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Pant Memorial Hall with Amistice plaques

Village hall secures lifeline

Pant Memorial Hall has been awarded a grant of £10,000 as part of the Government’s Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant fund.

This fund is being used to support those businesses and charities in the leisure and hospitality sectors which have been forced to close during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking about the award, Sean from the Memorial Hall said: “Although the charity that runs the hall for the benefit of the local community does have reserves, we are very grateful to have been awarded these extra funds. During the lockdown we are obviously unable to take bookings for the hire of the hall, which is usually the main way we make money for its upkeep.

Pant Memorial Hall - main hall for hire
The main hall in Pant Memorial Hall

“We are expecting the lockdown to come to an end later this year, but it’s possible that bookings at the hall will suffer for some months to come, so this grant will mean we can be assured of keeping the hall at the heart of the community.”

This grant comes close on the tail of a Big Lottery award that has already been earmarked for a much-needed upgrade to the lighting at the hall. Obviously, this work cannot start until the lockdown has ended and a full specification for the works can be drawn up.

The trustees have invested consistently in the hall over the past few years to keep it in the best state of repair possible and they have managed to do this while increasing the number of visitors and bookings at the hall.
Added Sean: “Until this lockdown, the hall was booked almost every night of the week and most days, so it’s really sad to see it empty. We are continuing to keep the flower displays around the hall in tip top condition and it’s so pleasing when we hear local people say how nice they think it all looks.”

Find out more: www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk

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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.

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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.

Pant Memorial Hall artwork

Pant Artwork Commemorates Armistice

Pant Memorial Hall’s ceramic artwork, commissioned as a permanent commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War, has now been installed and is on display for all to see.

The ceramic relief has been placed on the wall next to the front entrance to the hall, alongside a new gravel garden and planters for flowers.

Speaking about the artwork, Sean, chair of trustees at Pant Memorial Institute, said: “Pant Memorial Hall was founded in 1922 as a memorial to the First World War and we wanted to mark 100 years since the Armistice in some way. We consulted with the people of Pant and the artwork we now have reflected a desire to mark the anniversary at the same time as celebrating our village in a colourful way.”

The artwork is a 3D ceramic mural and has been made by Neil Dalrymple 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 Sean: “We really hope everyone using the hall enjoys the new artwork and space at the entrance. There’s lots of detail in the artwork so there’s plenty to look out for. The gravel area will add to the look of the entrance and in future we might look at adding a small bench so people can sit while looking at the artwork and flowers.”

The artwork was commissioned by the hall and has been generously funded by The Rotary Club of Oswestry’s Mary Hignett Bequest Fund and the Tirgwynt Wind Farm Community Fund.

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.

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Water supply improvements in Pant

Severn Trent are going to be working in the Pant area over the next few months to improve the water supply and a drop-in session is being held at Pant Memorial Hall for residents to find out more.

Severn Trent logo

The new water main will be laid mainly in private land but some of it will also have to be laid along public roads. The roads affected are Briggs Lane, Hillside, Rockwell Lane, Bronwylfa and U2052 (to Pen y Foel) . Severn Trent will have road closures in place to allow them to work quickly and safely, and the closures will either be daytime or full closure. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Roads will be affected as follows:

  • U2052 – start date 23/02/19, finish date 24/02/19: daytime road closure 8am – 4pm
  • Bronwylfa – start date 11/03/19, finish date 29/03/19: daytime road closure 8am – 4pm
  • Briggs Lane – start date 15/04/19, finish date 03/05/19: road closure
  • Rockwell Lane – start date 15/04/19, finish date 10/05/19: daytime road closure 8am – 4pm
  • Hillside – start date 15/04/19, finish date 26/04/19: daytime road closure 8am – 4pm

Please note that the above dates may be subject to change depending on progress.

Severn Trent is holding a drop-in session at Pant Memorial Hall on Tuesday 5 February from 3.30pm to 6.30pm for local people to find out more about the plans, ask questions and to provide their input and feedback.

