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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

New gazebo

9:48am Thursday 23rd October 2008

Monmouthshire’s Assembly Member Nick Ramsay performed the opening ceremony for a new gazebo at Usk Castle. He cut the ribbon alo ngside supporters and  members of Usk Castle Friends, who had paid for the gazebo, which has been specially commissioned to fit in w ith its ancient surroundings.

Celebrating a year of hard work

South Wales Argus: BLOOMING GOOD: Award winners and special guests

9:45am Thursday 23rd October 2008

Special guests Lord Raglan, David Davies MP, Nick Ramsay AM,  Cllr. Susan White, Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council, and Usk Mayor Cllr. Tony Kear, attended this year’s local Usk in Bloom Award ceremony.

Book signing

South Wales Argus:

9:39am Thursday 16th October 2008

Usk author Julie McGowan (pictured above) will be signing copies of her novels in the Cwmbran branch of W.H. Smith on Saturday October 18, from 10.30am.

Usk scientist on TV

South Wales Argus:

9:37am Thursday 16th October 2008

Usk scientist Simon Haslett starred in a recent broadcast of the popular BBC programme ‘Timewatch’ to talk about his work on tsunami affecting the British coastline.

Band strike the right note

South Wales Argus: Band strike the right note

9:35am Thursday 16th October 2008

Usk Youth Brass Band is launching its long-awaited CD ‘Now In Session’ on 15th October at an invitation only cheese and wine event in the Sessions House, Usk.

Award winners

9:46am Thursday 9th October 2008

At an awards ceremony in Llandudno in September, the Usk In Bloom team was presented with the Wales in Bloom 2008 Best Large Village Award once again, and also secured gold standard – the first time this has happened in this class.

Green talk

9:43am Thursday 9th October 2008

Usk Conservation Group is hosting a talk by naturalist Colin Titcombe at the British Legion club in Newmarket Street, Usk, on Monday October 20.

Award joy

9:41am Thursday 9th October 2008

Usk Conservation and Environment Group was delighted to receive an award recently from Biffa, the waste disposal company, for its work on recycling and its contribution to the community.


10:45am Friday 19th September 2008

WI NEWS: Usk WI were treated to a talk on ‘Another Usk’ by cllr Alec Leathwood at their September meeting. This other Usk is in Canada, and e-mail contact had previously been established thanks to our Town Clerk. So when cllr Leathwood was planning to visit his sister in Canada, he was asked to include Usk in his travels.

Public meeting

10:44am Friday 19th September 2008

Public meeting: Around 80 concerned residents and retailers in Usk attended a public meeting with the town council to consider the growing problem of traffic management and pollution in Usk.

Debating group

10:43am Friday 19th September 2008

DEBATING GROUP: The September meeting of the Usk Philosophy and Debating Group will be on Wednesday, September 24, at the British Legion Club in Newmarket Street, starting at 7.30pm. This month’s topic is ‘patriotism and the origins and operations of group loyalty’ and will be led by Des Price. For further details, contact Graham on 01873 852108.  

Cricket club floods

10:01am Friday 12th September 2008

ALONG with Usk Show’s cancellation due to waterlogged ground, Usk Cricket Club has also suffered flooding from the prolonged rainfall of recent weeks, with matches having to be cancelled.

Alfred Russel Wallace day

10:01am Friday 12th September 2008

Alfred Russel Wallace Day: Tickets are still available for this special day, which is being organised to celebrate the announcement, 150 years ago, of the theory of evolution by natural selection, developed simultaneously by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, who was born in Usk.

Singing workshop

10:00am Friday 12th September 2008

Singing Workshop: A one-day singing workshop, perfect for all those people who think they can’t sing but would love to have a go, is to be held at Usk Memorial Hall on Saturday, September 27.

Music night

9:59am Friday 12th September 2008

Music Night for Silver Screen: A Music Night is being held at Usk British Legion Club on Thursday, September 18, starting at 8pm.

Wolf talk

9:46am Thursday 4th September 2008

The Usk Conservation and Environment Group is hosting a talk on Monday September 8th at the British Legion Club in Newmarket Street.

Protest funds donated

1:20pm Thursday 28th August 2008

The Usk and Communities Action Group, which was set up to fight the Home Office decision to place sex offenders at Pre scoed Open Prison in Usk has now been disbanded.

Music at the castle

1:18pm Thursday 28th August 2008

Usk Castle is hosting a jazzy opera afternoon and evening in a marquee in the beautiful castle grounds on Sunday August 31. Jazz with a Celtic flavour will be performed by Sensorium, and, back by popular demand, will be the Opera Playhouse, with performers Karl Daymon and Pippa Longworth.

Summer fair

1:15pm Thursday 28th August 2008

With the weather promising to pick up by the end of the month, a great family afternoon out will be at  beautiful Llantarnam Abbey, which is hosting the Annual Barbecue and Summer Fayre in aid of St Anne’s Hospice.

Councillors wanted

8:45am Thursday 21st August 2008

The communi ty council of Goytre Fawr, which includes Little Mill, is seeking new members to represent the community at the monthly council meetings. Meetings are held on a Monday evening, with details published on local notice boards.

Usk in Bloom awards

8:43am Thursday 21st August 2008

Following Usk’s success in Wales in Bloom, the results of the local town competition have also been published. As in previous years the judges had difficult decisions to make with such an array of gardens, tubs and baskets to look at in every street in Usk.

