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VE Day at Home

May 4th, 2020

On VE Day 75 years ago, people took to the streets to dance and celebrate the end of the war.

This year, huge street parties and events were planned for the weekend beginning 8th May to remember that day 75 years ago. Unfortunately, due to the current global Coronavirus pandemic, many of these celebrations have been postponed or cancelled.

Here at the Focus, we’ve put together for you a VE Day Celebration from Home. Look out for posts where you’ll find links for making your own VE Day bunting, which you can print out and hang in your gardens or windows, a link and instructions for re-creating an iconic 1940s hairstyle – victory rolls, a wartime vinegar cake recipe which would make a fantastic addition to a garden party style picnic, instructions on how to dance the Lindy Hop Swing and more about what happened on VE Day itself all those years ago.

Although we will all be at home for this year’s VE Day, why not use our VE Day at Home pages to really make the most of it?

Do share your celebration photos with us and examples of your bunting, dances, cakes and hairdos and we’ll create a gallery online for everyone to see.

Email your photos to together with your name and description of the photo.

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War in Wales

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We may think times are often tough, especially at the moment, but for those of us who were not around to remember, think of what war must have been like. Rationing, bombing, conscription, the loss of a son or husband, evacuation – these were some of the experiences and issues facing those who lived through […]

On the Tourist Trail

April 9th, 2020

People have been visiting or passing through Abergavenny since the Middle Ages. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports. Before the railway arrived in 1850, tourists arrived on horseback or by stage coach. The roads were poor but travel they did. The first recorded trip was by Giraldus Cambrensis, Archdeacon of Brecon, accompanying Archbishop […]

The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals

November 8th, 2018

First World War propaganda prints by celebrated artists of the day go on display at Abergavenny Museum & Chepstow Museum: Now – 6 January 2019- Admission Free As soldiers marched to war in summer 1914, most of them expected to be back home within a few weeks and surely by Christmas. But instead, the fighting […]

Celebrating Monmouthshire Women in Agriculture: 1900-2018

April 11th, 2018

Real life experiences from the past & present and visions for the future. This is the theme of an event on Saturday 28th April at the Abergavenny Community Centre writes Katrina Gass. The event will raise the question “What has been women’s pivotal role as farmers & food producers over a century in Monmouthshire – […]

Paradise Regained

January 11th, 2017

Middleton Hall’s landscape is being restored to its Regency glory. Helen Morgan from Abergavenny Local History Society reports It is now better known as the site of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, but Middleton Hall was once a magnificent mansion with one of the finest waterparks in Britain. Its story begins in the early […]

Ancient Egypt Comes To Abergavenny

November 4th, 2016

Writing for Eternity: Decoding Ancient Egypt – Joint exhibition with the British Museum opens at Abergavenny Museum and Castle Visitors to Abergavenny Museum this autumn will be able to explore one of the world’s great civilizations thanks to a new partnership with the British Museum. The British Museum’s Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan has […]

Gunter Mansion

September 8th, 2016

The Gunter Mansion in Cross Street, Abergavenny, is a Grade 2* listed building that has an important place in the history of Abergavenny, and in the story of Catholicism in post reformation Monmouthshire. Yet visitors to the town, and even those who have lived here for many years, may have no idea of the significance […]

History of The National Eisteddfod of Wales

July 16th, 2016

The National Eisteddfod is the largest and oldest celebration of Welsh culture, unique throughout Europe as each year it visits a different area of Wales. Eisteddfod literally means a sitting (eistedd = to sit), perhaps a reference to the hand-carved chair traditionally awarded to the best poet in the ceremony ‘The Crowning of the Bard’. […]

Best In-tents

July 15th, 2016

History was heralded at the Eisteddfod for the first time in 2015. This year it will return and will focus on Monmouthshire’s heritage. Helen Morgan of Abergavenny Local History Society reports. When Caroline Fairclough arrived home from last summer’s Eisteddfod she was buzzing with news of a Lle Hanes (history tent). As a keen supporter […]

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