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May 2013 • Issue 45

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Hello everyone and welcome to the May issue. There’s a fabulous competition prize this month. If you get your Word Search entries sent off to Local Beacon in time, 17th May, there’s a chance you could win two tickets to see a performance of your choice at Hay Festival (subject to availability). There is so much to see in Hay during the Festival. See the write up on page 9. In addition to what is happening at the Festival Site, there’s a lot going on in town at The Globe’s “How The Light Gets In”. Have a peek at page 23 for more info.

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May Competition

The lovely people at the Hay Festival have offered our readers the chance to win a pair of tickets for an event of your choice. To enter please please complete the wordsearch on page 34 and send to the Local Beacon (address above). Look through the programme to see the full listing of events or online at hayfestival.org.

If it’s eating out you are interested in, there are some good eateries advertised here, but also, do have a look at my review on Pilgrims Tea Rooms which is in the beautiful grounds of Brecon Cathedral. If you’ve never been there, then you really should try it, and take a look around the lovely Cathedral afterwards. It’s beautiful! (Page 10)

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Being an identical twin, I was delighted to see that the Brecknock Little Theatre is putting on a production of Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’ on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May. We saw this marvellous show in London with our daughters in 2002, so it’s about time we saw it again.Trouble is, him indoors can only make the Friday and I can only make the Saturday. I wonder who will win?

Winner of last months issue: Charlotte Swindon.

2013 Car Boot Sales Due to the Hay Festival, the May Car Boot Sales will be on

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It’s the first ever Talgarth Walking Festival over the May Day Bank Holiday and there are lots of really interesting walks taking place. Take a look at all the information and book your tickets through the website. It’s all on page 7.

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Oh yes, nearly forgot, the Local Landscapes Photographic Competition results will be announced in the June issue of Local Beacon, but if you would like to know the results before-hand, take a look at our Facebook page. We all at Local Beacon hope you enjoy reading this issue. Clare Williams

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News from Kirsty Williams AM We are very lucky to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom. I never take for granted the glorious countryside I represent. Tourism is a key industry in Brecon and Radnorshire; it directly and indirectly employs many people and brings huge inward investment into the area. Our towns and villages rely on tourists and we should encourage them to visit our beautiful sights. Sadly the tourism industry is not getting the support it needs from Powys County Council. As a result of the recent, Conservative supported, Shires Independent Group budget, the Tourism element of the budget was cut by £132,000. Powys’ six, community-run, Tourist Information Centres were put on notice that their funding could be drastically cut and that they should look for other sources of funding. Whilst of course I understand these are difficult

times financially, I feel it is massively short sighted to cut this vital funding to community organisations that bring much needed business to their respective areas. The funding that the six tourist information centres receive annually is a combined total of £67,500. A relatively very small sum considering the council has spent almost £100,000 on scaffolding for Brecon Leisure Centre. It seems to me that the service provided by these centres offer very good value for money and return on investment to the council. I have written to the leader of Powys County Council David Jones about this and also Edwina Hart AM, the minister responsible for tourism, asking if she will meet with the affected organisations. I will continue to support the tourist industry in Brecon and Radnorshire that is so vital to our rural economy and I hope Powys County Council and the Welsh Government will too.

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News from Friends of Brecon & District Contact Association Walking in Circles without getting giddy. Has the psychiatrist gone mad? An introduction to labyrinth walking by Dr Kate Dufton at The George Hotel, Brecon, Wednesday 15 May 2013, 7pm, £5 (Friends £2). Dr Kate Dufton likes to walk in circles. She will explain how she does this without getting giddy when she talks to the Friends of BDCA as part of their programme of raising awareness of mental heath issues in and around Brecon. Come and find out why she is so interested in walking labyrinths at the George Hotel on Wednesday 15 May, 7.00pm. Kate’s interest in labyrinths developed through exploring walking and the landscape as a resource for meditation, mindfulness and thinking things through.This comes from an increasing conviction that development and healing often comes from doing simple things differently rather than from anything clever and complex. Labyrinths are everywhere including Lynne Allbutt’s gardens and Mark

Wallinger’s artworks in the London tube system, medieval cathedrals and Cornish islands, the Duddon valley in the Lake District and Edinburgh and Canterbury Universities. They have had multiple uses at different times and in different cultures. The talk will introduce the labyrinth patterns and how they differ from mazes and give some ideas how we can use them to explore possibilities in ourselves and our lives. This will also touch on some of the ways we can understand the meaning of madness and thus how we can work with it. Everyone is welcome to come along to the George Hotel to hear Kate give an introduction to labyrinth walking. Brecon & District Contact Association is a voluntary sector organisation, which supports and empowers people who experience mental distress. Tel: 01874 611529 brecondistrict@btconnect.com www.breconmentalhealth.org.uk

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Talgarth Walkers Are Welcome

TALGARTH WALKING FESTIVAL

The Witches Pool Challenge is a chance to enjoy a competitive walk from The Tower Hotel to Pwyll-y-Wrach and back. On your return you can enjoy sausages and mash and a pint from Rotters Brewery at The Tower Hotel. There are walks over mountains, through woods, along streams, and following Talgarth’s rich historic past. Let your hair down at the Ceilidh with music from ‘Crannog’ on Sunday evening in the Town Hall.

