is the full address to use and no further address details are needed.)

If you need to submit your comments via an alternative format eg to assist the visually impaired please contact the Customer helpline on 08457 22 33 44


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Minutes of last Tidy Group Meeting:

Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of Committee Meeting on 8th September 2014
Alan Woodhouse, Chris Machin; Sue Machin; John Berrington, Andy Capewell, Anne Shaw
Chris Wright , Roy and Helen Dutton, Isobel Hughes, Ricki Williams
Minutes o f 7th July 2014 Meeting:
Accepted as a true record. Proposed –Chris Machin. Seconded John Berrington
Matters Arising;
Alan to apply to Newcastle council for 500 daffodils (now done)
Photographes of the new planters required for John.
Replace the barrel by the chip shop using the green grant . Costs required before the next meeting if possible.
Enquire to the parish council about a financial grant .A possible £350 is available.
John is to enquire about planters that are made using recycled plastic bags.
A new auditor is required due to illness. John to contact Roy.
Treasurers Report:
Balance at 26/08/14 £757.28
New costings for the signs were obtained from Andy C and smaller ones are now located in the flower beds. The large one from The Vicarage Lane Bed went missing and has not been located and has been replaced by one of the smaller ones.
Roger Tait suggested advertising for volunteers to try a taster – they can either come on a litter pick or gardening and no strings attached to see if they like it and want to come again.
ACTION CHRIS : Will try this on the website.
Sue & I updated the display board with photos. Sue & I also completed a photo history of the tidy group from its inception in 2001 to date in an album from Summer at the Centre on Aug 16th & 17th. Altho’ there was some interest, no new volunteers came forward as yet!
The Responders have a nice new leaflet – can we do something similar?
Andy Capewell has kindly volunteered to work on the leaflet.
Business cards left over from Summer at the Centre to be left at the Madeley Centre.
So far this year the group has done 118 hours not counting any hours recorded individually.
Chris, Anne, Phil & I met with Roger Tait from RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood on July 21st and took him on a tour of all the beds and troughs, including Madeley Heath. He was very impressed that so much was done by so few. There is a presentation on Wednesday, 17th September at Henley-in-Arden Golf and Country Club, to which we are invited. If no-one is able to attend, we will send apologies.
Alan, Phil, Chris & I sited the new planters under the ‘Welcome to Madeley’ signs and filled them with hard-core, top soil and soil improver.
New plants have been purchased using grant money and the planter at Smithy Corner is now fully planted.
As Terry had put some bedding plants ion the Bevan Place one, plants will be purchased when these die down.
Thanks once again to Liz Forster for her generous donation of perennials which have been planted in various locations.
The planter by the Madeley Tandoori is looking very colourful; thanks to Roy & Helen for maintaining it.
John & Lynda very kindly noticed that the Poolside Barrel was looking very forlorn and so purchased and planted some fuchsias; which look very attractive. Thanks also to John & Linda. There were a few perennials left over from The Smithy Corner planter and so they were added and the large heather from the barrel was removed and planted in the Izaak Walton Bed.
Rikki has been in touch with Fred Bailey’s niece, Jean, re replacement of his memorial tree and she has suggested a MALUS GOLDEN HORNET.
ACTION SUE: I will liaise with Elmside when I return from holiday.
Thanks to all who have been gardening this summer, both in the group and individually.
Litter Picks:
The next litter pick is Saturday May 31st
Nothing to report.
Reports for the AGM to Alan before the 3rd November .
No one is available to attend the presentation at Henley. So an apology will have to be sent.
Future Plans:
The wooden long trough to be replaced with brick .
Bug houses for the flower beds. Sue and Chris to contact Mark and Jo Community Wardens about bug houses.
Liase with local schools.
Think about any future projects for future grants.
Next Meeting:
17th November , 7.30pm in the café area of The Madeley Centre. This will be the AGM
Apologises from Roy and Helen Dutton
Agenda for Next Meetings:
Minutes of Previous Meeting
Matters Arising
Treasurer’s Report
PR & Sponsorship Report
Gardening Report
Litter Picks
Future Plans
Date of Next Meeting

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Madeley Parish Bible Study Group; Dec 1 & 15:

This group meets twice each month, on the first and third Monday evenings, starting at 7.30pm and aiming to finish at 8.45pm with a cup of tea or coffee.
It is an open group, and everyone is warmly invited.
The aim is to study and discuss the message of the Bible and to discover what it has to teach and inspire us in our generation.
Meetings take place at Whitebeam, College Close, Brynwood – Anne and John Lloyd’s home.

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Madeley Christian Fellowship: Dec 5:

The Fellowship meets at 2.30pm in the Poolside Methodist Church every 1st and 3rd Friday, for a short worship service followed by refreshment and chat.
You are most welcome to attend.
Please feel free to invite friends to come with you to these meetings.

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