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  • Dining In is the New Dining Out

    As months of lockdown gradually begin to ease, there are still lots of restrictions in place, especially for the hospitality and restaurant industry. Luckily, here in Abergavenny, we’re blessed with lots of independent businesses with quirky out-of-the-box thinking, who have come up with cool ideas to make dining in much more than just a pizza, […]

  • Where Did 13 Weeks Go?

    The Parrys Fine & Country Team closed their doors on 23rd March. That morning Partner, Heather Cook, ventured into the office in the early hours, one last time, to collect what she could in order to work remotely, not knowing when or if the time would come that the doors would be open again. After […]

  • Love is What We Have in Common

    I watched an eight minute video of a man being crushed to death and I realised I know nothing. The content of my little world—white, middle class, male—was placed in sudden stark relief against the backdrop of all human experience and I felt small and useless. Coming up short for pragmatic solutions, I fell back […]

  • Crickhowell’s Battle to Protect Award-Winning High Street

    Five years ago, residents of Crickhowell packed their town centre, waved placards, chanted slogans and stopped a national supermarket chain moving into their town. Their efforts helped Crickhowell win the title of ‘Best High Street in the UK’. But now they are fighting again. At the centre of the battle is a former social club […]

  • Owners of Many Small Limited Companies denied COVID -19 Support

    Are you ForgottenLtd? On 13th March 2020, local consultancy Caterpillar Business Psychologists Ltd had to cancel work due to Covid19. A week later, along with hundreds of other businesses operating in South Powys, Caterpillar closed the doors and prepared to maintain social distancing. For a company totally dependent on connecting with business-people all over the […]

  • Delivery Volunteers Gain Lottery Funding Support

    Crickhowell Volunteer Bureau, is happy to announce that they have received a grant donation from the Lottery Community fund of just over £7000 to help cover additional hours, volunteer expenses and protective equipment. The volunteers, led by Volunteer Bureau Manager Kerry Crosfield and supported by the many businesses and organisations in the area, have been […]

  • More Room on our High Streets for Pedestrians

    Work to introduce temporary pavement widening in some towns across Powys is due to start shortly. The infrastructure will allow people to social distance more safely when visiting – and queueing for – shops and, in turn, allow businesses to safely get back to work sooner. Powys County Council is considering placing temporary barriers and […]

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  • Temporary measures for Monmouth to support local businesses

    Monnow Street and St John Street in Monmouth will close to vehicles from Thursday 25th of June 2020. The council has carried out an emergency order to ensure people visiting the high street and town centre are safe when shopping and socially distancing. The measures mean vehicles will be prohibited from travelling via the streets, […]

  • Photography in Focus: All in a Day’s Work

    Well, it has to be said, that this has possibly been the most surreal month of my life as a photographer. If anyone had sat me down a few weeks ago and told me what was about to happen to me, I would have probably with fairly good reason thought they should be sectioned. Since […]

  • Dream Doors Newport are Re-opening

    10% OFF CONTINUES!…FOR KITCHEN RENOVATIONS*  FOR ALL NP POSTCODES As we prepare to return to work, we are proud to be re-opening for business in a safe and responsible manner. We have spent many weeks preparing ourselves, our staff and our showroom for when the time is right. Our customers safety is our primary consideration. […]

  • ‘Shop Local, Shop Monmouthshire’

    Council’s new ‘Shop Local, Shop Monmouthshire’ campaign supports reopening businesses and encourages shoppers Monmouthshire County Council has been working to support businesses and help residents feel confident about returning to their town and village centres, as non-essential shops prepare to reopen. As part of this process the council recently ran a survey to get a […]

  • Up The Mountain

    With most nearby hills out of bounds above the mountain fence, the Blorenge is one of the few that are still open and within walking distance of our doorsteps. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History takes a stroll from Llanfoist bridge to Pwll-du. One way is along the old parish road, past the cemetery and […]

  • Supa Dupa Cleaning are Ready to Deep Clean your Premises

    Firstly I would like to thank all of our clients for their continued support and letting me know that they will return to our services when these difficult times are over and it’s safe for us all.We will be back – hopefully soon. With our new Fogging Technology sprayers and environmental solutions, (that are safe […]

  • Getting Social Again

    Ambika Social is a converted horsebox cafe that launched in Linda Vista Gardens, Abergavenny this month. It’s an idea that first flitted into my mind when my little boy, Noah was born. Not in a “one day I will” way – I was far too tired for that! More in a “it would be nice […]

  • Looking Ahead

    This month our eyes are set firmly on the horizon, which sounds like a fine idea to me. Times have been tough—they still are—and there’s some comfort to be had in looking ahead, to better days. Whether it’s the warm embrace of friends and family; a shared cultural event, such as a festival or a […]

  • Your Ideas Could Help Shape the Future of Monmouthshire’s Town and Village Centres

    Monmouthshire County Council is asking as many residents as possible to take part in a new survey that seeks opinions and ideas about how Monmouthshire’s town and village centres could look in the future. As the county looks towards a gradual reopening of businesses and facilities, the council would like take the opportunity to re-evaluate […]

  • Enter Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife from Home Competition

    Spotted any of your nature neighbours during lockdown? Are bees buzzing and birds bursting into song in your backyard? Whatever #wildlifefromhome you’ve photographed or filmed during lockdown, now’s your chance to enter it in Gwent Wildlife Trust’s new competition. Gwent Wildlife Trust has launched their #wildlifefromhome photography and video competition in response to the success […]

  • Crickhowell Choral Society in Lockdown

    Crickhowell Music Festival should have taken place over the first weekend in May but of course this was not possible. Everything was in place: rehearsals were progressing well, flyers and posters had been printed, banners and articles were ready, tickets were being sold and a buzz of eager anticipation was gathering momentum. This was particularly […]

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