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   News from Middletown, Trewern,
      Buttington and Hope area.
  The Border Gossip is now available to read online

                                    April — May 2011
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 01938 570854        07779837268
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                         K & C Yarwood Ltd.
                    Ice Cream Event Specialist
      We are based at Middletown; currently looking for staff for
            the summer season. Several vacancies available:
                          Drivers and non-drivers
                    16/17 years - £4 - £5 per hour
                   18 - 20 years - £5 - £6 per hour
                 Over 21 years - £6.70 - £8 per hour
  Mainly weekends, attending shows and festivals across the country.
                       (some weekday work available)

           Please ring 01938 570 276            07850 215 591
Diary Dates
2 April    Car Boot Sale Buttington Trewern School 9am—1pm
3 April    Mothering Sunday 11am Service Middletown Church
3 April    Cefn Chapel - All Age Service 9am
5 April    Public Meeting - Middletown Village Hall
           National Grid pylons 7pm
6 April    WI Meeting — Middletown Village Hall - 7.30pm
8 April    EASTER BINGO Buttington Trewern School 6.30pm
10 April   Tickets on sale for Royal Wedding Reception at
           Middletown Village Hall from 7.30
11 April   Afternoon Tea Buttington Trewern School 2—3pm.
11 April   Gt Wollaston PCC AGM Middletown Village Hall 7.30pm
13 April   Border Club, Middletown Village Hall - Antiques
17 April   Palm Sunday Service Middletown Church 8.15am
20 April   National Grid Pylons Bus—Middletown Village Hall Car park
20 April   Holy Week evening service, Middletown Church 7.30pm
21 April   Police Surgery—Middletown 11.30—12.30pm
21 April   Maundy Thursday 7.30pm All Saints, Buttington
21 April   Good Companions AGM 2pm
22 April   Watch the Cross 2pm All Saints Buttington
24 April   Easter Service Great Wollaston Church - 11am
29 April   Royal Wedding Reception—Middletown Village Hall
4 May      Computer class (start) Middletown Village Hall 9.30am
6 May      Local Development sites—closing date
6 May      Cefn Chapel Anniversary Service 7pm
7 May      Car Boot Sale Buttington Trewern School 9am—1pm
11 May     Border Club visit - National Waterways Museum
21 May     CASINO NIGHT Buttington Trewern School
24 May     Last day for items for the next Border Gossip
                                       Car Boot & Table Top Sale
 Buttington Trewern
                                      1st Saturday in each Month
 Community Centre
             Chairman                       Sat 2nd April 2011
                                             Sat 7th May 2011
  Linda Hughes 01938 570345                 Sat 4th June 2011
                                            Sat 2nd July 2011
         Booking Secretary
                                           Sat 6th August 2011
 Doreen Vernon 01938 570467              Sat 3rd September 2011
Weekly Events -
                                              Car Boot £5
Monday—Playgroup, Bowls
                                          Table top (inside) £7
Tuesday-Ty n Fi (Welsh mother
& toddler group)                       Refreshments — Bacon Baps
                                              Tea & Coffee
Wednesday—Playgroup, Bowls

Thursday—Playgroup,                Buttington Trewern Playgroup
                                   Buttington Trewern Community Centre
                                            9am - 11.30am
                                      everyday except Tuesday
                                       For further information
             Ti a Fi                        07530994095
  Welsh mother and toddlers
  group meets every Tuesday
Morning from 9.15am - 11.15am                   Bowls
  Buttington Trewern Community
                                          Buttington Trewern
  Centre. Each week there is a
                                           Community Centre
 group story, craft and singing.
        Its £2 a session.                       Contact

Contact : Manon Watkin on                    01938 590341
01686 650193 or 07814240431
                                   Royal Wedding Reception
                                   You are cordially invited to
       Village Hall                attend an ―alternative‖ re-
             New website           ception for William and Kate
                                   in Middletown Village Hall on Friday 29
              Chairman             April from 6 pm until 1am.
  John Davies 01938 570281
                                   Tickets are limited so strictly first
       Booking Secretary           come first served. Parties of 10 or
  Kath Onions 01938 570286         more will have reserved seating. En-
                                   tertainment will be a Disco, Live Music
                                   and a Magician plus a Bouncy Castle.
Weekly Events -                    Food will be served between 7pm and
                                   9 pm. This event will raise much
                                   needed funds for the village hall.
Tuesday—Good Companions,
                            Tickets (including food) Adults £7.50,
A458 Youth Club             Under 11 £5, Family Tickets (2 Adults
Wednesday— WI, Border Club, & 2 Under 11) £20, Over 65s £6.50
Computer Classes                           Enquires for tickets to
                                         Gill Corfield 01938 570526
Thursday—Thai boxing
                                         Judy Evans 01938 570501
Friday— Welsh Classes,             All tickets to be collected and paid for
                                   before the event and will be available
                                   at Middletown Village Hall on Sunday
Sunday                             10 April from 7.30pm.

