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  • 0 A very merry Montgomery School Christmas  

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    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 24-12-2021

    Montgomery School worked hard to ensure that Christmas 2021 was as normal as possible for their pupils and made sure that there was no “bah humbug” due to covid.  The Foundation Phase classes practised and performed ‘The Inn-Spectors’ which was then recorded and shared with parents. The whole school visited St Nicholas’ Church for the annual Carol Service where pupils performed a range of English, Welsh and Hungarian Carols and the advent wreath was lit too. The children finished with ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ with accompanying Makaton signs. Hungarian carol ‘Kirje, kirje kisdedecske’ was also sung and shared with friends at Kunágota school, Hungary.  Headteacher Anna Griggs said, “I am so proud of how embedded Languages, Literacy and Communication are within our curriculum and our worship too. Hopefully, next year we can participate in community carol singing and we hope to perform for the local Dementia Friends group soon too.”   Music teacher, Theo Lawrence, organised and led the annual ‘Carols around the Christmas Tree’ at school. This showcased the Year 5/6 ukulele ensemble and talented Year 6 pianist, Sicily.   The School Council organised a Christmas Jumper Day and Evie, Year 2, said, “I am very proud that we have raised £64 for the Save the Children charity.” Harry in Year 4 collected toy donations for the Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre. Other festivities included an online pantomime, Christmas parties and a delicious Christmas dinner.   The whole school wishes everyone ‘Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!’   Photo: "The Inn-Spectors"

  • 0 Santa rides through town and raffles raise festive funds

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    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 20-12-2021

    Following the cancellation of the “A Christmas Journey” live nativity and stalls last Thursday for reasons of caution regarding a rapidly changing covid situation, Santa determined to proceed with his drive through Broad Street, and extended it to a proper tour all around the town to give everyone a chance to keep an eye out for him and give him a big wave.   While the reindeer were resting up for the main event this Friday evening, Santa’s trailer, bedecked with pine branches and lights, was pulled through town by a similarly decorated quad bike, driven by two volunteer elves. Music played from the trailer as Santa spent a good couple of hours touring the town, wishing everyone Merry Christmas, Nadolig Llawen and Joyeux Noel. The children loved it and were thrilled to be able to speak with Father Christmas, and to join in with him singing and dancing in the street before bedtime.   Santa said, “Be good children and Merry Christmas Montgomery. I hope you all enjoyed our Christmas quad bike extravaganza. Keep safe, enjoy Christmas and I hope you all have a prosperous new year.”   Parents took to social media to say that Santa’s visit to their road had made their children’s evenings, and many adults felt just the same. Jessica Broxton had moved into her new home in Montgomery that very day and said, “I loved it! It made my moving-in night all the more merrier that Santa welcomed me to Montgomery! Thank you!”   Kate MacDonald from Friends of Montgomery Play Park said, “We were all disappointed not to run the full event, as we had been so looking forward to it, especially following on from the success of our scarecrow competition. We want to thank everyone for the generous support offered to the planned event, and to the three causes through the raffle. It was lovely of Santa to visit and it made lots of people’s evenings. We look forward to being able to hold further community and fundraising events in 2022.”   Montgomery businesses also stepped up to make something of the evening, and decided between them to proceed with “late night shopping” until 7pm. The Christmas pop-up at the Old Midland Bank House will open for one last day on Thursday 23rd December, 10am-3pm; Made in Monty at the Institute/Library is open daily 10am-4pm and additionally on Christmas Eve until lunchtime; the Christmas pop-up shop at the Old Bell Gallery is also open daily 10am-4pm, then on Christmas Eve until around 1.30pm. The two raffle draws which had been planned for 16th December went ahead on Saturday 18th, drawn by Mayor Jill Kibble. The raffle for “A Christmas Journey” raised over £450 to be shared between three causes: Friends of Montgomery Play Park, Friends of Montgomery School, and The DPJ Foundation, which supports mental health in farming communities and is one of the Mayor’s charities.  The raffle of a very large 'barrow of booze', with items kindly donated by local people and businesses, had been organised over several months by Gail Evans. This raised well over £1300 in aid of two schools in Kilembe, Uganda, near Gail’s former home. She commented, “This is absolutely fantastic and will mean so much to the schools. This amount of money may seem quite small to a school in Wales but for the Ugandan schools this will buy so much equipment and resources for the children. The generosity of donors and those buying raffle tickets has been amazing. I am overwhelmed by everyone's kindness.”

