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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!

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.

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.


Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

Date set for third Pant Autumn Bazaar

Note the date: Saturday, 7th October 2017 sees the third Pant Autumn Bazaar taking place in Pant Memorial Hall.

Pant Memorial Hall has been the venue for an Autumn Bazaar for the past two years and the committee of Pant Memorial Hall have agreed to hold the third Pant Autumn Bazaar this October.

The previous two Bazaars attracted a good turnout and proved to be significant fundraising events for Pant’s village hall.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016To be held on the first Saturday of October, from 2pm to 5pm, 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. The Bazaar in 2017 will build on the success of the last two bazaars, with a mixture of stalls from local craftspeople, stalls raising funds for the Memorial Hall and a continued focus on activities for children.

Currently, plans for the Bazaar are well underway and many of the stalls have already been allocated but it might still be possible to accommodate new stallholders. If you are interested, please get in touch with us using our contact form.

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.

Upkeep of Pant Memorial hall costs several thousand pounds each year and the Bazaar is an important way of raising much needed funds, for repairs and other investment in the hall.

To find out more, visit this page which will be updated with more information as it become available.

Excavators and dumpers arrive on site

Montgomery Canal restoration – Pant railway embankment removal

On 12 July 2017, the Shropshire Union Canal Society and the North West Waterway Recovery Group, with the support of the Canal and River Trust, took on the project to remove a former railway embankment crossing the Montgomery Canal in Pant.

Excavators and dumpers arrive on site

Excavators and dumpers arrive on site

The works were part of the project to reopen the dry section of the canal, between the restored section at Maesbury and the Welsh border at Llanymynech, for which an appeal to raise funds was launched recently.

Planning permission was granted on 20 March, with the proviso that the works should be overseen by a suitably qualified and experienced ecologist, to ensure the protection of, and enhancements for, wildlife.

The works were scheduled to take place over a seven day period, and two excavators, three dumpers and a fuel bowser arrived on site, along with members of the North West Waterway Recovery Group and the Shropshire Union Canal Society.

Work begins to remove the waste from the embankment

Work begins to remove the waste from the embankment

Dumper trucks transported the waste to Bridge 90 on the Canal, where a compound was set up so the other excavator could load the awaiting lorries, with banksmen on hand to escort off and onto site. 308 tonnes were removed on the first full day.

The project was completed one day early, with 1114.5 tonnes of waste removed and over 352 volunteer hours recorded.

A big thank you goes to all the volunteers involved and to the Canal and River Trust for their assistance.

For more details about the restoration project and to donate, please visit www.RestoreTheMontgomeryCanal.uk.

Pant Post Office

Pant Post Office – survey on proposed changes

The Post Office is proposing to make some changes to the service it offers in the McColl’s store in Pant and is seeking the views of customers before it finalises its plans.

Pant Post OfficeIn a letter available to customers in the Pant branch, the Post Office explains that it is undertaking an ‘exciting programme of investment and transformation’ across its network to make branches more modern and convenient both for customers and the operators that run them.

The Post Office is talking to McColl’s about changing Pant Post Office to one of their new-style local branches and if this goes ahead it would mean that:

  • Post Office services would be offered from a low-screened, open plan style service post integrated into the retail counter
  • The branch would be open for longer: Mon – Sun 06:00 – 23:00
  • Customers will still be able to get most Post Office products and services, however for a small number of services customers may need to visit an alternative Post Office, go online or telephone the customer helpline
  • To get the new branch ready, it may need to close for up to seven days during September / October 2017 for refurbishment.

The Post Office would like to know what is important to its customers and would like you to tell them what you think, particularly on the following areas:

  • Why you use Pant Post Office and what you like about it
  • What you think about the proposed new-look Post Office
  • What you think about the changes to opening hours
  • If you have any comments about the change to the range of Post Office products and services at the branch if the change goes ahead
  • If you have any comments about the potential closure period during the refurbishment or access to other branches in the area.

