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The community magazine for Brecon and surrounding villages

September 2013 • Issue 49

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Four years ago, Local Beacon was launched. Wow – four whole years. When starting out it was just me, local lass from Talgarth. Now the team consists of: Jackie who comes up with eye-catching advert designs and layouts; Veronica who books in adverts and keeps in touch with local businesses; Clare who helps with the admin side of things and keeps me organised; Robert and Paul who between them deliver the magazine to all homes in Brecon and the community points; and then there’s me who slots in where needed and oversees things. A huge thank you to this team and to all the monthly contributors. Hopefully we do you proud and create a much needed publication for our community.

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September Competition For the chance to win a Local Landscapes 2014 Calendar please complete the wordsearch on page 34 and send to us by 16th September 2013. The winner will be picked at random.

So here we are in September, the children are just about to go back to school and the parents can get back into their routine. This issue really does have a variety of articles: from baby reflexology to discovering Aloe Vera; from Psychic Medium to why mediate; from a book review to a choir profile; and from business features to our regular contributors. If you would like us to feature your business or maybe something local that you are involved in, please drop us an email or give me a call.

Winner of last month’s competition: Andrew Roderick, Scethrog

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The what’s on section is a vital part of this publication. It has such a range of classes, groups, meetings, events. Perhaps you attend a local class or group, be it for families, art related, fitness ... please could you email me the details and I can tell you if we could list the details for free. If the event is non profit making I can assure you we can. If it is a business, ie a yoga class, there may be a small charge. Please do get in touch so we can grow this much used and needed part of your community magazine. Enjoy your read, Lisa Marie Badham

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Name of choir: Alive and Kickin’ Community Choir Where are your singers from: From around the Brecon area, but as far afield as Merthyr Tydfil. Been going since: It has been running since May 2013, after many people approached me about creating a choir for people who simply love singing. As a trained natural voice practitioner, I lead a choir for everyone – singers and non practised singers. No experience is necessary as the choir is all about having fun in the shared experience of singing as a group and that everyone has a right to sing, no matter how they sound. People often have barriers to expressing themselves through singing, often following something negative they have been told about their singing in the past, which has stopped them from singing in the present. The choir does lots of body and voice warm ups to get everyone completely relaxed, to remove anxieties and to find their ‘natural voices’ whilst also learning wonderful material, often with beautiful harmonies which feel great to sing in a group. Choir members tell me they feel uplifted and happy for at least 3 days afterwards, so it also has the added bonus of being very beneficial for overall feelings of happiness and health and well-being! Where and when do you practice: We always practise on a Monday evening from 7-9pm. The choir started off rehearsing at Coleg Powys (Brecon campus near the high school) and as that closed during the Summer we have been rehearsing at Llanddew Village Hall. We are thinking about returning to the college in September, all depending on the size of the group, as it is growing rapidly and we may need a bigger space again! To find out our current location, call Tanya on 07723016837 or email me at tanyawalkermusic@ You could also check out the Alive and Kickin’facebook page at AliveAndKickinCommunityChoir

Where do you perform: It is not essential that everyone who joins the choir has to perform (so dont let this put you off) and we have only been going since May so have only had two big performances. Our first performance was at the Coleg Powys Student Awards in Llandrindod Wells in June and our last gig was as part of the Brecon Fringe in August. It was a great experience and fun for all of us and it was very well received! (Please see footage of the choir performance about 7 mins 12 seconds Songs you cover: We sing original material, as well as singing songs already in existence and from around the world. ranging from uplifting Acapella African songs to hauntingly beautiful piano driven songs. As a practising singer/ songwriter and composer (I have worked in the creation of new material with Chinese popstars on behalf of the PRS as well having performed my Arts Council funded albums length work ‘Breaking the Fearwall’ at Hay Festival in 2012) I enjoy writing songs for the choir. I also welcome ideas of songs that people would like to bring to the choir and teach songs written by other Natural Voice Practitioners from around the UK. Any recordings available: If people join the choir, I am happy to send through recordings of the songs

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for people to learn. People can also watch clips of us performing at the Brecon Fringe Festival, if they go YouTube.

and you can’t help but say you’d like to perform at venues as The Welsh Millenium Centre or Stadium, Cardiff or maybe even the Albert Hall, London!!!

Best moment so far: When we performed outside St Mary’s Church in Brecon town centre for the Brecon Fringe in August, the choir members went out into the audience to help around 100 people join in with an African song ‘Bele Mama’. It was great to get so many people singing and having fun on the spot! A really connecting experience that won’t be forgotten!

Who would you like to see down the front: Simply the smiling faces of people enjoying our performance. I love the Nelson Mandela quote that ‘when we shine we allow others to do the same’. Thats what I hope we achieve for the audience through our performances.

Future plans: We are looking forward to performing in all kinds of places in the future, such as for patients in hospitals and day care centres. Our next big performance is as part of the Brecon Arts Festival in October. Fantasy gig venue: Wherever we have sung so far, it has felt special and we always put our hearts and souls into it – again I must mention that people’s experience of the sessions are just as important as performances. Saying that, some kind of choir tour or exhange to somewhere exotic would be nice

Anything else we should know: All ages are welcome, upwards to infinity, our youngest member being aged 10. Sessions cost £5.00 per person and if new members would like to try a taster rather than committing themselves they are very welcome! The choir has a hugely supportive environment so come along and give it a go and enjoy an uplifting musical experience on a Monday evening that will leave you feeling fantastic for the rest of the week! Finally thanks to my lovely choir members for their invaluable help and support, at sessions, between sessions and at performances!

