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Village Hall Photograph Competition

A national competition is looking for your photos on the theme of Village Life. There is a top prize of £500 for the photographer and £1,000 up for grabs for Pant Memorial Hall too.

According to organisers Allied Westminster, the competition will not focus on ‘pretty, pretty’ villages, but will celebrate village life and the role of village halls in their communities. Judges will be looking for photos that encapsulate the sense of village community.

Pant and the surrounding areas are great places to take photos – whether on Llanymynech Rocks, by the Montgomery Canal, on local farms or at community events – so you might already have the winning photograph ready to enter! And if not, why not get out and take some photos? It’s a great excuse to take a walk around the village and, with a closing date of midnight on 15 March 2020, there’s plenty of time.

Photos that include local people are encouraged
Wonderful Villages Photo Competition Rules

Our ‘Wonderful Villages’ photo competition is being run for the benefit of ALL RURAL village halls in the UK, large or small, rich or poor, connected to large social networks or serving tiny communities. So, the following rules are intended to make the competition as fair as possible.

We encourage ALL rural halls to enter, so whether you’re a snap-happy amateur with a smartphone or a professional with a Leica, it’s all about community spirit and content. Theme: ‘Village Life – a photo which characterises the value of community in your village’.

Photos must have been taken from within the UK, in UK villages, and the village shown must be specified in the entry form. See below for definition of ‘village’. So, to qualify for judging, an eligible photo must be taken in a UK village and show content which encapsulates the value of community in that village. It’s not our role to be prescriptive but landscapes, nature shots, architectural shots, and photos without identifiable people doing identifiable things are unlikely to qualify, although each photo will be assessed on its merits.

Entry Details: When submitting your photo, you must supply/confirm the following:
• Your full name and a valid email address so we can contact you if you win.
• The name and address of the nominated village hall which will receive
its prize if you win. The hall must be a legitimate village hall (or community / memorial hall) within a UK village community as defined in Clause 12 below and you must have the hall’s permission to nominate it. If you win, we will ask for contact details for the hall so that funds can be sent directly to the treasurer or chairperson. The photographer’s own prize will be awarded once the village hall has confirmed receipt of its prize. Your nominated village hall does not have to be within the same village as shown in the photo.
• The name of the village shown in the photo, together with region, county and country.
• A short description of the content of the photo.

Entry Fee: There is no entry fee. No purchase is necessary.
Final Dates: Last photo entry – midnight 15/3/2020. Last votes – midnight 6/4/2020.
Late Entries: Entries submitted after last photo entry date will not be included in the judging. Allied Westminster will not be held responsible for any delays or submission failures caused by problems with uploading images using the software provided.

Prizes:
1st prize £1,000 to village hall and £500 to the photographer
2nd prize £500 to the village hall and £250 to the photographer
3rd prize £250 to the village hall and £125 to the photographer
4th prize £100 to the village hall and £50 to the photographer
5th prize £50 to the village hall and £25 to the photographer.

To enter follow this link and instructions: https://villagehallsurvey.com/survey/photo-competition/photo-gallery

Please help Pant Memorial Hall win the £1,000 by voting!

Five eligible photos with the most votes will automatically go on to the final ‘short list’ for judging. So your votes really do count.

It’s also important that as many people as possible vote for their favourite photo: Please do so by following this link: https://villagehallsurvey.com/survey/photo-competition/photo-gallery


Poppies

World War One Roll of Honour takes pride of place at Act of Remembrance

Pant Memorial Hall will be holding its annual Act of Remembrance on Saturday 9th November and this year, for the first time in many years, a World War One roll of honour will take pride of place on display at the hall.

Saltdough poppies

Pant Memorial Hall is the village war memorial and every year an act of remembrance is held to honour those who served in the First World War, as well as those who have suffered and died in all wars.

The short informal service starts at 7pm and will include a wreath laying and The Last Post as well as hymns and readings. It will be followed by music, wartime songs, a singalong and refreshments.

Moreton Parish Roll of Honour

Pant Memorial Institute was built in 1922 and originally held a World War I roll of honour, but this was lost many years ago during one of the hall’s refurbishments. However, we are pleased to say that this year, for the first time, a copy of the Morton Parish World War I roll of honour, which was kindly gifted to the hall last year, will be on display.

The original of this unique roll of honour, which commemorates the sacrifice of the men of the village, is on loan to Oswestry Town Museum, but a facsimile will now be permantly displayed at the hall.

