Madeley Tidy Group minutes 8th. May 2017

Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of Committee Meeting held on Monday 8th May 2017
Alan Woodhouse, Anne Shaw, Terry Edmunds, Phil Shaw, Roy Dutton, Lynda Berrington, Anne Nicholson
Helen Dutton
Minutes of 13th March 2017
Accepted as a true record;
Proposed by Alan Woodhouse
Seconded by Anne Shaw
 Matters Arising
It was decided not to take part in the “It’s your neighbourhood scheme” this year.
If anyone wanted to attend the Communities day as a representative from the Tidy Group the date is the 9th June. Several members were unavailable that day .
Anne Nicholson volunteered to keep the schools informed.
There was a very nice article in the Church magazine highlighting the great work done by the children from the Meadows school.
Anne Shaw and Phil Shaw have volunteered to attend the Parish council meeting on Wednesday at 19.00. Phil is taking some photographs along that show the Tidy group’s work.
Lynda has taken a letter of thanks to Eternit for their generous donation.  
 Future Plans
The flowerbed opposite the church (next to the school) was in need of a total refurbishment. It was decided to create a working party to tackle this . The date decided was Monday 19th June from 14.00 hrs . This is a replacement in the gardening diary for the New Road bed.
During the next Tidy group meeting we are to decide which bulbs to plant in the Autumn.
The next Tidy group meeting is to be held on Monday 17th July instead of the 10th July.
Treasurer’s report;
The available funds are £886.30

PR and Sponsorship report
An article has gone to Anthea Bourne for inclusion in the Parish magazine along with some photographs.
The new Madeley Tidy Group web site is up and running and has been well received. The cost is £10.78 for 2 years.

The tree planting on the 18th March was a success. The trees were quite small though.
The Long trough has been re planted. Thanks to everyone involved.
Anne Shaw has 175 Geranium plug plants that have been repotted ready for planting at a later date. They are to be planted in the Vicarage Lane bed and various troughs. A possible date is the 5th June.
Next gardening get together is at the Isaak Walton bed on the 22nd May.14.30
 Litter Pick

There was an excellent turn out on the 29th April for the latest litter pick.
It was also noted that there never seemed to be any litter outside the chip shop. It seemed right to thank them for their effort in keeping the area clean.
Special thanks to several residents who were spotted litter picking.
It appears that the contractors who are now cutting the grass cut up the litter rather than picking it up. This makes collecting the litter that much harder.
Anybody who has extra hours litter picking can they forward the details on to Anne asap . Thank you.
 Other Business.  
None recorded.

 Meeting Dates
 At the Madeley Centre (Bar area) 7.30
17th July. Please note change of date
11th September
9th October
AGM 13th November
 Gardening  Dates
5th June
19th June
3rd July
17th July
7th August
21st August
4th September
18th September
2nd October
16th October

 Meeting closed at 8.30 pm 

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Madeley Hub Club Social Meeting 5th July 2017

Calling all carers to The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley on Wednesday 5th July, 10am-12pm, supported by Madeley Parish Council.

Come along, meet other carers and find out what the Carers Hub has to offer.

For further information contact 01782 751164 for The Madeley Centre or 0330 123 1937 for The Carers Hub.

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Spirit of Madeley Festival 2017

Come along to the Spirit of Madeley Festival to be held on Sunday 9th July.

The Poolside Parade starts at 12 noon and activities commence at 1:00pm at The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley.

Follow the link below for further information.

Spirit of Madeley Poster


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Summer Holiday Activities 2017

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s People Power Fund and Madeley Parish Council are pleased to be offering subsidised sporting activities again in August at Leycett Cricket Club.

Last year was very successful and places went quickly. Follow the link below for further details.

Summer Holiday Activities Poster 17

For more information and to book your place please call Debbie Burns on 07977561989

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Vicar and Archbishops’ Letter June 2017

Dear Friends, Archbishops Justin and John have written to all parishes about our forthcoming General Election:


The season of Easter invites us to celebrate and to renew our love of God and our love of neighbour, our trust and hope in God and in each other. In the midst of a frantic and sometimes fraught election campaign, our first obligation as Christians is to pray for those standing for office, and to continue to pray for those who are elected. We recognise the enormous responsibilities and the vast complexity of the issues that our political leaders face. We are constantly reminded of the personal costs and burdens carried by those in political life and by their families.

