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Monthly Archives: November 2015


Saturday 12th  December 2015, Bishop Bevan Hall, Brecon, 7pm for 7.30pm £8 (Friends, Members & advance booking, £5) The Friends of Brecon and District Mind are pleased to announce that, after the great success of a previous Ceilidh, they are holding another Ceilidh, this time in Brecon, on Saturday 12th December. Participants should arrive from […]

Trouble is Brewing in Panto land

Is the Wicked Queen really living up to her job description? Why won’t Sleeping Beauty peel onions? Is Snow white a compulsive cleaner? And where have all the Princes gone? If you are curious, answers to all these questions and the name of the evil Wizard will be revealed at this seasons Panto by Crickhowell […]

Responsible Tourism Award for Talgarth Mill

Congratulations to a shining star of responsible tourism! This week Talgarth Mill, a restored 200 year old water mill famous for putting the small welsh town of Talgarth back on the map as a tourist destination, received its greatest accolade yet when awarded a silver medal at the World Responsible Tourism Awards in London.  The […]

The Early History of Abergavenny

Artistic impression by Sally Davis of Prehistoric Abergavenny.

Abergavenny Museum has new archaeology displays for you to come and see, thanks to a grant award from Art Fund Treasures Plus/The Headley Trust and Abergavenny Local History Society. We have worked with a group of volunteers who chose the objects to include, helped write text panels and installed the exhibition.  There are four main […]

A History Project – Forgotten Abergavenny

Sassy Hicks is the administrator of a town Community Project called Forgotten Abergavenny. Here she explains the origins and purposes of the project that has attracted over 4,000 followers in 90 countries. Forgotten Abergavenny was started because a small team from Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences were working in the town on a community […]

After the Conquest

A watercolour of Monk Street in 1784 by Joshua Gosselin

Bronze-Age Britons, Iron-Age tribes and Romans all left their mark but it was under the Normans that the story of our market town began.Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports The Christmas Day Massacre is Abergavenny castle’s badge of shame. In 1175, William de Braose, the Norman lord invited his long-standing Welsh rival Seisyll […]

The Crickhowell Sensation 1912-13

In 1912-13 a scandal involving a well-known local character rocked the area of Crickhowell and Abergavenny. Irvine Rowland Blennerhassett, clerk to the Rural District Council and the ‘Spike’ workhouse in Llangattock, was discovered to have been embezzling public money. He was born in London into a doctor’s family in 1863. He moved to Wales from […]

The Changing Face of Brecon

Brecon, as a town, developed below the Castle which was built in AD1093.  The flat land across the Honddu was a good site for traders, artisans and other shopkeepers to set up in business providing  services to the household at the Castle. As the town was established more and more people moved in.  The range […]

Did you know..? A glance into our past

St Catwg’s in Llangattock was founded in the 6th century. It is considered one of the oldest churches in Britain, although it has been largely rebuilt over the years. Its relatively recent additions include a 14th century nave, 16th century tower and two incredibly old yew trees. On the approach to Corn Du in the […]


Crickhowell’s adventure shop has been named one of Britain’s best outdoor stores – and it could take the top prize if enough people vote for it. Crickhowell Adventure Gear has been shortlisted in The Great Outdoors Awards 2015 competition to find the best independent retailer. Shop Manager, Jane Bradbury, said she was “gob smacked” when […]

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