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Montgomery Canal Forum meeting

A public meeting is being held in Oswestry to look at plans for the future of the Montgomery Canal restoration.

Below Bridge 88 in Pant next to the Montgomery Canal

The event, to be opened by Steve Charmley, Deputy Leader of Shropshire Council, will look at:

• progress of the Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal (supported by Timothy West and Prunella Scales) – more information is available at www.RestoreTheMontgomeryCanal.uk
• the new Waterways in Progress report (introduced by David Suchet) which highlights the economic, social and environmental benefits achieved while restoration is still continuing
• progress of the National Lottery Heritage Fund works on the Montgomery Canal including the new nature reserves at Aston Locks
• plans for the future.

The meeting will take place a couple of days after the popular Montgomery Canal Triathlon on Saturday 18 May, which sees participants walking along the towpath through Pant and Llanymynech, as well as completing sections by bike and canoe.

There will be an opportunity to discuss any issues concerning the future of the Montgomery Canal and what it can contribute to the area.

Currently, plans are being drawn up for Schoolhouse Bridge between Pant and Crickheath, and Shropshire Council is being very supportive. Funds are being collected and organisers say that the bridge could be replaced in a year or two, which would be a fantastic step forward, and could be the best news for the restoration in twenty years.

The Forum is a public meeting, open to anyone interested in the restoration and development of the Montgomery Canal for present and future generations, so all are welcome.

The Montgomery Canal Forum meeting takes place on Tuesday 21st May 2019 and will be held in Oswestry Memorial Hall, Smithfield St, Oswestry, SY11 2EG at 2.30pm. Parking is available in the Central Car Park opposite – easiest access into town is from Mile End A5/A483 roundabout.

The Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust/Ymddiriedolaeth Adfer Camlas Maldwyn is a non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee and registered charity.

Excavators and dumpers arrive on site

Have Your Say: Almost 100 new houses proposed for Pant and Llanymynech

As part of its Local Plan Review, Shropshire County Council has launched its Preferred Sites Consultation outlining proposals for new housing developments across the county, including 95 new houses in Pant and Llanymynech.

Excavators and dumpers arrive on site

The consultation sets out the preferred sites to deliver the scale and distribution of housing and employment growth during the period to 2036.

In Pant, a parcel of land along the main A483, to the north of the village, backing on to Penygarreg Lane, has been identified as the proposed site for 45 houses. In Llanymynech, land to the east of Barley Meadows has been earmarked for 50 houses.

The site in Pant is currently agricultural land and, as the consultation document acknowledges, faces a number of constraints as a location for housing development, such as water pressure issues, protected species and the local historic environment. Access to the A483, managed by Highways England, is also likely to be an issue, as 45 new houses is certain to see an increase in traffic.

The site in Llanymynech faces the challenges of existing accessibility issues along Station Road, where it is already congested with a weight-restricted bridge over the former railway line, as well as protected species issues and the local historic environment.

The consultation allows local people, businesses and other interested groups to have their say on these major proposals, and responses are invited in the form of a questionnaire via the Shropshire Council website: https://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/local-plan-review-preferred-sites-consultation/. The deadline for responses to the consultation has been extended to Friday 8 February 2019.

The full consultation document can be found here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/media/11266/00-preferred-sites-consultation-full-document.pdf. The Oswestry Place Plan Area document, which also includes plans for Kinnerley, Knockin and other local communities, can be found here: https://shropshire.gov.uk/media/11252/15-preferred-sites-consultation-oswestry-place-plan-area.pdf.

A consultation event for the Oswestry area is due to take place at The Marches School at 7pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019. This is a public meeting which anyone can attend and, as well as providing the opportunity to find out more about the housing plans for our villages, which will affect the future development of our communities, will allow local people to have their say.

This meeting will then be followed up with a discussion at the Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council meeting to be held on Thursday 24th January at 7.15 after which the Parish Council will prepare a response . This meeting will be held at Llanymynech Village Hall and there will be a short time for the public to ask questions.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

It’s summer, but not too early to think about Pant Autumn Bazaar!

