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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Abergavenny & Beaupréau Twinning Association – Visit to Beaupreau August 2012

Abergavenny & Beaupréau Twinning Association has been in existence for well over 20 years following the signing of formal Twinning Charters between the Town Councils of both towns in the late 1980’s. Since then there have been regular exchanges almost every year alternating between our two towns with a major celebration in Abergavenny a few […]

Bonnets & Bikes

Fiona Beavan in biker bunny outfit

The Easter bonnet competition has gone from strength to strength since it was first held at the Miserable Cow Coffee Bar, Cibi Walk five years ago.   Fiona Beavan, owner of the Miserable Cow, has developed the event to the point where now it involves the whole town centre. Fiona said:   ‘Last year we […]

Nana’s Kitchen : St Clement’s Cake

St Clements Cake

Our monthly columnist shares her baking secrets with recipes just like Nana used to make. This month: St Clements Cake     This tangy, moist cake is aptly named after the bells in the nursery rhyme – Oranges and Lemons.  A great favourite with anyone who loves citrus flavours, this cake is easy to make, […]

Gary’s Lucky Day : Part 2

By Oliver Barton   The Abergavenny train was incredibly crowded. Gary managed to get his mobile out to see what he could do about his bag left on the Paddington train. The battery was completely flat.   Jammed there among people and cases, he mused. If only they knew he was worth £384 million, what […]

It’s All Greek to Me!


Like most British holidaymakers I have had a long term love affair with Greece. Every few years I find myself back there gazing out to an azure sea whilst sat sipping an ice cold beer in a gorgeous traditional taverna. I simply cannot stay away!   Image by Anne-Marie Wagner Mjörner Every area, be it […]

Something Sweet

a selection of handmade sweets

Mother’s Day Hazelnut Truffles Ingredients 4oz of melted dark chocolate 4oz of chopped hazelnuts 4oz of softened butter 4oz of Icing Sugar Beat the icing sugar and butter together until your mixture becomes light and fluffy.  Add your chopped hazel nuts, and then your chocolate.  At this point you can add alcohol such as Cointreau […]

Books for Mum

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us her Mother’s Day book recommendations.   Daughters In Law by Joanna Trollope Back on form, Trollope explores the shift in family dynamics as children grow up and fly the nest. A gentle read with beautifully written characters. Black Swan, £7.99   The Winter of our Disconnect by Susan […]

Friends of Bailey Park

friends of bailey park

Next time you go for a stroll, walk your dog, or take your kids out for a play in Bailey Park, spare a thought for those members of our community who are working hard to keep it looking great.     The Friends of Bailey Park is a group that was established three years ago. […]

Crossword Solution : March Issue

Here’s the solution to March’s crossword. Was it too easy? Too hard?

Blaen Y Glyn Walk

Blaen y Glyn walk map

I know that last month we described the Skirrid walk as ‘hardcore’, but this was really only because there wasn’t a teashop involved! This month’s walk is a little bit more serious, given that there are sections with no path at all, steep drops and gullies to avoid, and regrettably, no teashop. I would recommend […]

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