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The Fourth Black Mountain Craft Market

Posted on: April 4th, 2018

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 (www.crohnsmapvaccine.com). The charity was set up by […]

Nevill Hall League of Friends: Our Story

Posted on: April 4th, 2018

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 […]

Next Month’s Focus – Creative Pursuits

Posted on: March 15th, 2018

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

Posted on: March 11th, 2018

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

Posted on: March 8th, 2018

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

Posted on: March 8th, 2018

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, […]

FRANCO COOKS MAYOR’S GALA BUFFET

Posted on: March 7th, 2018

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

Posted on: March 6th, 2018

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

Posted on: March 5th, 2018

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 […]

Easter Eggs Rock!

Posted on: March 4th, 2018

Easter is only around the corner, so what better way to celebrate than with an Easter Egg Hunt? Here at the Focus, we thought it might be fun to hide some Easter Eggs around Abergavenny for you to find. However, given all the snow and wet weather, the idea of hiding chocolate under a bush […]

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Upcoming Events

Apr
3
Tue
all-day Closing date for entries to Cric... @ Writing for Pleasure SIG
Closing date for entries to Cric... @ Writing for Pleasure SIG
Apr 3 – Jun 30 all-day
The Writing for Pleasure Group of Crickhowell U3A are publishing an anthology of work to celebrate U3A’s 10th anniversary in Crickhowell. Entries invited from members of Crickhowell U3A. Closing date 30th June 2018
Apr
26
Thu
9:30 am ABERGAVENNY FARMERS’ MARKET @ Abergavenny Market Hall
ABERGAVENNY FARMERS’ MARKET @ Abergavenny Market Hall
Apr 26 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
ABERGAVENNY FARMERS’ MARKET @ Abergavenny Market Hall
Regular monthly market selling locally produced food and crafts. 9:30am-2:30pm. Abergavenny Market Hall
1:30 pm Open Art Group @ Abergavenny Community Centre
Open Art Group @ Abergavenny Community Centre
Apr 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Come and join this informal, non-tutor led group, attended by artists of all abilities – to share skills and learn from each other. All materials provided. £3 per person. 1.30-3.30pm Abergavenny Community Centre
7:30 pm Abergavenny Local History Societ... @ Borough Theatre
Abergavenny Local History Societ... @ Borough Theatre
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm
Abergavenny Local History Society Talk: Men of Steel @ Borough Theatre
Bleddyn Penny’s talk on Men of Steel at the Borough Theatre on April 26th starts at 7:30pm. Non-members are welcome to join on the night. abergavennylocalhistorysociety.org.uk  
8:00 pm Open Mic @ The Hen & Chickens @ Hen & Chickens
Open Mic @ The Hen & Chickens @ Hen & Chickens
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm
Open Mic @ The Hen & Chickens @ Hen & Chickens
Every Thursday at the Hen and Chickens from 8pm
Apr
27
Fri
7:30 pm Mayor’s Charity Concert: An Even... @ Borough Theatre
Mayor’s Charity Concert: An Even... @ Borough Theatre
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm
Mayor’s Charity Concert: An Evening with Elvis
 @ Borough Theatre
Abergavenny’s Keith Davies and his own ‘Memphis Mafia’ return with their popular tribute to the King. Tickets
£12, 7:30pm Abergavenny Borough Theatre. Box Office 01873 850 805
Apr
28
Sat
9:00 am Friends of Castle Meadows Bird walk
Friends of Castle Meadows Bird walk
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am
Friends of Castle Meadows Bird walk
A chance to see summer migrants including sandmartins. Leader Steve Butler. Meet 9am Byefield Lane carpark. Please bring binoculars.
2:00 pm Llangors Community Performance P... @ Llangors Community Centre.
Llangors Community Performance P... @ Llangors Community Centre.
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm
Llangors Community Performance Project: The Wakefield Mysteries @ Llangors Community Centre.
2pm, 7pm, Llangors Community Centre.
Apr
29
Sun
10:00 am Llangynidr Farmers’ Market @ Llangynidr Village Hall
Llangynidr Farmers’ Market @ Llangynidr Village Hall
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Llangynidr Farmers' Market @ Llangynidr Village Hall
Monthly market selling local produce
8:00 pm Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra @ Our Lady & St Michael's RC Church
Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra @ Our Lady & St Michael's RC Church
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm
Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra @ Our Lady & St Michael's RC Church
Cristian Grajner de Sa plays Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Programme also includes Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony

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