  • 0 "Christmas celebrations" window competition

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    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 07-12-2021

    Montgomery Christmas Festival committee, as well as organising the illumination of the town, has also organised a Christmas window display competition to bring an extra bit of sparkle to the town.  Residential and business entries are invited to decorate their windows throughout the town with a ‘Christmas celebrations’ theme. The competition is showcasing the magic of our Georgian gem Borders town and has been supported by Pickstock Homes, Montgomery Waters and SJ Roberts Construction who have kindly offered prizes. An entry form needs to be completed, and is available from montgomeryfestival@gmail.com or at the Bunners shop. Please return the form and mount the window displays as soon as possible for all to enjoy, and by 15th December.  The committee are delighted to announce that internationally renowned artist, jewellery designer and sculptor Andrew Logan will be judging the windows during the lead-up to Christmas.  Sue Blower, Christmas Festival Chair, said, “We would like to thank Andrew, the sponsors and all those who are busy creating wonderful window displays which are such a joy and a delight to see!” Photo: Andrew Logan judging the "Christmas celebrations" windows in Montgomery in 2020

  • 0 REVIVE 2022: Powys County Council Grant will help rebuilding Montgomery Guiding

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    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 29-11-2021

    The Guide, Brownie and Rainbow groups in Montgomery all closed in 2020 because all but one of the leaders and helpers had to step down for personal reasons. Now, thanks to a grant and sponsorship, Girlguiding in Montgomery is getting ready to open up the groups for 4- to 14-year-old girls in Montgomery and surrounding areas – they just need some local people to give just a little of their time and skills to make this happen.   Girlguiding in Montgomery has been awarded a Covid-19 Recovery Fund Grant by Powys County Council, which, along with sponsorship from Milwyn Jenkins & Jenkins Solicitors in Montgomery, will mean they can look to re-open the Guide, Brownie and Rainbow Groups in early 2022 – the REVIVE 2022 Project.   The generous funding will provide publicity leaflets and posters to encourage local people to join the REVIVE 2022 Project by offering a little of their time to re-open the groups. The hope is to run the Rainbow unit (4 to 7 year olds), the Brownie unit (7 to 10 year olds) and the Guide unit (10 to 14 year olds) at the Montgomery Activity Centre on Fridays. The project would, of course, love to hear from anyone who would like to be a leader, assistant leader or regular helper; but they would also really like to hear from anyone able to help out occasionally - perhaps once or twice a term, at special events, or maybe behind the scenes.   The REVIVE 2022 Project funding will also provide ‘welcome packs’ for all the girls who join the re-opened groups, and cover costs such as room hire and Covid-19 safety supplies for the first few months after re-opening.   REVIVE 2022 project leader Ruth Anton-Stephens said, “Girlguiding welcomes help from anyone aged 18 to 80+, both women and men. We also have opportunities for young women aged 14 to 17 to help out as Young Leaders. Please get in touch if you might be able to help out, even if just once in a while - you could make all the difference to being able to open up the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides again.”   More information is available from Ruth. More information is available from Ruth by emailing ruthjhendry@yahoo.co.uk or calling 01686 624604 or 07970 512191.   ====   Photo by G17: Even though the three youth groups are all closed for meetings at the moment, by special permission there was a handful of Guides, Brownies and Rainbows at the recent Remembrance Parade in Montgomery. Thanks to the support of three local families, there were girls in the Parade and at the War Memorial bearing the flags of 1st Montgomery Guides, 1st Montgomery Brownies and 1st Montgomery Rainbows, and laying a poppy wreath, a sight much welcomed by the local community on this important day.

  • 0 Dragon Big Band returns to its roots

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    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 05-09-2021

    The performance from the Dragon Big Band on 1st September was a real occasion for Montgomery in a number of ways. Not only did it see the very welcome return of live music to a highly appreciative audience, but it also marked a symbolic return of a band that started life in the town 25 years ago. Former owner of the Dragon Hotel, Mark Michaels, recalled how the band was started by Montgomery resident, Ivor Tanner, a former local dance band leader and trumpeter, along with professional trombonist, Paul Munnery.   Mark remembers how, after many a night of Paul and Ivor sitting In the bar swapping musical anecdotes and bemoaning the fact that there was no live music in Montgomery, he persuaded them to give it a go and "The Montgomery Irregulars" were born. They played in the Dragon Coachway until the function room was created. Mark reminisced, “I remember well how Paul played with a pint in one hand and a cigarette in the other. He usually managed 8 pints and at least 20 cigarettes before 11pm. At that time the style was more trad jazz than big band and we had up to 23 musicians playing at any one time from keen beginners to seasoned professionals.”   “A notable occasion was when Stéphane Grappelli's guitar player, 'Diz' Disley,  asked anonymously to sit in, a most unassuming looking chap in a tatty mac with a battered old guitar case. He had roots around Montgomery and had always wanted to play with Ivor. He didn't have to give his name, his artistry was all. It lifted the band - they'd never played like it - the word went around and the room was full within 15 minutes.”  The Dragon Big Band went on to play regularly at the Horse and Jockey in recent years with only an occasional visit to Montgomery but the town is delighted that the band has now come home to Montgomery in the great acoustics of the refurbished Town Hall. The Dragon Big Band has a further date booked for Wednesday 15th September, from 8 until 11pm in the Town Hall Lower Floor, and plans further dates for the autumn. No tickets / £5 suggested donation at the door.

