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March 2014 • Issue 89 The community magazine covering Hay, Talgarth and the surrounding villages

Charity Quiz & Curry Night – Friday 14th March (6.30pm) Come and enjoy a fun, light-hearted quiz and delicious curries prepared in our Railway Restaurant. Just £10 per person including your curry & quiz entry. Book in your team of up to 6 people next time you visit us or by calling 01497 847055. Full payment is required at the time of booking. All profits donated to Greenfingers charity.

Garden Re-Leaf Fundraising Weekend Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th March Join us anytime over the weekend to support our fundraising attempts including a Wellie Throwing Challenge, Kids Planting Activity, Raffle and much more!

Mother’s Day – Sunday 30th March Treat Mum to a delicious Railway Roast in our Restaurant. Book ASAP to guarantee a table at 12pm. Or why not send a lovely bouquet of flowers? We are offering FREE LOCAL FLOWER DELIVERY on Mother’s Day. Ask in store or visit our website for full terms & conditions.

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Welcome March usually marks the start of Spring, but with recent weather events I’m not so sure some of us will have that joyful spring in our step! For me in Winforton we’ve seen neighbouring fields become lakes, fallen trees in the village have wiped out our phone line / internet, and the potholes are no fun for the car journeys. However, we are the lucky ones. The wellies have been on most days to round up our new ducks (Otis and Redding) and Cariad has been keen to jump in puddles just like Peppa Pig! I just need to be one step ahead to see how deep the puddle is!

The community magazine encouraging local residents to use what’s on their doorstep brilley • bronllys • bronydd • clifford • clyro cusop• eardisley • erwood • glasbury • hay letton • llandefalle • llanigon • llowes • llyswen pengenfford • pontithel • talgarth • three cocks trefecca • velindre • whitney • winforton

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March Competition

We have lots of news to tell you about, so please turn to page 37 to read about the feedback forms and to find out who the winners are. Also news of the Car Boot Sales, some changes to us as a business, and the photo competition.

For your chance to Win: a copy of the new book: Beyond the Reach of Empire by Colonel Mike Snook. Take a look at the feature on page 49 to find out more about this book. Please complete the wordsearch on page 44 and send to us by 16th March 2014.

Regardless of the miserable weather, there seems to be many events planned for the coming months. Some have been covered in the various articles and all will be included in our detailed what’s on section at the back. From grand openings to a Dark Skies Festival, from sponsored cycle events to a Spring fayre, from local choir rehearsals to new local group meetings, from Woodland Management sessions to River Wye clear up days - there will be something for everyone. Get involved if you can.

For all keen photographers out there, you have until 31st March to get your entries to us ... unsure what we’re talking about? Turn to page 59 to find out how to enter our Annual Local Landscapes Photography Competition.

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Lastly, Fashion Farmer Kate Sly is back with her trends for Spring / Summer. Perhaps after reading her article you’ll be keen to hit the shops - with that all important knowledge and a spring in your step. Enjoy, Lisa Marie x

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News from Talgarth by Cllr.William Powell Powys County Councillor for Talgarth

Saving with Brecon and District Credit Union couldn’t be easier, we can be found throughout Powys Come and join us for Mother’s Day afternoon tea as seen on Britain’s Best Bakery. A ticket for this sumptuous feast costs £12 or a family ticket is £45.

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We will have live music and you can bring your own bottle of bubbly to celebrate with your Mum. Booking essential: 01874 711125

At the time of writing, we are experiencing one of the most severe storms of my adult life, after many weeks of turbulent weather. I must put on record my thanks to those workers who have struggled around the clock to maintain the power supply to our homes and to keep our road network and drainage systems open so that we can continue to go about our business. Also, as in other tricky situations, these difficult times show our communities at their strongest, with friends and neighbours stepping up to the plate, to offer genuine solidarity and support.

given official status as Wales’ National Anthem. Whatever the outcome of the petition, I am sure that we will continue to sing it with gusto. Recently, Talgarth hosted a seminar organised by the Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales (CREW). This was attended by regeneration experts from across Wales and further afield. The seminar included Talgarth as a case study of what can be achieved when a community comes together with a shared objective of improving the quality of life locally. While much remains to be done to realise Talgarth’s full economic potential, the fact that we were chosen to host the event is genuine recognition of what has already been achieved. I am sure that the late Lord Richard Livsey of Talgarth, who consistently championed the cause of his home town, would have approved.

I have just attended a budget seminar at County Hall which was a sobering experience. The extent of savings required by the Council’s overall financial plight is eye-watering and it is clear that there will be an impact on every community in Powys. However, my Welsh Liberal Democrat Group will work with other PCC colleagues to protect the most vulnerable groups in the task of setting a budget for 2014/15. For me, the protection of the Additional Learning Needs service and the county’s network of Citizens Advice Bureaux are amongst the key priorities. Whilst any change to the funding arrangements for public conveniences has been ruled out in the coming financial year, we must remain alert to the issue as a community and be ready to put alternative arrangements in place.

One example of grass roots community regeneration was the Talgarth YFC pre Rally Supporters Dinner in the Town Hall, which I attended in early February. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and an excellent launch pad for the YFC Rally itself, which will be held on Saturday 7th June at Great House Farm. Congratulations to the organisers of the event and all who contributed to the evening.

Despite Wales’ early performances in this year’s Six Nations Rugby being a little underwhelming, hope springs eternal. In a matter of days, we will unite as a nation to mark the festival of our patron saint, St David or Dewi Sant. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and not disrupt the eisteddfodau and other public events to celebrate the occasion. Interestingly as Chair of the National Assembly Petitions Committee, I recently accepted a petition calling for “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” to be

In the meantime, if you have any feedback or issue of concern, please do not hesitate to contact me on: 07703 112113 or by email: william.powell@ wales.gov.uk My next advice surgery is on Friday 7th March from 5:00pm at Talgarth Tourist Information and Resource Centre. Best wishes William

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Hay-on-Wye Sport Relief Mile Join in the fun and games. It’s time to dig out that running kit Hay-on-Wye! Sport Relief is here again. On Sunday 23rd March the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile will be setting off from Kilvert’s Inn, Hay on Wye, at 10.00am. with hundreds of locals getting on their marks, set and go for Sport Relief. Super sprinters and willing walkers will all feel at home with a choice of one, three or six miles. Enter and get sponsored to help transform the lives of people living here in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries, while being part of an incredible nationwide event.

event ably assisted by Black Mountain Lions and Hay WI will be selling cakes. To enter The Hay-on-Wye Mile visit sportrelief. com. If you don’t have internet access please ask a friend or relation to enter you for this great event. Don’t delay enter today!

Come on Hay what are you waiting for! At the last running of the mile in 2012 the Hay-on-Wye Mile had more than 200 participants and raised over £2500, and this year we want even more of you to get involved to get that total even higher! Don’t forget to rope in your mates, family, boyfriend, girlfriend and colleagues too and get training!” Hay Hotfooters Running Club are organising the

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News from Glasbury Arts Saturday 22nd March, 2014, 7.30pm, Drama Studio, Gwernyfed High School. An evening with Jacqui Dankworth (Supported by Night Out scheme) Joyful, playful, passionate, enigmatic, top jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth always breathes her unique personality into her performance.

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Ticket prices: £11 full price, £9 concessions (unwaged, students, over-60s). 10% Member’s discount applies to both prices. Saturday 12th April, 2014, Glasbury Village Hall, 7.30pm Fund-raising event -“A Voyage round John Fitzgerald” All net proceeds to Glasbury Arts. A voyage from childhood to adulthood, a dip into his professional life in child care and child protection, with a short detour to the infamous West murders in Gloucester, before sailing into the calmer waters of photography, the arts and life on a canal boat. Ticket prices: £9 full price, £7 concessions (unwaged, students, over-60s) 10% Member’s discount applies to both prices. Pre-event meals available at the River Café Glasbury for both events, book direct on 01497 847007, twocourse meals are at the special Glasbury Arts price of £11.50. Tickets for both events: by telephone on 01497 847426; in person at Old Forest Arts, The Craft Centre, Hay-on-Wye or online at www.glasburyarts.co.uk

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News from Glasbury Ward by Chris Davies Powys County Councillor for Glasbury With the horrendous amount of rain we have been having lately my heart goes out to all our local farmers with pasture under water and lambs on the way. It really has been an extremely testing time for everyone. I am, however, greatly relieved that the flood defences that were put in last year have prevented houses in this area from being flooded again. Great News from Powys is the fact that Erwood Bridge will re-open in early March – 3½ months ahead of schedule. Llanstephan Bridge will also go back to its normal duel access on the same day. At county hall there is a great deal to be decided in the next few weeks, with a multitude of cuts on their way and no easy option of achieving the required savings. One issue that has been deferred is the future of our public toilets which the cabinet have decided to keep under their management for at least another year. The Brecon and Radnorshire Y.F.C Entertainment

finals are underway. The standard at these events always amazes me and I can’t wait to see what our local talent has come up with this year. Good luck to all those involved in our local clubs. My own children have also been on the stage in a school production at Hay School and as I was watching I was struck by great pride not only in the children but in the wonderful teaching staff we have. As a parent at Hay and a governor at Clyro and Gwernyfed I have the opportunity to witness how well our local schools are doing. This is in no small part due to the dedicated and hardworking staff who give 100%. May I wish you all a happy St David’s day. Chris Please don’t forget that should you wish to contact me on any matter please do not hesitate on either of the following: 07855 752110 or cllr.chris.davies@ powys.gov.uk

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News from Black Mountains Lions Black Mountains Lions 6th Annual Primary Inter-Schools Quiz. Congratulations to the Llanigon team Ethan Gardiner, Abigail Rafferty, Cailidh Scaife and Amelie Willams for winning the Black Mountains Lions 2014 inter-school Quiz. They won the trophy - to keep for a year, £300 for their school and a £20 book voucher each. In 2nd place was the team from Llangorse. They won £100 for their school and a £10 book voucher each.

