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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!

Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire

Pant to have own lunch club

The New Year sees the launch of Pant Lunch Club

Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire, hosts the Pant Lunch Club

The Cross Guns Inn, Pant will host the Pant Lunch Club

A group of residents in Pant have come up with a new idea – Pant Lunch Club – to give local people an opportunity to meet, socialise and enjoy a communal meal each month.

The idea behind the concept is to give people in the village, and further afield, an informal way to meet up with other people, without having to join or become a member of a formal club. People will just be able to turn up at the Cross Guns in the village and meet other people.

The pub will offer a choice of lunch items at £5 per person which includes a hot lunch, tea or coffee, in addition to its normal weekday menu.

To kick start the idea, the first lunch is scheduled for Tuesday 7th February at 12.30 pm. If there is enough interest on the 7th February, then it is planned to run the lunch club on the FIRST Tuesday every month. Future ideas could also see the club holding entertainment or other special activities, depending on the interests of the people who attend.

The club is open to everyone, regardless of age and it is hoped that it will be popular with parents who are at home during the day, the self-employed and retired people. Pant has a great community spirit, but for many people it is a bit daunting going out on their own, for whatever reason, and Pant Lunch Club is being launched to make it even easier to meet up with neighbours, friends and colleagues in a welcoming atmosphere.

Although there is no need to join or book in advance, there is a group on Facebook where people can indicate that they will be attending or invite their friends to come along too. Search Pant Lunch Club on Facebook.


Christmas baubles

Season’s Greetings from Pant

Season’s greetings from Pant.Today

As the year draws to a close Pant.Today would like to wish all our website visitors, residents and businesses in Pant a very Happy Christmas and a successful New Year.

Season’s Greetings from PantThe nights are at their darkest at this time of the year and many people brighten up their homes and the village with their displays of lights in their windows and increasingly outside in the gardens.

Maybe one year the Parish Council or local businesses might like to consider offering to judge the best seasonal display or even consider placing a Christmas tree and lights in the village, not only for the benefit of the residents of Pant, but also to those who come home to Pant at this time of the year to be with family and friends at Christmas and New Year. Pant is a very welcoming village and nothing says that more to a traveller returning (or even just passing through) than a bright, colourful display.

On the face of it, not much seems to have changed in the village over the past year, but in reality lots of small things have marked the passage of time, be it new landlords at the Cross Guns, people moving out of the village and new people moving in, the second Pant Autumn Bazaar and numerous meetings of the WI, Parish Council, the Church and Chapel or friends just meeting up.

Together, these small things make up the village and some of them have been captured on Pant Today. We would like to continue keep helping people to keep informed of local events, so please do let us have any news about charity events or anything else of relevance to visitors and residents of Pant, or even if you have photos of your Christmas light displays please do send them in so that we can share them.

Season’s Greetings from Pant. We wish you all a peaceful New Year!

The Co-operative store in Pant, Shropshire

Pant shop listed for the community

The convenience store in Pant has been listed as an Asset of Community Value by Shropshire Council.

Pant shop in Shropshire listed as community asset

Following the announcement that the Co-operative Group was selling its store to rival McColl’s, an application was made by local residents to have the shop listed as a valuable asset to the village and community of Pant.

The Council has confirmed its decision to list the shop, which means that the residents of Pant must now be given advance notice of any planned change of use which could result in the store no longer operating as a retail premises.

The convenience store, which also contains a Post Office, is used by locals on a regular basis and provides a vital service to the village. The application to have the shop listed was submitted to Shropshire Council in August by an informal group of Pant residents.

Shropshire Council have now confirmed the decision: ‘The nomination of the Pant Co-op as an Asset of Community Value is approved and the land will be listed accordingly. The details will be published on the list of successfully nominated properties. Subject to any appeal, the land will remain listed for the requisite period of time, 5 years. We will be notifying the owners accordingly.’

Pant shop joins Cross Guns in listing

The store now joins the village pub, The Cross Guns Inn, as being listed on Shropshire’s register of community assets, following its listing in 2015 – one of over 600 pubs listed as Assets of Community Value in England.

Shaun Fisher, who helped co-ordinate the application, said: “It is great news that the people of Pant have had their village store listed as an Asset of Community Value by Shropshire Council.

“Many of us depend on the shop, especially in winter, and it would be awful if it closed down. At least now the residents of Pant will get advance warning of any planned change of use which could result in the store no longer being a retail premises.”

New faces due at Cross Guns Inn, Pant

New faces due at Cross Guns Inn, Pant

As many readers will know, Alison and Iain who currently run the Cross Guns in Pant have given notice to Marston’s pubs that they will be leaving early in 2016.

Cross Guns Inn, Pant, Shropshire

In the past the pub has been closed following the departure of previous landlords and some locals have been concerned that the pub might close for a period following Alison and Iain’s departure.

According to Marston’s, the pub is currently being offered to ‘retailers’ on a five year retail agreement, with the ‘landlords’ retaining 22% of all sales.

When asked by Pant Today about progress on finding new ‘retailers’, a Marston’s spokesperson said: “We are currently in the midst of the recruitment process and we feel confident we will have a new retailer in place from the 1st February.”

Earlier in the year, Marston’s closed the pub while it made “a substantial investment… which has greatly enhanced the interior and created extra outside space”.

As well as serving the locals in Pant and surrounding areas, the Cross Guns is a popular stopping off point for travellers on the A483 from Oswestry and the North to Mid Wales.

The pub was recently listed as an Asset of Community Value by Shropshire County Council in recognition of its value to the local community. This followed an application by an informal group of regulars at the pub and other residents of Pant. Listing as an Asset of Community Value gives local people advance warning of any planned developments to the pub, especially any potential change of use.

