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Monthly Archives: October 2017


October means Halloween and Halloween means…pumpkins! We’ve put together a guide to help you pick the perfect gourd and carve a masterpiece that’s sure to be the envy of your neighbourhood! Start with the right pumpkin! Bigger pumpkins are easier to carve, but you need to inspect the rind too. If it’s a light colour, […]

Halloween Cobweb Cupcakes

These attractive seasonal cupcakes not only look the part for Halloween, but they taste yummy too. They’re a great idea for Trick or Treaters and are deliciously moist in texture. This recipe makes 16 cupcakes in total, so if that’s too many just pop them in the freezer once baked (without the topping) and enjoy […]

Grooming is an Important Part of Dog Ownership

Grooming sessions will strengthen the bond with your dog, while keeping the skin and coat in tip top condition. Most dogs enjoy being brushed, especially if introduced to the process from an early age. For some breeds professional grooming is essential in order to keep the coat knot and tangle free, as well as keeping […]

Friends with Benefits

Research shows that sharing your home with a pet provides lots of health benefits. Keeping a pet can help lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. They can also boost immunity, promote exercise and even help you score a date! Read on to find out about the other major benefits of keeping the following types of […]

Gods & Myths

Pagan beliefs percolated the sacred stories that circulated in early Medieval Wales. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports. Long before Christianity and the Holy Trinity, the number three was sacred in ancient Celtic mythology and religion. Riddles and triadic expressions pepper Celtic folklore and faerie stories. The triskel, a figure composed of three […]

Gilwern U3A

Following the August break, the September monthly meeting of Gilwern U3A was something of a milestone as this ‘young’ branch was presented with a Certificate celebrating its membership of the Third Age Trust.  Chair Hilary LIpscombe received the certificate from Lloyd Evans and it joins one presented to Grahame Nelmes on him being Gilwern’s first […]

Crosstober Wales 2017

All images © 5311 Crosstober Wales is an exciting festival of Cyclo Cross Racing brought to you by the enthusiastic members of the Abergavenny Road Cycling Club. The festival which debuted last year, aims to celebrate this fast paced and action packed version of cycling. Situated in the grounds of the Abergavenny Leisure Centre, […]

Abergavenny Museum wins prestigious Award

Abergavenny Museum has been awarded the Women’s History Network’s annual Community History Project prize for its Monmouthshire Women Making Change exhibition which runs until 11th March 2018.  The project explores the contribution the county’s women have made to suffrage, the war effort, agriculture, the peace movement and how continued involvement in different issues continues to […]

Next Month’s Focus…The Season to Celebrate

November is a hair’s breadth away from Christmas, which means it’s time to let down that hair and celebrate in style! We’ll be running a feature on celebrating the Festive Season in our November issue, so if you’re a business that would like to advertise your Party night, Christmas lunch or other festive celebrations, please […]

Who are Abergavenny’s Quakers?

When you mention Quakers, many people think of the past. In the turbulence of the English Civil War, Quakers were one of a number of religious groups which came about from people seeking a new social order, and a new way of worshipping, based on simplicity, equality, truth and a direct experience of God.   […]

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