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Monthly Archives: July 2012

The first six months of an Abergavenny Community Support Officer

CSO Jo Powell with local Llanfoist resident Bonnie Russell.

Welsh government funding over four years has enabled Gwent Police to employ more than 140 extra community support officers. Our first CSO’s recruited under the new scheme were deployed to our communities a few days before Christmas 2011. Community Support Officer Jo Powell has just finished her first six months in Abergavenny Neighbourhood Policing Team […]

After the Deluge

Eighty years ago, towns across Gwent were still counting the cost of the Great Storm. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports Flood and destruction hit Abergavenny in the storm of May 1931, according to reports from the time. Fierce sheets of lightning and ear-splitting thunder rolled across the sky as incessant torrential rain […]

Gold by Chris Cleave

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us an insight into what’s good to read this month. Chris Cleave writes with elegance, humor, and passion about friendship, marriage, parenthood, tragedy, and redemption. Gold is the story of Zoe and Kate, world-class athletes who have been friends and rivals since their first day of Elite training. They’ve […]

Abergavenny & District Carnival 2012

Despite there being no parade this year, Abergavenny and District Carnival on the 14th July was still a packed day that offered something for all the family.   Bailey Park began to fill up early Saturday morning with stalls from local businesses and craft workers, community associations and charities; Deakin’s funfair managed to negotiate the […]

Summer Art Competition!

colouring page 1

Following the success of our Flash Fiction competition a few months ago, which attracted entries from as far afield as Canada, we thought it would be a good time to launch another competition! This time, it’s all about art and it’s one for the kids. You may have noticed that the theme for this month’s […]

Raspberry Mousse

Raspberry Mousse recipe

Ingredients 250 grams Raspberry Puree, sweetened to taste 250 grams Double Cream 100 Grams caster sugar 2 Leaves of Gelatine, or suitable alternative   Method Soak the gelatine in cold water to soften, gently heat the fruit puree and dissolve the gelatine, allow to cool but not to set. Meanwhile add the sugar to the […]

To Market, To Market

Abergavenny Market hall

Like me, you might assume that farmers’ markets have been around since the dawn of time but, in fact, the first farmers’ market in the UK was officially established in 1997 and since then the number has grown to over 550 nationwide. Of course, farmers have always traditionally brought their wares to sell at market, […]

Green Like the Sea

By Cath Barton I freely admit that it was a blunder to describe that colour as dull. I realise that it was careless of me. I can see that it upset you Anna and I’m so sorry. It’s really a very nice green and it will look wonderful on you and it’s great that you’re […]

Mon & Brec 200

This year marks two hundred years since the opening of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal with many events scheduled to take place to celebrate this special anniversary. The Mon & Brec Canal was completed in 1812 and was created as a link between Brecon and Newport and the Severn Estuary. It was conceived as an […]

On Your Bike!

You may have been inspired by the recent Abergavenny Festival of Cycling to take to the saddle and go for a bit of a bike ride yourself. And why not? Cycling is great for fitness and can be enjoyed as a family on a sunny summer’s day. Why not pack a picnic and make a […]