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Connecting with my baby ... Last month Cariad and I were invited along to see Complimentary Health Therapist, Helen Sheppard who is based in Llechfaen, just outside Brecon. The reason for our visit was so that Helen could teach me how to preform Baby Reflexology on my own child, something she is keen to offer in the Brecon area. Helen has been qualified as a Practioner ofTraditional Hand & Foot Reflexology since 1998 and over the years she has continued her training. Cariad and I arrived and were greeted by Helen and Buddy, her rather excited black Lab. Cariad adores animals so Helen received little attention where as Buddy got smiles, laughter and vocal noises! The treatment room overlooks the Brecon Breacons so you instantly feel at ease. Helen proceeded to show me the point where I should gently massage to calm Cariad. To start off Cariad was a little grizzly and fidgeting, this was due to her suffering with teething pains. After about 5 minutes of me massaging this one point shown by Helen, Cariad started to relax. Throughout the 1 hour, one-to-one session Helen takes you through various diagrams for both feet and hands – they start off for things that could help young babies such as colic and immune boosters but move onto older babies who may have sinus pain, blocked ears, teething ... this was ideal for our visit.

‘The treatment room overlooks the Brecon Breacons so you instantly feel at ease.’ Cariad’s active personality meant it wasn’t plain sailing. There were times when we needed to introduce snacks to keep her occupied, and sing songs to keep her interested. Earlier that morning Cariad had woken with a blocked nose (often connected with her teething periods), I was shocked to see that half way through this session, Cariad’s nose became runny, after we’d been massaging the top of her big toes – the reflexology point for nose! With this and

Cariad being rather calm I am convinced the session was taking effect. Helen is in the process of organising group meetings for parents to attend. As with me, Helen will guide you so you will be able to perform Reflexology with your own child. This knowledge has been priceless. I have since massaged Cariad’s feet and hands, sometimes the calming point following a bath, but also points such as the ear when I was concerned it was a little blocked and causing her pain. For me it’s a wonderful moment between my daughter and me, she even likes my singing! I’ve passed on my knowlege to her daddy. Admittedly not as good a teacher as Helen, but the basics so he too can connect in this way with our daughter. Please do get in touch with Helen to see if there are any upcoming meetings you could attend. Or perhaps you’d like a one-two-one visit like Cariad and me. We both highly recommend! Thank you Helen (and Buddy) for an enjoyable morning. Lisa Marie & Cariad Badham x

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Aloe Vera – the Medicine Plant Forever Living Products and its affiliates are the largest grower, manufacturer and distributor of aloe vera in the world. Forever bring you a collection of products made using 100% stabilised aloe vera which range from drinking gels, skincare, supplements, beauty, personal care, sport, weight management, home and veterinary. Why not discover Forever’s wide range of premium aloe vera based products for yourself, contact Jo – details on the ad (opposite).

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An Evening of Psychic Mediumship On Thursday 12th September, one of the country’s most well known and respected Mediums will be returning to Theatr Brycheiniog, bringing messages of comfort to those who need to hear and understand that a friend or someone they cared about can still be with them.This he does to a breathtaking degree in his truly remarkable show. Often working with photographs or objects, Tony uses his extraordinary paranormal abilities to communicate amazingly accurate messages. Even as a child Tony knew he was different from other children. From an early age he was aware of seeing people before him that others could not see. It was common for him to hear his name being called by someone unseen, and also common for him to be aware of events before they actually happened. To him, all this was perfectly normal. Over the years that followed, Tony took every opportunity to develop and demonstrate his mediumistic ability, endeavouring to reunite relatives with their departed loved ones. He is always striving to push the boundaries of his work, wanting each message from the other side to be as perfect as possible to

prove, beyond doubt, that our spirits are eternal and are able to communicate with us. Tony hopes that through his current work he will make others aware that there’s something more than just our current lives. “ Whether through mental or physical mediumship, on TV or through small groups, if you can bless one person’s life to absolutely believe beyond doubt that their mum, their dad, their son, or their daughter is actually going to be there waiting for them when they pass over and it gives them comfort, then that’s worth doing.” Mediumship has the potential to change someone’s life and instil in them a sense of peace, comfort and purpose. “Tony is the best Medium I have ever seen. I’ve recommended him to all my friends” Maureen – Andover “What a brilliant and accurate man he is. He is all that the reviews say”. Kim – Newmarket Don’t take their word for it, come and see Tony at Theatr Brycheiniog Box Office 01874 611622.

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News from local W I s driving instructor; the history of driving tests and problems several older drivers today experience. He advised his audience to visit opticians regularly and reminded them that after the age of 70, driving licences have to be renewed every 3 years. Many questions were asked and comments made, especially about the traffic lights at the bottom of Ship Street. Everyone enjoyed answering his Highway Code questions. He was thanked by Doris Jones.

PRIORY WI Priory’s July meeting was tinged with sadness. Former President and current County Board of Trustees’ member, Pam Abrahams, has died. She will be remembered for her bubbly personality, common sense and her hard work for the organisation. She will be missed. President Marian Carrod paid tribute to Pam and her achievements and members stood for a short period of time in respect of her memory.

