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Stage Whispers

If you are fortunate enough to be taking a balloon ride over Monmouth this summer you will notice as you hover over the Savoy that we now have a very discretely placed satellite dish on the roof. This piece of kit is about to open up a whole new world of entertainment to the people […]

Sulphites in Wine

A lot of rubbish is talked about sulphites in wine. And there are a lot of misconceptions. I should say that my starting point in relation to sulphites is that it is a chemical additive, and I am fundamentally in favour of the most natural wine possible, with the minimum of chemicals. I positively seek […]

Graceful Grasses

Ornamental grasses seem to divide opinion more than any other group of plants. Some people, myself included, love them for their grace and elegance, the way they catch the breeze and add colour and movement to the late summer and autumn garden. Others view them as a passing fashion, or worse, as nothing more interesting […]

Monmouthshire Engages

Do you want to be part of the bigger conversation? Do you want to help Monmouthshire County Council provide our services in a different way? As Public Service budgets are shrinking and the financial challenges we face are growing we want to continue to talk to you and tell you how it will affect you […]

Will Just Misses Out On World Medal

MONMOUTH School oarsman Will  England and his Great Britain eight bravely battled to a highly creditable fourth place at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Germany as near sinking conditions hit their medal hopes. A brutal headwind, which turned the six-lane Hamburg course into a sea, added a full two minutes to the normal 2,000m […]

Take a Culinary Trip to the ‘Best Event in Wales’

Later this month Britain’s hottest culinary talent will be flocking to the Welsh Borders for a weekend of fun and feasting. They’ll  all be sharing their fabulous skills at the Abergavenny Food Festival (20 and 21 September) – ‘Best Event in Wales 2013’*. Now’s the time to secure tickets for special events. Delay and you’re […]

Recipe – Dairy Free Coffee, Walnut and Banana Cake

Ingredients 200g dairy free spread 200g caster sugar 4 large eggs 75g chopped walnuts 1 ripe banana chopped 2 tablespoons coffee essence For the filling:- 75g dairy free spread 225g icing sugar 2 teaspoons milk 2 teaspoons coffee essence 8 walnuts halves to decorate Method Preheat oven to 180 degrees c. Grease and line two […]

The Savoy in September

It’s a funny old month for the Savoy this September – very funny indeed. Comedy is King. In the first week alone we present MICHAEL MCINTYRE and AL MURRAY, both of whom have long since sold out. There may be returns on the day. Later in the month however we have two top line comedy […]


It has been a very busy year so far for local couple, David & Martha Holman and their charity Love Zimbabwe. David and Martha moved to Gilwern in April and have been busy planting lots of organic vegetables! The charity raises money for essential projects in rural areas of Zimbabwe such as boreholes for fresh […]

Show time at the Forest Showcase – Sunday 5 October

Food is always the perfect excuse to get people together and this year’s Forest Showcase looks set to be the biggest and best yet. Taking place in the grounds of the Speech House Hotel on Sunday 5 October, this food lovers festival brings together all of the gastronomic attractions of the Forest of Dean. Featuring […]