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  • Crossword Solution: January 2018

  • 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, […]

  • Brecon and District Mind

    Brecon and District Mind is a mental health charity based in Brecon that also serves the local community through our outreach centres in Crickhowell, Talgarth and Hay-on-Wye. Our work is about offering 1:1 general advice and support and providing the tools to regain confidence and learn new skills through our volunteering scheme. We can help […]

  • Reverse Advent Calendar for Brecon Foodbank

      Reverse Advent Calendars seem to be catching on for many charities, especially Foodbanks. The concept is very simple: you put one non-perishable item of food or item of toiletries into a box for each day of Advent and take it to your local Foodbank on Christmas Eve for them to use for Christmas parcels. […]

  • Crossword Solution : December 2017

  • St David’s Jam In and Jolly Jumper Day Appeals

              St David’s Hospice Care, and its day hospice in Brecon “Usk House” are asking readers to support your local hospice this Christmas. Join the ‘Jam In’ Appeal by collecting a mini Jam Jar from a St David’s Hospice Care outlet or charity shop and jam it full of 20p coins […]

  • Book-ish Partners with Llamau

    Book-ish (18, High St, Crickhowell) will be partnerting with Llamau and launching their first fundraising initiative and awareness campaign on ‘Sanctuary Saturday’ (November 25th). For thousands of people in Wales, homelessness is a frightening reality. Fortunately, Llamau (pronounced Lamb – eye) can provide the accommodation, support and advice that is so crucial in times of […]

  • Street Life Sarnies

    Street Life Sarnies is a charitable community group that was set up by Claire and Bart Day with the aim of providing and distributing sandwich packs to the homeless. The group supports hostels, refuges, walkabout teams and soup kitchens by acquiring resources and distributing them. As well as serving South Wales, Street Life Sarnies (SLS) […]

  • Christmas at CRiC

    With a beautifully presented selection of work, both “Time for Tea” (11 Nov. – 10 Dec.) in the CRiC Studio and the annual “Christmas at CRiC” exhibition in the oriel CRiC gallery are proving very popular. The gallery is the perfect destination to linger and enjoy paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, sculpture, textiles, gifts and cards. […]

  • Christmas in Crickhowell

    Crickhowell is definitely the place to be this festive season, be it for shopping or catching up with friends and family over coffee or a meal. A popular annual highlight is Late Night shopping on 7 December when the independent retailers, cafes and pubs will join in the festivity. Who could resist having their gift […]

  • Miles Morgan Travel Raise £1,282 for Macmillan

    Miles Morgan Travel cooked up its first collective coffee morning for national cancer charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. The award-winning travel agent hosted events across all 15 of their South Wales and South West branches including Abergavenny, as part of Macmillan’s annual ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. Miles Morgan Travel raised £1,282 for the charity, thanks to […]