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  • 0 Grand Re-Opening of Town Hall

    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

  • 0 Montgomery Town Hall re-opening after refurbishment

    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/

  • 0 First Civic duty for new Mayor

    Mayor Haydn Andrew welcomed townsfolk to his Civic Service on June 2nd, two days after his election as Mayor. Following a parade through Broad Street, the Mayor and Councillors joined the congregation of a packed St Nicholas’ Church for the service, led by the Rev Dr Alexis Smith, which was followed by tea and biscuits, hosted in the North transept. Image:  The Mayor and Mayoress pictured with Rev Dr Smith, in St Nicholas’ Church porch Image credit: G17 Photography Services  

  • 0 Mayor Making

    Montgomery welcomed Haydn Andrew as its new Mayor at a packed ceremony in the Town Hall on Friday 31st May. Retiring Mayor, Lionel Weaver, who has served a two-year term, proposed Cllr Andrew for the role. Cllr Weaver said, “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as Mayor of Montgomery for the past two years, and I wish Haydn all the best during his term in office.” Cllr Andrew told the meeting about his lifetime links to Montgomery, where he has lived for 54 years, which included his memories of playing in band 'The Alpines' at the regular Saturday night dances held at the Town Hall. The new Mayor appointed Cllr Jill Kibble as his Deputy and Rev Alexis Smith as his Chaplain. He looked forward to the next 12 months which would include the re-opening of the newly refurbished Town Hall with increased market activity, and lots of events planned throughout the year. The Mayor’s chosen charities for the coming year would be Wales Air Ambulance and Cancer Research. The Mayor and his Mayoress, Jane Lloyd, would also support the Montgomery Dementia Friends group, with which they are both actively involved, with a fundraising garden tea party in July. The new Mayor said, "I was overwhelmed by the amount of support from family, friends and guests - thank you." Attending the evening, Assembly Member Russell George commented, “I always like attending the annual ‘Mayor Making’ ceremony. Montgomery is a town with a wonderful history and tradition. All the best to new Mayor Haydn Andrew!” The full report of the meeting, and lots of photographs by Adam at G17 photography can be seen athttps://www.montgomery-wales.co.uk/council/mayor/mayor.html

  • 0 Mayor's Notes

    This is my first Mayor’s Notes since being made Mayor on 31st May. I am looking forward to exciting times as your Mayor, and thank Lionel and Pat for all their hard work in the last two years. Jane and I will put every effort into continuing their good work and do our best for the community. The Mayor’s Civic Service will be held at St. Nicholas’ Church at 10.45am on Sunday 2nd June. All welcome. It is nice to have lived a lifetime in a town like Montgomery, which according to The Times is one of the top ten places to live in Wales. But we all knew this anyway! I am sure it’s down to the people that make it so. Lots of things have been going on including: the recent visit of the Rolls-Royces and the Triumph Cars, the Walking Trails, plus the improved May Fair. To top it all is the completion of the Town Hall refurbishment project with an event to re-launch it at the end of June: keep an eye out for posters with more information. Finally, congratulations to Ivor and Beryl Whittingham on being this year’s Show Presidents. Please support them in their efforts to raise funds for this year’s show. Kind regards Haydn Andrew, Mayor