IT Classes
There are a few places on the next computer course that will
be held in Middletown Village Hall starting Wednesday, 4 May
2011 from 9.30 to 11.30am. This is the course for you if you
need help with email, the Internet, touch typing, word processing,
spreadsheets or digital imaging of photographs. The cost for the 8 week
course is £29. To book a place or for further information contact Julie
Akehurst 01686 688653 or email:
      All Saints Church              Middletown & Great Wollaston PCC

             Middletown              3 April Mothering Sunday at 11am
                                     The Brownies and local youngsters will
Services                             be taking part in the service to which
1st Sunday     11am      Family      everyone is invited.
3rd Sunday     8.15am Communion      11 April PCC Annual General Meeting
                Vicar                will be held in Middletown Village Hall
                                     at 7.30 pm — everyone welcome to
  Rev. Val Tait 01743 850254
           Church Warden
                                     20 April Holy Week - An
Maggie Connelly       01938 570006
                                     evening service will be
                                     held in Middletown Church
     St John the Baptist             on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

      Great Wollaston                17 April Palm Sunday Service 8.15am

Services                             24 April Easter Sunday Service at
                                     Wollaston at 11am
4th Sunday 11am         Communion
                                     5 June A special ―Songs of Praise”
                Vicar                service to be held at 11am, when the
                                     new hymn books will be dedicated -
   Rev. Val Tait 01743 850254
                                     everyone welcome to attend and those
           Church Warden             who sponsored a hymn book will
    Jane Shaw 01743 884971           receive an invitation to the service .

                                           100 Club Draw - March
Middletown & Great Wollaston PCC
                                                  £10 Winner
       100 Club Draw                             Graham Reeves
                                                  £5 Winners
Monthly winners 1 x £10 & 5 x £5
                                        Mrs J Paddock, Yew Tree Cottage
       Plus 2 x £50 a year                      Val & Alan Davies
                                                 The Lee Family
  £10 membership per year                         Mrs M Watkin
                                                  Mrs I Hughes
      Contact - Treasurer

  Gill Corfield 01938570526
       All Saints Church              All Saints Church News
                                      27 March 10am Morning Prayer
                                      3 April    10am Family Service for
 serving Buttington, Trewern & Hope                Mothering Sunday
Services                              10 April 10am Family Service for
                                                 Passion Sunday
10am each Sunday
                                      17 April 10am Holy Eucharist for
             Vicar                              Palm Sunday
 Canon Roger Bird 01938 554245        21 April   7.30pm Holy Eucharist for
                                                  Maundy Thursday

             Curate                   22 April   2pm-3pm Watch at the
 Rev‘d Hazel Stibbe 01686 668912
                                      23 April    7.30pm Easter Vigil

        Church Wardens                24 April   10am Holy Eucharist for
 Mrs Mona Broxton 01938 570225                    Easter Day (Easter Egg
  Mrs Ann Jerman 01938 570140                     Hunt after)
                                      1 May      10am Holy Eucharist

                                      Saturday 9 April there will be a fund-
 Graham Roberson 01938 570130         raiser at the Church House Welshpool,
                                      stalls, tea, coffee, raffle please come
               Secretary              along 9am-11am.

