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Pant Memorial Hall in winter

June news from Pant Memorial Hall

The hall reopened to organised groups on May 17th – it is wonderful to see the building in use again, and we have had some lovely feedback from our hirers. Improvements continue; as well as the ever changing flower displays, we have hopefully seen off the woodworm for good with our new kitchen fire exit doors. These are smart maintenance-free UPVC, and modern clear windows to bring in even more light.

Following receipt of the restart grant, the committee have decided that we are in a position to ‘give back’ to the community by reducing hire fees to a flat £5 an hour. This discount will remain in place until December 31st 2021.

At time of writing our covid-19 precautions are still operating under roadmap ‘step 3’; things can change rapidly so please see our website or contact us for the latest information. The committee continues to monitor the situation to ensure that the hall remains ‘covid compliant’.

Roadmap ‘step 4’ may allow a full range of events including family gatherings, and may also allow further removal of restrictions and return of facilities – we are ready whatever happens.

Up to date information is always available on our website and social media feeds, and in a poster outside the building. The hall can be an excellent and affordable venue for all sorts of ventures, such as courses, education and entertainment. Feel free to contact us if you have any queries, we are here to help.

To contact the hall:
bookings: email bookings@pantmemorialhall.org.uk or call 07913 565708
all other enquiries: secretary@pantmemorialhall.org.uk
you can also follow us on facebook @pantmemorialhall, on twitter @pantmemhall, or even leave us a note in the postbox.

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May update from Pant Memorial Hall

This is the latest in updates from Pant Memorial Hall, which has been closed during lockdown. As lockdown slowly eases, activities can start to return to the hall.

At time of writing we have just heard good news – roadmap step 3 is going ahead!

As a result the hall will reopen to organised activities from Monday May 17th. Our covid-19 precautions will still operate; these include social distancing measures and wearing face coverings unless exempt for medical reasons or doing an exempt activity. The kitchen remains out of use for now and we ask hirers to do some cleaning of touch points. We provide all the kit and give free time before and after the hire to do this.

We hope that ‘step 4’ will happen as planned from June 21st. This may allow a full range of events including family gatherings, and may also allow further removal of restrictions. Up to date information is always available on our website and social media feeds, and in a poster outside the building.

The hall can be an excellent and affordable venue for all sorts of ventures, such as courses, education and entertainment. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how we can help.

We are delighted to welcome hirers back to our community building in its 99th year.

To contact us: bookings: email bookings@pantmemorialhall.org.uk or call 07913 565708.
You can also follow the hall on facebook @pantmemorialhall, on twitter @pantmemhall, or even leave us a note in the postbox.

The hall is run entirely by volunteers but we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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Could you be a Parish Councillor?

There are three vacancies on Llanymynech & Pant Parish Council. Which means there are spaces for local people to be co-opted to the Parish Council.

In advance of the local elections coming up in May, only eight people have put their names forward for election. As the Parish Council has 11 places, it means that there will be three positions unfilled by the election.

These vacancies can be filled by co-option and anyone interested in serving the community as a Parish Councillor is being asked to get in touch with the Clerk to the council.

People interested in serving are being asked to send an email to the Clerk, Vivien Byrne using landpcouncil@btinternet.com.

As well as providing their name and address, people should write a short note of why they would like to be co-opted. To be a councillor, people have to reside in the Parish, or within three miles of the boundary, own land in the Parish or be employed in the Parish. You must also be a British subject. There are full details on the Electoral Commission website.

If selected, councillors would be expected to attend meetings every month, except for April and December with the meetings usually being held in Pant Memorial Hall or Llanymynech Village Hall, on the 4th Thursday of the month commencing at 7.15pm. Currently the meetings are taking place virtually via Zoom but physical meetings will be the norm.

There is also what is called the Village Assembly, which is the Annual Parish Meeting held in April, and anyone interested in being co-opted is urged to attend, to get a better insight into the role of the Parish Council. This year’s Village Assembly will be held virtually on Thursday 22 April at 2.30pm. Click here to find out more and to register.

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Could the village hall help you kick start a business?

Pant Memorial Hall has been a focal point for local people for almost 100 years and is looking positively to a post COVID-19 future.

If the government’s roadmap out of lockdown progresses as planned, Pant Memorial Hall will reopen to some hirers from May 17th. From this date some activities will be allowed in village halls and community centres and the committee have had lots of guidance from ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England) about what measures are needed and what activities are allowed.

