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Neil Dalrymple - ceramic sculpture for Pant Memorial Hall

Ceramic sculpture for Pant Memorial Hall moves closer

Plans to create a brand new ceramic sculpture for Pant Memorial Hall took a step forward following a recent meeting at the hall.

Pant residents met to discuss the plans for the artwork and Ruthin-based sculptor Neil Dalrymple outlined the type of sculpture he could envisage for the hall.

Artwork plans for Pant Memorial Hall - Neil Dalrymple

Neil spent an afternoon in Pant and Llanymynech before the meeting to get a feel for the area and the type of thing that could be included in the new artwork.

At the meeting – held following the AGM of Pant Memorial Hall – local residents outlined their thoughts for what could appear in the artwork. The overall feeling was that this was a very worthwhile project and would not only add to the look of the Memorial Hall but would also be a fitting memorial to mark 100 years since the Armistice at the end of the First World War.

Neil has undertaken similar commissions in the past, including a ceramic war memorial for the community at Ffrith, in Flintshire.

Pant’s Memorial Hall was set up after the First World War to be a memorial to the suffering endured by soldiers and civilians and now plays a central part in the life of the village.

Due to issues of woodworm in the entrance hall, work is planned to update the front of Pant Memorial Hall in the next 12 months and the addition of a sculpture beside the entrance hall could take place at the same time, resulting in a striking new entrance to the hall.

Speaking after the meeting, Shaun Fisher, one of the hall committee members, said: “Tonight’s meeting was very positive and residents expressed their views about what sort of memorial they would like to see.

“Essentially, the feeling of the meeting was that the memorial should be positive and reflect the environment around Pant including its natural and industrial history.

“Knowing the type of artworks Neil has produced in the past, we are confident that, subject to raising the necessary funds, we can commission a stunning piece of work which will be an asset to the community.”

The cost of the project will be around £4,000 and Pant Memorial Hall is seeking support from local people to raise the funds, as well as grants and sponsorship from local businesses.

Speaking about the commission Neil said: “I had been through Pant in the past and hadn’t realised the breadth of local history and its wildlife. One of my earliest memories is of seeing Llanymynech Rocks one evening lit up by the sun and I am sure that will be a feature in our new artwork.”

If you could pledge to help raise the target of £4,000 or could help in any other way, please contact the Hall’s secretary on secretary@pantmemorialhall.org.uk.

Works to Pant Memorial Hall

Artwork plans for Pant Memorial Hall

Pant Memorial Hall committee has unveiled new artwork plans for Pant and want everyone in the village to have their say.

Villagers in Pant are being given the opportunity of working with a renowned sculptor to create an artwork to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice and the end of the First World War.

Artwork plans for Pant Memorial Hall - Neil DalrymplePant Memorial Hall is working with artist Neil Dalrymple to design the memorial artwork in collaboration with people in Pant.

Neil has undertaken similar commissions in the past, including a ceramic war memorial for the community at Ffrith, in Flintshire.

Pant’s Memorial Hall was set up after the First World War to be a memorial to the suffering endured by soldiers and civilians and now plays a central part in the life of the village.

The new artwork is designed to create a permanent visual memorial on the outside of the hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. This will allow passers-by to find out about the hall’s role as a war memorial, even without going inside.

Speaking about the artwork plans for Pant Memorial Hall, Shaun Fisher, one of the committee members at the hall, said: “This initiative will allow the greatest possible input from the local community. Everyone in the village will be invited to meet Neil and make suggestions for the artwork before Neil comes up with his design.”

Added Neil: “The mural will be made as a Ceramic Stoneware Sculptural Relief which will give it texture and definition.

“I will discuss the content of the mural with the community which will help me to create the design of the mural.

“I can then create images and other detail into an initial drawing. This will then be shown to the community for their approval for the final design before the sculpting stage.”

Pant Memorial Hall will be looking to raise funds for the new artwork through grants, local business support and individual donations.

Anyone who would like to find out more about this initiative is invited to the AGM of Pant Memorial Hall on Thursday 15th March at 7pm, where they will be able to meet Neil Dalrymple and give their thoughts about the artwork.

