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 email@example.com Image credit: Keith Williams
Many congratulations to Montgomery cyclist Emma Serjeant who became the Welsh Masters Time Trial Champion on 1st June.The Welsh Time Trial and Road Race Championships took place in Ruthin and the Time Trial course was a technical undulating course over 26 miles including the twisty descent of Nant Y Garth.Emma said, "I couldn’t quite believe it when the results came in and I was the Welsh Masters Time Trial Champion!"
Ed Humphreys of Montgomery attended a Garden Party hosted by HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 29th May. He received his invitation following his work on the panel which reviewed the work of Town and Community Councils across Wales, and which reported to Welsh Government late last year. Ed said, “I was surprised and honoured to be invited to the Garden Party; it was a wonderful and memorable experience.” He was invited to represent the Town and Community Council sector on the panel because of his extensive and varied experience as a clerk to both Town and Community Councils. Currently the Town Clerk at Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council, he is also the clerk for Churchstoke Community Council; in addition, he sits on the Executive of the Society of Local Council Clerks, the professional body which supports Town and Community Council clerks across England and Wales. Image: Ed Humphreys (right) with the other members of the Independent Review Panel
People attending Montgomery’s Thursday market were given the opportunity to discuss healthcare issues with members of Powys Community Health Council (CHC), as part of their work to feed back local views into the planning and delivery of local health services. Naren Keeble from the Community Health Council said, “We are doing consultations in a number of places, and have been getting a good response today at Montgomery.” Members of Powys CHC regularly attend events throughout the county to hear about the difficulties that people face with health services. The main issues raised at Montgomery market were about doctor and dentist appointments, as well as the difficulty in understanding which health services are available and where they are available from - as there is no general hospital within the county. Mrs Mary Gould, who was sharing her views, said, “I think the health service is very good - especially from the specialist nurse practitioners, who are wonderful.” Powys CHC member and Montgomery resident Dr Anthea Wilson said, “People were full of praise for the service they receive, but getting appointments with doctors and dentists can prove difficult and leaves patients feeling anxious and frustrated.” Another key issue raised was that when a patient is referred for treatment they are not kept up-to-date with the latest information on when they may be seen; this also leads patients to worry that they have been forgotten about. The Powys CHC team talks to the public to find out their views on services but also visit hospital wards and surgeries to check whether the services that we all receive are of a high standard. It also allows patients to give their views at the time that they are being treated. The team then acts on this information through discussion with the hospitals and surgeries to improve the patient experience. Powys CHC also offers an Independent Complaints Advocacy Service. If you are unhappy with the care and treatment that you, or someone else, is currently receiving or has received from the NHS then the advocacy team is there to support you. They can be contacted on 01874 610646. The patient engagement team at Powys CHC (Flora and Naren) enjoyed their day at Montgomery market and you will see them around the county throughout the summer. For more information on where you can find Image: Naren Keeble listens to Mary Gould’s views during the consultation at Montgomery