Season’s Greetings!

Season's Greetings

When, this time last year, we wished you all a happy Christmas and looked forward to a new year, we couldn’t have imagined how the world would change.

Each year we look back at the changes that have taken place in the village – as well as the country at large – but the idea that the pub and village hall would be closed for a significant part of the year was certainly not something we had contemplated – or at least not due to a brand new virus.

The committee at the village hall have been very proactive during the year, not only in ensuring that the hall met COVID-19 regulations and was able to reopen with robust measures in place, but they have also taken the time to improve the hall. As well as a very deep clean, the hall has seen the installation of new energy-saving lighting, thanks to a grant from the National Lottery. The hall has also been successful in funding 40 new comfortable chairs thanks to money from the Tirgwynt Wind Farm Community Grant. 

Obviously, the hall has been used much less in 2020 than in more usual times, and we hope that people will support new events that will hopefully come on stream in 2021 – especially as the world returns to some sort of normality following the roll out of vaccinations.

The Cross Guns too has had an interesting year to say the least. With the lockdown affecting the hospitality sector so badly, Maureen and her team at the pub have had to do what many others have had to do and offer takeaway when they could, and open as per the guidelines. The ‘Friends of Cross Guns Pant‘ Facebook group, which was set up last year, is still there if villagers want to join.

We also reported this time last year that plans were progressing for work on Schoolhouse Bridge over the Montgomery Canal between Pant and Crickheath. If you have been down that way, you will see that a new temporary roadway was built this year to enable the road to be redirected to let building work commence – hopefully in 2021. The Friends of the Montgomery Canal launched a new website during the year at www.themontgomerycanal.org.uk which has much information about the canal and its restoration.

We were lucky in Pant, at the beginning of the pandemic, that a number of people in the village got together to set up the Pant Coronavirus Support Group. This bunch of fantastic volunteers has been there throughout the year to help local people needing assistance, whether that was with food and medicines deliveries, getting to medical appointments or just a friendly voice at the end of the phone. A huge thank you to everyone in our community who has been able to help.

Many of us have increasingly used online services such as Zoom and Skype for social contact and meetings, and even more have turned to online shopping. Pant Today remains a place where local business can advertise (only £20 a year). Not only will your support help us keep this village website going but it can help your business gain exposure to local customers. Please consider an advert with us.
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May we wish you Happy Christmas and Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings

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As another year draws to its close, we would like to wish all residents and visitors to Pant and its surrounding area a very Happy Christmas.

The last few years have seen many changes in the village – as well as the country at large – some of which are very positive and others where the impact is yet to be seen.

Armistice Artwork at Pant Memorial Hall

We might be a bit biased, but we think a highlight of the past year or so has been the work undertaken at Pant Memorial Hall to update the facilities and to install the ceramic artwork as a permanent reminder of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice. We know that lots of people have commented very positively on it and the small garden developed in front of it.

The now annual Pant Autumn Bazaar was another success this year, raising over £600 towards the maintenance and upkeep of the hall. And just as important as the money raised, the Bazaar brought scores of local people together.

The developments at the Cross Guns fit into the category of ‘too early to tell’. With the current managers leaving in the New Year and Admiral Taverns advertising for a new tenant, none of us know how the future of the pub will pan out. A number of local people have formed a ‘Friends of the Cross Guns‘ Facebook group this year, to help support the pub, whatever its future.

Recent news from those trying to reopen the Montgomery Canal through Pant to join up with the water at Llanymynech has also been a little disappointing, as work to rebuild Schoolhouse Bridge seems to be being put off until 2021. As always, more information can be found by visiting http://www.restorethemontgomerycanal.uk

Pant Today remains a place which welcomes news and views about the local area. You can also place an advert on the website, which is only £20 for businesses and FREE for local adverts. Only with your support, can we keep the website going.

May we wish you Happy Christmas and Season’s Greetings!

Season’s Greetings 2018

Christmas baubles

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

Christmas PantWe hope 2018 has been kind to you and your family and friends and that you have enjoyed support from fellow villagers.

We know of a number of people who are no longer with us in our community and others have moved away. We’d like to welcome all the new people who are now part of the village.

There have been big changes at Pant Memorial Hall, with the entrance hall having been refurbished, resulting in a robust and cleaner looking entrance to this village institution. The Hall has invested in other improvements in this year, which saw the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

As the year draws to its end, the Hall committee is waiting to hear if it will be able to start work on a new sculpture outside the hall. We will keep you posted.

Talking about the hall. Pant Autumn Bazaar was back in October, which everyone agrees saw an increase in visitors as well as more money being raised for the vital upkeep of the hall. Keep up to date with the hall at www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk.

As we noted last year, work is ongoing to reopen the Montgomery Canal through Pant to join up with the water at Llanymynech. If you have been to Crickheath recently, you will have no doubt seen the massive effort that has taken place there to recreate Crickheath Wharf. An important milestone in the efforts to extend the navigable section of the canal, in that it will provide a turning area for boats. More information and ways to help are here – www.restorethemontgomerycanal.uk.

Pant.Today aims to enable communication between local people and we have continued to list local events on the website to help encourage attendance. We continue to offer a platform for people to list items for sale and to promote their business to local people. More details are available here.

May we wish you a Happy Christmas, Happy New Year and Season’s Greetings to all!

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!