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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Usk bursts its banks at Castle Meadows

Castle Meadows Flooded

The Usk well and truly burst its banks this afternoon, (Saturday 29th December), flooding Castle Meadows in Abergavenny. The water was well into the garden of the Bridge Inn, by the Llanfoist bridge.  Here some pictures we took on our way past, just before 5:00 pm. Sorry for the poor quality.

Christmas & New Year Abergavenny Recycling and Waste Collection Dates

Christmas: you can’t keep track of what day it is, let alone when you’re supposed to put out the rubbish. To help keep track of bin days, we’ve listed the Christmas Holiday and New Year recycling and waste collection arrangement dates, courtesy of Monmouthshire County Council, so that you’re not saddled with your waste well […]

Keeping the home fires burning

Away from the battlefields of WW2, everyday folk were tightening their belts but looking ahead to a frugal but festive Christmas. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society Reports Butter, bacon and sugar had been rationed since 1940 but the list grew longer as German U-boats stepped up their offensive in the Atlantic in 1942. […]

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us an insight into what’s good to read this month We’ve luckily been given a wide choice of debut novels throughout 2012 and Eowyn Ivey’s ‘The Snow Child’ a bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska is near the top of my list. Jack and Mabel […]

Prize Draw Winner Announced

The Abergavenny Focus Christmas Gingerbread House draw has been drawn, and we’re delighted to announce that the winner is David Peters. We hope David enjoys munching his way through it! Thank you to everyone for taking part, and thank you to those of you who made donations to The Heart Research Fund for Wales.  

Ava’s Say

Recently I received a letter through the post. I love to receive letters and I love to write them too but sadly these days it seems to be a dying art form as people turn to email and text as preferred methods of communication. Ava Wright, who is 9 years old, wrote a beautiful letter […]

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

This is a fantastic winter warmer, bang in season and perfect after all the indulgences of Christmas! Ingredients 1kg Jerusalem Artichokes 200g Onions 1 Litre chicken or Vegetable Stock 250mls Milk 250mls Double Cream Pinch Salt and Pepper   Method Peel and chop the onion into 1 inch pieces, then sweat gently for about 10 […]

Caerphilly Castle 1955

Caerphilly Castle

Slim and alive, with raven-black hair, Monica raced up the spiral stone stair: Dim stones absorbed light, reflected each sound And sight was deprived while hearing was drowned In echoes continuous filling the tower Blending our footfalls in music of power. Up, up in the dark, this never need end Young legs and young hearts […]

Christmas Around the World

world christmas

Christmas is all about turkey consumption, cracker pulling and stocking stuffing isn’t it? Of course, we all know there is a much deeper meaning to Christmas, but what I’m referring to here are the deep-seated traditions with which we choose to mark the occasion. It’s always interesting to hear about the Christmas traditions that different […]

The Bone Carver

Carli Porter in her studio

This month’s Focus on People column is all about one woman’s intriguing craft and the artistic inspiration she derives from her local surroundings. Carli Porter has recently moved to Abergavenny. After living in a variety of locations she had a strong urge to move back to Wales when she and her husband wed. They searched […]