Smoke Alarms Reminder and Safety Check!

Now is a good time to remember to check your smoke alarms!

The Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have a number of useful items, including their new Push The Button campaign which has a handy email sign up which will send you a reminder to check your alarm.

Free smoke alarms, including specialist alarms and equipment can be fitted as part of a free home fire risk check which you can book by calling FREEPHONE 0800 0241 999.

 

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Walks around Madeley

Madeley has a lovely range of footpaths, roads, and lanes, with a wide range of nature environments from hills, woods, stream and lakeside, and plenty of nice views to be had!

Originally posted by Capto (and collated into a single doc by Steven Wye) here is a list of some walks along with maps, waypoints and points of interest in a PDF document here for you to download and print:  MadeleyWalks-2015

 

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Parish Council Election Results

Please follow the link below for the results of the elections for Madeley Parish Council held on Thursday 7th May 2015

MadeleyParish Council Results

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Tidy Group Minutes from 27/4/15

Madeley Tidy Group

Minutes of Committee Meeting on 27th April 2015

Present Chris Machin; Sue Machin; Anne Shaw; John Berrington; Alan Woodhouse

Apologies: Helen Dutton, Roy Dutton, Ricki Williams, Andy Capewell.

Minutes of last meeting on 16th March 2015 accepted as a true record; proposed by Chris Machin ; Seconded by Alan Woodhouse

Matters Arising:

Possibility of a new bin to be placed at the long trough.

Billy to speak to Poolside chip shop about the sign on the side of the road.

Treasurers Report: Balance as of 31st March £1160.59

Letter received fron the Co op ban k stating there will be no interest paid on the account.

Photographs and receipts for the Community chest (£400)required .These need returning to Newcastle Borough council.

ACTION. Sue to see Elmside for a receipt.

PR & SPONSORSHIP REPORT:

New leaflet produced by Andy Capewell looks great. Many thanks

Chris will liaise with Andy re cost for printing of the leaflets.

The 2015 Communities day is on the 5th June.1 hour starting at 10.00am. Clearing the Hymalasian Balsam is on the agenda , depending on how many people are interested.

ACTION .Sue to email Tidy group members and other interested parties.

GARDENING REPORT:

A section of public footpath at Madeley Heath has been re seeded with grass seed.

New Primulas and Azaleas have been planted in the Crewe arms bed and around the wheel monument.

New plants have also been planted in the Greyhound bed.

New plants will also be bought for the Vicarage lane bed.

Maria and Anne have done a stock take of all the flower beds and Anne has donated some of her own plants. Thank you.

Anne and Maria have also dead headed the daffodils at the Vicarage lane flower bed.

Weed killer is to be sprayed around the base of the new planters.

Litter Picking:

If you see any litter build up, please report it to Street scene on 01782-742500 or Streetscene@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk

Future Plans:

Register for the RHS its your neighbourhood scheme by the end of May .

Bug Houses for the beds to be left on the agenda and possibly sited in the autumn.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:

None

DATE OF NEXT MEETING: 8TH June 2015; 7.30 in the café area at The Madeley Centre.

AGENDA:
Present; Apologies; Minutes of Previous Meeting; Matters Arising; Treasurers Report; PR & Sponsorship Report; ; Gardening Report; Litter Picks; Recycling; Future Plans; AOB; Date of Next Meeting.

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Vicar’s Letter: May Parish Magazine

It’s not a very male thing to say but … I love singing! Most men wouldn’t admit to it – but I really like singing because it lifts me out of myself – whether I’m travelling along in the car or joining in with others in church.

Music and singing help us to get in touch with and transcend our emotions and feelings. Very often there are things going on in our lives that drag us down. But open your mouth and start singing and somehow a song can express something from deep inside which helps us to put things in perspective.

Singing in a group is really good. When you sing in a choir or alongside others in a congregation you add your own unique contribution. As you add your voice, so you become part of something bigger and beyond yourself. Collaboration with others can bring a great release to you and your fellow singers. You don’t even need to be very good at singing – just taking part and adding your small voice is all that is needed.

Singing worship songs or sacred music is especially wonderful and potentially life-changing, mainly because it put us in touch with God our Father, but also because it reminds us of bigger realities than the issues that dominate our own agendas. It may not seem very obvious to sing praises to God when you’re feeling down, but it can do you and your troubled mind, no end of good. It is amazing how singing about God’s love can help us with all our problems and difficulties.