Added Shaun Fisher: “We are aiming to unveil the new artwork on Remembrance Sunday in November after which we hope the artwork will become a focal point for the village, and also a minor tourist attraction for this lovely part of the world.”


Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire

Guide Dog named thanks to Cross Guns quiz goers

Regulars at the Cross Guns Inn in Pant have now raised enough money through their monthly quiz to name a guide dog.

Guide Dogs logo

At the quiz on 19 January, locals at the pub decided on a name for ‘their’ puppy. After a number of possible names were put forward by the teams at the quiz, a show of hands at the full pub led to the name being chosen as Dougal.

Chris and Jayne Richards have been organising the monthly pub quiz at the Cross Guns for the past four years and have seen the popularity increasing. Each month they raise around £80-100 and they have now collected £2,500 for Guide Dogs.

Said Chris: “We are really glad that the quiz has become so popular with villagers over the past few years and it’s a real milestone being able to name our first dog – Dougal.”

But the work doesn’t stop there, Chris and Jayne are carrying on fundraising for Guide Dogs and the next quiz date is already in the calendar – 23rd February 2018 at 8pm.

Fundraising has already started for the next dog!

View over Shropshire from Llanymynech Rocks - Pant.Today

New Year walking in Pant

The New Year is often a time when we decide to make resolutions about our health – especially after the eating and drinking that some of us rather overindulge in over the Christmas period.

But for those of us lucky enough to live in or near Pant, help is at hand with an outdoor gym that is totally free to access. But for visitors or those new to the area, we hope this article will encourage you to pull on your walking shoes or boots and get walking in Pant and explore the area.

There’s always a temptation to put off a walk in the countryside until the summer ‘when the weather is fine’, but there’s a lot to be said for taking a walk on a crisp winter’s day. Cold weather needs a few extra layers, but the clear air means you can get some spectacular views. Walking in Pant can be a joy whatever the weather.

Looking down on Pant Shropshire from Llanymynech Hill

Looking down on Pant, Shropshire from Llanymynech Hill

We have listed some of the things to do in Pant elsewhere on this website  and a number of them include a walk onto Llanymynech Rocks.

The rocks are a popular haunt for dog walkers, climbers and bird watchers and they offer walks to suit a variety of abilities.

There are footpaths and bridleways crisscrossing the rocks and if you start from Llanymynech Wharf Heritage Centre you can pass under the busy A483 by way of a pedestrian stone tunnel and then ascend the English Incline to the top. This is a fairly steep ascent, while an easier ascent can be made by starting in the car park in Underhill Lane in Pant and following the signs.

Even gentler walks can be had along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal.

Montgomery Canal in Pant - Pant.today

The Montgomery Canal still needs restoration, this water is only from the rain

At this time of year, it can be muddy and in places there are stiles to navigate, if you join the canal towpath at the Penygarreg Lane end and walk towards Llanymynech there are stiles to navigate but the walk is well worth it.
Pant Wharf - Pant.Today
In the other direction, a walk starting at School Lane Bridge will take you along the towpath in the direction of Crickheath and Maesbury. The School Lane bridge, by the way, is the last bridge in England to pose an obstacle to the reopening of the Montgomery Canal and plans are being advanced to rebuild the bridge in the near future – take a look at this link to find out more. Again there are stiles on the sections nearest to Pant.

We would really like to feature some detailed walks – as well as other outdoor pursuits – on pant.today, so if you would be willing to write one up and send it to us along with photos, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Season's greetings from Pant

Season’s greetings from Pant

Another year is drawing to its close and we would like to wish all residents and visitors to Pant and its surrounding area a very festive Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Season's greetings from Pant

None of us know what 2018 will bring for us and the village, but it’s likely to include some changes, as is inevitable in all communities. People move away, and new people come to join the community.

Recent news reports have highlighted the issue of loneliness and we hope that anyone in Pant who feels lonely is able to reach out to their fellow villagers for support and a chat.

