Film crews from a commercial station were busy in Montgomery on Market Day last Thursday. As well as filming in and around the town, they also filmed Sue Blower, Town Crier, as she performed a “cry” outside the Town Hall. The filming is part of a programme to be shown later this year, in a new entertainment series, but the details are very much “under wraps” at present. Further news about the programme will be released when more details are known. Watch this space!
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Trustees and volunteers turned up for the “Spring Clean” at the Old Bell Museum on the 2nd March, ready to prepare the museum for its Easter opening. Dr Ann Welton, honorary curator, said,”We rely on volunteer help to keep the museum open for visitors. The building, and the collections, take some cleaning - so we organise this in the period when the museum is closed to visitors.” The museum, described by a visitor from Boston, Massachusetts on a well known review site as ”a little gem” contains over nine rooms of interesting items relating to Montgomery through the ages, including items about the castle, gaol, workhouse, railway, agriculture, trade and life in Montgomery; and currently includes a special exhibition of medical instruments from times gone by. Montgomery Mayoress Pat Weaver said, “It was good to see people turn up to help, and to see how carefully the items are cleaned and restored.” She added, ”I was particularly pleased to clean the cupboard which holds a fireman’s helmet that belonged to the Mayor’s grandfather when he was a firefighter in Montgomery.” The award-winning museum, run by the Civic Society, will be open from the first weekend in April until early October, and the Civic Society can arrange group visits outside normal opening hours - please contact email@example.com Image: Montgomery Mayoress, Pat Weaver, helps out with the “spring clean” at the Old Bell Museum
This week, Nancy Lagdon will join the ranks of Montgomery’s retained firefighters as the first female to join the station, having successfully completed her initial training. Nancy, who lives in Montgomery and works at the Dragon Hotel in town, said, “I was thrilled to be accepted and the crew has been really supportive and welcoming. The fact they all love what they do is inspirational.” She added, “The training has been tough at times, but - as they tell you from the beginning - if it was easy, everyone would be a firefighter!” Montgomery fire station works with retained firefighters, and the team regularly attends call-outs to fires, road traffic accidents and other incidents - on average over 100 incidents a year - as well as providing fire safety checks for householders. Nancy told the Community News Team, “I am proud to be the first female firefighter in Monty, but let's get some more in! You get a chance to help your community and start a career that you can thrive in. I'm super excited to start my career in the service and can't wait for more women to get involved!”
After years of planning and consultation with local residents, Montgomery Town Hall is being extensively refurbished, bringing this Georgian building into the 21st century with modern facilities. Over a number of years, funds have been set aside by the Town Council and Montgomery Community Buildings and Preservation Trust in preparation for this work, but the plans finally coming to fruition means there will be a necessary uplift in the precept (the Town Council proportion of Council Tax) this year for residents which is above inflation. The increase for 2019-20 is equivalent to approximately £1.13 a month extra for the average household, though the figure will vary according to each property’s Council Tax band (for example, it will be around 94p a month for a band D property). The Montgomery Town Council budget, about 75% of which comes from the precept, also pays for the two children’s playgrounds in the town, grounds maintenance in and around the town, the part-time town clerk’s salary, amenity and recreation sites, tourist information and floral displays. It additionally covers repairs and maintenance to items such as defibrillators, benches and signage. Cllr Mike Mills explained “We know nobody wants to see an increase in their Council Tax, but we also know how much this building means to the community. This will mean we can make this iconic building, sitting at the heart of Montgomery, sustainable for the future.” He adds, “Montgomery Town Hall will be more accessible to users, and complying with best practice. It will be a facility that can be maximised for a range of social, economic and community uses in the future.” ===== Average household figure based on 603 households as quoted in Powys County Council’s Local Area Profile for Montgomery (which uses 2011 census data) Band D figure based on the 2019-20 council tax base (number of Band D equivalent properties) for the Montgomery Town Council area