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Montgomery’s Medieval Celebrations

On the morning of Friday 29th September, the English court, led by King Henry III (Cllr Mike Mills) and the Welsh court led by Llewelyn, Prince of Wales (Hywel Lovgreen) met at Rhydwhyman Ford to re-enact the signing of the Treaty of Montgomery in 1267 on its 750th anniversary.  Ottobuono, the Papal Legate (Cllr Stephen Hayes), who negotiated the settlement, witnessed the agreement. In costume and armed with shields made especially for the event, school children from Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd, Newtown, Montgomery Church in Wales School and Abermule Community Primary School processed from the English and Welsh camps banging drums in support of their King and their Prince. Specially invited guests included Lord Lieutenant Hon. Shan Legge-Bourke, Glyn Davies MP, and Dai Davies Chair of Powys County Council.

Story below Courtesy of the County Times

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Montgomery WalesLater that evening, decked with heraldic banners and lit by candlelight, Montgomery’s beautiful Georgian Town Hall was packed to the rafters for a Banquet with over 100 guests in period costume. King Henry III and Llywelyn, Prince of Wales played host to visitors and residents with an evening of medieval fare, music and merriment.

King Henry III’s personal jester, Mark Harding, entertained guests with his music and tomfoolery, occasionally dragging unfortunate revellers to the stocks as punishment for wearing the wrong hat, looking in the wrong direction or just because the King thought it was a good idea. The King’s Herald (Sue Blower - Town Crier) announced the proceedings.

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Montgomery WalesServing wenches from the Dragon Hotel served hearty dishes, typical of the medieval period, made with locally sourced produce from members of Taste Montgomery, while guests toasted the Treaty Signatories with a specially brewed ale – 1267 from Monty’s Brewery and wines from Kerryvale Vineyard.  Once the feasting was over, Claire Weston and Lydia Bassett of Monty Folk, Montgomery’s Community Ceilidh Band, led the revellers in the dancing.

 

 

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Cllr. Mike Mills said; “This was a magnificent community event bringing residents and local businesses together and showcasing Montgomery at its best.”

No sooner had the weary revellers made it home to bed – when Cwmwd Ial, the living history re-enactment group, pitched camp at Montgomery Castle. Over 500 people visited the Castle on Saturday to watch members of the re-enactment group demonstrate life, cooking, herbal lotions and potions and battle tactics from the 13th century.

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Montgomery WalesChildren were eager to try on chain mail and parents particularly keen to wield period swords and daggers. Among theMontgomery Wales most popular activities were the skirmishes where Norman knights were set upon by the Welsh forces and had to fight to the "mock death". These choreographed but convincing sword, spear and axe fights delighted the crowds. Montgomery’s children stormed to a noisy victory each time they were invited into the arena! To round the day off the crowds were entertained by a story teller telling tales of Charlemagne.

The Old Bell Museum was open over the weekend with a special exhibition commemorating the Treaty. The Civic Society said, “We had a significant number of people in to see the exhibition, and we will be opening the museum and the exhibition specially during the first weekend of October, meaning that people who missed it last week will have a second chance to catch up!”

Cat Protection Quizz Night at the Dragon - 12th October

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Montgomery Town becomes a Hotspot

Visitors to the centre of Montgomery can now access free wi-fi thanks to a decision by the Town Council to make Broad Street a broadband street!
Broadband has been established at the town’s handsome Georgian Town Hall, with the wi-fi extending to the rest of Broad Street, providing free access to the internet and its wealth of information.
Cllr Lionel Weaver, Montgomery Mayor said “We needed to install wi-fi for our council meetings and other events in the Town Hall, and this has given us the opportunity to extend it to the whole of Broad Street”. Whether you’re in town for a visit, a street event, a meeting or a wedding – or just waiting at the bus stop! – “Montgomery Free Wifi” is available when you need it. Cllr Weaver added “we hope this will benefit both residents and visitors to Montgomery”.
Superfast Broadband is due to reach the whole of Montgomery by the end of 2017, which will enhance the town’s service even more.

Treaty of Montgomery

Treaty of Montgomery celebrations 29th & 30th Sept

During the last weekend in September, the Town Council and other partners are planning a series of events to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Montgomery 750 years ago.

