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.
Montgomery Energy Group environmentalists Jeremy Thorp and Jenny Brignell were in London last week for The Climate Coalition's 'Green Heart Hero Awards'. Jeremy was nominated for an award for being "an inspiring individual acting to protect all we love from climate change". The worthy winner of this category was 10-year-old Elsie Luna who has challenged the big oil companies about their continued extraction of fossil fuels. Jenny Brignell said, "It was lovely to see and hear about lots of inspiring people and projects at The Climate Coalition Green Heart Hero Awards, and good to see lots of politicians who care about the environment attending, despite other distractions, and trying to put climate change on the political agenda." Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies managed to join the pair for part of the award ceremony, as well as providing a quick tour of Westminster. He said, "Minister Claire Perry was in splendid form and Clive Anderson, Chair of the Woodland Trust, ran the show in his usual entertaining style. I have known Jeremy a while and he’s a pragmatic environmentalist. It was something of an environmental day for me, as I had also spent an hour at an event where David Attenborough was star guest, highlighting the problem of plastic. Congratulations Jeremy." Jeremy Thorp said, "I was grateful for the nomination which gave us the opportunity to attend this event and meet lots of inspiring people. Unfortunately, other current affairs issues have hogged the limelight this past two years, masking the much more important issue of climate change, so events like this are good for highlighting what is still happening behind the scenes. Average global temperatures are already more than 1 degree above pre-industrial levels and rising, and if they rise to more than 1.5 degrees above, then it is almost certain that there will be an ever-worsening humanitarian crisis on the planet. Attending this event has helped to renew our energy levels and we hope to continue to do our bit in Montgomery to raise awareness of this vital issue."
Old Monty Cider were pleased this month to unveil their Apple Brandy, made from Old Monty Cider by Da Mhile at their distillery in West Wales. The brandy, which is 40% alcohol spirit, has been matured in Bordeaux Oak barrels for two years, and John Jenkins, proprietor of Old Monty, confirms it has been well worth the wait! “This is a first for Old Monty and Da Mhile and is a limited edition of which we are both very proud,” he said. Mr Jenkins added, “This is a major development for Old Monty Cider, a member of the local food and drink group Taste Montgomery, and something unique in Wales.” The apple brandy is now available at The Dragon, Montgomery and the Monty's Brewery Visitor Centre at The Cottage, Montgomery.
The Montgomery Community Speed Watch volunteers recently recorded vehicle speeds for a total of 3 hours over 4 different periods. They recorded 31 motorists exceeding the 30mph speed limit of whom 15 were driving at over 40mph and a further 3 were over 50mph. Community Speed Watch (CSW) is a group of volunteers who, with support from their local Neighbourhood Policing Team, monitor speeds of vehicles in their villages and towns. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers. The emphasis is on raising awareness of speeding in an area to drivers, with drivers exceeding the speed limit receiving warning letters advising them they have passed through a CSW area. Those who are recorded exceeding the speed limits subsequently may have action taken against them. The Montgomery CSW group would like more members of the community to volunteer to take part, and interested applicants are welcome to contact the PCSOs at Newtown Police Station via NewtownNPT@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk
Montgomery Dementia Friends is continuing to make progress towards its goal of making Montgomery a ‘Dementia Friendly’ town. At their recent meeting, a constitution was agreed, officers appointed, and an action plan developed. In addition, committee members, together with a number of volunteers, have attended Dementia Friends training and are keen to put it into action. The group hopes to support people living with dementia in Montgomery and the surrounding area in various ways, such as signposting to information sources, helplines, and social events. A key aspect of the action plan is to disseminate education and training about dementia to the whole community including local businesses, children and young people, and local groups. Wendy Beaven, the group’s secretary, said, “We are thrilled by the enthusiasm shown for this project, and have organised training for the businesses in town on the 17th of March. Businesses who complete the training will receive a notification sign from the Alzheimer’s Society, which they can display in their windows, telling people they are Dementia Friendly.” Six businesses have already signed up to undertake the training. Image: Volunteers from Montgomery Dementia Friends, each of whom has attended Dementia Friends training