Sir John Offley’s Almshouses, Madeley

The Trustees of the Charity have recently purchased additional properties to supplement the historic row of Almshouses on Station Road.

These new (but old established) properties are 1 Greyhound Cottage and Pool Cottage, near the Greyhound Court and shops car park. Neither are yet ready for occupation, and work is in hand to improve them both before we appoint residents. Both are two bed roomed houses, Greyhound Cottage being slightly the larger with a kitchen and living/dining room, while Pool Cottage has a modern kitchen diner. We expect Pool Cottage to be ready for use first, if possible this Autumn, with Greyhound Cottage following, perhaps in Spring 2020. The residency charge has not yet been determined, but will probably be in the region of £120 per week. Residents pay their own utility bills.

Although not yet ready for occupation, applications can be made in advance of the completion of work, by persons interested in taking on the residency, by contacting the Clerk to the Trustees:

Mr John Sheridan, of Birchfield, London Road, Woore, Crewe, Cheshire, CW3 9SQ; telephone: 01630 647423; email:, who will supply an application form.

For a year from date of submission, applicants form part of a waiting list who will be given first consideration when a vacancy is identified. After those 12 months, re-application is expected. (This also applies to the original almshouses, eight single bedroom terrace houses, and two with two bedrooms – all smaller than the new properties. There are currently no vacancies in these properties.

Appointment of residents is by the Trustees, either in full session or acting through nominated members of the Trust. We seek to provide accommodation in the Parish for persons of good character, ideally with a family or residential connection with Madeley, at as low a cost as we can achieve given the need to maintain the properties in good condition.

Stephen Clifford, Chairman of Trustees

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Vicar’s Letter July 2019

Sometimes people ask me: What’s a parish church?

The answer is: One that serves ALL its residents regardless of background, creed or colour.

All Saints’ remit is to be available as a place of worship and a community of believers and inquirers that is open to EVERYONE.  A parish church doesn’t just serve one group of people but is there for everyone who lives in the parish (and beyond) regardless of whether we believe in God or not or indeed, if we’re not sure!

Of course All Saints’ focus is on welcoming anyone to Sunday worship where we gather to Praise God but we are also open many times during week for all kinds of reasons: to support young families through their first years; to offer practical help to those going through a crisis via the Food Bank; to give people opportunity for private prayer and last but not least,as place for fun and friendship in music making and small group fellowships.

Celebrations and tough times happen in all families and as a parish church we offer support to anyone who wants to get married, to baptise children or to give thanks for the life of a special family member.  You don’t have to be a regular church goer to have a wedding, a baptism or a funeral at All Saints’– please simply ask and we will do our best to help.

The church is the one organisation that exists for the benefit of its non-members!  Jesus demonstrated his inclusive love in so many ways.  No one was or is unimportant to Him.  And we, as a parish church aspire to be the same – to welcome each and everyone who comes through the door on a Sunday or any other day of the week: You are always VERY welcome.

God ISN’T just for religious people – He is for us all – because, as the Bible tells us, He knows us AND … He loves us whoever we are and whatever we have done or not done.  We hope that will be your experience when you step across the threshold.

Peter Chantry

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CCTV in Madeley Village

Madeley Parish Council



Madeley Parish Council wishes to consult with the public to get their views about the installation of CCTV in the vicinity of Newcastle Road/New Road, Madeley.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday 4th July at 7:00pm at The Madeley Centre, New Road, where the police and Parish Council will be available to answer any questions you may have.

For further information please e-mail the Parish Clerk on

Tel: 07563660298

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Vicar’s Letter June 2019

On June 22nd at Stoke Minister our Curate John Beswick Pallister will be ordained Priest with many of us in attendance and support – if you haven’t properly met John, please make a point of introducing yourself – He’s a breath of fresh air and has much to share with us.

Ordination Services are rather grand with Bishops, robes and processions but in simplicity what really matters is being commissioned to serve God with the gifts and talents that He has given.

Wearing a dog-collar around your neck is just one way to do this amongst so many!

Last Sunday at Betley many of us took to the fields for Rogation and walked with Farmer Frank Speed across Betley Court Farm.  Frank told us about the herd, the flock, the water supply and some of the issues he faces as a local farmer – it was fascinating.  What was so inspiring was to hear Frank talk about what he is passionate about.  God has clearly given him and Jayne a wonderful skill set which they and their family are generous to share with others of us.

Contrastingly, at our Marriage Workshop we heard one of our young teachers talking about her pupils and their forthcoming exams.  Many of her students come from very tough backgrounds but the way that she talks about her pupils is inspirational.  She is clearly massively invested in their welfare and sensitive to the background challenges that they face.  Talking to Sam as a Teacher is humbling when you think of the challenges that she and her students face each day of their lives.

As we go to John’s Ordination, we clearly want to thank God for his developing ministry, but I also want to thank God for so many of YOU in what you do in our community – from the Tidy Up Group to the U3A; from the Simply All Sorts Choir to Praise and Play; from the Food Bank to the educational work of our three local schools – thank you.  God has given people such amazing gifts and it is wonderful to be on the receiving end of those gifts and talents – especially when they are so generously given.

Peter Chantry

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Vicar’s Letter May 2019

Two years ago on Mothering Sunday my Mum died after 12 years of living with Dementia.