Come and join us for Talgarth’s first Walking Festival. Take part in The Witches’ Pool Challenge, learn about ‘The Plough’ at our star gazing event, follow The Miller’s Trail along the river that powers our very own wheel, and enjoy a Ceilidh in the Town Hall. These are just some of the wide range events that will be happening! For ticket availability visit www.talgarthwalkingfestival.org or call in to the hub at Melin Talgarth Mill

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Hay Festival 23 May – 2 June

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The line-up for Hay Festival 2013 includes a rare chance to hear John le Carré; in an unprecedented double-length interview, the creator of George Smiley and author of spy masterpieces such as The Constant Gardener makes his first visit to the festival. The festival investigates not just the work of this great spy writer, but also truth, lies and thrillers, in fiction and in the press. Carl Bernstein, the legendary journalist who broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, discusses the second-term Obama administration. At Hay Festival we share stories and ideas with great international writers and thinkers, film-makers, historians and novelists, environmentalists, poets and scientists. And at night we like to party with the greatest comedians and musicians. This year’s line-up includes Miranda Hart, Alan Davies, Dara Ó Briain and Jo Brand, with music from the fabulous Christy Moore; KT Tunstall and Noah And The Whale both launch their new albums at Hay; and from Mali we have Amadou & Mariam, Terakaft and Rokia Traore. HAY FEVER our programme for Families & Children is ready to party in the spring sunshine – with over 200 events, children of all ages can fuel their imagination for the whole ten days of summer half-term. Join us for an unforgettable week of discovery and adventure! Firm favourites Julia Donaldson, Quentin Blake and Michael Morpurgo appear alongside some talented new faces and we’ve a host of workshops for tots, teens and in-betweens: The Kitchen Academy will be on hand in the Mess Tent for a host of cookery lessons (Welsh sushi anyone?), and the Royal Shakespeare Company will be running drama workshops for teenagers and families. Ordnance Survey will run map-reading workshops and Cool Fossil Music Foundation lead masterclasses on a host of skills to get your teenage band up and running. Plus we’ve got a whole host of free story times and activities lined up across the week. Our Make and Take Tent is back for days of creative fun, all set in our own children’s festival courtyard with plenty of space for picnics and buggies, open from 10am-5pm each day. You are welcome to join us for some half-term fun! For the full programme please visit Hayfestival.org or ring the box office on 01497 822629 for a print programme.

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Top quality food & great service My husband Robert and I visited the recently refurbished Pilgrims Tea Rooms for lunch one wet and windy Sunday in April. Olivia introduced herself to us and showed us to our pine table by the window overlooking the herb garden and Brecon Cathedral. She brought us a jug of water and asked us to have a look at the chalk boards on the opposite wall to see what we would like to order for our lunch.The starter was Cajun Sweet Potato Soup with homemade bread, but we wanted to leave room for the main course and a pudding, so we decided to skip this course.The main courses on offer were Roast Welsh Lamb, Roast Breast of Chicken and a Mediterranean Vegetable Bake, all served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Situated above the chalk boards are lovely old photographs of Brecon. Also adorning the newly painted café walls are wonderful works of art by local talented artists which will be updated every 3 to 4 months. Pilgrims is now a venue for The Big Art Share. I nearly went for the Pork, because I just love crackling. However, after much deliberating I chose the Roast Chicken because Olivia said that I could have crackling with it! Thank you Olivia, you are a real star. Robert chose the Roast Pork with Apple Sauce. This is my first ever review for Local Beacon, but when I do reviews for the Wye Local, our sister publication covering Hay, Talgarth and the surrounding villages, my guest and I try to order different dishes. Won’t be a very interesting review if we all have the same now will it? The food was delicious and hot.The Wye Local readers amongst you will know how fussy I am about my food arriving hot! Accompanying vegetables were oven-roasted carrots and sweet potato, cabbage, new potatoes, peas, cauliflower cheese and good stuffing. A jug of hot gravy was also placed on the table, even though gravy was served on the plate. They must know I like lots of gravy! The Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon was very drinkable. Other dishes on the menu included

Quiche and salad,Toasties and Sandwiches. Pilgrims, who are open daily, also cater well for vegetarians. Janet Williams, the Manager and Franchise owner, has been professionally involved in catering for 40 years, and has a great reputation in the Brecon area as a baker and cake maker. Janet is now handing over the reins to her son David, and he is continuing the high standard of serving top quality, home cooked, locally sourced food. Janet says that just because they are situated a few steps from Brecon Cathedral, one doesn’t have to be religious to come and eat here! I could tell that Janet is very proud of what she has achieved here, and rightly so! Olivia, also a Williams but no relation, is a very friendly and enthusiastic young lady who oversees the Marketing side of Pilgrims and has worked here since she left school, even through her time at University. All the staff here are friendly and polite and the service is second to none. The homemade puddings were to die for.The Brioche and Butter Pudding which I had with ice-cream was absolutely wonderful. Robert’s Red Berry Pavlova with cream looked extremely enticing. He had finished it before I could even ask to try some. He obviously liked it! The attractive 16th Century stone and timbered Tithe Barn also houses the fab Gift Shop and the very smart and interesting new Heritage Centre which can accommodate up to 60 diners for when Pilgrims is extra busy, or for private bookings. Outside seating for 50 guests, spread out around the herb garden and beyond is delightful. If you are looking for a place to eat with great facilities, top quality food and fantastic service then look no further than Pilgrims Tea Rooms. You won’t be disappointed. Check out their website www.pilgrims-tearooms.co.uk To Janet and all her helpers – a huge thank you for a wonderful Sunday lunch, from Clare and Robert. Get in contact with Lisa-Marie if you would like a review of your establishment.

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Wild in May

Protecting wildlife for the future

Most of our summer migrant birds are two or three weeks late this year and all the more welcome. Among the first to arrive are Wheatears from central Africa. In size, posture and actions a Wheatear looks quite like a slim Robin, alert and bright-eyed. Flying away it shows a white rump and black-tipped tail, a hwit aers in Anglo-Saxon. Wheatears typically breed on open stony uplands choosing a nest-hole among rocks, in a stone wall or rabbit burrow. They were once much more widespread and common, and the British Trust for Ornithology is concerned that the species continues to decline. It is asking volunteers to look for Wheatears and closely-related Whinchats and Stonechats this summer. You could find out more about the Wales Chat Survey at www.bto.org. Chats, Ravens and birds of prey are likely sightings when Andrew King, the County Bird Recorder leads a morning walk around spectacular Craig Cerrig Gleisiad on 12 May. ‘CCG’ is beside the Brecon to Merthyr road before the Storey Arms. If you would like to join

him, details of this and other Brecknock Wildlife Trust events are at www.brecknockwildlifetrust.org.uk, or phone 01874 625708. Article by Keith Noble

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Crickhowell based charity Arts Alive Wales hosted an art auction which raised over £17000 that will go towards their community arts programme. Arts Alive Wales Director, Justine Wheatley, comments: “Arts Alive Wales receives no regular funding so the auction is a vital way of raising money for our community programme, which is targeted at vulnerable groups and individuals. In 2013/14 we will be working closely with young homeless people and mental health groups to enable them to have opportunities to participate in arts activities and to help improve their wellbeing and resilience. The auction makes this work possible, and Arts Alive would like to say a big thank you to all the artists, guests, volunteers and staff that helped make the event such a resounding success.”