If ‘step 3’ is authorised from May 17th (and that will not be announced until the week before), many of the organised activities that have been the mainstay at the hall will be allowed again. However, activities such as parties and family gatherings are not allowed in village halls until ‘step 4’, which is due to come into force from June 21st. From that date, the hall committee is hoping that restrictions on the use of the kitchen and bar area will be lifted.

Pant Memorial Hall - small room for hire
Pant Memorial Hall has a small room for hire

The hall is definitely booked as a polling station on 6th May for the local and police and crime commissioner elections – please check with the council for procedures, or see the signs on the day.

Meanwhile, as well as ensuring the hall is ready to reopen as soon as conditions allow, members of the committee have also been keen to point out that the hall is a venue that could also help people kickstart a business venture for the future.

Said Sean, Chair of the committee: “We really want to get the hall back into use and help out as much as we can. The post COVID-19 landscape might be very different and local people might be looking at ideas to start new businesses or new careers. The hall can be an excellent and affordable venue for all sorts of ventures, such as courses, education and entertainment.

“If you have an idea, why not get in touch to see how we can help.”

To contact Pant Memorial Hall:
bookings: email bookings@pantmemorialhall.org.uk or call 07913 565708
all other enquiries: secretary@pantmemorialhall.org.uk
The hall is @pantmemorialhall on Facebook and @pantmemhall on Twitter.

Pant Memorial Hall in winter

Update from Pant Memorial Hall

As most will know, the hall has been closed since January 5th under the English lockdown. As always, that doesn’t mean ‘nothing going on’.

The 99th Annual General Meeting was held online on March 11th,, and we are delighted to welcome a new trustee to the committee. The committee have kept in touch by a combination of email, phone and socially distanced paperwork, and we continue our fortnightly ‘Covid 19 subcommittee’ zoom meetings to monitor the situation.

Along with so many others, the committee were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Agnes Barbour in late January. Agnes was an active member of the hall committee from 1980, and was the chairman for 35 of those years. She has been a huge part of everything that has been achieved at Pant, and of an enormous number of other achievements in the locality, all done with endless energy and humour. She will be so much missed by all her many friends. We send love and deepest sympathy to her family.

Pant Memorial Hall with Amistice plaques

Following last year’s new lights and new chairs, we are continuing plans for improvement. One item has been rather hastened, due to the discovery of occupiers that we thought long gone. The extremely persistent Pant woodworm have been busy in the kitchen exit doors, which date from the hall rebuild in 1981 and so don’t really owe us anything. Fortunately we have good reserves, topped up by government closure grants – this allows us to order replacement doors which are expected in early summer. These will be modern UPVC to the same pattern as now, and hence the woodworm will be leaving us for good.

The hall is booked as a polling station on 6th May for the local and police and crime commissioner elections. Please check nearer the time for procedures – the hall is ‘AA covid-19 safe accredited’ and we are doing all we can to help the election authority. Severn Trent also continue to visit once a month to do water sampling for the area.

The big question is of course ‘when will the hall reopen to other bookings?’ At the moment it is ‘not before May 17th’ – although community buildings can reopen from April 12th, the allowed activities are extremely limited. Details are on our website for anyone who is eligible. Covid-19 procedures and restrictions are expected to continue until at least late June. It is an ever-changing situation, so please keep an eye on our website and don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries. We are ready to reopen when it is possible.

To contact us: (open or closed!) call 07913 565708, email secretary@pantmemorialhall.org.uk, see our website www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk , Facebook @pantmemorialhall, twitter @pantmemhall, or leave us a note in the postbox.

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Parish Council Meeting March 2021

Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council have published the agenda for the next meeting to take place on Thursday 25th March 2021 at 2.00pm.

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If you are a member of the public who wants to contribute to the public engagement section of the meeting or who would like to find out more about what the council does, you can log into the meeting via Zoom using this link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89168175549?pwd=c0U5K1Q5VEloT2RmeTNMVlhmbTQvZz09

The agenda for the March meeting can be found here – and the Minutes from the February meeting are here.

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Local people are also able to stand for election as a Parish or County councillor. Find out more by clicking here along with the deadline for nominations.

