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Welcome to the August issue of Monnow Voice

The summer holidays are now well and truly underway and we are certainly very lucky to have so many events happening locally for the whole family to enjoy.  For rainy days The Savoy in Monmouth has its usual assortment of films with something for everyone showing this month, from Pudsey to the Jersey Boys.  The Monmouthshire Show promises to be another fantastic event and over 20,000 visitors are expected to flock to the show ground to enjoy an assortment of displays, stalls and activities.

Check out the recent articles for more news, views and information from cracking recipes to the difference between cow, sheep and goats milk (apart from the obvious!)

Wishing you all the best for an enjoyable summer



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, [...]

Summer of Sport – Holiday Activities for Kids in Monmouth

Monmouth School Sports Club, with partners Sports Xtra and Mark Catlin Football, are offering an excellent Summer of Sport and Fun Activities. All our coaches have enhanced DBS checks and the sessions will take place at MSSC, Hadnock Road,Monmouth, NP25 3NG SPY XPERIENCE  You and your team will create Spy IDs, break codes, access secret [...]

Blackberry jelly, soft fruits and chocolate cassis cake

The jelly: 200g blackberries 100g caster sugar 20ml vodka 175ml water 2 gelatine leaves Soak the gelatine in cold water for 5 minutes. Drink the vodka whilst bringing the water, blackberries and sugar to the boil. Blitz. Put back into the pan, stir in the gelatine until dissolved, take off the heat, chuck in 20ml [...]

GRAPE VARIETIES – Number 21: Palomino

Palomino is the grape variety for sherry; it is a white variety. As Jancis Robinson says in her book Vines, Grapes & Wines, “Palomino happens to produce a potentially great style of wine, but is not an inherently great grape.” Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that it needs the particular method that [...]

Come and Look Behind Closed Doors

Monmouth Open Doors Saturday & Sunday,  September 6th & 7th Sixteen buildings in Monmouth will open their doors to the public for free on European Heritage Days, allowing people into places they don’t normally see.  Some of the buildings are familiar from the outside, but now’s your chance to see them from the inside, with [...]

Monmouth’s Tuck storms to Henley glory in epic final

OLD Monmothian rower Steve Tuck proved a stroke of genius as he drove his US college rowing eight to victory in an epic Henley final by just three feet. The 22-year-old River Wye’s California Berkeley University crew disposed of a New York/California crew containing five Olympians in the quarter-final of the Ladies Plate international 8s, before [...]