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‘Help To Buy’ – boost or bubble? ‘Help To Buy’ – a welcome boost for First Time Buyers or the start of a new housing bubble?

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George Osbourne’s £130bn ‘Help To Buy’ scheme is the latest move by the Chancellor to get the housing market moving. It may well work, but will it create another housing bubble?

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The Scheme consists of two parts. The first is a shared-equity programme which kicks in from 1 April 2013. Buyers with a 5% deposit can borrow a further 20% from the taxpayer interest free for 5 years. This leaves the buyer only needing to raise 75% with a bank or building society at what the Government hopes will be competitive rates. The property must be a new-build and there is a ceiling value of £600,000. This part of the programme only applies in England.

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The second part of the Scheme which is to launch in January is a mortgage guarantee. This will cover all properties in England and Wales up to a value of £600,000. Here a borrower with at least a 5% deposit will have the taxpayer effectively guaranteeing 15% of the mortgage, if the borrower defaults then the state bears some of the losses. This added security is intended to also encourage lending at more competitive rates.

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These Schemes are likely to benefit many. It should help buyers with small deposits get a foothold on the property ladder. It may also help homeowners with a small amount of equity to remortgage onto more competitive deals. And it will most likely benefit all homeowners from increased house values. The Scheme has been billed as an affordable solution to UK’s housing problem. The big question is what will happen when the Scheme ends? It is hoped that it will ensure the recovery of the housing sector.The risk is that it will be too successful and create a new housing bubble.

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News from local W I s POWYS BRECKNOCK FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S INSTITUTES W I members are often associated with singing Jerusalem and making jam, in fact being very domesticated, but there is another side to them as well. On the practical side a ‘Patchwork Quilting Workshop’ was held at the County W I office under the guidance of Francis Isaacs, an expert quilter, who had previously attended courses at the W I College, Denman. On the other hand, prior to Easter, a Prize Bingo evening was organized at Bishops Meadow, Brecon. It was a ‘full house’ in more ways than one! There were participants sitting at every available table. Callers were Gomer and Lynda Probert. Prizes had been donated by members throughout the county. Another very enjoyable evening was arranged by the county ‘Menter Iaith’ committee. The speaker was Mrs Angela Skym from Carmarthenshire who spoke about her hat collection. After giving a brief history on millinery she proceeded to show the enormous number of hats she had collected over the decades, many of which she modelled. Her stories of how she had acquired them and when she wore them were hilarious. Chairman, Jennifer Thomas, expressed thanks to Mrs Skym. Before leaving for home, members were able to sample Welsh cakes, Bara Brith and locally baked bread spread with Welsh butter. The next county events members can look forward to are the Quiz Finals and the Show. Article by Mariane Morgan

PRIORY W I As usual the meeting began with the singing of Jerusalem, after which President Marion Carrod gave a special ‘welcome back’ greeting to Pam Jones, Eileen Jones, Margaret Lewis and Laura Newnes. Best wishes were expressed to all members who were unable to be present through ill health. Those present were asked to support Priory Quiz team at the county Quiz Final to be held at the end of the month. The guest speaker for the evening was Mr Keith Noble, an avid ornithologist. Just over five years ago, he and his wife returned to Brecon from Sussex and immediately joined Brecknock Wildlife Trust. The subject of his talk was the wildlife he had observed and photographed in his garden. He has created a small pond which is now frequented by various special species of aquatic life. He showed how he collects moths at night and collates information which he sends to Dr Norman Lowe, the Trust’s Entomological Recorder.

Various types of butterflies were photographed and members did not realize that there are some that can survive the winter. A large number of birds visit the garden, several of which have migrated from Russia, Scandinavia and Africa. Mr Noble’s enthusiasm for his subject was infectious, eliciting numerous questions.The photographs he showed were superb. He was thanked by Maureen Evans. The competition for a small wildlife ornament was won by Esme Nicholas. Article by Mariane Morgan

LLANGASTY W I Twenty three members attended the meeting on Weds 3rd April at 7pm. Following the close of business, Mrs Mavis Griffiths gave a most informative and entertaining illustrated talk on ‘The Welsh in Patagonia’. Mrs Griffiths had spent six months in Patagonia teaching Welsh. She explained how Welsh Nonconformists had sailed in 1865 to escape religious persecution. After a two month voyage they landed at what is now Puerto Madran, they then travelled for four days over scrubland to a disused fort where the town of Rowson now stands. The group was in dire straits as they had little in the way of food or shelter. After the local Teheulche Indians had observed the new arrivals and decided that they presented no threat, they came to their aid and saved them from disaster. The area has five to seven days rain annually so irrigation is of the utmost importance.The temperature varies from 38°C in February to -6°C in August and there is always a strong wind to tolerate. Education is of a high standard with good schools and excellent examination results. At the end of the school day both the Argentine National Anthem (which has many verses) and the Welsh National Anthem are sung. Food is relatively cheap as is fuel, cakes are extremely sweet, and large meals with possibly a Kilo of meat being consumed in a day. (Heart valve by-pass surgery is not uncommon in 20-30 year olds). Mrs Griffiths closed her talk and was asked to judge the competition, which was ‘A souvenir of a welsh town’, was won by Mrs Hazel Price. The raffle was won by Mrs Ann Hornung. Members should note that the May meeting will be held on May 8th (not 1st May as scheduled) Article by Jean Calderwood