At this time of the year, it’s customary to think about the homeless, those less fortunate or lonely, but these issues affect communities at all times of the year. Luckily, Pant is a fairly tight knit community and we hope that anyone who needs that extra bit of support would come forward and ask for it. But we all know pride can stop that, so if anyone wants help, they can do so anonymously by getting in touch with Pant.Today and we will do our best to help.

Pant Memorial Hall offers one place where villagers and strangers alike can meet up. Pant Autumn Bazaar back in October, which was put on by the Hall committee, saw around 200 visitors come along for a browse, a chat and some refreshments. 2018 sees the 100th anniversary of the Armistice and, as Pant Memorial Institute was set up as a memorial to the ‘Great War’, plans are afoot to involve the whole community in activity to mark this.

Plans are also just starting for a monthly gathering in the village open to all, details to follow.

A great deal of community spirit is also being expended on the ongoing work to reopen the Montgomery Canal through Pant to join up with the water at Llanymynech. Works to improve the towpath in the village took place in the summer and villagers can help support the appeal to raise funds by visiting www.restorethemontgomerycanal.uk.

If you have details of any community initiatives that we should report on during 2018, don’t forget to get in touch.

Happy Christmas, Happy New Year and Season’s Greetings to all!

Works to Pant Memorial Hall

Latest news from Pant Memorial Hall

Pant Memorial Hall is a key part of the local community. Here Helen, secretary to the committee that manages the hall, highlights some of the current issues.


We host everything from tango classes to digeridoo sessions, children’s birthday parties to kids’ dance. The hall welcomes anything that fits inside and doesn’t scare the neighbours. We have lots of bookings in the diary and are always happy to take new ones.

The two big changes are the removal of the coin meters for heating, and the replacement of our kettles with a state of the art boiling water tap. Our hire cost remains one of the cheapest around.

Latest news from Pant Memorial Hall - tea and coffee Facilities at Pant Memorial HallMeanwhile we’ve done a lot of decluttering, got our hiring forms and health and safety procedures up to date and are working on some smart new signs. The Facebook page is now active and the website is up to date.

The big one for 2018 is to revamp the entrance lobby to make it warmer and smarter. This will need fundraising and the right expertise, it will be quite a job.

Yes please! The hall is run entirely by volunteers, many of whom have been involved for decades –they’ve more than done their bit and it is time for reinforcements.

Village halls work best with a good cross-section of the community on the committee. We are (and want to be) a wide mix of ages and backgrounds, both long-time locals and new arrivals. There are four evening committee meetings a year (including the AGM). You can do as much or as little as you want, it all helps.

As well as general committee members, we need a new booking secretary, to liaise with our users and manage the hall diary. The committee chair and vice-chair are also retiring at the AGM, so new incumbents will be needed for these positions.

You’ll use your skills and learn new ones, while keeping this vital village asset in good form. We’re a lively, friendly and varied bunch – come along and meet us so we can prove it! New members will be elected at the AGM on 15th March 2018, so there’s plenty of time to find out what you need to know. Please get in touch!

More information on www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk/get-involved, call 07913 565708 or email secretary@pantmemorialhall.org.uk

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

Not long until Pant Autumn Bazaar!

This year’s Pant Autumn Bazaar takes place on Saturday, 7th October 2017.

This is the third year that Pant Memorial Hall has been the venue for an Autumn Bazaar and the last two bazaars attracted a good turnout and helped to raise a significant amount of money for the upkeep of the hall. We would like to invite you to come along this year and support your village hall.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016The bazaar takes place from 2pm to 5pm, and will build on the success of the last two bazaars, with a mixture of stalls from local craftspeople, activities for children and stalls raising funds for the Memorial Hall. The organisers hope that the success of the previous events, which saw hundreds of people from Pant and the surrounding area come to the hall, will be repeated.

Stallholders will include a wide selection of local craft-makers and businesses, offering a unique opportunity to find bespoke products and a wonderful opportunity for an early spot of Christmas shopping. From cakes to candles and cards to crafts, once again there will be something for everyone and plenty to look at and buy. A tombola will take place and there will be a children’s corner with games and other activities for kids.

