Chepstow Racecourse looking for diamond wedding couples

3:20pm Monday 30th November 2009

CHEPSTOW Racecourse is looking for Gwent couples celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary this year to co-incide with the 60th anniversary of the Coral Welsh National.

Usk students get taste of wartime navy

2:30pm Monday 30th November 2009

Coleg Gwent students are set to spend two nights on board HMS Belfast on the River Thames.

Monmouthshire transport links get £60,000 boost

12:30pm Monday 30th November 2009

IMPROVED Monmouthshire transport links are planned with a £60,000 South East Wales Transport Alliance grant to the county council.

Sport clubs can get cash help

12:29pm Monday 30th November 2009

SPORTS clubs and sporting associations in Monmouthshire are being urged to apply by December 15 for funding of up to £1,000 from the community chest grants scheme run by the county council. Around £15,000 remains available this year for eligible projects to get people active. Information: 01633 644544.

Llandogo artist goes on display

12:28pm Monday 30th November 2009

An art exhibition is on display throughout December at the Brockweir and Hewelsfield village shop, near Chepstow.

Caldicot's book to raise cash for veterans

12:33pm Monday 30th November 2009

Author David Ashwin will today launch his new book which is aimed at raising funds for the Merchant Navy Association and British Legion.

Usk dentist awarded

4:17pm Wednesday 4th November 2009

A GWENT dentist who expanded a single practice into a network of more than 80 clinics won a top business award.

Cash available to Monmouth groups

4:16pm Wednesday 4th November 2009

VOLUNTARY groups in Monmouth can apply for grants worth up to £750 to set up new projects or help existing ones.

GP plans for Monmouth

4:15pm Wednesday 4th November 2009

PLANS are being developed for a new GP surgery in Monmouth to serve patients and staff at the town's existing Dixton practice. the current surgery cannot be expanded to meet demand.

Santa comes to Monmouth

4:12pm Wednesday 4th November 2009

MONMOUTH'S annual candlelit Christmas procession is coming to town on December 15 this year, heading down Monnow Street to the old bridge.

Llanbadoc residents policing views wanted

11:21am Tuesday 2nd June 2009

RESIDENTS in Llanbadoc, near Usk are invited to a meeting with the neighbourhood policing team to discuss their concerns.

Football fun in Caerwent

11:26am Tuesday 2nd June 2009

BUDDING junior football stars can find out more about joining Caerwent Football Club at a fun day next month.

Mitchel Troy and Trellech meet with Police

11:22am Tuesday 2nd June 2009

RESIDENTS living in the Mitchel Troy and Trellech area are invited to attend a PACT meeting at Monmouth Police Station on June 12 at 7pm.

Chepstow takes on recession

11:23am Tuesday 2nd June 2009

A CHEPSTOW chamber of commerce meeting will take place on Thursday, June 4.

Chance to get healthy in Monmouthshire

9:27am Thursday 21st May 2009

A PROJECT called MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do It), a free, 10-week, community-based family programme for overweight and obese children aged 7-13 years, will be launched in Monmouthshire in the autumn.

Free range egg unit plans lodged

2:21pm Friday 13th February 2009

Plans to build a free range egg-laying unit for 12,000 birds near Abergavenny will be heard by council members next week.

Town wall flats may obscure view

11:25am Friday 13th February 2009

Plans to build eight flats in Chepstow may obscure the view of the town’s historic Town Wall, according to neighbours and local societies.

Chance to learn about Doctor Johnson and his dictionary

2:53pm Friday 23rd January 2009

Doctor Samuel Johnson and his dictionary will be the theme of the next meeting of Abergavenny local history society.

Council considers Penpergwm barn plan

2:51pm Monday 19th January 2009

MONMOUTHSHIRE Council is due to consider a planning application to convert a barn into a home to let.

Goytre housing plan 'should go ahead'

2:21pm Friday 16th January 2009

AN outline planning application to develop land in Goytre and build five houses is recommended for approval.

Rorke's Drift commemoration

3:42pm Wednesday 14th January 2009

MEMBERS of the Abergavenny branch of the Royal Regiment of Wales are due to meet at the Lamb and Flag Hotel for a Rorke's Drift celebration on January 23.

