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A Gift for You at Christmas

We’ve got Christmas all wrapped up this year, with a set of books designed to have every aspect of the holiday covered. If all else fails though, there’s always the option of packing it all in and doing a runner…and we’ve thought of that as well. The Tree: ‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein Loved […]

Walkers are Welcome

On Saturday 13th December come with MONMOUTH Walkers are Welcome “on a journey through time” in Monmouth, starting at 10.00am from Drybridge House (NP25 5AS) which has a large adjoining car park. We shall be walking the ‘Monmouth Heritage Blue Plaque Trail’. The 3.5 mile walk will include Drybridge House (which dates from 1671), St Thomas’s Church (circa 1180), Monnow Bridge (circa 1270), The […]

Make your own decorations this Christmas

Fabric Mills • Monmouth 01600 775531 • Bath 01225 471167 • Cirencester 01285 643111 This year Fabric Mills has created a Christmas table decoration to knock your socks off! Stockings have long been a traditional decoration. We have added our own twist on tradition and shrunk them to make the perfect cute cutlery holder for […]

Kick-start Revision

Written by Frances Green Christmas = washing up! Lots of it and managing expectations, both mine and the visiting family. ‘Huh, you might say, ‘If all she’s got to worry about is washing up life is easy! You want to try living in a house with squabbling siblings, stressed out teenagers and a psycho dog’. […]

Electric Landlady Album Launch…

The album, Electric Landlady is set to be launched on 5th December at the Severn Bridge Club, Chepstow. A committed team of friends of the late Alison Beasley have worked tirelessly to produce an impressive album showcasing some of the best musical talent in the area. All tracks are original and include a song donated by Geoff […]

Monmouth Duo Take on London Marathon

A Pub Quiz, will take place at 7pm on Friday 21st November at The Royal Oak Local runners Lisa Bailey and Diane Smith, members of Spirit of Monmouth Running Club, have both secured places to run The 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon. Over the next few months the duo plan to train together for the […]


Weeding the garden is a bit like doing the house work, I know that if I keep putting it off things will only get worse and yet I’ve been doing just that for the best part of a year. I’m a reluctant weeder, not because I find it a tedious task but because I actually […]

Sparkling and White Wines for Christmas

Oh, the fuss about Prosecco! It’s a perfectly nice drink, and we stock one, which is a fine example of the wine. Headlines in the press trumpet how sales of Prosecco are going through the roof, going ballistic, hitting the stratosphere. It is a fact that more bottles of Prosecco are being sold than champagne, […]

Cricket Club’s junior awards evening

ENGLAND Ashes-winner Ashley Giles proved he’s a family man – after accepting an invitation from his sister to Monmouth Cricket Club’s junior awards evening. The former England one-day head coach drove down from Manchester having got a call from his sister, Tracy Hodgson, who runs Monmouth’s girls’ team. And Giles, who is now head coach […]

Old Monmothian to ref Wales-All Blacks after overseeing end to NZ’s world record

SEEING the mighty All Blacks rugby team lose a game is rare indeed – but Old Monmothian Wayne Barnes had the best seat in the house last month (October) when the Springboks ended New Zealand’s world record 22-Test unbeaten run. And Welsh fans will hope the Monmouth School-educated official’s appointment to referee Wales against the […]