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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Crossword Solution: February 2015 issue

Save money with Renewables

Local renewables company Green Park Power rounds up the most recent energy saving technologies for residential and commercial properties. Green Park Power are Certified installers of ‘Power Router’ battery back-up systems. This emerging technology optimises the energy generated by putting unused energy into batteries to be used in the home through the evening. The system […]

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – by Karen Joy Fowler

Rosemary has just started at college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life. There’s something unique about Rosemary’s sister, […]

A Dramatic Discovery

The merchant ship found below the banks of the Usk is offering up a mine of information about medieval life. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports It is more than 12 years since workers digging the foundations for the Riverfront Theatre in Newport hit upon the largest medieval merchant vessel to be found […]

Care for your Environment – Clear up after your dog!

The plaque on the memorial

A social media campaign to encourage dog owners in Powys to clean up after their dogs is now underway. Twitter users are being encouraged by Powys County Council to tweet a picture of their pet using the hashtag #allcleanedup. Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Environmental Protection, said: “We all know that there are people […]

Llangattock Green Valleys: Reducing our ecological footprint

Graig Fan Las

The threats facing the rich array of plant and animal life on the planet are greater than at any time in our history. Globally, we’re using the planet’s resources and producing carbon dioxide emissions at a rate 44% greater than nature can regenerate and reabsorb, which has profound, far-reaching implications for ecosystems and all they […]

Vale of Usk Lifeboat Fundraising

Blaen y Glyn

70 years ago a fundraising branch of the R.N.L.I was established in Brecon by Mr Mervyn Jenkins CBE – our late President. He vowed to support the charity, owing to having been rescued by a lifeboat from Swanage from the beaches at Dunkirk, during the Second World War. A separate fundraising branch was established in […]


While the array of salad, herb, vegetables and soft fruit available in supermarkets, and Waitrose in particular, is impressive, it is easy to overlook the environmental cost of transporting produce from all over the globe. The UK’s self sufficiency ratio (the amount we produce ourselves!) has fallen from a peak of 87% in the mid […]

Local Power

Did you know that an average house can harvest as much electricity as it uses in a year from solar (PV) panels on its roof? Did you also know that PV panels are now almost the cheapest way of generating electricity? – Cheaper almost unit for unit than building a new gas or coal power […]

Low Carb Crustless Quiche

Like many, you might be watching what you eat at this time of year. This crustless quiche dispenses with the calorie-laden pastry that other recipes may call for. It is a versatile recipe and you can use any filling you like; just avoid very wet vegetables such as tomatoes, as they will leak too much […]

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