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Line Dancing, Desert Crossings and Lotteries

The Pontesbury and Rea Valley U3A was finally launched on 24 March and is now in full swing. There are 61 paid-up members and applications by new members are welcome and should be made to Hugh Scriven, 790430. Further General Meetings will be held on
28 June and 30 August at the Congregational Church Hall.
Meanwhile thirteen Interest Groups are already active. These are; a General History Group; a Local History Group; a family History Group; an English Literature Group; an Astronomy Group; a Geology Group; an Art History Group; a Painting and Drawing Group; a Gardening and Garden Visits Group; a Walking Group; a Table Tennis Group; a Line Dancing Group (which is keen to attract new members); and a Theatre Trips Group. Further details of these groups and contact details for Group Co-Ordinators can be obtained from Merle Traves 790028, or Jane Simms 792500. Groups will meet approximately monthly by arrangement at the Library, Congregational Church, the Public Hall, Connections and other locations and at members’ own homes. A new noticeboard in the library gives details and updates.
The Friends of the Library will be hosting the illustrated talk ‘Crossing the Empty Quarter’ by local lad Mark Evans, who many of you will know, at the Mary Webb School at 7:00 on Friday 5 May. Mark recently led the first crossing of the Arabian Desert on foot and by camel since 1930. The story of his adventures has already been told to 700 members of the Royal Geographical Society and to a similar audience in New York. He is now setting out on a UK tour including Pontesbury. The meeting will include a bar, light refreshments and a signing of his excellent book. Mark will be making no charge on this occasion and the proceeds will be shared between the Friends of The Library and the Friends of Pontesford Hill. Tickets are £10, and £8 for concessions and some are still available at Pontesbury Library, Shrewsbury Library, Hignetts, Connections and from Friends. Don’t miss it!
On 3 May, local folk music enthusiasts are organising a concert by Steve Knightly at Minsterley Village Hall at 7:00 for 7:30. Part of the proceeds will be donated to The Friends of the Library to HELP KEEP NTHE LIBRARY OPEN. Tickets are £18 and are expected to sell out. They can be obtained from Wendy-Jane Walton, telephone 01743 792714.
The Library Lottery will be launched shortly. The Rules and Application Forms are available from the Library. Subscriptions of £12 per year (£1 per month) will yield prizes of £25, £15 and £10 to be drawn each month at the Library and announced in local Newsletters. Membership will initially be limited to 200 tickets and it is already proving very popular. Proceeds will HELP KEEP THE LIBRARY OPEN.
For those who thoroughly enjoyed or missed the Precious Bane concert by The Village Quire last year, they are performing again on 28 October with a different concert. Details and tickets available later – watch this space.

Spring into the Garden, May 2017

We look forward to seeing everyone at Pontesbury Gardeners’ annual social evening in the Public Hall on Thursday 18 May. Doors open at 7:30 and to tempt you to come along we have three plant stalls run by Bill and Chris Neil, Alison Beresford and Celia Wright and there will be sales of jams, chutneys etc by Rhona Owen. The Stiperstones and Corndon Landscape Partnership Scheme will have exhibits on Poles Coppice and other local projects, and all the usual suspects from the Trading Post will be on hand.
As it is the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Pontesbury & District Gardeners Association there will be a small exhibit of photographs of early shows and of the Trading Post building when it was used as a railway goods shed and station.
Entrance is free, and refreshments will be available, also free of charge, but donations will
be accepted which will go towards a local charity. If you can’t come along, remember that the Trading Post, in Station Road is open every Saturday morning from 9:30 until 12 noon.
Rob Dixon

Letter box reminder

This reminder is for anyone who delivers leaflets, magazines or, in the next few weeks, election matter, to push them all the way through the letterbox (not just caught in it) in case the resident is away so as not to advertise that fact.
Many thanks.

A Note to Event Organisers

The Future Events section of the Diary in the Newsletter is there to help you plan your event to avoid clashing with others in the area which might affect the success of your own. It’s worth checking, just in case.

Pontesbury Parish Council: May 2017

May Elections – Vacancies in Cruckton Ward
Councillor elections for Town and Parish Councils and Shropshire Council will take place on 4 May 2017. Nominations were submitted to Shropshire Council in April. Asterley, Plealey, Cruckton and Habberley wards of Pontesbury Parish Council will not have a poll/election. This is because the nominations submitted were equal or less than the number of Councillors needed. There will be a poll in Pontesbury ward as there are more nominations than Parish Councillor seats available. In Cruckton ward there are currently three Councillor vacancies, which the Parish Council must fill by co-option. If you are interested in being a Parish Councillor, representing Cruckton, please contact the Parish Clerk who will let you have additional information.
Next meeting
The next Parish Council meeting is to be held on Monday 15 May 2017 at Mary Webb School and Science College; starting at 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. If you need to contact the Parish Council, please phone or email the Parish Clerk.
Kate Davies, Parish Clerk, Pontesbury Parish Council
Tel: 01691 886460 (Please leave a message if I am not available to answer your call)