Montgomery welcomed Haydn Andrew as its new Mayor at a packed ceremony in the Town Hall on Friday 31st May. Retiring Mayor, Lionel Weaver, who has served a two-year term, proposed Cllr Andrew for the role. Cllr Weaver said, “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve as Mayor of Montgomery for the past two years, and I wish Haydn all the best during his term in office.” Cllr Andrew told the meeting about his lifetime links to Montgomery, where he has lived for 54 years, which included his memories of playing in band 'The Alpines' at the regular Saturday night dances held at the Town Hall. The new Mayor appointed Cllr Jill Kibble as his Deputy and Rev Alexis Smith as his Chaplain. He looked forward to the next 12 months which would include the re-opening of the newly refurbished Town Hall with increased market activity, and lots of events planned throughout the year. The Mayor’s chosen charities for the coming year would be Wales Air Ambulance and Cancer Research. The Mayor and his Mayoress, Jane Lloyd, would also support the Montgomery Dementia Friends group, with which they are both actively involved, with a fundraising garden tea party in July. The new Mayor said, "I was overwhelmed by the amount of support from family, friends and guests - thank you." Attending the evening, Assembly Member Russell George commented, “I always like attending the annual ‘Mayor Making’ ceremony. Montgomery is a town with a wonderful history and tradition. All the best to new Mayor Haydn Andrew!” The full report of the meeting, and lots of photographs by Adam at G17 photography can be seen athttps://www.montgomery-wales.co.uk/council/mayor/mayor.html
Ed Humphreys of Montgomery attended a Garden Party hosted by HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 29th May. He received his invitation following his work on the panel which reviewed the work of Town and Community Councils across Wales, and which reported to Welsh Government late last year. Ed said, “I was surprised and honoured to be invited to the Garden Party; it was a wonderful and memorable experience.” He was invited to represent the Town and Community Council sector on the panel because of his extensive and varied experience as a clerk to both Town and Community Councils. Currently the Town Clerk at Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council, he is also the clerk for Churchstoke Community Council; in addition, he sits on the Executive of the Society of Local Council Clerks, the professional body which supports Town and Community Council clerks across England and Wales. Image: Ed Humphreys (right) with the other members of the Independent Review Panel
This is my first Mayor’s Notes since being made Mayor on 31st May. I am looking forward to exciting times as your Mayor, and thank Lionel and Pat for all their hard work in the last two years. Jane and I will put every effort into continuing their good work and do our best for the community. The Mayor’s Civic Service will be held at St. Nicholas’ Church at 10.45am on Sunday 2nd June. All welcome. It is nice to have lived a lifetime in a town like Montgomery, which according to The Times is one of the top ten places to live in Wales. But we all knew this anyway! I am sure it’s down to the people that make it so. Lots of things have been going on including: the recent visit of the Rolls-Royces and the Triumph Cars, the Walking Trails, plus the improved May Fair. To top it all is the completion of the Town Hall refurbishment project with an event to re-launch it at the end of June: keep an eye out for posters with more information. Finally, congratulations to Ivor and Beryl Whittingham on being this year’s Show Presidents. Please support them in their efforts to raise funds for this year’s show. Kind regards Haydn Andrew, Mayor
People attending Montgomery’s Thursday market were given the opportunity to discuss healthcare issues with members of Powys Community Health Council (CHC), as part of their work to feed back local views into the planning and delivery of local health services. Naren Keeble from the Community Health Council said, “We are doing consultations in a number of places, and have been getting a good response today at Montgomery.” Members of Powys CHC regularly attend events throughout the county to hear about the difficulties that people face with health services. The main issues raised at Montgomery market were about doctor and dentist appointments, as well as the difficulty in understanding which health services are available and where they are available from - as there is no general hospital within the county. Mrs Mary Gould, who was sharing her views, said, “I think the health service is very good - especially from the specialist nurse practitioners, who are wonderful.” Powys CHC member and Montgomery resident Dr Anthea Wilson said, “People were full of praise for the service they receive, but getting appointments with doctors and dentists