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News from Gwernyfed High School As spring approaches, the students at Gwernyfed High School are working hard towards their exams. For our Year 11 students, it is a time for both hard work and for decisions to be made about their future. Here at Gwernyfed, we have an excellent Sixth Form Centre catering for everyone’s needs. The unique rural location based in a Mansion House allows students to study in a calm but purposeful atmosphere. The Sixth Form have their own centre based in the courtyard and includes comfortable sitting areas; a study room providing space for students to work in a quiet environment and a IT room designated just for the Sixth Form. But what do the students and teachers think? Here are just a few of their thoughts: ‘Here at Gwernyfed we are exceptionally proud to be able to offer a very wide range of subjects and qualifications. There are a huge number of activities that you can get involved in all of which are brilliant for including on CVs and university applications.’ Rebecca Savage, Head of Sixth Form. ‘Studying Biology at Gwernyfed is fantastic. I can’t think of any other teachers who have so much passion for their subject or who can inspire so much enthusiasm in their students.’ Imogen Cripps Year 13

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News from Hay and District Luke Rees Luncheon Club Painting If you would like to join a friendly group of people

who meet once a month for a good meal, pleasant company and after lunch entertainment then you will be very welcome at our lunch club. After generous financial support from Black Mountains Lions Club, Hay Chamber of Commerce and a small remaining balance from our account with Hay and District Community Support we have been able to continue. You can be sure of a very warm welcome. If you would like more information or would like to join us please contact Trish Kiddle on 01497 821276.

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News from Hay Cheese Market

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Forge Framing & Gallery of Eardisley will be relocating to Old Forest Arts, Studio 6, The Craft Centre, Oxford Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5DG

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News from Hay Town Council Hay Community Woodland Management Group: This group has been created by Hay Town Council’s Fishing and Estates sub committee with help from Gareth Ellis, Committee Projects Manager, Green Valleys CIC. The Vision: To create and maintain a light, open and accessible woodland along the old railway line from The Gliss to Warren Close, a distance of approximately one mile. To improve the flora and fauna making it a much more pleasant walk for the public to enjoy.

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take it home and bin it there. Please be responsible for your pets as they do what is natural to them, we are aware most responsible people are compliant, but there are still too many regular offenders, AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE so please clean up after your pet and help us be proud of our town.

Background: The trees have not been managed for many years with the result of over crowding mainly by self seeding sycamore trees, many of which are approximately 40 to 50 feet high and which are close to a number of houses positioned adjacent to the railway line. It is the intention that specimen trees will remain and we intend to plant new broad leaved trees such as sweet chestnut, oak, walnut and other trees that will produce fruit (food for wild life). It is anticipated that this project may take up to ten years. Current Position: We have already made a start on the project with Gareth Ellis taking charge of training, the use of equipment, health and safety. Special thanks to Rachel Palmer, The Long Forest Community Hedgerow Project and Sid Morris (the chainsaw man). Also many thanks to all of the volunteers as without you, we would be unable to progress this project. If anyone is interested in becoming involved, please contact Cllr Alan Powell tel 01497 820803. The next Woodland Management session will be Sunday 9th March at 10am at Hay Bridge. This day will involve tree planting and siting of bird and bat boxes. Dog Fouling: Sadly this problem is ever present in and around our town. As we are working to make our community a much more pleasant place for everyone to enjoy we urge dog owners and dog walkers to please clean up any accidents in a bio degradable bag and deposit it in the nearest bin or

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News from Hay U3A Our next U3A meeting will be on Tuesday 18th March at The Swan at Hay, Church Street. The morning session begins at 10.30am continuing after lunch with a second session beginning at 1.30pm. The speaker at our March meeting is Sarah Rochira, the Older peoples Commissioner for Wales whose talk is titled Standing Up, Speaking Out. In the afternoon we will be showing the 2012 comedy drama Quartet, a film is set in a luxury retirement home staring Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith and Tom Courtney. The entrance fee is ÂŁ3 for members and ÂŁ5 for nonmembers and pre booked light lunches are available from the Swan from 12.15pm. Further information can be obtained from our website, www.u3ahay. org.uk or phone Rodney Mace on 01497 820679.

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The Monday Club in Brilley is a friendly social club, open to all, which meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7.30p.m. in Brilley Village Hall. We have a varied programme of interesting speakers followed by tea and biscuits and a chance to meet others. During the summer months there are outings to places of interest instead of indoor meetings.

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Our March meeting, on 17th March, will be a talk by Athene English – from The Great English Outdoors in Hay-on-Wye – who will be speaking on the subject of Welsh Blankets. Athene will tell us about the history and provenance of these traditional blankets and will bring some along to show us. She is also happy to look at any Welsh blankets that you have that you wish to know more about. Membership of the Monday Club is £20 per year, visitors are always welcome and the cost is £3.

A friendly social club, open to all, which meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7.30p.m. in Brilley Village Hall For further information please contact the programme secretary on 01497 831535.

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News from Timbuktu The security situation in northern Mali still remains fragile, however schools have re-opened in Timbuktu and our teacher friends have been sending us updates and photos. A grant from the English Speaking Union has now been received and girls are receiving extra English lessons and dictionaries. We have also arranged to send a supply of science books to Timbuktu, thanks to a contact from Addyman’s bookshop and a donation from the Clarendon Academy in Wiltshire. If you’re feeling energetic and would like to support our work in Timbuktu, there are two exciting opportunities coming up. Firstly, the medics group are organising their annual sponsored cycle ride on Saturday 5th April. Meet at the Co-op at 9.30am and opt for routes of 8, 24 or 44 miles. The 8 mile route to the toll bridge is great for families. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Entry forms and sponsorship forms are available from the Hay2Timbuktu website or Hay surgery, entry costs are £5 for adults and £3 for children. Secondly, the Hay Bike Festival have ambitious plans to cycle to Timbuktu this April, and you can join them! There will be four static bikes set up at the Festival hub at Hay Castle, and if 260 riders can each cycle for an hour then we could hit the target of 6087km – the distance between Hay and Timbuktu. Rides can take place any time from Friday 25th April to Sunday 27th April (through the night too), so please sign up for an hour if you can. Details can be found on the Bike Festival website: www.haycycling.org. Hay Community Choir have recorded a fantastic CD of music, fusing African and Welsh traditions.The CD includes contributions from local school children, and unusual instruments such as the African Kora (similar to a welsh harp).You can pick up the Desert Celts EP from several shops in Hay for £5, and it is available as a digital download from iTunes. All revenue will go to Hay2Timbuktu’s health and education projects. For more inspirational music check out the Radnor Improvisers at the Globe on March 14th. The group have been working with local school children to encourage improvisational skills and share knowledge of Malian music. Find out more at: hay2timbuktu.org.uk.

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Hay Bridge Club Our Friendly

Relaxed Bridge Club is now up and running We meet at The Swan Hotel Every Monday 2-5pm. Plant of the month: The Daffodil (Narcissus) Is there anything better for Spring than the cheerful blooms of the Daffodil working their magic in so many parts of the garden? Easy to grow and flowering year after year Daffodils come in all sizes, several colours and different varieties, flowering over a long period from January to April. Dwarf varieties such as the multi-headed ‘Tete a Tete’ work really well in pots, baskets, in a rockery or under trees and shrubs. Larger varieties make a bold statement in beds and borders. Daffodils will grow in most soils and thrive best in sun or shade. If you missed out on planting your bulbs last autumn your local garden centre will have pot grown plants for planting out now. They should be allowed to die down naturally and fed as the flowers finish so they build up energy for flowering the following year. So transform your garden with a much needed fanfare of colour in the early part of the gardening season and don’t forget that Daffodils also work brilliantly with other spring bulbs, Primroses, Wood Anemones and flowering shrubs such as Forsythia. Supplied by Old Railway Line, Three Cocks

New members of all standards are very welcome, just come along or for more information

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Brian Dennis & Son 10 VW Golf Se TSI 1.4, 5 door, Black, 56,400 miles 08 Toyota Yaris 1.3 Tr, Alloys, Aircon, 5 door, Red 57 BMW 320d se, grey, 96,000 miles 07 Honda Civic Se I-CDTI, 5 door, Silver, 67,miles 57 Seat Leon Ref 1.9 Tdi, 62,000 miles, 5 door, Black 56 Ford Fiesta Style Tdci, Aircon, Silver, 75,000 miles 06 Ford Focus 1.6 Lx, Alloys, Aircon, 5 door, 54,000 miles, Blue 55 Ford Focus 1.8 Tdci, Sliver 5 doors, 61,000 miles 55 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 3 door, Sliver 55 Ford Fiesta Style 1.4 Tdci, white, 102,000 miles 04 Mini One D, Gold, 77,000 miles 98 Ford Fiesta 1.2

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Tel: 01497 820341 Eve: 01497 821400 See the cars at: dennismotorsport.co.uk Old Forge Garage, Llanigon, Hay on Wye, Hereford HR3 5QT

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Are your grapes like raisins?! As I write we’ve been bombarded with the most appalling weather and we are as a nation utterly fed up and vitamin D depleted! We sense a resentful submission to these elements and need to break free! I broke free with his nibs, and went to Bavaria where I discovered 1. I cannot ski even against the foetuses careering down that mountain, and 2. I needed the break! Related to this (but not maybe yet evident why), was the fact I did an Induction with a lady yesterday and we spent the entire hour talking (no worry - we have all the time in the world for machines and weights and this is more important), about her fatigue, lack of joie de vivre and nutritional habits. She struck me as being very like me which was a bit unnerving – moves fast, talks fast, lots of the go …. But over the years I have learnt to temper my day and allow for good breaks – I had no choice or I’d have burnt out and everything about her said she needs to do the same. Added

to this she loves her coffee, tea and biscuit breaks ‘to keep her going’. As we chatted more it seemed every recent local illness had crossed her path, her falling prey to it. I suggested her adrenals might be – instead of healthy grapes, shrunken raisins! In other words she may be Adrenally fatigued. (AF) It’s almost a ‘stress syndrome’. When I advise ladies about the menopause it’s quite safe to treat it as AF as they can be very closely affiliated. Lack of energy, immune resistance, no vitality, less enjoyment of life, food cravings, decreased sex drive.. can often be alleviated with sound nutrition, stress reduction techniques, mind body classes, and breaking up the mundane (hence holidays!). If you’d like to learn more e-mail me (I love getting your emails) cat@ gymandtonichay.co.uk or visit our website www. gymandtonichay.co.uk Article supplied by Cat Lawford Health consultant for Gym & Tonic

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Get to really know..........

