Fantastic news for Montgomery Church in Wales School as they celebrate an impressive Estynreport, that rated them as being ‘Good’ in all areas! Following their visit to the school in the Spring term, Estyn reported that Montgomery Church inWales School was Good in all five inspection areas. These include: Standards; Wellbeing andattitudes to learning; Teaching and learning experiences; Care, support and guidance; andLeadership and management. Estyn recognised the school as being ‘a happy and caring community where staff support pupils wellin a nurturing ethos that results in nearly all pupils feeling that staff treat them fairly and withrespect’. The report describes pupils as ‘making good progress and achieving well as they move through theschool’ in a place that ‘listens very well to the views of pupils and encourages them to take onleadership roles’. Assistant Head, Mrs Mees said, ‘I am so proud of all of the hard work that our pupils, staff andGovernors at Montgomery Primary School continually put into our school. The report highlightsthat the school is a ‘happy caring community that creates a nurturing ethos’. This is certainlysomething that I feel is very apparent to anyone who visits us here at Montgomery Primary. Thestaff and the pupils are an absolute credit and should be incredibly proud of themselves - I know Iam!’ The report went on to highlight the ‘productive relationships with parents’ which ‘further promotesa sense of community and shared purpose.’ Montgomery is very much a community school withstrong community links and it is excellent that this has been recognised by watchdog, Estyn.Estyn acknowledged leadership as a strength of the school, with the ‘headteacher setting highprofessional standards for herself and all staff.’ ‘The enthusiastic team of teachers and teachingassistants who support each other well’ are all a real credit to themselves and the pupils atMontgomery Church in Wales School. Mr Hugh Anton-Stephens, the Chair of the Governing Body said, ‘Everyone at the school can bedelighted with this report, and can be justly proud of what has been achieved. The inspectors wereevidently very satisfied with the experience of their visit to us, and we can now continue to build forthe future with raised confidence. We have a great team at Montgomery Primary School and it is adeep pleasure to see that being publicly recognised.’ The school are already looking ahead to build on this wonderful report, with many plans alreadyafoot …watch this space!
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
I will start by congratulating Montgomery Town Football Club on winning the league and promotion. Good news and good luck going forwards! Now that the days are getting longer and, hopefully, warmer, Town groups and organisations will be busy with spring and summer events. On Sunday 28th April there will be approximately 40 Rolls Royce cars of various ages having a lunch stop in the town. Please can Town residents try to keep Broad Street clear of parked vehicles from 10.30am to 2.00pm to help with parking. On Thursday 2nd May is the May Fair, an annual event going back centuries to the Market Charter. Again, please could vehicles be removed from Broad Street on Wednesday 1st May for the Fair to set up. Please respect this, as parked vehicles have caused disruption in the past couple of years and fewer stalls have been able to set up, so the Fair has been less fun than it could have been, especially for the children. Powys County Council green bins at the ‘bring sites’ will be removed after April. There is an opt-in service for collection of green waste: you will need to register at the Powys County Council website and pay an annual fee. As a Town Council we would have liked to keep the green bins at our recycling car park, but this was out of our control. Please be aware that if you use a gardener to remove your waste, they must be properly registered and have a licence for waste removal, or you as the householder are liable. As this is my last Mayor's Notes, I would like to thank you all for your support over the last two years. The annual Mayor Making Ceremony will be on Friday 31st May in the Town Hall. - Lionel Weaver, Mayor
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