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A party with a twist ... by Lisa Marie Badham Last month I organised a party at my home with a few friends, but one slightly different from the norm. Gina Murray, local Clairvoyant Medium was the star guest.This was a Psychic Party! Nibbles were made, drinks on chill and the girls arrived. We were all excited to see what Gina had in store for us. Gina came to say hello before setting up in my annex. I thought here she would have the peace she needed. Us ladies hadn't seen each other for a while so there was much chit chat to be had! Sure enough the wine was poured and the party had started. One by one we took it in turn to go and have our individual readings. As everyone is unique we all had different experiences with Gina. To some of us she talked about people, maybe family or friends that were in the spirit world.They had messages for us and for their families. Gina also talked of our current situations, and how things may change in the future.Tarot Cards were used to see what lies ahead for each of us. For me personally, Gina described a few of my families current situations to a tee. As in most families, certain things remain secret and personal, but she spoke confidently and accurate about many of the things going on right now. And also went on to inform me of future happenings. I suppose I won't know if these will happen for some time. But it's all very exciting.

Gina now offers appointments at Carpenters Shop in Llyswen. Set in a very tranquil location and ideal for people with limited mobility as there is ample parking and no steps. Thank you Gina for a most enjoyable evening. Great friends. Lots of laughs. And fantastic things lie ahead. Lisa Marie x “I was particularly impressed with her tarot card reading where she identified a number of key changes I was experiencing and gave me confidence that I was making sound decisions.” LucyTeear “Gina managed to pick up on some things that I was hoping she would.Which I found comforting. I left much more positive than when I went in. So all in all it was a lovely experience.” Laura Potter “This was my first psychic reading so I was very open minded. I have to say I was impressed. Gina really picked up on some very significant changes that are happening for me at the moment which has helped me focus on the near future with a positive attitude.” Veronica Evans

One thing I will mention as it is music to my ears. We recently lost our family cat.Gina sees us having a brother and sister cat in the near future. She went on to say that although Colan isn't a fan of cats (and that's putting it mildly!), Cariad has her daddy wrapped around her little finger, so it's only a matter of time before she will get her way with animals. In fact it won't stop there- ducks, rabbits and even a tortoise are on the cards. So watch this space readers ... Goosepool Cottage Farm Park! Gina is sometimes known as the 'Local Witch'. And people couldn't be more wrong.As I've had readings from her before it is very clear she has a remarkable and unique talent, but due to her gentle and friendly approach I see Gina as a modern day Clairvoyant. If psychic parties aren't your thing, give Gina a call to arrange a private reading. She also offers Spiritual Development &Tarot Classes.And is very well respected for her healing and animal mediumship / communication.

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A Separation Monday 6TH MAY Cert. (PG) IRAN 2011 Dir: Asghar Farhadi, with Leila Hatami.

A film that shows the universals of modern family life through a marriage break-up in Iran. A winner of The Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, it is an examination of domestic rule, theocracy and the politics of sex and class.

“The acting is terrific across the board, with the cast maintaining varying degrees of harassed distress, as all the characters hustle to keep their own lives in order” – THE independent RUST AND BONE Monday 3RD JUNE Cert. (15) FRANCE 2012 Dir: Jacques Audiard, with Marion Cotillard.

Jacques Audiard follows the success of ‘A Prophet’’ with a complete change of direction.This is the story of an unlikely love-affair between contrasting people hurled together by harsh fates; a marine-park trainer of Orca whales suffers a life-changing accident.

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The world’s largest philosophy and ideas festival at The Globe HowTheLightGetsIn is back. The world’s largest philosophy and ideas festival brings together some of the most extraordinary performers and thinkers from across Wales, the Midlands and the South West. Taking place at the globe in Hay-on-Wye, the festival draws together audiences from every Welsh county in a melting pot of ideas and talent where home-grown talent mixes with the best and brightest in the Britain.

“Home-grown talent mixes with the best and brightest in the Britain. ” Cutting edge debates and talks populate the daytime programme, this year featuring more important figures in Wales than ever before. The festival will be hosting leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams, Head of Geography at Cardiff University Paul Milbourne, Hereford media magnate Nic Millington, and Welsh screenwriter and film maker Sally El Hosaini to name but a few. The Welsh-based performer base is also stronger than ever, with musicians that include the singular singer Chris Pattemore, the Blaenavon Male Voice Choir, and fresh talent like singer songwriter Beth Prior and upcoming Welsh band Bruise. Performers from Hay and all across Wales are spread right across the 10 day festival period. The packed programme of debates, solo talks and live music is geared around this year’s theme: Errors, Lies and Adventure. The festival has put paid to the idea that the public want dumbed down culture.  Our unashamedly highbrow programme tackles the latest theories in everything from philosophy and art to science and politics. Visitor numbers have been growing at a breakneck pace – tripling each year. Last year’s event attracted over 35,000 visitors to the site.

This year’s festival will feature debates with leading figures including Stephen Frears, Ian Blair, Will Hutton, Shirley Williams, AS Byatt, Jim Crace and Terry Pratchett amongst over 150 others.This year’s

“Debates with leading figures including Stephen Frears and Ian Blair. ” music programme includes the likes of Nerina Pallot, Utah Saints, King Charles, Nick Mulvey, Man Like Me, Jeffrey Lewis, Electric Swing Circus, Sam Lee, Andrew Weatherall, Emily Barker, and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. See more of the programme and buy tickets at www.howthelightgetsin.org.

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Kids Crafts To catch a butterfly. Paint, crayon and decorate..