  • 0 Clwb Eiddew meet again

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    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 10-08-2021

    Mae Clwb Eiddew, grŵp darllen Cymraeg yn Nhrefaldwyn, wedi bod yn cyfarfod yn wythnosol ar Zoom dros y deunaw mis diwetha, ond ym mis Awst, cymeron nhw hoe fach o Zoom, a chynnal eu cyfarfod cyntaf go iawn cyntaf ers misoedd. Dwedodd Julie Pearce, trefnydd y clwb, “Am bleser mawr fynd am dro efo criw bach i fyny i Gastell Trefaldwyn a sgwrsio am y llyfrau dan ni ‘di darllen yn ddiweddar.”  Mae’r grŵp yn gobeithio cyfarfod unwaith y mis eto yng Nghaffi Tŷ Eiddew o fis Medi ymlaen, ac maen nhw’n bwriadu cyfarfod ar Zoom unwaith y mis hefyd.  Dwedodd Julie, “Dan ni’n darllen ‘Llwch yn yr Haul’ gan Marlyn Samuel mis yma ar gyfer ein cyfarfod cyntaf nôl yn y caffi.”  Cysylltwch â Julie (Julie.pearce5@btinternet.com) neu Denice yn y caffi am fwy o fanylion. Clwb Eiddew, a Welsh book group in Montgomery, has been meeting weekly on Zoom over the last 18 months, but in August they took a break from Zoom and had their first real meeting for months.   Julie Pearce, the club’s organiser, said, “What a pleasure to go for a walk with members of the group up to Montgomery Castle and to chat about the books we have read recently.”  The group hopes to start meeting once a month again in The Ivy House Cafe from September onwards, and they intend to meet on Zoom once a month as well.   Julie said, “We are reading ‘Llwch yn yr Haul’ by Marlyn Samuel this month for our first meeting back in the cafe.”   Contact Julie (Julie.pearce5@btinternet.com) or Denice in the café for more details.

  • 0 Celebrating St Nicholas’ Stories

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    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 03-08-2021

    Members of St Nicholas’ Church have been busy researching, recording and sharing stories of the Church through the centuries with support from a 15 Minute Heritage grant from the National Heritage Lottery Fund.  The Church now has three new bilingual panels telling the stories of Sir Edmund Mortimer and Catrin Glyndwr, as well as the Herbert family and their global influence, connecting Montgomery to the history of the wider world. Church members have also made films with local people, collecting their memories of the Church and their relationship to the building and its history. The trailer for the films is now on the Church section of the Town’s website starring lots of familiar faces from the Town at https://www.montgomery-wales.uk/church/nicholas/index.html  Montgomery Church in Wales School has been working on the Montgomery Lives project led by composer-musician, Ian Morgan-Williams, and poet, Pat Edwards. Ian and Pat worked with the children to share the stories of Catrin Mortimer and Magdalen Herbert, and to think about the roles they and other remarkable women had played in our history. Pat wrote a poem focussing on how we learn from our ancestors, which Ian put to music and the children learned. A recording of the song sung by the children, with the words, has been shared on the Montgomery Wales and Church Facebook pages. The children then worked on a choice of three writing exercises: a letter from Sir Edmund Mortimer asking Owain Glyndwr for Catrin’s hand in marriage; a poem about the view from Montgomery Castle; or a speech to motivate either Glyndwr’s army or Thomas Herbert’s navy before impending battle. The work will be part of a display in the Church celebrating the end of the project, once the Church is able to reopen fully.  [Photo by Adam at G17]

  • 0 Town Crier back and busy!