During the business part of the evening, Lynne Jones gave an account of the Annual Council Meeting. The President welcomed Pam Holmes back after her recent illness. Lynne Jones won the raffle given by Laura Newnes. The competition for the best limerick was judged by Mr Huw Carrod. Mariane Morgan was first, Lynne Jones and Maureen Evans third. Article by Mariane Morgan

Last year, Anna Newey, a long standing member died. As she had enjoyed attending meetings so much, her family made a very generous donation to Priory W I in her memory. It was decided to purchase a special glass vase. Kathryn Roberts of Gate Gallery and Glassworks was consulted and she produced an unique vase on which she had engraved a view of the Cathedral. This was encompassed by copper leaves suggesting the beech trees in the Groves. The Priory W I logo was added. Surrounding the neck of the vase, the following inscription was engraved – ‘In memory of Anna Newey’. Kathryn Roberts brought the completed vase to the meeting. Members were delighted that Mr and Mrs John Newey were present to witness the commemorative vase being presented to the President. Everyone agreed what an excellent choice had been made and admired Kathryn’s expertise. After refreshments, Mr David Sinnett gave a very interesting and often humorous talk about being a

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Hay & Brecon ‘Not just for Farmers’ Hay & Brecon Farmers has been at the heart of the local agricultural community for over a century and although farming will always be at our heart we strive to offer products and services for everyone living in our local area. Over the course of the previous 12 months we have developed our offering to the general public through a dynamic change in our retail structure.

promotions. Our clothing which was traditionally mainly work wear now offers modern outdoor adventuring and equine ranges with High quality brands such as Regatta, Sherwood Forest and Hunter. The wild bird feed offerings now include our own manufactured wild bird seed which contains a high proportion of locally sourced ingredients, giving greater quality assurance and helping the environmental impact.

We are now looking not only what Farmers need but the needs of anyone living in the countryside.

We are currently encouraging general customers to open credit accounts with us so you can conveniently pay for goods once a month and keep up to date with all the news and events from us. Please ask in store if you’re interested.

We are now looking not only what Farmers need but the needs of anyone living in the countryside.

If you haven’t popped in to see us in a while please come and visit us at your local store and you may be pleasantly surprised to see what we now have to offer.

We have put great effort into enhancing our range of winter fuels and doing some really great in season

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Give us a call on 01874 622215 or 07850 269305 Jetting • CCTV Camera Surveying • Repairs • Tank Emptying

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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 Mon-Sat 8.30am-5pm Sunday 8.30am-4pm Drinks & Cakes served all day Breakfasts 8.30-11am Lunches & Snacks 12-2.30pm Roast Lunches every Sunday


Saturday 14th: Pilgrim’s cake stall in the Cathedral Close 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 Mob: 07970 997904 Email:

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Try something new this autumn Arts Alive Wales in Crickhowell have just launched their autumn programme of creative courses and events. Situated in The Old School, Brecon Road, the light and airy studio is home to popular courses in Basket Making, Pottery and Book Art, which have been extended this season to offer ten-week terms.

Full details of all AAW’s courses, events and community projects can be found on their website:

Brecon based artist, Veronica Gibson, will be hosting two weekend workshops, drawing and painting harvest produce at Llangattock allotments (5/6th Oct) and creating woodcut prints (16/17th Nov) in time for the festive season. Plus, look out for news of the Winter Gathering, affordable craft fair (Friday 6th Dec), showcasing work by professional, local artists and makers. Rebecca Spooner, Arts Development Manager, has been busy putting the programme together: “We’re particularly looking forward to our workshops for children and families this season; our half-term event for The Big Draw is a highlight. Artist, Maria Hayes, will be mixing up digital technology and traditional drawing materials to inspire all ages.”

Toril Brancher, Basket Making course.

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Everyone has been asking about our new shoe shop location.

Cariad Shoes will be ‘moving in’ with Cariad Toys to create ‘a shop for children’

COMING SOON Our new venture

‘Ty Cariad’ A shop selling gifts cards homeware & jewellery Location to be announced soon

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Wild in September

Protecting wildlife for the future

I have been looking more closely at bumblebees and trying to sort out the different types. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust website has a useful guide to eight common species and I think I have photographed seven in my Brecon garden. The Tree Bumblebee pictured here with its distinctive pattern of orange thorax and black abdomen with white tail was new to me. I discovered that it only reached England from mainland Europe in 2001 and has been spreading north and west, reaching Scotland this June. Most of the reported Welsh sightings have been around the coast, so the BeeWatch survey on the Trust’s website would welcome more records from our area. Like our native bees they are extremely important as pollinators of wild and cultivated plants, including beans and peas, apples, raspberries and strawberries. Populations of many bees and other pollinating insects are in serious decline, and a major factor has been the loss of flower-rich habitats including 97% of meadows since the 1930s. Gardeners, farmers and land managers can all help to address this critical

problem. The Trust is running a Volunteers Day at Bridgend on 22 September; find out more at Article by Keith Noble

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B Electrics by Father & Son D ElEctrical contractors (Colan & James Badham) What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, and has a bed but never sleeps? A river. Imagine you are in a sinking rowboat surrounded by sharks. How would you survive? Stop imagining. The peacock is a bird that does not lay eggs. How do they get baby peacocks? The peahen lays eggs.

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Brecon Film Society

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I’m So Excited Monday 7TH October SPAIN 2013 Dir:Pedro Almodóvar In Almodovar’s first foray into pure comedy for several years, a plane full of passengers find themselves stranded in the air after their landing gear jams.

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Why Mediate?

