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The community magazine for Brecon and surrounding villages


April 2014 • Issue 56

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The community magazine encouraging local residents to use what’s on their doorstep

Welcome to our April issue – and sun, welcome back! Do you remember us thanking you for those who took the time to fill out the Feedback Form? Well I’m delighted to introduce a few new features from our findings ...

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Local Beacon encourages local residents to shop locally where possible (wow that’s a bit of a mouthful!). With this in mind, each month we intend to introduce a local Butcher, a local Barber or maybe a local Bread Maker! The ‘Get to Really Know’ feature is our way of introducing you to important local businessmen/women with the aim you will like what you read and support them on the High Street. Our first gentleman is Paddy Sweeney. Turn to page 21.

April Competition For the chance to win a £10 Gift Voucher to spend at Brecon Cathedral Gift Shop.

Please complete the wordsearch on page 17 and send to us by 16th April 2014. The winner will be picked at random.

Secondly, the next new feature is a slight change to our normal recipe page.This month, and hopefully in future months, a local restaurant or café will provide us with a tasty recipe. Our first one sounds delicious, a little time consuming but I think it will be worth it! If you are a local restaurant or café and would like to submit a recipe, please do get in touch.

Winner of March Competition: Sonia Hendrie,Talgarth

It has been known for some time that our readers often pick up our sister publication, the Wye Local magazine. With Talgarth, Hay and the surrounding villages only a short distance away, articles, events and advertisers will often appeal to the residents of Brecon. From now on we aim to share with you some highlights that will appear in the Wye Local with the hope it entices you to take a look on-line, that’s if of course you are unable to collect a hardcopy version from the area. Please turn to page 2 for more information.

We really enjoy the What’s On. – results from feedback form

Copy date for May issue is the 14th April. Local Beacon cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in advertisements nor for any consequences arising from this. Local Beacon cannot be held responsible for damage or loss of copy or error in printing. All artwork used in Local Beacon must not be published in any other media without permission from Local Beacon. Opinions expressed by contributors or advertisers are not necessarily those of the publisher. Other publications must not canvas advertisers from Local Beacon.

I would like to thank Grovely Business Solutions for introducing me to Cloud Accounting. I can 100% say I am very pleased with my new accounts software and even more chuffed with the ongoing support I receive from Grovely. Please turn to page 7. Lastly do take a look at our spread of things to enjoy this Easter, we have activities, days out and events ... Enjoy our April issue, Lisa Marie Badham x

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As well as producing the Local Beacon we also produce a similar publication for the Talgarth and Hay on Wye area. It’s called Wye Local. Just like this magazine the aim is to support local businesses and services. The good news is, if you are unable to pick up your copy of the Wye Local in the local catchment area, you can view it on our website from the beginning of each month. Some highlights of the April Wye Local: • Steve Knightley • Hay Castle Trust • The Village Quire • Home juicing • African and Welsh music CD, Desert Celts • 6 pages of event listings ... and much much more! Just go to and click on the small image of the front cover ... Simple.

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“Family disputes that are resolved through mediation are cheaper, quicker and, according to academic research, less acrimonious than those that are settled through the courts.” National Audit Office At a time when family finances are often under pressure and have to be divided, mediation is far cheaper and less time consuming than going through the court system. Family Mediation can be used in a wide variety of circumstances, for example: Contact and residence issues Financial provision disputes Maintenance claims Issues between grandparents and parents Post divorce issues relating to the family Contact Joanne Deveney to discuss how Amity Mediation can help you Amity Mediation Limited, 12 The Bulwark, Brecon LD3 7AD Tel: 01874 624927 Mob: 07539 369000 Email: Web:

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News from Roger Williams MP Raising the issue of Fuel Poverty in Parliament One of the issues I have dedicated a lot of time to in Parliament recently has been fuel poverty.The UK has relatively low energy prices and high incomes compared with much of Europe, yet has a larger fuel poverty problem due to poor quality housing. I believe we have to start focusing on the cause of the problem, rather than solely focus on short-term solutions. Investing in better housing should be the top infrastructure priority. Recently I managed to secure a debate on Fuel Poverty and Cold Homes in the House of Commons. This was linked to the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, which focuses on fighting fuel poverty in the UK. The Energy Bill Revolution has found that the core problem lies with the poor heat efficiency of our housing stock. Rural areas, including my constituency Brecon and Radnorshire, are especially badly hit by fuel poverty. One of the real concerns is the number of

people who do not have access to mains gas and have expensive fuel for heating and cooking and cannot benefit from Dual Fuel Tariffs. While only 10% of those in urban areas do not have a gas connection, 36% of households in rural areas like ours are off-grid. At least three villages in my constituency could have their fuel poverty problems greatly reduced if they could have mains gas installed. Abercraf, a former mining village relied on free coal; Llangynidr, with the mains running the other side of the Usk river; and Howey only needing a short extension from Llandrindod Wells all remain excluded from mains gas. There are of course several more. It is for these reasons that I have been making this point to Ministers and urging them to extend the gas mains to communities that are currently not benefiting from them and to invest in insulating homes. That would go a long way in solving fuel poverty in rural areas.

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Gremlin Rally Brecon Motor Club held its annual Gremlin Road Rally over the night of 1st and 2nd March with the first starter away from The Barn at Brynich on the stroke of midnight. Crews had gathered at the barn during the evening for a briefing. A total of 73 entrants, a driver and navigator in each car, enjoyed a demanding 130+ mile tour of traditional Powys lanes where navigation skills were as important as driving prowess. Enthusiastic support from a number of farmers and local land owners enabled cars to drive safely through farmyards at speed.The weather on the night was favourable although the soggy ground and muddy roads caught a few drivers unawares. Usk House Hospice, the local palliative care provider, benefitted from the sale of spectator guides at the start and will receive a charitable donation from the Brecon Motor Club as a result of the rally.

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The event was sponsored by long standing supporters ‘The Old Forge Garage’ and ‘Dennis Motor Sport’ both operating from premises at Llanigon near Hay-on-Wye. The club caters for a wide range of motoring interests including rallying, hillclimbs and classic cars. Membership of the club currently exceeds 70 and new members are always welcome. Details on the website: Pic credit: Brian Gilbert Photosport

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The Iris is named from the Greek for rainbow and has a wide range of distinctive colourful flowers. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants and has been found depicted on Egyptian temple walls. The petals of each flower usually comprise of three falls and three standards and influence the heraldic fleur de lys image. Iris unguicularis, or winter iris, is evergreen with lilac flowers in autumn through to early spring. It prefers a sheltered site against a south or west facing wall and is a great flower for cutting. Iris sibirica is a tall slim plant with glorious dark veined blue or purple flowers from late spring to early summer. It likes wet conditions. Iris foetidissima produces dull yellow or purple flowers followed by striking seed pods revealing scarlet seeds which last throughout winter. This iris can cope with both wet and dry conditions. Iris pseudocarus, or yellow flag iris, is native to the British isles. It prefers semi shade and thrives in a water garden. Article, plants and images supplied by Walled Garden Treberfydd, Llangasty, LD3 7PX. Plant nursery open daily 01874 730169

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A Quiet Revolution… Shhh don’t tell anyone but there has been a quiet revolution in accounting systems over the last couple of years. As many small businesses have grown they have moved their accounts from paper to spreadsheets and then onto traditional desktop PC based systems. But a new breed of online cloud accounting systems are revolutionising the way many small businesses work. With access anytime, anywhere through Windows, Mac, Android and iPhone online cloud accounting systems allow the small business owner to keep a close eye on how their business is performing in real time. Simple to use, but with powerful functionality, online cloud accounting systems allow you to share access with your team, trusted advisors and accountant – so everyone is up to speed.