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Do you have any small bits of furniture you no longer need?

Dr Peter Howard was born in London where he first trained as a dental practitioner before continuing into the world of medicine and becoming a GP. He has worked for many years at the Haygarth Medical Practice, covering a large area, and supplying general medical services to the locality.

Two lessons life has taught you? Live in the moment and Friends are for life

We can pick up and deliver on Wednesdays.

Once again Dr Howard is running the London Marathon for a worthy cause.

You are given one million pounds, what do you spend it on? The Mortage, a holiday to Asia and Guitars

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Thank you again for all your kind donations, keep them all coming. Our nurses are working hard in and around Hay-on-Wye.

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SIOP Y BONT Reopens on Thursday, 6th March PHOENIX HOUSE, HIGH ST, TALGARTH Tel: 01874 712330

Showcasing crafts and products from the Brecon Beacons National Park and surrounding area. Ideal gifts for every occasion – jewellery, handbags, soaps, candles, prints, local photographs, leather goods, woodcraft, love spoons, pottery etc.

Exciting new products for 2014

In April 2014 Pete will be raising funds for the Anthony Nolan Team, a charity dedicated to saving the lives of those with blood cancers such as Leukaemia and Lymphoma by matching people willing to donate bone marrow. The goal is to raise £2500 for this great charity. He’s got the miles covered but can’t raise the funds without you. I know times are hard right now and he would be really grateful for any donations, however small.Your generosity in previous years has been amazing. “As a GP I have seen the change bone marrow transplantation can make to people’s lives and the incredible courage shown by patient’s families and donors.

Teenage crush? Always

Do you have any bad habits? No Do you believe in the afterlife? I have an open mind Best present ever received? My son Fred If you could visit anywhere in the world where would you go? South East Asia, I love the food Name one thing you miss about being a child? Not worrying about the future What’s your favourite song of all time? Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix

Please help out if you can and I would be very grateful if you would share my page on Facebook, Twitter - anything to get it seen. “

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Saturday night? A meal out and a beer. Spent with my wife Annie and my boy.

Name? Dr Pete Howard Place of Birth? London

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon? Play Guitar

Where do you live now? Hereford

Do you have any hidden talents? I hope so

Marital status? Married

What would be your dream job? To be a Guitarist

Occupation? GP

What have you done today to make you feel proud? Filled in the get to know me form!

Children? One son

Some yourself up in just five words: Short, Shortsighted, fast runner, driven, Happy family man.

Pets? Noodles the Spaniel Favourite childhood TV programme? Fireball XL5 Are you a collector of anything? Jimi Hendrix music and memorabillia If you could have any superpower, what would it be? To fly Do you believe in ghosts? What is perceived is real

Thank you to everyone who filled out a feedback form in our January issue, especially to those who have written down a local person for us to interview. Watch this space, if you’ve been nominated, Wye Local is coming to get you!

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The Radnor Arms

Llowes, Hereford, HR3 5JA

Spain comes to Radnorshire!

Those lovely people at The Radnor Arms at Llowes have introduced a Tapas evening once a week. It’s on a Thursday and it’s brilliant! Owned by Colin Thompson, the old stone inn with wonderful views of the Black Mountains is situated on the road which runs alongside the Radnorshire side of the River Wye between Clyro and Glasbury. Once my friend Tricia and I had ordered a bottle of Rioja, we studied the extensive menu in earnest. There’s plenty to choose from so rather than choose a variety of tapas, Colin asked Josh, who has been cooking here for 18 months, to prepare us a selection of different dishes. We started off with some warm breads and olives with oil and vinegar and cold meats such as Parma ham and salami with rocket and parmesan. All excellent. Tricia said that the olives were divine. Then came along the Tomates de vina rellenos con queso de canra, albahaca y pinones (baked vine tomatoes stuffed with goat’s cheese, basil and pine nuts), followed by a superb large langoustine. All the dishes are described in Spanish and English. Percy, the friendly Manager, then brought us very good butterflied Sardines and a selection of scrumptious bruschettas including one with Boquerones (anchovies) which I absolutely adore; one with Manchego cheese, olive and spring onion salsa and tomato, and one with a black pudding and streaky bacon topping. Tricia said she didn’t like black pudding. Anyway, she gave it a try and is now converted. It really was so good. Suffice it to say that the other dishes we tasted, such as the Braised Stuffed Squid, the Pork Casserole and the Seafood Casserole were marvellous. The flavours of the food here are wonderful. To see the menus and the opening times etc., take a look at www.theradnorarms.com.

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Book now for Mothering Sunday 30th March Roasts from £7.50, sittings at 12:30 and 14:30

Thursday night is tapas night with over 25 dishes to choose from

Friday lunchtime special: deep fried haddock fillet in Butty Bach batter and chips for £5.50, add a pud for £2.50

A la carte menu available lunchtimes and evenings from Wednesday.

Great Sunday lunches from £7.50 The management reserves the right to withdraw any of these offers without notice

Tel: 01497 847460 www.The RadnorArms.com Email: TheRadnor Arms@hotmail.co.uk

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We would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you that took the time to complete our recent Feedback Form. Each form made very interesting reading. There were suggestions for topics that you would like to see us feature in this magazine, things that hadn’t been on our radar so we really are chuffed. Food for thought on what areas of the magazine need slight improvement. A long list of names of people we will be getting in touch with - either to be our Get to really know or a Local Talent. Overall you were all very positive about the work we do, often signing the form with ‘Great publication - keep up the good work’ or ‘I look forward every month to the new Wye Local’. I think my favourite was ‘I love the fact that you personalise the magazine, and that it continues to grow - whilst retaining it’s unique flavour’. Rest assured that over the coming months we will be incorporating your ideas into your community magazine - watch this space! And of course there were 28 prizes up for grabs, here are the winners: Julian Williams, Llyswen; Viv Leach, Usk; Roy Christon, Clryo; Joanna Jones, Brecon; Lisa Howells, Bronllys; Samii Davies, Brecon; Amdiea Saitori, Hay; Mrs D Bentley, Brecon; Will Lewis, Glasbury; Elwyn Powell, Groesffordd; Diana Jones, Hay; Sarah Diskin, Sennybridge; Kayleigh ReesJones, Talgarth; Julie Pugh, Llangorse; Sarah Edwards, Three Cocks; Sue Davies, Garthbrengy; Mrs D E Lloyd, Pen y Maes; Andrew King, Penorth; Susan Warne, Winforton; Mrs J Davies, Ystradgynlais; Paul Hartley, Glasbury; Adelle Murrain, Libanus; Anne Kleiser, Talgarth; Gayner Williams, Brecon; Mari Fforde, Clyro; Lo Talbot, Bwlch; Linette Longstaffe; and Courtney Walker,Tregoyd. Thank you once again to the very generous businesses who donated the various prizes. Now onto the news about the Car Boot Sales held at Hay on Wye Primary School. The bad news is we will not be holding these sales during the year of 2014. The School has been very supportive and offered us the use of the grounds yet again. But unfortunately the two previous seasons were losing money. The weather was a big factor, if wet during the week the turnout for ‘Boots would be poor on the actual sale day, even if the sale day was

dry. Buyers to the sales were also much less than in the starter years. I personally feel this is to do with the various ‘Items for Sale’ on Facebook. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the many years, both sellers and buyers. It has not been an easy decision, but for 2014 the team’s time and energy is needed on other projects. In January we made some business changes. The leap over to the VAT world is going smoothly, dare I say it! Advertisers are very pleased for us absorbing the VAT charge into our current rates: no rise for businesses who aren’t VAT registered; and not to mention the ‘quids in’ for VAT registered businesses. We are now a Limited Company. CariAds Local Ltd will be the trading name for both the Wye Local and the Local Beacon magazines. A new business account has been opened so please do get in touch if you are an advertiser and you don’t have our new account details, although this will be on all recent invoices. For those who read her column and/or know us as a family, it won’t take you long to work out where the name stems from! It’s also a play on the Welsh to English translations: Cariad meaning love; and Cari meaning you like. ‘Love Local’ and ‘You Like Ads Local’. You have until 30th March to enter our annual photography competition. The theme is Local Landscapes. The rules being very simple: high resolution images of local landscapes in or around Brecon, Talgarth or Hay; images need to be landscape not portrait. Twelve of the entries will appear in the Local Landscapes 2015 Calendar. Email your entries to lisamarie@wyelocal.co.uk with each image titled, and include your name and address. Good luck ... We aim to distribute the 2015 Calendar early Summer. 2014 is very exciting for us as a team and business. Each month we will continue to provide you with your community magazine, whilst also working in the background on other projects. In the words of Dolly Parton - “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” Lisa Marie x

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The Thoughts of a Greengrocer This month I think we all probably have similar thoughts - the rain and floods. Eventually the soaked state of the fields will start to affect farm crops, either it becomes impossible to harvest what is already there or, a little later in the year, it will be impossible to sow and plant leading to a problem that has existed this winter with local potatoes. Last year’s very wet spring led to the farmers having to sow a little later than usual and that, combined with a very hot July, resulted in the potatoes being much smaller. Every so often something new comes into the market. A few years ago sprout tops suddenly arrived and from being a rarity in November they have become quite normal and are well worth their place on the shelf. This last month another member of the brassica family showed up. “Flower Sprouts” is the name given to them. They are small clumps of leaf grown like sprouts all the way up a stem. They are not flowers but have a not unattractive green and purple colouring. Cooking is very quick and easy - just boil, steam or stir fry. This winter has seen quite stable prices with all the British root crops very reasonable and the bulk of the indigenous greens the same. The only things that have been erratic are cauliflower and broccoli and this is not a crop shortage but difficulty in harvesting them in the wet conditions. Fruit has been equally stable with lots of excellent citrus and exotics to go with the British apples and pears. Here again a new variety has arrived - Pink Kiss. This is an apple that is remarkably similar to Pink Lady only it does not carry the ridiculously high price. Pink Lady was only grown under licence and someone has made a lot of money out of them - I hope the Pink Kiss takes over and we can have what is, admittedly, a very nice apple, but at a sensible price. As usual the Seville oranges came and went very quickly and I hope everyone was successful in their marmalade making. Now in March we should see lots of things imported in the way of early vegetables. For fruit we will have to wait a little longer although the forced rhubarb is excellent at the moment. After that is April and Easter with summer coming along behind them

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Poem Corner

News from Plan B for Hay

Dr. Foster’s Curse Dr. Foster went to Gloucester

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In a shower of rain

We felt we should address some inaccuracies in last month’s Wye Local, specifically a claim made by Mr D Gittins, a newly co-opted town councillor for Hay-on-Wye. He wrote half a page on problems facing the residents of Hay, most of it centred on public toilets. He also added a few lines on the new school building, and said, “If the original plans had been implemented, I suggest much of this article would have been redundant.” That’s not the case at all. At a recent meeting with Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, we were told that the original plans had been rejected because they represented ‘bad value’, would not provide a school free of cost, and were too complex and uncertain. Instead, Powys CC will build the new school on the existing site - where 72% of local people want it to be - and is confident of raising £3m from Welsh Government to complete the £8m build. We were also told that Powys CC would have to sell Hay’s public properties, come what may. Stand-alone community buildings are now unsustainable and Powys CC are moving all but the largest libraries into shared buildings. Hay will be no exception – we either move the library into shared accommodation or lose it altogether. So the plans for the new school, made available for everyone to see at September’s public consultation, offer one way of keeping our library. Let’s hope Hay Town Council can help bring it about.