Our second obligation as Christians at these times is to set aside apathy and cynicism and to participate, and encourage others to do the same. At a practical level that could mean going to a hustings, volunteering for a candidate, or simply making sure to vote on Thursday 8th June.

The Christian virtues of love, trust and hope should guide and judge our actions, as well as the actions and policies of all those who are seeking election. This election is being contested against the backdrop of deep and profound questions of identity.

Opportunities to renew and re-imagine our shared values as a country and a United Kingdom only come around every few generations. We are in such a time. Our Christian heritage, our current choices and our obligations to future generations and to God’s world will all play a shaping role.

If our shared British values are to carry the weight of where we now stand and the challenges ahead of us, they must have at their core cohesion, courage and stability.

Cohesion is what holds us together. The United Kingdom, when at its best, has been represented by a sense not only of living for ourselves, but by a deeper concern for the weak, poor and marginalized, and for the common good.

Courage, which includes aspiration, competition and ambition, should guide us into trading agreements that, if they are effective and just, will also reduce the drivers for mass movements of peoples. We must affirm our capacity to be an outward looking and generous country, with distinctive contributions to peace building, development, the environment and welcoming the stranger in need.

Stability, an ancient and Benedictine virtue, is about living well with change. Stable communities will be skilled in reconciliation, resilient in setbacks and diligent in sustainability, particularly in relation to the environment. They will be ones in which we can be collectively a nation of ‘glad and generous hearts’.

So let us keep in our prayers all those who are standing in this election and be grateful for their commitment to public service. All of us as Christians, in holding fast to the vision of abundant life, should be open to the call to renounce cynicism, to engage prayerfully with the candidates and issues in this election and by doing so to participate together fully in the life of our wider community.


I do commend the Archbishops’ letter to you.

Peter Chantry

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Part-time Job in All Saints’ Church Vicarage Office

All Saints’ Madeley – Parish Secretary

Advert – Is God calling YOU?
– Are you good on the computer and with admin?
– Can you work well in a team? Then …

All Saints’ is looking to employ a new Secretary –
(6 hours/week, exact hours by agreement) working in the Vicarage Office, in Madeley Vicarage, to facilitate the smooth operation of our church.(working in conjunction with St Margaret’s Betley)

The purpose of the role is to enable the smooth ministry and mission of All Saints’ Church by providing efficient and thorough administrative support.

Your place of work will be at Madeley Vicarage

Rate of Pay – is paid according to the School Support Staff Scale Points scale 16-19 – currently in the region of £9-£10 per hour.

Please contact the Vicar, Peter Chantry (01782 750205) for further details.

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Vicar’s Letter May 2017

What a wonderful Easter Day we had at Church this year:  fabulous spring flowers beautifully decorating our lovely historic church; Joyful celebrations in the morning; and a very excited gathering on Easter Sunday evening for our service of Confirmation.

It was great to welcome Bishop Geoff as our Confirming Bishop, to have a packed church and, most especially of all, to see the vibrant faces of the sixteen young people and adults who were being Confirmed – a real highlight for all of us present and a launch pad for those taking a step of faith in Jesus Christ.

And what was also very special to witness was the resolve of those being Confirmed to continue in their faith – to live out their belief in the risen Lord Jesus – which is what Easter has always been about.  Yes, we have a very special day in church; but more than that – as Christians, we believe that Jesus journeys on with us throughout our life’s adventures – guiding, challenging and reassuring us through all that lies ahead.

Inevitably in life we have problems and difficulties – things that go well and things that go badly; things that we expect and things that come at us out of the blue.  And when life is hard, confusing or disorientating, the Easter story continues to be vital to our wellbeing and attitude.

Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope – not only for life after death but also for the shaking up of this world and the imperative of renewal; Jesus’ resurrection means that forgiveness is possible for all those times when we let others down; And Jesus’ resurrection crucially means that we are never alone but will always have the Spirit of Jesus Christ with us to inspire us on and to help us when we struggle.

So Happy Easter to one and all: Alleluia – Christ is risen – and He goes ahead of us to meet us on the way.

