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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Festival of British Cinema

The Festival of British Cinema at Hay Adds a New Dimension to Borderlines, Britain’s Biggest Rural Film Festival  13TH BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Welsh Marches Friday 27 February – Sunday 15 March 2015 Borderlines Film Festival is set to expand its horizons in 2015 as it launches the Festival of British […]

Developing Leadership Skills through the Youth Theatre Project

Following the huge success of the Savoy’s Christmas pantomime, Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood, the Savoy Youth Theatre Academy is continuing to pioneer new opportunities and support for young people with its latest project to develop leadership and life skills. The aim of the Young Leaders project is to enable the Academy’s […]

Monmouth Music Theatre

Monmouth Music Theatre (MMT) was founded in 1988 as Monmouth Operatic Society, originally focussing primarily on Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, but the society soon broadened its repertoire and became MMT. Since those early days, the society has produced a wide range of shows, such as Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, Oklahoma, Calamity Jane, Annie Get […]

Behind the Scenes at Museums around the world…

Missed that blockbuster exhibition in London, or maybe even in Paris or New York? Now there is a chance to see them, and while it hasn’t got the magic of seeing the real thing in the flesh, ‘Exhibitions on Screen’ brings a new perspective to those big art shows. For one thing, you don’t have […]

Preparing to Spring Forward

I’ve never been the type of gardener who shuts up shop at the end of November, cuts everything down to the ground and puts the garden to bed for the winter. I admit there are some plants that collapse into a mushy heap at the first frost and are just too messy to live with […]