• can be arranged at short notice and disputes can be resolved in a matter of hours

Disputes, be they legal, workplace or within one’s family, are damaging, destructive and stressful. The cost, both financial and emotional, is excessive and can be ruinous. Business and personal relationships can be rendered irreparable and reputations tarnished. Mediation: • offers parties an effective, alternative way in which to resolve their disputes in private • affords the opportunity to explore a range of solutions, which will not necessarily be available to a court or tribunal • allows constructive destructive argument




• is cost effective, being far cheaper than more traditional routes • ensures that the power remains with the parties rather than with a judge • is successful in well over 80% of cases

HOW DOES MEDIATION WORK? Mediation can best be defined as a non-adversarial process of dispute resolution, during which a neutral 3rd party helps the participants to have an open, honest conversation and identify an outcome which is mutually acceptable.The mediator does not propose solutions, make judgments or assess culpability or blame. The mediator’s role is to facilitate the participants’

‘Is cost effective, being far cheaper than more traditional routes” discussion and to assist them in finding creative answers to the matters in dispute. Mediation provides a fair and balanced atmosphere, creating a base for mutual trust to be restored and moving at a pace with which the parties are comfortable. At all times, the participants are in control of the process and retain ownership of the dispute and its resolution.

Do you have a dispute?

Do you want a quick, cost-effective settlement? Mediation is an effective way of resolving family, employment, civil and commercial disputes without the delay, cost and uncertainty of court proceedings. Because Mediators help the parties themselves negotiate a settlement on their own terms, they are often more satisfied with the result and better able to maintain a working relationship into the future. Amity Mediation is led by Joanne Deveney, a Law Society Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator, Qualified Family Mediator and Solicitor, with 20 years’ experience of working in dispute resolution. Whether you are an individual involved in a personal or professional dispute or a business or organisation experiencing problems with employees, partners or contracts, Joanne is able to work with you towards a resolution of your conflict. Amity Mediation is based in Brecon, but Joanne is happy to travel throughout the UK to work with you, with fees which can be tailored to your specific needs. Contact Joanne to discuss how she can help you to resolve your dispute 01874 624927 / 07539 369000

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Mark Carney signals three more years of pain for savers


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

With the bank rate set at 0.5pc, savers will continue to be penalised, but there are some ways to stay afloat.


The new Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has committed to keeping the bank rate at 0.5pc until unemployment falls below 7pc. Analysts predict this will not occur until late 2016. By this time savers will have suffered another three years of negative real returns.

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An increase in the bank rate is usually used to curb inflation. With inflation currently standing above the Government’s target of 2%. A rise in the bank rate would have been expected. The Government is happy leaving inflation to its own devices as inflation helps to erode the £1.5 trillion of consumer and £1 trillion of Government debt. Keeping the bank rate artificially low at 0.5pc is a way of stealthily taxing savers.

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Low rates and high inflation will continue to encourage Britons into income producing assets, so we expect to see even greater demand for Buy to Lets, high-yielding shares, commercial property and any other hard assets. And we expect annuity rates to remain artificially depressed for the foreseeable future. Savers will continue to be targeted for at least three years; this is reflected by the poor rates on the “best buy” savings accounts.While borrowers taking on large amounts of cheap debt through mortgages and loans will be the benefactors. The Governor has already caused quite an impact. Let’s see if he has any other surprises in the future. – Tom Russell – Director of Beacon IFA Ltd

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Welsh food Hampers also available bursting with Welsh delights such as artisan cheeses, chutneys and chocolates which are all delivered in charming, handcrafted wicker hampers. Delivered by courier, to all areas of the UK, to give as gifts or for your own indulgence!

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n u r series Tel 01874 730169 Open Daily 10am to 4.30pm Sunday 11am to 4pm Walled Garden Treberfydd Llangasty, Brecon, Powys LD3 7PX Tea and coffee available Illustration by Rae Gervis

Beacons Nurseries – Walled Garden Treberfydd Beautiful old fashioned plant nursery set in the Cadw listed walled kitchen garden of an 1850’s Victorian Gothic house on the south side of Llangors Lake. The business has recently been acquired from the Robinson family who have run the nurseries for 8 years. Beacons Nurseries will continue to grow and sell a wide range of annuals,

perennials, alpines, shrubs, fruit, vegetables and flowers. Directions: Beacons Nurseries is just 2 miles off the A40 between Brecon and Abergavenny. From Brecon turn left after Peterstone Court. From Abergavenny, through Crickhowell and Bwlch and then turn right after the Old Ford Inn.

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Cariad’s Column


This is me with my big bro and Daddy

Hello little and big ones! I am now one whole years old. For my birthday we were going to have a family get-together in the garden but it rained. It didn’t matter though as we went to Whitney Village Hall and we were able to hire it out for the afternoon. Village Halls are great for birthday parties. So much room ... I got to whiz round in my whizzie-walker after all my big cousins.

Thursdays 7pm St Davids Hall, Beilihelig Road, Llanfaes

Tel: Shelly 01874 622846 or 07980 259638

Last month we went on a family holiday and I went to the beach for the first time. The beach is such fun: I ate sand, made sandcastles, ate more sand, paddled in the sea, played ball games with Mummy, Daddy and James, and ate more sand! At nights we went to a Club House and me and Mummy had a bop on the dance floor. I love dancing.

Sand is so yummy!

