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Welcome to the July edition of Monnow Voice.

Although the weather is a bit mixed we are bursting at the seams with editorial this month in our magazines. There is so much to do in July you will be spoilt for choice. Major events include Chepstow Show, Castell Roc, Ross Carnival and Monmouth Festival.

We also have a preview for the Abergavenny Food Festival.  I always promise myself I’ll go to one of the ticketed events.  Don’t be like me and leave it to the last minute as you won’t get a ticket they’ll all be sold I have yet to attend one. This year Hugh Fearnley Whittingshall will be opening the festival with a talk on the Friday evening at the Borough Theatre. Top Tip – Box Office opens on the 16th July!



Things to do in Monmouth

Summer is finally here and the school holidays are just around the corner. It’s a time of year when I take a moment to reflect on just how lucky we are that there are so many things to do in Monmouth, it really is a town with lots to offer year round but in particular, [...]

Mackerel with strawberry, potato salad & cucumber

Serves 2 You will need……… 2 mackerel fillets, bones removed 200g new potatoes 1 spring onion, thinly sliced 1 tbsp mayonnaise 1½ tbsp thick natural yoghurt 120g strawberries, chopped 80g caster sugar 80ml balsamic vinegar Thin slices of strawberry & cucumber for garnish   What to do……… For the potato salad, bring a large pan [...]

Ross Classic & Vintage Vehicle Charity Road Run – Monday 25th August 2014

ROSS ROADies (Riders, Owners And Drivers) are holding their 12th Charity Vintage and Classic vehicle Road Run in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August. Starting from The Yew Tree Inn, Petersow at 11am. Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is responsible for funding and operating three Air Ambulances serving the Midlands and [...]

Julia Rennie from Puddleducks Nursery receives The British Empire Medal (BEM)

Julia Rennie of Puddle Ducks Nursery in Raglan received a BEM for services to early years provision and for charitable services in Monmouthshire. Julia talks about her reaction on hearing the news. Here are some thoughts and details of my moments when I heard I was going to receive my BEM and my trip to [...]

TALENTED bowler Ben Davies is following in his father’s footsteps and making a big impression at Monmouth Cricket Club.

The 12-year-old left-arm spinner is shining for Wales and Gwent Under-12s this summer and has even played for Monmouth’s first team. Ben’s dad, Jonathan Davies, used to keep wicket for Monmouth’s first team and is thrilled to see the youngster enjoying his cricket. “Ben loves his cricket and he is one of the many young players [...]

Kids get hands on for FREE Monmouthshire Museums Exhibition

Children at local primary schools are helping design and create ‘family packs’ for use by visitors to Chepstow and Abergavenny Museums this summer. The project is part of a series of community events to promote two free exhibitions. ‘Sites of Inspiration’ celebrates the cultural impact of Tintern Abbey (at Chepstow Museum) and Llanthony Priory (at [...]

Take Care of Yourself Day

On Saturday, 7th June, the Bridges Community Centre in Monmouth hosted a MAGIC event for families of young people with disabilities and additional needs. 50 people of all ages came to MAGIC’s first ‘Take Care of Yourself Day’. The children and young people got involved with messy play, face painting, dancing, arts and crafts, and [...]

Bee neighbourly

Whenever I’m out in the garden I always feel the need to be doing something, pulling up bindweed, watering pots, rescuing a plant in the greenhouse from heat stroke, I do find it hard to just sit. But I must do try harder because it’s in those quiet, still moments when we’re just being not [...]

School ends 30-year wait for national championship gold

MONMOUTH SCHOOL’S rowers stormed to gold at Britain’s National Schools’ Regatta in Nottingham, ending a 30-year wait for a second Championship title. The coxed four crew, stroked by GB junior cap Will England and backed up by Dan Waters, Alex Buhaenko, Rob Leighton and cox Gabriel Cronin, put the disappointment of a fifth-placed finish in [...]

So which milk is best?

Now the sun is out, our ice cream freezer is once again full of the delicious award winning Shepherds ice cream. Martin & Juliet make this delicious ice cream in Herefordshire, using sheep’s milk. The richness of the sheep’s milk and the small-size of the fat globules enable them to make ice cream out of [...]