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Monthly Archives: February 2013

King Of Prussia re-opens

Sonia Chiplin, Nick Ramsay AM, Natalie Chiplin, David Davies MP & John Chiplin at the re-opening

Following a complete and expert renovation and refurbishment of the King of Prussia, a large and happy number of invited guests recently joined new licensee, Natalie Chiplin, to celebrate the official opening. Natalie’s parents, Sonia and John, owned Abergavenny’s Great George pub for nearly thirty years and, as Natalie said, “I must say it felt […]

Friends of Chernobyl’s Children

‘Friends of Chernobyl’s Children’ was set up to improve the general well being and immune systems of children in south eastern Belarus, in the area most affected by the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster of 1986. The Monmouthshire branch of this charity began life in 2001 and since then about 40 children have visited the county. The […]

The Boy at the Edge of the Room

Lee Rufford (Tony)

Hampshire based theatre company Forest Forge’s new production, The Boy at the Edge of the Room, is a gothic style fairytale exploring the world of a boy on the autistic spectrum and starts a national tour this Spring, and comes to Abergavenny’s Borough theatre on 14th March. “He was not like other boys….He did not […]

New Beginnings: Part One

Part one of our new serialised story by Queenie Young ‘Please don’t sulk Jack. Look, it’s a shiny van. Don’t you want to have a ride in it?’ Lucy coaxed. ‘No!’ said Jack and folded his arms resolutely. ‘You can’t sit on the front door step all day, you know, you’ll get cold. Besides,’ she […]

Book Review: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

If you thought that Sweden only produced dour and depressing crime books, then think again. Jonas Jonasson has here produced a comic gem that has been gaining popularity by word of mouth alone. It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is […]

Do me a Favour

Hannah Hill, Editor of the Focus, also owns and runs Tea & Fancies – a bespoke ‘at home’ afternoon tea service which can cater for hen parties and bridal showers. Here she talks about Wedding Favours. Wedding favours are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation to guests from the Bride and Groom during […]

Bridal Make-up

Professional make-up artist, Nikki Poulton, talks us through her tips for Bridal make-up. Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day and the easiest and most stress-free way to do this is to hire a make-up artist. Then you can sit back and enjoy your preparation, knowing you’re in good hands. Here are […]

Wedding Hair Tips

All brides want to look amazing on their Wedding Day, but we all know that the secret to a polished, eye-popping look is good planning. Lucy Hockey, owner of Lucy Hockey Hair Studio in Abergavenny, gives brides-to-be some essential advice about how best to plan and organise their Big Day hairdo. Plan things out well […]

Wedding Flowers, How to make the perfect choice

Emma Lynch, owner and manager of Love Lily in Cross Street, Abergavenny, provides insightful and professional guidance on how to make the perfect choice when it comes to wedding flowers.   Will it be a vintage wedding, or a country cottage garden theme? Maybe city chic is your thing or, for something completely different, are […]

Medieval Mystery


Cosmeston survived the Black Death yet a century later most of its population left. Six centuries later this deserted village was uncovered. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports When Cosmeston Lakes Country Park was being carved out of the landscape near Sully, the diggers discovered the remains of a deserted village. That was […]

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