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After several gallons of beer For the rain its torrential And floods consequential His legacy strangely is queer! We’re deluged with water There just is no quarter Our gutters are constantly leaking Then the lights all go off And we splutter and cough

Remnants, Offcuts and Carpet on the roll

Its a wonder we all are still speaking! Nothing could surely be worse

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Than a nursery rhyme with a curse

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This worrisome quack Must never come back And now for the very last verse!

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Susan Warne Do you have a poem you would like to publish in a future issue of the Wye Local magazine? If so, please email your poem to lisamarie@wyelocal.co.uk

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Volunteers!

The Church Barn Farm Shop at Whitney on Wye often have cooked food left over at the end of the day. Bread, veg, soup etc Rather than just throw it away Ceri would like to give it to the elderly. If anyone knows any elderly in the area please let Ceri know and then she can deliver it to a certain dropoff point, but if there are any volunteers to transport it further that would be marvellous. Please give Ceri a ring on 01497 831414

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I have never had a good view of a wild polecat, but have seen a few dead on local roads. A long time ago I shared an old house with a couple who kept ferrets as pets. They were wonderfully quick and agile and funny when racing around the kitchen.

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Ferrets are domesticated polecats and vary in appearance from the familiar yellow to something very like the wild form – near black with a strikingly masked face. For 2000 years people have kept them to bolt rabbits. Genuine wild polecats have their stronghold in Wales, and are thought to be spreading more into England. As well as rabbits they take small mammals, birds, amphibians and earthworms. In winter they may visit farm buildings and catch rats.

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Vegetable Vital complete the wordsearch, fill in the details below Vein Vocation and sendVein to Wye Local (address is on page 1). Vocation ClosingVenice date is Friday 16th MarchVodka 2014.

This year the Vincent Wildlife Trust from its office in Brecon is running a survey to monitor the distribution of polecats in Britain. They will also analyse carcases to find out where escaped ferrets are hybridising with the wild population. If you see,

or better still, photograph a polecat, or find a dead one, please contact David Jermyn on 01874 623724 or email davidjermyn@vwt.org.uk.

ROOFING THE ORIGINAL PERRY FAMILY trading as:

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 www.centralroofing.co.uk

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Lesley Walker RADRTS, AIDTA

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Hay Spring Fair A new event is launching this Easter in the grounds of Hay Castle that aims to help you save money, reduce your bills, and support the community we live in. Hay Spring Fair is taking place on Saturday 12th April with fun activities for all the family. This one day event will comprise talks from inspirational, knowledgeable figures in the field of green innovations, stalls and workshops from experts providing advice and information, and activities to help you get stuck in and learn about a new craft or technology. In addition there will be stalls from some of the best local and ethical businesses in the area, and some wonderfully tasty food and drink. So far the line-up includes some great workshops including craft sessions, wildflower garden sowing and how to make your own natural beauty products. We’ll have demos from alternative energy providers, low energy transport and local foraging walks. The event is organised by Andrew and Louise from Hay’s fair trade shop, Eighteen Rabbit, and has received support from the Sustainable Development Fund of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.

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We’d love to hear from any Hay residents or businesses with ideas about how they could get involved – we want this year to be the beginning of an annual event in Hay.

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Talks from inspirational, knowledgeable figures in the field of green innovations, stalls and workshops from experts providing advice and information, and activities to help you get stuck in and learn about a new craft or technology.

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We’ll soon have our website online at www.hayspringfair.co.uk and you can contact us at hello@hayspringfair.co.uk

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We also undertake Sanding and Re-sealing of wooden floors: Sanding and re-sealing of your old wooden floors will not only enhance the appearance but add value to your property!

For any further enquires on your cleaning requirements please contact 07989668063 for your free quotation

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Beyond the Reach of Empire In the early 1880s the Mahdi unleashed a spectacularly successful jihadist uprising against Egyptian colonial rule in the Sudan. By the spring of 1884, Cairo bowed to British pressure to withdraw. Beyond the Reach of Empire describes how Major General Charles Gordon was despatched to evacuate Khartoum and turn the Sudan over to self-rule, explains how and why the Gordon mission backfired then homes in on Sir Garnet Wolseley’s planning and execution of the long-delayed Gordon Relief Expedition, which arrived only two days after the city had fallen and Gordon had been killed. Colonel Mike Snook’s narrative is characterised by scrupulous attention to detail, an instinctive grasp of the period and an intimate understanding of its setting.The Hay-on-Wye author argues compellingly that the Khartoum affair was mismanaged from the

outset. The

outcome

is the exoneration of Gordon, the man cast in the role of scapegoat, and an indictment of Wolseley’s generalship over the course of the last and most deeply flawed campaign of his career.

The Hay-on-Wye author argues compellingly that the Khartoum affair was mismanaged from the outset. Published by Pen and Sword Books www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

New Osteopathic Practice Ian Wright BSc(ost). DPO. MSCC. MOCI.

Registered Osteopath

Cleaning (regular and one-off) Laundry Service Key-Holding Maintenance Property ‘Caretaking’

Ian Wright has set up a new practice in Hay-onWye. He is a very experienced Osteopath with practices in Harley Street and Ireland. For 20 years he has taught internationally Paediatric and Cranial Osteopathy. Ian set up the Daisy Clinic Trust in Ireland, a specialised teaching charity clinic treating children with special needs. He treats all ages and an extremely wide variety of symptoms, from long-term physical difficulties to emotional issues manifest in the body. Ian will give clear detailed feedback and advice.

www.wyebother.co.uk T: 01544 327919 M: 07833 497327 E: Enquiries@wyebother.com

For information and appointments Call Heloise on 07772 000728

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Most of Winter Light Make the most The lucky people who live in the Wye Local and Local Beacon areas are enveloped by some of the UK’s best scenery. Our appreciation of the landscape is increased if we can capture it in an effective photo – and the good news is that winter’s the best time to do it. The word photography originates from the Greek words photos, meaning light, and graphos, to draw. The first part’s crucial – put simply, to get a great photo you need great light. Although winter brings many dull days with very little light at all, when it’s good it can be very good indeed. The low, cold light throws long shadows which emphasise texture and perspective, separating our hills, and the leafless trees let through plenty of light instead of blocking it.

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shown on your camera, and try not to let it fall too low. If it does, use a tripod or steady the camera on a wall or gate. And a photo-editing program will keep you warm on cold nights…

Tel: 01497 820371

Email: wyecampers@hotmail.co.uk

Article supplied by Rod Bird, Electric Landscape Photography. Don’t forget to enter our Annual Photography Competition – please see the inside front cover for more details. Closing date is 30th March 2014. Good luck from the Local Beacon Team.

Resist the temptation to buy new gear specially. Use a camera you know well. Always look round the viewfinder before clicking the shutter, seeing what the camera will see and eliminating anything which doesn’t help the photo. The most common reason why photos fail is camera shake. So get to know where the shutter speed is

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Micro Minispecial Diggersperson why not treat&that Dumpers • Rollers in your life to a gift voucher Wacker Plates for a hair & beauty package. Generators Repairs We are now offering a mobile service Van • Chippers to allHire surrounding areas on Tuesdays & every other Saturday. Cherry Pickers • Water Pumps Fancy a hair up style? Stump Grinders

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Fashion Trends It is difficult to pin-point the trends of the new Spring / Summer 2014 season. It is bursting with diverse ideas from delicate lace to distressed denim, floral to tribal prints and as for colour the catwalks shimmered like a rainbow. Although a bit of freedom from the commands of the new season’s ‘must have items’ is liberating, a little bit of direction would be nice.. Colour of all forms drenched the S/S 14 shows, with head to toe primaries and colour blocking brights. The best way to wear them is to pick up a bright coat. This season they are practical too, think deep pockets and hoods! The finest ones will come with a belt, essential to giving you that hourglass shape us ladies lust after. If colourful outerwear is a little too much, bring in a splash of colour in your accessories. RawHide stock the most fantastic coloured clutch bags perfect for that POP of brightness.

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Colour Analysis

Normal price £95 Discounted to £75 (March & April only) • Home Visit • Mini Style Consultation to assess Shape and Lifestyle • Complete Colour Analysis using Seasonal Drapes • Free Colour Swatch— handbag ready! This service is a must for those who want to learn more about what colours make you glow & harmonise with your individual colouring. Watch how this process will transform how you look & more importantly how you feel! Your colours will stay the same for a lifetime too — so the sooner you find out the better!