The Treaty of Montgomery was signed on 29th September 1267 between King Henry III of England and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, leader of the Welsh lords. They met at Rhydwhyman Ford in Caerhowell, which was at the time a key crossing point of the Severn. The Treaty they signed recognised Llywelyn as the Prince of Wales, giving him territories in Wales and England. In return, he swore loyalty to Henry. The signing represented the first time that an English ruler recognised the right of a Welsh prince to rule over Wales.

On Friday 29th September at 11am there will be a short re-enactment of the signing of the Treaty at Rhydwhyman Ford. Schoolchildren from Montgomery. Abermule and Newtown will be transported to Caerhowell to take part. Visitors will be able to see Henry III and Llywelyn making their historic agreement. Later in the evening at 7.30pm, there will be a medieval banquet and entertainment in the Town Hall. Tickets are available from The Dragon hotel at £20/each or Mike Mills 01686 668442. Medieval dress is optional, but there will be a prize for the best costume. Monty’s Brewery will be commemorating the event with a celebratory brew which will be available throughout the weekend!

On Saturday 30th September there will be a medieval encampment based at Montgomery Castle. The camp will allow visitors to learn about life in the 13th century and to see clothing, food and weaponry from the period. Children will have the opportunity to dress up and handle weapons safely, and there will be some mock tourneys and skirmishes. Admission is free. The day should be a great deal of fun for everyone!

Fundraise for Cats Protection - 17th September

September - Living Medieval History

During the last weekend in September, the Town Council and other partners are planning a series of events to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Montgomery 750 years ago.

The Treaty of Montgomery was signed on 29th September 1267 between King Henry III of England and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, leader of the Welsh lords. They met at Rhydwhyman Ford in Caerhowell, which was at the time a key crossing point of the Severn. The Treaty they signed recognised Llywelyn as the Prince of Wales, giving him territories in Wales and England. In return, he swore loyalty to Henry. The signing represented the first time that an English ruler recognised the right of a Welsh prince to rule over Wales.

On Friday 29th September there will be a short re-enactment of the Signing of the Treaty at Rhydwhyman Ford. Local schoolchildren will be transported to Caerhowell to take part.

Later in the evening, there will be a Medieval Banquet and entertainment in the Town Hall. Details and tickets will be available shortly. Monty’s Brewery will be commemorating the event with a celebratory brew which will be available throughout the weekend!

On Saturday 30th September, there will be a medieval encampment based at Montgomery Castle. The camp will allow visitors to learn about life in the 13th century and to see clothing, food and weaponry from the period. Children will have the opportunity to dress up and handle weapons safely, and there will be some mock tourneys and skirmishes. The day should be a great deal of fun for everyone!

Medieval Banquet

Curlew Country 11th August - Town Hall

Jane Austen Fans .......

Jane Austen fans.....

We are really looking forward to launching a new ten session project "Sewing the Tales of Jane Austen" in Montgomery in September. Using the works of Jane Austen, our community artist Ezma Zhao will be working with the community to produce a number of stunning art pieces which celebrate the works of Jane Austen.

£2 per session - all ages welcome!

Booking is essential - http://artsconnection.org.uk/janeaustenmont/

This project is also being replicated in Machynlleth at the end of September. Watch this space for further details!

Montgomery Town Council Present... The Comedy of Errors - 17th August

IIlyria theatre group return to Montgomery Castle on Aug 17th at 7pm with an open air performance of Shakespearean comedy A Comedy of Errors. 
Two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, unknowingly end up in the same city.  More and more people are sucked into a vortex of mistaken identity including an Officer who is paid per arrest, a Goldsmith who hasn't been paid at all, a delayed Merchant, an irate Courtesan and a mad Exorcist.  To say nothing of a wife who sometimes feels her husband is two different personalities, and a poor Immigrant who is arrested for being the wrong nationality.  And what exactly is the Abbess of Ephesus's dark secret?  Will anything ever make sense again?
To cap it all, this year Illyria’s Shakespeare production is re-located to the town of Ephesus, Mexico, and is performed by a 5-piece Mariachi band, resplendent in ponchos and sombreros. Ay caramba.
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 180 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

New Mayor - Lionel Weaver

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