Mrs J Evans-Tibbott 01938 570679

             St Winefrid’s
                                      St Winefrid’s Services
           Catholic Church
                                      21 April    Holy Thursday Mass 7pm.
    Raven Street, Welshpool.
           Father Victor Walter       22 April    Good Friday Celebration
             01938 555657                         of Our Lord's Passion 3pm
                                      23 April     Easter Vigil Mass 8pm
Saturday Vigil Mass       6-30pm
Sunday      Mass          9am         24 April     Easter Sunday Mass 9am.
    Cefn Methodist Chapel                    Good Companions
              Contact                      Usually meet on 3rd Tuesday
                                                 in each month at
     Freda Davies 01938 552817               Middletown Village Hall
Cefn Chapel Services
3 April All Age Service at 9am led          Chris Hilditch 07956091205
         by Eileen Jobling                          Secretary
10 April Service at 6.30 led by Nigel       Val Buckley 01938 570188
17 April No service - event at                   Press Secretary
         Welshpool                           Mai Sirrell 01938 570676
24 April Holy Communion service at
         6.30pm led by Mr Taylor        Good Companions
1 May No Service
                                        On Wednesday 16 March the Good
6 May (Friday) Chapel Anniversary
         at 7pm service led by Rev      Companions held a Skittle evening
          Ralph Wilkins                 with a fish & chip supper. It was
8 May No Service                        attended by 27 members and 3
15 May Holy Communion Service at        guests. Shelagh, Eileen Brown &
         6.30pm led by the Rev Sue      Roy Wilding. The draw winners
         Lawler                         were Margaret, Majorie Scott & Bill
22 May No Service
                                        Buckley. The skittle competition
29 May Service at 6.30 led by Terry
         Jobling                        was won by Chris Hilditch. A sur-
Thank you very much to all who at-      prise at the meeting was
tended the recent concert which         Roy Bradbury‘s birthday —
raised £400 towards improvements at     Beryl brought along wine
the Cefn Chapel.                        and a birthday cake to
Good Companions                         celebrate and Ron enjoyed his eve-
                                        ning - A big thank you to Beryl.
Bonus Ball Winners
5/2/2011      Colin Harding             The next meeting is on Thursday
12/2/2011     Tony Hughes               21 April at 2pm (not Tuesday), it
19/2/2011     Barbara Chapman           will be the AGM. Membership is £5
26/2/2011     Chris Hilditch            for 12 months. During the summer
5/3/2011      Anne Ashley               Good companions go out on trips
12/3/2011     Sharon Thomas             and in the winter months there are
                                        various activities in the hall.
19/3/2011     Linda Trow
         Middletown WI                           Border Club
        Meet 1st Wednesday               Meet 2nd Wednesday in Month
     in each month at 7.30pm                Middletown Village Hall
      Middletown Village Hall                    Joint Chairman
             President                    Janet Cresswell 01938 570484
     Ida Hughes, 01938 570248             Pauline Hawkes 01938 570185
     Miep Behan 01938 570476           Border Club
                                       In March we went to The Space
                                       Guard Centre at Knighton, organ-
Middletown WI
                                       ised by Arthur Bell. After spending
There was a good attendance at the time and lunch in Knighton we
meeting on 2 March and after the       visited the Centre for an extremely
Secretary‘s report, names were         interesting tour, our guide ex-
                                       plained that the Centre‘s main
taken of members, wishing to at-
                                       function is to track meteorites and
tend the Forden WI meeting, on the asteroids within the solar system
next evening. The programme for        and record their movements, to
the WI County Show to be held at       provide an early warning system for
Abermule in May was distributed.       those which are heading towards
                                       earth. It is hoped that it will then
Mr Simon Boyes presented a series      be possible to bump these further
of very interesting slides, taken on a out into space to avoid a collision.
cruise to Easter Island, Pitcairn Is-  The Centre is self-funding and re-
land and other smaller islands in the ceives no government aid.
Pacific Ocean.                         The next social activity on 13 April
                                       will be a brief talk on antiques and
There was a good collection            valuations of members ―priceless‖
of sea side shells entered in          items by Jeremy Lamond.
the monthly points competition.        Those wishing to visit the National
                                       Waterways Museum at Ellesmere
An outing to ―Rake House‖ Bridge-
                                       Port on Wednesday 11 May to give
north has been arranged for May.       their names to Arthur 01938
The next meeting to be held on 6
April — Mrs Penny Vingoe will give a   Anyone interested in visiting
                                       Ludlow on 6 July to see ―Twelfth
demonstration using Polymer Clay.
                                       Night‖ please call Liz Davies on
All interested welcome to attend.      01938 570281
        A458 Youth Club              Caradog Trewern Brownies
      Fortnightly on Tuesday              Meet every Thursday
      Middletown Village Hall          Buttington/Trewern Centre

           7pm - 9pm                     Brownie Guide Leader
             Leaders                   Linda Hughes 01938 570345
    Janet Foster 01938 570672

    Gill Corfield 01938 570526

458 Youth Club                      Caradog Trewern Brownies
458 Club will be taking new         Brownies are aged 7 to 10 years
members after Easter, for those     and have meetings every Thurs-
young people who are leaving pri-   day at 3.05pm till 5.00pm. We
mary school to start high school    still have plenty of room, come
in September. The club meet al-     and join us and have fun doing
ternative Tuesdays from 7pm-        games, making craft and going
9pm if you would like further in-   out visiting places, we also do
formation please contact Janet      badges, and have people in to
on 570672 or Gill on 570526         give us talks.