The memorial tablet in the hall, which commemorates those from Pant who died in World War II, was originally in the United Reformed Chapel in Pant. When the chapel closed in 2004, the plaque was moved to the hall and re-dedicated in its new home.

Earlier this year, Pant Memorial Hall unveiled its new Armistice 100 artwork, which was commissioned last year to mark the end of the First World War.

The ceramic sculpture, which was created by artist Neil Dalrymple, depicts the landscape, people and heritage of Pant and has proved a popular addition to the outside of the hall. The artwork was entirely funded with grants from Tirgwynt Community Fund and Oswestry Rotary’s Mary Hignett Bequest Fund.

Shaun Fisher, Treasurer of Pant Memorial Hall, said: “Our annual Act of Remembrance is a focal point for the village every year, taking place as it does at Pant’s war memorial.

“We will be delighted this year to have the Morton Parish World War One roll of honour on display in time for the service, and our new ceramic artwork, which commemorates the centenary of the Armistice, is also now in place.

The Armistice 100 artwork on display at Pant Memorial Hall

“We hope local people will take the time to come along to remember all those who served in war, from our village and beyond. It will be an informal but respectful service, followed by a singalong and tea and biscuits.”

Visit www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk or find out more on Facebook @PantMemorialHall.

Pant Memorial Hall with Armistice Artwork

Countdown to Pant Autumn Bazaar starts

The countdown to this year’s Pant Autumn Bazaar, which takes place on Saturday 5th October in Pant Memorial Hall, aims to bring the community together and raise funds for the upkeep of the hall, which is a registered charity.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2017
Pant Autumn Bazaar is back!

The bazaar is being held between 2pm and 4pm for locals and visitors alike and will feature stalls from a number of local organisations and charities, as well as refreshments and an opportunity to see the facilities offered in the Hall.

Once again, there will be a wide selection of local craft-makers and businesses offering unique and bespoke products, gifts and cards. The hall itself will be running a tombola, treasure hunt and bookstall, as well as selling bric-a-brac, to help raise funds.

Proceeds from the sale of teas, coffees and cake will also go towards the upkeep of Pant 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 over £600 and, just as importantly, villagers had the opportunity to meet up and enjoy a ‘cuppa’ and a chat.

Donation drop off for books, bric-a-brac and tombola prizes takes place on Friday 4th October from 7pm to 8pm and all contributions are appreciated.

Visit www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk to find out more about the Hall and if you use Facebook you can find the Hall at @PantMemorialHall.

Pant Memorial Hall artwork

Pant Artwork Commemorates Armistice

Pant Memorial Hall’s ceramic artwork, commissioned as a permanent commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War, has now been installed and is on display for all to see.

The ceramic relief has been placed on the wall next to the front entrance to the hall, alongside a new gravel garden and planters for flowers.

Speaking about the artwork, Sean, chair of trustees at Pant Memorial Institute, said: “Pant Memorial Hall was founded in 1922 as a memorial to the First World War and we wanted to mark 100 years since the Armistice in some way. We consulted with the people of Pant and the artwork we now have reflected a desire to mark the anniversary at the same time as celebrating our village in a colourful way.”

The artwork is a 3D ceramic mural and has been made by Neil Dalrymple in his studio in Ruthin following consultation with residents in Pant. The mural depicts various aspects of the village and surrounding area including landmarks such as the Memorial Hall and Cross Guns pub, as well as the Chapel and limekilns. It also features the flora and fauna of the area and it is hoped it will become a mini tourist attraction for Pant.

Added Sean: “We really hope everyone using the hall enjoys the new artwork and space at the entrance. There’s lots of detail in the artwork so there’s plenty to look out for. The gravel area will add to the look of the entrance and in future we might look at adding a small bench so people can sit while looking at the artwork and flowers.”

The artwork was commissioned by the hall and has been generously funded by The Rotary Club of Oswestry’s Mary Hignett Bequest Fund and the Tirgwynt Wind Farm Community Fund.

Neil Artwork

Pant Memorial Artwork Installation

The date has now been set for the installation of the artwork commissioned by Pant Memorial Hall.

The ceramic artwork measuring about 1m by 3m will be installed on the wall next to the front entrance to the Hall on Friday, 24th May.