‘With access anytime, anywhere through Windows, Mac, Android and iPhone’ Online cloud accounting systems also allow businesses to work smarter, integrating seamlessly with hundreds of other powerful business applications to streamline and manage your business to improve efficiency and productivity, saving time and money. Bank feeds automatically import and categorise your latest banking, credit card and PayPal transactions. Create and send professional invoices & get paid online. Manage cash flow by scheduling payments and sending invoices automatically. Payroll, fixed assets, expense claims, budgets, financial reporting all done when and where your need it, at work, home, or on the go.


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Pollinators need help and we need new beekeepers! For their sake and ours, our pollinators need help. And we do need new beekeepers! Brecon and Radnor Beekeepers Association exists to promote beekeeping and to provide support for beekeepers and our pollinators generally. The beginnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; course runs over six Saturday afternoons from April 12th, in Llanddew Village Hall, LD3 9ST. Every Saturday thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be a theory session followed by a practical at the apiary. So why take a course? Beekeepingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a craft, involving guardianship of bees with a fascinating, complex life cycle. There

are many questions before you even get your first hive and bees.When it comes to taking care of your bees, learning with others, with teaching and support from experienced local beekeepers, is much more likely to lead to a good healthy life for your bees and to a happy successful experience for you. The cost of the course is ÂŁ40 + ÂŁ10 for associate membership. Contact: David Coles(01497) 820419 or Keen to know more? Come to our free Taster Day: 29th March, Llanddew Hall LD3 9ST, 12 to 4pm.



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The ISA season is upon us – steps to better ISA investing


“Your local source of unbiased advice explained in Plain English”

Let’s start with the basics. An ISA is simply a savings wrapper that can make a savings account or investment plan tax efficient. There is an annual savings allowance, which is uprated with inflation each year.This tax-year (April 2013/14) you can shelter £11,520, of which half (£5,760) can be in a cash ISA. From April, the allowance rises to £11,880 – again, only half of which can be in cash.


Most ISA investors wrap a portfolio of investment funds. These funds are commonly held on a “platform” for easy administration. A platform more simply put is a fund supermarket. The charge for this service varies wildly. Some of the more well-known platforms such as Hargreaves Lansdown have the highest platform charges. A higher charge will hinder the longterm performance of the underlying funds. It is important to shop around when choosing a platform provider.

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After deciding on platform provider it is then necessary to choose the portfolio of funds. Great care needs to be taken as fund performance will have the biggest impact on the growth of the portfolio. There are over 2,000 funds to choose from so it is not always a straightforward decision. As a general rule there should be a mix of funds that have exposure to different market sectors, countries and economies for better diversification. It is important that the performance of the funds is reviewed regularly. If investing be sure to make use of your ISA allowances and to properly research the market first. – Tom Russell – Director of Beacon IFA Ltd

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A hidden gem Most people know about the Cathedral, and the awardwinning Pilgrims Tearooms just opposite, but there are still those (even in Brecon!) who don’t realise that there is a Shop and Heritage Centre adjacent. As you would expect, the Shop sells Cathedral souvenirs, religious books and cards, but local people “in the know” and even those from other towns return often, once they discover our large range of quality cards, local history books and all-age gifts that are very reasonably priced and difficult to find elsewhere – and there is free parking! Amongst new products for Easter are Bilberry Bears’ cards and Welsh Tweed bears, Celtic Herbal candles and the largest selection of choral and classical music CDs in Brecon, including those by the Cathedral Choir and internationally-renowned Baroque violinist, Rachel Podger. We are also now a Big Art Share venue, showcasing local artists’ original work and prints – a new exhibition,“Tooth and Claw” runs until 6th May and is not to be missed. The Shop is staffed by our loyal assistants, mostly volunteers, and all profits help to conserve the historic Tithe Barn and support the Cathedral. We feel very privileged to serve the wider Brecon community, as well as St John’s Ward. So next time you need a card, birthday, Easter or Christmas present, come and discover one of Brecon’s best-kept secrets and enjoy a fine meal or coffee afterwards at Pilgrims!

Brecon Cathedral Shop Priory Hill, Brecon LD3 9DP.

We offer a superb range of unique cards for all occasions, books, confectionery, toys, ties, scarves, socks, scented candles, pictures, CDs, Welsh and religious (including Cathedral) items, plus a growing range of gifts for music-lovers. New for Easter: BIG ART SHARE artwork, including prints, as part of new exhibition in Pilgrims Tearooms until 6th May. Unique Easter cards and gifts, including Celtic Herbal candles, Myddfai and Caldey Island toiletries for men and women, plus beautiful Fairtrade bags and soapstone gifts for all ages. The shop is situated in the historic Tithe barn, opposite the Cathedral, which also houses the Exhibition Centre (available to hire). Pilgrims Tearooms is adjacent, which serves light lunches, cakes and tea/coffee. There is free parking for customers in the Cathedral’s car-park.

Shop hours: 11.15am – 3.45pm (Mon-Sat); Sunday 30th March (Mothering Sunday) 11am – 3.15pm From 21st April: 10.45am – 4.15pm (closed Good Friday); and Sundays: 12.15-3.15pm from 13th April. or contact 01874 625222.