   Caradog Young Farmers                     Thai Boxing
             Contact                    Middletown Village Hall
    Selina Jones 01938 570647                7.30—8.30 pm


                                        Contact Robin Breakwell

                                            01938 570034
                     Middletown Village Show
                        Saturday 9 July 2011
              Chairman — Charlie Turner 01938 570247
              Treasurer — Gill Corfield 01938 570526
              Secretary — Judy Evans 01938 570501
The Schedule and Entry Form are with this issue of the Border Gossip,
extra competition entry forms available to download from the website.

Booking forms for trade stands, charity stalls and car boot spaces may also
be downloaded from the website. (new this year a Marquee with inside
space for Craft Stalls) - space is limited so book early to avoid disappoint-

The show programme still has some space available for advertisers.

Dog Show Classes 2011- kindly sponsored by Paws 'n' Claws
Class    1.    Best Groomed (dog and handler)
Class    2     Best Pedigree (dog or bitch)
Class    3.    Best Cross Breed.
Class    4.    Best Small Breed.
Class    5.    Veteran Dog or Bitch (over 7yrs)
Class    6.    Dog or Bitch Judge would most like to take home.
Class    7.    Basic Obedience/Agility (Handler under 12yrs)
Class    8.    Basic Obedience/Agility (Handler 13—97yrs)
Class    9.    Simon says. (A lot of fun, elimination game)
Class   10     Egg and Spoon Race (All ages, handicap start)

Many thanks for all those who have offered to help — help is always
needed — at the planning stage, setting up the week before the show, on
the day and clearing away after the show - if you would like to volunteer
please contact one of the show officers above.
               Buttington / Trewern C.P. School

            Head Master — Colin Jenkins         01938 570283

Thank you to all the parents for their kind words regarding the new half
yearly progress reports. Estyn ,the Welsh inspectorate for education ,have
advised schools to report on where children are currently at in their
current education (National Curriculum) and to suggest the next step
targets. I agree the technical report language can be sometimes difficult
to understand. The new tracking, assessment, recording and reporting
software that has been invested in by the school ensures that each child‘s
education at that point in time can be pin-pointed and is a super tool for
teaching staff. As a school we shall try to simplify some of the technical
teaching jargon for the next reports in July. Thank you once again for your
continued support.

Cross Country
A number of children (17) from the school have been taking part in the
Dragon sport cross country fun competition.. The first round was at
Guilsfield and all the children did exceptionally well.

The year 3/4 mixed relay team and the year 3 /4 boys team came first in
their respective events. Other fantastic individual performances went to
Ffion Lovatt-2nd, Ben Marston-1st, Emily Cann-3rd, Morgan Davies 4th, Ben
Edwards 4th and Tom Wilde 5th. Mr Vaughan commented on how well all
the children had done and also how well represented the school was.

Picking up from School
Once again could I ask all parents to use the car park at
the end of the school day. (not the D area). Try to park a
little closer as sometimes large areas can be wasted. If
plenty of care and patience is adopted then the car park
will be a safer place.
MR Motivator in School.
On 22nd of March the GMTV health icon Mr Motivator will be in school to
help promote the very exciting healthy matters programme which is the
brainchild of Mrs Vicky Bowen. The school has been chosen as one of only
four chosen in the whole of the UK to develop this project. Further details
will follow.

Thanks PTFA.-Laptops
The school has just received 12 laptops purchased by the PTFA
for a further development to our IT capacity.
The laptops will be wireless which would enable whole classes
to access the used programs within their own classroom. This will be such
an asset for the school in delivering the curriculum through an enquiry ap-

Free to a good home
The school has a number of computer screens which work but are no
longer required. If you need one or know of somebody who wants one or
more then please contact the school. We have 7 V.D.U‘s available with
the connections.