Did you know there is a giant Bumble Bee at the Old Railway Line Nursery? He’s taller than my Daddy. He waves at all the children and grown ups.When they have Wild Wednesdays Buzzbie joins in all the fun and games. Make sure you go and see him. Love Cariad Mia Badham x







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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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Pony Trekking/Riding/Hacking Spectacular riding into the heart of the Black Mountains. Quality horses and friendly, experienced guides ensure all abilities have an enjoyable day

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Book Review

The Green Hills of Home Just over a month ago I was contacted by a local author, Emma Bennet. Emma grew up and lived in London, before falling in love and moving to Brecon to be with her own hero. Emma now lives with her husband, children, and many animals.The inspiration for ‘The Green Hills of Home’ comes from the landscape around her. “Gwen Jones, a young Welsh writer, is desperate to save the family farmhouse from being sold from under her critically ill mother and herself. When she lands a lucrative three-book deal with an eminent publisher, she thinks her problems are all over. However, Gwen’s need to be near her sick mother means she’s unable to travel to London to work with her devilishly desirable editor, John Thatcher, and he must come and stay with her in Wales. Handsome and eminently capable, cosmopolitan John is used to getting his own way and has plans for the future which certainly don’t include being distracted by pretty Welsh girls; nevertheless when he journeys into the country to work with Gwen it’s not long before he finds himself falling in love with her, as well as the house she’s so anxious to save. But is John capable of loving anyone as much as his job? And when he has to decide between his goals and Gwen, which will he choose?’’ After speaking with Emma, a copy was sent to me in the post and packed in my suitcase for our up coming family holiday. Whilst the rest of the Badham family played happily in the outdoor pool, I began reading. Gwen the main character is a ‘country bumpkin’ just like me – very passionate about her roots, family and Welsh surroundings. So yes, from the off I could relate to the book. At times I found myself wanting to shake certain characters! I suppose that’s how it should be, to find yourself involved in the story, your imagination having had created the look of each person. I won’t ruin things by telling you the outcome, but I would advise you read it for yourself. The book is available from The Hours as well as Amazon and is in Powys libraries, where you can purchase a copy. Local Beacon would like to wish Emma the best of luck with ‘The Green Hills of Home’. I look forward to reading your next novel, ‘The Spaniard’s Secret Daughter’ when it is released.

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Sunday 13th October 2013

THE NATURAL HEALING CENTRE WILL BE RUNNING A ONE DAY WORKSHOP THE ART OF DOWSING (OCTOBER 25TH 2013) What is Dowsing? It is more than a diagnostic tool for finding out information. It is the key to Optimum Energy Healing, which is otherwise hidden from our view of knowledge.

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Pear, apple and blackberry crumble

Can you improve on the classic apple & blackberry crumble? Why not try with this seasonal combo.

Ingredients 30g/1oz butter 500g/1lb 2oz Bramley apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped 500g/1lb 2oz pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped

a serving dish. Top with the crumble mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the crumble is golden-brown. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Serve with cream, or Chantilly cream.

125g/4½oz caster sugar

Chantilly is a sweetened, vanilla-flavoured whipped cream used for desserts and puddings. It takes its name from Chantilly, a medieval French market town just north of Paris, famous for its whipped cream.

125g/4½oz roasted hazelnuts, skinned, roughly chopped


100g/3½oz sugar (or to taste) 150g/5½z frozen blackberries For the topping 250g/9oz unsalted butter 500g/1lb 2oz plain flour 125g/4½oz soft light brown sugar

1 orange, zest only

250ml/9fl oz double cream 1 tbsp icing sugar 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out

Preparation method

Preparation method

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. For the fruit, heat the butter in a large roasting tray, add the chopped apples and pears. Sprinkle over the sugar and stir well. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the fruit is starting to soften and then set to one side.

For the Chantilly cream, whisk the cream, icing sugar and seeds from the vanilla pod in a bowl until very soft peaks form and set aside until ready to serve.

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Apple Prints 1. Get an apple! 2. Cut in half leaving the stem on. 3. Put the apple on a paper towel to absorb extra moisture. 4. Put some liquid paint on a dish 5. Dip the apple with the stem into your paint. 6. Make some prints onto plain Paper.

Make some cards? Get a piece of card and fold it in half. Make a print on one side and let dry.

What a great card for a friend or teacher

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Talgarth Country Market will be on Sunday September 1st from 10am - 1pm in

the Town Hall. With a wide range of stalls selling local, seasonal, home-made and home grown produce, and arts and crafts.

The Flix in the Stix September 21st with Lincoln,


Glasbury Taxis Mini-Bus Hire


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Brecknock Sinfonia 2013/14 Brecknock Sinfonia’s 2013/14 season begins on Saturday September 21st with a varied concert of familiar and less well-known works for piano and orchestra. The soloist is Nicholas Walker, who opens the concert with Gerald Finzi’s Eclogue for piano and strings. This piece was discovered after the composer’s death in 1956 and is growing in popularity as it becomes more widely played. An eclogue is a classical poem portraying a rural idyll and the tuneful music captures a wistful longing for the beauty of Britain’s countryside. The major work before the interval is Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto. This was written for the composer’s son to perform. The outer movements are full of musical wit but the central Andante is unashamedly tuneful and romantic in the Russian tradition. For the second half the orchestra takes centre stage for Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony. Michael Bell conducts again. The remaining concerts this season will be on November 2nd, January 25th, March 22nd and June 21st.