Other ways to keep up to date with the work in our area include:

  • By phone: Amey Customer Service Centre on 0800 521660
  • Online: Severn Trent website www.stw.works

Please quote project reference 6127372.

If your call is about your water supply or sewerage service, call the Severn Trent Customer Operations Service Centre on 0800 783 4444.

Poppies in Pant Memorial Hall

Pant remembers…

Pant Memorial Hall is holding an Act of Remembrance on Saturday 10th November to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

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 in the village and beyond, 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 a toast to the reopening of the hall following major renovation work to the entrance hallway, as well as improved disabled access, with thanks to the National Lottery. The event will conclude with a singalong of war-time and other popular songs.

Pant Memorial Institute was built in 1922 and originally held a World War I roll of honour. The current memorial tablet in the hall, which commemorates those from Pant who dies 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. It now forms the centrepiece of the annual remembrance ceremony in Pant.

Earlier this year, Pant Memorial Hall received a grant of £9,500 from the National Lottery to help pay for the refurbishment of the entrance hallway. 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 War MemorialShaun 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 hope local people will take the time to come along to remember those who have suffered in war, but especially those who died in the First World War, in this the 100th anniversary year of the Armistice.

“We are also taking this opportunity to toast the reopening of the hall after some major repair work, which was made possible with thanks to a National Lottery grant that covered approximately half the cost. Without this support, and the work of hall volunteers and local people to raise additional funds, for example through our annual Autumn Bazaar, it would have been a huge task to fund this work.

“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 carry on for many more years.”

Visit www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk or find out more on Facebook @PantMemorialHall.

 

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2017

Pant Autumn Bazaar Success

This year’s Pant Autumn Bazaar took place on Saturday 6th October in Pant Memorial Hall and was a great success, bringing the community together and raising over £570 for the upkeep of the hall, which is a registered charity.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2017

The bazaar, now in its fourth year, was held between 2pm and 4pm and saw more visitors than ever. It featured stalls from a number of local organisations and charities, as well as refreshments and an opportunity to see the facilities offered in the Hall.

For the first time at this year’s bazaar, the hall was selling hot snacks fresh from its newly installed electric oven – a selling point for anyone looking to hire the hall for a party or event.

There was also a bring-a-photo exhibition and those attending were invited to bring along a photo or two on the theme of ‘local history and people’. The aim was to showcase the village and those who live there to create a fascinating display for everyone to enjoy.

Once again, there was a wide selection of local craft-makers and businesses offering unique and bespoke products, gifts and cards. As well as a plant stall and local produce, such as cakes, pumpkins, honey and preserves, there were complementary therapies on offer.

The hall itself was running a tombola and bargain bookstall, as well as selling bric-a-brac, to help raise funds. Proceeds from the sale of hot snacks, teas, coffees and cake go towards the upkeep of Pant Memorial Hall, which is a registered charity and a valuable asset for the community.

Shaun Fisher, Hall Treasurer, said: “We would like to thank everyone who came along on the day for making this year’s bazaar the biggest and best yet. We would also like to thank the local businesses that donated prizes, the stallholders who filled the hall and of course the hard-working volunteers who made it all happen. We were delighted with the amount of money raised and we look forward to building on this success in 2019.”

To find out more about Pant Memorial Hall and to hire it, please visit www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk or have a look at their Facebook page @PantMemorialHall.

Works to Pant Memorial Hall

New hallway coming to Pant Memorial Hall

Work is taking place at Pant Memorial Hall to remove the wooden flooring in the entrance hall and replace it with a solid floor.

Pant Memorial Hall, Pant, Shropshire

Thanks to the award of a Big Lottery Fund grant of £9,500, work on the hallway, as well as a new wheelchair-accessible ramp from the fire exit, can now start, with the balance of the costs being met from hall funds.

The floor in the entrance hall and two store rooms will be removed and the void filled in with hardcore and concrete with a layer of insulation, which should help keep the entrance to the hall warmer in the winter.

