Jenny Bailey-Beech from Montgomery, who is only 9 years old, has been creating beautiful origami cards for sale under the brand Okami Makes. The cards, each one of which is unique, are available from a number of shops in Montgomery, and the Okami Makes facebook page, which her parents help run. From the beginning of her venture, Jenny determined to donate some of the proceeds from her cards to charity, and she has now been able to hand a cheque for £100 to her favourite charity, Havenmore Hedgehog Rescue. Rose Lambert from the charity said, “Thank you so much Jenny, we’ve bought three boxes of puppy milk for the hoglets so far.” Jenny is planning to donate the proceeds from her Fathers’ Day cards to the Twin a Tap charity, which works with Tearfund in Africa, and which Montgomery Children’s Church have chosen as their charity to support during lockdown.
Here is a graphic to show where Montgomery Town Council spent money during the financial year from April 2019 to March 2020. 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 has been extensively refurbished, and most of the invoices for this work were paid during this year out of the public works loan; the costs are included in the graphic through repayment of this loan. Some scheduled works to the Hall have also been completed during the year. The Town Council is currently finalising with the Montgomery Community Buildings Preservation Trust (MCBPT) the transfer of the Town Hall over to the charity to be managed for the benefit of the community. Amenity and recreation costs during this period included regular costs, such as grass cutting and floral displays, alongside maintenance of the defibrillators, refurbishment of benches, 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. The Council also makes a contribution to The Crier newsletter. Projects include events, Destination Montgomery and work to Whitegate Pool. Note that the graphic shows proportional Council expenditure only. 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.
Since lockdown, Montgomery Church children have been meeting online weekly on a Sunday morning. They wanted to show that their faith makes a difference, so decided that they would raise money for Tearfund’s ‘Twin a Tap’ scheme. The idea of this scheme is to twin a tap in Montgomery Church with one in a community affected by poverty. The donations give training and a means of making a simple tap, so that communities affected by poverty can understand good hygiene and easily wash their hands to help protect themselves from the effects of Covid-19. Each child has decided how they will raise money and is aiming to complete their own fundraising by the end of June. Sponsored events include hula hooping, piano scales and a sponsored walk on crutches. Keri, age 11, will be completing a hoopathon challenge aiming for 5000 spins in one session. Keri attended hula hoop classes with Nula Hula in Montgomery Town Hall and Nula says, “I’m very proud that Keri is taking her hooping to the next level and I wish her all the best of luck in her big challenge!” Jenny, age 9, who makes and sells greetings cards as ‘Okami Makes’, will be donating the proceeds from direct sales of her Fathers’ Day cards to the ‘Twin a Tap’ fundraising. Okami Makes can be found on facebook. Lucy, age 5, says of Children’s Church, “I enjoy seeing the people and listening to the bible stories.” She is the youngest of the church children taking part in the fundraising project, and has been doing jobs for her family as her way to raise money. Lucy says she is pleased to be able to help make sure people can wash their hands with clean water.
Montgomery Neighbourhood Angels has been awarded funding of £500, secured through PAVO by their helpful and supportive Community Connector Diane Jones. Cllr Stephen Hayes, one of the co-ordinators of the scheme said: “We are thrilled to receive this money, as we have printed postcards which have gone to every house, and purchased a contactless cash machine to assist the Shopping Angels with cash free transactions when they have been shopping for people who are isolating themselves.” He added, “We have been working closely with PAVO and Diane, and have been happy to share our learning and ideas with other communities. We are delighted that the Angels concept has been adopted elsewhere in Powys.” The money will be used to cover costs incurred by the scheme, as the angels themselves are all unpaid volunteers. As part of the accounting process, the scheme is drawing together the statistics of contacts established and households helped by Montgomery Neighbourhood Angels, and the picture which is emerging shows the real worth of the scheme over the last twelve weeks, alongside all the good neighbourliness and family support there is in Montgomery.
A group of Montgomery parents with a plan to develop an exciting new playpark area by the recreation field are working with the Town Council on taking this forward. The group would like to hear from families who would use a Montgomery play area, whether as residents or visitors to the town. The group said, "We want to hear from families how you may use such an area and your ideas on how it should be designed and equipped.” They have had a fantastic response so far to an initial survey to find out how local residents and visitors to Montgomery feel about the town’s current play parks as well as considerations around a new one. With almost 70 responses in the first few weeks, they are hopeful they might have a couple of hundred by the end of June. They explained, “The information from the responses will directly inform the next steps for the parent group and Town Council to work on an outline design brief, sourcing quotes from providers and writing funding applications.” If you haven’t already completed the survey, please spend 5 minutes giving us your thoughts and share with friends, family and neighbours. http://play.montgomery.cloud/survey
While for the moment tennis facilities remain closed in Wales, Montgomery Tennis Club is looking forward to a time when tennis can recommence and has placed a contract with a specialist Wales-based company to clean and re-paint their two floodlit courts. The work on the courts should be completed by mid June and the Club hopes to be ready to welcome existing players and new members when restrictions are relaxed, perhaps following the next statement from the First Minister on 18th June. Club Chairman, Richard Macdonald, said, “Tennis facilities remain closed in Wales but we have some light at the end of the tunnel and the work going ahead on the courts is a plus side for the club. Please look at our Montgomery Tennis Club website for information and membership details. Do come along and enjoy some outdoor exercise on our courts when tennis recommences. New members are always made welcome.” Montgomery Tennis Club website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/MontgomeryTennisClub Photo from June 2019