After several months of refurbishment and building work, the Montgomery community was invited to a grand re-opening of their historic Town Hall on Saturday. A crowd gathered in Broad Street on a warm June evening to see Montgomery Mayor Haydn Andrew cut the ribbon and declare the building open. There was a smell of coal and steam in the air as a vintage steam-powered Morris & Company delivery truck appeared, tooting its arrival and closely followed by a vintage steam engine. The vehicles had been on display at Mellington Hall and popped by to say hello to the recently elected Mayor. At 7pm, the newly painted doors of the Town Hall opened and the Mayor, accompanied by mayoress Jane Lloyd, welcomed everyone. Haydn said, “You can use this historic building for weddings, parties, meetings, coffee mornings and markets on a Thursday.” He continued, “Myself and my fellow councillors would like to thank you for your patience whilst the work has been undertaken,” and added his thanks to the architect, Phil Humphreys, and the builders, Davies, Roberts & Bowen. After cutting the ribbon, Haydn invited everyone to come in and enjoy a cup of tea and see the changes for themselves. Members of the Council and Trust were on hand to answer questions about the refurbishment and there was a slide show demonstrating how the hall had been used to full effect for community and business events over the years. Visitors could also have a say in what sort of services the hall should offer in the future by pinning pins on various event options on a board, which would assist the Town Hall management in aiming to make a venue that nurtures community events and attracts a wide range of uses. The event then continued with an open mic night, where local talent, aged from 8 to 80, delighted everyone with their performances. Acts included Monty Folk, The Damnation, Côr Trefaldwyn, Xoaquin Castrelo-Brignell, Amy with a guest spot by Fabby and Griff, Daryl, Josh "the Spar" Lewis, John (the legend) Muir, John (the ladies' man) Brown and Karen (the Diva) Hughes. Montgomery resident Sandi Coppi attended the evening and said the Town Hall “looks stunning” and the event was “a night of fun and frolics with the local talent giving us a thoroughly entertaining evening”. She added, “We are just so lucky to be in this community of caring, sharing and very hard-working people who do so much to make this world a better place.” Cllr Mike Mills said, “This has been a long project, but it has transformed the handsome Georgian Town Hall into a building that meets the needs of the 21st Century, and we look forward to people enjoying using it.” Photo by G17 Photography: Mayor Haydn Andrew and mayoress Jane Lloyd prepare to cut the ribbon Full report and lots of photographs from G17 on the Montgomery Wales website at https://www.montgomery-wales.co.uk/council/mayor/mayor1.html
Montgomery Town Council and the Montgomery Community Buildings Preservation Trust are proud to announce that the refurbishment work at Montgomery Town Hall will be completed on schedule by the end of June. The refurbishment, which has included a number of improvements including better access, new gents’ and ladies’ toilets, and a complete overhaul of the ground floor, took over five months, with the builders working around some long-standing commitments. The Town Council would like to thank residents, visitors and local organisations and businesses for their support during this time. The official re-opening of the newly refurbished Town Hall will be on the evening of Saturday, 29th June. The hall will be open from 7pm for the public to enjoy a cup of tea and see the changes for themselves. Members of the Council and the Trust will be on hand to answer questions. Then, from 8pm to midnight, entertainment will be provided through an Open Mic Night where members of the community will be performing. The bar will be available, together with light refreshments. Open mic night event details at:https://www.facebook.com/events/465717414236450/
After the Montgomery Show Barbecue on Sunday 2nd June, a team of volunteers assisted Montgomery Energy Group (MEG) with sorting the rubbish. Many of the items used at the barbecue, including food bowls and trays, and wooden cutlery, were compostable. This is a vast improvement on polystyrene and wax paper containers which would have had to go to landfill. Many more people are getting accustomed to checking which bins the rubbish goes into and supporting the reducing and recycling effort. MEG’s Jeremy Thorp said, “Thank you to all the volunteers for helping, to the organisers for considering our environment in their planning, and to everyone for making the effort with the different bins.” Local zero-waste activist, Katrina Collins, commented, “This is awesome! Small steps make lasting changes. Well done Monty!”
Congratulations to Montgomery’s Sue Blower who has completed her comprehensive training with The Institute of Professional Celebrants. Sue, who has been Montgomery’s Town Crier for 16 years, can now carry out the duties of a Celebrant in bespoke ceremonies such as those for the naming of children, weddings (alongside a registrar), and funerals/celebrations of life at a crematorium, green-field site, or wherever the family chooses. A celebrant is unable to facilitate a ceremony on consecrated premises but may assist with the delivery of a eulogy, renewal of marriage vows or presenting a child for church christening, and faith is acknowledged and included where requested. Sue says, “Everyone has a different stance on how they want to say goodbye to their loved ones, or how they want to make lifelong promises in a partnership. The role of the celebrant is to work alongside individuals, guide them through it, and enable whatever the families choose to do. Assisting families through difficult sad events is a privilege and an honour. Likewise, events such as a wedding are a joy to be involved with.” To discuss fees and plans for your ceremony, Sue can be contacted on 07939128286 or firstname.lastname@example.org Image credit: Keith Williams
This week’s zero waste exhibition and pop-up shop in Montgomery was an incredible time of new customers and new collaborations for Katrina Collins of SHED38. It was inspiring to see how many folk want to make changes to the waste in their home. On Monday night, Katrina was joined by 16 Montgomery Brownies who are working for their Plastic Free Badge. They talked about waste in their homes and she set them a challenge to make 5 changes: the first was to say no to plastic straws and to help them on their way they were given a bamboo straw each to take home. They were also given a plastic bottle each to fill with soft plastics at home and to bring along to a future project Katrina will be doing with them. Katrina said, "It was fabulous to see the Brownies' enthusiasm! They loved the plastic-free table of reusable items - face scrubbies, toothpaste tablets, wax wrappies etc. - and the lampshade made from 218 plastic spoons retrieved from a station cafe was their favourite item." New Mayor Haydn Andrew visited later in the week along with Mayoress Jane Lloyd. Jane said, “This excellent exhibition really opens your eyes on how much waste we all produce and different ways we can all deal with it. Kat is very knowledgeable in what we can all do to recycle and cut down on waste and exchange ideas.” Katrina concluded, "It was a successful week all round. I hope we can keep the momentum going and make Montgomery and the surrounding areas as waste-free as possible by making small steps to make lasting changes."