The Heritage Centre – this largely 17th-century structure (incorporating a medieval bell frame) has a special atmosphere all of its own, and houses an exhibition on the history of the Cathedral; it can also be hired for events throughout the year.We welcome new volunteers for the Shop: only one morning or afternoon session a month is required and full training is given. Telephone 01874 623857 or email

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Pilgrims Licensed tea rooms and outside catering

Delicious homemade food, freshly made from local produce in the heart of the Brecon Beacons


Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm Sunday 9.30am-4pm Drinks & Cakes served all day Breakfasts 10-11am Lunches & Snacks 12-2.30pm Roast Lunches every Sunday

Palm Sunday 10.30am Liturgy of Palms, Procession and Solemn Cathedral Eucharist Liturgy begins at the Parish Church with a procession to the Cathedral monday, TueSday, WedneSday in Holy Week 7.00Pm Eucharist and Bible Study by Bishop Richard Llewellin Holy TueSday 12noon Chrism Mass with the Blessing of Oils and the Renewal of Vows maundy THurSday 7.00Pm Solemn Cathedral Eucharist, Washing of Feet, Homily by Bishop Richard Llewellin, Procession of the Blessed Sacrament & Watch of the Passion Good Friday 10.30am Ecumenical Procession through Brecon Solemn Liturgy of the Day 2.00Pm Choral Evensong with Homily 6.00Pm by Bishop Richard Llewellin Holy SaTurday 8.00Pm Paschal Ceremonies, Homily by Bishop Richard Llewellin and First Mass of the Resurrection eaSTer day 8.00am Eucharist 11.00am Festal Cathedral Eucharist of the Resurrection Festal Evensong 3.30Pm

This month we will be ore releasing our new and mu. extensive sandwich men Also there will be a new loose leaf tea selection. Menus now available on our website Private evening opening for parties of 15 people or more, contact us for more details. Situated in the Cathedral Close alongside Brecon Cathedral Shop Cathedral Close, Brecon, LD3 9DP Tel: 01874 610610 Email:

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Wild in April

Protecting wildlife for the future

As summer visitors arrive to join the locals, more and more birds are singing now. The calls and songs of Nuthatches, including a shrill â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;peep-peep-peeppeepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and a bubbling trill, ring out loud and clear. Take a walk along the Usk or the Canal, through Priory Groves or up Slwch Hill and you are likely to hear Nuthatches up in the trees. If you put out food for birds this one could rank high in the garden pecking order. The outsize bill is good for making holes, smashing nuts and tweezing out grubs; combined with the short tail it gives the bird a distinctive flight silhouette. With strong feet and curved claws Nuthatches can climb up and down trunks and branches, unlike the slightly-built Treecreepers which share the same trees but fly down when they reach the top. They are hole-nesters and have a neat trick of using mud to reduce the size of the entrance to keep out larger intruders. County Bird Recorder Andrew King will lead a Dawn Chorus walk from Llangynidr on Saturday

10 May. For details of this and other activities, see the Events Calendar and Facebook page at www. Keith Noble Article by Keith Noble






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Brecon Film Society


THE AdVENTURES Of PRINCE ACHMED (PG) Monday 7TH APRIL Germany 1926 Dir: Lotte Reiniger A unique evening featuring a première of new music composed and performed by Paul Shallcross to accompany the oldest surviving animated film.

The Perry family has been repairing roofs in this area for over 45 years (three generations): • Traditional built up high tensile felting systems, fibre glass, single ply, liquid coatings, slating & tiling with manufacturers’ backed guarantees ranging from 10-25 years; • UPVC fascias and guttering – with 10 year guarantee. Your property deserves the best so, for a free survey and estimate tel: 0500 130852

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Neck Pork Rolled Ribs Rump Scrag End Shin Shoulder Silverside Sirloin Spare Ribs Steak T Bone Tenderloin Topside Trotter

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Brecon Poets: Mallica Reardon Each issue of your Local Beacon now carries a short piece by a local poet. This month’s poem is by Mallica Reardon, an Aberdare-based mother of five children aged from 6 to 28. Mallica’s hobbies are reading, cooking and walking and her other love is holistic therapies. She is a volunteer at Prince Charles Hospital’s Macmillan cancer care unit. Anticipation

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Feet trundling through the blanket of white... crackling and crunching the key turns and with a groan and creak, a door opens into the sweet scent of vanilla and cinnamon spice billowing from the jumpy flame of a candle in the still darkness pine needles, weary and tired of waiting lay scattered on the floor their scent evoking memories of bygone times when as a child the wait felt like eternal

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then a warmth shrouds me as the logs spit and crackle giving me their comfort...begrudgingly, so it seems then they fade to a slight glow and then a paper silvery mass

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through the window i look at the still night a robin takes flight and soars into the crisp clean sharp air the once bright candle faded to a harsh blackness as i climb the stairs wearily in anticipation for christmas morn.

Children and baby items

..and the thing that you threw away last week

Contributions from local poets are invited. These should be no more than 24 lines in length and accompanied by two or three succinct sentences about the poet. They should please be emailed to and not directly to the Local Beacon.

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Get to really know... Paddy Sweeney Paddy was brought up near Brecon. He worked alongside Butch Keylock in Brecon for about 10 years before setting up his own butchers in the Market Arcade, 36 years ago, where he continues to work along with his wife Shaun and a team of some of the friendliest and most helpful staff in Brecon. Where do you live now? Libanus, Brecon Marital status? Married Occupation? Master Butcher Children? None Pets? Cat & Horse What was your favourite childhood television programme? Did not have television Are you a collector of anything? Antiques If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? Cat or dog in a good home like mine If you could have any superpower, what would it be? A better brain and stronger What is usually your first thought when you wake up? Things I must do first and glad to feel good What do you usually think about right before falling asleep? That I have left the day in a good way Do you believe in ghosts? No Most exciting things you’ve won? A bet, a contract, a sporting event Two lessons life has taught you? To spend time with your closest family and friends You’re given one million pounds, what do you spend it on? Friends and family and travel and people who need health care Have any bad habits? Hope not Which bad habits drive you crazy? Disrespectful people dropping litter and chewing gum Do you believe in the afterlife? No Best present ever received? Good health List one thing you wish you could change about yourself: My age If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? New Zealand List five goals on your life’s to-do list: Travel, spend more time with my animals, spend more time at home Name one regret you have: I did not spend enough time with my dad Name one thing you miss about being a kid: My dad Name one thing you love about being an adult: Being with my wife and my health

What’s your favourite song of all time? Songbird What’s your favourite thing to do on a Saturday night? Put my feet up at home with a glass What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon? Watch Sport Have any hidden talents? Sportsman, Judo, Boxing, Jump Jockey What would be your dream job? Jump Jockey If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to? Dermot Weld What have you done today to make you feel proud? Got up to do a good days work and met some nice people. Sum yourself up in five words: Honest, Clean, Genuine, Reliable, Punctual

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Priory pupils’ Crocus planting Reception year 1 Children at the Priory School Brecon worked hand in hand with The Brecon Rotary Club in becoming more aware of helping overseas children in their fight against Polio. They each planted some Crocuses, the emblem for the Cause. Janet Davies their teacher said they had all had such good fun. They had planted the bulbs and learned to nurture the plants and see them flower. The Children had completed a project on Turnips as part of their curriculum and this project helped them get hands on with the soil and bulbs. When the five year old children were asked what they had learned some answers were delightful’ A crocus is smaller and more purple than a Turnip’.

is all that is needed. After the assembly the older Junior pupils had lots of questions about Polio and said that they felt sad when they saw children that needed the polio immunization They expressed an interest in raising money for the cause. The crocuses are now flowering and the children will plant them in the school garden so that when they flower next year they will remember Polio plus. For more information to support this cause please contact Brecon Rotary Club’ End Polio ‘at the George Hotel, Brecon.