Pyjama Drama
Sarah from Pyjama drama has been coming in to take drama lessons with
Year 1. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the experiences.

TNS -Football in the community.
Football after school club has started up again after our winter break. One
hour sessions run from 3.30-4.30pm on a Monday .The ses-
sions are taken by 3 fully trained , CRB checked coaches.
Children from year 2-year 6 are welcome to attend for a
weekly fee of £2.50. Please see MR J for
                      Buttington Trewern School
           Parents, Teachers, Friends Association (PTFA)

EASTER BINGO—Friday 8 April 6.30pm. There will be refreshments and a
raffle. Please come along for a family fun evening.

CASINO NIGHT—Saturday 21 May - to include 6 casino tables – Black Jack,
Roulette, Craps, Play your Cards Right. Tickets will be £15.00 to include
             supper, and chips to use on the casino tables. Bring you own
             drinks. We will also be running a fun blind auction, raffle
             and an auction of promises/prizes. To book tickets or a ta-
             ble, please telephone Julie Powell 01938 570049 or Emma
             Wilde 01938 570323.

  Buttington Trewern School Children's Council invite you
  to an Afternoon Tea. The children will be serving refresh-
  ments on Monday 11 April from 2pm-3pm in the school
  hall to raise money towards purchasing non fiction reading
  books. Entry is £1.00 for adults and 50p for children to
  include a drink and cake. Please come along to support this children's
  initiative and enjoy a cuppa!

  Buttington Trewern School PTFA (Parents, Teachers, Friends Associa-
  tion) have 10 circular table cloths to hire. They are white cloths and
  will fit a 5ft or 6ft round table. Cost is £6.00/cloth. Please telephone
  Julie 01938 570049 to hire.

Local Recycling
Paper Bank in the car park of Middletown Village Hall raises money
for the Village Hall.

Clothes Bank + CD and Book Bank for British Heart Foundation in
the car park of The Green Dragon, Buttington.
                        Community Council
     Clerk — Jane Shaw 01743 884971

                                    Trewern Ward
Middletown Ward                     Phil Hughes 01938 570345
Ida Hughes 01938 570248             Colin Jenkins 01938 570063
                  (Chairman)        Dave Morrell 01938 570389
Gareth Jones 01938 570377           Brian Mountford 01938 570515
Tim Hilditch 01938 570420
                                    John Evans 01938 570168
                                    Peter Davies 01938 552817
                                    Gill Corfield 01938 570526

Community Council News
National Grid Consultation
Each household should have received a pack about
this consultation over the proposed new substation
and new power lines to take electricity generated from
the wind farms in Powys to join the main National Grid line running
between Shrewsbury and Wrexham.
It’s vital that everyone is able to view and comment on these propos-
als which could have a major affect on the area.
There is a mobile exhibition at Middletown Village Hall on 20 th April
between 2pm and 7 pm as well as other exhibitions in the local area
to go to. In addition all the details are on the website:

At the same time a consultation is being made by Scottish Power on
the connections between the wind farms and the substations.
Please remember to fill in your forms on 27th March
The Council is in the process of setting up a website which will have
all our information on it, so look out for more news on this!

The next Council meeting is on Tuesday 29th March 7.30pm at
Buttington Trewern Community Centre.
                        Powys County Council
              County Councillor—Dawn Bailey 01938 570632


Powys County Council news
Every household in Montgomeryshire has recently received a National Grid
newsletter informing us of their intentions to site a new substation (Hub) and
132kV/400kV transmission lines here in Montgomeryshire to serve both ex-
isting and future Wind Farms in the area. Several serious points need our
   Two locations for the new Hub have been identified – Abermule or
         Cefn Coch (which is near Llanfair Caereinion);
   The new 400kV connection from the Hub needs to be connected to
         the existing 400kV line that runs between Wrexham and
   The Hub will require 132kV and 400kV transmission lines, the
        400kV transmission lines will be on 46 metre high metal py-
        lons (National Grid have suggested the final connection could
           include a combination of underground cables and overhead lines)

   If Abermule is the chosen location for the Hub, there are 4 National
          Grid Route Corridor options for the transmission line identi-
          fied – 3 of which go through our community, one signifi-
          cantly follows the same route previously identified for the
          Middletown/Trewern ‘by-pass’.

