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.
Information regarding garden waste for residents of Montgomery and Powys: Powys County Council green bins at the ‘bring sites’ will be removed sometime after 1st April. PCC are providing an ‘opt in’ service for collection of green waste going forward which involves registering and paying an annual fee. Under this service, garden waste will be collected every fortnight at the kerbside from April to November for an annual fee of £35 for a 240ltr wheeled bin (£30 for a 120ltr). Montgomery Town Council would have liked the green bins to remain at the ‘bring site’ as they were a valuable and well-used facility, but the decision was out of their control. One aim of the change is to avoid green waste having to be sent to landfill when the bins are misused and the waste contains incorrect items. Garden waste bins will continue to be available at the Welshpool and Newtown Household Waste Recycling Centres. Check opening days and times at https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/725/Recycling-centres Montgomery Energy Group's May meeting (Monday 20th May) will host a workshop on "How to make garden compost" by Helen Porter. All are welcome to find out more about home composting and get practical advice on this. You can read about and register for PCC's garden waste collections athttps://en.powys.gov.uk/gardenwastewhere you can also find a link to full terms and conditions. Alternatively, you can subscribe by calling 01597 827465. Read more about the background to the changes at https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/6955/Garden-waste-collection-service Please be aware that if you use a gardener to remove your waste, they need to be properly licensed for removal of the waste otherwise you as the householder become liable.