President of Brecon Rotary Club Mr Pat Blake took an assembly for all of the children at the school to raise awareness of Polio. This disease has been stamped out in the UK, but still affects children worldwide and is easily preventable with the right medication. We are fortunate to have eradicated 99% of all cases in the world but as it is highly infectious it is necessary to immunise every newborn .A simple dose of drops at a cost of about £1.75 per child

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Local businesses growing together Brecon Business Club, or BBC as they are known, are a local not-for-profit business owner/operator group, networking and interacting with each other. They meet at The Clarence Inn, Brecon, on the second Wednesday of the month, at 6pm. BBC help and support each other as local businesses, which in turn benefits local residents. They also raise money for and help to promote the work of local charities.

“BBC help and support each other as local businesses, which in turn benefits local residents” Following the 2014 Charity Ball at the end of last year, the club members have voted to support two local charities: L’Arche – celebrating 25 years in Brecon; and Usk House with St David’s Hospice Care – celebrating 21 years in Brecon. Happy Birthday to these two very worthwhile charities! If you are a local business and would like to join the pro-active club, have a look at their website for more information: This spread showcases some of the current members of the BBC. Other businesses such as The Clarence Inn, Buttercup Barn, Designer Partners, V&G Guest Building Services, Calibre Connections, The Print Shop, Foy Williams Estate Agents, SafeWork Solutions Ltd, Magical Character Parties, Career Wales, Pilgrim Tea Rooms and Catering, Thomas Cook Travel are also members.

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Cariad’s Column Spring is here and I have a spring in my step ... I love it when the sun shines. My favourite place in the whole wide world is our garden. I can chase Mia and Toby the kittens. I can sneak up on Dolly Parton & Gang.They are the chickens. And Otis and Redding the ducks make the funniest noises. In the evening I get to round them all up so Mr Fox doesn’t get them. I’m yet to meet Mr Fox but Daddy says he would like our feathered friends for his din dins. The kittens help me, then they come in the house with us. My favourite word at the moment is “Why”. Mummy and Daddy are not that fond of it. I use it a lot. Perhaps I should use another word like ... “Pam”. Mummy says I will learn Welsh at School. Next time I can tell you all about our holiday, we’re going on a air-plane. Cariad Badham x

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Cuprum Ltd Computer repairs New Computers and Laptops. All computer supplies and parts 13 Ship Street Brecon 01874 611877

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News from Arts Alive Wales Discover a creative course to suit you. Arts Alive Wales in Crickhowell have launched their fresh summer programme of creative workshops and events. A new booklet is available which has details of all their short courses, including Woodcut Printmaking, Drawing for Beginners and Creative Photography. One of the highlights this season is a unique five-day course with Textile Artist, Chris Gray, exploring the vibrant tribal textiles of Asia and the Middle East (12th – 16th April).Plus, there are weekend workshops in Botanical Illustration (5th/6th July) with experienced artist Debbie Devauden and have a go at creating beautiful Dovetail Joints (14th/15th June) with local Cabinet Maker, Dan Tomlinson. All courses are suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development Manager, has put the new programme together: “We always look forward to our Summer Schools, in July and August.

Toril Brancher. Summer Open Day 2013. This year we have our regular Life Drawing and Pottery schools plus Landscape Drawing & Painting. The Summer Schools run over five days which gives people a really focused experience and the chance to work on their own creative interests. We welcome visitors from all over South and Mid-Wales as well as South West England and London.” Full details of all AAW’s courses, events and community projects can be found on their website: Book online or email: / tel: 01873 811579 for more information.

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News from Brecknock YFC

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Brecknock Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs 67th Annual Drama, Entertainment and One Plus Festival was held at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon on 3rd – 7th February 2014 supported by Barclays bank. Members competed in the Entertainment, Junior Drama, Senior One Plus and Junior One Plus competitions. During the weeklong Festival, eleven clubs competed and up to 450 young people performed on stage. Pontfaen YFC won the Entertainment competition with their production Bridget Jones’s Dairy” written by Verity Jones and produced by Verity Jones and John Davies, this same production won the NFU Mutual Trophy for Best Production of the Festival. Sennybridge YFC won the junior Drama section with their production entitled ‘Mam, There’s a Spaceship in Our Backyard!” produced by Colette Evans and Julie Davies and assisted by Eileen Jones.There were a record number of 31 One Plus entries, thirteen of which were senior and eighteen junior entries. Erwood YFC achieved first place in the Senior One plus section with “Haunted” and Sennybridge YFC achieved first place in the Junior One Plus section with “But It’s Not Christmas”. The awards were presented on the Gala night which had to be postponed due a power cut and was then held on Wednesday 19th February.These awards were presented to members for their outstanding contribution to the Festival, Milo Rodel John, Llandefalle YFC won Best Actor 26 years or under; Bethan Jones, Sennybridge YFC won Best Actress 26 years or under; Iwan Havard, Sennybridge YFC won Best Actor 18 years or under and Josie Howells, Trecastle YFC won the Best Actress 18 years.

Part P Registered Elecsa Registered No electrical job too small 3 The Paddocks, Newgate Street, Llanfaes, Brecon LD3 8DJ Tel: 01874 611794 Mob: 07802 711670 Email:

Pwllgloyw Arms Home cooked food En-suite B&B 4 miles north of Brecon on the B4520 Wishing all our customers (new & old) a very happy Easter

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Jokes Why did the Easter Bunny cross the road? His friends egged him on!


Why can’t eggs be comedians? They’d crack each other up! What’s the Easter Bunny’s favorite sport? Basket-ball! What do eggs listen to on the radio? Yolk music! Why did the Easter Bunny cross the road? To prove he wasn’t chicken!


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News from Brecon Grammar School Old Boys Association Every year former pupils of the old Brecon Boys Grammar School meet together for an annual reunion and dinner. And in recent years the invitation has been extended to former members of the long defunct Brecon Girls Grammar School. 2014 is a milestone in the history of the Old Boys Association: this year it receives its “bus pass” having reached the grand old age of 65! And in keeping with another tradition the OBA will be holding the reunion dinner on the weekend after Easter - always the Saturday after Easter. This year that means Saturday, 26th April. The venue is the George Hotel in Brecon at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. And for those especially keen to celebrate their days of yore, the OBA holds its AGM at 5.30pm – same date, same place! The committee extends a warm welcome to all old boys from far and wide; and to old girls from the Girls Grammar School and former pupils of Brecon High School. The man to contact for details is Tom (Eric) Protheroe, 14 Rookery Drive, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 7DD Tel. 01270-623525. E-mail


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Property Law and Commercial Specialist Buying and Selling Property Acquisition of Land Business Sales & Purchases Commercial Leases Probate Wills JAneT TiMOThy, Partner, specialises in all matters concerning land including the buying and selling of houses, land, businesses, commercial property and commercial Leases. Janet also has extensive experience in Probate and Wills.The firm promotes dealing with clients directly on a one to one basis without any legal jargon. “I know myself how frustrating it is not to have phone calls returned or not to be able to speak to the person you need to, so we put our clients first by making ourselves easily accessible.We give out direct phone numbers and email addresses in order that we can deal with any queries as quickly and efficiently as possible to, hopefully, ease what is already a stressful process. We know that the modern business is not constrained by traditional office hours and 9 to 5 doesn’t always suit business clients.”

