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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Men who knew their onions

It is nearly 200 years since Shonis from Brittany started hawking their wares. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society wonders why It was 1828 when Henri Olivier, a Breton peasant, set sail from Roscoff for Plymouth with a boatload of onions. He sold them in next to no time and within a couple of […]

Nana’s Kitchen : Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

This month’s Key Lime Pie, with its lip puckering citrus zing, fits the brief perfectly for a Springtime recipe. However, as I write this, the weather outside remains cold and miserable. Let’s hope it improves but, if not, this delicious, easy-to-make pie is sure to bring a little bit of Spring into your home. INGREDIENTS […]

Carving a Future in Abergavenny

Sculptor, Matt Caines, moved from the bright lights of London to Abergavenny just over a year ago… and hasn’t looked back since I’m sitting in an artist’s studio, surrounded by tools, pieces of stone and alabaster in various states of artistic development. There are plenty of postcards and photographs pinned to the walls and light […]

Ffolky Ffelt

Retro, Cute, Funky, Vintage creations, hand felted using local wool Emma Bevan first began making felt during her chemotherapy treatments. She was used to working in the medium of photography but her illness meant she could not get out and about as much as she was used to. She was bored at home and wanted […]


By Dave Phillips (Secretary) If you look up “Probus” you will find something like, “Probus Clubs worldwide provide regular gatherings to those who in retirement, appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances and of a similar level of interest”. Abergavenny Isca Probus is open to all professional men and business men in […]

She Stoops to Conquer at The Melville Theatre

Wealthy countrymen, eligible daughters, resourceful servants, bumbling suitors, jewels and jealousy – She Stoops to Conquer has all the elements of a classic costume drama. Following the success of Dickens and Dylan in 2012, Swansea-based Lighthouse Theatre present a new fast-paced 80 minute adaptation of Oliver Goldsmith’s classic comedy of manners, money and mistaken identity. […]

Twyn y Gaer Hill Fort Walk

Twyn-y-Gaer Hillfort walk

This month our walk is a stroll through lanes and fields, a climb up hills with views, and a ramble through pretty woodland. It takes in a nature reserve and an ancient hill fort. It’s just over 5 miles long and, while none of it is particularly arduous, you should dress for mud and undergrowth. […]

Film Review: ‘The Croods’

The Focus’s newest film reviewer Patty Papageorgiou-Axford reviews The Croods Released nationally on 22nd March.Dreamworks Animation’s latest offering brings us a prehistoric adventure suitable for all ages, as we follow the title’s stone age family on a journey through uncharted lands and extraordinary encounters. The head of the Crood family is Grug (voiced by Nicolas […]

Abergavenny Makes the Grade!

Abergavenny has been named in a recent Sunday Times list, which reveals the best places to live in the UK Anyone who lives in Abergavenny knows that it’s a wonderful place to be. Confirmation of this fact can be found in a recent Sunday Times publication: The Sunday Times Best Places to Live, which is […]

Abergavenny University of the Third Age

If you’re retired and have a thirst to learn about anything from Architecture to Circle Dancing, the Abergavenny U3A could be for you! The British University of the Third Age was first established in 1981 and quickly became popular. It is a national organisation, but each local U3A is independent and shares a common purpose, […]

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