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    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 26-06-2021

    As restrictions are easing, Montgomery Town Crier, Sue Blower, has been back in business with a vengeance after a very literal quiet period, with several appearances in the last fortnight, supporting local charity efforts, businesses and events. Sue, along with other Town Criers across the country, had to be unusually quiet during lockdown, as Town Criers stuck to an arrangement made not to make announcements, or ‘cries’, during the strict lockdown period. Sue did deliver some special messages by video from home, and rang her bell without a ‘cry’ on a couple of occasions, and of course appeared in the Christmas special of Blankety Blank! Sue’s recent return to in-person events has included a bell ring to mark the end of the Montgomery Angels scheme, opening Montgomery couple David and Anthea Wilson’s new gallery and shop in Bishops Castle, along with BC town crier Jeff Aldridge, then welcoming not one but two charity fundraisers as they visited Montgomery.   The first was supporting Cari and Emma, from Dolgellau, as they set off from Montgomery Vineyard to walk to White Castle Vineyard, near Abergavenny, to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease. Richard Shackleton, of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, said, “Thanks to the beautiful town of Montgomery for your hospitality and welcome. See you again soon!” The second cry was to greet Alan Bateson from Bishops Castle, raising funds for mental health charity CALM by running the length of the Offa’s Dyke path. Sue met Alan as he reached his half way point at Montgomery, and the flying visit and link to Alan’s story can be seen on the Town’s social media page. Readers may recall Katie and Matt getting engaged at Montgomery Castle on New Year’s Eve 2018, and the community celebrating with them in Broad Street at midnight. Their wedding took place in Michigan this month, and Sue filmed a video message which was presented at the wedding reception.  Sue said, “It’s great to be back in business and to support not only Montgomery events, but also those people giving up their time to support a range of charities, who are always welcome in Montgomery.” Sue will be appearing in the Monty Hour slot on July 21, joined by Town Crier colleagues from across the country and the globe, to tell the audience all about the role of Town Crier. See https://montgomery.cloud/hour for details of talks and how to join the session online. Photo: Montgomery Town Crier Sue Blower cuts the ribbon at Border Lights Gallery (L-R: Anthea Wilson, Sue Blower, Bishops Castle Town Crier Jeff Aldridge)  

  • 0 Success for Carys at National Urdd Eisteddfod T Competition

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    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 15-06-2021

    Carys Richards, aged 10, a pupil of Montgomery Church in Wales School, was once again selected as a finalist for the Welsh Learners recitation at the National Urdd Eisteddfod T competition which was broadcast on S4C and Radio Cymru on 1st June.   Carys entered her online Welsh Learners recitation entitled “Antur” and was delighted once again to have been selected as a top three finalist. Carys was announced as the overall winner of the competition last year and achieved second place this year. Carys’ video was shown on S4C and she was interviewed live from her home.   The Eisteddfod T is a virtual festival, held for the first time in 2020 during the lockdown period, giving children and young people from Wales and beyond a chance to take part in a virtual fun-filled Eisteddfod from the comfort of their homes. Over 12,000 children and young people competed at this year’s Eisteddfod T competition.   Montgomery Church in Wales school have had numerous successes at local level and have reached national level for many years thanks to the help of Ceinwen Morris from Forden who has kindly volunteered her time to help teach all children wishing to take part in the Urdd competitions.   Carys said: "I love learning Welsh and competing in the recitation competition. I do miss competing in the traditional way on stage but have enjoyed entering online for the last 2 years, and the experience of being interviewed live on television."   Anna Griggs, Head Teacher of Montgomery Church in Wales school said: “Carys continues to be an excellent role model promoting Welsh within our school. Her successes at Eisteddfod T have been inspirational for our other pupils. We are all very proud of her”.   Photo credit: Phil Blagg

  • 0 The Old Bell is back

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    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 08-06-2021

    After being closed for the whole of the 2020 season due to the pandemic, the Old Bell Museum has reopened in June, acting Chairman Eric Fairbrother was pleased to announce.  The Museum is initially opening for two days a week on Thursdays and Saturdays between the hours of 11am and 4pm. It is preferred that visitors book online, though it is possible to attend without a booking if numbers in the museum allow. There will be limits on the numbers in the museum at any one time to ensure proper compliance with Covid regulations and all the necessary Covid protocols will be in place including that visitors, apart from children, will be required to wear a mask. Risk assessments have been done covering visitors and stewards.  Eric said, “We hope as Covid restrictions are eased we will be able to open more days in the week and allow more visitors in at any one time.”  He added, “In the meantime, we would welcome help to staff the Museum and we are appealing to Montgomery folk who have previously helped with stewarding to come forward. Please contact Secretary David Thomas on 01686 668934 if you are able to help.”  The Old Bell, like all museums and visitor attractions, has lost a great deal of revenue over the past twelve months and, with the restrictive opening in place, is not anticipating much revenue this year. Eric said, “Any donations to support the Old Bell, which is your museum, would be much appreciated, and can be posted through my door at Bronwylfa in Broad Street. Thank you.” Photo: G17 Photography Services