Well, here we are in 2015 and we’re looking forward to a busy year at Pant Today!
If you haven’t visited www.pant.today before, this is a new community website that has been developed for the people of Pant to share news and information about what’s on in the village and the surrounding area. As well as regularly updated events listings and news stories, there is information on the website about the village itself and things to do in and around Pant.
The website is designed to be an asset for the people who live in the area, as well as for visitors and others. Thousands of people pass through the village every week as it lies on the main route from Chester to mid-Wales, but few people know much about the village. Pant Today aims to change that and show people some of the history and attractions of the village.
The website has a free “small ads” section for individuals to sell unwanted items for example, or to look for local products and produce. There is also a business directory for local businesses to list their business to be seen by visitors and residents in the North Shropshire area – and beyond.
Although we update the website daily, we are hoping that local people and organisations will get behind us and send details about their events and activities, so we can add them too, so the website develops into a useful asset for residents in Pant and visitors to the area. We hope you will be able to help us and we’d love to hear from you!
A major attraction in the Pant area is Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area.
This is home to one of only three Hoffmann Kilns in the country and the only one to still have its chimney. The Heritage Area is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and has other kilns and buildings related to the lime industry as well as woodland, meadows and canalside walks. It is open year round. Before the railway came to Pant, quarrying limestone was the chief occupation for villagers.
The canal was built in 1796 as the Llanymynech branch of the Ellesmere canal to exploit the limestone of Llanymynech Hill.
The Visitor Centre on the canal is open on Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to the end of September, as well as holding Halloween and Christmas events. The Centre runs cruises on the canal on the trip boat ‘George Watson Buck’.
Our latest recipe has been kindly written by head chef of Sweeney Hall Hotel, Thomas Roberts. Thomas is 28 and has spent his whole life Pant. “My family are local and from Llanymynech,” he says. “I have worked at Sweeney Hall Hotel in Morda for 11 years and became their head chef in April this year.”
Since taking over as head chef at the hotel, Thomas says he has been passionate about making everything from scratch. “From our breads that we serve in the restaurant, right down to the homemade fudge we put in our hotel bedrooms, we make it all,” he says.
According to Thomas, Christmas is a time for sharing. And what better way to show you care than to make a handmade present using Thomas’s recipe for homemade chocolate truffles?
“This is a nice and simple recipe,” he says, “and it makes beautiful truffles, perfect for a gift or to impress your dinner guests.”
For the truffles:
175g of chocolate – any of your choice. I use a dark chocolate with a high cocoa content.
40g unsalted butter
25g caster sugar
For the coatings:
100g of hazelnuts, toasted and chopped for hazelnut truffles
2 tablespoons of icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder combined for chocolate dusted truffles
Mixed colour sugars for sugar coated truffles
Crushed meringue for meringue truffles
Plus many more – you can be as creative as you like with the coatings!
Put on a pan with some water in the bottom and bring to a simmer. Place all the truffle ingredients into a metal mixing bowl and place over the pan of water.
Mix until smooth and then place the chocolate into a fridge for approximately four hours – just long enough to partially set the chocolate, but still easy enough to handle.
Break up the mixture into small pieces, enough for 25 truffles, and roll each one into the different coatings. My personal favourites are the hazelnut truffles as they roll easily and look the most effective.
Place the made truffles into truffle cases and you’re done!
Shropshire Council is reminding people in Pant to check when their recycling and household rubbish collections are due over the Christmas and New Year period.
The day of the week that waste and recycling is collected will change over the Christmas period. These changes start the weekend before Christmas 2014 and end on Saturday 3 January 2015. Across the county, some collections will be before the usual day of collection and some will be later than usual.
In Pant, the black bin collection which would normally be made on a Tuesday morning will be made on Monday 22 December instead.
The changes to collection dates are already highlighted clearly on the existing calendar that was delivered to all homes.