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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!



The NATO Summit is coming: 4th – 5th September 2014

This September over 60 world leaders will be coming to Wales to attend the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. A series of associated events will also take place in Cardiff. This is a great opportunity for Wales with the focus of the world’s media on our country. In preparation for the [...]


Winner – Best Event in Wales 2013 (National Tourism Awards for Wales) The 2014 Abergavenny Food Festival takes place over the weekend of 20 and 21 September. Box office goes live on Wednesday 16 July and all tickets can be purchased online at or through the Borough Theatre on 01873 850805. As well as [...]

Stage Whispers July

BBC 2 has recently been showing a drama made in the “golden age” of British Television. The Pallisers based on the Anthony Trollope novels was first shown way back in 1974 and boasts a cast of some of Britain’s finest acting talent. Amongst them was Barbara Murray. Ironically she died on May 20th at the [...]


MORE than 800 rowers made a big splash on the River Wye at the annual two-day Monmouth Regatta as they launched out in 433 boats. Heavy rain beforehand and on the Saturday saw tricky conditions with a rising river and fast stream, and the finish had to be moved 100m upstream for Sunday’s 750m sprint [...]

Historic Bridge and Gate receives new lease of life

Monmouth’s historic ‘Gate’ on the Monnow Bridge was formally re-opened by Monmouthshire’s Chairman, County Councillor David Dovey and Town Councillor Jeana Hall, the Mayor of Monmouth, on Thursday May 1st, following repairs and improvements carried out by the county council. Monnow Bridge and Gate has been at the heart of Monmouth’s story for over 700 [...]

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 [...]