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Crickhowell at Christmas

Forget Black Friday, the date you want for your diary is Saturday 24th November! This Saturday, Crickhowell offers the perfect start to the holiday season and a wonderful way to get into the festive mood! Start by enjoying mulled drinks and mince pies in the welcoming warmth of the Oriel CRiC Gallery at the CRiC […]

No Christmas Tree Recycling this year, as Council ceases service

Monmouthshire County Council’s major review of its recycling services means that its garden waste collection service will cease through the winter months and this year it will come to an end on Friday 30th November before recommencing on 4th March 2019. As a result, the authority will no longer collect and recycle Christmas trees when […]

Monmouthshire Remembers

Members of the Scouting Association across Monmouthshire embarked on a massive project at the beginning of the summer, with the aim of making 1200 ceramic poppies to commemorate the lives of fallen servicemen within the county. A chance encounter with HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Dutchess of Cornwall in July, gave members […]

Battle’s Over : A Nation’s Tribute : Brecon

6:15pm, November 11th 2018 The Bandstand, The Promenade, Brecon Brecon Town Council is playing its part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I. Battle’s Over events are taking place on November 11th 2018, throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle […]

Battle’s Over: A Nation’s Tribute: Abergavenny

On November 11th 2018, Abergavenny Town Council together with 2478 (Abergavenny) RAF Air Cadets, Gwent & Powys Army Cadet Force and Abergavenny Borough Band will play its part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I. Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO […]


150 turn out to weed, sweep and hang bunting for Crickhowell’s finals bid Around 150 local people, visitors and shopkeepers turned out on Sunday to weed, sweep and hang bunting around Crickhowell in support of the town’s bid for a Great British High Street prize.  The competition’s judges will be given a two-hour tour of […]

2018 Focus Advent Calendar

Would you like to advertise your business for FREE during December? This year we will be launching the very first Focus Magazines Online Advent Calendar. Visitors to our site will be able to open a new advent door every day of December until Christmas Day where they can win daily prizes offered by local businesses. […]


Crickhowell has been consumed by “civic pride and community spirt” as people take to social media to vote in large numbers in support the town’s bid to win a Great British High Street award.  At one point, the town (population 2,000) had more votes than major cities like Altrincham in Greater Manchester (population 50,000) and […]

Crickhowell based charity encourages volunteering to combat loneliness

Tools for Self Reliance Cymru (TFSR Cymru) were recently awarded grant funding from Age Cymru as part of ongoing work to tackle loneliness in rural communities. Loneliness and isolation are a daily reality for many older people – 75,000 older people in Wales have reported ‘always or often’ feeling lonely. The main work of TFSR […]

A Year of anniversaries!

Teslin Davies, Mayor of Abergavenny, tells us what she has been up to since coming to office in May this year Having been installed as the Mayor of Abergavenny in May, life has been hectic! I’ve chosen a year when all the significant anniversaries end with a zero: it’s the 100th anniversary of the end […]