Email: kate@fashionfarmer.co.uk Telephone: 07792963197 www.fashionfarmer.co.uk

Denim will be MASSIVE this year too, hurrah! Freshen it up with dungarees, turn-ups and a little sparkle, just team with the shoe of the moment the trainer (try the skater version). For the boys take your denim as light as you dare, keep them sat on the hips with legs that taper to the ankle. The best bit boys is the more you wear them the better they will look as they soften and fade with age! For me, this season’s KEY BUY is the pleated skirt. The perfect one will ripple with sharp pleats, taking you from day to night. Try to keep the fabric minimal if you are on the petite side and/or have rounded hips, this will avoid drowning/emphasising your frame. For the freshest look opt for a cotton, narrow pleated, midi length option. I found mine at the Hay Does Vintage event last December but Zara and Whistles have a great selection too. If all else fails and it’s still raining Number 2 have some pretty calf length wellies, perfect to splash about in. For more information about trends, outfit solutions and fashion news visit my blog and find me on facebook. www.fashionfarmer.co.uk Article supplied by Kate Sly

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Interested in joining a choir? Formed in 1969 and based In the Gwernyfed Rugby Club at Talgarth in the foothills of the Black Mountains and in the Brecon Beacons National Park, the choir has a membership of 50. Many are ex -rugby players. Our purpose is to sing, entertain and enjoy ourselves in doing so. We are proud to carry on the tradition of Male Voice Choirs in Wales and have travelled throughout England and Wales but also to Scotland and on the continent in Belgium, France, Spain and Holland. We have sung at the Albert Hall in London, the Menin Gate in Ypres and the Millenium Centre and St David’s Hall in Cardiff. This May we are singing in a Choir Festival in Co Mayo in Ireland. During its existence the choir has raised over £1million for various local and national charities. Talgarth Choir as we are usually called is over 40 years old and is well established. We are always on the look out for new members who enjoy singing. Making the initial step takes a bit of courage and so here are some answers to some queries you might have.

What do you sing? We are a Welsh choir so we sing some Welsh hymns and songs and there are people in the choir who help with pronunciation. Some choristers come from over the border in Herefordshire and they cope well. We also sing ballads (old and new), spirituals and songs from the shows. What will I get out of it? The best people to ask are the choristers. You will have fun and make friends for sure. You will get the opportunity to travel within the area and sometimes further afield – even abroad on times. Basically it’s up to you. Still interested? Look on our website www.talgarthmalechoir.com talk to a choir member you know or ring the secretary on 01874 625140. Article supplied by Richard Williams.

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Do I need to be able to read music? No. Apart from the Conductor and the accompanist the vast majority of us can’t. What type of voice do I have to have? There is no voice test. We invite you to sit in with the tenors and then the bass section till you find out where you are comfortable. That is how we all found out which section to adopt. What nights do you rehearse? One night a week - Monday at Gwernyfed Rugby Club 7.45pm to 10pm

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Eco-friendly, long burning briquettes. Made with clean sawdust from local sources. Minimal ash, no sparking, clean to handle.

Great selection of canoes, kayaks and equipment, everything you need for a trip down the Wye. Expert advice, guided river trips, qualified instruction for beginners and improvers.

Prices starting from £3.00 per Pack

Does it cost me anything? Current subs are £20 a year payable in January and when you become established there is a contribution towards the uniform. What about commitment? Obviously work and family commitments come first but regular attendance at practices is essential so that we can learn the repertoire as a choir.

(Depending on quantity) Credit Cards accepted via PayPal

Available in packs of 10kg or pallets up to 1000kg (Pallet delivery available)

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Baskerville Hall Hotel

Rug Washing, Repair & Livery Services

Clyro Court Nr Hay-on-Wye

on the A438 Hereford to Brecon main road at Clyro

Open Acoustic Session Every Wednesday

We offer a fast, friendly, efficient and reliable rug washing and repair service.

An informal gathering of players, singers and friends, entirely acoustic, without the paraphernalia of leads and microphones. Collaborations encouraged. A free drink and a bowl of chips for all performers. Audience and players - All Welcome

• Outdoor rug wash from £7.50

From 8.30pm Free entry from 7pm Real Ale & Bar Snacks available 7pm - 9.30pm Ample free car parking

For a full price list and more details visit our website

Tel: 01497 820033

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www.baskervillehall.co.uk

Or Contact Vicky

Mobile: 07890 191680

Problem jobs? Phil Swaine Handyman

Phil Swaine

Don’t think of me as someone who just puts up pictures, mirrors and shelves or assembles your flatpack furniture, because although I can do all that, there is so much more besides. With twenty years experience of DIY and property maintenance, both inside and out, it’s probably easier to list the things I don’t do, rather than a long list of the things I can (for instance I don’t do roofing, flooring/carpeting, major electrical and plumbing work and I’m not afraid to tell you you’ll need a specialist if I don’t have a particular skill). I often work closely with holiday cottage owners, providing internal and external property and garden maintenance, being on hand to sort out any problems as they arise in the owner’s absence. I can carry out simple plumbing tasks, such as replacing tap washers or whole taps, and simple electrics such as replacing power points, light fittings or switches, and even a bit of patch plastering. But I don’t just carry out small jobs - I’ve built stone walls, laid patios, built hearths and re-pointed walls; lime washed and painted houses inside and out, and re-planned and re-laid gardens. In conjunction with my wife Jaye, who is a qualified garden designer, we also now offer a new garden and internal design service. So if that job is still waiting to be done, please give me a call. For further information contact Phil on 01874 711915 or 07929 587173

General Handyman Home & Garden • Small Jobs • Repairs • Larger Projects

“Make the most of your home” Tel: 01874 711915 Mobile: 07929587173 philswaine@hotmail.co.uk

Oak Tree Funeral Services

of Eardisley and Kington We provide a very personal, professional and caring service and can be contacted at any time during the day or night. Funeral arrangements can be made in the comfort of your own home and in the presence of your family, helping you through this sad time. Please contact (day/night) Mr. Bill Rowlatt (Proprietor) 6 Castle Close, Eardisley. HR3 6NL Tel: 01544 327829 or 07974 387056 ~ Our promise is to care for you and those you love ~

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Litter Picking on the Wye Do you want to see new places in beautiful countryside and help to clean it up?

Provisional dates are as follows: Saturday 1st March, Tuesday 4th March, Saturday 8th March, Tuesday 11th March, Saturday 15th March

photography

Craig Pritchard

By the time you read this, river levels will hopefully have dropped enough for us to go and pick up the litter from the banks of the River Wye. We are looking for volunteers to come and help keep our river banks clean. We provide: Litter pickers, bags and gloves, and we dispose of the rubbish. We do not go near the river unless onto a beach – normally it’s picking rubbish from the flood lines. Volunteers need to be reasonably fit, wear wellies and suitable clothing and bring their own lunch. Each session normally lasts about 4 – 5 hours.

local landscapes

competition

Electrical Contractor

1st prize: £50 2nd prize: £25 3rd prize: £10

All aspects of electrics, Domestic, Commercial, Industrial. Inspecting and testing. Part p registered.

support us where they can, and the River Wye Preservation Trust have supported us again. Let’s make a start!! Tony Norman (Wye and Usk foundation) www. wyeuskfoundation.org/projects/litterclearups.php

Areas we cover: The Llynfi system, Wye Glasbury to Mordiford and the Monnow system. For anyone with canoes – my target dates are (we will choose one day of:-) 28/29/30 March. Hay to The Boat Inn at Whitney on Wye. 5/6 April. The Boat Inn to Cannon Bridge. 12/13 April. Cannon Bridge to Luckshall. (subject to permissions/ weather). This will be to retrieve rubbish from the water only. For those that would be interested to go out on the Monnow catchment, please contact Rob Denny on 01432 880636 or denny.helen.rob@ virgin.net or info@monnow.org To take part in the Wye Glasbury to Luggsmouth clear up, contact the Wye & Usk Foundation on 01874 711714 or volunteers@wyeuskfoundation. org We have the full co-operation of Powys, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire County Councils, and Keep Wales Tidy have agreed to

t. 01981500555 m. 07581094584 e. craigpritchard333@ymail.com Colebrook cottage, Bredwardine, Hereford, HR3 6BZ

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The rules are simple: • High resolution images of local landscapes in or around Brecon, Talgarth or Hay-on-Wye • Images need to be landscape, not portrait

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Hay-on-Wye Dark Skies Festival 21st - 23rd March 2014 In the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains The Brecon Beacons National Park is one of the darkest areas in the Wales to observe the night sky. It is easily accessible by road links to South Wales, and mid-Wales and the midlands of England and represents one of the best dark sky sites in southern Britain. In general the area of the National Park is very dark with stars down to visual magnitude 6.3 and an average of 6.13 at best visible across the whole of the park.The faintest recorded observation was magnitude 6.41.

The Dark Sky Festival offers opportunities for children, those new to the science and enthusiasts. It offers a small planetarium experience and visits to a mainstream Planetarium. There will be lectures from experts on how to observe the skies, what to look for in both daylight and the dark skies. There are lectures from experts on how astronomy has enabled the world to be navigated, how to use telescopes in the daylight and at night and get amazing results. There is also an opportunity to observe the sunrise on the equinox line, a twice yearly occurrence.

Hay-on-Wye is a welcoming base from All this in the company of those who are eager to which to be introduced to the excitement, share their knowledge and expertise. pleasures and rewards of meeting with Full information can be found on the website at www.darkskiesfestival.org, astronomy enthusiasts, observing stars all events can be booked online via the website. and benefitting from the area’s dark skies.