Family Law Specialist Divorce MOD Pensions Finances after divorce Separation Agreements Children’s Matters to include Residence, Contact, Adoption and representation of Grandparents. Pre-nuptial Agreements Cohabitation Disputes/Agreements GiLL MARTin specialises in all areas of Family law and is accredited by the Law Society as a Family Law specialist. She is also a member of Resolution which promotes a constructive and non adversarial approach to family matters. Gill is based in our Brecon office, please contact her for an initial consultation. “My aim is to provide a specialist legal service to those facing divorce, separation or disputes concerning children. I offer a personal, professional service which supports the emotional as well as legal needs of my client.Whilst it is always best to try and resolve matters, I adopt a tough approach when my client’s interests are at stake.”

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Upcycling: bottle tops into Tea Lights Save your bottle tops or beer caps when you are having a drink so that you will have a collection on hand. Remove any rubber sealing from the inside of the cap and then wash each before you store it, using warm soapy water and a clean towel for drying. Find wax supplies. There are a few ways you can do this – gather as many old, broken crayons together to melt and use as the wax or you can use old, melted-down candles you find around the house. Or buy the wax from a craft store. Pick up a package of pre-waxed wire wicks. Do not worry about the wick length, as you will trim it to desired size after the candle wax has been poured. Line up the bottle caps, use only undamaged bottle caps. If the cap is dented or twisted, do not use it for this project, as the wax may spill from the sides.

Pour the melted wax into the bottle caps. Fill each bottle cap to the top, holding the wick upright to keep it centered and above the wax. Allow the wax to set for several hours. Although wax congeals rather quickly, don’t move or use the candle until it has fully set, which takes approximately two hours. Trim the wick to the desired length (1/4”). Ideally, they should sit on a saucer or candle plate to catch drips and hot wax overflow.

Place one pre-waxed wick in the middle of each bottle cap. Place the wick in the dead center of the bottle cap so that when you burn the candle, the wax melts away evenly. Melt the candle wax. Whether you’re using crayons or actual candle wax, melt the wax the same way. Place the candles or wax in a small pot. Remove all the paper from the crayons before melting the wax. Fill a larger pot half way to the top with water. Bring the water to a rolling boil and then place the smaller pot with the wax inside the larger pot. Allow the wax to slowly melt until it is of a liquid consistency. Pour the melted wax into a metal pouring container. if you have one for easy pouring.


A friendly family business offering:t A wide selection of well priced fabrics and gifts in stock t Extensive Range of Pattern Books t Curtain Making Service t In- house workroom for all your soft furnishing requirements t Gifts & Accessories for the Home t Upholstery Work Undertaken

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News from local WIs TRALLONG & PENPONT WI The March meeting of Trallong & Penpont WIwas held in the Church Hall, with President Ruth Jeffries taking the meeting.Names of members prepared to enter items in the forthcoming WI. Show were taken, as well as reminders of other events organised by the Federation were noted.

red dye was so cheap to produce, the authorities decided all top coats and waistcoats should be dyed this colour.Life in the army was hard.Men did not abscond as they feared being flogged by the ‘cat-o-nine tails’.Most soldiers died within 5 years from malnutrition or disease.

After the business was dealt with the members were treated to a make-up demonstration given by Julie Coade.Julie stepped in at the last minute, as the speaker booked for the evening was unable to attend owing to illness. All of the members’ names were put into a hat and the two lucky members who Julie made up were Gwyneth Morgan and Sue Goodhead.After Julie had completed the makeup they looked even more glamorous than they normally do.

Bill had brought 2 muskets to show. The sayings ‘flash in the pan’, ‘side burns’, ‘lock stock and barrel’, ‘straight as a ramrod’ date back to when these muskets were used.Bill was thanked by Pam Holmes.

Sue proposed the vote of thanks to Julie.Barbara Jones won the competition of a recipe for a beauty product.In second place was Ruth Jefferies.

The competition picture of a dragon, any medium, was won by Mariane Morgan, second Jean Evans and third Doris Jones. The raffle was won by Rose Jones. Members brought Welsh cakes and bara brith for refreshments as March is always a Welsh themed evening in honour of St David. Article by Mariane Morgan.

Members then sat down to enjoy the opportunity of a good chat with friends. Vi Bryer and Mary Robinson served refreshments.Julie won the Raffle prize given by Joy Bloss. We would welcome new members of any age – meetings are held in Trallong Church Hall on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Just turn up – you will be welcomed with open arms.. Article by Mary Robinson. PRIORY WI The March meeting was held at Kensington Church Hall. The President expressed sympathy to Ruth Ison, whose close friend, Ian, had died recently. The quiz team did well at the recent competition but were pipped at the post by Cradoc WI. Mr Bill Cainan, formerly R S M in the Royal Welsh and now Curator of the Military Museum at the Barracks, came to talk about the soldier’s life in 1751. He arrived wearing the uniform of a mid eighteenth century soldier. The majority of men joining the army were agricultural labourers. When signing on each man was given a complete uniform, which included 3 pairs of shoes, and this had to last for 2 years. Because

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In October 2013 Brecon Business Club held its inaugural Charity Ball in aid of Usk House and raised ÂŁ3877.72 for the charity. The Club plans to make this ball an annual event and the date is in the diary for this years ball on Saturday 4th October.

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News from Friends of Brecon and District Mind ARCHITECTURE & THE MIND: Photographs of a Walk Through Talgarth’s Mid Wales Hospital by Artist Jan Williams. There will be an Exhibition Launch with a talk by the artist, at The Bakers’ Table Café, Talgarth mill on Tuesday 8 April, from 7-9pm. The launch includes a glass of wine, pizza and nibbles – £6 (Friends of Brecon & District Mind, £5) Tickets available at the café or on the door. The Exhibition continues until Monday 21st April, Tues – Sunday, 10-4; Easter, 9.30-4.30 The photographs for this exhibition were taken by artist Jan Williams on a walk through the decaying and partially-ruined buildings of Talgarth’s Mid

Wales Hospital in 2010. ‘My aim with this series of photographs,’ says Jan, ‘was to capture the abandoned hospital’s dereliction and its state of being in limbo or ‘betwixt and between’ before fate tips it either one way or the other.’ Indeed, the buildings, originally opened in 1903 as the Brecon and Radnor Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum and closed in 1999, will, eventually, give way to either complete ruin or rebuilding.

