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.

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 or telephone Caroline on 01873/890993.

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.

Primary school celebrate

South Wales Argus: HARD AT WORK: Pupils plant their winning bulbs

9:42am Thursday 23rd October 2008

Staff and pupils at Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School were delighted to hear their names called out as ‘Best kept School’ with under 75 pupils at an awards ceremony at County Hall last month. It was the accumulation of a lot of hard work by the pupils of Years 3 and 4 who have thoroughly enjoyed weeding, digging, planting, watering, composting and nurturing fruit, vegetables and flowers under the watchful eye of class teacher Miss Lucy Jenkins.

Village Alive Trust

9:38am Thursday 23rd October 2008

The Llangattock Lingoed based building preservation Trust has, since 2004, secured grant-aid to rescue and restore listed agricultural buildings such as the Cwm Farm Cider House at Llangattock Lingoed and the Grade II* corn barn at Great Trerhew Farm, Llanvetherine. Now the Trust is aiming to recognise historic building conservation work carried out by others in Monmouthshire by offering Awards for Building Conservation to recognise best practice in the county. The work should be carried out on a building or structure in Monmouthshire between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2008. The first Village Alive Trust Awards for Building Conservation will be made in June 2009 and each winner will receive a specially commissioned plaque for the award-winning buildings, as well as a certificate for the owner and any professionals involved in the work. Application forms can be downloaded at www.villagealivetrust and should be sent to Awards Secretary, Old Shop, Skenfrith, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8UH. The closing date for applications is 31st January 2009. Applications will be assessed by a panel that includes professionals in the field of conservation.

News in brief

9:47am Thursday 16th October 2008

Pandy Singing Festival: Choir rehearsals are going well for the Festival which will be held at St Michael’s church Llanfihangel Crucorney next Sunday evening, October 19, at 8pm. The soloist is soprano Elizabeth Tiley. Admission is by programme which costs £1 and refreshments are provided as ever. Proceeds of the festival will go to the work of Abergavenny Teen Challenge.

Double triumph

9:54am Thursday 9th October 2008

Pandy resident Julian Winn was delighted after helping Nicole Cook, already a gold medal winner at the Beijing Olympics, win the Women’s World Road Race Championship.

Coffee morning

9:52am Thursday 9th October 2008

Cwmyoy once again took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the Perth-y-Crwn home of Jim Keates, a beautifully restored old farmhouse in an idyllic setting in the Llanthony valley.

Pandy kites

9:50am Thursday 9th October 2008

Youngsters often complain of boredom and that there is ‘nothing to do’.

Choir concerts

10:50am Friday 19th September 2008

Choir Concerts: The Beaufort Male Choir took part in the 150th anniversary celebrations of St Ambrose’s Church in Kidderminster last week. They ran through their wide repertoire, including old favourites and new songs, before an appreciative audience in a full church.


10:49am Friday 19th September 2008

Showcase: Last Sunday afternoon, the Park Hotel at Pandy hosted Walterstone's car boot sale for Wateraid, raising nearly £200. The  hotel’s raffle prize of a £30 voucher for dinner for two was much appreciated. The colourful array of stalls ranged from clothes to books and bric-a-brac to plants. Undeterred by the weather, which had reduced the number of stalls, the event showed remarkable evidence of local talent.

Ploughing match

10:48am Friday 19th September 2008

Ploughing Match: Many were disappointed that the weather forced the cancellation of the 126th Ploughing Match, which should have been held on September 6.

Village women

10:48am Friday 19th September 2008

Village Women: This month’s Village Women meeting, on Tuesday, September 30, will take place in St Michael’s Church Llanvihangel. The usual venue, Pandy Village Hall, is unavailable owing to refurbishment work. The speaker at the meeting, which will begin at 2.30pm, will be Robert Davies. He will give a talk on ‘homemakers’ furniture recycling’.