Artist Neil Dalrymple and volunteers from the Hall’s committee will be installing the artwork which is due to take the best part of a day, with the finishing touches being applied once the ceramic cement has set.

The artwork was commissioned by the Hall to be a commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War and has been generously funded by The Rotary Club of Oswestry’s Mary Hignett Bequest Fund and the Tirgwynt Wind Farm Community Fund.

Speaking about the installation, Helen, Secretary at Pant Memorial Hall said: “Our village hall was founded as a permanent reminder of the First World War and those that suffered in it. Our artwork is designed to honour their memory in a colourful and vibrant way.”

The artwork is a 3D ceramic mural and has been made by Neil in his studio in Ruthin following consultation with residents in Pant. The mural depicts various aspects of the village and surrounding area including landmarks such as the Memorial Hall and Cross Guns pub, as well as the Chapel and limekilns. It also features the flora and fauna of the area and it is hoped it will become a mini tourist attraction for Pant.

Added Helen: “We are really looking forward to installing the artwork and everyone is welcome to come and see it over the next few weeks. We are currently drawing up plans for a formal launch event, probably in the summer, so watch this space!”

The committee at the hall have also taken the opportunity of developing a small section of the car park at the hall into an Armistice 100 garden to enhance the setting for the artwork.

Works to Pant Memorial Hall

Shropshire Wildlife Trust at Pant Memorial Hall AGM

Pant Memorial Institute AGM and Open Meeting with guest speaker

David Hardwick, Chair of Oswestry Branch of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, will be the guest speaker at this year’s AGM of Pant Memorial Institute.

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of Pant Memorial Institute is open to everyone who lives in Pant and offers the opportunity to find out how the hall has been used over the past year and plans for its future.

The AGM is being held at Pant Memorial Hall on Thursday 14th March 2019 at 7pm. As well as being an opportunity for local people to find out about the progress of their village hall, the meeting will welcome David Hardwick, who will talk about the work of the Wildlife Trust in Shropshire.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Pant Memorial Hall has been a feature of the village for almost 100 years, after being built to commemorate the end of the First World War. Today, it is a valuable community asset which hosts a wide range of courses and entertainment as well as private parties and being the Polling Station for the village.

During the past year, the Hall has seen investment thanks to a Big Lottery Grant and there are plans to install a new artwork to mark the anniversary of the ending of the First World War. The artwork is currently being made by an artist out of ceramic.

The committee that oversees the running of the hall is keen to keep the hall as a focal point of the village and is always looking for volunteers who would like to get involved.

New committee members area are elected at the AGM, so if you would like to find out more about how you can help run Pant Memorial Hall for the benefit of your local community, please email for more details secretary@pantmemorialhall.org.uk or call 07940 108624.

Refreshments will be available.

Christmas baubles

Season’s Greetings 2018

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!

Pant Memorial Hall Reopening

Pant remembers the past and looks to the future

Villagers in Pant came together at Pant Memorial Hall for its annual Act of Remembrance on Saturday 10th November.

At a moving event in Pant Memorial Hall, villagers gathered, as they do every year, to remember and read out the names of the dead from two World Wars.

This year, the service was even more poignant as it marked 100 years since the Armistice which saw the end of the First World War.

First World War Roll of Honour,The Memorial Hall in Pant is the village war memorial and was built in 1922 as a permanent reminder of  the fallen. Originally, it held a World War I roll of honour, which was lost over 30 years ago. But thanks to an appeal in the local press, John H. Davies of Crickheath donated a printed version that has hung in his house for almost 100 years.

The Remembrance Service was followed by an ‘official opening’ of the newly refurbished entrance hallway. The committee at Pant Memorial Hall recently received a grant of £9,500 from the National Lottery to help pay for the renovation work. The floor of the entrance hall, which had been in place for over 30 years, was badly affected by woodworm and needed to be completely replaced. Part of the money was also used to improve disabled access by building an access ramp from one of the fire exits.

Pant Memorial Hall Reopening

Pant Memorial Hall committee at the reopening of the hall following major renovation work to the entrance hallway, which was partly funded by a National Lottery grant.

Shaun Fisher, Treasurer of Pant Memorial Hall, said: “As our village hall is a memorial to the memory of those villagers that didn’t come back from war, the hall committee is determined to keep it well maintained and up-to-date. That’s why we have invested £10,000 of the hall’s own money in the hallway refurbishment, as a fitting tribute to all fallen soldiers.