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What’s on: during the week MONDAY Jolly Tots Stay and Play: 9 - 11am. Hay Primary School. £2 a session, £1 for additional children. Come along for creative activities, play and fun! Everyone welcome. Term time only. Contact Becky 07786552832 or Hannah 07557410864. Clyro Primary School Parent and Toddler Group: 9 - 10.30am. For play, fun activities, songs and stories. 0 – 5 years. Just turn up and join in! £1 per session. Contact 01497 820860. Llanigon Playgroup: 9.30 - 11am (come any time between 9 and 9.30am). Term time only. Llanigon School. Weekly themes and activities, everyone welcome. Freestyle Fitness Yoga: 9.15 10am at the Gym & Tonic Health Club.Contemporary and sociable the’ East has been taken out’, leaving us to simply explore the poses. No chanting. You’ll love it! £6. 01497 822995. The Free Hay Shopper to the Co-op: pick up 9.30am, return 11.00am for Hay members of Dial-a-Ride. Everyone welcome! Contact 01497 821616 for more information and how to become a member. Threading Notions Craft Circle: 10am – 12.30pm. Cusop Village Hall. £2.50 per session (to include unlimited tea/coffee/biscuits!). First session free of charge. A lively, friendly, helpful, chatty group and a warm, light, welcoming venue. Bring all those unfinished craft pieces - there will probably be someone who can help! All ages welcome. Contact Judi Bunn 01874 754062. Life Drawing: 10am - 4pm at Clyro Village Hall. Beginners welcome. Contact 01497 831550. MODELS WANTED. Hayday Café: (first Monday of the month). 2 – 4pm. Cusop Village Hall. A new cafe for people living with dementia. Transport can be arranged. Contact Trish Richardson 01497 821381. Hay Bridge Club: 2 – 5pm. The

Swan Hotel, Hay. Our friendly relaxed Bridge Club is now up and running. New members of all standards welcome. Contact Jenny 01497 831287. Friendship Club: (third Monday of the month) 2.30 - 4pm at Llanigon Village Hall. Tea, cakes and chat. Contact Ann Pritchard 01497 847221. Zumba Gold: 5 - 6pm Hay Parish Hall. Exhilarating and easy going exercise with Latin inspired dance moves - easy to follow and suitable for everybody. Beginners and Senior Dancers especially welcome. Additional classes at Talgarth Town Hall on Thursdays 10.30 - 11.30am and at Brecon Mind Mondays 2-3pm. Contact Wynona 01874 711499. Boxercise: 6 - 6.45pm at the Gym & Tonic Health Club. For men and women. £6. Contact 01497 822995. Spinning: 6pm & 7pm at Gwernyfed Sports Centre. Call to book 01497 847740. Craft Class: 7 - 9pm. Dolls House Fun, Hay. Contact Mrs Abel 01497 821913. Alive & Kickin’ Community Choir: St. Michael’s Church, Wheat St., Brecon. £5 per session / £3 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 07723 016837 or email tanyawalker@hotmail.com. Llanigon YFC Meeting: 7 - 9.30pm at Llanigon Village Hall. Contact Philip Price 01497 847342. Christianity Explored Course: 7pm. Felindre Village Hall. Arranged by Penyrheol Baptist Chapel, this course which is free of charge will be led by Rev’d Anne Roberts and will run for 9 weekly sessions on Mondays as from 16th September. Contact Secretary Janet Matthews 01874 711061. Short Mat Bowls: 7.30 - 9.30pm at Clyro Village Hall. All ages and

What’s on: during the week levels of expertise welcome! Contact Liz Griffiths 01497 820570 Bell Ringing Practice: 7.30pm at St.Peter’s Church, Glasbury. New ringers are always most welcome. TUESDAY Llyswen Parent & Toddler Group: 9.15 - 11.15am. Term time only. Llyswen Village Hall. Everyone welcome, lots of fun and good company. Children from 0 Schoolage. Kettlebell Mania: 9.15 - 10am at the Gym & Tonic Health Club. Perfect for after the school drop off! £6. Contact G&T’s on 01497 822995. Yoga Active and Stretching: 9.15 – 11am at Cusop Village Hall. Our lovely new, quiet and warm venue.Come and join in our friendly group, give it a try and see if you like it! Beginners and all levels welcome. £5 per session. Contact Emma Phillpotts on 01497 831704 or email emmaphillpotts@gmail.com. Dorstone Dormice Baby and Toddler Group: 10am to 12noon. (Including term time). Dorstone Village Hall. £1- for the first child and 50 pence for subsequent children. All welcome! Contact Kari Morgan 01497 831752. Craft Class run by South Powys Parkinson’s branch: 10am - 1pm at Talgarth Church Hall. Make your own greetings cards with a tutor. Knit, sew, tapestry, rag rug making etc. Art Class (any medium): 10.30am - 12.30pm at the Dolls House Fun, Hay. Contact Mrs Abel 01497 821913. Shakespeare Play Readings: (Alternate Tuesdays) 2 - 5pm. Glasbury Village Hall. With the Willow Globe Theatre Company. Contact 01597 811487. Boughrood Cycle Club: 6pm. Regular summer evening road rides, winter day and evening road rides depending on weather. Pub & café breaks. All welcome. Meet at bus stop nr.

Boughrood Village Shop. Contact Sarah 01874 754031 or sarah@ hiddenbeacons.co.uk. Bowling: Arrive at 6pm to commence play at 6.30pm at Brecon Road, Hay. All welcome. Talgarth Cricket Club (Nets Training): 6pm at Talgarth Cricket Pitch. Contact Mr Paul Norris, Chairman 07507508172. Athletic Pilates: 6 - 6.45pm at Gym & Tonic Health Club. Our am session is so popular we HAD to extend it to the evenings! Suitable for the more experienced or advanced fitness levels. £6. Contact G&T’s on 01497 822995. 1st Hay-On-Wye Scout Group – Beavers: 6 – 7pm. Masonic Hall, Brecon Road, Hay. Contact Ellie 01497 821650 or 07772661480. Gwernyfed Ladies Running Club: 6.15pm. Location varies, see Gwernyfed Sports Centre Facebook Page. Contact 01497 847740. See article on page 18. Talgarth Bowling Club (Practice Night): 6.30pm, Talgarth. New bowlers welcome. Contact 01874 623477. Glasbury Paddlers: Canoe club meets at 6.30pm at Glasbury. Formore information call in at PSM Outdoors in Hay and ask for Peter. Circuits: 6.45pm at Gwernyfed Sports Centre. Drop in class. Contact 01497 847740. Circuits Blast’ with Cat: 6.45 7.30pm at Gym & Tonic Health Club. Traditional circuits with exercises you’ll know and love. Results proven. £6. Contact G&T’s on: 01497 822995. Gwernyfed Hockey Club Training: 7 – 8pm Brecon Leisure Centre’s Astro. All abilities

welcome. Contact Nicola Drew 07812691345.

Offices, all are welcome. Contact on 08453302000.

Hola! - Spanish for beginner: 7 – 8.30pm. Also are you interested in walking and learning Spanish? Join us to go to Santiago de Compostela at the end of September. Learn and practice your Spanish now! Contact Mely 01497 820991 or 07837 160505.

Volleyball: 8 - 9.30pm, at Gwernyfed High School Sports Centre. All abilities welcome, have fun and get a bit of exercise, first session free. Contact Rupert Bateson 07511207769.

Zumba: 7.45 - 8.45pm. Glasbury Village Hall.This fun inclusive group welcomes all to come and get fit while having a laugh  with us. Suitable for beginners. Bring a drink. Classes £4.75 (pay on arrival). Pre-booking not required. Talgarth YFC Meeting: 7 - 9pm at Gwernyfed Rugby Club, Talgarth. Contact Kayleigh 01874 658713. Death Café: (first Tuesday of the month) 7.30pm at Glasbury Village Hall. Contact Angela Evans 01497 847440. Hay Camera Club: 7.30pm at Llanigon Village Hall. Contact Christine Starnes 01981550589 or 07932716035. Transition Town Hay Meeting: (third Tuesday of the month)7.30pm at The Kilverts. Come along to find out more about the transition movement, enjoy an informal discussion or bring an idea for a new project. Royal British Legion(Womens Section): (third Tuesday of the month) 7.30pm. Hay & District Social Club (Ex Royal British Legion), opposite Kilverts Hotel, Hay. Talks, discussions, demonstrations, quizzes etc. Your membership will also help in the running of the RBL. Contact Barbara Travers 01497 847777. Hay Neighbourhood Policing Team public PACT Meeting: (last Tuesday of the month) 7.30 8.30pm at the Hay Town Council

WEDNESDAY Whitney Crocodiles Parent & Toddler Session: 9.30 - 11am. Term time only. Pick ‘n Mix’ for ABSOLUTE beginners: 9.15 – 10am. Gym & Tonic Health Club. You’ll love this session: A triple sampler class. You’ll experience 3 different disciplines but at easy entry level! JUST what you need - so relaxed! Contact 01497 822995. Coffee morning: 910.30am - 12 at Royston Hall, Bronllys. Coffee or tea and cake £1. Proceeds to the hall. Everyone welcome. Hay Luncheon Club: (third Wednesday of the month) at The Masonic Hall, Hay. We have a delicious roast dinner and a speaker or activity afterwards, a very pleasant, sociable time together after our meal and raffle. Contact Trish Kiddle 01497 821276. Wednesday Lunch Club: (third Wednesday of the month) Rhosgoch Golf Club. Nothing formal, just lots of happy chatter over a good lunch. Why not come along and join us?  Contact Wendy King 01497 851229. The Scribblers: 4.15 - 5.30pm at The Drill Hall, 25 Lion Street, Hay. Contact Sophie 01497 822620. Velo Hay Cycle Club: 6pm. Drover Cycles, Forest Road, Hay. All welcome. Contact 01497 821134 or visit Drover Cycles Facebook page for details of rides.


