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  • 0 Pre-election laughs at comedy alternative hustings

    • Community
    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 12-12-2019

    Following the “real” hustings event at the Town Hall the previous week, Sarah Morris of Field Mouse Research organised and hosted an alternative comedy hustings quiz on the same stage, with panellists including prospective parliamentary candidates who didn’t end up appearing on the Montgomeryshire ballot papers.   Team captains Myfanwy Alexander and Elwyn Vaughan (Plaid Cymru) were joined by guests Oliver Lewis (Brexit Party) and Jeremy Thorp (Green Party) for some light relief from the General Election 2019. The quiz, based on a well-known television format, was entitled “Have I Got Welsh News for You” and featured rounds such as ‘Whose Dog?’, ‘Odd One Out’ and ‘How Many Trees?’. Audience members were invited to bring along a sense of humour and leave their political affiliations at home, which they did - and in fact the first point in the quiz went to the audience!   It wasn’t all silliness, with the audience picking up some statistical knowledge - such as that 1 billion trees would cover 1% of the UK’s area, and that 1 million eggs leave Powys each day - and hearing an interesting discussion on the processes behind the party decisions to form alliances. Host Sarah ended on a serious note, encouraging everyone to appreciate all the work of candidates and local party members who give up so much time for campaigning.   Author Sandra Lindsey, who helped put together the evening’s on-screen presentation, live-tweeted from the event. Comments on Twitter included Maryline Leese: “Good fun at Have I Got Welsh News For You tonight. Great way to give the candidates that couldn't stand in Montgomeryshire (following Remain and Leave alliances here) a platform to hear their views. Thanks Sarah Morris for hosting. Really enjoyed it.” Emma Wilde Hale tweeted: “Fantastic evening, fun, laughs and genuine good humour from all, as Sarah Morris put it, the ‘reject candidates’. Big shout out to Field Mouse Research and everyone who arranged it. Craig Williams was even brave enough to join towards the end (missing the earlier comments about his hair).”   Sarah Morris said, “A gazillion thanks to Myfanwy Alexander, Elwyn Vaughan, Jeremy Thorp and Oliver Lewis for making the event such a success. And thanks to Sandra Lindsey for her technical wizardry and Montgomery Vineyard and Montys Brewery for the fab prizes!” She added, “Most of all, thanks to everyone who came, laughed along with us - even when they were the comedy target (Craig Williams) - and left their political frustrations at home for the evening. It was so much fun. Just goes to show, there's not much in life that can't be improved by laughter!”

  • 0 Hustings Packed Out

    A hustings evening prior to the general election was held on Monday, December 2 at Montgomery Town Hall. The event, organised by the Town Council and chaired by Mayor Haydn Andrew, offered the community the chance to hear the views of the prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) and to quiz them on a range of issues.   Three of the candidates for Montgomeryshire were in attendance: Kait Duerden (Labour), Gwyn Wigley Evans (Gwlad Gwlad) and Craig Williams (Conservatives) (listed alphabetically). Kishan Devani (Liberal Democrats) was represented on the evening by Richard Church, the Chair of Montgomeryshire Liberal Democrats, as the candidate himself had an emergency medical appointment.  Approximately 150 members of the public filled the Town Hall’s upper floor and quizzed the candidates on a wide range of topics, including what they had done for Montgomeryshire in the last 12 months; how to build harmony and collaboration in our political system; what they would do about vitriol, hatred and lying in politics; Brexit and Irish border security; adult social care, loneliness and isolation, and dignity and respect in later life;  rural economy, community and quality of life; parties, policies, and voting with or against the whip; Welsh devolution; and the ‘WASPI’ campaign and pensions. The candidates also made remarks on the climate emergency, border healthcare and poverty. Everyone was encouraged to vote on December 12. Mayor Haydn Andrew, who chaired the hustings, said, "It was an honour to chair this event. Members of the public asked a lot of interesting and lively questions, and received equally interesting answers.” He added, “Thank you to the candidates and representative for coming to Montgomery during their very busy timetables.” See the full gallery of images at https://www.montgomery-wales.co.uk/council/mayor/mayor2.html

  • 0 Mayor's Notes

    As always there was an excellent parade from local groups who turned out on a cold but sunny day along with Montgomery residents for the annual Remembrance Day events. Thanks to Paul Hodgson and Sue Blower for their organisational skills and also to the Football Club for helping with traffic management. I would like to remind motorists of how difficult it is for disabled people when vehicles are parked without giving thought to these difficulties at drop kerbs, pavements, corners and hatched areas. By the time you read this the Town will be looking festive after the Christmas Festival lights switch on. The Senior Citizens’ Party will be held on the lower floor of the Town Hall on Sunday 5th January 2020 at 1.00pm. There will be restricted seating so please complete the booking form in The Crier and hand it in to Bunners adding your telephone number. It will be on a first-come first-served basis andonce bookings are full there will be a reserve list, so book early to avoid disappointment. On behalf of Jane and myself and fellow Town Councillors we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2020. Haydn Andrew Mayor

