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Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that […]

April 2013 Issue

Abergavenny Focus APRIL 2013

Dear Readers, I’m told that Spring has sprung. In fact, as I look out of the window here at Focus HQ I can, indeed, see little lambs in the fields. I’m sure they’d be gambolling – as lambs are supposed to do – but the poor things are knee deep (do lambs have knees?) in […]

Nana’s Kitchen : Jasmine Blossom Tea Bread

Jasmine Blossom Tea Bread

The title of this tea bread recipe is a little misleading as you can make it using any floral flavoured tea – there are so many different varieties available nowadays, and it’s fun to experiment. Of course, the old favourites like Earl Grey and Lady Grey always produce wonderful results, but I find that Jasmine […]

Walking all Creatures Great and Small

Walking the Dog

Walking is one of the most pleasurable and healthy activities we share with our pets. Dogs are pack animals and to them sharing a daily dose of fresh air satisfies their instinct to explore new territory, meet and socialise with other dogs and display some of the hunting behaviour they evolved as wolves.  For their […]

Nocturnal Treasures

Brecon Beacons Dark Skies

The Brecon Beacons National Park celebrates its recent success at becoming one among only a handful of areas worldwide to be granted the status of an International Dark Sky Reserve. What do you see when you look up into the night sky? Stars? Darkness? Well, did you know that when you do, you’re enjoying some […]

A Tale of Two Canals

Talybont. Brinore tramroad wharf 2012

Before the railways, barges carried coal and iron down to Newport and Cardiff, but some ventures were more successful than others. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports As the Industrial Revolution built up steam, so did the clamour grew for better transport from the mines and foundries in the Eastern Valleys. By the […]

Golden Anniversary for Three Peaks

Walkers-Ascending-Blorenge

This year’s Three Peaks Trial takes place on 23rd March. Chris Barber provides further information. The Three Peaks Trial is an organised walk arranged each year in March by the Cardiff Outdoor Group. Designed to test the walker’s map reading skills and endurance, the event was first held in March 1963 and this year the […]

Synergy Grow in Strength with New Members

Abergavenny male close harmony choir ‘Synergy’ have exciting times ahead. Following the successful auditioning of 11 new members plucked from 50 men of varying singing experience and ability who participated in a Free Singing Course funded by Abergavenny Town Council in October last year, they were welcomed into the choir with the presentation of their […]

Zimele’s Skirrid Toddle Challenge

Family walk up the Skirrid in aid of Zimele UK. Contact Rebecca on 01873 855 126 or email zimele_uk@yahoo.co.uk for an information pack. Location: Skirrid Mountain Date: 2013-06-08

A Walk of 3,000000 steps

Keith talks to us about his epic walk

On 11th April this year – the day after Keith Chammings’s 70th Birthday – he will open the door to his home in Abergavenny, walk out, turn right and continue walking for more than 80 days over a distance of 1,400 miles until he reaches The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain… The Camino […]