Montgomery Town Council and the community will be working with Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust to survey species and look at the ecology and the environment to see if Whitegate Pool meets the criteria to be designated a Local Wildlife Site. MWT has trained a large number of Montgomeryshire volunteer surveyors over the last couple of years and will look to engage the community as widely as possible in this venture. The area is important to local people and is seen as offering a tranquil haven with its delightful wooden birds and animals and picnic table adding to the attraction. "We look forward to surveying the site in the summer and working with Montgomery Town Council for the benefit of the site, the wildlife that lives there and the local people." - MWT Considerable thanks are due to Jeny Heard who for some 12 years has organised regular local volunteer work groups at the Pool and advised on correct management to ensure a good environment for wildlife whilst keeping trees, hedgerows, invasive species and reed growth within bounds. Jeny has had many years working as a volunteer with MWT, and is currently a Warden at Roundton Reserve so she has brought an immense amount of knowledge and experience to benefit the site. She is also a bird recorder and will be regularly seen down at the somewhat larger lake on the Lymore Estate noting species and numbers. After many years Jeny is stepping back from an organising role but is sure to continue to take an active interest, particularly with MWT involvement. The site is owned by the Town Council who send a resounding vote of thanks to Jeny for all she has done both at the Pool and in engaging the community with the site. Photo: Jeny Heard at Whitegates Pool (Image credit: David Wilson)
"Already we are a month into 2019. The lights and decorations have been put away for another year. The community supported the Christmas Lights switch on and the Live Advent Calendar door openings – they all seem a long time ago now – how time flies! "None of these go ahead without the work of the people who give up their time to organise them, and I know that most of the clubs and societies in Town would be glad of more help and new members. Any sort of help you can give would be much appreciated. "The work on the new toilets and the Town Hall is progressing. The old asbestos has been removed and work will continue apace to get the refurbishment complete. Short-term disruption will mean long-term gain: please bear with us. "There are still a minority who are fly-tipping in the area, and also letting dogs foul footpaths and play areas (especially under the cover of darkness). If you see any fly-tipping or dog-fouling, please report it to Powys County Council using their online form; they will investigate as soon as possible. "Please be aware that if the bins at the recycling area are full, any rubbish left by the side of the bins will not be collected, and is classed as fly-tipping and could lead to prosecution. Either take it home and bring another day, or take it to Potters. Powys County Council are monitoring this. "From a Mayoral point of view, it has been a relatively quiet time. All councillors are volunteers who give up their time freely to help the community. They are not paid and are all trying their best for our Town. We are still two councillors short, so if you would like more information on becoming a councillor, please get in touch with any of the councillors or the Town Clerk." - Lionel Weaver, Mayor
Montgomery Town Council has launched its new website for the town at https://www.montgomery-wales.co.uk/ The site, aimed at both local people and visitors to the area, was designed and built by Adam Cusack of G17, with support from a small working group from Destination Montgomery. It brings together a host of information about Montgomery, from its history, architecture and beautiful countryside to things to do and places to stay and eat, as well as news articles and a great programme of events. It will also be a tool for the Town Council to use to share information and communicate with the community. Cllr Claire Weston commented, "I was very pleased to be involved with the project and I am proud of what has been achieved. The website will continue to evolve, and I encourage people to follow our progress as new developments and content arrive on the site." Cllr Mike Mills continued, "I'm thrilled to see the new website up and running thanks to all the hard work of Adam at G17 and the Destination Montgomery team. The new site will allow us to publicise events, facilities and businesses within the Montgomery community and it really is a magnificent asset to our Town." With versatile venues available to hire for a variety of uses and some great independent shops, take a look at the website and discover for yourself what Montgomery has to offer.
Montgomery Christmas Festival this year made the most of the wonderful space in St Nicholas’ Church, where events surrounding the lights switch-on included a Christmas market with a lovely atmosphere, festive refreshments and music, children’s crafts, and the man in red himself with his grotto and gifts. Early on the crisp autumn morning, volunteers flocked to St Nicholas’ Church in Montgomery to set up the Christmas Festival event for 2018. Christmas Market vendors then arrived with imaginative stall displays showcasing their unique local handmade gift and home items. Hundreds of visitors came to scout out these goodies, which included beautiful hand-quilted bags, scrumptious reindeer cupcakes and homemade chocolates, hand-crafted wall art, wild woolly rugs, plastic-alternative homeware, unique personalised photography, Christmas decorations, jewellery and gift products, cards and wrapping papers plus local winter scene holiday cards and Montgomery calendars – there were so many lovely things! The festive atmosphere was enhanced by some of Montgomery’s musical talent: flutes, saxophones and cajon (percussion) cheerily played renditions of favourite Christmas carols to add to the joyful environment for visitors! Children crafted handmade decorations at dedicated craft tables, ready to adorn a tree at the Tree Festival in Llandyssil the following weekend. Later, a jolly special guest appeared to lead everyone to the lights switch-on; Santa counted down and the Monty Magic lit up the Town. Santa then led everyone back into the Church and greeted children in his grotto. After all this, plus lots of mince pies and the raffle being called, it was time for a swift clean-up by the amazing troupe of volunteers. They left no trace and the Church fell silent once more, resting and prepared for Sunday Communion the next day. Jenni Visser, of the Montgomery Christmas Festival Committee, says: “It was such a lovely event. The committee would like to thank everyone for making this year’s event the best ever! All the committee members and helpers are volunteers, with many of them working full time in addition to supporting this special event.” The team would welcome any photos from the event, or feedback comments about what went well and what could be improved in future years, and both these things can be sent via their Facebook page Montgomery Christmas Festival.
This year, Montgomery launched its first Live Advent Calendar, showcasing the ingenuity and talent of many Montgomery groups and individuals. Every evening in December, at 6.15pm, a door will open, and those gathered outside experienced something related to Christmas for a few minutes in that doorway. We are all used to chocolate Advent calendars, but the town’s Live Advent Calendar will be filled with story, song and the best that Montgomery’s creative minds could bring. Organised jointly by the chapel and church; groups, individuals and businesses agreed to open their doors and show something of what Christmas means to them. The Live Advent Calendar was launched by the Mayor, Lionel Weaver, on 1st December at 7 Broad Street, when townspeople and visitors were invited to follow a star around Montgomery until the Calendar finished at the Crib Service in St Nicholas Church on Christmas Eve.