  • 0 Walking Festival 2019 report

    Montgomery Walking Festival is now in its third year and the 2019 event began last Friday with a short walk encompassing Town Hill. Walkers enjoyed a completely still and clear evening with far reaching panoramic views from the County War Memorial before descending via field paths back to Montgomery in time for the now traditional Oktoberfest. As ever, Monty's Brewery had organised great beer, including a special Festival brew, and everyone enjoyed the lederhosen-clad Brassic Oompah’s eclectic mix of music well-suited to the mood and occasion. A week before the Festival, the weather had looked grim and, after heavy rain on the hills, the Severn had flooded low-lying field paths leading to serious mud in places. Vale of Montgomery Footpath Volunteers reassessed all the walks and successfully re-routed a couple that were impassable, and the walk leaders were undeterred. Saturday morning dawned dry, if overcast, and first off from Montgomery on the 7.45am bus were the intrepid 19-mile Challenge walkers. A little later, the organisers were waving off a crowd of Old Fashioned Ramblers, then the re-routed Rivers and Dyke walk heading up to Castell y Gwynt and the Cefn y Coed hills on a slightly more strenuous but very scenic walk. The shortest walk took a large group to local castles and forts for a fascinating walk through history in the expert hands of Eric Fairbrother of Montgomery Civic Society. Some 40 walkers and leaders then joined Walkers are Welcome Montgomery for supper with entertainment from Côr Trefaldwyn and Monty Folk, who began the evening with a rousing rendition of the Festival theme tune, Clawdd Offa (Offa’s Dyke). Saturday night brought worryingly heavy rain, but this was a distant memory when the two Sunday walks enjoyed lovely sunshine and fabulous sparkling Montgomeryshire views, fortified by scones, Bara Offa (bara brith made with Best Offa beer) and Katrina Collins’ well-filled sandwich boxes. The 2019 Walking Festival was another splendid event made possible by the hardworking Festival team and the Footpath Volunteers who, working with local landowners, Powys Countryside Services and Shropshire Leisure and Recreation, keep the Rights of Way open and accessible for all. Walkers joined the Festival from far and near, but it was again Alun from Bradford who won the accolade of attending the maximum number of Festival walks and events. Alun commented: 'A glorious weekend. Not only did the weather you organised turn out perfectly but the three walks I went on were great.' For Judith, it was her first time at the Festival: 'I so enjoyed the Walking Festival. I have not visited Montgomery before and it was interesting to walk in such an attractive area with knowledgeable leaders and fantastic views. Your volunteers certainly do a lot of good work in restoring and keeping rights of way open.' Far from putting their feet up, Walkers are Welcome Montgomery already have six routes sketched out for 2020 and – as soon as it stops raining – will be checking what work needs to be done to ensure next year’s Festival is just as successful. All the Festival walks were fully booked again this year, so be aware that booking for October 2nd-4th 2020 opens on May 1st and keep an eye on www.MontgomeryWalkingFestival.co.uk Image: Taking a break above Offa's Dyke path at Crow's Nest

  • 0 Mayor's Notes

    As the nights draw in, we have a very eventful summer to look back on with the Show and Carnival being well attended and a great success. Then the Play at the Castle, which was attended by a large audience from near and far. We have to thank the organisers, too manyto name, because these events do not just happen! We still seem to be having problems with parking on pavements and opposite drop kerbs, which confuse the guide dogs that assist the visually impaired, and wheel chair users alsohave great difficulty. I know parking is a problem, but everyone’s needs should be accommodated. Now the darker nights are coming, there are also complaints about dog mess. I know the majority of responsible dog owners adhere to picking it up, but I’m afraid there are some that don’t, and I’m sure they know who they are. A date for your diaries is the Senior Citizens Christmas Party on 5th January 2020 (details in December’s Crier). - Haydn Andrew, Mayor

  • 0 Mayor's Notes

    I would like to thank all who supported Jane and myself at the Mayor Making and Civic Service at the end of May and beginning of June, there was a good turnout at both events. The following few weeks have been very eventful: firstly the reopening of the Town Hall, after which there was a very enjoyable and successful Open Mic Evening showcasing our local talent. Following on from this was the relaunch of the Thursday market with new stalls and a coffee morning. 6th July saw us officially opening the ever-popular Montgomery Street Fair, which was a successful and enjoyable event, with craft and food stalls and very talented entertainers. I hope you enjoy your summer holidays wherever you choose to spend your time. - Haydn Andrew, Mayor