As a matter of urgency, I intend holding a
Public Meeting on Tuesday 5th April at
7pm in Middletown Village Hall in order
to brief residents on the proposals and the
potential impact on our community. A deci-
sion is to be made by National Grid on the
location of the Hub as early as September
2011 so we must be proactive.
  ‘Say No to Pylons in the Severn Valley’
                 PUBLIC MEETING
                              In order to discuss
         National Grid proposals to develop a Substation and
                          400kV grid connection
       to be sited within Montgomeryshire – Abermule or Cefn Coch

                     Tuesday 5th April at 7pm
 Power point presentation on proposals by Powys County Councillor Wynne
        Jones PCC Board Member for Planning and Regeneration

I cannot emphasise enough the significant impact National Grids transmis-
sion line proposals would have on our community and I have given below
the dates of National Grid public exhibitions that are being held nearest to
us, at these exhibitions you will be given opportunity to question the Na-
tional Grid team and register your views on their proposals – it is essential
every resident within our community makes a response as the public will
play an important role in the decision making process.

We must be proactive and adopt a united approach – I look forward to see-
ing you all on Tuesday 5th April at 7pm in Middletown Village Hall.
National Grid Exhibitions
       Welshpool Town Hall             Friday 15th April     2pm-8pm
       Welshpool Town Hall             Friday 6th May        2pm-8pm
National Grid Mobile Bus Exhibition
       Middletown Village Hall         Wed 20th April        2pm-7pm
View Route Corridor and Substation site @
                       Powys County Councillor Dawn Bailey
     Buttington Trewern Community Centre

           Friday 16 September 2011

                   Doors Open 7pm

               Tickets £10 per head

       Parties of 10 will have reserved seating.

Tickets will go on sale the first week in May, but book

now to guarantee tickets — the Abba tickets sold out

          within two weeks of going on sale.

All money raised will go to buy a defibrillator to cover

        the villages of Trewern & Middletown

 Any queries contact Gill on 01938 570526
Bus Service

The X75 service leaves for Shrewsbury from

                           0757     0947     1117     1317    1517    1717
      Green Dragon

      Trewern, Bus
                           0801     0951     1121     1321    1521    1721

                           0805     0955     1125     1325    1525    1725
     Breidden Hotel

The X75 leaves for Welshpool from

                        0738      0938     1138     1338     1453    1653    1827
  Breidden Hotel

  Trewern, Bus
                        0742      0942     1142     1342     1457    1657    1831

                        0746      0946     1146     1346     1501    1701    1835
  Green Dragon

                      Powys Local Development Plan
           Call for   Potential Development Sites
  Powys County Council is preparing its planning policies for the period
  up to 2026. As part of the new Local Development Plan, it is looking
  for land to meet the needs of its communities.

  Do you own or know of land suitable for housing, employment, open
  space etc. If so, Powys County Council would like to hear from you.
  For appropriate forms and guidance notes go to or
  email Alternatively phone 01938 551229

                       Closing date Friday 6th May 2011
Letters…………….Have you any news, views, ideas, special messages,
congratulations, special birthdays, recipes, good neighbours, holiday des-
tinations, do you have the answer to questions raised …………If so send us
a letter or reply to a letter published here.

Car Boot Sales                          Co-ownership Properties

With reference to the car boot          You are asking for ideas for land
sales at Buttington &Trewern            use under the Local Development
School, could I please suggest that     Plan. For me, it would be the
they be held on weekends other          building of affordable housing for
than when the Abermule car boot         local people coupled with some co
sale is held. (I think the Abermule     -ownership properties. And also,
sales are held every other week-        some land to be developed for use
end). I know of several people          as allotments for local people to
who pass over a visit to the Trew-      grow their own produce as we cur-
ern one in favour of Abermule.          rently have no facility for this at
Ms L Howells, Parc Caradog
                                        Ms L Howells, Parc Caradog.

           Royal Wedding Reception
                    Middletown Village Hall

         Friday 29 April                  6 pm until 1am
  Entertainment will be a Disco, Live Music and a Magician plus a Bouncy
           Castle. Food will be served between 7pm and 9 pm.

          Tickets (including food) Adults £7.50, Under 11 £5,
      Family Tickets (2 Adults & 2 Under 11) £20, Over 65s £6.50

 This event will raise much needed funds for the Middletown Village hall.