What’s on: during the week Freestyle Fitness Yoga: 6 - 6.45pm at the Gym & Tonic Health Club Contemporary and sociable - the’ East has been taken out’, leaving us tosimply explore the poses. £6. 01497 822995. Contact 07747465994. Hay on Wye Scout Group: Scouts 6.30 - 8pm. Hay Parish Hall. Adult helpers also required. Contact Martin 01874 754291. Kettlercise: 6.30pm at Gwernyfed Sports Centre. Call to book. Contact 01497 847740. Tennis Club: 6.30pm onwards at the Tennis Courts Hay. Contact AlunSmith 07967914123. Live Music @ Baskerville HallOpen Mic Acoustic Night: doors open 7pm. Music 8.30pm. Food available 7 – 9.30pm. Baskerville Hall Hotel, Clyro Court. Free admission, all welcome. Contact 01497 820033. Llanigon WI: (first Wednesdayof the month) meet 7pm at Llanigon Village Hall. New members are always welcome come and join us. Contact Anne Gibbons 01497 820997. Gwent & Powys Army Cadet Force: 7 - 9pm at Old School Bldg, Church Lane, Talgarth. Ages 12 (Yr8 HighSchool) -18yrs looking for a new exciting, fun and challenging activity. Headquarters Contacts: 01874 813756. Website:www.armycadets.com. 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 or email sambabrecon@yahoo.co.uk. Gwent & PowysArmy Cadet Force:

7 - 9pm at The Cadet Centre, Gypsy Castle, Hay-on-Wye. Please see details on previous listing. The Brecon Singers – Rehearsals: 7.30 – 9.30pm. Y Neuadd Goffa, Christ College, Brecon. We shall be rehearsing Haydn’s Nelson Mass for a performance in Brecon Cathedral on 29th March 2014. Join us if you love to sing and can commit regularly to rehearsals in Brecon. No auditions required. Visit www.breconsingers. co.uk. Contact 01874 658332. Adult Drama Club: 7.30 - 9.30pm. The Globe at Hay. £6 per session, no booking necessary. Contact 07733055430. Black Mountains Lions Club: (first & third Wednesday of the month) meets 7.45/8pm. Contact David James 01497 820227. Three Cocks WI: (second Wednesday of the month) meets 7pm in St. Peter’s Church Hall, Glasbury. Contact Anne Collins 01497 847370. Hay WI: (second Wednesday of the month) 7.30pm at Masonic Hall, Hay. Contact Ellie Spencer 01497 821650 for more details. THURSDAY Jolly Tots Stay and Play: 9 11am. Hay Primary School. £2 a session £1 for additional children. Come along for creative activities, play and fun! Everyone welcome.Term time only.Contact Becky 07786552832 Hannah 07557410864. Free Weights Blitz: 9.15 - 10am at Gym and Tonic Health Club. All welcome - this is a great session. MELTS body fat! £6. Contact 01497 822995. “Bumps and Babies”Group: 10 – 11.30am. Glasbury Village Hall. There are programmes for parents to beand parents with new babies, plus individual support and information. Contact Sally 07590417752 or Rachael Labourne (Health Visitor) 01874

What’s on: during the week 713014 or 0796814550. Brecon and District Credit UnionCollection Point: Open10am - 12noon at Youth and Community Centre, Oxford Rd, Hay. Clyro Primary School Parent and Toddler Group: 2 - 3.30pm. For play, fun activities, songs and stories. 0 – 5years. Just turn up and join in! £1per session. Contact 01497 820860. Bell Bank Club for the blind and partially sighted: 2 - 4pm. The Parish Hall, Lion St., Hay. Anyone who is blind or has restricted sight is very welcome to join us for chat, speakers, outings, etc. Contact Eileen Bufton 01497 820897. Gwernyfed Ladies RFC Training: 5.30pm (U15’s girls) 6.45pm (Ladies).Gwernyfed Rugby Club, Talgarth. Raven Drama: 5.30 – 7pm (Term time only). Llangorse Village Hall. Age 7 -14yrs. Contact Lynn Clausen 07949 329561. Spinning: 6pm. Gwernyfed Sports Centre. Booking essential. Contact 01497 847740. Coming back to G&T’s: Weight & See Live!: 6pm - 7.15pm. Gym and Tonic. Places strictly limited. Book your place on this, our most successful product. 10 week course. Contact 01497 822995. Bowling: Arrive any time between 6 and 8.30pm at Brecon Road Hay. All welcome. Stitch ‘n’ Bitch: (first Thursday of the month) 6 - 8pm atThe Swan Hotel, Hay. Table Tennis: 6.30 - 8.30pm atGlasbury Village Hall. Over 18s only.Please ring to check availability. Contact Malcolm Bradley 01497 831633. Kettlehells: 6.45pm Gym & Tonic Health Club - for gym members only. Warm up in the gym at 6.30pm (or do Cat’s Yoga class) then join our RBT Kettlebellclass - fast and furious with a stretch at the end. We’ll have you out by

7! A GREAT session! £6. Contact 01497 822995. Ladies Netball: 7 - 8pm at Gwernyfed Sports Hall. Just turn up on the night for a fun, relaxed game of netball. £2 on the night. New ladies very welcome. For more details, contact Lisa Marie 01544 327716. Zumba with Zoe: 7 - 8pm. Aberedw Village Hall. All abilities welcome. Contact Zoe 07747465994. Felindre Singers: 7 - 8pm at Felindre Village Hall. Felindre Singers Rehearsing. Art Class (any medium): 7 - 9pm at Dolls House Fun, Hay. Contact Mrs Abel 01497 821913. Qi Gong: 7 - 8.30pm at Cusop Village Hall. Small friendly group practising Qi Gong. Contact Sandy Sandaver 01497 821625. Talgarth WI: (first Thursday of the month) 7pm. Talgarth Library Hay-on-Wye Amnesty Group: (fourth Thursday of the month)78pm,The Globe at Hay. Contact Sean O ’Donoghue 01497 821153. Talgarth and District Historical Society: (last Thursday of the month) 7.30pm at Gwernyfed Rugby Club. See local posters for details. Quiz Night: (last Thursday of the month) 7.30pm.The Rhydspence Inn.Contact 01497 831262. Talgarth WI: (first Thursday of the month)7.30pm.Talgarth Library. New members always welcome! Contact Jan 01874 711665. Hay Theatre Club (adults): 7.30 – 9.30pm.The Globe in Hay. Action packed practical professionally led theatre workshops. A real social club with a theme. Sessions £6. Checkout Hay Theatre Club on Facebook.Contact Janine Sharp (alias Linda Luvvie) 07733055430. Shortmat Bowls: 7.30 - 9.30pm at Llanigon VIllage Hall. Contact Rob Williams 01497 820692.

Three Cocks Vintage Society: (second Thursday of the month) 8pm. The Harp Inn, Glasbury. Contact Margaret James 01874 711110. Hay Community Choir: 8 9.30pm.Term time only. Hay Parish Hall. Open to everyone who enjoys singing and wants to have fun! Cost: £4. Contact 01497 822952 or www.haychoir.co.uk. Charity Quiz Night: 8.30pm at The Harp Inn, Glasbury. Contact 01497 847373. FRIDAY Beginner Pilates: 9.15 - 10am at the Gym & Tonic Health Club. You simply MUST try this class. Get stronger, longer, posturally correct with an expert in this field. Suitable for everyone. £6. Contact 01497 822995. Busy Bees Parent & Toddler Group: 9.30 - 11.30am at Clifford Community Centre. Contact Jane 01497 831427 or Di 01981 500136. Relaxing Yoga & Meditation with Georgie: 10 – 11.30am. Booths Bookshop Yoga Studio, Brook St, Hay. Wind down for the weekend with a gentle, healing yet energising Kundalini Yoga class. All welcome! Suitable also for pregnancy (Georgie is also a doula), old souls & some disabilities. Contact 07807 550653. Athletic Pilates using weights: 10.30 - 11.15am at the Gym & Tonic Health Club. Suitable for the more experienced or conditioned participants. £6. Contact 01497 822995. Brecon & District Credit UnionCollection Point: 11am – 1pm. Talgarth Library. Support your communitybank with a savings account or a low interest loan. ContactJan 01874 711665. Hay Theatre CIC - Reminiscence Workshop: 1.30 – 3.30pm. The Globe at Hay. A reminiscence group for over 65s. Contact Janine Sharp 07733 055430.

Music & Movement for Mums and Tots(birth to schoolage): 2.15pm at Cusop Village Hall.Term time only.Led by Anna Carlisle. £4per child or £6 for family of 2 children. Contact Ros Murphy 01497 831007/07799652120. Junior Netball Team Training: (term time only):4 - 5pm (9 - 13 year olds), 5 - 6pm (13 - 18yrs). Gwernyfed High School. Contact 07891371458. Cllr.William Powell’s Advice Surgery: (first Friday of the month) 5 - 7pm at Talgarth Information and Resource Centre. Contact 07703112113 or email:william. powell@wales.gov.uk. Aerobics Master class with Cat: (last Friday of the month) 6pm at Gym & Tonic Health Club. Different theme each time. Booking essential on 01497 822995. Spinning: (6pm & 7pm at Gwernyfed Sports Centre. Call to book Contact 01497 847740. Junior Table Tennis Club: 7- 8pm at Gwernyfed Sports Centre. For ages 7 - 16. 50p per player. Contact 01497 847740. Red Kite Workshops: 7 - 8.30pm at The Drama Studio, Gwernyfed High School. Term time only. Bingo: (first Friday of the month) eyes down 7.30pm. Glasbury Village Hall. Contact Darren Ricketts 01497 847250. SATURDAY Charity Table Sale: (first Saturday of the month) 9am onwards at Talgarth Church Hall. Contact Tony James 01874 711289. Kettlercise: 9.30am at Gwernyfed Sports Centre.Call to book. Contact 01497 847740. Childrens ’Painting Classes: 10.30am - 12noon at Dolls House Fun, Hay. Contact Mrs Abel 01497 821913.


What’s on: during the week / month Hay Youth Theatre: 10.30am - 12.30pm. The Globe in Hay (7 - 11year olds). Come and haves some confidence building fun with our family - like group. Professionally led by Janine Sharp. Contact 07733055430. Art Class for Children (11 18yrs):11am - 12.30pm at Dolls House Fun, Hay.Contact Mrs Abel 01497 821913. Hay Senior Youth Theatre:1 - 3pm. The Globe in Hay. 12-16years. Fun & Laughs. Professional performance skill training. Contact Janine Sharp 07733055430. SUNDAY Talgarth Country Market: (first Sunday of the month) from 10am - 1pm in theTown Hall. Drover Cycles Bike Club: (last Sunday of the month)meets 10am at Drover Cycles (top of Main Car Park, Hay).Contact Lindsey 01497 821134. Tennis Club: 11am - 1pm at the Tennis Courts, Hay. Contact Alun Smith 07967914123. Services at Penyrheol Baptist Church: (fourth Sunday of the month) 3pm. Contact 01874711061. ‘Sound of the Baskervilles’–Open Mic Session: 4pm. Baskerville Arms Hotel, Clyro. Contact 01497 820670. DURING THE MONTH Saturday 1st March Bokwa Master Class: Gwernyfed Sports Centre. Contact 01497 847740 or 07831 609889. See advert on page 43. Flicks in the Sticks / Borderlines Film Festival presents – “Blue Jasmine” (Cert 12a): 7.30pm. Brilley Village Hall. Stranded without money following the arrest of her husband, Jasmine struggles with the returns to her long forgotten roots. Woody Allen’s brilliant new film. Cabaret seating. Bring your