“The hall is a vital asset for the village, which has served the community for almost 100 years, and offers a wide range of classes for local people, as well as providing a popular venue for parties and get-togethers. Thanks to the National Lottery funding, we have been able to modernise the entrance hall so we can carry on for many more years.”

Visit www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk or find out more on Facebook @PantMemorialHall.

 

Poppies in Pant Memorial Hall

Pant remembers…

Pant Memorial Hall is holding an Act of Remembrance on Saturday 10th November to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

Saltdough poppies

Pant Memorial Hall is the village war memorial and every year an act of remembrance is held to honour those who served in the First World War in the village and beyond, as well as those who have suffered and died in all wars.

The short informal service starts at 7pm and will include a wreath laying and The Last Post as well as hymns and readings. It will be followed by a toast to the reopening of the hall following major renovation work to the entrance hallway, as well as improved disabled access, with thanks to the National Lottery. The event will conclude with a singalong of war-time and other popular songs.

Pant Memorial Institute was built in 1922 and originally held a World War I roll of honour. The current memorial tablet in the hall, which commemorates those from Pant who dies in World War II, was originally in the United Reformed Chapel in Pant. When the chapel closed in 2004, the plaque was moved to the hall and re-dedicated in its new home. It now forms the centrepiece of the annual remembrance ceremony in Pant.

Earlier this year, Pant Memorial Hall received a grant of £9,500 from the National Lottery to help pay for the refurbishment of the entrance hallway. The floor of the entrance hall, which had been in place for over 30 years, was badly affected by woodworm and needed to be completely replaced. Part of the money was also used to improve disabled access by building an access ramp from one of the fire exits.

Pant War MemorialShaun Fisher, Treasurer of Pant Memorial Hall, said: “Our annual Act of Remembrance is a focal point for the village every year, taking place as it does at Pant’s war memorial. We hope local people will take the time to come along to remember those who have suffered in war, but especially those who died in the First World War, in this the 100th anniversary year of the Armistice.

“We are also taking this opportunity to toast the reopening of the hall after some major repair work, which was made possible with thanks to a National Lottery grant that covered approximately half the cost. Without this support, and the work of hall volunteers and local people to raise additional funds, for example through our annual Autumn Bazaar, it would have been a huge task to fund this work.

“The hall is a vital asset for the village, which has served the community for almost 100 years, and offers a wide range of classes for local people, as well as providing a popular venue for parties and get-togethers. Thanks to the National Lottery funding, we have been able to modernise the entrance hall so we carry on for many more years.”

Visit www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk or find out more on Facebook @PantMemorialHall.

 

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2017

Pant Autumn Bazaar Success

This year’s Pant Autumn Bazaar took place on Saturday 6th October in Pant Memorial Hall and was a great success, bringing the community together and raising over £570 for the upkeep of the hall, which is a registered charity.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2017

The bazaar, now in its fourth year, was held between 2pm and 4pm and saw more visitors than ever. It featured stalls from a number of local organisations and charities, as well as refreshments and an opportunity to see the facilities offered in the Hall.

For the first time at this year’s bazaar, the hall was selling hot snacks fresh from its newly installed electric oven – a selling point for anyone looking to hire the hall for a party or event.

There was also a bring-a-photo exhibition and those attending were invited to bring along a photo or two on the theme of ‘local history and people’. The aim was to showcase the village and those who live there to create a fascinating display for everyone to enjoy.

Once again, there was a wide selection of local craft-makers and businesses offering unique and bespoke products, gifts and cards. As well as a plant stall and local produce, such as cakes, pumpkins, honey and preserves, there were complementary therapies on offer.

The hall itself was running a tombola and bargain bookstall, as well as selling bric-a-brac, to help raise funds. Proceeds from the sale of hot snacks, teas, coffees and cake go towards the upkeep of Pant Memorial Hall, which is a registered charity and a valuable asset for the community.

Shaun Fisher, Hall Treasurer, said: “We would like to thank everyone who came along on the day for making this year’s bazaar the biggest and best yet. We would also like to thank the local businesses that donated prizes, the stallholders who filled the hall and of course the hard-working volunteers who made it all happen. We were delighted with the amount of money raised and we look forward to building on this success in 2019.”

To find out more about Pant Memorial Hall and to hire it, please visit www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk or have a look at their Facebook page @PantMemorialHall.

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