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Season's Greetings

Season’s Greetings!

When, this time last year, we wished you all a happy Christmas and looked forward to a new year, we couldn’t have imagined how the world would change.

Each year we look back at the changes that have taken place in the village – as well as the country at large – but the idea that the pub and village hall would be closed for a significant part of the year was certainly not something we had contemplated – or at least not due to a brand new virus.

The committee at the village hall have been very proactive during the year, not only in ensuring that the hall met COVID-19 regulations and was able to reopen with robust measures in place, but they have also taken the time to improve the hall. As well as a very deep clean, the hall has seen the installation of new energy-saving lighting, thanks to a grant from the National Lottery. The hall has also been successful in funding 40 new comfortable chairs thanks to money from the Tirgwynt Wind Farm Community Grant. 

Obviously, the hall has been used much less in 2020 than in more usual times, and we hope that people will support new events that will hopefully come on stream in 2021 – especially as the world returns to some sort of normality following the roll out of vaccinations.

The Cross Guns too has had an interesting year to say the least. With the lockdown affecting the hospitality sector so badly, Maureen and her team at the pub have had to do what many others have had to do and offer takeaway when they could, and open as per the guidelines. The ‘Friends of Cross Guns Pant‘ Facebook group, which was set up last year, is still there if villagers want to join.

We also reported this time last year that plans were progressing for work on Schoolhouse Bridge over the Montgomery Canal between Pant and Crickheath. If you have been down that way, you will see that a new temporary roadway was built this year to enable the road to be redirected to let building work commence – hopefully in 2021. The Friends of the Montgomery Canal launched a new website during the year at www.themontgomerycanal.org.uk which has much information about the canal and its restoration.

We were lucky in Pant, at the beginning of the pandemic, that a number of people in the village got together to set up the Pant Coronavirus Support Group. This bunch of fantastic volunteers has been there throughout the year to help local people needing assistance, whether that was with food and medicines deliveries, getting to medical appointments or just a friendly voice at the end of the phone. A huge thank you to everyone in our community who has been able to help.

Many of us have increasingly used online services such as Zoom and Skype for social contact and meetings, and even more have turned to online shopping. Pant Today remains a place where local business can advertise (only £20 a year). Not only will your support help us keep this village website going but it can help your business gain exposure to local customers. Please consider an advert with us.
May we wish you Happy Christmas and Season’s Greetings!

Scam warning

Scam warnings as Christmas approaches

In the run up to Christmas, it is especially important to be vigilant about a number of scams that go around at this time of year, as we send and receive more parcels than usual and make charity donations.

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One scam that has been reported involves people receiving a text message, an email or a Facebook message that appears to be from Royal Mail. The message states that there was an attempt to deliver a parcel and to click a link in order to reschedule the delivery.

The link will direct you to an authentic looking website, which asks for your full name, address, date of birth and mobile number. Once you’ve completed this, you’ll then be prompted to enter your card details, which the scammers can use to access your bank account.

More information about current Royal Mail scams and how to report them is available on the Royal Mail website.

Charity donations fraud

Action Fraud is also warning people to be vigilant when making charitable donations this Christmas. They suggest taking the following steps to make sure your donations go to the right place.

  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information. Look for the registered charity number on their website. You can check the charity name and registration number at https://www.gov.uk/find-charity-information.
  • You can also check if a charity is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. All charities registered here have made a commitment to good fundraising practice: https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/directory.
  • If you’re approached by a collector on the street or at your door, ask to see the collector’s ID badge. You can also check whether the collector has a licence to fundraise with the local authority, or has the consent of the private site owner.
  • Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and phone calls that ask for your personal or financial details – even if it’s in the name of a charity.
  • To donate online, type in the address of the charity website yourself rather than clicking on a link. If in any doubt, contact the charity directly about donating.
  • Be cautious when donating to an online fundraising page. Fake fundraising pages will often be badly written or have spelling mistakes. When donating to an online fundraising page, only donate to fundraising pages created by someone you know and trust.