own refreshments. Tickets £3.50, Children £2.50. Contact 01544 327227. Folk and Irish Music Session: 8pm. The Harp Inn, Glasbury. Contact 01497 847373. See advert on page 42. Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March Wire Sculpture One Day Workshops with Gail Stokes Hayward): 10.30am – 4pm. Glasbury Village Hall. A few places left, no previous experience necessary. Ticket prices £40 full price, £25 concessions (unwaged, students, over-60s). Contact 01497 847426. Sunday 2nd March Talgarth Country Market – Talgarth and District Regeneration Group: 10am – 1pm. Town Hall, Talgarth. Contact Nicola Willis 01874 713166. See advert on page 10. Tuesday 4th March “Kent: the Gateway and Garden of England” - Brecknock Decorative & Fine Arts Society: 2.30pm.Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. Kent with its long maritime boundary and its closeness to both London and France has long been a highway for monarchs, pilgrims, trade and ideas. In times of conflict it has been Britain’s first line of defence. Dick Bolton is a “man of Kent” and a registered Blue Badge Guide for the South East of England and the City of Canterbury. He lectures and lead tours on architecture and stained glass. Membership of Society £40. Visitors welcome, £7.50 per lecture. Contact Deborah Cogger 01874 625679 or www.bdfas.org.uk. Thursday 6th March Flicks in the Sticks / Borderlines Film Festival presents – “Sunshine on Leith” (Cert PG): 7.30pm. Brilley Village Hall. Returning from duty in Afghanistan, lifelong friends Davy and Ally must re-learn how

to live life in Edinburgh. A feel good romp featuring the music of The Proclaimers. Cabaret seating. Bring your own refreshments. Tickets £3.50, Children £2.50. Contact 01544 327227. Friday 7th March Craft Demonstration – Weaving: 1pm. The Harp Inn, Glasbury. Making a rug on a peg loom. Contact 01497 847333 or 01497 847373. See advert on page 42. Saturday 8th March Brecknock Farmers Market: 9.30am – 2pm. Brecon Market Hall. Contact 07805 375636. See advert on page 40. WildPlay Play Launch: Ewyas Harold recreation ground, 11 – 2 pm. A day to celebrate outdoor play and introduce the our latest project to the golden valley. Activities include Rock-aHula Baby, green woodworking, fire activities, animal race games, nature orchestra, face painting and lots more! Contact Hayley 01432 356872. Sunday 9th March Hay Community Woodland Management Session: 10am. Hay Bridge. Contact 01497 820803. See article on page 21. Friday 14th March Charity Quiz & Curry Night: 6.30pm. The Old Railway line Garden Centre, Three Cocks. £10 per person, including curry and quiz entry. Teams of up to 6 people. All profits to Greenfingers charity. Contact 01497 847055. See advert on front cover. Saturday 15th March Bingo: 7.30pm – Eyes Down. Cusop Village Hall. £3 entry for a book of 8 games.The emphasis will be on ‘fun’, and participation will be encouraged. Cash prizes. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available or ‘bring a bottle’. Contact Jim Wesley 01497 820705. Flix in the Stix (Talgarth) presents:

What’s on: during the month / next month ‘Nebraska’: 7.30 for 8pm. Pre film pizzas available at The Bakers’ Table from 5pm. Entrance to film £4, pizza and film £10. Early booking essential. Contact The Baker’s Table 01874 711125. See advert on page 10. Open Acoustic Session: 8pm. The Harp Inn, Glasbury. Contact 01497 847373. Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March Garden Re-Leaf Fundraising Weekend: The Old Railway Line Garden Centre, Three Cocks. Join us at any-time over the weekend to support our fundraising attempts. Contact 01497 847055. See advert on front cover. Monday 17th March Hay Music presents - “Fitzwilliam String Quartet”: 7.30pm. Richard Booth’s Bookshop, Hay. The world-famous Quartet Play Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Sibelius. Tickets £12 from the bookshop. (Advance booking strongly recommended). Contact 01497 820322. Brilley Monday Club: 7.30pm. Brilley Village Hall. A talk by Athene English – from The Great English Outdoors in Hay. Contact 01497 831535. See article on page 25. Friday 21st March Craft Group: 1 – 4pm. The Harp Inn, Glasbury. Learn basic crotchet. Contact 01497 847333 or 01497 847373. Jay Griffiths on Frida Kahlo: 2pm. Richard Booth’s Bookshop, Hay. Book launch, reading and Q&A with award-winning author Jay Griffiths. Free but ticketed, places limited. Contact 01497 820322. Promise Auction for Usk House:

with St David’s Hospice Care. (In celebration of Usk House’s 21st Birthday). Bishop’s Meadow, Brecon. With Ryan Williams from McCartneys at the helm, we are guaranteed an entertaining evening, with some wonderful promises on offer. Contact Sally Morris, Usk House Fundraiser (01874 611717). Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd March Hay-on-Wye Dark Skies Festival: Discover Your Universe. See www. darkskiesfestival.org. See advert and article on page 61. Saturday 22nd March Glasbury Arts present – “An evening with Jacqui Dankworth”: 7.30pm. Drama Studio, Gwernyfed High School. Prices: £11 full price, £9 concessions (unwaged, students, over-60s). 10% Member’s discount applies to both prices. Contact 01497 847426. See article on page 6. Bingo: 7.30pm. Cusop Village Hall. £3 entry for a book of 8 games. The emphasis will be on ‘fun’, participation will be encouraged. Cash prizes. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available or ‘bring a bottle’. Contact Jim Wesley 01497 820705. The Phil Bates Trio: The Baskerville Arms Hotel, Clyro. Tickets £12pp. Booking essential. Contact 01497 820670. See advert on page 60. Sunday 23rd March The Gwernyfed Sports Relief Mile: Contact 01497 847740. The Hay-on-Wye Sport Relief Mile: 10am. Kilvert’s Inn, Hay. See article on page 4. Wednesday 26th March Glasbury Get-Together Club:

2.30 - 4.30pm. Glasbury Village Hall. Tea and raffle. Please see local posters for further details. Small items donated for prizes appreciated. Contact Gloria 01497 847726. Thursday 27th March Prize Bingo: 7 for 7.15pm. Baskerville Hall Hotel, Clyro. Free local transport can be arranged by Dial-a-Ride. Bar open and bar snacks available. Fun night. Raising money for local charities. All welcome. Contact 01497 820033. Friday 28th March The Village Quire present – “Precious Bane”: 7pm. The Globe at Hay. Precious Bane is Mary Webb’s story of love and ambition, set in Shropshire’s ‘lakelands’ at a time just after the Napoleonic wars. It is a story of faith and folklore, of pantheism and personal advancement. But above all it is a love story: the love of Prue Sarn for Kester Woodseaves. Through song and the spoken word, the Village Quire’s Precious Bane is a fresh telling of that story. Visit our website www.villagequire.org.uk for full concert details and CDs. Contact 01497 821762. Sunday 30th March Closing Date - Local Landscapes Photography Competition: Contact 07971 446632. See advert on page 59 and article on page 37. Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea (As seen on Britain’s Best Bakery): The Baker’s Table, Talgarth. Tickets £12 each, or £45 for a family ticket. Live music. Booking essential. Contact 01874 711125. See advert on page 2.

Saving with Brecon and District Credit Union couldn’t be easier, we can be found in every town within South Powys and to help you on your way, for a limited period we will make a small deposit into all new savings accounts that are opened with a regular standing order of £10 deposited. To find out more follow us on facebook, visit our website www.breconcreditunion.co.uk


FOR SALE ZANuSSi TuMBLe DRieR. White. Small size with pipe to outside. New but used just a few times. £80 ono. 01874 711906. MASSAGe couch. Black. Portable. With head hole and accesories. £60. 07904 582338 / 01497 820078. SuZuki SWifT SZ3. 2011. Metallic Black. 3 door. Petrol. £7600. 07932 549150 / 01497 820078. 18ft/21ft MoNGoLiAN yuRTS. Available either fully furnished to sleep 5/6 or on own. Previously used as holiday accommodation but selling due to premises move. Perfect for ‘glamping’ short breaks, or to use as a ‘room in the garden’. Genuine enquiries only please. 01874 712382. PoiNT of LAy DuckS AND hyBRiD chickeNS. Various breeds for sale. £12 each. 01874 712382. SeT of cP BoNGoS (2) AND STAND. VGC hardly used. £35. 01874 625775. ThuLe 420 LiTRe cAR BAck Box (needs tow bar mounted bike carrier – not supplied) £50. 01874 625775. kAMei DeLPhiN 470 LiTRe Roof Box. £70. 01874 625775. ALTeRA SiGNo ASR 122cM Roof BARS. With roof rail fixings (fit 470 litre roof box) £30. 01874 625775. MouNTAiN Bike. Suit teenage boy or small man (approx height 5’ 3” to 5’ 6”). £30. 01874 625775. GeNTS cycLe RALeiGh PioNeeR JAGuAR. Silver, 19” Frame, 12 Gears. Pannier Bags. £45 ono. 01874 711000. LADieS cycLe RALeiGh PioNeeR SPiRiT. Silver, 19” Frame, 15 Gears, Front Basket. £45 ono. 01874 711000. hALfoRDS 3 cycLe cARRieR hATchBAck. Type. £10. 01874 711000. eLecTRic cookeR. Electrolux, Free standing, double oven, ceramic hob, black. Good Condition. No longer required due to house move. £200. 01874 658869. TWo ReMoTe coNTRoLLeD DALekS. One Grey dalek from genesis of the daleks 1975 & one gold dalek 2005. Both in good shape and both include original boxes with remotes a bit worn but still working (preferred as collectors items for doctor who fans). £40 for the two, ono. 01874 610849. 4Th GeNeRATioN iPoD SoNy Dock. 1 year old hardly used perfect condition. £40 ono. 01874 610849. SNoW chAiNS – BRAND NeW iN Box. Magic Grip cable link tyre chains. Fit a range of tyre sizes 13-17”, ring for detailed specifications. £25. 01982 560312. Email lisamarie@localbeacon.co.uk by 14th of the month, to get your items listed for free.

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