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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Monsoon ‘Millionaires’

Joining the infamous East India Company paved the path to riches for younger sons with a sense of adventure. Helen Morgan of Abergavenny Local History Society reports Wales may not have been in the vanguard of the conquest of Bengal, yet the tangled skeins of trade and empire had already begun to affect the economy […]

Let the council know of rough sleepers in Powys

Residents are being asked to help identify anyone that may be sleeping rough in the county to enable the council to support them. Members of the public can report any instances of rough sleeping they come across to Powys County Council’s Housing Service on 01597 827464.A recent one-night survey found that there were no rough […]

Nana’s Kitchen: Anzac Bites

I was sorting through my mother’s old recipes and came across this one which transported me back to my childhood. You don’t need a food mixer, just a bowl, wooden spoon and a bit of elbow power. They are very simple, both in the way they are made and their taste, but that’s how it […]

Huw Jones Local Neighbourhood Policing Inspector

Hello and welcome to my monthly column. My name is Huw Jones and I am the local Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Abergavenny, Usk and Monmouth. In this column I will provide you with an update on the work on-going in Abergavenny, which I hope you find useful and informative. Anti-social Behaviour The main issue the […]

‘Team Abergavenny’ gets ready to launch this month

Community benefit group will be holding a public event at St Michael’s Centre on Monday 15th February, 3pm-9pm A new group which has been formed to help develop the prosperity of Abergavenny and district, will be officially launching this February and is inviting those living in the town and surrounding area to come along to […]

Zimele needs you!

For a third year, we’re yarn bombing our beautiful town for the Close-Knit Community. That’s decorating it with wool, for the uninitiated! To make this happen, we need help! If you can knit or crochet, will you contribute some squares? Any stitch works: 20 x 20cm (8”) in synthetic wool. We have a small supply […]


A new way for men to pursue their interests, develop new ones, belong to a unique group, feel useful, fulfilled and a sense of belonging…The Men’s Sheds movement has arrived in Abergavenny. High numbers of men have time on their hands due to retirement, unemployment, illness, bereavement etc. The Men’s Shed movement is based on […]

Book Review: ‘What A Way to Go’ by Julia Forster

1988. 12-year-old Harper Richardson’s parents are divorced. Her mum got custody of her, the Mini, and five hundred tins of baked beans. Her dad got a mouldering cottage in a Midlands backwater village and default membership of the Lone Rangers single parents’ club. Harper got questionable dress sense, a zest for life, two gerbils, and […]

Here’s what Abergavenny might look like after its facelift – what do you think?

Monmouthshire County Council has committed £1million to revitalise Abergavenny and give it a facelift ahead of this summer’s National Eisteddfod. Here at the Focus, we’re excited to see how the plans will come together. We’ve been given a sneaky peak as to how the Nevill Street area might look after its transformation. What do you […]


How many of us find that we accumulate far too many belongings? Sometimes this becomes a serious problem in which people find they are unable to throw anything out until their possessions gradually take over their lives. The next event for the Friends of Brecon and District Mind addresses this widespread problem. Paul Hartley will […]

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