After making these checks, if you think that a fundraising appeal or collection is fake, report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Please spread the word and make sure your friends and family are aware and remain vigilant. The last thing any of us need, especially in the run up to Christmas, is more stress and the upset this can cause.

Christmas baubles

Season’s Greetings from Pant

Season’s greetings from Pant.Today

As the year draws to a close Pant.Today would like to wish all our website visitors, residents and businesses in Pant a very Happy Christmas and a successful New Year.

Season’s Greetings from PantThe nights are at their darkest at this time of the year and many people brighten up their homes and the village with their displays of lights in their windows and increasingly outside in the gardens.

Maybe one year the Parish Council or local businesses might like to consider offering to judge the best seasonal display or even consider placing a Christmas tree and lights in the village, not only for the benefit of the residents of Pant, but also to those who come home to Pant at this time of the year to be with family and friends at Christmas and New Year. Pant is a very welcoming village and nothing says that more to a traveller returning (or even just passing through) than a bright, colourful display.

On the face of it, not much seems to have changed in the village over the past year, but in reality lots of small things have marked the passage of time, be it new landlords at the Cross Guns, people moving out of the village and new people moving in, the second Pant Autumn Bazaar and numerous meetings of the WI, Parish Council, the Church and Chapel or friends just meeting up.

Together, these small things make up the village and some of them have been captured on Pant Today. We would like to continue keep helping people to keep informed of local events, so please do let us have any news about charity events or anything else of relevance to visitors and residents of Pant, or even if you have photos of your Christmas light displays please do send them in so that we can share them.

Season’s Greetings from Pant. We wish you all a peaceful New Year!

Season’s Greetings 2015

Season’s Greetings 2015

We would like to wish all visitors to Pant.Today all the very best over the Christmas period.

Christmas PantWe have enjoyed bringing you some stories about Pant and the surrounding area and we are always on the look out for information that we can cover on the website that may be of interest to people who live, work or visit Pant.

The area around Pant, whether North Shropshire or Mid Wales is such an interesting area with hundreds of local communities, businesses and charities organising events and we have listed many of these events on Pant.Today. It would certainly be great if readers could let us know of any other events that they know of in 2016.

Pant Autumn Bazaar which was held in Pant Memorial Hall for the first time last October was one event we were especially pleased to promote and we will certainly be helping support it again in 2016.

Wishing you a very happy New Year.

Season’s Greetings from Pant

Season’s Greetings from Pant

Christmas baublesPant Today would like to wish all our website visitors, residents and businesses in Pant a very Happy Christmas and a successful New Year.

The dark nights are really brightened up by the wonderful displays of lights, Christmas trees, snowmen, icicles and Santas on houses across the village. Communities across the UK seem to compete for the best lit village and the lack of Christmas lights along the main road is more than made up for by the enthusiasm of some Pant householders.

Talking of community spirit, the Cross Guns recently held a Christmas bottle tombola to raise funds for the Guide Dogs Association and thanks to their generosity and that of the locals some £150 has been raised for this good cause.

If you have any news about charity events or anything else of relevance to visitors and residents of Pant, or even if you have photos of your Christmas light displays please do send them in so that we can share them with the world!

Season’s Greetings!

Santa takes to the water this Christmas

Santa takes to the water this Christmas

SGeorge Watson Buck Canal Boatanta will be taking to the water this Christmas as he sets off on his trip boat on the canal at Llanymynech.

Santa cruises will take place on the weekend of 13/14 and 20/21 December.

The cruises will start at 1:30pm, 2:15pm. 3:00pm and 3:45pm on both the Saturdays and the Sundays.

All children will receive a personalised present and treats and the adults will get seasonal refreshments.

Tickets (children and adults) are £6.50.

Find Santa’s boat where the A483 crosses the canal in Llanymynech, SY22 6EA.

Booking is essential from Santa Cruise c/o Breidden View, The Wern, Llanymynech SY22 6PD (an SAE would be appreciated). Please give children’s forenames and gender when booking, or call 01691 831497, email: martyn.amys@btinternet.com.

Christmas waste collections in Pant

Christmas waste collections in Pant

Staff from Veolia depot

Staff from the Oswestry Veolia depot

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.

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