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Christmas Card Shop, Brecon

The festive season is under way in Brecon and the Cards for Good Causes charity Christmas card shop is open in St Mary’s Church, Steeple Lane (off High Street), Brecon until Tuesday 17th December. Buying Christmas cards through Cards for Good Causes is the best way to get access to the widest selection of Christmas […]

Home Education

Some call it home educating or homeschooling, others call it unschooling, freeschooling and flexischooling. Whatever term you prefer, it’s the process of providing an education to your child predominantly in the home environment, rather than sending them to a school. We invited home educator, Emily, to tell us in her own words about why and […]

Miscarriage: A Silent Grief

Deciding to have children and build a family is an exciting time in anyone’s life. However, miscarriage is the most common kind of pregnancy loss, affecting around one in every four pregnancies. And yet it is rarely openly discussed, leaving many women blaming themselves for their loss. Here Hannah Mlatem shares with us her own […]

Crickhowell Literary Festival: 28th September – 6th October

In this triumphant year for Crickhowell, voted not only the best High Street In Wales but also in the UK, the Crickhowell Literary Festival makes its own idiosyncratic contribution to the Town’s successes. Supported by local businesses and Friends, the Festival brings a bustle of energy to the High Street as personalities, authors, poets, historians, politicians, and experts in many fields wander through […]

THE “KING” BACKS CAMPAIGN TO SAVE CRICKHOWELL’S CLARENCE HALL

The “King”, Abergavenny Elvis, Keith Davies, has thrown his weight behind the campaign to refurbish Crickhowell’s iconic Clarence Hall, saying “we must save music venues like this so that the public can enjoy live music wherever they live.” Keith has agreed that all proceeds from what is expected to be a sell-out concert can go […]

CLARENCE HALL FUNDRAISING “SEASON” OF EVENTS ABOUT TO GET UNDERWAY

An ambitious “season” of fundraising events for Crickhowell Clarence Hall’s renovation fund is about to get underway. The Trustees have announced two big concerts, with all proceeds going to the fund, and with another one being planned for the summer while final details are sorted. Several other organisations have pledged their support and are organising […]

Raglan Music Festival 2019

Promoting fab music in the heart of Monmouthshire the Raglan Festival will take place, as always, throughout the second weekend in June: 7-9th June. The boutique music festival takes place across the whole village and will host many varied and exciting gigs, open mics and activities for all ages throughout the weekend; many of which […]

U3A Abergavenny outing to Nantgarw Porcelain factory and National Museum in Cardiff

Two hundred years ago the finest porcelain in the world was made in Nantgarw near Caerphilly. All the other bone china and porcelain made around the world was more opaque with a greyish blue tinge. The secret ‘soft paste’ recipe that William Billingsly brought from Derby produced whiter, finer grade porcelain which was translucent. He […]

DJ&P Newland Rennie choose Above & Beyond and Dementia UK as charities of the year

DJ&P Newland Rennie, a multi-discipline practice of Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents offering a  specialist service for town and country property owners, landowners, farmers and their other professional advisors has chosen Bristol hospitals’ charity Above & Beyond and Dementia UK as their charities to fundraise for over the next year. DJ&P Newland Rennie staff voted […]

Crickhowell’s Clarence Hall Under Threat

Crickhowell’s Clarence Hall will cease to function as a community event venue in less than three years unless major repairs are carried out.  That’s the stark warning from the Hall’s Trustees, as they launch a fundraising campaign and prepare grant applications for a £1.9m upgrade of the venue. Chair of Trustees, Dean Christy, said: “Clarence […]