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  • Abergavenny Focus APRIL 2018 issue

  • Gilwern U3A update

    “Be Prepared” is the Scouting movement’s motto, and one that Gilwern U3A has used when preparing for the 2018 programme of monthly speakers, so it was very apt that March’s speaker was Pat Hillman MBE, Deputy District Commissioner for Adult Support, Monmouthshire Scouts, talking about “Scouting – then and now”. Pat’s humorous and informative anecdotes […]

  • Celebrating Monmouthshire Women in Agriculture: 1900-2018

    Real life experiences from the past & present and visions for the future. This is the theme of an event on Saturday 28th April at the Abergavenny Community Centre writes Katrina Gass. The event will raise the question “What has been women’s pivotal role as farmers & food producers over a century in Monmouthshire – […]

  • Appeal brings 40,000 poppies piling in

    Abergavenny sheep farmer Olwen Veevers is up to her eyes in poppies this month as parcels of the knitted and hand-made textile flowers pile in from thousands of knitters and fibre fans from all over the UK and abroad. So far, 40,038 poppies have been sent in support of an appeal by Wonderwool Wales, the […]

  • Volunteering for Wellbeing

    Bridges Centre is a lively organisation which remains true to its original aims: to build bridges between people from all parts of the community. Volunteering for Wellbeing works within Bridges Centre to promote happiness and wellbeing in Monmouthshire. We provide a range of wellbeing opportunities across the county such as social groups, providing companionship through […]

  • Crickhowell Music Festival

    This year’s Crickhowell Choral Society Music Festival is packed with wonderful music celebrating the huge influence of two of music’s greatest champions, namely St. Cecilia and Orpheus. There are many great choral and poetic works paying homage to both and the Society will be focusing on Restoration and Florentine music, including Handel’s mighty Alexander’s Feast. […]

  • Discover a hidden talent this Summer

    We’re ready for you at Abergavenny Bowls Club The Avenue Road club is well equipped to welcome new members for the coming season. The green has been well prepared and with the help of a grant from Community Chest we have purchased new bowls and specialist coaching equipment to assist new and older members at […]

  • Abergavenny Writing Festival 2018

    The Abergavenny Writing Festival is taking place for the third consecutive year from April 19th to the 21st. Most of the events will take place in the Kings Arms Hotel function rooms. In addition to the support received from founding sponsor Christie Residential this year the Abergavenny Town Council is also generously backing the Writing […]

  • Welcome to our Plastic Planet

    The Say NO to Plastic campaign in Abergavenny is taking action against plastic pollution, encouraging individuals, retailers and businesses to DITCH or SWITCH –ditch the plastic completely or switch to sustainable alternatives.   Plastic has transformed our lives over the past 70 years. Plastic products and packaging are everywhere. Even clothes, such as fleeces, are […]

  • Love Zimbabwe Book Bonanza

    Local charity, Love Zimbabwe, run by David and Martha Holman are currently in the process of building a library/learning centre at the charity’s community centre in Domboshawa, Zimbabwe. This idea became reality, when in 2016 on one of their regular visits to the country, Martha and David consulted a local builder, and drew up plans […]

  • The Fourth Black Mountain Craft Market

    On Saturday 7th April, the Fourth Black Mountain Craft Market will be held in the Clarence Hall, Crickhowell, from 10am to 4pm. This event takes place every year to raise money for a charity that funds research into a potential cure for Crohn’s Disease – Crohn’s MAP Vaccine ( The charity was set up by […]

  • Nevill Hall League of Friends: Our Story

    Nevill Court built in 1860’s by 1920 became Nevill Hall Hospital. In 1927 the Victoria Hospital Needle Work Guild was founded, becoming the Victoria Linen Guild in 1936, eventually incorporated into the North Gwent Hospitals League of Friends, serving tea and homemade scones, chatting with patients being an important ‘cog’ in hospital life. In 1947 […]

  • Crossword Solution: April 2018

  • Next Month’s Focus – Creative Pursuits

    Next month we celebrate Creative Pursuits. Do you spend your free time painting, drawing, writing, felting, knitting or crafting? Perhaps you’re interested in taking up a creative pursuit in 2018? April’s magazine will be perfect for you! The Abergavenny Writing Festival will be taking place in April, so we’ll be looking closely at that as […]

  • Only 1 Easter Stone left after 3 more are found this weekend

    Abergavenny has gone stone hunting mad! On Friday, Stacey and Rosalie Callard discovered the ‘Make a Wish’ stone, beside one of the standing stones in Swan Meadows – which was the solution to clue number 3. On Sunday afternoon two more stones were discovered. Fisrt, Amber and Logan Morris-Powley went searching on the Skirrid with […]

  • Our first Easter stone has been found

    The first of our Easter Rocks has been discovered by entrepid stone hunter, Martha Turner. Clue number two in the March Focus led her to the sensory garden at the site of the old lido in Bailey Park. Martha tells us how she found the stone; “My name is Martha Turner. I have found clue […]

  • Medieval Marvels

    Churches before the Reformation were a riot of colour. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local Society reports Far from being whitewashed havens of tranquillity, church walls throbbed with images of saints and angels. In the early 1500s, churches might have been plain on the outside but inside they would have been rich with wall paintings, statues, […]


    Internationally famous chef Franco Taruschio OBE formerly of The Walnut Tree, and the Centre’s own renowned chef Elaine Blanchard will be cooking for the Mayor of Abergavenny’s Gala Buffet at Abergavenny Community Centre on Merthyr Road on 7th April. The Gala Buffet is being held in aid of Citizens Advice Abergavenny, the cause the Mayor […]

  • Gwent Police: Inspector Neil Jones

    Welcome to my first blog for Monmouthshire North, I have only recently taken over the post from outgoing Inspector Arwel Hicks, who will soon retire from Gwent Police after 30 years of public service. On a personal note, I am happy to live and work in Monmouthshire, I am married and have two children in […]

  • Cymraeg i Blant Monmouthshire

    Cymraeg i Blant/Cymraeg for Kids is an all Wales Welsh Government scheme focusing on increasing the numbers of Welsh-speaking children. The scheme’s main objective is to increase the number of Welsh-speaking children by providing prospective parents and families with advice, information and support on the benefits of introducing the Welsh language as early as possible […]