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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Great Abergavenny Bake Off


Bakers from Abergavenny came together last Saturday to raise money for Cancer Research in the Great Abergavenny Bake Off.  A wide range of novice and experienced bakers produced competition entries in 3 categories: Cupcakes, Tray Bakes and Celebration Cakes. The event was judged by Simon King, owner and Chef at 1861, Cross Ash, just outside […]

The Perfect Honeymoon

Our resident travel guru, Lisa, talks about the perfect place to honeymoon   A honeymoon is possibly the most important holiday you will ever take.   To create the perfect memory, it must be a blend of romance and a fantastic destination. It doesn’t matter where the destination is, as long as it is special […]

Abergavenny Eisteddfod

The competitions are now open for the 2012 Abergavenny Eisteddfod, which takes place on 16 June. Entry is free. Primary School Children who are finalists will receive medals and there are cash prizes for young people and adults. Closing date for all entries is Friday May 11th 2012. Solo and group competitions for primary school […]

Unexpected Treasures found at Caerleon

Intaglio from trench three

Students on a field trip discovered extensive remains between the Roman fort and the river Usk. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports   Cardiff students learning to use geophysical equipment as part of their Surveying and Prospection module were amazed when they discovered the outlines of large Roman buildings on the banks of […]

Carnival Band comes to Abergavenny

On Friday 11th May we will be delighted to welcome to Abergavenny a group of professional musicians who will be giving an exciting interactive musical demonstration to local school children. The event is being organized by the Tithe Barn Learning Service .   The Carnival Band, a group of five Musical Explorers, five voices, twenty five […]

Designing Your Garden: Part 3

In Last month’s issue of the Abergavenny Focus, we looked at transferring all the survey information which you collected from your garden in part one, onto a scaled drawing. In this issue we will look at adding all the new design features from your wish list to your garden, for example; patios, paths, planting and […]

Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

This month I thought we could all do with a bit of glitz and glamour, which is stylishly provided by Amor Towles in his debut novel Rules of Civility…pour yourself a Martini and loose yourself between the pages. Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year […]

Gary’s Lucky Day: Part 3

By elbowing fiercely, Gary made sure he was at the door when the train reached Hereford station. He crossed over to the other platform. What luck! The display said a train was due in fifteen minutes. Ten minutes later, the display said that it was delayed by twenty minutes. Five minutes after that, it said […]

Nettle Risotto

Nettle Risotto

Nettles should be appearing all over from the beginning of March. Pick young shoots away from roads and dog walking areas, wash the leaves thoroughly, blanch in boiling water for 1-2 minutes and then refresh in iced water, chop finely.   Ingredients 50g butter 50g nettle 25g chopped onions 100g short grain rice 185ml chicken […]

Nana’s Kitchen : ‘As You Like Them’ Cookies

As You Like Them Cookies

Our monthly columnist shares her baking secrets with recipes just like Nana used to make. This month:  ‘As You Like Them’ Cookies A funny name for cookies you may think, but they are so named for two reasons.  The first is that you can develop the basic dough recipe into many different flavours. The second […]

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