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May Newsletter

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May 2018 Newsletter

Community Library at Pontesbury Spring Plant Sale

It’s the event you’ve all been waiting for – a chance to buy plants and seedlings from local gardeners to
help your gardens bloom and thrive through Spring
to Summer and beyond. There will be refreshments
in the Library, good company, a raffle and a bookstall.
On the same morning, the Gardeners’
Association Trading Post will be open for you to buy more essentials for your garden at very reasonable prices. Not to be missed!
All donations can be brought to the library at 9amon the day or on Friday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm. If you need anything collected please leave a message with contact details at the Library and one of the Friends will be happy to arrange this. We would appreciate plants, seedlings, books and raffle prizes.
Protecting our Community Library Sculpture
Working with local police, the Security Camera and Security Light have now been installed outside the Library, focused on the sculpture The Reader. Many of you have enjoyed Bill Sample’s sculpture since its installation. The system now in place will ensure it is kept safe. Sincere thanks to EDA Alarms of Pontesbury who have undertaken the work and borne the majority of the cost, in partnership with FoPL and the Shropshire Library Service.
They trained, they rowed, they made history!
Nearly 200 people turned out to welcome Di Carrington home to Pontesbury. Beaming at the crowds, Di sprang out of the car looking radiant even after her 60-day epic voyage rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. BBC Radio Shropshire’s Johnty O’Donnell covered the event as Di chatted to everyone about her achievement and posed for photographs with community members. Jessica Lawrence and Catherine May had come along as they had heard Di speak about her forthcoming trip at Pontesbury Primary CE School and had keenly followed her progress. They presented her with flowers and champagne on behalf of FoPL. Di thanked the FoPL committee for organizing the event at such short notice. (See pictures at If you’d like to make a donation to the team’s charities visit and simply click on the Make a Donation box near the top on the left-hand side. Di has accepted an invitation to give a talk in Pontesbury sometime soon. A date is yet to be confirmed, so watch this space!
Spotlight on the Community Library’s Services for People Living with Dementia
During May the library will be highlighting library stock and services designed to help those living with dementia and their families. Books on Prescription for Dementia is a set of more than 30 books providing information and support for living well, advice for relatives and carers, reminiscence resources, and personal stories. There will also be a chance to look at a bag from the Shared Memory bag collection designed to prompt memories on themes such as travelling, sports, childhood, pets and working life. The bags are free to borrow with a library card. For more information, contact Heather Rodenhurst on 01743 255031 or email
Lottery Winners
Many congratulations to our March winners: 1st Mike & Sue Edwards, 2nd Brian Morris, 3rd Rachel Killi. To join the Library Lottery or buy more numbers and increase your chances of winning simply fill in the form at the Library or visit our website and click on Library Lottery.
Coming Up . . .
Presentation by local artist
FoPL invite you to a presentation by local artist, children’s author and illustrator Gill Scriven on Saturday 7 April 11:00 at the Library.
Tea, coffee and FoPL cakes available as usual.
Tea and Memories
To mark Dementia Action Week, Pontesbury Library will host a special Tea and Memories event for those living with dementia and their families and carers. Taking place on Monday 21 May from 2:00 – 3:30, the relaxed afternoon will feature a chance to reminisce with library staff on the theme of Seaside and tea, coffee and cakes will be served by the Friends of Pontesbury Library.
For more information about this free event, call the library on 01743 791171 or email

U3A April 2018

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Pontesbury and District Forum Programme for Summer

19 April Jonathan Walton will share ‘An Introduction to Antartica’.
3 May Mike Watkins and Wilma Hayes of In The Sticks Talks will speak on ‘War Diary – story of a WW1 Soldier’.
17 May Shrewsbury Handbells will entertain us.
7 June Kelda Wood tells us of her ‘Road to Recovery and Ambitions for the Future’.
21 June Visit to Gregynog House and Gardens
5 July Garden Party at Westley House Barn
We meet in the Congregational Church Hall, Pontesbury, at 2:00, unless on a trip. Visitors are always welcome.
For more details please contact: Anne Wilson 01743 791263 Email:
Anne Wilson

Pontesbury Parish Council Report: APM March 2018

The Annual Parish Meeting was held on Monday 12 March 2018. Visitors and Councillors were welcomed to the meeting and Cllr Duncan Fletcher gave an update on Parish Council activities throughout the last twelve months. Cllr Fletcher also thanked the Parish Councillors for their involvement in parish activities and for representing the Parish Council and local community at various committees and events. The outgoing Clerk Kate Davies was thanked for all her support over the past five years and the new Clerk welcomed. Activities for the forthcoming twelve months include working with the community to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan. This will be an opportunity for local people to get involved in shaping their local community and is a statutory document which has a material influence on planning decisions in the Parish. There were also reports from Cllr Nick Hignett updating on Shropshire Council activities, from PC Ross Cookson, representatives of the local village halls and from the Parish Pathways Partnership. Thank you to all those who attended and the wider community for your continued support. The Chairman’s Report can be seen in full on the Parish Council website,  or click here.
This was followed by an extraordinary Full Council Meeting primarily to consider the initial support by the Parish Council for the community of Plealey to maintain a valuable community asset in the form of Plealey Methodist Chapel. The next Parish Council meetings will be on Monday 9 April when there will be a Planning Committee meeting at 6.30pm followed by a full Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm. These will take place at the Mary Webb School & Science College. Please note a change in date for the May Planning committee meeting – due to bank holidays, this will now be held on Monday 30 April at 6.30pm at Pontesbury Public Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend all of these meetings.
If you need to contact the Parish Council, please phone or email the Parish Clerk. Debbie Marais, Pontesbury Parish Council, 8 Holbache Rd, Oswestry, SY11 1RP. Email: Tel: 01691 661157 (please leave a message if I am not available to answer your call).
Mrs Debbie Marais, Parish Clerk, Pontesbury Parish Council, 8 Holbache Road, Oswestry, SY11 1RP  Email:  Tel: 01691 661157 (Please leave a message if I am not available to answer your call)