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Seasonal recipes for May Asparagus, new potatoes and lamb are all in season now. How about Jersey Royals? Let’s see what the greengrocer advises. Pan Fried Lamb chops with Asparagus, potato & tomato salad

hot griddle pan and drizzle them with the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the tomato slices and continue cooking for a 2-3 minutes, or until the potatoes have coloured and are cooked through. To serve, pile the griddled vegetables onto a serving plate, top with the lamb chops and drizzle with a vinaigrette over.

Ingredients For the pan-fried lamb chops 1 tbsp olive oil 4 lamb chops salt and freshly ground black pepper For the potato and tomato salad 200g/7oz potatoes, sliced lengthways 6 asparagus 1 tbsp olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper ½ beef tomato, sliced For the l vinaigrette 100ml/3½fl oz olive oil 1 tbsp lemon juice salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Artbeat Brecon Brecon artists’ and craftspeoples’ group “Artbeat” has held an art festival in the town for several years. In 2012 this was a week in October, and residents and visitors may have noticed various events taking place over the half-term week. Workshops in the town’s galleries, shops, the Cathedral, Pilgrims and take pART were well attended, although those events held out-of doors were badly affected by the dreadful weather. In 2013 it is planned that Brecon Arts Festival will last for the whole of October, and will have more events, workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations than ever before. True to the event’s title, Brecon Arts Festival is intended to include all the Arts: painting, spoken word, music, dance, even mime if you fancy! Many events will be organised to let adults and children participate, at no cost or for a small fee to cover materials. The members of Artbeat would appreciate suggestions for events, particularly if you are a local

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It’s our 1st Birthday on 1st May. To celebrate we are having a huge

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Little Johnny was in the garden filling in a hole when his neighbour peered over the fence. Interested in what the cheeky-faced youngster was up to, he politely asked, “What are you up to there, Little Johnny?” “My goldfish died,” replied Little Johnny tearfully, without looking up, “and I’ve just buried him.” The neighbor was concerned, “That’s an awfully big hole for a goldfish, isn’t it?” As Little Johnny patted down the last heap of earth he then replied, “That’s because he’s inside your cat.”

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Cariad’s Column Lots of people liked my last column. Yippee. The Easter Bunny brought me some chocolate eggs but they left a note on them saying that Mummy should At the park on the swings eat them as I am too small. The Easter weekend was great fun, we had an Easter egg hunt and I got to see lots of my cousins. I went to a birthday party at Eardisley Village Hall. My friend called Pheobe was 4 years old. There was a big bouncy castle but I was too small for that so I played with the balloons. Daddy made one stick to my head. Mummy took me to the first Car Boot Sale. Lots of people knew my name and said they’d seen my column. I came home with some funky dungarees. After Bizzie Lizzie’s Nursery, Mummy takes me to the swings if the weather is nice. I chuckle when she pushes me. Daddy goes on a big air plane soon, to Germany for work. I don’t mind too much as I get to go on holiday to Grannie and Grampies house. Mummy comes too and we get spoilit rotten. And guess what? Because I now have two teeth, I have my own toothbrush. Brushing my teethy-pegs is nice. See you next month. Love Cariad Mia Badham x

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Creating Together Local project Creating Together is delighted to announce that it has been awarded almost a quarter of a million pounds, by the Big Lottery Fund. The organisation, managed by BCA Independent Advocacy Services, will use the £249,950 to continue to provide art and craft for adults with learning disabilities in Powys for the next three years, and to develop new activities in response to members’ needs. Starting in 2010, Creating Together has been providing weekly workshops in Brecon, Howey and Ystradgynlais. The members’ skills, knowledge and abilities have grown significantly by being able to access the groups and because of this, Creating Together has been able to hold successful exhibitions and craft stalls around south Powys over the last few years.

like to participate in art activities, but are unable to access a group.The project is also beginning to provide sessions for people in the north of the county. “To be able to develop the project further, and continue to provide opportunities for adults with a learning disability in our area is fantastic.” explained Cate Jones, Project Facilitator. “It was brilliant when we heard the news that we had received this funding, and it’s great to have this security for the next three years.” Creating Together currently have pictures for sale at The Ardent Gallery, Brecon.

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TALGARTH AND DISTRICT REGENERATION GROUP Talgarth Country Market is on the 5th May in the Town Hall from 10am – 1pm with a wide range of stalls selling local, seasonal, home-made and home grown produce, and arts and crafts. Bread, turned wood, meat, plants, herbs and spices, eggs, cheese, farmhouse butter, cider and lots more await you! Please come and support your local producers. May’s film is Life of Pi on the 18th, with pre film pizzas available at The Bakers’ Table. To book, please call the Café on 01874 711125. The cost per head is £10. If you don’t wish to come for pizza you can still enjoy the film for £4, with wine and snacks on sale in the Town Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm screening. For more information or bookings, please call Nicola on 01874 713166. There will be a special additional Flix in May as part of Talgarth Walking Festival – Resistance will be showing on May 4th – pizzas and all other details as for Life of Pi.

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Don't forget Centre exists for locals as well as visitors Surrounded by the snow topped Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons it seems hard to believe that the cricket season is beginning. Daffodils are daring to open and there is a hint of green buds in the hedgerows which means that we may just be ready to put on some Spring finery in the countryside in time for the Walkers are Welcome walking festival in Talgarth and then the Hay Festival.The team at the Information and Resource Centre has not been idle, with two volunteers Jan Fowler and Rose Lewis attending the Local Ambassador workshop in the Town Hall, organised by the Brecon Beacons National Parks. From this the feedback to the rest of the team has been very useful together with the attractive file of information that is in the Centre for reference. Young George Hall is an addition to our team doing some work experience whilst he is looking for a permanent post. George has excellent computer skills and has been helping with some of the technical side of things with some of our customers. Another of our young volunteers Meriel Green has rolled up her sleeves, metaphorically speaking, to learn the computer code language to facilitate the work of setting up the new look Website for the Centre, which will be ready for the Summer season.