BRECKNOCK SINFONIA with Nicholas Walker (soloist) Gerald Finzi eclogue for piano & strings ShoStakovich 2nd Piano concerto dvorak 8th Symphony

BRECON CATHEDRAL Saturday September 21st 7.30pm tickets £12 (under 16 free) Available from Abergavenny Music, Andrew Morton Books, Brecon,Brecon Cathedral Shop, Old Forest Arts, Hay or on the door.

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What’s on: during the week REAPPEARING CLUBS After so many successes, Brecon Speakers Club collapsed a year or so ago. It is intended to regenerate it on a sustainable basis. Free coaching in public speaking will be offered in addition to debates on contemporary issues and the opportunity to enter local national contests (in which Brecon S.C. competed successfully in the past). Similarly, the once-renowned Brecon Theological and Philosophical Society faded away. Brecon needs such a discussion group and, to stimulate its restoration, it is planned to organise one or two prototype meetings in the hope that it may again take off. Please stand by for further details. Mention these developments to those around you. Let us have your comments and suggestions. Contact Mike at MJDouse@gmail. com or John 01874 622874. Monday Sewing Group: 1 – 3pm at Llanddew Village Hall. An informal group meeting each week for a chat and cup of tea while sewing. 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. Coleg Powys Brecon Campus. £5.00 per session/ £3.00 for Coleg Powys Staff/ students. Everyone, from

age 12 upwards is very welcome. Please don’t worry about needing any past singing experience. It’s open to everyone! Contact Tanya Walker 07723016837 or email: 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 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 (Senior Area Worker) 01874 622658. 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 Breast Feeding Support Group: 10am – 12noon at St Johns Family Centre, Pendre,

Brecon. Weekly drop in session. Contact 07866 924161 www. 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. The Mothers Union: (1stWednesday 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. Summer Midweek Boot Sale: 5.30 – 8.30pm. Bookends Car Park, Three Cocks, LD3 0SD. £3 per boot. Contact 01497 847791. Brecon Women in Business: (first Wednesday of the month) 5.30pm atThe George Hotel, Brecon. Contact Johanna 01874 625994 or Janet 01874 611467. Brecon Business Club: (meets on the 2ndWednesday of each month) 6pm at The Clarence Inn, Brecon. The meetings give opportunity to network with each other and “showcase” their businesses. Key note speakers are invited to share their expertise. Contact Velo Hay Cycle Club: 6pm. Drover Cycles, Forest Road, Hay.All welcome.

What’s on: during the week Contact 01497 821134 or visit Drover Cycles Facebook page for details of rides. Slimming World: 6.30pm at Glangrwyney Village Hall, Crickhowell Road. Contact Joan 01873 812053. The Alternative Business Club: (Alternate Wednesdays from 12th June) 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. This 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 at Llandedw Hall. Samba Brecon is Brecon’s friendly, lively community percussion band, always learning new and playing Afro-Brazilian rhythms on a weekly basis. New members, players and non-players, are very welcome and the first session will be a free taster. Tuition is provided. £4 per session, £3 concessions, £2 children under 16 (must be accompanied). Contact Lynne 07875090946 or email Gwent & Powys Army 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 (Commencing September). We are pleased to announce that Brecon Singers are currently appointing a new Musical Director who will join us in September with fresh ideas for concerts in 20132014. Join us if you love to sing and can commit regularly to rehearsals in

Brecon. No auditions required. For September start date and rehearsal venue, visit or contact 01874 658332. Brecon Racketeers (badminton): 8 – 10pm at Brecon Leisure Centre. Contact 01874 623677. Thursday Probus Club of Brecon: 10am atThe Castle of Brecon Hotel. Rob’s No Worry Yoga: 12.30 – 1.30pm. Subud Centre, Brecon. Classes suitable for beginners to experienced. £4 per session. Contact 01874 638810 or 07748 568402. Brecon U3A: (Term time only) Morning session 10.30am. After-noon 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, e-mail: jhosie@ 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: 11-25. Contact Rhodri Jones (Senior Area Worker) 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. Brecon & Glanusk Explorer Scouts: 7.45 – 9pm during school (term time). We provide scouting for 14-18 yearolds, 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 Contact us via the website, or email Friday Brecon Bowling Club: (Commencing 19th April – until 13th September) 6.15pm. at Brecon Bowling Club, Mill Green, Brecon, LD3 9BA. Social bowling/ free coaching. New bowlers or experienced, all ages welcome. Adult £2.00 per session, children U16 60p. Free coaching, bowls available,flat shoes needed.Coaches CRB checked. Contact Elaine Clark 07976 486206 or 01874 658381. 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 Eleanor Sherwood 01874 623937. Brecon Bouncers: 4 – 5.45pm at Brecon Leisure Centre. Trampoline activities. Contact Sue Goodhead 01874 623677. SATURDAY Open mornings at St Davids Church, Llywel: (July and August only) 10am – 1pm. Refreshments available. Everyone welcome to come and have a look around our historic church. Breconshire Local & Family History Society – Assistance on Family History Research: (Every third Saturday in the month) Mornings. Brecon Library. No appointments needed, just drop in for one-to-one advice. Sunday Services at Penyrheol Baptist Church: (Every 4th Sunday in the month) 3pm. Contact 01874 711061. Llangynidr Farmers Market: (Last Sunday of the month only).

