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A Christmas Carol - 10th December

Montgomery Energy Group 19th December

December 3rd Church Tower Climb

Llandyssil Church Christmas Tree Festival | 3rd & 4th December

Saturday 3 December 2016 from 11 am to 4 pm Sunday 4 December 2016 12 noon to 4 pm... followed by a Carol Concert, sherry & mince pies
Admission is free - donations welcome
40 Christmas Trees, Refreshments and crafts

Civic Society News....

On Saturday 3rd December, there will be a commemoration of the rebuilding of the Church Tower which took place 200 years ago in 1816.

The Civic Society will be putting on a small exhibition from the Old Bell archives in the North Transept, relating to this event, showing early pictures of the church with its previous tower and other early documentation regarding the Bells and the Ringers etc. There will be notices giving the times of opening nearer the date.

Christmas is not far ahead and an eagerly ‘looked forward to’ event is the annual Pie and Punch lecture which this year will be given by Dr David Stephenson on Friday 16th December in the Town Hall at 7.30pm. The title is ‘Medieval Powys; the First History’ Many of you will have heard David Stephenson’s talks in the past and know what an interesting and informative speaker he is.

Montgomery Remembers 13th November 2016

People of Montgomery gather at the memorial gardens to remember those fallen in World Wars. Following a parade from the Town Hall to St Nicolas Church, towns folk, British Legion, Scouts, Guides, Trefoil, Town Council, Fire Service and representatives from Animal Welfare gather at the Memorial Gardens to join together and remember those fallen. Town Mayor Mr Eric Fairbrother laid the first Wreath followed by the British Legion Men, Mr Trevor Pugh, British Legion Ladies, Mrs Cerys Thomas, Trefoil Guild, Mrs Lys Morris, The Fire Service, Scouts, Guides and Animal Welfare, Mr Chris Boundy. The Buglers, The Last Post was then played by Bugler Nikki Pugh while flags lowered to observe one’s minutes silence.

Our Town Crier, Sue Blower read out the Exhortation for the Fallen with Chris Boundy reading out the Kohima Epitaph. Another minute’s silence was observed ending with the Bugler sounds - Reveille and flags raised.

Eric Fairbrother read out those fallen for WW1 & Trever Pugh read out those fallen for WW2. Ministers Toni Bennett & Diane Stirling lead on prayers.

Armistice Day/Remembrance Sunday/Poppy appeal 2016. Poppies will be on sale at various venues in town from 29th October this year.

More photographs from the morning can be found at the Memorial Gardens dedicated site here: Montgomery Remembers

Montgomery Civic Society Presents....

11th November 2016

13th November 2016

Walkers Are Welcome - Walking Day 16th November

Montgomery Tourism is holding a Walking Day which is intended to be the beginning of what will become in future years a Montgomery Walking Festival held over a few days.
The walk will be in conjunction with the Montgomery Walking Group who meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
The start will be from Clos-tan-y-Mur (Recycling) Car Park at 10am on the 16th November.
It is a circular walk of about 4 miles.  The group will leave Montgomery along the Newtown Road and walk up the Fridd through a beautiful beech wood to reach the historic Iron Age hill fort.
From there we cross into fields on the other side of the Llandyssil road and so approach the Town Hill from the side - away from Montgomery.   The group will return to the town over the hill making use of two newly erected stiles.
From Town Hill and along the way there are wonderful views of the surrounding areas.

For more information, please contact Jeny Heard on 668168

8th October | Montgomery Tower of London Poppies Coffee Morning

A big thank you to R.H Bunner & Son!

Montgomery Town FC Juniors

Montgomery Town FC Juniors would like to thank R.H. Bunner & Son Ltd. for their wonderful support and sponsorship for last season.
We had a great year which culminated in our U10s, U12s and U13s being invited to play at the Ludlow Tournament in July.

The U12s & U13s both went on to win their age groups and the U10s came third in theirs, the biggest group, with half the team consisting of new players who had only been training for a number of weeks and have joined us for this season. Everyone had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a very successful year with our numbers swelling and the children having fun, in training and matches, whilst developing their skills and general understanding. The new season has just started and we are looking forward to an exciting repeat of last year.

