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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 […]


Crickhowell High Street has been shortlisted for a national award. It’s one of only four towns in Wales to go forward to the finals of the Great British High Street Awards. If Crickhowell wins the Wales category, the town could receive £5,000 to spend in the community with an additional £10,000 if it is judged […]

James McIlroy: Tutor

Another academic year comes around so quickly. While this is time for a fresh start, and this education supplement covers all aspects of the modern education setting, almost immediately there are exams on the horizon with GCSEs and resits in October which is only one month away. Within the education system, while teachers and schools […]

Cancer Research Wales Brecon and Sennybridge Branch raises £185,000 in ten years

Cancer Research Wales’ Brecon and Sennybridge committee has raised a whopping £185,000 for Wales’ leading cancer research charity since 2008. This staggering amount has been raised thanks to the hard work and determination of the women within the group and all the funds have gone towards supporting Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor universities as they contribute […]

8 Successful People Who Didn’t Get Good Exam Results

A Level results day for students, teachers and parents begins with worry, expectation and nerves. It either turns out to be a day of joy and excitement or one of disappointment and feelings of despair. If you’re one of those people who hasn’t done as well as you’d hoped, it may well feel like the […]

Wisdom, Quackery and Science… and a Brief History of Pottery

Members of Abergavenny U3A  gathered recently for a feast of cream scones and fresh local strawberries and a good chat over tea. There were also sales of plants, homemade cakes and preserves donated by members to raise funds for the U3A group.   Two weeks later the group met for the monthly meeting at which […]

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 […]

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 […]