What’s on: during the month DURING THE MONTH Sunday 1st September Talgarth Country Market: 10am – 1pm. Town Hall, Talgarth. Come along and treat yourself to local, seasonal produce and arts and crafts, bread from Melin Talgarth Mill, and much more. Contact Nicola 01874 713166. See advert on page 42. Bee-keeping: 7.30pm. Llaneglwys Village Hall. Anne Nicholls, whose family have a long tradition of bee-keeping, will be giving an introductory talk on this fascinating and rewarding work, probably (or hopefully) encouraging many others to become keen apiarists. Entrance: £3.00 (children £1.50) to include light refreshments. Contact 01982 560332. Monday 2nd September Michael Levy – Lunchtime Concert: 1pm. Brecon Cathedral. Free admission. Retiring Collection. Michael Levy is a multi-talented musician & prolific composer, who since 2006, has focused his unique skills, at both intensively researching & recreating the ancient playing-techniques of the lyres of antiquity. Basing these techniques from both illustrations of ancient lyre players and the various playing-techniques still practiced today in Africa, he has independently produced 16 albums of ancient lyre music in just over 3 years. Brecon Film Society presents: “The Spirit Of ‘45”: 7.15 for 7.30pm. Coliseum Cinema, Brecon. A stirring reminder, with contemporary footage, of the establishment of the Welfare State past 1945. Contact Judith Fitton 01874 623166. See article on page 20. Wednesday 4th September Brecon Singers First Rehearsal: 7.30pm. Neuadd (The NewTheatre), Christ College, Brecon.You are invited to join us for our first rehearsal of this season with new Musical Director, Jonathon Ling. Our only demand is a (term-time) commitment to weekly rehearsals and a love of singing. No auditions. Contact 01874 658332 or visit

Saturday 7th September Spring Bulb Event: 10am – 4pm. The Old Railway Line Garden Centre, Three Cocks. September is an important month for forward planning and planting spring bulbs. Spring flowers provide vital colour to an otherwise wintery garden. Youngsters are invited to plant hyacinth bulbs in the coffee shop for 50p per go, which they can take home with them afterwards. Staff will also be on-hand to advise customers on the different types of bulbs available. Contact 01497 847055. Saturday 7th until Sunday 15th September Breconshire Local & Family History Society – Brecknock History Event: A wide range of history events are being arranged by local and family history groups across the County. A leaflet giving details of the events will be available – keep the week free to go exploring! Monday 9th September Zoe Milton Brown (Soprano) – Lunchtime Concert: 1pm. Brecon Cathedral. Free admission. Retiring Collection. Thursday 12th September Tony Stockwell – Psychic Medium: 7.30pm.Theatre Brycheiniog. Contact 01874 611622. See article and advert on page 9. Saturday 14th September Wye Local Car Boot Sale: 9.30am – 12 noon. Hay Primary School. Sellers from 8.45am. Buyers from 9.30am. £5 per boot, £10 per van. Refreshments stall. Contact 07811 961983 / 07802 811355. See advert on page 32. CrackingWalks around Crickhowell – Canal: 10am. CRiC Centre. £5 per person, free under 12. Contact 01873 811970. See advert on page 26. Brecknock Farmers Market: 9.30am – 2pm. Brecon Market Hall. Contact 07805 375636. See advert on page 5. Sunday 15th September Myddfai Wedding Fayre: 11am – 4pm. Myddfai Community Hall. Free entry. Refreshments available. If you

are thinking of getting married, come along to see the amazing, affordable event venue, or just pop up to visit the lovely gift shop with many unique quality items on sale, and visit the café for lunch or afternoon tea. Contact 01550 720449 or visit Brecknock Gardening Association Annual Show: 1.30pm – Doors open. Market Hall Brecon.Admission £1, children free. Classes for Flowers, Pot Plants, Vegetables and also a Domestic Section. Information and Entry Forms available. Contact or 01874 690375. Tuesday 17th September Food Safety Level 2 Course: 10am – 3pm. Myddfai Community Hall, Myddfai, Llandovery, Some spaces still left, £30. Contact 01550 720449 or email Saturday 21st September Cracking Walks around Crickhowell – Tolkien’s Shire: 10am. CRiC Centre. £5 per person, free under 12. Contact 01873 811970. See advert on page 26. Flix in the Stix (Talgarth) presents: ‘Lincoln’: 7.30 for 8pm. Pre film pizzas available at The Bakers’ Table from 5pm. Entrance to film £4, or Pizza and film £10 (Early booking essential). Contact The Baker’s Table 01874 711125. See advert on page 42. Brecknock Sinfonia with Nicholas Walker (Soloist): 7.30pm. Brecon Cathedral. A varied concert of familiar and less well-known works for piano and orchestra.Tickets £12, under 16 free. See advert and article on page 43. Talgarth People’s Choir: 7.30pm. Llaneglwys Village Hall. This mixed choir, recently established by Rita Rogers, specialise in popular folk songs from the British Isles.They will be giving a concert taken from their successful repertoire along with new songs.  An event to look forward to! Entrance: £5.00 (children £2.50) to include buffet.  There will also be a raffle. Contact 01982 560332.