Belly dancers star at charity dinner

9:39am Wednesday 14th January 2009

THE Abergavenny-based Hypnomystic Belly Dancing Troupe will be making a special appearance at a charity dinner.

Fancy a ramble around Usk?

9:19am Monday 5th January 2009

THE SOUTH Gwent Ramblers Association have organised a choice of either a nine mile moderate walk or a six mile leisurely walk at Alt-y-Bela between Usk and Llangwm and Taffs trail on Sunday, January 11.

Your chance to sing in the New Year

3:57pm Friday 2nd January 2009

'THE hills are alive with the sound of music' or at least they will be if you are anywhere near the Kings Arms Pub in Abergavenny on a Tuesday morning.

Join Gilwern Brownies

9:31am Friday 2nd January 2009

THERE are places for youngsters aged seven to 12 to join Gilwern Brownies.

Time for a good panto

South Wales Argus: The cast of Time will tell

10:00am Thursday 11th December 2008

This year’s ‘Time Will Tell’ was another resounding success for Usk Panto Players during its 3 night run at Usk Memorial Hall, with many in the audience proclaiming it t he best in the Players’ 14 year history.

Christmas grotto

9:56am Thursday 11th December 2008

St. Anne’s Hospice is running a Christmas Grotto upstairs at Newport Market until December 23rd. Children can visit Santa and receive a small gift for £3.50, or have a photo with Santa as well for £5. The magical Grotto opens at 11am each day and closes at 4.45pm.

Winter planting

South Wales Argus: Winter planting

9:54am Thursday 11th December 2008

Wales in Bloom gold award winners, Usk in Bloom, are determined that the town’s flower beds should look colourful in winter and spring as well as in summer. Members have recently completed their winter planting programme in and around the town which has included some 1,000 tulip and daffodil bulbs together with hundr eds of polyanthus.

Cwmyoy Hall

9:45am Thursday 11th December 2008

The annual carols and light entertainment evening will be held at the Hall next Saturday December 13 at 6pm. A distinctively seasonal celebration it will include mulled wine and mince pies.

Proper dragon tales

9:43am Thursday 11th December 2008

It has been another busy year for local artist Caroline Downey of the Downey Barn Gallery in Cwmyoy. Her series of children‘s books now numbers three with the publication of her latest tale ‘Secret of the Standing Stones.’ The first in the series was ‘The Black Mountain Sheep’ in 2006 and the second ‘Shadows in the Fforest’ came out last year. Caroline hopes to publish a series of ten tales in all. They are beautifully illustrated books suitable for children aged 8 upwards and for adults. At this time of year these collectable stories could well be worth adding to your present list. For more information there is a web-site to visit at www.properdragontales.co.uk or telephone Caroline on 01873/890993.

Philip's doing well

South Wales Argus: Phillip's doing well

9:50am Thursday 11th December 2008

Chepstow basketball player, Philip Cochrane, has beaten over 150 other children to bring home the “Most Improved Player” award from the Lord’s Taverners Junior Wheelchair Basketball Regional Championships this year, writes Jane Elson.

Village women

9:47am Thursday 11th December 2008

The November meeting was once again held in St Michael’s church as repair work was being done at Pandy Hall. At the meeting a very informative talk was given by Robert Davies of Homemakers Recycling Centre Abergavenny. The organisation was formed in 2001 by members of The Friends of the Earth, in a bid to stop furniture being dumped into landfill sites. Currently they are based in St. Michael’s Road Abergavenny. Furniture will be collected, and if deemed suitable for sale, a fee of £10 is payable for removal, for a large item. Not all items are suitable for sale and, if taken to Homemakers by their owners, may be refused. The money is ploughed back into the business and the aim is to recycle 100% of the goods accepted, and therefore reduce landfill. The team are happy to give talks to community groups, and visit schools where they find that pupils are very willing to join in with recycling and the schools are very committed to educating the children in this way.

Chepstow society

9:38am Thursday 11th December 2008

The Society’s November meeting at the Drill Hall was once again very well attended.

Male voice choir

9:35am Thursday 11th December 2008

Chepstow Male Voice Choir has started the Christmas season in Chepstow in their traditional manner.

Get writing

9:33am Thursday 11th December 2008

If you’re keen to become the next Roald Dahl or JK Rowling then Abergavenny is the place to be.