Horse by Gill Crozier

Be part of the UK’s largest art exhibition

Local artist Gill Crozier is encouraging people in Pant to make works of art to put up in their front windows as part of a national project to create the nation’s largest ever art exhibition.

The Great Big Art Exhibition was launched on 28 January 2021 with a call to the nation to create a work. Leading artists will choose a different theme each fortnight. The opening theme, chosen by Antony Gormley, is animals, with portraits, chosen by Sonia Boyce, to follow. Other artists supporting the project include Etel Adnan and Siomone Fattal, Anish Kapoor, Tai Shani, Jeremy Deller, David Shrigley, Ai Weiwei and Ryan Gander.

Welcoming the initiative artist Gill Crozier said: “The Great Big Art Exhibition is a wonderful idea to encourage people (especially children) to create. There’s nothing like a bit of creativity to focus the mind and take it away from these stressful times.”

Gill Crozier: “I’ve been doing a lot of walking during lockdown! Hence the worn out boot!” Image subject to copyright

People will be encouraged to draw, paint, sculpt, build or create their own artwork and put it up in their front windows, on their front door, balcony or garden as a celebration of creativity to counter the gloom of the pandemic.

Presented by Firstsite, Colchester to celebrate its 10th anniversary and supported by the Plus Tate Network which includes leading museums and galleries across the UK, artworks can be made of anything, and Firstsite will be making key works from across the UK available for download – to use as a template, for colouring in or as an inspiration. The Directors of the National Gallery, Tate, British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, V&A, National Museums Liverpool, Royal Academy of Arts, the Ashmolean Museum, The Courtauld, The Wallace Collection, Arts Council Collection and museums and galleries across the country have selected works which they think will be inspiring. Partners include: Art UK, The Big Draw, Voluntary Arts and the Great Big Art Exhibition is supported by Arts Council England.

Sally Shaw MBE, Director of Firstsite, said: “The doors to our collections and galleries might be shut but our imaginations are forever open. Making, showing and experiencing art has created so much joy, connection and solace for many thousands of people. I can’t wait to see a brand new nationwide art gallery appearing before our eyes in coming days, weeks and months. This is sure to be an incredible expression of people’s creativity.”

Local people wishing to take part should visit www.thegreatbigartexhibition.com for instructions and all creative resources to help get making and showing art everywhere. and remember if you are on Facebook or Twitter upload your artwork and tag Pant Today.

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Pant Memorial Hall AGM

The 99th annual general meeting for Pant Memorial Institute (the charity that runs the hall) will be held on Thursday 11th March at 7pm.

Due to Coronavirus, the AGM this year will be being held via online video conference.

The AGM also elects the Trustees for the year and the committee is keen to welcome new members who can help run the hall.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Sean, committee chairperson said: “The last year has been challenging for everyone and the hall has had to remain closed for much of the year. In spite of that though, the current committee has seen that the hall is kept in pristine condition and we have even managed to make some significant improvements to the hall.”

To attend the AGM this year, locals will need to follow a link to the Zoom platform, where you will be able to take part in proceedings or put yourself forward to the committee.

According to Sean, being part of the committee is both rewarding and not onerous. “As a charity we need local people to become involved in the decision making for the Memorial Hall but new members would not need to commit to more than a handful of meetings a year.

“It’s also rewarding work as the Memorial Hall is a much loved local institution and it’s great to play a part in its development.”

To find out more about the AGM and how to get involved, please visit – https://pantmemorialhall.org.uk/2021-annual-general-meeting

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February Parish Council Meeting

Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council have published the agenda for the next meeting to take place on Thursday 25th February 2021 at 3.00pm.

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If you are a member of the public who wants to contribute to the public engagement section of the meeting or who would like to find out more about what the council does, you can log into the meeting via Zoom using this link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83912982583?pwd=UVdlcTNhM2F2RGxyNnRzSFloc0hjUT09

A copy of the Agenda for the meeting is available here

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January Parish Council

Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council have published the agenda for the next meeting to take place on Thursday 28th January 2021 at 2.00pm.

If you are a member of the public who wants to contribute to the public engagement section of the meeting or who would like to find out more about what the council does, you can log into the meeting via Zoom using this link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89686926864?pwd=TVdZT3gvdUJJQ0w3YVVycXFIbWZEdz09

A copy of the Agenda for the meeting is here – Agenda.

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