Why you should stop off in Pant

The debate about a bypass for Pant and Llanymynech resurfaced recently as news came in that funding commitments mean it is unlikely to be built before 2020.

Road through PantBypasses for towns and villages though are a double edged sword. On the one hand they might bring relief from traffic to locals but at the same time communities can lose their visitors as tourists skirt round places that otherwise they might stop at and spend money in.

One of the joys of travelling off the motorway or bypass is that you can discover local attractions you might never have heard of.

That is certainly the joy of the A483 through Pant. Pant – and the surrounding area – has a rich industrial heritage and offers some superb views over countryside, some of which could disappear under a bypass!

We have drawn up a list of 10 things to do in Pant to encourage more of those people driving through the area to stop and find out more about our village.

You can read our top 10 things to do in Pant here.

General Election candidates

The General Election takes place on 7th May 2015 and the list of candidates seeking your vote is now finalised.

According to the polls, if you believe them, the outcome of the General Election is going to be interesting and the media coverage and speculation about coalitions and which party might, or might not, work with which other party makes entertaining viewing and reading. But, for the individual voter, the choice comes down to which candidate and/or party do you want to vote for locally.

For voters in Pant, which is in the Shropshire North Constituency, there are five candidates standing this time round.

As the closing date for nominations to stand for election has now passed, the final list of candidates for Shropshire North is:

• Andrea Christabel Allen (Ukip)
• Graeme Roger Currie (Labour)
• Duncan Kerr (Green Party)
• Owen William Paterson (Conservative)
• Tom Thornhill (Liberal Democrats)

Pant Memorial Hall
Pant Memorial Hall will be a polling station in the 2015 General Election

Polling opens at 7am on Thursday 7th May 2015 in Pant Memorial Hall, unless you have a postal vote, which can 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 polling station by 10pm on polling day.

Last chance to register to vote

If you want to be able to vote for one of the five candidates standing in the North Shropshire Constituency at the forthcoming General Election, then you need to ensure you are registered to vote by the end of today.

Pant Memorial Hall
Pant Memorial Hall will be a polling station in the 2015 General Election

The General Election takes place on 7th May 2015 and if you are not already registered there is still time. But you only have until midnight to register.

Luckily, you can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

As the closing date for nominations to stand for election has now passed, the final list of candidates for Shropshire North is:

• Andrea Christabel Allen (Ukip)
• Graeme Roger Currie (Labour)
• Duncan Kerr (Green Party)
• Owen William Paterson (Conservative)
• Tom Thornhill (Liberal Democrats)

Polling opens at 7am on Thursday 7th May 2015 in Pant Memorial Hall, unless you have a postal vote, which can be completed as soon as you receive it and has 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 polling station by 10pm on polling day.

Pant Nettle Soup

It’s at this time of the year that many of us start looking towards our gardens. Whether growing vegetables or flowers, weeds are a common problem, so what better way to deal with some of them than to eat them?

Washed Pant Nettles
Washed Pant Nettles ready for the pot

Even if your garden isn’t plagued with nettles, there are always plenty to be found in and around Pant. Nettles are best harvested – using gloves – before they flower (around May) and the further away from a road or an area sprayed with pesticides the better.

Pant Nettle Soup
Pant Nettle Soup – turning weeds into food

Chose only the smallest leaves to cook, you will have to pull up the rest of the plant if you are trying to rid your garden of the plant. But if you do get rid of them all, you might have to go foraging further afield next year if you acquire a taste for these shoots.

If you haven’t had nettles before the best way to describe the taste is spinach-like. The acid that is contained in the sting is diluted by cooking, so they won’t sting the mouth. Finally, only collect plants you can positively identify, as some wild plants are, of course, poisonous.

Pant Nettle Soup

Serves two

200g washed nettle leaves
1½ tablespoons butter
30g plain flour
Small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 vegetable stock cube dissolved in 500 ml boiling water
¼ teaspoon mixed herbs
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
100 ml single cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Deadnettle flowers, chopped hard boiled egg and olive oil to garnish

Collect only the smallest nettle leaves (don’t forget to wear gloves). After washing, add to enough boiling water to cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Use a blender to finely chop the cooked leaves and a little of the cooking water. The rest of the cooking water can be discarded.

Make a roux by melting the butter, adding the flour and cooking for a couple of minutes.

Add the onion and garlic and fry for 10 minutes on a gentle heat. Blend in the stock, herbs and nutmeg. Use a whisk to avoid lumps.

Then, add the nettles and the cream. Stir through and pour into bowls, garnished with the flowers, egg and oil.