“My aim was to capture the abandoned hospital’s dereliction and its state of being in limbo” Jan was born and brought up near Brecon. She lives in Cardiff where she studied fine art at Cardiff College of Art and Design, graduating with a first class honours degree in 2009 and qualifying for a Masters of Fine Art in 2012. She is chair of the Kings Road Artist’s Studios, Pontcanna, and is an active member of the artist community.


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What’s on: during the week Monday Sewing Group: 1 – 3pm at Llanddew Village Hall. An informal group meeting each week for a chat and cup of tea while sewing. Rob’s No Worries Yoga – “Stretch & Release”: 1 – 2.30pm. Trallong Hall. £6. Contact 01874 638810 or 07748 568402. Playford Style Dancing (English Country Dancing): 2.30 – 4pm at The Subud Hall, Nr Watton Villa, Brecon. Contact Peter Brock 01874 622889. Rainbow Guides (For girls aged 5 & 6): (Term time only). 4pm. Cobbles Coffee Shop. Contact Pam Martin 07976 797107. Brecon Athletics Club: 6 – 8pm at Brecon Leisure Centre. Contact Kath Crane 01874 623677. Brecon Bridge Club: meet at the Brecon Rugby Club, the Watton, Brecon commencing at 6.45pm. New members and visitors are always welcome and should contact Chris Forbes on 01874 622158 for information. Alive & Kickin’ Community Choir: 7 – 9pm. The Old Museum, Glamorgan St, Brecon. Everyone aged 10 and up who wants to sing is most welcome. £6 per session. Please don’t worry about needing any past singing experience. It’s open to everyone! Contact Tanya Walker 07723 016837. Brecon Rotary Club: 7.30pm. The George Hotel Brecon. New members welcome. Contact 01874 636390. Charity Cash Bingo: 7.30pm at The Gremlin Hotel, Brecon. TUESDAY Crick Howlers: 10am. The Parish Hall, Church Lane, Crickhowell. The Crick Howlers are a natural voice group who meet weekly led by Helen Vincent, where all songs are taught by ear so

you don’t need to be able to read music. Contact 01873 832795. Qi Gong Exercise Group: 5.30 – 6.30pm at Royston Memorial Hall in Bronllys. Gentle and slow movements, everybody can do it, even can be done sitting down. £3 per session to cover costs. Contact Wynona 07972 348590. Slimming World: 6.30pm at Bishop Bevan Hall, Lion St., Brecon. Contact Joan 01873 812053. Gwernyfed Hockey Club – Training: 7 – 8pm Brecon Leisure Centre’s Astro. All abilities welcome. Contact Nicola Drew 07812 691345. Scottish Dancing: 7 – 9.30pm at the Subud Hall, nr. Watton Villa, Brecon. Beginners welcome. Contact Peter Brock 01874 622889. Brecon Youth Club: 7 – 9.30pm (Term time) at Brecon Youth Ctr., Cradoc Rd., Brecon. Activities: Arts and crafts, cookery, pool, dance, air hockey, darts, music room, IT suite. Age Group: 11 – 25. Contact Rhodri Jones 01874 622658. Table Tennis Social Club: 7.30pm. Trallong Church Hall. Beginners, enthusiasts and veterans welcome. Contact Trevor Lee 01874 638995. Open Mic: 8pm. The Globe at Hay. The very best musicians from the locality and beyond. Contact 01497 821762. Shukokan Karate: 7 – 10pm at Brecon Leisure Centre. Contact Paul Jones 01874 623677. Brecon Basketball Club: 8 – 9pm at Brecon Leisure Ctr. Contact Roger Norris 01874 623677. WEDNESDAY Aberhonddu Angels (A Young WI Group): (First Wednesday of the month) WI Office, Lion St., Brecon. Follow on facebook for updates.

Brecon Breastfeeding Support – BIBs: 12.30 – 2.30pm. St. John’s Family Centre, Brecon. Trallong Art and Craft Group: (Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the month) 10.30am – 12.30pm A quiet, light space to paint, sew, or whatever you enjoy.Trallong Hall. All welcome. Please bring your own materials. Free taster session, small annual membership fee to cover hall costs. Contact Joy 01874 636125. Sesiwn Sgwrsio dros baned: 12.30 – 1.30pm at The Brecon Volunteer Bureau. Small, friendly venue to practice your Welsh. Visual Impairment Breconshire: (Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the month) 1.30 – 3.30pm. Watton Presbyterian Schoolroom. Contact 01874 624949. The Mothers Union: (1st Wednesday in the month) 2pm.The Diocesan Centre, Cathedral Close, Brecon. New members welcome. Although called a “Mothers Union” you do not have to be a mother to join; single, married or divorced, all are welcome. Contact 01874 636390. Rainbow Guides (For girls aged 5 & 6): (Term time only). 5pm. Cobbles Coffee Shop. Contact Pam Martin 07976 797107. Beacons Netball Club: 4 – 5.30pm years 7, 8 & 9. 5.30 – 7pm year 10 and older. Brecon Leisure Centre. £3 on the night or reduced fee for the term. First training session free. All abilities welcome. Contact Margaret Nuttall, Coach 01597 840420. Brecon Women in Business: (First Wednesday of the month) 5.30pm at The George Hotel, Brecon. Contact Johanna 01874 625994 or Janet 01874 611467. Brecon Business Club: (2nd Wednesday of each month) 6pm at The Clarence Inn, Brecon.

What’s on: during the week The meetings give opportunity to network with each other and “showcase” their businesses. Key note speakers are invited to share their expertise. Contact www. Velo Hay Cycle Club: 6pm. Drover Cycles, Forest Road, Hay. All welcome. Contact 01497 821134. Slimming World: 6.30pm at GlangrwyneyVillage Hall,Crickhowell Road. Contact Joan 01873 812053. The Alternative Business Club: (Alternate Wednesdays) 7pm. The White House Inn, Sennybridge. Meet and chat with people who are like minded and interested in helping other people and their businesses by networking. First meeting is free so come and see what’s going on. After this first meeting it will only cost £5. Contact 01874 636986. Samba Brecon: 7 – 9pm. Felindre Village Hall. Samba Brecon is a lively, friendly community percussion band, always learning and playing new Afro-Brazilian rhythms on a weekly basis.  New members and non-members are very welcome. No previous experience needed. First taster session is free. Tuition is provided. £4 per session, £3 concessions, under 16s are free but must be accompanied.  Contact Glenn 07971 398727 or Catherine 01874 625422. Gwent & PowysArmy Cadet Force: 7 – 9pm at The ACF Ctr, Conway St, Brecon LD3 7EU. Ages 12 (Yr 8 High School) – 18yrs looking for a new exciting, fun and challenging activity. Cadets take part in a huge variety of challenging & fun pursuits such as Military Training, Sports, Adventurous Training, Community based activities and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. We aim to inspire young people to achieve success in life, make the most of their abilities