Singing workshop

10:47am Friday 19th September 2008

SINGING WORKSHOP: Chrystine Blanchard returns to Cwmyoy Hall on Wednesday, September 24, for the first in another series of her popular singing workshops. Open to male and female singers, the cost is £5, concessions £4. For more details about the evenings call Diana Cable on (01873) 890087.

Stormy times

9:58am Friday 12th September 2008

Stormy times: In common with many other villages, Pandy has been hit by the prolonged spell of bad weather.

Coffee morning

9:56am Friday 12th September 2008

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: Once again there will be local participation in this event to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. Last year’s event was attended by over 70 people and raised £400.

Panto DVD

9:55am Friday 12th September 2008

Pantomime DVD: The very successful adult pantomime of last spring Snow White – The Real Story & 30 years Later raised some £2,000 for Cwmyoy Hall.

Harvest services

9:54am Friday 12th September 2008

Harvest Services: The Crucorney group of churches will hold their annual harvest thanksgiving service at St David’s Church, Llanthony, next Thursday, September 18, at 7pm.

Pandy news in brief

1:08pm Thursday 28th August 2008

Pandy Ploughing Match: The 126th annual ploughing match will be held on Saturday September 6 at Cefn Farm, Old Monmouth Road, Abergavenny by kind permission of Mr R Watkins. This is the same venue as last year’s very successful match. In addition to the ploughing competitions there will be produce classes, sheep classes, a pony show, vintage tractor exhibits, a vintage auction and a display of rural crafts and produce. Schedules which include entry forms are available locally or from the Secretary Mrs J Phillips on 01873/860637. Admission to the Ploughing Match is £2 for all, payable at the gate.

Olympic success

12:46pm Thursday 28th August 2008

Pandy resident Julian Winn had a particular interest in the performances of the British Women’s Cycling Team in Beijing. As the endurance coach and manager of the women’s road race and time trial cyclists he oversaw the training and preparations of Nicole Cook, Emma Pooley and Sharon Laws. The trio’s team efforts saw Nicole Cook win a gold medal in the women’s road race and Emma Pooley won a silver medal in the women’s time trial.

Garden club

8:39am Thursday 21st August 2008

The Club’s 2008-2009 session begins on September 1 at 8pm in Cwmyoy Hall with a talk by Michael Leech on ‘Insect Friends and Foes in the Garden’ Michael is a plantsman, lecturer and TV presenter and will outline ways to encourage the friendly and discourage the unfriendly creepy crawlies! The Club itself continues to grow-in all senses-and meets on the first Monday of every month. In addition to the talk there are plants and gardening books for sale, a raffle, a gardening magazines exchange and a cuppa. It is a good opportunity to chat to other gardeners about a popular pastime and new members are always welcome. Membership costs £5 per year per household. Non-members are charged £1 per event. For more information contact Sue Torkington 01873/ 890045(Chairman) or Sarah Bell 01873/890901 (Secretary).

Llanthony show garden results

8:37am Thursday 21st August 2008

There were six classes in all and the winners were:-Class 1 - The best front of house or patio display 1.Jim Keates 2.David & Christine Hunt 3.Liz Egerton.

Full of life

South Wales Argus: Full of life

10:06am Thursday 14th August 2008

Saturday, 2nd August saw the Llanthony Valley in the Black Mountains celebrate with forty five years of one of South Wales’ most successful local agricultural shows.The Llanthony Valley and District Show Society was set up in 1961, not just to showcase the usual sheep, cattle and horse classes, the local produce and handicrafts, but to confirm the strength of this tight local community in the heart of the Black Mountains.

Pandy news in brief

10:04am Thursday 14th August 2008

National Garden Scheme: On Sunday August 31 from 10:30 - 5:00 Sue and Ian Mabberley (Nant y Bedd) and Lord and Lady Crickhowell (Pont Esgob Mill) will be opening their gardens in Forest Coal Pit for the National Garden Scheme. Directions can be found in the yellow book and on the National Garden Scheme web page. Also the garden open signs will be up to direct visitors.

