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'All options' on the table for future of White Lion

‘All options’ on the table for future of White Lion

According to a statement from Admiral Taverns, all options are being looked at for the future of the White Lion pub in Llynclys.

The White Lion in Llynclys
The White Lion sits at the junction of the Llynclys Crossroads

The pub, situated on the A483 just north of Pant, has had a number of managers over the past few years, but has now been empty for some time.

A board on the pub says that Admiral Taverns are looking for people to take it on as a pub, but in their statement to Pant.Today, they said all options are being considered.

A spokesperson said: “At Admiral we are focused on working closely with our licensees to support them to run sustainable pub businesses. We are therefore currently looking at all options for the future of this site.”

Asked if “all options” would include possible disposal, the spokesperson said that they could not comment further.

For further details about taking the pub on as a business visit https://www.admiraltaverns.co.uk/pubs/white-lion-2/


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.

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.

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.


First aid course in Pant, Shropshire

Villagers get to the heart of first aid

Getting to the heart of first aid in Pant

Villagers met at Pant Memorial Hall on Tuesday 6th September to take part in an Emergency Life Saving Skills course.

First aid course in Pant, Shropshire

Run by the MedAid Services Community Initiative,  this free course was organised to provide local people with basic first aid skills which can be used to increase survival rates in an emergency situation.

Speaking at the event, Aden Walker from the MedAid Services Community Initiative said: “Basic skills in CPR and first aid is especially important in rural areas as an ambulance or other help could be many minutes away. That’s why we offer this community training.”

During the course, participants learnt about emergency life support including dealing with unconscious and conscious casualties and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) which is designed to increase the chances of survival for an unconscious patient. CPR is a combination of techniques, including chest compressions, designed to pump the heart to get blood circulating and deliver oxygen to the brain until definitive treatment can stimulate the heart to start working again. This can increase the chance of survival as, as soon as someone stops breathing, their body stops getting the oxygen it needs to keep organs alive.

Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests

Approximately 80% of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCAs) occur at home and 20% in public places. Only about 20% of these are in a ‘shockable rhythm’ (i.e. treatable by a defibrillator) by the time an ambulance arrives. Survival is much more likely when a shockable rhythm is present. The proportion of people in a shockable rhythm could be increased if more cardiac arrest victims received immediate and effective CPR from bystanders.

Therefore more immediate 999 calls and immediate effective CPR given by bystanders could increase the number of people who are given a chance of surviving.

Currently CPR is attempted in only 20% to 30% of cases following an out of hospital cardiac arrest. However, evidence suggests that where CPR is attempted, survival rates could be doubled.

Participants on the course also learnt about the role of publicly available defibrillators. These automated devices are used to shock a heart and bring it back into rhythm and are increasingly found in secure locations such as shops, village halls and sports facilities.

Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council are looking to site two of these devices within the Parish as a benefit to the community and visitors to it. Fundraising to provide the money for their purchase and installation has already started and more information will be available soon.

If you would like to help MedAid Services Community Initiative offer more training sessions to the community, why not consider donating to them at http://www.mascommunityinitiative.org.uk/donate

Free first aid training in Pant

Free first aid training in Pant

Pant Memorial Institute will be hosting a free first aid training course in September for villagers to help them gain the skills to deal with medical emergencies.

First aid training in Pant, Shropshire

Learn CPR which can help save a life

This free first aid training will be delivered by the MedAid Services Community Initiative in partnership with Heartstart Midlands.

This free community first aid and CPR training session will teach basic first aid and what to do if someone stops breathing – the difference between life and death. Pant Memorial Institute which runs the Memorial Hall for the benefit of the whole village, decided to offer this course with MedAid Services as a free community event as a way of increasing knowledge amongst villagers of what to do in a medical emergency.

MedAid Services is a private, independent medical services provider with the vision of providing the highest quality service to our customers by giving accurate advice, regular communication, engaged training and excellent value and care to our customers through saving lives, minimising further injury and taking healthcare to the patient in a timely manner.

MedAid Services was established in 2011 and provides first aid and medical services to private, public, domestic and commercial clients. Over the past three years they have built up an excellent reputation in providing high quality first aid and medical services in and around Shropshire.

No previous knowledge of first aid is needed prior to attending this course, which is being held on Tuesday, 6th September between 7 and 9 pm.

This session is aimed at anyone from the age of 12 and lasts for two hours and covers:

  • The unconscious casualty (Recovery Position)
  • Cardiac Arrest (CPR)
  • Serious Bleeding
  • Choking
  • Heart Attack
  • Shock
  • Calling for an ambulance
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

This course is free to attend, however any donations are gratefully welcome on the day to ensure we can continue to provide free first aid training in the community.

If you would like to attend this course, please book your place in advance by visiting MedAid’s website.

You never know when a villager’s life might depend on you.

Pant Memorial Hall, Pant, Shropshire

Could you help Pant Memorial Hall?

Pant Memorial Hall is run on behalf of the whole village by a committee, many of whom are long-serving and wish to retire. The committee is keen to encourage more local residents to become new committee members and is looking to talk to those who might be able to spare a few hours a year to help the hall.
Pant Memorial Hall, Pant, Shropshire

The hall was originally set up with generous donations from local residents as a memorial to those from Pant who gave their lives in the First World War and it houses the village war memorial. This commemorates the Pant dead in both World Wars and a service of remembrance is held in November each year, to which everyone in the village is invited.