For more information about the proposed changes, and to submit your feedback by completing an online survey, visit www.postofficeviews.co.uk and enter the unique code for the Pant Post Office branch: 276641. Please note that the consultation ends on Wednesday 16 August.

You can also find out more and give your comments by email at comments@postoffice.co.uk, by phone (customer helpline) on 03452 66 01 15 (textphone: 03457 22 33 55) or by post at FREEPOST Your Comments (This is the full address to use – no further address or name details are required. Note that items sent by FREEPOST take two working days to arrive and don’t include Saturday or Sunday.)

Once the final decisions have been made by the Post Office, a poster will be displayed in the branch, and information leaflets will be made available, to let people know the final plans.

Pant Memorial Hall Polling Station

Two elections in the next two months

Whatever your view about the state of the political parties at the moment, May and June see two important sets of elections taking place, with local elections on 4th May as well as the snap general election on 8th June.

Pant Memorial Hall Polling StationThe list of candidates seeking your vote in the local elections is now finalised. For voters in Pant, which is part of Llanymynech Division of Shropshire Council, there are three candidates vying for your vote.

They are:

  • Matt Lee (Conservative)
  • Ollie Rose (Green Party)
  • John Alexander Thornton (Liberal Democrats)

Candidates for the General Election have not yet been formally announced, but anyone who wishes to vote in that election needs to ensure that they are registered to vote. The last day to apply to register to vote is midnight on Monday 22 May. To register to vote please visit Gov.UK’s register to vote webpage: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Polling Station

Pant Memorial Hall will be a polling station for both the local election and the General Election.

For both elections, polling opens at 7am and closes at 10pm. If you have a postal vote, this should be completed as soon as you receive it. Postal votes have to arrive in time to be counted, so if you’re too late to post your ballot paper back, you can hand it in to your local Electoral Registration Office or take it to the Pant Memorial Hall by 10pm on polling day.

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!

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

Pant Autumn Bazaar raises £500

More than £500 was raised at this year’s Pant Autumn Bazaar for the upkeep of Pant’s Memorial Hall.

The event saw villagers and visitors coming together in Pant Memorial Hall to raise over £500 at Pant Autumn Bazaar, which goes towards the upkeep of the hall. More than 150 visitors came along to visit stalls including Oswestry Country Markets, Sweeney Hall Hotel, local Pant beekeepers Chris and Jayne and Derwen College, as well as enjoying a number of fundraising activities put on by the Memorial Hall committee members.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

2016 is the second year that Pant Autumn Bazaar has been held and it saw an increase in funds raised for the Memorial Hall.

The committee that run and maintain the hall for the benefit of the people of Pant and surrounding area are keen to put on new events for the village and keep the hall at the forefront of the local community.

The hall was set up by local Pant people after the First World War as a memorial to those who suffered in the war and the community organises events to bring people together. This includes an annual ‘Time of Remembrance’ – for those killed in the two World Wars and recent conflicts, which is open to all.

This year, the remembrance service will be held in the hall at 7pm on Friday 11th November 2016.

One of the key aims of the committee of Pant Memorial Hall is to ensure that the hall remains a focus for activity in the village and the funds raised by the Pant Autumn Bazaar go towards maintaining and upgrading the facilities for all.

Local businesses in Oswestry and further afield provided tombola prizes and Pant Memorial Hall wishes to thank all of them for their generosity.

  • Co-op Pant
  • Owens Fuels, Pant
  • Battams Butchers, Oswestry
  • Cross Guns Inn, Pant
  • Milanos café, Oswestry
  • The Venue @ Park Hall
  • Bengal Spice, Llanymynech
  • Morrisons, Oswestry
  • Sainsburys, Oswestry
  • RKM wools, Oswestry
  • Covent Garden fruit and vegetable shop, Oswestry
  • Chadds Garage, Pant
  • Checkers, Oswestry
  • Rowanthorne, Oswestry
  • Wynnstay Group
  • Pant Babies and Toddlers Group

You can find out more about Pant Memorial Hall here.

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