Montgomery residents were thrilled to see the recent return of traditional Saturday morning coffees to their town hall.
Last Saturday was a coffee morning with a difference to raise funds for Ukrainians.
Hosted by the City Council, the morning included a sealed auction coordinated by local artist Josette Gresty who had collected a range of beautifully crafted objects generously donated by herself and other artists and makers.
Visitors enjoyed the distribution of delicious homemade cakes and pastries and a grand raffle organized by the town crier, and were able to purchase unique Okami Makes origami cards from 11-year-old Jenny Bailey-Beech.
Outside, Monty Folk played a variety of tunes throughout the morning. Their street performances resulted in more generous donations and the catchy tunes got people dancing in the streets.
The town was thrilled to welcome its newest residents to the event – a family escaped from war-torn Ukraine who are staying with a Montgomery host family.
They were joined by another family housed at Bishop’s Castle. As with other refugees, it took many weeks of perseverance supported by their host families to obtain all the necessary documents to come to Britain.
Thanks to the generosity of participants, the town council raised over £1,500 which will be split between Médecins Sans Frontières working in Ukraine and the Red Cross supporting refugee camps in eastern Hungary, where the town has links with the mayor and council of Kunagota.
Montgomery Ranger, Rosa Stephenson, continued to manage the Destination Montgomery geocaches, which she started as part of her last volunteering at the Gold Duke of Edinburgh.
Rosa checks and maintains 11 geocaches, some in Montgomery and others as far as Priest Weston and Powis Castle.
The caches were installed a few years ago by Destination Montgomery and Penri Jones. Rosa has been managing them for almost a year. She fixed the broken ones and replaced the missing ones, and now checks them regularly so they’re ready for geocachers to find.
The caches are all quite small and mostly hidden from passers-by, but ready to be found by those hunting using the website or app.
Rosa said: “Our most popular geocache, Castle Geocache, has over 150 finds and is located near Montgomery Castle. Recently I have been looking to place new geocaches, which I hope will be up and running by early summer.
For more information or to participate, go to https://www.geocaching.com/play
The funfair returns
The carnival is back in Montgomery this year.
Simons will bring the fair back to Broad Street on Thursday May 5.
The May Fair has been held on the first Thursday in May for many years.
The Old Bell Museum explained that it was originally a fair for hiring servants and labourers.
Even then, like now, it was an important social occasion and an opportunity for the community to come together and have a lot of fun.
Jill Cawthray addressed the Montgomery Gardening Club at their monthly gathering with a timely discussion of plant propagation.
Members heard tips on growing from seed, including the wonders of horticultural gravel. They also learned the different ways to take herbaceous and resinous cuttings in order to create more plants for free.
The talk on May 9 will be “Plants for the Season” by Paul Green and will take place at the Activity Center at 7:30 p.m.
The club will then hold its highly anticipated annual plant stand in Arthur Street on Saturday 14 May.
To help Montgomery celebrate the Jubilee and get everyone in the mood, a window display contest is being held.
Residents and businesses are invited to decorate a window or a fence, a wall or a garden.
Registration to judge costs £1 with forms available from Bunners and all proceeds will go to the new Montgomery Play Park.
A panel of local judges from a mixed age range will judge on Saturday June 4 and the winners will then be announced at the community street party on Broad Street the following day.
Deputy Mayor Wendy Beaven said, “Let’s make this a day when we can join in a community event to celebrate this historic milestone.
Meanwhile, event planning is underway and gaining momentum. with the lighting of the lighthouse on Town Hill on the evening of Thursday June 2 to begin the celebrations.