Pandy news in brief

9:13am Thursday 31st July 2008

Llanthony Show: Don’t forget to visit this year’s Llanthony Show at Court Farm Llanthony next Saturday August 2. The Show will be on all day with the competing horses and ponies to be on the field by 9am and a very wide range of competitions throughout the day together with demonstrations and stalls.The Show is one of the only shows of its kind still completely organized by local volunteers and its popularity is based on local support on a strictly non-commercial basis.

Busy end of term

10:27am Thursday 24th July 2008

It has been a hectic end of term at Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School. Following their part in the successful concert at St Michael’s church at the end of June, Years 5 and 6 put on their own concert based on the Ancient Olympics in front of a packed audience in the school hall. On the following day the school’s football team won the schools’ final at the annual Pandy Show. At the end of the same week the annual school fete and barbecue was held which raised nearly £1000. The fete was a wonderful success with many activities taking place such as The Paws for Thought Dog Display team, as seen on Britain’s Got Talent and a Birds of Prey display. The Crucorney Young Farmers came along to organise some Welly Wanging. The head teacher, Kathryn Evans, was thrilled with the support from all school members and the local community and would like to thank them for their efforts.

Literary bus tour

10:24am Thursday 24th July 2008

Last Saturday I took part in a day organised by the Welsh Academy, Yr Academi Gymreig. It was the first of a series of three days organised by the Academy, which is the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society for Authors. They chose Pandy because of its most famous son Raymond Williams (1921-1988) who attended the local primary school and King Henry VIII Grammar School for Boys in Abergavenny. He won a scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge. He went on to teach at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and became Professor of Drama at Cambridge. He wrote many books, selling over 750,000 copies of them in the UK alone, and established a world-wide reputation as an academic, novelist and critic.

Success for Pandy Show

South Wales Argus:

9:47am Thursday 17th July 2008

This year's Pandy Show at Blaengavenny Farm Llanvihangel Crucorney enjoyed better weather and attendances than last year's event. The continued collaboration between the committees of the Show and of the Vintage Rally proved to be very successful once again. Show Chairman Terry Bayliss estimated that nearly £5000 had been raised for Ty Hafan, the Children's Hospice for Wales, and other local charities. Entries were up for many of the competitions. A particular highlight of the event was the competition for the winning Ploughing Match National Vintage Tractor and Engine club for 2008. The winning team was Ralph Homer ( the individual highest points scorer) Ian Ferguson (Ferguson class), Graham Deakin (vintage trailer class), Mike Powell (walk behind), Fred Jones and Terry Bayliss (vintage hydraulics) Committee members have received a very positive reaction to this year's event. However Terry Bayliss appealed for more local volunteers to join the small Show committee.

Village Alive Trust

9:46am Thursday 17th July 2008

The Trust's next open day will be on Sunday afternoon 27th July between 2 and 5pm. The New Inn well house at Cross Ash will be open as will Cwm Farm cider house andSt.Cadoc's church at Llangattock Lingoed

Llanthony Valley Show and Sports

3:38pm Wednesday 9th July 2008

This year's show will be at Court Farm Llanthony by kind permission of Colin and Cordelia Passmore on Saturday August 2 and schedules are now available. If needed more details can be obtained from the Show Secretary Mrs Jayne Hart (Tel01873/890252). As ever there is a very wide range of competitions, from gardens and produce to handicrafts, with ones for children of different ages. In addition there is a dog show and the traditional sheep cattle and pony competitions. One very popular event is likely to be the landrover competition. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the landrover owners are invited to submit entries which will be judged on highest mileage, scruffiest condition and age. The parade of the entrants should be well worth seeing!

Thanks for the use of your home

South Wales Argus:

3:36pm Wednesday 9th July 2008

At the Pandy and Monnowside Ploughing Society's ox-roast at Llanvihangel Court a surprise presentation was made to Julia and David Johnson who had offered their home as the venue for the Society's fundraiser. To mark Julia and David's ruby wedding anniversary a cake was presented to them by Bill Phillips the Society's President and John Davies the Society's Chairman. The cake, topped by realistic sugar stargazer lilies, was made by Sian Lloyd one of the Society's supporters and was in appreciation of all that Julia and David do to support the Society.

