Mayor Haydn Andrew welcomed townsfolk to his Civic Service on June 2nd, two days after his election as Mayor. Following a parade through Broad Street, the Mayor and Councillors joined the congregation of a packed St Nicholas’ Church for the service, led by the Rev Dr Alexis Smith, which was followed by tea and biscuits, hosted in the North transept. Image: The Mayor and Mayoress pictured with Rev Dr Smith, in St Nicholas’ Church porch Image credit: G17 Photography Services
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!"
Montgomery welcomed Haydn Andrew as its new Mayor at a packed ceremony in the Town Hall on Friday 31st May. Retiring Mayor, Lionel Weaver, who has served a two-year term, proposed Cllr Andrew for the role. Cllr Weaver said, “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as Mayor of Montgomery for the past two years, and I wish Haydn all the best during his term in office.” Cllr Andrew told the meeting about his lifetime links to Montgomery, where he has lived for 54 years, which included his memories of playing in band 'The Alpines' at the regular Saturday night dances held at the Town Hall. The new Mayor appointed Cllr Jill Kibble as his Deputy and Rev Alexis Smith as his Chaplain. He looked forward to the next 12 months which would include the re-opening of the newly refurbished Town Hall with increased market activity, and lots of events planned throughout the year. The Mayor’s chosen charities for the coming year would be Wales Air Ambulance and Cancer Research. The Mayor and his Mayoress, Jane Lloyd, would also support the Montgomery Dementia Friends group, with which they are both actively involved, with a fundraising garden tea party in July. The new Mayor said, "I was overwhelmed by the amount of support from family, friends and guests - thank you." Attending the evening, Assembly Member Russell George commented, “I always like attending the annual ‘Mayor Making’ ceremony. Montgomery is a town with a wonderful history and tradition. All the best to new Mayor Haydn Andrew!” The full report of the meeting, and lots of photographs by Adam at G17 photography can be seen athttps://www.montgomery-wales.co.uk/council/mayor/mayor.html
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
This is my first Mayor’s Notes since being made Mayor on 31st May. I am looking forward to exciting times as your Mayor, and thank Lionel and Pat for all their hard work in the last two years. Jane and I will put every effort into continuing their good work and do our best for the community. The Mayor’s Civic Service will be held at St. Nicholas’ Church at 10.45am on Sunday 2nd June. All welcome. It is nice to have lived a lifetime in a town like Montgomery, which according to The Times is one of the top ten places to live in Wales. But we all knew this anyway! I am sure it’s down to the people that make it so. Lots of things have been going on including: the recent visit of the Rolls-Royces and the Triumph Cars, the Walking Trails, plus the improved May Fair. To top it all is the completion of the Town Hall refurbishment project with an event to re-launch it at the end of June: keep an eye out for posters with more information. Finally, congratulations to Ivor and Beryl Whittingham on being this year’s Show Presidents. Please support them in their efforts to raise funds for this year’s show. Kind regards Haydn Andrew, Mayor