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/
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!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Image credit: Keith Williams
This week’s zero waste exhibition and pop-up shop in Montgomery was an incredible time of new customers and new collaborations for Katrina Collins of SHED38. It was inspiring to see how many folk want to make changes to the waste in their home. On Monday night, Katrina was joined by 16 Montgomery Brownies who are working for their Plastic Free Badge. They talked about waste in their homes and she set them a challenge to make 5 changes: the first was to say no to plastic straws and to help them on their way they were given a bamboo straw each to take home. They were also given a plastic bottle each to fill with soft plastics at home and to bring along to a future project Katrina will be doing with them. Katrina said, "It was fabulous to see the Brownies' enthusiasm! They loved the plastic-free table of reusable items - face scrubbies, toothpaste tablets, wax wrappies etc. - and the lampshade made from 218 plastic spoons retrieved from a station cafe was their favourite item." New Mayor Haydn Andrew visited later in the week along with Mayoress Jane Lloyd. Jane said, “This excellent exhibition really opens your eyes on how much waste we all produce and different ways we can all deal with it. Kat is very knowledgeable in what we can all do to recycle and cut down on waste and exchange ideas.” Katrina concluded, "It was a successful week all round. I hope we can keep the momentum going and make Montgomery and the surrounding areas as waste-free as possible by making small steps to make lasting changes."
Mayor Haydn Andrew welcomed townsfolk to his Civic Service on June 2nd, two days after his election as Mayor. Following a parade through Broad Street, the Mayor and Councillors joined the congregation of a packed St Nicholas’ Church for the service, led by the Rev Dr Alexis Smith, which was followed by tea and biscuits, hosted in the North transept. Image: The Mayor and Mayoress pictured with Rev Dr Smith, in St Nicholas’ Church porch Image credit: G17 Photography Services
Many congratulations to Montgomery cyclist Emma Serjeant who became the Welsh Masters Time Trial Champion on 1st June.The Welsh Time Trial and Road Race Championships took place in Ruthin and the Time Trial course was a technical undulating course over 26 miles including the twisty descent of Nant Y Garth.Emma said, "I couldn’t quite believe it when the results came in and I was the Welsh Masters Time Trial Champion!"