Cricketing tales

9:29am Thursday 11th December 2008

There’s nothing quite like a good old clearout to sort the wheat from the chaff, the good from the downright ridiculous, and to get the memory box working at top speed.

Charity walk

9:46am Thursday 13th November 2008

THE Abergavenny Ant Hill Mob have achieved the grand total of just under £3,000 with their Hadrian's Wall walk in the summer.

Clean-up for Lansdown

9:44am Thursday 13th November 2008

A crisp Sunday saw Abergavenny’s Lansdown ward enjoy one of its biggest clean-ups. Local residents and children came out in force for a litter pick. It was a joint operation between local councillor for Lansdown ward, James George, Communities First, Monmouthshire Youth Service and the neighbourhood police team.

Young leaders

9:41am Thursday 13th November 2008

Abergavenny Rotary Club recently presented certificates to four young people who took part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).

Turning the clock back

9:39am Thursday 13th November 2008

CHILDREN at an Abergavenny primary school turned back the clock two decades last week when they dressed in ‘80s clothes for the day.

Book launch

9:36am Thursday 13th November 2008

A book entitled Usk Castle, Priory and Town is to be launched by Usk Castle Friends at the Sessions House on Tuesday, November 11, at 7.30pm, to which all are welcome.

Silver screen success

9:33am Thursday 13th November 2008

The newly-formed Silver Screen, Usk, opened its monthly film night at Usk Memorial Hall with a highly successful showing of Mamma Mia. Tickets sold out very quickly, and over 200 people were seated in the hall for the screening. In true cinema style, the refreshments available included traditional ice cream November’s film is due to be screened on Thursday, November 20. Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller star in The Edge of Love, alongside Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas. Tickets for this showing will be available from November 1.

News in brief

9:26am Thursday 13th November 2008

Successful Quiz: The recent Cwmyoy Hall Quiz proved to be a great success, with 16 teams competing. The winning team which didn’t live up to its name of ‘Half wrong, half right’ was composed of Maggie and Philip Laurent, Pat Wright and her grandson. The lively evening raised over £200 for hall funds.

Hedging and Stone Walling

9:23am Thursday 13th November 2008

These Llanthony Show Society annual competitions will take place on Saturday, November 22, starting at 9am. The hedging competition will be held at Llwyngwyn Farm Pantygelli by kind permission of Mike and Sian Lewis. Hedge training sessions will be held on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 at Llwyngwyn Farm and interested hedgers should contact Mark Egerton for training day details on 01873 890448, The walling competition, as usual on the same day as the hedging competition, will be held at The Gott Farm by kind permission of the Powell family.

More success for band

9:29am Thursday 13th November 2008

Along with the release of a CD, Usk Youth Brass Band are riding high after a recent win at the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association Contest at Coleford. The Band played the March, Star Lake and a test piece called Divertomento by the well-known composer Eric Ball. Solos were performed by Maya Burchell-Haslett on cornet and Lauren Jones on euphonium, and Lauren was awarded the best soloist award for the entire section.

Youth challenge

9:20am Thursday 13th November 2008

The Rotary Club of Chepstow is looking for a young person to take part in an all expenses paid leadership course during summer 2009.

Choral society

9:17am Thursday 13th November 2008

Chepstow Choral Society held its 2008 Annual General Meeting recently, which was one of the best attended for some years.

Number plates stolen

2:34pm Wednesday 5th November 2008

NUMBER plates were stolen from a car in the Monmouth area and used in a fuel theft.

Countryside walk

9:51am Thursday 23rd October 2008

The Usk Conservation and Environmental Group is organising a walk on Sunday October 26th from Mitchel Troy to Ninewells. Naturalist Colin Titcombe is to be the leader for the walk which will set off from Mitchel Troy car park at 10.30am. All age groups are welcome, and walkers are asked to bring a packed lunch and to wear clothing suitable for the weather on the day. For further details contact Graham on 01873 852108

Cricket trials

South Wales Argus: selected: Robert Williams

9:53am Thursday 23rd October 2008

Robert Williams, of Castle Oak, Usk, has been inv ited to attend trials for the Wales Under 11 Cricket Team in preparation for the 2009 season.






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