On Saturday the 25th May from 10.00am to 1.00pm the Information and Resource Centre will be holding an open morning to which everyone is warmly invited. Don't forget the Centre exists for locals as well as visitors. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits and the opportunity to meet some of the volunteers and look at the resources available in our computer room, including a colour printer, laminator, guillotine and other 'office' facilities, together with the selection of maps, guidebooks and crafts in our shop.

Before the Summer holidays begin the team of volunteers will be organising a ‘work’ outing to visit some of the sights that we tell our visitors about. Continuing the theme of the Local Ambassador Scheme volunteers are keen to ensure that they are knowledgeable about the local environs and heritage in order to be able to inform visitors about this beautiful region.

The Centre can be contacted on Tel: 01874 712226 or Email: tirc@talgarthcentre.org.uk Visit our website at www.talgarthcentre.org.uk We are also on Facebook and we would love you to become a friend.

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What’s on: during the week Monday Sewing Group: 1 – 3pm at Llanddew Village Hall. An informal group meeting each week for a chat and cup of tea while sewing. 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. 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. breconbibs.co.uk Sesiwn Sgwrsio dros baned: 12.30 – 1.30pm at The Brecon Volunteer Bureau. Small, friendly venue to practice your Welsh. Rainbow Guides (For girls aged 5 & 6): (term time only). 5pm. Cobbles Coffee Shop. Contact Pam Martin 07976 797107. Beacons Netball Club: 5 – 7pm at Brecon Leisure Centre. For ages 11 and above. Cost is £16 for the term or £3 on the night, and the first night for a new member is free. All abilities welcome. Contact Margaret Nutall, Head Coach 01597 840229. Brecon Women in Business: (first Wednesday of the month) 5.30pm at The George Hotel, Brecon. Contact Johanna 01874 625994 or Janet 01874 611467. Brecon Business Club: (every other Wednesday) 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 www.breconbusinessclub.org.

Slimming World: 6.30pm at Glangrwyney Village Hall, Crickhowell Road. Contact Joan 01873 812053. 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 sambabrecon@yahoo.co.uk Gwent & PowysArmy Cadet Force: 7 – 9pm at The ACF Ctr, Conway St, Brecon LD3 7EU. Ages 12 (Yr 8 High School) – 18yrs looking for a new exciting, fun and challenging activity. Cadets take part in a huge variety of challenging & fun pursuits such as Military Training, Sports, Adventurous Training, Community based activities and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. We aim to inspire young people to achieve success in life, make the most of their abilities and develop the qualities to be a good citizen. Headquarters Contact 01873 813756. www. armycadets com. The Brecon Singers: 7.30 – 9.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Brecon, if you enjoy singing and would like to join us, we rehearse every week.There are no auditions. Contact www.breconsingers. com or email Penny Ashby (chair) penny.ashby@appellon. com or telephone Pat Edwards 01874 622285. Brecon Racketeers (badminton): 8 – 10pm at Brecon Leisure Centre. Contact 01874 623677. Thursday Probus Club of Brecon: 10am at The Castle of Brecon Hotel. Rob’s No Worry Yoga: 12.30 – 1.30pm. Subud Centre, Brecon.


What’s on: during the week/month Classes suitable for beginners to experienced. £4 per session. Contact 01874 638810 or 07748 568402. Brecon U3A: meets during “term time”, at Theatre Brycheiniog, Brecon for a Programme of lectures, talks, workshops, outings and demon strations. Some of these are led by members and some by visiting speakers. morning session starts at 10.30am with coffee available from 10am in the gallery on the first floor. The travel desk and notice boards are on display in the gallery before and after the morning lecture. The afternoon sessions start at 1.15pm and 2.30pm. Visit www.breconu3a.org.uk Gwernyfed Ladies RugbyTraining: 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: 7.30pm 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 year-olds, meeting either in Crickhowell or Brecon (lifts are usually available). As well as traditional scouting activities we also take part in many other activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. We are a friendly

group, and newcomers are more than welcome to come along and try us out. You can get a flavour of what we get up to by visiting our website http:// breconexplorers.co.uk. Contact us via the website, or email dai@breconexplorers.co.uk. 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 the Youth 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 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 Bookends Car Boot Sale: 10am (9am Sellers). Bookends Car Park, Three Cocks, LD3 0SD. £5 per boot. Contact 01497 847791.Aikido: 2.30 – 4pm at Brecon Leisure Centre. Contact Alan Lee 01874 623677. Karaoke: at The Gremlin Hotel, Brecon from 8pm onwards. Llangynidr Farmers Market: (Last Sunday of the month only).

During the month Wednesday 1st May Breconshire Local & Family History Society – Brecon Cathedral Outing. Many of our members will have visited the Cathedral but this is a chance to learn more about this magnificent building. Suitable for all and there is a tea room attached to the Cathedral. 1st Birthday Party – Cariad Shoes 10am. 37 The Watton Brecon. To celebrate our 1st birthday we are having a huge shoe sale. All welcome. Contact 01874 611691. See advert on page 33. Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd May An Introduction to Painting & Drawing with Bronte Woodruff 10am – 4pm. Brecknock Museum. Free one-day workshops for the over 50s. All materials provided. Booking necessary. Contact 01874 624121 or stephanie. dempsey@powys.gov.uk Thursday 2nd May Crickhowell Music Festival – Folk Night 7.30pm. The Manor Hotel, Crickhowell. Contact 01873 857392 or Webbs, Crickhowell. Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May Brecknock Little Theatre present: “Blood Brothers” 7.30pm. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. Contact 01874 611622. See advert on page 2. Friday 3rd until Monday 6th May Talgarth Walking Festival (including The Witches’ Pool Challenge). Contact www.talgarthwalkingfestival.org. See article and advert on page 7. Saturday 4th May Brecon & District Contact Association – May Fair 10am – 3pm. Brecon Guild Hall. Tea, coffee, homemade soup, cakes, crafts, bric-a-brac, raffle, shoulder massage. All welcome. Contact 01874 611529.


