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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String

Instead of using shop bought wrapping paper this Christmas, why not recycle, upcycle or make your own? Check out our gift wrapping and embellishment suggestions below. Eco Wrap Vintage newspapers, old comics (not rare ones!) and pages from magazines can make great wrapping for presents, and won’t break the bank. Co-ordinating ribbons can be picked […]

Film Review : Catching Fire


Focus reviewer, Patty Papageorgiou-Axford, reviews the sequel to The Hunger Games For the fans of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, the sequel to The Hunger Games has been much awaited. Doubtless those who haven’t read the books but enjoyed the first film, were also eager to catch up with events in Panem and the story of the […]

New Beginnings : Part Nine

I’m so sorry I didn’t call ahead,” said the woman who Lucy had just let into her home, “but I don’t have your number and, well…” she shrugged. “I’m Katherine,” she said holding out her left, jewel encrusted hand for Lucy to shake. “I’m Lucy,” said Lucy with an edge of caution to her voice. […]

Nana’s Kitchen : Raspberry Hazelnut Chocolate Roulade

Raspberry Hazelnut Chocolate Roulade

For anyone who doesn’t particularly like Christmas pudding or rich fruit cake, this Roulade makes a decadent alternative. It keeps in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, so can be made well in advance of the Big Event. Season’s Greetings to you all! Ingredients For the meringue 4 large egg whites 200g caster sugar […]

Late Night Festive Shopping in Abergavenny


Christmas shopping can, if you let it, get a bit ‘same old, same old.’ Soulless shopping muzak, glaring lights and interminable queues in department stores can put a dampener on the most ardent of Christmas spirits. Happily, your Christmas shopping experience needn’t be like this. In fact, the solution lies much, much closer to home… […]

Sproutng Ideas

Sprouts are a traditional feature of the festive table, but often get a bad wrap. This is largely due to poor quality raw ingredients or bad cooking. When choosing sprouts, go for small, tight, green sprouts, with no hint of yellow. Sprouts should smell sweet and not pungent or cabbage-y in any way. Those that […]

Festive Partnership for Gwent Police

Chief Constable Jeff Farrar signing an agreement to work together with Ian Newton, Chief executive of Festive productions.

Once again this year Abergavenny Neighbourhood Policing Team will be out and about giving crime prevention advice to residents in the run-up to Christmas. This year’s campaign will centre around a Christmas safety message on a bauble supplied by one of the world’s biggest manufacturers and suppliers of  Christmas decorations, Festive Productions of Cwmbran. The […]

Do you belive in MAGIC?

MAGIC, which stands for Monmouthshire All-Ability Group for Inclusive Communities, is a group of local parents who are bringing up children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs in Monmouthshire. Like all parents, the group wants their children to be happy and safe as they move into adult life. The MAGIC group was formed […]

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