  • 0 Grand Re-Opening of Town Hall

    After several months of refurbishment and building work, the Montgomery community was invited to a grand re-opening of their historic Town Hall on Saturday.   A crowd gathered in Broad Street on a warm June evening to see Montgomery Mayor Haydn Andrew cut the ribbon and declare the building open. There was a smell of coal and steam in the air as a vintage steam-powered Morris & Company delivery truck appeared, tooting its arrival and closely followed by a vintage steam engine. The vehicles had been on display at Mellington Hall and popped by to say hello to the recently elected Mayor.   At 7pm, the newly painted doors of the Town Hall opened and the Mayor, accompanied by mayoress Jane Lloyd, welcomed everyone. Haydn said, “You can use this historic building for weddings, parties, meetings, coffee mornings and markets on a Thursday.” He continued, “Myself and my fellow councillors would like to thank you for your patience whilst the work has been undertaken,” and added his thanks to the architect, Phil Humphreys, and the builders, Davies, Roberts & Bowen.   After cutting the ribbon, Haydn invited everyone to come in and enjoy a cup of tea and see the changes for themselves. Members of the Council and Trust were on hand to answer questions about the refurbishment and there was a slide show demonstrating how the hall had been used to full effect for community and business events over the years. Visitors could also have a say in what sort of services the hall should offer in the future by pinning pins on various event options on a board, which would assist the Town Hall management in aiming to make a venue that nurtures community events and attracts a wide range of uses.   The event then continued with an open mic night, where local talent, aged from 8 to 80, delighted everyone with their performances. Acts included Monty Folk, The Damnation, Côr Trefaldwyn, Xoaquin Castrelo-Brignell, Amy with a guest spot by Fabby and Griff, Daryl, Josh "the Spar" Lewis, John (the legend) Muir, John (the ladies' man) Brown and Karen (the Diva) Hughes.   Montgomery resident Sandi Coppi attended the evening and said the Town Hall “looks stunning” and the event was “a night of fun and frolics with the local talent giving us a thoroughly entertaining evening”. She added, “We are just so lucky to be in this community of caring, sharing and very hard-working people who do so much to make this world a better place.”   Cllr Mike Mills said, “This has been a long project, but it has transformed the handsome Georgian Town Hall into a building that meets the needs of the 21st Century, and we look forward to people enjoying using it.”   Photo by G17 Photography: Mayor Haydn Andrew and mayoress Jane Lloyd prepare to cut the ribbon   Full report and lots of photographs from G17 on the Montgomery Wales website at https://www.montgomery-wales.co.uk/council/mayor/mayor1.html

  • 0 Montgomery Town Hall re-opening after refurbishment

    Montgomery Town Council and the Montgomery Community Buildings Preservation Trust are proud to announce that the refurbishment work at Montgomery Town Hall will be completed on schedule by the end of June. The refurbishment, which has included a number of improvements including better access, new gents’ and ladies’ toilets, and a complete overhaul of the ground floor, took over five months, with the builders working around some long-standing commitments. The Town Council would like to thank residents, visitors and local organisations and businesses for their support during this time. The official re-opening of the newly refurbished Town Hall will be on the evening of Saturday, 29th June. The hall will be open from 7pm for the public to enjoy a cup of tea and see the changes for themselves. Members of the Council and the Trust will be on hand to answer questions. Then, from 8pm to midnight, entertainment will be provided through an Open Mic Night where members of the community will be performing. The bar will be available, together with light refreshments. Open mic night event details at:https://www.facebook.com/events/465717414236450/

  • 0 Improved Recycling at Show BBQ

    • Community
    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 10-06-2019

    After the Montgomery Show Barbecue on Sunday 2nd June, a team of volunteers assisted Montgomery Energy Group (MEG) with sorting the rubbish. Many of the items used at the barbecue, including food bowls and trays, and wooden cutlery, were compostable. This is a vast improvement on polystyrene and wax paper containers which would have had to go to landfill. Many more people are getting accustomed to checking which bins the rubbish goes into and supporting the reducing and recycling effort. MEG’s Jeremy Thorp said, “Thank you to all the volunteers for helping, to the organisers for considering our environment in their planning, and to everyone for making the effort with the different bins.” Local zero-waste activist, Katrina Collins, commented, “This is awesome! Small steps make lasting changes. Well done Monty!”

  • 0 Congratulations Susie the Celebrant!

    • Community
    • by Montgomery Wales News Team
    • 07-06-2019

    Congratulations to Montgomery’s Sue Blower who has completed her comprehensive training with The Institute of Professional Celebrants. Sue, who has been Montgomery’s Town Crier for 16 years, can now carry out the duties of a Celebrant in bespoke ceremonies such as those for the naming of children, weddings (alongside a registrar), and funerals/celebrations of life at a crematorium, green-field site, or wherever the family chooses. A celebrant is unable to facilitate a ceremony on consecrated premises but may assist with the delivery of a eulogy, renewal of marriage vows or presenting a child for church christening, and faith is acknowledged and included where requested. Sue says, “Everyone has a different stance on how they want to say goodbye to their loved ones, or how they want to make lifelong promises in a partnership. The role of the celebrant is to work alongside individuals, guide them through it, and enable whatever the families choose to do. Assisting families through difficult sad events is a privilege and an honour. Likewise, events such as a wedding are a joy to be involved with.” To discuss fees and plans for your ceremony, Sue can be contacted on 07939128286 or susieblowermtc@hotmail.co.uk Image credit: Keith Williams