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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Nana’s Kitchen: Beetroot & Chocolate Cake

Don’t let the idea of putting beetroot in a cake put you off – you don’t taste the beetroot but, together with the addition of rapeseed oil and yoghurt, it gives this cake a lovely moist texture. Add the chocolate and icing and you end up with a wonderfully rich, fudge-y flavoured cake. A great […]

Up-Beat ‘Pop-Up Church Abergavenny’ Provides a Welcoming Oasis

Imagine being able to find out about God amongst the shops in your local high street. Or to chat about spiritual matters in a car boot sale. Pop-Up Church Abergavenny is a brand new concept under the Elim Pentecostal Pioneer Church movement. A departure from what we might assume church is, essentially, it’s a roll-up […]

Pictures that spoke 1,000 words

JM Staniforth’s cartoons lightened the dark days and recorded the propaganda of war. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports One cartoonist more than any other captured the mood of the nation. World War I lasted 1,561 days and during that time Joseph Morewood Staniforth produced more than 1,300 cartoons for the Western Mail […]

Book Review: ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’ by Claire Fuller

Winner of the 2015 Desmond Elliot Prize The heat of the summer in 1976 is evoked in the opening pages as well as the way we all became listless and bored after the initial euphoria of the endless sunny days. Peggy is an eight year old and her parents are an odd combination, though their […]

Normalise Breastfeeding

Hannah Merrett, a photographer based in Abergavenny, has set about normalising breastfeeding through a series of photographs depicting local mums feeding their little ones in relaxed environments such as at home and out and about in their local community. The aim of the project is to give women confidence to feed their babies when they’re […]

Abergavenny ‘Hear to Meet’

Abergavenny Community Centre is hosting a new Hear to Meet monthly social and support group for people who have hearing loss. Hear to Meet is a volunteer-led project run by Action on Hearing Loss Cymru and funded by the Big Lottery. The Hear to Meet group is a chance to get support and to find […]


A new year brings new music, new players and new challenges to Monmouth Concert Orchestra who are thrilled to welcome a cluster of new players to swell their ranks. The orchestra is now well established numbering some 50 regular players, many of whom had not picked up their instruments in decades, in many cases, since […]

Huw Jones Local Neighbourhood Policing Inspector: March

We’ve had a busy few weeks in Monmouthshire North, with lots of action taking place to address your concerns. Many of you will now know that we have now closed the barriers at Fairfield car park, to help stop the anti-social use of cars that we often see there.   Over the years, residents have […]

Fairtrade goes from strength to strength in Abergavenny

Fairtrade is not just about tea and coffee. As part of this year’s UK-wide Fairtrade Fortnight, Abergavenny Fairtrade Group is holding a buffet breakfast featuring the wide range of Fairtrade ingredients now available to buy in the town’s shops. The mayor of Abergavenny, Councillor Maureen Powell, is hosting the Big Breakfast in the Town Hall […]

Craft Market for Crohn’s Disease returns for a second year

2nd April 2016 10am to 4pm. A craft market is being held at the Clarence Hall Crickhowell, on April 2nd 2016, from 10am to 4pm with all proceeds going towards research into a potential cure for Crohn’s Disease. This is the second time the event has happened building on the success of the first one […]

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