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Pontesbury Players Panto!

Dick Whittington

1st Rea Valley Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

As many of you will have noticed, on Saturday, 26 November as you went to do your shopping in the Pontesbury Co-op, you might have been tempted by the vast array of cakes, muffins and cookies which were available outside. Braving the chilly conditions were members of the 1st Rea Valley Beavers, Cubs and Scouts (and their leaders) as we put
in the final piece of our fund-raising efforts for this term.
Along with the Rea Valley Community First Responders and the Harry Johnson Trust we have been fortunate to be chosen as one of the projects supported by the Co-op’s Local Community Fund project which distributes 1% of members’ spend on Co-op own-brand goods and services into local community groups. To acknowledge this support from the Co-op, its local staff and members, to show what we are proposing to spend the money on (vital refurbishment of our equipment storage container and outdoor equipment) and, naturally, to try and raise a little more, we took the chance to practice our baking skills and feed the entire village cake as you came out to do your morning shopping. Thank you
very much to everyone who baked and who came along and bought cakes from us on the day.
Scouting in the Rea Valley is very much alive and well with provision for Beavers (6–8 yr old), Cubs (8–10) and Scouts (10–14) for both boys and girls. All three sections are represented in Pontesbury with a second Cub section in Hanwood. For more information and contact details find us online at
Andy May, 1st Rea Valley Scouts

Community Library at Pontesbury

Friends of Pontesbury Library can look back at a successful year and contemplate an exciting programme of fund raising and community events for 2018, so first of all thanks to everyone who has supported ‘keeping our library open’, whether you’ve listened to speakers like Mark Evans crossing the desert or Jonathan Walton in the Antarctic, grown plants, danced at the ceilidh, made cakes or just eaten them! And, of course, a special thank you to all those who joined the Santa Fun Run and Walk.
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Santas make a break for it at the start of the Santa Fun Run.

Please make a note in your new diaries and calendars of the following coming up this month.
Chip it for Charity: Saturday 6 January
Ben and his colleagues from Wood Matters will be standing by to receive and recycle your old Christmas trees on Saturday morning at the Trading Post Station Road, between 9am and 12.30 pm. There will also be collection points at School Green, Storage Master (Wharf Business Park) and the Library Car Park from 9am to 11am. You can also contact Ben directly to arrange for trees to be picked up on 07974300328. Wood Matters are kindly providing this service for free with all donations going to the Community
Library. Go Green! Chip it for Charity!




Library Lottery Draw: Saturday 6 January
Why not start the New Year by joining the Library Lottery? Tickets are only £1 per month and, of course, as more people join the prize money increases. Simply fill in a form at the Library or download on from the website. Congratulations to December’s winners:
1st Mr D. Sheppard, 2nd R. Gamble, 3rd Charles Thornley.
Special General Meeting Congregational Hall
Thursday 18 January 6 – 6.30pm
The Friends of the Library are now well advanced in the bid for Charitable Status which will bring with it opportunities to participate in Gift Aid and make bidding for grants more
likely to succeed. The Charity Commission requires a number of significant changes to our initial bid. They have indicated there is then an excellent chance we will be successful. One
of these involves changes to our Constitution, adopted earlier this year, in order to fulfill the Commission’s requirements. To do this legally, we have to hold a Special General Meeting. We therefore intend to hold such a meeting at the Congregational Hall at 6:00 on Thursday 18 January. It will be a very short meeting but it would be great if Friends could come to help us achieve a quorum. For that reason there will be no other ‘entertainment’ but we are sure we could manage a cup of tea and a biscuit! Please put it in your new diary.
Coming Up . . .
Saturday 3 February 11am at the Library Bill Sample will introduce the unveiling of his new sculpture for the Library Garden. More details to follow.