What’s on: during the month Ceilidh with Bandemonium: 7pm. Llanigon Village Hall. Tickets £10 including food. Bar. Contact 01497 847479. Crickhowell Music Festival – Handel: Israel in Egypt 7.30pm. St Edmund’s Church, Crickhowell. Contact 01873 857392 or Webbs, Crickhowell. “Special Talgarth Walking Festival” Flix in the Stix (Talgarth) presents: ‘Resistance’ 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 40. Sunday 5th May 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 40. Crickhowell Music Festival – Bach: St Matthew Passion 7pm. St Edmund’s Church, Crickhowell. Contact 01873 857392 or Webbs, Crickhowell. Monday 6th May Welsh Bowls National Open Day 2pm onwards. Brecon Bowling Club, Mill Green, Brecon, LD3 9BA. Enjoy a game of bowls free of charge. All ages welcome. Tuition and equipment provided. Crickhowell Music Festival – Abbey String Quartet 3pm. St Edmund’s Church, Crickhowell. Contact 01873 857392 or Webbs, Crickhowell. Brecon Film Society presents: A Separation (PG) 7.15 for 7.30pm. Coliseum Cinema, Brecon. Contact Judith Fitton 01874 623166. See article on page 20. Tuesday 7th May “Christening Cups and Death’s Head Spoons: Commemorative Silver in Public and Private Life, 1600 -1800” – Brecknock

Decorative and Fine Art Society 2.30pm. Theatr Brycheiniog. The use of precious metals for items made to commemorate personal celebrations and achievements is an ancient tradition. Philippa Glanville will talk about the many intriguing, beautiful objects that have been produced and their histories. A former curator of silver at the V&A, Philippa Glanville is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. Her many books include “Silver in Tudor and Early Stuart England”, “Elegant Eating” and “London in Maps”. Membership of Society £40. Visitors welcome, £7.50 per lecture. Contact Deborah Cogger on 01874 625679 or www.bdfas.org.uk. Saturday 11th May 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 26. Brecknock Farmers Market 9.30am – 2pm. Brecon Market Hall. Contact 07805 375636. See advert on page 40. Howey Hedgehog Rescue 10am until 4pm. The Old Railway Line Garden Centre, Three Cocks. Representatives from Howey Hedgehog Rescue will be visiting the garden centre with some of their rescued hedgehogs. This is a great opportunity for youngsters to meet our prickly friends and find out how to care for and correctly feed any hedgehogs they might find in their own gardens. Contact 01497 847055. RSCM Area Festival – Evensong 5pm. Brecon Cathedral. Contact Tony Davies 01792 429543 or adavies55@ntworld.com Monday 13th May John Eyre – Lute Recital 1pm. Brecon Cathedral. Free admission. Retiring collection. Wednesday 15th May Friends of Brecon & District

Contact Association – “Walking in Circles Without Getting Giddy” 7pm. The George Hotel, Brecon. Has the psychiatrist gone mad? An introduction to labyrinth walking by Dr Kate Dufton. Entry £5 (Friends £2). All welcome. Contact 01874 611529. See article on page 5. Friday 17th May Talgarth Male Voice Chair in Concert: 7.30pm Llyswen and Boughrood Community Hall. Tickets £7.50 available on the door or from the following contact numbers. Proceeds in aid of Llyswen Church. Contact Rose Lewis 01874 754866, Ursula Pumphrey 01874 754355 or Boughrood Stores 01874 754300. Saturday 18th May 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 26. “Peg Dolls & Puppets” 10am – 12noon. Brecknock Museum. Free family fun. Ages 5 to 95, children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Booking necessary. Contact 01874 624121 or stephanie. dempsey@powys.gov.uk Flix in the Stix (Talgarth) presents: ‘Life of Pi’. 7.30 for 8pm. Pre film pizzas available atThe 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 40. Monday 20th May Sonia Hammond (Cello) and John Madden (Piano) 1pm. Brecon Cathedral. Free admission. Retiring collection. Tuesday 21st May “Be Part of Your Museum!” 10 – 11.30am and 5.30 – 7pm. Brecknock Museum. Drop into Brecknock Museum to find out about volunteering with us. Age 18 and over. Contact 01874 624121.


What’s on: during the month / next month Brecon Jazz Club Present: “Will Barnes Trio” 8pm. Bar @ Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. Inspector GADJO led by Will Barnes.  Latin Bebop, some gypsy jazz and swing – highly enjoyable sounds with guitar, sax and bass lineup. Admission £6. All welcome. Contact info@jazzinthebar.com Thursday 23rd May until Sunday 2nd June Hay Festival. Contact 01497 822629. See article on page 9. “How the Light Gets In” – The Philosophy and Music Festival at Hay. The Globe at Hay, Newport Street. See article on page 23 and adverts on pages 24 and 25 and inside back cover. Saturday 25th May “Bug Day” 10am – 4pm. The Old Railway Line Garden Centre,Three Cocks. Dave and Sue Shaw from the Rainforest Roadshow will be taking along some creepy crawlies and unusual moths for people to meet and handle. Youngsters will be able to learn all about the creatures and how to care for and feed ones they find in their own gardens. Contact 01497 847055. Talgarth Information and Resource Centre – Open Morning 10am – 1pm. All welcome. Contact 01874 712226. See article on page 41. Saturday 25th until Monday 27th May Mark Zytynski Exhibition. 10am – 5pm. Glangrwyney Court, Glangrwyney, Crickhowell, NP8 1ES. Mark is holding an exhibition of photographic artworks as part of the Crickhowell Art Trail. Monday 27th May Paul Hayward – Organ Recital 1pm. Brecon Cathedral. Free admission. Retiring collection. Welsh Bowls National Open Day 2pm onwards. Brecon Bowling Club, Mill Green, Brecon,

