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Town Council host the 2017 Husting

Montgomery Town Council hosts “Hustings”
Another packed Town Hall with resident and locals gathered to listen to the views of 5 candidates representing their parties. At the end of their individual time allocated speech, the audience were given the opportunity to ask the panel question on various subject matters from support for local businesses, tourism, NHS and more.
New Montgomery Mayor, Lionel Weaver chaired the proceedings and ensured all representatives kept to their allocated time while also opening the panel of 5 over to the audience.

Quote: "A hustings is a meeting where election candidates or parties debate policies and answer questions from the audience. Hustings aim to provide voters with an opportunity to hear the views of candidates or parties, usually in the run up to an election.
Hustings are usually held by organisations, such as community groups or other non-party campaigners, so that voters can ask candidates or party representatives about issues that are important to them."

More information here: Electoral Commission

Standing in the Montgomeryshire constituency:
Green Party (Candidate Richard Chaloner)
Conservative (Candidate Glyn Davies)
Liberal Democrat (Candidate Jane Dodds)
Plaid Cymru (Candidate Aled Hughes)
Labour (Candidate Iwan Wyn Jones)

Mayor Making 2017

Councillor Mike Mills stood and put forward his nomination for the New Mayor Mr Lionel Weaver. Mike said of Lionel that he is a practical man, a doer more than a talker and that the council would be in good hands with Lionel as Mayor. Mike nominated Mr Lionel Weaver as Mayor.
Lionel Weaver accepted Mike Mills proposal.
Montgomery Mayor, Eric Fairbrother opened the meeting and thanked everyone for such a wonderful turnout. A warm welcome on a very warm evening. Eric summarised his time as Mayor with some notable achievements mostly around tourism with Walkers Welcome - now an established part of the Montgomery scene, also a dedicated team created looking into bringing tourism into Montgomery through Destination Montgomery as well as plans for further refurbishments of the Town Hall.
Eric has been involved in various community events, a trip to Hungary where he represented Montgomery for a celebration on the Bards of Wales.
Eric also achieved a guide’s communication badge as part of the World Thinking Day where he successfully sent a message to France from the Montgomery Activity Centre via radio link.
Eric thanked the Towns people for their support during his time in office.
The council then stood down while the outgoing Mayor handed over to the incoming Mayor.
As the New Mayor of Montgomery Town Council, Lionel thanked the outgoing Mayor and wished him well for the future. Lionel addressed his fellow councillors, freemen and the towns people of Montgomery. Lionel said it is a privilege to take up the role of Mayor with his wife Pat as Mayoress. Lionel thanked those councillors who have recently stood down, Mark Michaels, Rob Farmer, Julie Davies and Ann Lawrence and welcomed onto the council, councillor Claire Weston.
The council are four short, anyone interested in co-opting onto the council please contact any of the councillors.
Lionel said that he is looking forward to the forthcoming year starting with hosting a Hustings here in the Town Hall next Thursday 1st June in the evening.
Lionel said that we as a council will be pushing forward with our support of the Destination Montgomery Project with Lesley Long, Development Officer and her team “putting Montgomery on the map” to better the footfall through the town which will have a positive effect on businesses and jobs.  We will all have to pull together as some don’t like change but tradition alone will not sustain the town’s future prosperity.
One of the events later this year will be celebrating the 750th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Montgomery.  This will be a weekend of events to be held at the end of September.  Further details will be in the Crier in due course and also on Facebook.
We will also be pushing forward with plans to upgrade the toilet facilities and refurbish the downstairs of the town hall.  This will bring it up to more modern standards including improving disabled access.  In recognition of this, one of my charities this year will be The Montgomery Buildings Preservation Trust who raise money towards the refurbishment.
My other charity is the Welsh Air Ambulance.  I am hoping to have a Mayor’s Charity Ball next Spring to raise funds for both charities and this evening we have some representatives from Brownies and Cubs who are kindly relieving you of all your spare cash towards the charities I have chosen, so dig deep please. 
My Deputy Mayor is Cllr Haydn Andrew and my chaplain is Reverend Mary Turnock.
We will be organising a Civic service later in the year, again keep your eyes on the Crier and Facebook for the date.
Lionel ended - I would like to thank you all for coming tonight and look forward to your support during the year.