Songs and singing are very important. It’s great to appreciate the talents of others as we sing alongside them and having fun in singing great songs is so often a tonic.

So, can I commend to you the Betley Church Choir and the Simply All Sorts Community Choir as two local examples of wonderful places to join in the singing – I know you will be very welcome but if you haven’t got time for a weekly choir practice, then there is always Sunday service – to which you are most especially welcome.

Peter Chantry

 

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Vacancy for Birch Dale Play Area Swing Security

Madeley Parish Council wishes to appoint a parishioner to be responsible for locking the Birch Dale Play area swings overnight and unlocking them every morning. The person will also keep the play area in a tidy state.

Follow the link below to download an application form and see the post specification.

Post Spec Swing Security April 2015    Swing Security Application Form

Please note that the closing date for applications is 5:00pm, Friday 8th May 2015

For further information please e-mail the Parish Clerk, Jan Simpson on 07563660298 or e-mail parish.clerk@madeley.staffslc.gov.uk

 

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Vicar’s Easter Letter

The finest Cadbury’s can offer?

I’ve been looking at buying Easter Eggs but I must confess I find it difficult to spend £5 on an Easter Egg when you could get the same amount of chocolate for a quarter of the price!  … Mean? … Well perhaps … especially when we realise that Easter is about our generous God who is extravagant in His love and forgiveness.

The events of Holy Week (Jesus’ unfair arrest, jumped up trial and grotesque crucifixion) should give God every reason for being angry with the human race – but quite the opposite!

Easter Day isn’t about God’s anger but about God’s extravagant love.  Jesus’ death on the cross rather than further dividing us from God’s love is the means of our forgiveness. The disciples’ failure to stick by Jesus doesn’t bring the deserved response from God.

Jesus’ resurrection is the most amazing and wonderful and transforming event in all of history.  What follows the darkest of days (Good Friday) is not retaliation or divine vengeance – but the most glorious of days (Easter Day) with all its promise of forgiveness and new life.

The leader’s jealousy and self-interest had made them get rid of Jesus. And the disciples knew that they had deserted him. But rather than shout and scream at them Jesus speaks words of forgiveness and opens his friends’ minds to God’s miraculous plan: forgiveness of sins and a new start for all!  Death is no longer THE END. Life is no longer a lonely struggle. God is not dead and He promises to be with his friends FOREVER.

So despite my frugality (meanness), I reckon that’s enough of a reason to make me want to buy Cadbury’s finest and share it with anyone and everyone!  A happy Easter to all.

Peter Chantry

 

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Stand as a Local Parish Councillor

If you are interested in making a difference to your local community why not consider standing as a Parish Councillor for Madeley Parish?

Follow the link below for further information.

SPCA – Parish Council Elections poster

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Vicar’s Letter: March Parish Magazine

Dear Friends,

 “My mum is amazing” is the title of a children’s book which celebrates all great things that the mum in the story does for her children.  And it is important to celebrate the way in which some mums – perhaps even most mums – show their love for their children – but not all mums can or are able to be amazing, or loving.

My own mum was amazing – I’m the middle of five sons and my dad worked long hours and was known, without any notice to bring 3 or 4 extras home for Sunday lunch!  My mum was amazing because she just got on with providing for us and stretching the housekeeping while working full time as a teacher.

My mum was amazing – in her spare time she read and wrote poetry, tried to keep fit and wrote letters to people all over the world to encourage them in their faith.

My mum was amazing and she is still alive today but sadly dementia and a fall have limited this lovely Christian lady.

Mothering Sunday has become in our society “mothers day” when mothers are celebrated. Yet for some it can be the most painful time: for those unable to have children, for those whose children have died; or for those who are estranged from their children for whatever reason.

And Mothering Sunday can also be very hard for those whose mothers were unable to express their love or show their care. Society assumes that maternal instincts are natural but surely that is not always the case.

As we come to Mothering Sunday this month and give thanks to God for all that we have received let’s also pray for those for whom this is a painful time.

Peter Chantry


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Music for Memories

By popular demand, Madeley Parish Council have brought back “Music for Memories”. These sessions are open to all, but are particularly beneficial to people with memory loss and dementia. Sessions re-start on 8th May at The Madeley Centre. Please follow the link below for further information.

MUSIC for Memories POSTER-1

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