The Old Bell Museum at Montgomery opens its doors to welcome visitors for the summer season from Saturday 6th April. The museum, run entirely by volunteers, has many themed rooms and spaces, each focusing on local history in and around Montgomery. Exhibits include information about the excavation of Montgomery Castle, and the original site at Hendomen; a room dedicated to the former workhouse at Forden, with some touching histories; an exhibition about the railway and the terrible railway disaster of 1921 - a head on collision in which 17 people lost their lives. As a visitor from London commented on a well-known review site, “This is a great museum. Didn’t realised how many rooms there were. I’d definitely recommend this.” There are exhibits to attract all interests and ages, with plenty of local and social history, and a fascinating (and sometimes gruesome) display of medical instruments used in times gone by. The museum is open until September, and the cost is £2 for adults and 50p for children. For details of days and times of opening, or to arrange a group visit, contact the curator on 01686 668313.
Montgomery Town Council wants to run in an open and transparent way. Here is a graphic to show where the Council spent money during the 6-month period from April to October 2018. The accounts are available annually from the Clerk once they have been audited (usually around July each year). All council meetings are open to the public. Town Council costs included the part-time Town Clerk’s salary; office and running costs; insurances and audit costs. Town Hall running costs included, for example, Council Tax, utilities, cleaning and licences. As previously reported, Montgomery Town Hall is being extensively refurbished. The initial expenditure relating to the refurbishment occurred during this period, and costs will be included in future years’ spend through repayment of the public works loan used to fund the work. The Town Council is currently in discussion with the Montgomery Community Buildings Preservation Trust (MCBPT) about transferring the Town Hall over to the charity to be managed for the benefit of the community. Amenity and recreation costs during this period included, for example, grass cutting, the recycling site and floral displays. In the coming year, amenity and recreation spend will include maintenance of the defibrillators and necessary repair work to the two children’s playgrounds in the town. Communications includes, for example, the website and providing wi-fi at the Town Hall and Broad Street. In the coming year, the Council will also be making a contribution to The Crier newsletter. Projects include events, consultation regarding brown signs, and Destination Montgomery. In the coming year, project spend will include work to Whitegate Pool. In 2018, extensive repairs to the Montgomeryshire County Memorial were undertaken, managed under the auspices of the Council by a small group of volunteers. This work was funded by substantial grants from Powys County Council, other donations (including from Churchstoke, Berriew, Forden and Newtown Councils), and reserved funds earmarked for the town and county memorials. This separately managed budget has not been included in the chart above. In 2019, a further small amount of memorial funds will be spent on protecting the trees at the County Memorial and installing waterproof lighting at the town memorial garden. Note that the graphic shows Council expenditure only, over the most recent 6-month period. The Council’s income included the precept (portion of council tax), grant funding and donations, Town Hall income, event income etc. The Council also holds some ear-marked funds in reserve for particular planned spends. - Cllrs Cerys Thomas, Claire Weston and Lionel Weaver on behalf of Montgomery Town Council
Congratulations to Trefaldwyn Vets veterinary nurse Charlie Puttock who was nominated for Petplan ‘Vet Nurse of the Year’. There are various categories of award in the Petplan Veterinary Awards 2019, which are designed to acknowledge outstanding members of the profession, and to provide an opportunity for pet owners to recognise the hard work and dedication of veterinary staff and say 'thank you'. Vet and colleague Holly Spurr said, “Charlie joined Trefaldwyn Vets a year ago and has been a wonderful addition to our team. We are delighted that her efforts have been recognised!” Finalists will attend a prestigious award ceremony on Thursday 4th April where the winners will be announced.
A family circus contacted Montgomery Town Council earlier this year looking for a site the size of a football pitch on which it might be possible to hold their circus in Montgomery. The animal-free circus would provide family entertainment at a reasonable price to encourage people of all ages to enjoy the circus experience, with their capacity for up to 400 people in their marquee. The Town Council agreed to support this in principle, and are now awaiting further contact from the Circus and hoping that a successful plan can be made, and that the Circus will come to town. Image: Enjoying the show! - Monty's Got Talent at the Street Fair - by Adam at G17
Congratulations to the members of Monty Movers running club who “smashed” the Shrewsbury 10k race last week! Monty Movers is an unattached mixed running club which meets every Friday at 5.45pm, gathering at the Tan y Mur recycling car park in Montgomery. All abilities are welcome, aged 16+. Each week the route and mileage vary, including road, cross country and trail running, and with three pace groups to suit everyone. The leaders are qualified coaches and have achieved the ‘leadership in running fitness’ qualification. Tracy Biggs, one of the founding members, says, “It's sociable, friendly and fun. We also encourage you to work towards your goal whatever it may be, and to take part in a couple of races a year if you wish. Come and join us - we are a friendly bunch!” Monty Movers was started about 7 years ago by Tracy, Jodie and Penny who ran together most Saturdays. Their runs were a great way for them all to talk and they always felt great afterwards, with a sense of achievement and any weight lifted off their shoulders. They decided to share their passion and enthusiasm for running with others who wanted to run for physical and mental health reasons - firstly a larger group of friends, and then expanding to become Monty Movers. The founders are proud of all their runners who have taken part in various runs from 5k up to half marathons, recently including the Newtown Bypass 5k and local show runs, as well as the Shrewsbury 10k. You can contact Monty Movers Running Club via their facebook page, or get in touch with Tracy on 07799252926.