Those twelve years saw her go from an independent and capable person to someone who literally needed everything doing for her.

My dad died before the dementia took hold so my mum, with reduced capability became increasingly vulnerable.

Thankfully for my brothers and I, very good residential care was available, and my mum lived happily in two very good Care Homes and was able to enjoy her life and our visits for many of those years.

Supporting someone with Dementia is HUGE!  It is challenging, scary, often exhausting, sometimes overwhelming and can be very lonely. 

Isolation in living with dementia is very tough and emotions and feelings can run wild.

Thankfully in recent times dementia is being more widely talked about and the support systems are improving.  Dementia is scary and those affected need to know that they are NOT on their own.

At Church, we have committed ourselves to try to support all those who are living with dementia to help them to find friendship, support and understanding.  With the help of the Diocese we are putting on two workshops at All Saints’ Madeley – see poster later.

If this is an issue which affects you – please do consider joining us and helping us together to be more inclusive, understanding and supportive of those who are living with dementia.

Peter Chantry

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Vacancy for a Parish Councillor.





Tel: 07563660298

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Vicar’s Letter Easter 2019

The heart of the Christian faith is God’s love and forgiveness.  We ALL make mistakes and we all need forgiveness which is precisely why God sent Jesus into the world.

It is remarkably arrogant if we think that we have never done anything wrong and dangerously blinkered if we think others have more to answer for than we ourselves. 

Shamima Begum was 15 years old when she went off to Syria to be a so called “Jihadi bride”.  She was a child when she made that dreadful decision.  Dreadful for herself; dreadful for her family; dreadful for humankind.  But is she BEYOND forgiveness?

The actions of ISIS are indefensible but the battle for hearts and minds means that vulnerable young people like Shamima Begum make these dreadful mistakes.

Our British Home Secretary has rescinded her citizenship of this country and made her a person of “no state”.  Is this really what we want to happen?  Is Shamima Begum beyond forgiveness?

There is a story in the gospels where a sinful young woman is brought to Jesus so that he can pronounce what should happen to her?  Jesus says nothing!  The leaders persist: What should happen to this woman?  Jesus looks at the leaders and says to them: “Let him who is without sin throw the first stone!”  After a few minutes … all the self-righteous men have disappeared!

Justice, security and good government are vital but so is forgiveness – not to say that that is easy – it isn’t.  But, on Good Friday (April 19th) we focus in on Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for forgiveness which is both restorative and challenging for you and me.

Peter Chantry

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Notice under Local Government Act 1972 (Section 87 (2)



that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the Madeley Parish Council following the resignation on 7th March 2019 of Annette E Newton.

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 Tuesday 2nd April 2019

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 13th March 2019

Janet Simpson.

Clerk, Madeley Parish Council,

10, Freebridge Close,




[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 2019

Dear Friends,

Actions speak louder than words … Or so the saying goes!

The brilliant thing about Jesus’ life is that he spoke powerfully AND he consistently acted with compassion and integrity. Just take a look at his life: he healed lepers who everyone else avoided, he crossed social barriers to help those who were desperate, he engaged with foreigners who needed his help and he befriended rich people whose lives were empty. Jesus had time and kindness for each of them.

Wednesday 6th March is Ash Wednesday – the start of Lent – a 40 day season of personal spring cleaning!  During Lent we think about Jesus’ wonderful life and the life he brought to others. And during Lent we celebrate that we are not alone but that God is with us challenging US to live His life of generous love.

This Lent at Church we will continue to celebrate all that God has done for us AND we will be trying to live Jesus’ way by responding to a “40 Acts” Challenge. Each day of Lent this initiative emails any of us that want to participate a challenge to show kindness and care to someone within our orbit.

If you would like to take part, simply type into your search engine: “40 Acts” and it will tell you what to do. The daily challenge comes with an inspirational message and is pitched at 3 levels: easy, challenging and committed – always remembering that this is you and God working together.

So, as Lent begins: Are you up for some action?

Peter Chantry

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All Saints’ Church Membership

Under the Church Representation Rules a new Church Electoral Roll is being prepared. All persons who wish to have their names entered on the new Roll, whether their names are entered on the present Roll or not, are requested to apply for enrolment not later than

_________________SUNDAY 24TH MARCH  2019_______________

The new Roll will come into operation on MONDAY 22ND APRIL 2019

The new Roll shall be published for not less than 14 days from 7th APRIL 2019.

Under the Church Representation Rules any lay persons are entitled to have their names entered on the roll if they—

           (i)     are baptised and aged 16 or over;

          (ii)     have signed a form of application for enrolment;

                   and either

         (iii)     are members of the Church of England or of any Church in communion with the Church of England being resident in the parish or (not being resident in the parish) having habitually attended public worship in the parish during the six months prior to the application for enrolment;


         (iv)     are members in good standing of a Church (not in communion with the Church of England) which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity declaring themselves also to be members of the Church of England and having habitually attended public worship in the parish during  the period of six months prior to enrolment.

Forms of application for enrolment can be obtained from the Trevor Downs, 10 Heather Glade, or at the back of church. In order to be entitled to attend the annual parochial church meeting and to take part in its proceedings, forms of application for enrolment must be returned by the earlier of the dates shown above.

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