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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Nana’s Kitchen: Mincemeat Tart to Feed a Crowd

Mincemeat Tart to Feed a Crowd Ingredients 114g cold butter or margarine – chopped into small chunks 57g lard, cut into chunks 227g Self Raising Flour 114g Plain flour sifted together Pinch salt 3-4 tbsp very cold water 1 jar of mincemeat of your choice (approx 400g) (2 tbsp brandy or Cointreau or Grand Marnier […]

Abergavenny Food Festival helps traders after Christmas Fair is cancelled

“Support our traders with your Christmas pounds” says team behind the cancelled Abergavenny Christmas Fair Following the cancellation of the Abergavenny Christmas Fair last Sunday, the organisers have issued a call asking the public to still buy their gifts and festive food and drink from the independent businesses, who were due to be selling at […]

Christmas Charity Appeals

It’s heartwarming to know that there are so many people willing to do so much for those in need this Christmas. Take some time to give something extra this year, whether that be your time, a few spare coins, a gift or a bigger donation to one of the charities or organisations running Christmas appeals. […]


Members of Gilwern U3A attending November’s monthly meeting came away feeling as if they had been living life in the slow lane compared to that of the speaker, Lynne Allbutt. Starting her working life as a jobbing gardener, Lynne now works as a journalist, film producer, bee keeper and author, with barefoot walking across the […]

Warm yourself up this winter by telling and listening to stories!

Christmas is the time for stories. For passing on wisdom and truths about what it is to be human and sharing our anecdotes. Stories open doors in to the secret places of our lives to share experiences that we all have lived through or will in the future live in! Stories from the Bros. Grimm, […]

Residents urged to help shape the future of Bailey Park

Local groups from Abergavenny, Friends of Bailey Park and Abergavenny Town Team are seeking the views of local communities to help shape the future of Bailey Park. A survey has been designed to find out how existing facilities in the park can be improved to meet the future needs of the town. Local community groups […]

Cover Art: ‘Peace is Your Name’ by Jeremy Thomas

Local artist, Jeremy Thomas tells us a little about his latest painting, ‘Peace Is Your Name’ which adorns our cover this month: “If you are familiar with my work you may have noticed that I often put churches in my paintings, and occasionally a church will be the main focus of an image. I feel […]

Abergavenny Christmas Fair

Abergavenny will be filled with festive delights on Sunday 10th December as the town hosts a celebration of all things Christmas at the annual festive fair. The Abergavenny Christmas Fair will take place across Abergavenny’s Market Hall, Upper Brewery Yard and St Mary’s Priory grounds, with over 85 stallholders ready to help you stock up […]

Christmas Book list

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us her top 10 Christmas gift book ideas. The Greatest Magician in the World Matt Edmonson Written by former professional magician and TV and radio star Matt Edmondson, The Greatest Magician in the World is an incredible interactive novelty gift book featuring a brilliantly witty and exciting quest story […]

Talgarth Mill

“A little gem. Small but packed with interest. Well loved by the local community. The attached bakery and cafe is a delight.” Facebook Review, Sept 2017 Talgarth Mill opened its doors in the summer of 2011 after an extensive restoration funded by The Big Lottery. Six years on, we are thriving as a productive watermill, […]

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