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‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Doves of Hope

Have you spotted the Doves of Hope in and around Abergavenny? Rainbows have been adopted as a symbol of support for those wanting to show solidarity for the NHS workers who have been working tirelessly in the fight against the global Covid-19 pandemic. They have also been a welcome burst of bright colour in the […]

Abergavenny Community Centre May 2020

We want to let you know about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Community Centre. In the same month as the Community Centre reached its Fifth anniversary, regrettably, the coronavirus forced us to close to the public on 24th March. Over a few short years, the Centre has become an important landmark for […]

Crickhowell Crafters Craft PPE for NHS and keyworkers

Our volunteer group based around Crickhowell has made 6 sets of scrubs, 75 scrub caps, 1,147 scrub bags, 30 wash bags, 450 headbands and 1,500 ear-savers for the NHS and other key workers in two weeks and has so far raised £2,400 to buy materials. The group started with three of us making things for […]

Make your own VE Day Bunting

Make Your Flags You can print out a template or make your own. If you would like to print out flags, we have created a print-ready version for you, which combines both the Union Flag and the Welsh Flag. Click on the picture to download it. If you prefer blank flags, visit: for a […]

Council ‘Overwhelmed’ by Kindness and Help of Monmouthshire Communities

Over the last few weeks, Monmouthshire County Council has been overwhelmed by the wonderful support offered by communities looking to help neighbours and friends during the COVID-19 outbreak. Community action groups have grown in their numbers and amazing acts of kindness have been witnessed. Over 30 community-led action groups have been set up across the […]

Abergavenny Street Monitors

Grassroots volunteer network offers support to those facing isolation during crisis. Have you received a leaflet through your door recently about your ‘Street Monitor’? If you live alone and have no friends or family close by, now you have someone to call. If you need some essential shopping done or a prescription collected, or would […]

Emergency Changes to Services at Monmouthshire Citizens Advice

Monmouthshire County Citizens Advice has announced that face-to-face advice services in Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow and Monmouth will be suspended for the foreseeable future from Monday 23 March 2020. People who have already booked appointments should not attend and should ring their local office number of their appointment slip when telephone advice will be offered. There […]

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