The hall can trace its roots back over 100 years and has been a focal point of the village for many years. Over these years, the hall has hosted children’s parties, wedding and other celebration events, weekly classes and courses as well as being the polling station in a number of elections.

Could you help Pant Memorial Hall?

Many Pant residents have played their part in running the hall on behalf of the village and new members are welcome to come and help keep the hall as an asset for the village and its residents.

In March 2017, the role of chair, secretary and treasurer are up for election and the committee is keen to ‘recruit’ new blood to develop the hall and its events further.

Pant Memorial Hall - main hall for hire

The main hall in Pant Memorial Hall is available to hire

Last year, the hall held the first Autumn Bazaar (which is expected to be repeated this year) and people with new ideas and knowledge will be welcomed, as the committee likes to work as a team.

If you are interested in any of the voluntary positions, they are not too onerous and shouldn’t take up too much time.

The chair – runs the three committee meetings per year.

The secretary – notifies members of meetings, keeps minutes of meetings

The treasurer – pays bills and banks takings, as well as keeping accurate financial records for the committee to consider.

If you would like to find out more about the positions on the committee, please call Beryl on 830769.



Cross Keys in Kinnerley, Shropshire

Bid to buy Cross Keys in Kinnerley for the community

A group of residents in Kinnerley, a village near to Pant, is looking to buy their local pub – the Cross Keys – to save it for the community.

Cross Keys in Kinnerley, ShropshireThe Cross Keys Community Society is urging locals and others in the surrounding area interested in saving the pub to pledge an investment in the society so that it can purchase the building, refurbish it and reopen it as a community-owned pub.

A meeting held recently heard that £75,000 has already been pledged towards a target of over £200,000 for the purchase of the freehold of the property. The society has a deadline of only a few weeks to find out if it can secure enough pledges to raise the purchase price.

The pub will also require refurbishment and the society has identified a number of funding opportunities to secure cash for repairs, extensions and updating the property.

According to the society the plans for the Cross Keys in Kinnerley are for it to become a focal point for the community through the provision of enjoyable facilities and services including accommodation and a community room with a café.

The community has also suggested a number of other ideas for the future of the pub as a community hub.

The Cross Keys Community Society points out that any investment by individuals or local businesses in the society should primarily be seen as a social investment, although their aim is to run the pub at a profit, sufficient to give shareholders a return on their investment.

The minimum investment in the society is £50 per member and the society is also accepting donations to help buy the pub.

If you would like to find out how you can help support for the Cross Keys in Kinnerley, you can find out more on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Cross.Keys.C.S or by emailing crosskeyscommunitysoceity@gmail.com.

Update – 15 March 2016

In an email sent out on behalf of the committee which was seeking to buy the pub for the community it was stated that: “Unfortunately, the total pledged excluding that from Les Jones himself amounted to less than £60,000. This is well short of the £300,000 that we would need to purchase the pub…”

The email continues: “There is no realistic prospect of significant further pledges.” As a result: “the committee has made the decision that the community cannot be involved in the renovation or running of the pub…”

It goes on to say: “Having put in some 2000 hours of voluntary time over the past 18 months the committee is obviously very disappointed with this position. However we have successfully prevented development of the pub and it is now owned by a local resident who has its best interests at heart.”

Go wild in Pant!

Go wild in Pant!

RabbitHere in Pant, we’re lucky enough to see lots of wildlife on a regular basis. From rabbits hopping about on the lawns to bats flitting in and out of the trees, you don’t have to look too far for some animal magic.

Now we want to know what wild creatures you regularly see (or hear) where you live. Whether it is an urban fox in the bins or a flock of seagulls by the sea, most of us see some sort of wildlife in our daily lives.

In Pant, for example, we have seen badgers bumbling up the road and owls hooting from the chimney tops. There are lots of birds to see too, from wood pigeons and collared doves to magpies and robins. In summer, we often see buzzards circling above the fields and we have even seen and heard green woodpeckers – you can’t mistake the sound of their cackling laugh. At this time of year of course, when the weather is cold, if you put out some nuts and seeds, you’re likely to attract lots of birds into your garden.

Pant is quite rural, with fields, rocks and hills all around, so it isn’t surprising there is quite a lot of wildlife, but we’re sure that, wherever you live, you see wildlife too and we’d like to know more.

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If you’ve got a photo you can send us too, that would be great and we can put it on the website. Just tell us where it was taken (and, for copyright reasons, please make sure it’s your own photo!)

A great year for blackberries

A great year for blackberries

A great year for blackberries.

Blackberries in Pant

Free food

By all accounts this year has been a good one for fruit and vegetables in Pant. No doubt the damp start to the year, followed by a mild and sunny summer which didn’t descend into drought has probably helped.

As a gardener fruit and vegetables need a little bit of tender loving care to deliver the best, but thanks to the numerous hedgerows in and around Pant, we can access delicious free food without lifting a spade!

The idea of free food is a very attractive one and provided you know what you are picking and have the right to do so, hedgerows offer a wealth of tasty fayre.

Blackberries seem very abundant this year, and compared to last year, when they seemed to be a little dry and lacking in juice, this year’s harvest is juicy. Just right for a blackberry crumble or tasty jam.

The hedgerows also offer plenty of sloes for those willing to pick the tiny fruit. but the only recipe we have tried using sloes is sloe gin. Does anyone have any other uses for them?


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