and develop the qualities to be a good citizen. Contact 01873 813756. The Brecon Singers – Rehearsals: 7.30 – 9.30pm (Term time only). Neuadd Goffa, Christ College, Brecon. Brecon Singers are now rehearsing for their lighter Summer Concert which will take place in Trallong on Friday 11th July 2014. Join us if you love to sing. Music provided. No auditions. Contact 01874 658332 or visit www. Brecon Racketeers (badminton): 8 – 10pm at Brecon Leisure Centre. Contact 01874 623677. Thursday Probus Club of Brecon: 10am at The Castle of Brecon Hotel. Brecon U3A: (Term time only) Morning session 10.30am. Afternoon sessions at 1.15pm & 2.30pm, each for one hour. Studio, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. Coffee available from 10.00am. Lectures on any one of a wide variety of topics. New members are always welcome. Contact Secretary, Jean Hosie 01874 610340. Rob’s No Worries Yoga – “Stretch & Release”: 12.30 – 1.30pm. Subud Hall, Brecon. £4. Contact 01874 638810 or 07748 568402. Brecon Bowling Club – Ladies Only Bowling: 6pm. Brecon Bowling Club. No experience needed,all ages and abilities welcome, equipment is available but flat soled shoes (no heel) must be worn. Lady Coaches CRB checked. Adults £2. Visit Contact Linda 07813 523579/ 01874 624126. Raven Drama: 5.30 – 7pm (Term time only). Llangorse Village Hall. Age 7–14yrs. Contact Lynn Clausen 07949 329561. Gwernyfed Ladies Rugby Training: 6.45 – 8pm at Gwernyfed Rugby Club, Talgarth. If you’re looking for

something fun, challenging and exciting to do, then come along. No experience is required. Brecon Youth Club: 7 – 9.30pm (Term time) at Brecon Youth Centre, Cradoc Road. Activities: Arts and crafts, cookery, pool, dance, air hockey, darts, music room, IT suite. Age Group: 1125. Contact Rhodri Jones on 01874 622658. Short Mat Bowls: 7pm.Trallong Hall. Please come and join a small, friendly group playing Short Mat Bowls on an informal basis. Contact Alan Bloss 01874 636125. Slimming World: 7pm at St David’s Hall, Bailihelig Road, Llanfaes, Brecon. Contact Shelley 01874 622846 or 07980 259638. Club Night: 7.30pm. The Globe at Hay. Home to a rich variety of groups and societies. Contact 01497 821762. Brecon & Glanusk Explorer Scouts: (Term time) 7.45 – 9pm. We provide scouting for 14 – 18 year-olds, meeting either in Crickhowell or Brecon (lifts are usually available). As well as traditional scouting activities we also take part in many other activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. We are a friendly group, and newcomers are more than welcome to come along and try us out. You can get a flavour of what we get up to by visiting our website Friday Rob’s No Worries Yoga – “Stretch & Release”: 11am – 12 noon. Brecon Leisure Centre. £3.80. Contact 01874 638810 or 07748 568402. Art group for the over 60s’: 2 – 4pm at theYouth Centre, Cradoc Rd, Brecon. Any level or ability. Any medium. Professional tutor. Contact Geraldine White 01874 610415 or

What’s on: during the week / month Eleanor Sherwood 01874 623937. Brecon Bouncers: 4 – 5.45pm at Brecon Leisure Centre. Trampoline activities. Contact Sue Goodhead 01874 623677. Brecon Bowling Club: Social Bowling. Brecon Bowling Club. No experience needed. All ages, gender and abilities welcome, equipment is available but flat soled shoes (no heel) must be worn. Coaches available CRB checked. Adults £2, juniors 60p. Visit www. Contact Elaine 01874 622960. Friday Live: 8pm. The Globe at Hay. Fantastic live entertainment. Comedy, music and more. Contact 01497 821762. SATURDAY Breconshire Local & Family History Society – Assistance on Family History Research: (3rd Saturday in the month) Mornings. Brecon Library. No appointments needed, just drop in for one-to-one advice. Shenanigans: 8pm. The Globe at Hay. The best party for miles. Live bands and DJ’s every week. Contact 01497 821762. Sunday Services at Penyrheol Baptist Church: (4th Sunday in the month) 3pm. Contact 01874 711061. Sunday Service: 6pm. Cwmbach Methodist Church, Glasbury. A warm welcome awaits you and there are refreshments following the service. Contact Rev Bill Jones 01873 811007. Llangynidr Farmers Market: (Last Sunday of the month only). DURING THE MONTH Now until Monday 5th May “Tooth and Claw” – The Big Art Share Exhibition: Open daily. Brecon Cathedral Tithe Barn. Contact 01874 730564. See article on page 12.

Tuesday 1st April “The Art of the Black Death” – Brecknock Decorative & Fine Arts Society: 2.30pm. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. In 1348 the Black Death devastated Western Europe killing more than half the population and outbreaks of plague recurred regularly until the end of the fifteenth century. Dr Janet Robson will use Italian art of this period to show the psychological impact of these traumatic events in paintings of such subjects as the Last Judgment and Death mowing down humanity with his scythe! She is an art historian with a PhD in History of Art specializing in late medieval and early renaissance painting. Membership of Society £40. Visitors welcome, £7.50 per lecture. Contact Deborah Cogger 01874 625679 or visit Wednesday 2nd April Breconshire Local & Family History Society: 2 – 4pm. Brecon Library (Upstairs Room).A speaker from Brecon Beacons National Park talks about local sites and why they need protection. Nonmembers welcome. Friday 4th April Friday Live – Only Fools and Boycie – An Evening with John Challis: 7.30pm. The Globe at Hay. Entry £13. Contact 01497 821762. See advert on page 36. Sunday 6th April Brecon Beacons National Park Heritage Day: 9.30am – 4.30pm. Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon, Powys. A series of talks, presentations and exhibitions on the heritage of the National Park and current heritage projects. The event is free, but ticketed. Tickets are available from the box office at the Theatr Brycheiniog. Contact 01874 611622.

Talgarth Country Market –Talgarth and District Regeneration Group: 10am – 1pm. Town Hall, Talgarth. Contact Nicola Willis 01874 713166. See advert on page 15. Charity Fun Day – Black Mountain Activities: 1 – 4pm. Black Mountain Activities, Three Cocks. Free entry. Contact 01497 847897. See advert on page 24. Monday 7th April Brecon Film Society presents:“The Adventures of Prince Achmed”: 7.15 for 7.30pm. Coliseum Cinema, Brecon. Contact Judith Fitton 01874 623166. See article on page 16. Tuesday 8th April Exhibition Launch – “Photographs of a Walk Through Talgarth’s Mid Wales Hospital” by Jan Williams: 7 – 9pm. The Baker’s Table Café, Talgarth Mill. See article on page 42. Tuesday 8th – Monday 21st April Exhibition – “Photographs of a Walk Through Talgarth’s Mid Wales Hospital” by Jan Williams: The Baker’s Table Café, Talgarth Mill. See article on page 42. Wednesday 9th April The Hard of Hearing Club: 2 – 4pm. Bishop Bevan Hall, Brecon. We are to be entertained by David White who will be playing the piano. New members most welcome and tea and biscuits will be provided. Contact Friday 11th April Friday Live – The Roving Crows: 8pm. The Globe at Hay. Entry £10 – £12. Contact 01497 821762. See advert on page 36. Saturday 12th April Brecknock Farmers Market: 9.30am – 2pm. Brecon Market Hall. Contact 07805 375636. See advert on page 12. Hay Spring Fair: 10am – 5pm. Hay Castle Grounds. Entertainment,

