Families, visitors, locals, community groups, councillors, business owners and people from all backgrounds joined ex-servicemen and servicewomen in Montgomery on November 11th for a number of commemorative events on the centenary of the end of the First World War. And, to remember all those that had fallen in all conflicts. 11/11/2018
A young man named Montgomery, and called Monty for short, was thrilled to happen upon the town of Montgomery, along with Montgomery Castle and Monty Rocks, during his holiday in the region. 6-year-old Monty’s family, from North Nottinghamshire, were staying nearby on their way to North Wales, and mum Rosie Pickering explained, “We had arrived early for our holiday home so had a bit of time to kill. We really enjoyed the area and actually wished we'd spent longer there. We loved it!” Monty (6), Rufus (3) and Bertie (1) were also excited to discover lots of painted ‘Monty Rocks’. Monty Rocks is part of a popular rock painting and finding activity which is akin to a giant game of hide and seek using inanimate objects. The idea is to get creative, to get out and about, and to enjoy finding and re-hiding the painted rocks. Rosie says, “My boys loved finding all the Monty Rocks. We have a local rock club but my boys have never really been into it, so it was even better that they got so excited and really into it in Montgomery.” There are similar games happening all over the country, and Monty Rocks are known to have travelled in the UK as far as Anglesey and Kent, as well as abroad to Petra, Jordan and Central Park, New York!
Distant cousins Saran Nanne and Deborah Terrell of Montgomery, Texas USA visited Montgomery on Monday 22nd October and were hosted by Town Crier Susan Blower and Mayor Lionel Weaver. The ladies brought with them 'Montgomery Texas Flag' T shirts which they presented to Sue and Lionel in Broad Street outside the Town Hall. They even had a spare one for Montgomery resident and Community News Team photographer David Wilson. While the photos were being taken, Aylene Harpes from New Zealand, another distant cousin who happened to be passing, asked if she could have her photograph taken with Sue and Lionel as well. All three visitors were presented with packs of 'Montgomery in the Snow' postcards as mementos of their visit to the town.
A scheme has been introduced which scraps library fines for carers in and around Montgomery. Powys County Council’s Library Service is introducing a new borrower category to help carers across Powys and this will be available at Montgomery, along with all libraries in the county. Carers will be able to borrow up to 20 books at a time for themselves and the person that they care for. It is recognised that it is often difficult for carers to get to the library so there will be no fines on these books if they are late back. Cllr Rachel Powell, who is the council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said: “We all recognise the immense value of carers in our communities and it is very pleasing to be able to offer something in return by removing barriers to the use of the vast resources of our library service.” Montgomery’s volunteer-run library has a number of books available on many subjects to help people (and/or their carers), including, among others, books on Alzheimer's, managing depression, diabetes, low fat diets and sleep problems. The books are provided via a multi-agency partnership with funding from Welsh Government, through the Reading Agency’s ‘Reading Well Books on Prescription’ scheme, and any not in stock can be ordered through the library’s online request facility. The library is free to join. Opening hours and contact details for Montgomery Library can be found at https://montgomery-wales.co.uk/library.html
Earlier this month, Assistant Cub Leaders Kerry Rogers and Clare Cartledge, with parent helper Emma Bailey-Beech, took the 1st Montgomery Cub section out geocaching around Montgomery. Assistant Leader Clare said, “ The location of the cache sites was great and they were well hidden. We didn't know what to look for at first but once we found the first one, we were off! Everyone had a great time and the hunt fitted into our one and a half hour session nicely.” Here are some quotes from the Cubs, the section of the Scout Group for 8- to 10-year-olds. “ I found three of the geocaches so it was fun,” said Flynn, age 10. Lillie, age 8, added, “I found it. I didn't know the size of them, so it was hard at the start,” while Skye, age 10, conveyed the thrill of the hunt with his comment, “I found the geocaching very tense and exciting.” Penri Jones volunteered with the Destination Montgomery project during the summer and devised the geocache sites as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. There are now ten in place with a further six in the planning stage. Penri will be working with the Cubs again later in the autumn when they have a session on map reading and navigation skills. Penri plans to involve the Cubs in hiding three more geocaches at sites around the town and along the Montgomery Trails. To take part in the Montgomery Geocache Trail you need to create a free account on the website www.geocache.com, then search for sites in the area.