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Montgomery news round-up

Created on 21/03/2022 @ 09:44

A round-up of the news from Montgomery this week.

Shenanigans is back on!

After its Christmas postponement due to Covid-19, a new date of April 9 has been announced for ‘Shenanigans’.

The event will have a number of bands playing different styles of music, from ballads, through to pop and rock.

Tickets are now available from Bunners or through

Repair Cafe back by popular demand 

Montgomery Energy Group’s Repair Cafe will be back on Sunday (March 27) in the Activity Centre from 3pm-6pm.

After a long break due to Covid-19, the volunteer fixperts are looking forward to trying to fix broken items and also to carrying out tool sharpening.

At previous events, the amazing team has fixed hundreds of items including vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, lamps, toys, laptops, clothes and chairs, and sharpened numerous garden tools and knives. They only charge for parts but a donation towards running costs is welcome.

There will be a selection of bikes (especially children's sizes) looking for new homes with the "Get on your bike" free bike scheme.

The amazing bike team will also be on hand to service your bike or fix a puncture (but they would appreciate it if any bikes brought in are not caked in mud).

Volunteer Pat Turner was delighted about returning, saying: “I am really looking forward to the first Repair Cafe since Covid restrictions were lifted. I have been involved with the venture since it started in the town and have been delighted at the response.

“As a child of the immediate post-war years, I was brought up with the ethos of ‘make do and mend’ and so I am dismayed at the things that people throw away these days - things that could be mended or repurposed, or given to someone.

“The Repair Cafe is great because it addresses my dismay and brings people together. It is a joy to see people go away happy because we have mended their items and saved them some money.” 

Community Fayre

Montgomery Town Hall hosted a Community Fayre recently where many of the town’s 54 organisations and groups were represented.

With stalls, refreshments, raffle and live music filling the building, and even the weather being marginally spring-like, it felt like the town was returning to its pre-pandemic atmosphere. 

Artist Jo Gresty was there representing Solstice Painters, a Montgomery artists’ group and said: “It was a really enjoyable morning and we may have a few new members so we can start up again in the summer.  It was a great success and we were certainly busy.” 

Graham Evans from PAVO, who co-organised the event along with the Town Council and a working group from community organisations, said: “What a great event to be involved with! It was lovely to see so many people back in the Town Hall and enjoying what Montgomery has to offer, and the atmosphere was great. It's so important to have a strong community spirit, especially during challenging times, and Montgomery has that in abundance.

“Many thanks to all the clubs and organisations for making it such a successful event and to the public for coming out to support. A special thanks to the working group who came together to arrange and run the first Community Fayre in Montgomery. We smashed all the objectives and more!”

Mayor Jill Kibble concluded: “Great day at the Community Fayre. What a buzz there was. Organisations picking up new members, coffee mornings restarted, a splendid raffle and a lovely ambience with chatting, music, fun for the tinies and a real sense of community. Only Montgomery could have 54 organisations and groups in this, the smallest of towns.

“I am proud of everyone who does so much for the town. Big thanks to Lydia Bassett for organising the music entertainment and Graham Evans for all his excellent organisation - pleasure working with you.”

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