17th August | A Mid Summer Night's Dream

Montgomery Castle
The course of true love is anything but smooth as games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare's most beguiling comedy at Montgomery Castle, perfect for a moonlit summer evening on August 17th at 7pm.
The woods outside Athens are a busy place on this magical night.  Four runaway lovers find themselves in the middle of a dispute between King Oberon and Queen Titania of the fairies, and, as if that wasn’t enough, a troupe of amateur actors are trying to rehearse a play. Between these unlikely groups flies Oberon's chief miscief-maker, Puck, armed only with a wicked sense of humour and a love potion capable of making anyone fall for the first person they set eyes upon. What could possibly go wrong?

The event will be accessible for wheelchair users, and there will be limited seating only.
The play is organised by Montgomery Town Council and supported by the Arts Council of Wales’ “Night Out” scheme and Hanratty’s Solicitors Newtown. Organiser Councillor Mike Mills said, “I am thrilled to be involved with this project, last year’s play was a great success, hopefully people will come along with their picnics and enjoy a superb night of outdoor theatre at one of the most dramatic venues in Montgomeryshire “There are only 150 tickets available and they are selling fast already”.
Due to the Castle’s location there is only limited parking, audience members are requested to park in Montgomery and walk up to the venue.

Tickets at £15 for adults and £9 for children are available at Bunners Montgomery or on telephone 01686 668442.

Previous Events.....

2nd July | Montgomery Street Fair

Street Fair

This is to be an extravaganza of entertainment and community fun. There will be street entertainment for all the family, craft stalls, a food court and many other things to interest everyone.

The event opens at 10.00am and continues into the evening with live music and food. Bring your family picnic if you choose in the evening and enjoy the party. Puddings and hot food will be available.

Broad Street will be closed to traffic and the town’s road system will be oneway for the duration of the Street Fair: light traffic travelling up only through Arthur Street, behind the Town Hall, along Kerry Street and down Well Street.
Traffic will travel down Princes Street. Heavy traffic, buses, lorries and other large vehicles ONLY will have access up and down Princes Street. The street junctions will be manned throughout the day by stewards.
General parking will be at Clos Tan-y-Mur.
The Street Fair finishes by 4.30pm and the evening event runs from 6.30 to 10.00pm.


12th | June Public Street Party in the Square

Part of the Queen's official birthday celebrations, the Town Council are laying on a Street Party in the Town Square. More information on here soon:

Street Party

20th June | The mystery of the Montgomery harp pins

Harp Pins

GregynogThe mystery surrounding the origins of a set of Irish harp pins unearthed at a Welsh castle over 45 years ago will be revisited next month as part of Wales’ oldest music festival.

Twenty-four tuning pins for an Irish harp were discovered during an archaeological dig at the historic castle above the town of Montgomery in north Powys in 1967 and are displayed in the town’s Old Bell Museum.

Archaeologists, historians and musicians have been left puzzled as to why a near-perfect set of Irish harp pins should have been excavated at the site.

The mystery will be re-examined as part of the Gregynog Festival when a harp historian and a world-famous harpist give a historical and musical presentation about the pins.

Researcher Dr Karen Loomis and Siobhán Armstrong, founder of the Historical Harp Society of Ireland and one of today’s leading players of the early Irish (or ‘Brian Boru’) harp, will host the evening at Montgomery Town Hall on 20 June and attempt to unravel the mystery.

Originally built by Henry III in 1223 as a border stronghold, Montgomery Castle was later home to Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Chirbury, during the 17th century.

“Since the harp pins were discovered, there’s been great mystery surrounding their origins,” said Dr Rhian Davies, Artistic Director of the Gregynog Festival, which runs from 16-26 June in Mid Wales.

“Were they part of a complete Irish harp? Who owned the instrument, where was it made, and what kind of music would have been played on it? And, most intriguing of all, what was an Irish harp doing at Montgomery Castle?”

More will be unveiled at “The Montgomery Castle Harp Pins” event at 7.30pm in Montgomery Town Hall on 20th June.