                        Tickets &further information -
          Gill Corfield 01938 570526      Judy Evans 01938 570501
A Tabby Cat - if you                               Congratulations
have lost a tabby cat in                           to Nick and Charlie
the past months please                             Thomas on the birth of
ring Myfanwy Jarman                                their baby son Caidn
01938 570240             Land wanted               James born on 29 Janu-
                          Two local women are      ary 2011—11 weeks
Wanted                    keen to hear from any- early - home from
Reliable person to feed   one in the Trewern or    hospital 25 March. We
a cat for a few days in   surrounding area who     would like to thank
the summer. Please        has a small plot of flat everyone on the Neo-
contact us 01938          land available to con-   natal Unit, RSH for
570446                    vert into two small al-  their care and support
                          lotments. Yearly rent    though this difficult
Happy Birthday
                          would obviously be pay- time.
Kelly Gittins of The      able. Please email on
Green Dragon, Butting-    hth.837@googlemail.
ton was 20 on 24 March    com or telephone 07743
Best wishes — no longer   376907. Many thanks.
a teenager!

                    Middletown Church
           Blank Cards           Notelets          For Sale
                      £2.50 for a pack of 5

             Available from Judy Evans 01938 570501
Down in the Vegetable Patch
There is a large amount of scrummy produce that you can be
planting now in April. Historically, Easter is the time to plant
your potatoes that should, by now, have been chitting nicely
for the last few months. You should see your broad beans if
started early progressing well but it is not too late to be sowing directly
outside. As for Runner and Dwarf French beans which are more sensitive
to any late frost we may have, should be started in pots in a greenhouse
or under a glass cold frame. Brassicas are ready to be sown in modules
and then moved into small pots, remember to check for club-root before
transplanting into your garden beds.

Brassicas include: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage (winter and sum-
mer varieties), Cauliflower and Kale.

The green house should be clean and ready for your tomato, pepper and
cucumber plants. There are many salad types that require successional
sowing in order to provide your household with a continuous supply of
healthy, yummy summer salads. Every two/three weeks you could be
sowing a variety of salad leaves, radish and spring onions.

Now the soil is warming up those weeds will be springing into action so
remember to have the hoe handy, leaving the weeds with roots showing
will stop them from growing, leaving them out on the soil placing them
around the base of plants and shrubs will allow the nutrients, they have
already sucked up out of the earth, to go back into the ground and not be
wasted. The dreaded slugs will also be keen to make an appearance in
your vegetable patch so whatever method you choose to deter this un-
wanted garden visitors needs to be put into place now, I personally prefer
to use methods that don‘t include using poisonous pellets a range of these
can be found at………………………                        Clare

Did you know?
A slug’s slime enables it to glide without difficulty over
glass shards, or even the edge of a razor blade!
   Children’s Page — Maze Puzzle
 HERE is a free online advice and counselling service for children and
young people aged 11-19 living or attending school in Powys.
is staffed by appropriately qualified and supervised counsellors. It can
help with issues such as anxiety, bullying and bereavement.
                                     Cae Post
                  Tackling disadvantage, creating opportunities

               Resource Recover Centre, Criggon Lane, Trewern,
                  Welshpool SY21 8EE. 01938 570426
Cae Post is not just about recycling it is also about providing opportunities
to those disadvantaged in the job market. During the past 12 months we
have been running a programme of supported employment called ‗The In-
termediate Labour Market Programme‘ run through Wales Council for Vol-
untary Action (WCVA) with funding from the European Social Fund (ESF).

Cae Post has worked with 18-24 year olds, ex-offenders, and women re-
turning to the workplace, people with physical and mental health issues
and others who may be affected by substance misuse. Fifteen people
have worked within the materials recovery facility, on the collection ser-
vices, in our charity clothing shop in Newtown as well as undertaking ad-
ministrative tasks and housekeeping duties.

 The aims have been to build on their existing skills and develop new ones,
to increase their confidence within a work setting and to maximise their
experiences in a real working environment in the hope that this will lead
to ongoing future employment. The individuals have also accessed a vari-
ety of accredited training courses e.g. first aid, health and safety, and
fork lift truck driving.

The programme has been a resounding success and so far out of the 15
participants that have been or are still on the programme 7 have gained
employment in the local area whilst one participant returned to further
education and achieved a City and Guilds Certification in plumbing.