Bob Jones and Ciaran Taylor were enrolled as Honorary Freemen into the Freemen’s of Montgomery overseen by Freeman Colin Davies for their contribution to the community.
The new Mayor then announced the meeting closed. The New Mayor, Mayoress and family then offered and laid on refreshments for all.

Images from the evenings Mayor Making, click on any for a larger view.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party 2017

The Senior Citizen Christmas Party 2017 saw the Town Hall full of merriment and excitement as local folk settled down to an afternoon of excellent food and entertainment all laid on and served by the Town Council Committee, friends and family.

Good company, excellent food, fine wine with a mix of high quality entertainment.
After the main course, Lynne Lovelock was invited up and started the entertainment with some beautiful renditions of popular folk songs and was then followed by the Montgomery Choir accompanied on piano by Hugh Antione Stephens. Next on was Sally Gartell Academy of Dance performing various dances to the delight of the audience and parents who had gathered at the back of the hall to watch their loved ones perform.

The Town Council once again pulled out all the stops to ensure everyone enjoyed the day with lots to remember and plenty to talk about when they got home.

Montgomery Town Mayor Eric Fairbrother added, "The party was a great success and I was delighted to see how much our " mature teenagers " of Montgomery enjoyed themselves." Eric added that this would also not be possible without the help of the council committee, friends and family and not least Sue Blower, our Town Crier who ensured in good Town Crier fashion that the proceedings of the day were clearly announced to our senior citizens.

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Montgomery Town Council – Destination Montgomery

Montgomery Town Council is pleased to announce, as a result of gaining successful funding from the Arwain (‘Leader’) project, a vacancy is now available for the position of a Development Officer for Destination Montgomery.
More details can be found by selecting "Current Vacancies" from the main Council page on this site.

Town Council Civic Service June 2016

Special thanks to Photographer Jack Butler for standing in at short notice.


Queens 90th Birthday Street Party

Mayor Making 10th June 2016

Eric Fairbrother opened the meeting with a very warm Montgomery welcome to a crowded audience. This is to be Eric’s second term in office. Having achieved some notable milestones while in office Eric said he was looking forward to another term working with the Town Council and Town Clerk to progress the future of Montgomery and its people.
Montgomery Town Council has worked hard over the past year seeing improvements to the Town Hall with the installation of a stair lift and improvements to the front entrance making it safer and more accessible. Further plans are in place for a brand new toilet block for both inside and out – none of these things would of course would be possible without the help of the Town Hall Trust and their valuable contribution to funding.
Eric said that tourism is something that the council are working hard on. With Montgomery Wales taking on average 8,000 hits per month and a new tourist site Visit Montgomery and an active facebook page - Montgomery has a great on line presence.
In addition to bringing Montgomery to an on-line audience, Montgomery is also proud to be part of “Walkers Are Welcome”. This brings in a new level of tourism for Montgomery, being set in an idyllic walking environment, Montgomery is ideally placed to cater to this popular and growing pastime. Having now achieved “Walkers Are Welcome” the Town Council are planning a walking festival to be held in the Autumn with the possibility of growing this into a regular festival that will secure Montgomery’s place on the tourist map.
Looking ahead, with activities abound, including a street party to commemorate the Queen’s birthday, a National Town Crier Competition and much more, the Town Council and I as Mayor are proud to serve the community of Montgomery.
Mayor Eric Fairbrother.

Photos from the 2016 Mayor Making

Beacon Lighting for the Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations

On Thursday 21st April 2016, Montgomery folk wrapped up warm and took to the hills, well, the Town Hill at least, for this evening the Town Mayor Eric Fairbrother was in preparation to join with others across the nation joining in lighting a Beacon in celebration of the Queens 90th Birthday. Before lighting the Beacon, Eric said a few words of thanks for those that had helped with the evenings preparations and then continued to read out a message from Prince Charles. After this he invited the crowd to join in a sing along headed by Nigel Pugh and his daughter and started off with the Welsh National Anthem, the National Anthem and Happy Birthday and concluded with 3 cheers for the Queen.
Set amongst the most idyllic scenery, the beacon was set alight by Town Mayor Mr Eric Fairbrother (pictured) to the delight of the crowd.

Images from the Town Hill

Cloverlands Model Car Museum Offical Opening 12th March 2016

Mayor Eric Fairbrother joins Cloverlands Model Car Museum official launch. To find out more about the official opening please click here or the picture to visit the Cloverlands page.

Cloverlands Model Car Museum