It might be hot at the moment, but it’s time to start thinking about Pant Autumn Bazaar.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016Yes, we know it is only just summer, but volunteers are already being sought to build on the success of last year’s Pant Autumn Bazaar.

Organised by Pant Memorial Hall, the Bazaar is now in it’s fourth year and aims to bring local people together in the village hall while raising vital funds for the upkeep of the hall.

Everyone in the village is welcome to become part of the organising group for the Bazaar – you don’t need to be a regular hall user – so that all views and ideas are represented.

The first meeting will be held in Pant Memorial Hall at 7pm on Tuesday 24th July and new ideas for activities during the Bazaar will be most welcome.

In previous years, the Bazaar – which takes place on the first Saturday afternoon in October – has featured a range of local stalls selling items from local honey to soap and plants, a tombola to raise funds for the hall and tea and cake. This year, the hall committee is keen that villagers let them know of any suggestions that will improve the event further.

Said Shaun Fisher, treasurer at the hall: “Over the past couple of years we have been investing in the hall to improve it for villagers and the Autumn Bazaar is a major fundraising activity that helps us keep it going. We are looking forward to putting on another successful event and to welcoming as many villagers as possible.”

If you want to attend the planning meeting, there’s no need to book, just turn up to find out more and see how you can contribute.

Once plans for the Bazaar have been finalised, you will be able to find details on the Pant Today website as well as at www.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



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.


Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

Pant Memorial Hall to host second Autumn Bazaar

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

Following the success of the first Pant Autumn Bazaar held in 2015, Saturday, 8th October 2016 will see the Memorial Hall holding another event to bring the community together.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

As in 2015, the Bazaar is being held between 2 and 5 pm for locals and visitors alike and will feature stalls from a number of local organisations and businesses as well as refreshments and an opportunity to see the facilities offered in the Hall.

Plans for the Bazaar are now well underway with many of the stalls already allocated. Once again, there will be a wide selection of local craft-makers and businesses attending offering unique and bespoke products.

The funds raised from the sale of teas, coffees and cakes will go towards the upkeep of the Memorial Hall, which is a registered charity and a valuable asset for the community.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of visitors and stallholders, Pant Autumn Bazaar raised more than £400 and it is hoped that the event will be as successful again in 2016.

Not only did the event raise a significant amount of money for the upkeep of the Memorial Hall, but just as importantly, villagers had the opportunity to meet up and enjoy a ‘cuppa’ and a chat with each other.

Prizes for tombola
Prizes can be donated to the tombola to help pant Memorial Hall raise funds. If you are able to donate a small item that we could add to the tombola, please get in touch using the contact form. Prizes need to be new and unopened. Thanks!

Confirmed stalls

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

Could you help?
Pant Memorial Hall is always on the look out for people who can help out, so if you could spare an hour or three on the day, let us know.

In either case, fill in the contact form and we will be in touch.

Read about the 2015 Pant Autumn Bazaar here.

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.


Pant Autumn Bazaar success

Pant Autumn Bazaar success

The first Pant Autumn Bazaar held on Saturday 3 October has been hailed a success by the Memorial Hall committee and those that attended.

Pant Autumn BazaarThe Bazaar, which took place in Pant Memorial Hall, raised over £440 towards the upkeep of the Hall and saw more than 200 visitors coming along to visit stalls including Oswestry Country Markets, Maesbury Metal, Rowanthorne Sweeney Hall Hotel, Lion Quays Spa, local Pant beekeepers Chris and Jayne, as well as enjoying a number of activities put on by the Memorial Hall committee members themselves.

Pant Memorial Hall was founded as a resource for all the people of Pant and the Autumn Bazaar was an ideal opportunity to showcase its facilities as a community hall in North Shropshire and a focal point for the village.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and local businesses, the Memorial Hall was able to raise over £440, which will go towards the maintenance of the hall.