Football championship

South Wales Argus:

3:35pm Wednesday 9th July 2008

At the recent Pandy Show Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School won the Schools Football Competition by defeating Ysgol Gymraeg y Fenni by 2 goals to one in the final. A total of nine teams took part in what is becoming one of the most popular events in the Show. More details about the Show next time.

Tea, vicar?

11:36am Thursday 3rd July 2008

From the first weekend in July, St Michael's Church at Llanvihangel Crucorney will be offering teas and cakes for sale to its visitors. This lovely old church has recently enjoyed extensive renovations and improvements. It already has numerous visitors as the area is en route for the spectacular Llanthony Priory as well as being near Offa's Dyke for walking enthusiasts. Although refreshments will only be available on dry weekends during the summer, it is hoped that demand will ensure it becomes a permanent addition to village life. Local artists and crafts people are invited to display their work. On the opening weekend a selection of work produced by No Pity Products will be on sale. They train disabled people and those with learning disabilities to make useful creative items.

Summer fete

11:35am Thursday 3rd July 2008

Friday July 4, Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School holds its annual summer fete and barbecue.

Summer concert

11:35am Thursday 3rd July 2008

St Michael's Church was full for a concert with the Beaufort Male Choir and the Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School Choir.

Kite spotting

11:34am Thursday 3rd July 2008

Red kites were voted the national bird of Wales in a recent poll and often feature in media reports. Even so a local was taken aback recently when a nest was seen some 40 feet up in one of his trees and a clutch of three eggs was laid.

Garden club presentation

South Wales Argus:

11:41am Thursday 26th June 2008

A highlight of the NGS Open Gardens' Day at Perth-y-Crwn in Cwmyoy was the presentation of a Voluntary Achievement Award to the local Garden Club. The award was presented by Margaret Underwood on behalf of GAVO, the Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations. The award was a much deserved recognition of the efforts of the highly successful community group that is the Llanthony and District Garden Club.

Ladybirds update

11:38am Thursday 26th June 2008

The Ladybirds pre-school playgroup at Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School will hit the ground running in September. Recently I reported that it had been necessary to compile waiting lists for some sessions which were full. Now there is an additional session on Friday mornings from 9.30am to 12.00pm and it is planned to increase opening times further in September. For more information or to enrol your child call 01873/890416 or e-mail

Pandy news in brief

2:28pm Thursday 19th June 2008

Beaufort Choir: The busy Beaufort Male choir returns to St Michael's church Llanvihangel Crucorney on Friday June 20 for a summer concert. Once again they are joined by the children of the Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School Choir under the direction of Headteacher Mrs Kathryn Evans.


10:19am Thursday 12th June 2008

Reminder: Be sure not to miss the Llanthony & District National Garden Scheme events on Sunday 15th June. Three gardens will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Two gardens are in Llanvihangel Crucorney on the Old Hereford Road. They are Mione, home of Yvonne and John O' Neil and Mynydd Ardrem, home of .Linda and Geoff Walsh Both gardens are excellent examples of thoughtfully planned well maintained gardens full of colour. In addition Jim Keates' home at Perth-y Crwn in Cwmyoy is open and here there will be refreshments available. In addition to its walled garden Perth-y-Crwn has stunning views over the Llanthony valley.