During the works – from Monday 20th August to Friday 7th September – the hall is completely closed, with no public access.

After that date, it is possible that there will a period when the hallway is untiled, as the concrete needs time to dry out completely before tiling can start.

Over the past couple of years or so, the committee at the hall have been focusing on investing in the hall to ensure it remains a well-maintained space for villagers to hold and attend events. As well as the hallway improvements and fire escape access for disabled people, recent work has included updating the emergency lighting and installing a fire alarm.

According to Shaun Fisher, Treasurer at the hall, there are plans to further update the hall, subject to finance, including repainting and improving the bar area.

“As a community asset, it is important that we regularly invest in the hall to ensure it meets the needs of the community,” he said.

Villagers will have a chance to see the progress of the hallway refurbishment at this year’s Pant Autumn Bazaar which takes place in the hall on Saturday 6th October from 2 – 4pm.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016

It’s summer, but not too early to think about Pant Autumn Bazaar!

It might be hot at the moment, but it’s time to start thinking about Pant Autumn Bazaar.

Pant Autumn Bazaar 2016Yes, we know it is only just summer, but volunteers are already being sought to build on the success of last year’s Pant Autumn Bazaar.

Organised by Pant Memorial Hall, the Bazaar is now in it’s fourth year and aims to bring local people together in the village hall while raising vital funds for the upkeep of the hall.

Everyone in the village is welcome to become part of the organising group for the Bazaar – you don’t need to be a regular hall user – so that all views and ideas are represented.

The first meeting will be held in Pant Memorial Hall at 7pm on Tuesday 24th July and new ideas for activities during the Bazaar will be most welcome.

In previous years, the Bazaar – which takes place on the first Saturday afternoon in October – has featured a range of local stalls selling items from local honey to soap and plants, a tombola to raise funds for the hall and tea and cake. This year, the hall committee is keen that villagers let them know of any suggestions that will improve the event further.

Said Shaun Fisher, treasurer at the hall: “Over the past couple of years we have been investing in the hall to improve it for villagers and the Autumn Bazaar is a major fundraising activity that helps us keep it going. We are looking forward to putting on another successful event and to welcoming as many villagers as possible.”

If you want to attend the planning meeting, there’s no need to book, just turn up to find out more and see how you can contribute.

Once plans for the Bazaar have been finalised, you will be able to find details on the Pant Today website as well as at www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk.

Works to Pant Memorial Hall

Pant Memorial Hall celebrates £9,500 in National Lottery funding

Pant Memorial Hall has received a £9,500 grant from the National Lottery for essential maintenance work and to improve disabled access.

Works to Pant Memorial Hall

The latest round of National Lottery funding, which has just been announced, sees over 2,300 community projects across the UK receiving a share of over £45 million. The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

Pant Memorial Hall is our popular village hall which also serves as the village war memorial, built as it was to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who did not return in World War One. It is a registered charity run by volunteers for the community.

The funding will be used by the hall to help pay for the refurbishment of the entrance hallway. The floor of the entrance hall, which has been in place for over 30 years, is affected by woodworm and needs to be completely replaced. Part of the money will also be used to improve disabled access to the hall by building a ramp from one of the fire exits.Big Lottery Fund logo

Shaun Fisher, Treasurer of Pant Memorial Hall, said: “This is great news for the village! Pant Memorial Hall has served the community of Pant for almost 100 years and we’re now at the stage where some major repair work needs to be done to the hallway. The National Lottery funding will help us to pay for this major undertaking and will also enable us to improve disabled access.

“The hall is a vital asset for the community offering a wide range of classes to local people as well as providing a popular venue for parties and get-togethers. The National Lottery funding will, we hope, help us to carry on for many more years.”

James Harcourt, England Grant Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Whether in a village, town or city, National Lottery funding is helping to make a difference, bringing communities together to help people lead happier and healthier lives.”

To find out about the Big Lottery Fund and the latest round of National Lottery funding, click here. For more about Pant Memorial Hall visit www.pantmemorialhall.org.uk.

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