Peter Chantry

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Madeley Tidy Group minutes 13th. March 2017

Madeley Tidy Group
Minutes of Committee Meeting held on Monday 13 th March 2017
Alan Woodhouse, Anne Shaw, Terry Edmunds, Phil Shaw, Chris Wright, Lynda Berrington.
Anne Nicholson, Roy Dutton, Helen Dutton
Minutes of the 13 th February meeting
Accepted as a true record;
Proposed by Chris Wright
Seconded by Phil Shaw
Matters Arising
No matters arising.
Future Plans
Replant the Long trough. Due to take place on the 10th April.
Tree planting in Heath Wood is scheduled for 20th March providing that the trees from the woodland
Trust arrive in time.
Spring bulbs to be planted in the Isaac Walton bed in the autumn.
It was decided to enter the “Its my Neighborhood” scheme.
Treasurer’s report;
There is a balance of £933.00
Outstanding cheque for £15.00 to the Auditor.
PR and Sponsorship report
Marley Eternit has kindly donated £100 which is gratefully received. Lynda will send a thank you letter.
Phil has begun composing an article for the Parish magazine.
Phil to look into the possibility of the Tidy Group having its own web site.
Phil is also going to take photographs of all the flower beds once a month so that a detailed record can be
Anne has ordered 175 geranium plugs from Groupon . She has also volunteered to pot these on and look
after them until planting out .
Please forward any gardening hours on to Anne.
The area around Holm Oak Drive and the New road bed has been tidied up . Thanks to all who took part.
Any Other Business.
Chris has emailed the Parish Council to highlight that the grass cutting was not up to last year’s high
There was a lot of damage caused when the hedge behind the Miners’ Wheel monument at Madeley
Heath was cut mechanically. This has always been cut by hand in the past. This damage included the total
destruction of a mature Acer tree that had been looked after for many years. The railway sleepers on the
flower bed were also disturbed but this has since been repaired. The grass verge now has deep tyre
grooves in it.
Litter Pick
Please send any litter picking hours to Anne.
Anne Shaw and Anne Nicholson have picked up 8 bags of rubbish from the area between the Old Swan
and Heighley Castle Way.
Meeting Dates
At the Madeley Centre (cafe area) 7.30
8th May
10th July
11th September
9th October
AGM 13th November
Gardening Dates
10th April 24th April
8thMay 22nd May
5th June 19th June
3rd July 17th July
7th August 21st August
4th September 18th September
2nd October 16th October

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Vicar’s Easter Letter April 2017

I’ve just been reading a wonderful book called: “The Garbage King” by Elizabeth Laird – it’s about street children in Ethiopia and their lives on the street.

The children have a terrible time without adults to help and support them, but somehow they survive and even thrive in their very tough circumstances.

The book shows how harsh life is for so many children in the world – and as I write, many are coping again with the terrible circumstances of an African famine in the midst of adult fighting.

The title: “The Garbage King” is given to a boy who is good at scavenging from a rubbish dump.  But the title also made me think of Jesus, as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter.

His mission was to seek and to save the lost.  Jesus was an expert at befriending the outcast and the sinner.  He had no airs and graces that meant he kept away from “undesirables” – like street children, beggars, and people of the street.

Jesus rubbed shoulders with the poor and destitute and made many his friends.  His behaviour got him into trouble with the powers that be – who couldn’t believe that someone who set himself up as a teacher could associate with the “garbage of society”.  Jesus not only delighted in associating with such people, he also championed their cause and forever challenged those whose policies kept them in their squalor.

The upshot was that Jesus: “The Garbage King” got himself banged up, falsely charged and sentenced to execution – and all for demonstrating the love of God.

Jesus died on what was probably the local rubbish tip also known as “the place of the skull”.  He hung on a cross – a place of public shame – but his death was not the end of “The Garbage King”.

Easter Day (16th April) stands as wonderful day of celebration – when “The Garbage King” came back to life – to live again and to challenge us all in our values and attitudes to God and our fellow human beings.  Jesus: the champion of all those whom others consider as “garbage” and Jesus the One who challenges us to make them our priority too.

Peter Chantry

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Notice of Election

Please follow the link below for the Notice of Election for County Councillor for May 2017

County Council Election Notice

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