Speaking about the event, Beryl Phillips, Secretary of the committee said: “We are very grateful for all the hard work put in by the committee and local businesses. The staff at our Co-operative store were present throughout and the Cross Guns Inn donated a meal. We’d like to thank all the stallholders for putting on such a good show and the businesses and organisations which made donations.

“Thanks must also go to the many visitors that came along. It was very satisfying to see so many people turning up and we will certainly be having a discussion about holding another event like this next year.”

As well as raising money for the Memorial Hall, the Autumn Bazaar was a marketplace for local businesses to sell their wares and so benefitted (in a small way) the local economy.

According to Beryl, the committee at Pant Memorial Hall will be looking at the possibility of putting on more events in future and local people are more than welcome to make suggestions about the sort of event that they would like to see.

You can find out more about Pant Memorial Hall here.

Visit Pant Autumn Bazaar

Visit Pant Autumn Bazaar

Plans for Pant’s first Autumn Bazaar are now well underway as the event – in a few weeks’ time – draws near.

Pant Memorial Hall - main hall for hire

Many of the stalls at Pant Autumn Bazaar will be in the main hall of the Memorial Hall

The first Autumn Bazaar being held on 3 October in the village’s Memorial Hall is being organised to bring locals together and it is hoped people from the surrounding area will come along too.

All the available stalls have now been allocated and local businesses and others have come together to provide a wide selection of attractions including unique art and handicrafts, face-painting, local food, hand-made baskets, greetings cards and complementary therapies.

The funds raised from the games, teas, coffees and cakes, will go towards the upkeep of the Memorial Hall, which is a registered charity and a valuable asset for the community.

Organised by the committee at the Memorial Hall, the Bazaar will be an ideal opportunity for villagers to get together, have a chat and a cuppa, while looking at possible early gift ideas for Christmas.

New gravel outside Pant Memorial Hall

Volunteers spread new gravel outside Pant Memorial Hall

The committee are also keen that more people visit the hall to see the facilities it can offer. The front of the hall has recently seen the addition of fresh new chippings and soon will see some flower baskets to help brighten up the village.

If the first Pant Autumn Bazaar is successful, residents are hoping to make it a regular event to help foster the community spirit of Pant and the surrounding area.

Click here for more information … and don’t forget to put the date in your diary!

Come Along to Pant Autumn Bazaar!

Come Along to Pant Autumn Bazaar!

Pant Memorial Hall, Pant, Shropshire

Pant Memorial Hall will host the Pant Autumn Bazaar

Pant is holding its first Autumn Bazaar on 3 October and everyone is welcome!

The Bazaar is being held between 2pm and 5pm in Pant Memorial Hall, for locals and visitors alike to enjoy stalls, refreshments and entertainment provided by villagers and local organisations. There will be everything from handicrafts and local produce to competitions and children’s games. The funds raised from the teas, coffees and cakes, will go towards the upkeep of the Memorial Hall, which is a registered charity and a valuable asset for the community.

Plans for the event are now well underway,  but there is still the opportunity for more people to get involved in helping to make this a great day out for all.

Beryl Phillips, Secretary of Pant Memorial Institute, said: “We are holding the first Pant Autumn Bazaar on the first Saturday in October and we have already had support from a number of other community groups and businesses.“We still have limited space for other groups which might like to come along in October such as charities and local businesses that could promote their products. We would especially like to see local craftspeople contact us.”

Pant used to hold an annual carnival, but as numbers dwindled this was merged with a carnival in Llanymynech. However as both villages are situated on the A483, eventually the procession was stopped from travelling down the road. Now, almost 30 years later, local people are resurrecting the idea of an event to bring the village together, albeit without causing congestion on the A483.

If the first Pant Autumn Bazaar is successful, residents are hoping to make it a regular event to help foster the community spirit of Pant and the surrounding area.

Click here for more information… and don’t forget to put the date in your diary!

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