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Monthly Archives: July 2016

wall2wall Jazz

The wall2wall Jazz Festival which takes between 1st and 4th September is a home grown jazz festival that takes place right here in Abergavenny. If you’re visiting Abergavenny for the National Eisteddfod, here’s a good reason to come back and visit us again! Mike Skilton of Black Mountain Jazz gives us the lowdown on this […]

The Eisteddfod in the evening

The Eisteddfod’s evening programme has developed so much over the past few years.  Traditionally, the only evening events during Eisteddfod week were classical concerts, but as the Eisteddfod evolved and developed, they listened and responded to audiences’ needs.  This year, there are a wide range of events across the Maes in the evening, and hopefully […]

Brecon Jazz Weekend 12-14 August 2016

Theatr Brycheiniog in a partnership with Friends of Brecon Jazz is introducing The Brecon Jazz Weekend Young Musician’s Showcase. The Showcase will be supported by youth music development and activities for children and families including street/outdoor entertainment. The Showcase at Theatr Brycheiniog is working with leading specialist music colleges throughout the UK to bring the […]

Crossword Solution : August Issue

August Crossword Solution

History of The National Eisteddfod of Wales

The National Eisteddfod is the largest and oldest celebration of Welsh culture, unique throughout Europe as each year it visits a different area of Wales. Eisteddfod literally means a sitting (eistedd = to sit), perhaps a reference to the hand-carved chair traditionally awarded to the best poet in the ceremony ‘The Crowning of the Bard’. […]

Best In-tents

History was heralded at the Eisteddfod for the first time in 2015. This year it will return and will focus on Monmouthshire’s heritage. Helen Morgan of Abergavenny Local History Society reports. When Caroline Fairclough arrived home from last summer’s Eisteddfod she was buzzing with news of a Lle Hanes (history tent). As a keen supporter […]

Nana’s Kitchen: Cherry Frangipane

Although cherries are coming into season, this is a bit of a cheat’s recipe as it uses frozen cherries. However, it is such a versatile recipe as it can be served warm with some creamy custard, ice cream or cream or even served with a cup of tea for an afternoon treat – whatever takes […]


Each year millions of people in UK fall prey to scams. At Monmouthshire Citizens Advice we see many people where the impact of a scam has led to loss of money in the space of a telephone conversation; the click of a mouse or the stroke of a pen.  Cold calls, high-pressure sales tactics and […]

Arwel Hicks Local Neighbourhood Policing Inspector

As Spring ends and the Summer tries to begin, Monmouthshire saw and will see some interesting and diverse events taking place. We have Festivals and Shows throughout the County, further cycle events and of course the National Eisteddfod.  I believe it is an honour and a privilege to host the prestigious event, which encompasses what […]

Garden Life at Abergavenny Community Centre

Volunteers at Abergavenny Community Centre are turning a piece of tarmac wasteland, where old buildings have been removed, into a beautiful garden space, helped by children from the Community Kids Group. The new garden uses paving, gravel, slate, plants and picket fencing to provide a vibrant and tranquil space, with echoes of the seaside. It […]

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