Summer bus service

10:18am Thursday 12th June 2008

While I was away on holiday a summer bus service, number B17, called the "Offa's Dyke Flyer", was started and it will run on Sundays and Bank Holidays until Sunday September 28. It runs round a circular route from Hay-on-Wye, over Gospel Pass then down the valley to Llanthony and Llanvihangel Crucorney. It then runs along to Pandy, and back to Hay via Oldcastle, Longtown and Craswall. The bus will stop anywhere along the route, which makes it easy to combine a bus trip with a walk out or walk back home. It sounds like an excellent service for those who want to explore this most beautiful part of the border country Adult fare is £4 or child £2.50, or All Day tickets (covering all Beacons Bus services) are adult £7/child £4.50. Family tickets are also available. Travel on this service is free to anyone holding a concessionary travel pass issued by a Welsh Local Authority, or a Herefordshire pass. Summer timetables for the Offa's Dyke Flyer and all Beacons Bus services can be obtained from: You can also get paper copies from the Llanvihangel Crucorney Skirrid Mountain Garage shop or from Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre next to the Abergavenny bus station.

Ox Roast

10:16am Thursday 12th June 2008

Pandy and Monnow side Ploughing Society is organising a fundraising lunch at Llanfihangel Court on Sunday June 22 at 1pm. You might think that it could be a ploughman's lunch but it is indeed an ox roast. The Court setting is a lovely one and the Society is very grateful to Julia and David Johnson for making it available. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Ann Davies on 01873/890591 or Jean Phillips on 01873/860637.

Breakfast club

10:15am Thursday 12th June 2008

For the past six weeks Llanvihangel Crucorney primary School has been running a Breakfast Club. The innovation has proved to be a very popular one with an average of twenty pupils attending each morning. The children enjoy a healthy' start to the day with a choice of cereals, toast, yoghurts, fruit and juices. The club starts at 8.15 each morning in the school hall and is staffed by Mrs. Matthews, Mrs. Eaton and Mrs. Jones. The children all take it in turns to take the register and help out with setting up and packing away. There is a range of healthy eating' games for the children to play, including feeding a very hungry, and noisy, gorilla! For the children involved the Club provides a lovely, relaxed start to the school day as they are able to sit, eat and chat with their friends. The Breakfast Club initiative is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and is open to all school aged children. Headteacher Kathryn Evans is delighted with the success of the Club which owes much to the efforts of the staff concerned.

What's cooking

3:16pm Wednesday 7th May 2008

There have been delicious smells wafting through local homes as the Ladybird's children have been very busy producing their own cook book (with a little help from one of the Ladybird pre-school playgroup mums Susan Woodley, a qualified food technology teacher). All the recipes have been tried and tested at home or often in Ladybirds itself with the children really eager to help stir, mix, roll and of course sample the end results! So the next Jamie or Delia may come from Pandy!

Show fundraisers

3:10pm Wednesday 7th May 2008

The ever popular LlanthonyValley and District Show will be held at Court Farm Llanthony on Saturday August 2. Serious fundraising for the event continues with two events at Mark Morgan's Maes-y-beran farm near Llanthony. These take place on Saturday May 31 and tickets can be booked in advance.

Young rugby fans

South Wales Argus:

3:06pm Wednesday 7th May 2008

The Junior pupils of Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School were invited by the Friends of Newport Rugby Trust' to provide the Guard of Honour at last Saturday's fixture at Rodney Parade. This game was the last home fixture of the season for Newport R.F.C. and the children were there to cheer them on. Children from the school's rugby, football, netball, gymnastics and country dancing teams all lined up to welcome the players onto the pitch as they took on Bedwas.

News in brief

9:59am Friday 2nd May 2008

Modern Dance Class: This class for children up to 16 years of age will be held from 6.00 - 7.00pm on Tuesday May 6 at Cwmyoy Hall. It is FREE and it is hoped that it will run weekly. It will be run by Sharon Lewis the producer of the successful children's pantomime Pantomania'. More details are available from Sharon on 07973/ 680590.

Team are on top form

South Wales Argus: ON FORM: Pictured are (back row) Mike Smith, Anthony Moriarty, Davies, Chris Morgan, Alyn Charrington, Mark Hughes and Gavin Jones; with (front row) Neil Gunter, Paul Assirati, Andrew Vaughan, Jason Osborne and mascot Ryan Hughes.

4:04pm Wednesday 23rd April 2008

PANDY Football Club has produced a winning team since its formation just four short years ago, writes Don Chambers.

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