Pontesbury Parish Council Report

The last meeting of Pontesbury Parish Council was due to be held on 11 December 2017 at Mary Webb School & Science College, but due to the severe weather conditions this meeting was postponed.
Newsletter Articles
We have received concerns from a local group that their article for the newsletter was reduced in size. Please be aware that the Parish Council part-funds this newsletter for the benefit of the whole community and we try our hardest to be fair to all organisations in allowing space in the newsletter. We have a limited budget, which therefore restricts the number of pages we can print for each issue. The Parish Council itself is restricted on the space that we can use. When there are lots of articles/information the editor has the authority to cut copy, though every effort is made to accommodate whatever is submitted.
If you are concerned your article may be too long, please liaise with our editor at, bearing in mind it’s not possible to predict how much space will be available as contributors often submit items after the deadline, which is always the 10th of the previous month. Again, every effort is made to accommodate them, although there is no obligation to do so. We also have the Pontesbury Parish website which can be used to put additional information on – which your article can redirect readers to. If you require any further clarification on this matter, please contact the Parish Clerk.
Pontesbury Parish Neighbourhood Plan
There has been a delay starting the Neighbourhood Plan as we were waiting for Shropshire Council’s Local Plan review consultation details before agreeing how to proceed. A number of local people have expressed an interest in being involved and they have been contacted again. If anyone else is interested, please contact the Parish Clerk as it is planned to have a meeting in the New Year to agree membership of the steering committee. Even if you do not wish to be on the Steering Committee we will still need volunteers to assist with specific jobs, so please let us know if you would like to help.
Dog fouling
Dog fouling continues to be a problem around the village and on the new cycleway between Pontesbury and Minsterley. Please remember dog fouling is both unpleasant and potentially dangerous, as dog faeces carry bacteria that can harm children. The Shropshire Council Dog Warden has been asked to place additional notices on the lamp posts to remind dog walkers that it is an offence, punishable by a fine, to fail to clean up after your dog when it has fouled the footpath or any other designated area. If you see someone not clearing up after their dog, please report it to Shropshire Council by calling 0345 678 9006 or online on Shropshire Council’s website (search “dog” at the top of the home page). If it is a persistent problem, please provide as much information as possible, such as at what time the incidents are occurring, a description of the dog walker and dog, and where the fouling has occurred. Shropshire Council’s patrols can then be targeted more efficiently.
Next Parish Council Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting is to be held on Monday 8 January 2018 at Mary Webb School & Science College, Pontesbury; 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
c/o 14 Coly Anchor, Kinnerley, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 8BY
Tel: 01691 886460 (Please leave a message if no reply)

Pontesbury WI 100th Birthday

In January 2018, Pontesbury WI will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The first meeting of the WI in Britain was on Anglesey in 1915 to encourage rural women to become involved in food production and revitalise their communities during the dreadful war years. On 16 January 1918, Pontesbury WI, the eighth inShropshire, was formed by Mrs Jameson,a doctor’s wife and Mrs Seddon,the rector’s wife, followed by the formation of the Shropshire Federation of Womens Institutes in 1919.
Our members will start celebrations in January with an afternoon tea at Sweeney Hall, Oswestry. At a coffee morning in March, we will begin the sale of jars of homemade preserves which will continue throughout the year to achieve a target of 100 sales. In April, the walkers in our group will be invited to walk 100 miles between them finishing at the Parish Hall for coffee and cake.
Our President will host an afternoon tea for members at her home during May. Our lunch team will arrange a fantastic lunch at the June meeting, and there will be musical entertainment and an exhibition of WI memorabilia and crafts created by our talented members. Extra celebratory events will be happening throughout the year and we hope local residents will join with us on some of these occasions. Notices will be given later on these.
Although much has changed since the first WI we remain a group that is interested in the community, supportive of local charities, and above all friendship is the key to our WI to which we always warmly welcome visitors.
The next meeting will be on 12 February at 2pm in Pontesbury Public Hall. Please ring Sue Brookes on 790610 for more information.
Sandra Gray