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What’s going on at the Shire Hall?

For more information email Aileen at or phone on 01600 775257. There’s something for everyone at Shire Hall these days. We have a wide range of community groups and activities that meet here on a regular basis that cater for all ages. Shire Hall has a range of large and small spaces which are […]

A Short History of Spectacles

Written by Nikki Ernest – Owner at Ernest Opticians, Monmouth It is not absolutely clear when the first appearance of spectacles occurred, or indeed where in the world. Both China and India have laid claim to the invention but it seems that spectacles may have originated in Europe. The earliest technology of magnification of images […]

Steam and Vintage Show Celebrates 40th Anniversary

For further information about the show, telephone 01600 860552 or e-mail Members of the Border Counties Vintage Club have confirmed that their annual Steam and Vintage Show at Vauxhall Fields, Monmouth, will take place again this year on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May. A collectible & vintage auction and car boot sale will […]

Wonderwool Wales Celebrates Tenth Fabulous Year

Wonderwool Wales celebrates tenth fabulous year Wonderwool Wales is on 25th and 26th April at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. Opening hours:  Saturday 10:00am–5.30pm & Sunday 10:00am– 4.30pm. Tickets: £9 for adults, children under 16 free. For more details visit: Fascinating for fibre fans, captivating for craft lovers, marvellous for makers, Wonderwool Wales 2015 […]

Take 3 Steps…

Written by Frances Green • • 01600750519 When a surfeit of Easter eggs induces lethargy at the beginning of the Easter holidays you might despair that your teenager will get cracking on some work. You don’t want to nag but you would like to see some action. Take 3 steps forward now. Step 1.Find motivation. […]

Outspoken Girls Triumph in Public Speaking Contest

A quick-witted team of debaters from Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls won their case at the district finals of a public speaking competition. ‘Curiosity Killed the Cat’ was the topic addressed by the outspoken group of Georgina Feltham-White, Helena Peacock, and Amina Arif, all 15, in the Youth Speaks contest run by Rotary International of […]

Art and artists in the Wye Valley

Wye Valley Art Society is holding an exhibition at the Shire Hall, Monmouth 8th-12th April. In the Wye Valley there is a society that attracts both amateur and professional artists. Ken Locke Brown, the president, joined thirty-two years ago when the society had already existed for twice that time. Members like to think there is […]

Bridges thanks its amazing fundraisers

Last year Bridges set itself the target of improving its facilities for people with disabilities. Its new changing area will be opened shortly with the huge help of dedicated fundraisers, such as those mentioned below. The Rockfield Boys Before Bridges became the Community Centre it is today, its walled garden was the playground for 3 […]

Redevelopment for St Thomas’ Church Hall

For more information please contact Steve MartinPCC Secretary, Coordinator, Hall Redevelopment Committee The Parochial Church Council of St Thomas’ Church has given the go ahead to new plans to improve St Thomas’ Hall and make it a better facility to serve Overmonnow and the local area. The new plans, drawn up by Richard Hardwicke of […]

Monmouth Raft Race raises £39,500 for charity

Monmouth Raft Race raises £39,500 for charity and now targets £50,000 for its ‘golden’ year Entry costs £75 per raft including a commitment to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. For full details about the 2015 raft race, including online or postal entries, please visit or call raft race secretary, Rotarian David Forbes […]