What’s on: during the month/next month music, workshops, crafts, and great local food and ale. See advert on pages 5. Beginners Course in Beekeeping: 12 noon – 4pm. Llanddew Village Hall, Nr Brecon. 6 week course. Cost £40 plus £10 association fee. Contact David Cole 01497 820419 or 07768 847249. See article on page 9. “A Brief History of Protected Landscapes”: 7.30pm. Llaneglwys Village Hall. Over the last 2000 years the notion of protected landscapes has changed from “protection for a few (exclusion)” to “protection for all”. This evening’s illustrated talk will be given by Alan Lovell, who held the position as Dean of the University of South Wales Business School, where he established a close working relationship with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Entrance £3. Contact 01982 560332. Saturday 12th – Wednesday 16th April Vibrant Tribal Textiles of Asia & The Middle East – 5 Day Course: Arts Alive Wales,The Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell. Contact 01873 811579. See advert and article on page 31. Sunday 13th April Llangors Market: 10am – 1pm. Llangors Youth & Community Centre. Country produce from food to crafts. Contact 01874 658257. Sunday 13th – Sunday 20th April Holy Week 2014 at Brecon Cathedral: For full list of all services see advert on page 13. Tuesday 15th April Jazz in the Bar – David Logiri: 8pm. ‘Brecon Jazz Bar’,Theatr Brycheiniog, Canalside, Brecon LD3 7EW. Davide Logiri (Piano/Milan), Ben Thomas (Trumpet) and Andrew Fawcett (Tenor sax) special; bass and drums complete the line-up, as the team

reprise their sell-out Jazz Festival concert. All welcome. Entry £6 on door. Contact 01874 611622. Friday 18th – Sunday 20th April Electric Landscape Photography Courses. Three one-day courses. See Contact 01628 627015. See advert on page 38. Saturday 19th April Shenanigans – WubWubWub: 8pm. The Globe at Hay. Entry £3 – £5. Contact 01497 821762. See advert on page 36. Friday 25th April Pub Quiz: 7.30pm. The Three Horseshoes, Llanfaes. In support of the Brecon Volunteer Bureau – entry fee of £1.00 per person. All invited. Contact John Harries 01874 622874. Friday Live – Kerfuffle Comedy Club: 8pm.The Globe at Hay. Entry £5 – £7. Contact 01497 821762. See advert on page 36. Saturday 26th April Brecknock Farmers Market: 9.30am – 2pm. Brecon Town Centre. The first of our 2014 Outdoor Markets. Visit www. Contact 07805 375636. See advert on page 12. Brecon Grammar School Old Boy’s Association Annual Reunion and Dinner: 6.30pm. The George Hotel, Brecon. The committee extends a warm welcome to all old boys from far and wide; and to old girls from the Girls Grammar School and former pupils of Brecon High School. Contact Tom (Eric) Protheroe 01270 623525. See article on page 34. Growing Alpines: 7.30pm. Llaneglwys Village Hall. Paul Hanson will be giving an illustrated talk on growing and maintaining alpines

and other plants suitable for small gardens. Paul had a specialist nursery in the local area and will be showing some of the plants he grew. Entrance £3. Contact 01982 560332. Shenanigans – Funky Dung Transglobal Express: 8pm. The Globe at Hay. Entry £0 – £2. Contact 01497 821762. See advert on page 36. Wednesday 30th April Brecon Poetry Group: 7.30pm.The Three Horseshoes, Llanfaes. Come along and – if you wish – read your recent poems. Contact John Harries 01874 622874. Thursday 1st May Breconshire Local & Family History Society – Photographs from the Society’s Collections: 2 – 4pm. Brecon Library (Upstairs Room). A chance for members to enjoy a selection of old photographs kindly donated to the BLFHS, showing Brecon’s people and buildings. If you have any photographs that we could copy, please bring them along so that we can scan them at the meeting (and you can take them home again). Non-members welcome. Friday 2nd May – Monday 5th May Talgarth Walking Festival (including Witches Pool Challenge). Visit See advert and article on page 33. Are you are involved in any local classes or events, please get in touch with the Local Beacon. If you are a nonprofit making your listing will appear in this section free of charge. For profit making companies there will be a small charge. Please email lisamarie@ to find out more.

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FOR SALE Bricks. Approx. 500. New red engineering bricks. Plus 10 4” concrete blocks. Offers please. Buyer collects. 01874 636994 (Trecastle). Walking aid with 4 wheels and tray. Very good condition, £40 ono. 01874 754702. Desk. Two drawers on left, frosted glass door PCtower storage on right. Large surface and bevelled edge. Chocolate-brown.Wenga. Stylish. £80. 07832 782569. Designer ‘Elegance’ peep-toe shoes. Size 6, and clutch bag with silver chain. Ruffle and gemstones detail on front of shoe and on bag.Very smart. Grey/pewter colour. Shoes £25, Bag £15 or £35 for both. Bought for wedding but not used. 01497 821626. Sakkusu Alto Sax. Plus carrying case, padded sax strap, cleaning kit, stand, training manuals & CDs. Exc. cond. New £399 – will accept £200 ovno. 07773 035254. Computer Desk birch effect. V. good cond. H76xW50xL77cm. £50. Collection only. 07771 524940. grate for open fire. 18” lattice and burner black c/w brass & chrome finials Very good condition as rarely used. £85 ono. 07771 524940. Borsch Classixx white freestanding slimline Dish Washer. Very good condition, sold as seen & collection only. £125 ono. 07771 524940. Futon Company Lilac single Futon mattress only used twice. Ideal for sleep overs as thick mattress and designed for the floor without frame. V. good cond. & very comfortable. £85. 07771 524940. Future Hotpoint Freezer with shelves. H85xD60xW59cm. Good cond. Collect Hay. £45 ono. 07771 524940. Cold water tank 30/20. Plastic, approx 25 gal. 500x 650x460mm with lid, ball valve & outlets. £25. 01982 560312. 2 x unusedVelopa Sheffield bike stands. Rag end. Galvanised steel for casting into the ground. Each one suitable for securing 2 bicycles with users own security lock. £15 each or £25 the pair. 01982 560312.

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Local Beacon April 2014 / issue 56  
Local Beacon April 2014 / issue 56  

Local Beacon encourages local residents to shop locally where possible (wow that’s a bit of a mouthful!). With this in mind, each month we i...