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Welcome to the September issue of Monnow Voice

September is a bumper month for the fabulous produce, which abounds in this area so why not celebrate by enjoying a couple of days at one of the country’s foremost foodie events – Abergavenny Food Festival. The special events programme represents a real melting-pot of diverse food cultures, each taken to new heights by amazingly talented people.

Not to be missed is the Usk Show. One of our family favourites, falling on Saturday 13th September this year, alongside the Cows, Sheep, Pigs and Goats, you can see Horses and Show Jumping, visit the Poultry, Rabbits, Horticulture and Homecraft marquees and have a go at Circus Skills for free with Circus Whiz.

Finally why not visit Wales Fair Trade Fair, now in it’s 7th year.

Whatever you do have a great September.



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 […]

Spooky, thrilling, enthralling – and musical! Savoy Youth Theatre’s ‘The Best of Broadway – Scary Six’ show

The talented young people from the Savoy Youth Theatre Academy are gearing up for their next show, and it’s going to be a little different than anything you’ve ever seen them in before.  This time, they want to chill you to the bone, send shivers down your spine, and raise your spirits with rousing songs […]

Topstak Open New Showroom in Monmouth

Topstak, the wood burning stove and renewable energy specialists have opened a new dedicated showroom at the old Bikini Bathrooms site at Mayhill Industrial Estate on the Redbrook Road going out of Monmouth. The large showroom has an impressive range of wood burning and multifuel stoves from leading manufacturers including Clearview, Chesney’s, Charnwood and Stovax […]

Usk Show – Saturday 13th September

This year is 170 years since the first Usk Show.  In 1844 the show started as a ploughing match for Usk Farmers’ Club members and today it has grown to be one of the busiest one-day agricultural shows in the UK.  Held at The Usk Showground (NP15 1DD) at Gwernesney, just outside Usk, the Show […]

Five Days of Festival Fun

Five Days of Festival Fun Entry: Adults £2.00 (includes free catalogue), U16 free. Penallt Art Festival September 24-28 For the fourth year, the beautiful hilltop village of Penallt is hosting a major autumn art event in Capel Pentwyn and the adjacent Babington Meadow outdoor arena.  This year it will be bigger than ever; all under […]

‘Overgrown’ Garden

In spring we are impatient for the garden to come back to life, watching daily for any signs of new green shoots and when they eventually start to appear growth can be so rapid that by early summer we’re beginning to grumble that the weeds are growing faster than our precious plants. By this time […]

Berry Banana Crunch

Ingredients: 2 apples (Golden Delicious ideally) 2 Handfuls mixed berries e.g. blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries (fresh or frozen) 2 tbsps natural yoghurt (use soya if vegan, or leave out altogether if you prefer and use a whole banana instead) ½ Fairtrade banana 1 tbsps mixed seeds (they usually come in a mixed bag containing sunflower, […]

The Pocket Bakery – Monmouth

The Pocket Bakery is a lovely little independent Cake Makers and Bakery Café, hidden away in Beaufort Arms Court just behind the Shire Hall. Sharon, the Owner and Baker, has just celebrated her second Anniversary since this little hidden gem in Monmouth opened, which has a fantastic growing reputation for Wedding Cakes, Favours and boxes […]