Our Harvest and Healthy Living Week We have spent the last few weeks giving thanks for Harvest and also promoting healthy living. One of our farming families also donated resources for our younger pupils to make some Harvest Scarecrows. Science and Technology The upper school have been completing science investigations comparing different forms of exercise and the impact on their pulse rates. They have ensured fair testing by repeating tests and building in equal rest periods. After half term the Y2/3 class will receive toothbrushes and we are hoping to organise a virtual tour of a dental surgery with Mr Simkin, a parent and a dentist. Expressive Arts Our Y4/5/6 musicians composed and performed a piece of music on the theme of journeys using a range of tuned and untuned instruments. One depicted searching food and used tribal music as their inspiration and another showed the journey of water from source to the sea. Language, Literacy and Communication Our youngest class learnt and performed the Talk for Writing story 'Little Red Hen.' It is remarkable to think that our reception children have only been with us for a matter of weeks. Humanities, including RE and Collective Worship We have engaged in class assemblies with the theme of Harvest and also enjoyed our regular Open the Book online assemblies. Our RE focus has been on pilgrimages.
Montgomery cyclist Emma Serjeant finished her season on a literal high, by coming second in the British Masters Hill Climb Championships, which was held at Carr Lane Hill, Palterton, Derbyshire on the 11th of October. British Masters cycle racing is for male and female racers who are at least 40 years of age. Although Carr Lane hill is only 1475 m in length, it has a maximum gradient of 15%. Hill climbs are run as time trials, with riders setting off at one minute intervals to beat both the gradient and the clock. Emma said, “It’s been a very strange year with a number of my key races having been cancelled, but it was good to be out racing again against some of the top masters cyclists in the UK.” She added, “After pushing as hard as I could, I was beaten by 5 seconds by winner Sandra McKay - but I was very happy with my silver medal and a large bottle of beer!”
It is fantastic to see the Market being such a success, thanks to a lot of hard work from all the people involved. Long may it continue! The support it has had from tourists and residents alike has been phenomenal. The new Autumn/Winter opening times for the Castle have been announced as 10.00am–4.00pm from 1st October, in line with CADW sites throughout Wales. I have had a lot of complaints recently about dogs off leads, and have myself been knocked off my bike near the Showfield by a dog off its lead. Please keep dogs on leads in public areas. It is, of course, disappointing for Montgomery and other communities that activities and events are so restricted due to the Covid-19 regulations, but I appeal to you all to keep to these guidelines for the good of everyone in our community. With the Covid-19 still with us, the Council continues to hold its meetings successfully via Zoom, while keeping within the guidelines set by the Welsh Government. Best wishesHaydn Haydn Andrew, Mayor
On a warm but windy September evening, Montgomery performer Nula Irwin and a small socially-distanced audience of her students, fans and followers set out up Town Hill, Montgomery for a unique sunset hula hoop show. The show by Nula Hula, which took place on the summit of the hill next to the County Memorial and toposcope, featured LED hoops which lit up after the sun had set behind the hills, street show style audience interaction (from a distance), and lots of tricks which were made much, much more challenging by the strength of the wind up on the hill that evening! Nula began the show by singing happy birthday to a boy of 7 who couldn't be sung to at school because of covid regulations. She then had the audience participating and laughing throughout. She said, “It was great to see some of the children that I have taught in Montgomery. It’s been such a long hard year with not much live interaction. I think it’s something the children especially will remember for a long time and it will stick out as one of the highlights of the year during this pandemic.” Nula had been inspired to put on the “pay as you like” informal show after having attempted a personal challenge to balance spinning 6 hoops on top of the hill over the summer. An amazed impromptu audience of walkers had enjoyed this surprise spectacle, and there was an enthusiastic response on social media to Nula’s photos of the trick. She was then further inspired by a BBC news report of Charlotte Mellor hooping on the fells of the Lake District. Having had only one performing tour in 2020, whereas previous years have seen up to 5 gigs in a single summer weekend, Nula had realised just how much she loved and missed performing with her hulas and couldn’t let the summer go by without a single show. Nula said, “This was such a special performance and honestly the highlight of my summer. We had a beautiful sunset but it was the windiest weather I’ve ever had for hula hooping! This made the tricks ridiculously hard, but the show must go on, and the atmosphere and setting were amazing!” She added, “Thank you so much to the children and adults who attended making it an evening to remember during these uncertain times!” The appreciative audience thanked Nula for the show they had enjoyed and threw money into her busking hat, which was much appreciated with so much work having been lost this year. Nula is keen to encourage everyone to support the arts wherever they can. Like many in the performing arts, Nula was devastated earlier in the year to find gigs and events being cancelled one by one and the events industry falling apart fast. She explained, “I didn’t cope very well and felt lost. It wasn’t really a job, it was a lifestyle. I was lucky that I got a small pay out from Equity Charitable Trust. I went out and found a job using my transferable skills to help vulnerable people as an activities coordinator. I’m very lucky to have found a great job in the pandemic which keeps me going, positive and focused.” When thinking to the future, Nula doesn’t have much hope that her industry will return to what it was. But she does have gigs on the calendar which have been postponed until 2021 and never wants to stop performing. She concludes, “Performing is part of who I am. I’m happy in my job right now, which gives me security and somewhere I can still be creative. Maybe I’ll do more busking in my free time. It really is uncertain times right now, so I couldn’t really say what the future holds for me or the performing and events industry.” https://www.facebook.com/nulahula/ Text: Claire Weston Photo: Jenny Brignell
Over the last few weeks, 1st Montgomery Rangers split themselves into three teams and prepared packs of items to be sent to a group of each team's choosing. This was the final clause in the 'Make Change' badge that the Rangers have been working on over the summer. One team sent stationery items to a school in Tanzania (twinned with their own school here in the UK); another sent 'thank you' packs with sweet treats to care workers at Llys Hafren in Welshpool; and the third team sent similar packs to NHS workers at Montgomery Medical Practice. All the packs contained personal messages from the girls in addition to the other items. The packs have been really well-received. A Montgomery Medical Practice spokesperson posted on their social media, “A big thank you to 1st Montgomery Rangers who have dropped off some packs for members of the practice team. The packs contained some lovely items for the team, with little notes of positivity! Thank you for the thoughtful gesture.” One of the Rangers, Seren, commented, “It was an enjoyable experience giving something good to someone during such a tough time.” Rosa and Leela added, “We really enjoyed assembling the packs and creating the cards, knowing that they will go to people who need them.”
Cllr. Gwil Stephenson will be running online drop-in 'Zoom' sessions for one hour each week from the 22nd September usually on a Tuesday 6-7 pm, for more information and a link to the Zoom session please go to: Drop In Zoom Session or scan the QR code with your phone. These session are essentially for anyone in Montgomery and the surrounding area but anyone that has an interest in Montgomery can join. The sessions are open to any topic not just Montgomery itself. This includes trying out Zoom if you are new to teleconferencing. You may come and go as you please ... you can join for a few minutes or the whole hour. You will be asked for your name, postcode and email address in order to obtain the Zoom link the first time you attend a session.