can prove difficult and leaves patients feeling anxious and frustrated.” Another key issue raised was that when a patient is referred for treatment they are not kept up-to-date with the latest information on when they may be seen; this also leads patients to worry that they have been forgotten about. The Powys CHC team talks to the public to find out their views on services but also visit hospital wards and surgeries to check whether the services that we all receive are of a high standard. It also allows patients to give their views at the time that they are being treated. The team then acts on this information through discussion with the hospitals and surgeries to improve the patient experience. Powys CHC also offers an Independent Complaints Advocacy Service. If you are unhappy with the care and treatment that you, or someone else, is currently receiving or has received from the NHS then the advocacy team is there to support you. They can be contacted on 01874 610646. The patient engagement team at Powys CHC (Flora and Naren) enjoyed their day at Montgomery market and you will see them around the county throughout the summer. For more information on where you can find Image: Naren Keeble listens to Mary Gould’s views during the consultation at Montgomery
The Delage Register and British Hotchkiss Society enjoyed 4 days in Montgomery with their weekend rally being based at the town’s Dragon Hotel. Rally organiser, Mike Tebbett, the only one of the group who had visited Montgomery before, had chosen the town as the venue for the weekend following his enjoyment of a visit with The Light Car & Edwardian Section of the Vintage Sports Car Club just over a year earlier. On arrival, club members were treated to an historic tour of some of Montgomery town's interesting sights by Dr John Welton of the Montgomery Civic Society. Their weekend itinerary included drives out to the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, Powis Castle, Llysdinam and Elan Valley. On Saturday afternoon, after the group returned from Welshpool, Montgomery Town Crier Sue Blower delivered a well-researched and well-received proclamation, saying: “Delage by title, delightful by image Cars from our history, with beautiful bodies and frontage Company founded in 1905 With Louis Delage hoping taking the risk would allow them to survive The proms model production, Type A, a voiturette The company becoming noticed, their future clearly set How wonderful to welcome you to this, our Historic Town Your cars have brought great joy and interest Faces full of smiles and no one wearing a frown Enjoy your visit to our beautiful Montgomery Come again to meet old friends Take a warm Welsh greeting back with you - this has become our Town Crying trend Good luck, God’s blessings, safe journey to all Pob lwc, Duw bendithio siwrnai ddiogel i chi gyd” Moira Swinbourne, who visited with her 1926 Delage DI, said, “Thank you for making us so welcome. You have a lovely town which everyone takes so much pride in and you are all so friendly. The staff at The Dragon were first class. The Town Crier was wonderful - we really did appreciate your visit. I for one will be back.” Mike Tebbett added, “All of the Rally participants were thoroughly impressed by Montgomery, with many vowing to return at a later date.” After the planned itinerary was complete, the visitors had an extra treat as they were invited to view the glorious garden at Ted and Jill Bowen-Jones’ home on Monday morning before leaving the town, sharing tea and biscuits with the lovely couple too. Several members gave money for the pair's charity as a thanks for this generous gesture. Mike Tebbett said, “This was a wonderful way to bring our superb weekend to an end!”
Montgomery Town Council and the Montgomery Community Buildings Preservation Trust are proud to announce that the official re-opening of the newly refurbished Town Hall will be on June 29th from 8pm to midnight. Entertainment will be provided by an Open Mic Night where members of the public will be encouraged to perform from a couple of numbers up to a 20 to 30-minute set. Organiser Mike Mills said, "It's an opportunity for all those budding rock stars, frustrated poets and would-be entertainers to get on the stage and enjoy their moment in the spotlight." He continued, "We want to demonstrate the talent we have locally and showcase to everyone what a great venue the Town Hall is for any social event." There will be a bar available, and the lower floor will be used by local food producers and market traders to provide refreshments and produce. Councillors and Trust members will be on hand to show people the improvements, and answer questions about the refurbishment and also about the future use of the Town Hall. The open mic night is free to enter. Anyone who would like to perform should either come along on the night or contact Mike Mills on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01686 668442.