News in brief

8:41am Thursday 21st August 2008

Country Walk: Usk Conservation and Environment Group i s organising a walk on Sunday August 24 in the Black Mountains area. Walkers will meet at the Queen’s Head Pub, Cwmyoy (SO311221) at 10.30am and all age groups are welcome. The leaders for this walk will be Shirley and Dave, and all walkers are asked to bring a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day.

Scout Hut flourishing

10:15am Thursday 14th August 2008

Many residents have watched the building of the new scout hut in Maryport Street with interest and now that it is finished it can hardly be called a ‘hut’. The well-designed building will be known as the ‘Centenary Hall’ as it was built in the year of the centenary of Scouting.

Usk wins gold

South Wales Argus: Usk wins gold

10:13am Thursday 14th August 2008

While Britain waits with bated breath for any gold medals in this year’s Olympic Games, Usk has already won gold from the Wales in Bloom competition. Chalking up an amazing 27th consecutive First Place in the ‘Large Village’ section of the annual nation-wide competition, the town has also received a gold medal. Gold is awarded to entrants who achieve more than 170 points out of the available 200 in the judging, and Usk’s score of 173 made them certain medal winners.

Something funny this way comes...

South Wales Argus: DRAMATIC SCENE: Banquo, Macduff, Malcom, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth discover Duncan’s body

9:16am Thursday 31st July 2008

‘Great Wentwood to high Usk Castle came’ recently when Usk Castle Pageant staged this year’s offering of Let’s Murder Macbeth in the magical surroundings of Usk Castle.

Green group gets award

8:32am Tuesday 22nd July 2008

THE Usk Conservation and Environmental Group's improvement and maintainance of the landscape in and around the town earned a volunteer achievement award from Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations.

Weekly surgeries

9:54am Thursday 17th July 2008

In order to improve communications between the town's residents and Usk Town Council, a new initiative of wee kly surgeries has been launched. People will be able to air concerns about town issues face to face with Councillors, in private, at the Sessions House. The surgeries will be held between 10am and 11am on the first and third Tuesday of each month, and between 7pm and 8pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Bridge hit again

South Wales Argus:

9:52am Thursday 17th July 2008

Just one week after repairs followingtraffic damage to Usk bridge, there has been another incident of aforeign heavy goods lorry clipping the corner of the bridge, causing yet more unsightly damage.

Civic Service

South Wales Argus:

9:51am Thursday 17th July 2008

Usk's Mayor and Mayoress, Tony and Kim Kear, welcomed over 150 guests to this year's Civic Service, held at St. Mary's Church, Usk, followed by a reception at the Sessions House.

Wales in Bloom judging

3:41pm Wednesday 9th July 2008

This year's judging for Usk's entry in the Wales in Bloom competition will be on the morning of Monday July 21. As in the past two years the judge will be Mr Jim Goodwin. Usk in Bloom Chairman David Gale said, "Although it's nice to have a judge who now knows Usk well, it is also a great challenge to find fresh ideas and new beds and displays to impress him."

Banner stolen

3:40pm Wednesday 9th July 2008

There was only one blight on this year's Usk Open Gardens week-end, when vandals stole the banner advertising the event from the railings of the HSBC bank in Twyn Square. The banner was removed on Friday night, just before the event was due to start and the Open Gardens committee is asking for its return or any information as to its whereabouts.

Open Gardens Awards

3:39pm Wednesday 9th July 2008

Following its 14th successful annual week-end, Usk Open Gardens Committee donated £12,000 to good causes at a follow-up event at the Sessions House.

New first responders

South Wales Argus:

11:37am Thursday 3rd July 2008

Following an appeal for more recruits, the Usk First Responder Team now has three newly-trained volunteers. Tara Kear, Debbie Murray and Pat Seabourne underwent two week-ends of intensive training to join the Usk team, which has been running for six years.

Town guide

11:59am Thursday 26th June 2008

A new town guide for Usk has just been published, in time for the visitors and tourists who are a feature of the town in the summer months.

Busy weekend

South Wales Argus:

11:58am Thursday 26th June 2008

Usk author Julie McGowan will be busy next week-end with two book-signings for her latest novel, Just One More Summer' On Saturday June 28 she will be at Blaenavon Heritage Centre from 10.30 am, joining in with the town's Heritage Day, and on Sunday June 29 , which will be the second day of Usk Open Gardens week-end, Julie will be signing books at Mandalay book shop in Usk from 11.30am.

Gardens to open doors

8:23am Friday 20th June 2008

A two acre garden with views over the Monmouthshire countryside will open its doors to the public on Sunday.

Council to tackle lorries

2:34pm Thursday 19th June 2008

Dealing with the increasing problem of HGV lorries using Usk as a short cut is high on the agenda of the newly-elected Town Council. The present traffic orders prohibit all vehicles weighing over 7.5 tonnes to access Bridge Street or Usk River Bridge unless they require access to a premises on, or adjacent to, the prescribed restricted route.

Usk news in brief

2:32pm Thursday 19th June 2008

Philosophy Group: The next meeting of the Usk Philosophy and Debating Group will be held on Wednesday June 25 at the British Legion Club in Newmarket Street starting at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Dr Malcolm McElhone who is going to talk about Karl Popper and Environmental Issues. Dr McElhone will also be hoping to stir up debate by referring to the popular television se ries, 24' and referring to terrorism and human rights.

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