“I spent over 2 years re training took part in an unpaid work based learn-
ing scheme and have sent off countless job applications, all to no avail,
which was demoralizing. I feel that Cae Post has given me a chance to
prove what kind of employee I am and that I am worth employing and for
that I am extremely grateful” (Tina)

“Feel a lot better about myself since I’ve been in work and been given
the opportunity to prove myself” (Marc)

                                     Les Jacks - Job Coach ILM Programme
     House Maintenance                          VIVIENNES
      Gardening, Painting               Ladies Hairdressing - Open 6 Days
                                            29 High Street, Welshpool
          Lawn mowing                           Tel: 01938 553227

        Steve Langham                         LADS & DADS
         01691 829542                    Gentlemen’s Barbers - Open 6 Days
                                                (8am-2pm Saturday)
       07890 55 55 39                        40 High Street, Welshpool

Neighbourhood Policing

               When it is less urgent than 999

            Call       101       or      01267 222020

Your local neighbourhood policing team will be holding a community
surgery, in Middletown on Thursday 21 April, from 11.30 to 12.30pm.

Welshpool Police are warning residents of Llanfyllin, Llanfair Caereinion
and the outlying villages in relation to burglary and theft offences of sheds
and outbuildings that have occurred since January this year. Although not
great in numbers and spread between the Llanfair rural area to the Llan-
rhaedr and Llansilin areas residents are asked to ensure that their items of
value are secured so as to prevent these offences. Items that are being
targeted include diesel, tools, strimmers, motorbikes, scrap metal.

Residents who see any suspicious activity by persons or vehicles are en-
couraged to report them on the new Dyfed-Powys non-emergency number
of 101 or via e-mail at If
you have information, but do not wish to give your name, you can call
crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, you may be eligible for a
community action trust award.
       Paws 'n' Claws                    Telephone: 07927 032648
               Proud Sponsors of Middletown Dog Show 2011
         Dog Walking * Pet/House Sitting * Dog Creche * Small Animal Boarding
 Pet Carrier Service * Dog Boarding * Basic Dog Grooming * Pet Laundry Service    
        All animals catered for with individual care and attention
                    Services available 365 days a year
References available from breeders, groomers and other pet professionals
                  Peace of Mind For Pets and Property
Bob and Lin Gittins and Family invite you to
           The Green Dragon Inn, Buttington
                  Bar and Restaurant
               Traditional British food served everyday
       Open from 12 noon until 3pm (except Thursdays) and from
          6.30 until 11pm every evening (food served until 9.30pm)
 Further information or to book a table please call us on   01938 553076

The Green Dragon Inn, Buttington 01938 553076
           TWO MAIN MEALS FOR ONLY £10
         Lunchtimes Monday to Saturday 12pm until 2.30pm
CHICKEN CURRY WITH RICE OR CHIPS.                               Add Dessert

                                           SHAMPOOCH & SET
                                           Dog Groomers (Trewern)
                                         Fully insured, evening and weekend
                                             appointments also available,
                                             collection / delivery can be
                                                arranged upon request.
                                         Contact Heather on 01938 570072
                                            (Trewern) or 07912 044642
            The Border Gossip is produced six times a year—
         December & January      February & March      April & May
        June & July    August & September      October & November

Many thanks to the volunteers listed below who deliver the Border Gossip
to every house in the Middletown, Trewern, Buttington & Hope area.
John Davies, Barbara Chapman, Graham Wainwright, Chris Hilditch, David
Corfield, Jill Martinali, Olwen & Dave Morrell, Sally Bailey, Linda Hughes,
Maureen Andrews, Mrs Antony Jones, Tony Jones, Kath Onions, Rachael
Lee, Glyn Jones & Trevor Jones.

Copies of the Border Gossip are also available from - Breidden Hotel,
Green Dragon, Admiral Rodney, Halfway House Shop, Westbury Post Of-
fice , Buttington / Trewern School, Middletown Church & Buttington
           The Border Gossip is now available to read online —

The Border Gossip is delivered free of charge thanks to volunteers, to
every house in Trewern Community Council area. The Border Gossip relies
on advertising revenue and donations. Many thanks to all the new adver-
tisers and the recent donations from - Wyn Trevor Jones, Marion Phillips

           Advertising                  The deadline for the April & May
                                          issue of The Border Gossip is
 Advertising in The Border Gossip                 24 May 2011
   1/8th of a page advert costs
                                       Please send items, letters, articles,
          £25 for a year                donations and advertisements to -
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                                                   Judy Evans
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          Border Gossip                            Welshpool
                                                    SY21 8EL

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