Click here to find out more and we hope to see you there!

Confirmed stalls and attractions 

Children's CornerTeas and CoffeesDigital ArtworksHandmade Crafts and Knick-knacksCakes and Local FoodTombola
Oswestry Country MarketsPlant StallBran TubGamesBric-a-brac StallCandles
Book StallSnacks and RefreshmentsChristmas GiftsMassagesPoppy Clock Saltdough CraftsUnique Greetings Cards
Bowen TherapyPumpkins from Llynclys Hall Farm Restore the Montgomery Canal campaign



View from Countess, a horse drawn boat on the Montgomery Canal, by Bywater Cruises, Maesbury Marsh.

Montgomery Canal photo exhibition in Pant

A photo exhibition about the Montgomery Canal takes place at Underhill Farm in Pant on 1 October.

View from Countess, a horse drawn boat on the Montgomery Canal, by Bywater Cruises, Maesbury Marsh.

View from Countess, a horse drawn boat on the Montgomery Canal, courtesy of Bywater Cruises, Maesbury Marsh.

Everyone is welcome to come along and see the exhibition which will include photos from 1969 to the present day. It offers a unique chance for local people and others to see different aspects of the Montgomery Canal through the eyes of all the generations.

There will also be an opportunity for visitors to vote on their favourite photos in the exhibition. The first ten will be used on merchandise which will be sold to raise funds for the wider canal restoration effort.

This is a touring exhibition which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will be taking place at Underhill Farm in Pant on Sunday 1 October between 2pm and 5pm.

To find our more, please visit the event website.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

Donated items wanted by Pant Memorial Hall

Organisers of this year’s Pant Autumn Bazaar are asking local residents if they have any bric a brac items that they could donate to Pant Memorial Hall.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016Plans are well underway for the bazaar in the Memorial Hall, with stalls from a variety of local businesses and charities. The event is the main fundraiser for the hall and, this year, organisers are hoping that a bric a brac stall will help raise vital funds.

Local people with any table top sized items that they are willing to donate to the hall can drop them off on Friday 29th September between 7pm and 8 pm as volunteers from the Memorial Hall will be on hand to accept them.

During the evening of 29th September, volunteers will also be in the hall to give it a late Spring Clean in advance of the bazaar. All are welcome to come along for a cuppa and a chat while helping get the hall as spic and span as possible for its annual showcase event.

This year will be the third year that Pant Autumn Bazaar has taken place and organisers from the Memorial Hall are hoping that the event will prove popular with locals and visitors alike.

As well as a number of craft stalls, a tombola and bric a brac sale, the bazaar is a great opportunity for local people to get together and enjoy a cuppa and slice of cake, with plenty of tables and chairs this year for a sit down and a chat. As well as promoting local craftmakers and businesses, and raising funds for the hall, the bazaar also aims to provide an enjoyable social event for the village.

Any items left over after the bazaar will be retained for future events or donated to charity.

Montgomery Canal

Montgomery Canal photo exhibition – call for entries

The Canal and River Trust are seeking photographs of the Montgomery Canal for an exhibition to celebrate the canal, its wildlife and its heritage which will be staged at Underhill Farm in Pant.

Montgomery Canal

Montgomery Canal

Open to amateurs and professionals of all ages, villagers of Pant are especially welcome to send in their photographs as the first exhibition will be at Underhill Farm in Pant on Sunday 1st October, as part of its Big Draw family day.

Underhill Farm and Nearly Wild Exploration are helping the Trust create an exhibition celebrating the canal and its heritage, which will then be shown at a number of locations along the canal from the Newtown to Oswestry areas. The Trust also hope to produce some postcards of the canal.

Please submit photographs (maximum of two per person) preferably by September 1st, and no later than September 11th, by email to enquiries@underhillfarm.org.

Please note that, by entering, you are agreeing to the photographs you submit being used by the Canal and River Trust for both the exhibition and to promote the restoration work of the canal.


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