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  • The Building Bridges Project

    The Building Bridges Project brings together young people with additional needs from across Monmouthshire. It is searching for a new source of money as its current funding is set to finish in December this year. The Project was set up in November 2013 to run for four years with a grant from the Big Lottery; […]

  • Bring Back Bailey Park Pool

    Some of you may have recently heard the buzz about Bailey Park Pool and the campaign to Bring It Back. This is the brainchild of Craig Titchener who runs the online Facebook Page; Abergavenny Voice. We invited Craig to put pen to paper so we could learn about it first hand. Here at the Focus, […]

  • Abergavenny Music Closes its Doors

    Abergavenny’s specialist classical music shop, Abergavenny Music, closed its doors on 29 July owing to the illness of the owner and founder, James Joseph. For more than quarter of a century it has been a big part of the lives of both the town itself and a world-wide community of music enthusiasts. James established Abergavenny […]

  • Midwives@Ethiopia

    Report by Hannah Merret A few months ago, two of our local midwives asked whether I would be able to accompany them on a trip to Ethiopia to photograph the work of their charity Midwives@Ethiopia. In May of this year, what started off as a light-hearted conversation over coffee became a reality, as I joined […]

  • Consecutive Award Win for Miles Morgan

    Focus Regulars, Monmouthshire travel agent and travel specialists, Miles Morgan Travel have been awarded the prestigious Agent Achievement Award for South West and South Wales – Large Agency for 2017. Not only does this mark the second consecutive year the travel specialists have won the award, having also won the award in 2016, it also […]

  • Jazz Impressions: for the love of art, music and sponsorship!

    Brecon Jazz Festival this year is special – so every year is special for this iconic festival! As last year, the programming and organization is planned by local groups, many of them volunteers. But the energy is tremendous. Some highlights of this year’s festival on Fri-Sun 11-13 August are below, but we actually launched the […]

  • Tower Gallery showing Michael Howard

    The Tower Gallery in Crickhowell is rapidly building a reputation for showing exciting, first rate Welsh Art. The latest exhibition from this local Art Co-operative is a one person show featuring Michael Howard; a Brecon artist who seems obsessed with the hills and fields that surround his home in Trallong. His colourful landscapes in oil […]


    Local storyteller and author Daniel Morden will be enthralling young and old alike on August 27th and 28th at Tretower Court and castle. Daniel, resident in Abergavenny, has travelled the world telling traditional stories, from the Arctic to the Pacific to the Caribbean. He is often to be found entertaining children in local primary schools, […]

  • Crossword Solution: August 2017

    This Month’s simple crossword solution  

  • Crossword Solution: June 2017 issue

  • So Artrageous is on the Move.

    From June 2nd So Artrageous will be at a new location. I will be joining the other artists at Hatherleigh House, Union Road West, Abergavenny NP7 7RL. It is rather tucked away in the courtyard behind Abergavenny Electrics. Although the premises is smaller it has lots of natural light and a lovely feature fireplace, more […]

  • Hannah Mlatem

    At the HANNAH MLATEM salon we pride ourselves on excellent hair, organic products, a warm atmosphere – and always a giggle and friendly welcome. We’re a family. Our clients become good friends and we pride ourselves on changing the perception of the dreaded salon visit that, unfortunately, many people experience. It began when Hannah, 33, […]

  • What a difference a cake can make!

    Free Cakes For Kids UK is a not for profit community service that helps economically and/or socially disadvantaged families in the UK provide a birthday cake for their child when they would otherwise find it difficult to do so.     We work with a number of community projects, charities and organisations that are already […]

  • Gilwern u3A

    There are a number of Universities of the Third Age (U3As) in the region and the newest ‘kid on the block’ is in Gilwern. The U3A movement is a unique and exciting organisation and is a great way to keep mentally and physically active in retirement and semi-retirement. Members, from all backgrounds, share their skills […]

  • New Look for Abergavenny Walking Group!

    Back in 2014, Abergavenny was awarded the prestigious Walkers are Welcome status for its great walking potential. Nestled between the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Wye Valley and the Blaenavon World Heritage site, and with the Black Mountains on its doorstep, the town is a mecca for walkers. Three years on the group working to […]

  • Abergavenny Action 50+ Welcomes New Members

    The Abergavenny Action 50+ (AA50+) Group is a volunteer-led local Community Group for people aged 50 and over in Abergavenny and the surrounding villages. The Group works to improve life for older people aged 50+ and to enable older people to have some choice and control over their lives. It provides a consultative support network […]

  • Abergavenny Origami Club

    Abergavenny Origami Club was formed to spread awareness and share the knowledge of origami and the fun and joy one can have while making it, whether it is a flower, plane, box, bird or any other items that one can imagine! We are based in the Abergavenny Community Centre and hold several workshops through the […]

  • Raven Drama

    With over twenty years classroom experience as an English Teacher, Head of Drama & Subject Mentor – Lynn is uniquely qualified and hugely passionate about empowering children through creativity.                     By providing an encouraging, engaging format to develop confident interpersonal skills, Lynn believes children can become […]

  • Bridge Therapies’ Beginnings

    Sometime in the last century, Jolanda Sidler came into my Abergavenny clinic seeking help with a neck problem. Taking her case history, she told me that she was a massage therapist… We got to chatting about our respective practices, and discovered common interests such as helping to promote healthy living through CAM (complementary and alternative […]

  • Cambridge Weight Plan, more than just shakes!

    Frustrated with your attempts to lose weight? Hate looking in the mirror? Can’t wear the clothes you love? Reach for food when you feel depressed, lonely, bored or stressed? Overeat, then feel guilty and hate yourself? Feel that the extra weight could be affecting your health?   That was me 10 years ago. I battled […]