Locals keep supporting Guide Dogs

Locals keep supporting Guide Dogs

Readers of Pant.Today and regulars at the Cross Guns Inn will no doubt be aware that the pub hosts a popular monthly quiz night, with all proceeds going to support the work of charity Guide Dogs.

Cross Guns, Pant

Last week’s quiz raised £76.50 for the charity, which brings the total raised by villagers and pub locals to well over £2,000 in the last year.

The next quiz – and final one for this year – takes place on Monday 28 December and quizmaster Chris has asked all the regular teams if they would be willing to donate a Secret Santa raffle prize.

All teams are being encouraged to take along a gift wrapped prize which will be donated for a raffle draw, the proceeds of which, as always, will go to Guide Dogs. All the regular teams attending have agreed to participate, so make a date in your diary for the end of the year and come along and enjoy the quiz.


Publicans’ bypass warning

Publicans’ bypass warning

Of the four pubs in Pant and Llanymynech, two are likely to close if a bypass for the A483 goes ahead, warns Pant publican.

Cross Guns, PantAlison Foden of the Cross Guns in Pant says that she can understand why some residents want a bypass for the village, but warns that a drop in trade caused by people missing the village on their travels could ultimately close the pub.

Speaking recently, Alison said: “We rely on passing trade during the summer to make the pub successful and to support the leaner winter trading months. Between October and March we rely on our locals to break even during these spells.”

The A483 is a popular route from the North through to Mid Wales and in the summer months is used by a large number of tourists in addition to a high volume of commercial traffic.

Alison Foden of the Cross Guns Inn, Pant

Alison Foden of the Cross Guns Inn, Pant

According to Alison, who runs the Cross Guns Inn with partner Iain Jones, if that passing trade of tourists is lost during the summer months, there isn’t enough pub trade in the two villages to keep all four pubs open.

Adds Iain: “We understand the need for a bypass, but I am sure it would kill two of the local pubs.”

A number of other businesses in the two villages, including shops, a café and car wash, might also be affected if a bypass is built, reducing the range of amenities for local people.

Many residents in Pant and Llanymynech are keen for a bypass to be built, even though a recent meeting heard that it is unlikely to be built in the next five years. Other commentators, though, have suggested reducing the speed limit through the village and others have suggested banning lorries and large vehicles on certain stretches of the A483 as a low tech and low cost way of improving safety.

Cross Guns Inn to close for refurbishment

Cross Guns Inn to close for refurbishment

Marston’s have confirmed that the Cross Guns Inn in Pant, Shropshire is to close for refurbishment.

Cross Guns Inn, PantThe village’s only pub will be closed from Monday 1st June and will reopen on Monday 8th June while the pub is redecorated inside. It is also understood that some internal redesign of the building will take place.

According to Marston’s, the refurbishment of the Cross Guns Inn “is hoping to develop the existing kitchen, give them a fresh new look and improve the current garden area.”

Why you should stop off in Pant

Why you should stop off in Pant

The debate about a bypass for Pant and Llanymynech resurfaced recently as news came in that funding commitments mean it is unlikely to be built before 2020.

Road through PantBypasses for towns and villages though are a double edged sword. On the one hand they might bring relief from traffic to locals but at the same time communities can lose their visitors as tourists skirt round places that otherwise they might stop at and spend money in.

One of the joys of travelling off the motorway or bypass is that you can discover local attractions you might never have heard of.

That is certainly the joy of the A483 through Pant. Pant – and the surrounding area – has a rich industrial heritage and offers some superb views over countryside, some of which could disappear under a bypass!

We have drawn up a list of 10 things to do in Pant to encourage more of those people driving through the area to stop and find out more about our village.

You can read our top 10 things to do in Pant here.

Cross Guns Inn listed as Asset of Community Value

Cross Guns Inn listed as Asset of Community Value

Shropshire Council has approved the listing of the only public house in Pant, the Cross Guns Inn, as an asset of community value.

Cross Guns, Pant

The only pub in Pant, the Cross Guns Inn, has been listed as an asset of community value

Following an application to have the Cross Guns Inn listed as being a valuable asset to the village and community of Pant, Shropshire Council has confirmed its decision to list the pub.

According to Matt Brown, National Planning Advisor at pub campaign group CAMRA, listing is important for all pubs in England.

“We are delighted to be informed that the Cross Guns Inn has been added to the local authority asset list and now has status as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). The listing demonstrates how much the community values the pub. The Cross Guns Inn joins the 600 plus pubs listed as ACV’s in England.”

The application was submitted to Shropshire Council by an informal group of regulars at the Cross Guns and other residents of Pant.

Pubs have been closing at the rate of about 29 per week and many have been converted to private houses or convenience stores. The Cross Guns Group that proposed the listing points out that in the past there were three public houses in Pant, and with the Cross Guns being the only one remaining, it is important that the village doesn’t lose this amenity.

Listing as an asset of community value gives locals in the area advance warning of any planned developments to a pub, especially change of use, which could result in the pub no longer being a public house.

According to CAMRA’s own research, 84% of people believe that a pub is as essential to community life as a shop or post office. Luckily, Pant has all of these assets.

A number of other Shropshire pubs are listed on the list of successfully nominated properties including The Sun in Welshampton, the Cross Keys in Kinnerley and the Golden Lion in Oswestry.

Added Matt Brown: “We urge communities to nominate their local pub for ACV status. To assist with this process we have produced extensive guidance which can be found at http://www.camra.org.uk/list-your-local.”

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