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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Big Hero 6

Hiro Hamada is a bright young teen with a promising intellect, but leaning towards a slippery slope with his affinity for danger and easy gains. Seeing his young prodigy of a sibling potentially wasted, Hiro’s brother Tadashi introduces him to his university, encouraging him to channel his skills into more productive areas. Despite his youthful […]

Crossword Solution: April 2015 issue

Crug Hywel (Table Mountain)

This month’s walk is likely to be familiar to residents of Crickhowell, being that it is right on their doorstep.   The level top of Crug Hywel is quite unusual; you can see why it’s called Table Mountain and also why your average Iron age chieften might want to put a fort there. The walk […]

Book Review: Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood

In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge, and drink gin. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley’s best friend. She is also Ernest’s […]

A Tale of Two Siblings

The Davies sisters were wealthy women with a passion for fine art & philanthropy. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports Gwendoline and her sister Margaret were two of the richest single women in Edwardian Britain. They had a combined personal fortune of £1 million and an annual income of around £40,000 to spend […]

The South Wales Three Peaks Trial

The Three Peaks trial takes place this year on Saturday 28th March. Here, Chris Lewis, Trial Co-ordinator, provides a window on the event’s history. The Three Peaks Trial is an organised challenge walk arranged each year in March by the Cardiff Outdoor Group. Up to 900 walkers travel from as far away as Cornwall, Cumbria […]

Will Barnes’ Inspector Gadjo Band

Will Barnes is possibly best known for his work with classical crossover group “Gypsy Fire” and his fresh approach to all aspects of the instrument has met with critical acclaim. Having been mentored by Gary Potter and Martin Taylor, Will has performed with a diverse selection of musicians including, Frank Vignola, Alan Barnes and John […]

Will Barnes’ Inspector Gadjo Band

Will Barnes is possibly best known for his work with classical crossover group “Gypsy Fire” and his fresh approach to all aspects of the instrument has met with critical acclaim. Having been mentored by Gary Potter and Martin Taylor, Will has performed with a diverse selection of musicians including, Frank Vignola, Alan Barnes and John […]

Did you know Abergavenny is nationally acclaimed for its walking welcome?

We all know Abergavenny and its surrounding countryside is a beautiful place to walk. People come from all over the UK, and even further to tread the foothills of the Black Mountains, enjoy the tranquillity of the canal and explore the many valleys in the Vale of Usk and in the Brecon Beacons. Did you […]

Aerial at Nevill Hall

Local artist Amanda Caines works with pupils of King Henry VIII school

Locally based charity Arts Alive Wales has launched Aerial, their new artwork for the Outpatients Hall in Nevill Hall Hospital.  The formal opening was made by Oliver Fairclough, Keeper of Collections at the National Museum of Wales, who lives locally and is an acknowledged expert on the work of poet and artist David Jones, whose […]