What’s on: during the month / next month Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September Llangorse Cider Festival: 12noon until late. Castle Inn, Llangorse. Live music and Scarecrow Fancy Dress. Contact 01874 658819. See advert inside back cover. Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th September Electric Landscape Photography Course: Contact 01628 627015. See advert on page 11. Friday 27th September Macmillan Coffee Morning: 8.30am – 12 noon. Llanigon Village Hall. More than just a Coffee Morning. Bacon Rolls. Loads of Stalls. Contact 01497 847479. Christmas Open Evening: 6 – 9pm. The Old Railway Line Garden Centre, Three Cocks. The garden centre will be hosting an exclusive preview evening of its Christmas displays. Booking essential. Contact 01497 847055. Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September “Bottoms Up” – The Castle Hotel Cider Festival: The Castle Hotel, Llandovery. Contact 01550 720343. See advert on page 38. Saturday 28th September Wye Local Car Boot Sale: 9.30am – 12noon. Hay Primary School. Sellers from 8.45am. Buyers from 9.30am. £5 per boot, £10 per van. Refreshments stall. Contact 07811 961983 / 07802 811355. See advert on page 32. CrackingWalks around Crickhowell – Llangattock Hillside: 10am. CRiC Centre. £5 per person, free under 12. Contact 01873 811970. See advert on page 26. Brecknock Farmers Market: 10am – 1pm. Centre of Brecon (outdoors). Contact 07805 375636. See advert on page 5. Race Night: 8pm. Llanigon Village Hall. Come and enjoy the fun and excitement of Horse Racing on a big colour screen. Bet on your favourites.

8 Races. Free entry. Curry Supper. Bar Open. All proceeds to the Village Hall Roof fund. Contact 01497 847479. Tuesday 1st – Thursday 31st October Artbeat Brecon presents: Brecon Arts Festival. A month long celebration of the Arts in Brecon. Contact 01874 622800. See advert on page 3. Wednesday 2nd October Breconshire Local & Family History Society – Using the Resources at the Regimental Museum: 2 – 4pm. Brecon Library (upstairs room). Bill Cainan will explain how to use the facilities at the Museum for researching family history. Saturday 5th October CrackingWalks around Crickhowell – Llangattock Quarries: 10am. CRiC Centre. £5 per person, free under 12. Contact 01873 811970. See advert on page 26. Brecon Beacons Food Festival 2013: 10am – 5pm. Market Hall, Brecon. Free entry. See advert on back cover. Monday 7th October Brecon Film Society presents:“I’m So Excited.”: 7.15 for 7.30pm. Coliseum Cinema, Brecon. In Almodovar’s first foray into pure comedy for several years, a plane full of passengers find themselves stranded in the air after their landing gear jams. Contact Judith Fitton 01874 623166. See article on page 20. Wednesday 9th October Charity Bridge Evening – SI Brecon and District: 6 for 6.30pm. Llangynidr Village Hall. In aid of Macmillan Wales. Tickets £12.50 to include a two course supper. Contact Sue Candy 01874 730737. Thursday 10th – Monday 14th October Hay Walking Festival. 48 guided walks over 5 days. See advert on page 32. Saturday 12th October Wye Local Car Boot Sale: 9.30am – 12noon. Hay Primary School. Sellers

from 8.45am. Buyers from 9.30am. £5 per boot, £10 per van. Refreshments stall. Contact 07811 961983 / 07802 811355. See advert on page 32. CrackingWalks around Crickhowell – Table Mountain: 10am. CRiC Centre. £5 per person, free under 12. Contact 01873 811970. See advert on page 26. Sunday 13th October Wedding Fayre: 11am – 3pm. The Barn at Brynach. Free admission. Contact 01874 623480. See advert on page 36. Monday 14th October “Drop in Day”: Llangasty Retreat House, Llangasty, Brecon, LD3 7PX. An opportunity to pause for prayer and personal reflection – come for all or part of the day. Bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea provided. No charge, donations welcome. Contact 01874 658250. Saturday 19th October Cracking Walks around Crickhowell – Glanusk:10am. CRiC Centre. £5 per person, free under 12. Contact 01873 811970. See advert on page 26. Friday 25th October The Art of Dowsing – One Day Workshop: Talgarth Centre of Natural Healing, The Cottage, Hay Road, Talgarth. Contact 01874 713161. See advert on page 36. Saturday 26th October Wye Local Car Boot Sale: 9.30am – 12 noon. Hay Primary School. Sellers from 8.45am. Buyers from 9.30am. £5 per boot, £10 per van. Refreshments stall. Contact 07811 961983 / 07802 811355. See advert on page 32 . Are you are involved in any local classes or events, please get in touch with the Local Beacon. If you are a non-profit making your listing will appear in this section free of charge. For profit making companies there will be a small charge. Please email lisamarie@localbeacon. to find out more.

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FOR SALE 8 man Vango Astoria 2012 tent. Ex-display so has never been used. £390 (rrp £600). 01497 820145. Nine Panels, secondary double glazing, Aluminium/plastic frames. Ideal for making cold frames. Offers. 01497 821797. SLATES 20” x 10” approx. 400 for sale as a whole or part. 01497 821401. ‘Solid Pine, antique effect finish dining table. 1.8m long x 1m wide by 0.75m high. £50. 07850 699355. Mans suit. Brand new. Unworn. Light grey. Chest 46”w42”i.l.29” £20 ono. Suit M & S green v.g.c. Chest 46” w 42” i.l. 29”. £15. Suit beige. Lightweight. As new. Chest 46” w 42” il 29”. £15. 01874 622269. The Welsh Academy English-Welsh Dictionary. Hardback. £15. 01874 622269. 18 Hay Bales. £3.00 per bale = £54.00 Buyer to collect. 01497 821626.

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Local Beacon issue 49 / September 2013  

Wow, now 4 years old! Interesting articles: Alive and Kickin’ Community Choir; baby reflexology; Aloe Vera - the medicine plant; Psychic Med...