LD3 9BA. Enjoy a game of bowls free of charge. All ages welcome. Tuition and equipment provided. Sunday 2nd June The Magic Roundabout 10k Multi Terrain Race 11am. The Begwyns (4 miles North of Hay). Contact Jo Lord 07831 609889. Monday 3rd June Brecon Film Society presents: Rust and Bone (15) 7.15 for 7.30pm. Coliseum Cinema, Brecon. Contact Judith Fitton 01874 623166. See article on page 20. Tuesday 4th June “Strawberry Hill and its place in the Gothic Revival” – Brecknock Decorative and Fine Art Society 2.30pm Theatr Brycheiniog.  The author Horace Walpole regarded the Gothic style as a playful alternative to the classical Palladian style fashionable at the time. He transformed a house into a “Gothick” fantasy at Strawberry Hill, Twickenham. To Walpole’s great delight, the style became popular after he published a book entitled “A Description of Strawberry Hill”. Launce Gribbin will talk about the influence and the decline of Strawberry Hill, its revival and how it has influenced subsequent buildings and furnishing. Launce Gribbin is a painter and a lecturer in the history of art and architecture having studied art history at the Courtauld Institute. He then went on to work at the V&A and Sotheby’s Department of Educational Studies. Membership of Society £40. Visitors welcome, £7.50 per lecture. Contact Deborah Cogger on 01874 625679 or www.bdfas.org.uk. See article on page 18. Wednesday 5th June Breconshire Local & Family History Society – AGM and Talks. 2 – 4pm. Brecon Library

(upstairs room). The AGM will be followed by a talk about Tithe Maps by Roy Davies who has been producing wonderful maps based on the 18th century tithe maps. Saturday 8th June 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 26. Barbecue Day 10am – 4pm. The Old Railway Line Garden Centre, Three Cocks. The Garden Centre’s Head Chef, Pete Bridges will be firing up the barbecue and cooking beef burgers using meat from WJ George butchers in Talgarth for people to try before they buy. Staff will also be on-hand to offer top tips on barbecuing at home and will be able to help people choose the right barbecue for them. There will also be barbecues and related products on display. Contact 01497 847055. Saturday 22nd June Cystic Fibrosis Cycle Ride: 10am. Start at Hay Town Clock. Come along and enjoy the sponsored cycle ride. Sponsorship forms available. Contact 01497 831415. Upload your event on our Local Beacon Facebook Page and we will include in next months listings – subject to terms and conditions.

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FOR SALE SONY STEREO RECORD DECK. 33/45 rpm. Hardly used. £10. 01497 820227. Angelcare Movement & Sound baby sensor. Comes in box. Extra long sensor available. £20. 01497 820238. Beaver Uniforms. Good condition. Polo shirts x 2 (28”). £4.50 each. Sweatshirts x 2 (30”) £5.00 each. 01497 820238. Cub Sweatshirt. Good condition (32”). £5.00. 01497 820238. Two Stanton T120 turn tables. Good condition. In their original boxes. £200 o.n.o. 01981 501120. Family Tent. Coleman Waterfall 5. As new. £100. 01874 610426. MF 35 4 CYLINDER TRACTOR. In need of restoration. Also includes a spare bonnet kit. £1500. 07815 574078. MF 35 LOADER FOR SALE (no bucket). £170. 07815 574078. VOLKSWAGON GOLF GTI 1.8 CONVERTIBLE. 1990. Petrol. Excellent body work. Engine and roof need attention. Very nice car. £1750. Ring for more details. 07815 574078. Antique German VIOLIN. With bow and case. Would suit Advanced student. £400. 01497 842929. 3/4 size CELLO. With case. Cost £200 new. £70. 01497 842929. Mens Dawes ‘Streetwise’ Road Bike. Gears. Dynamolights. Luggage rack. In good condition. £60 ono. 01497 842929. RECHARGEABLE BATTERY LAWN MOWER. Cordless. G-tech. Used twice. Cost £159. Bargain £85. 01497 831546. PROFFESSIONAL STEAM GENERATOR IRON. New £79. Bargain £40. 01497 831546. WOODEN JIG SAW PUZZLES. 01497 831546. 2 Cast iron baths. 180 x 80 x 50cm deep. Not freestanding. £50 each. 07753 814581. Shires GP/Event Saddle. 17” medium fit. Best quality English leather. Excellent condition. To include smart saddle carry bag and saddle stand. £250. 01497831250. Leather Atherstone girth. 40” Best quality. £15. 01497 831250. Leather lunge cavesson. Cob/full size. With buckle billet lunge line. £10. 01497 831250. MEns suitS. Brand new. Unworn. Light grey. Chest 46” waist 42” inside leg 29” £20. ono. Mans suit M & S. Green. Vgc. Chest 46” waist 42” inside leg 29”. £15. Mans suit beige. Lightweight. As new. Chest 46” waist 42” inside leg 29”. £15. 01874 622269. HOTPOINT FRIDGE FREEZER. Model FUFL1810P. White. Brand new. Still in original packaging. Fridge capacity: 6.5 cu.ft. Freezer capacity: 4 cu.ft. Energy rating: A+. Freezer system: Frost free. Free delivery within 10 miles of Hay. £350. Accept £295 or vno. 01497 821518 or 07973 876389. Little tikes 3 in 1 trike. Gymini tiny love activity gym. Baby bath. Swimming pool floating aid. Splash about baby swim nappy 6-14 m. Baby bath, baby steriliser. And much more baby stuff. 07748 384719.

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USEFUL NUMBERS Brecon Medical Group Practice...... 01874 622121 Brecon Advice Centre....................... 01874 624595 Dyfed-Powys Police................................................101 National Grid Gas (Gas Leaks)..............0800 111999 Powys Citizens’ Advice Bureau........ 0845 601 8421 Powys County Council (General Enquiries) 01597 827 460 / 0845 602 7030 RSPCA.................................................. 0300 1234 999 Scottish Power..................................... 08452 722424 Welsh Water........................................ 08000 520130 Western Power Distribution...............08000 520400

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