Abergavenny staff sign up for 10k race

9:27am Sunday 31st August 2014

STAFF at the historic Abergavenny hotel are preparing to take part in south Wales’ premier charity race and beat a new fundraising target.

More than £100K between highest and lowest Gwent house prices

Free Press Series: UK house prices have taken a 3.9% jump taking average values to £184,464

8:25am Friday 29th August 2014

THE difference in average property prices across Gwent is as big as £100,000 between counties, according to the UK Land Registry.

Thousands enjoy Monmouthshire Show

Free Press Series: Monmouthshire Show
THREE'S A CROWD  Mia Price prepares her charollais for the show (9777574)

9:41am Friday 29th August 2014

ABOUT 20,000 people enjoyed Wales’ largest one-day agricultural show in Monmouth yesterday.

Prison absconder found and arrested

10:24am Thursday 28th August 2014

A MAN who failed to return to prison near Usk has been found and arrested.

Chepstow woman celebrates 100th birthday

Free Press Series: CREST OF A WAVE  Bessie Lundie, (ok), celebrates being 100 years old at Castle Court residential home, in Chepstow (9782145)

5:31pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A "GENEROUS" Chepstow woman was treated to champagne and cake today, to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Thousands enjoy Chepstow festival

Free Press Series: Pixelsintime (9661884)

10:48am Thursday 28th August 2014

THOUSANDS of people enjoyed the first part of the Castell Roc festival.

Couple win third planning battle against council

9:43am Thursday 28th August 2014

A ST ARVANS couple who challenged planning permission given by Monmouthshire councillors three times have secured their third victory against the authority.

Decision on town traffic chaos put back

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11:19am Wednesday 27th August 2014

ANY Welsh Government recommendations on ways to resolve traffic problems in Chepstow – including a bypass - will not be completed until the end of the year.

Royal Welsh ambassador rides 100 miles across Gwent

Free Press Series: QUEEN OF THE CASTLE  Hannah Barry, who will be doing a 100 mile sponsored ride on her horse, 'Oscar's Law', to raise money for the Royal Welsh Show, she is the Royal Welsh agricultural society's lady ambassador for the event (9656123)

8:45am Wednesday 27th August 2014

AN ABERGAVENNY Royal Welsh ambassador is riding 100 miles around Gwent and bringing back the traditional side saddle to raise funds to support the agricultural show.

Planners opposenew housing estate

7:37am Wednesday 27th August 2014

AN OUTLINE planning application for a housing estate with up to 370 new homes in Monmouth will be heard by Monmouthshire councillors at a meeting next Tuesday.

Crowds set for Monmouthshire Show

Free Press Series: Monmouthshire show
William Crow shows off his Exmoor horn ram called Rowan (978435)

4:41pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE FINAL preparations are being made for tomorrow's Monmouthshire Show.

Biker who died after A465 crash is named

Free Press Series:

1:07pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A BIKER who dies on the Heads of the Valleys Road near Abergavenny is named as Alwyn Pritchard.

Hunt to find lost Gwent carnival queen

Free Press Series: The first Mathern carnival queen, centre, with her attendants in 1964. Organisers are hoping she will be joining in the reunion parade.

12:26pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

ORGANISERS of a 50th anniversary Gwent village fete are close to tracking down all 50 of their former carnival queens – but still need to find one more.

Dog charity receives funding from a Monmouthshire charitable foundation

Free Press Series: DONATION: Hope Dog Rescue have received £1,500 from Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Forum pics by (C) Huw John Photography

2:15pm Monday 25th August 2014

A DOG rescue charity has received £1,500 funding from the Monmouthshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

First Old Severn Bridge marathon draws 2,000 runners

Free Press Series: The Severn Bridge Half Marathon.  Pictured is the start with over 2000 race competitors entering. (9617057)

4:05pm Sunday 24th August 2014

THOUSANDS of runners enjoyed stunning views as they took part in the first half marathon at the Old Severn Bridge linking England and Wales today.

Two arrests following death of motorcyclist on A465

2:01pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

TWO people have been arrested following the death of a motorcyclist from Nantyglo after a collision on the A465 near Abergavenny.

A465 closed in both direction between Abergavenny and Gilwern

10:09am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THE A465 between Gilwern and Abergavenny is closed in both directions following a collision.

Abergavenny chef to cook for world leaders at Nato summit

Free Press Series: Chef Stephen Terry denies sex discrimination took place at his Abergavenny restaurant

9:38am Friday 22nd August 2014

WELSH chef Stephen Terry has been chosen to prepare dinner for world leaders including Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama at next month’s NATO Summit.

Four 12 year olds help catch Chepstow robber

Free Press Series: BRAVERY AWARDS  (from left), Amelia Goodwin, Aaliyah Lewis, and Megan Westerman who helped catch a robber by their actions of chasing, after an elderly gentleman was being robbed at a cashpoint in Chepstow (9560860)

7:38am Friday 22nd August 2014

YOUNGSTERS have been recognised for pursuing a robber who stole from an elderly man in Chepstow.

Big improvement in Monmouthshire's GCSE results

Free Press Series: Monmouth Comprehensive pupils celebrating GCSE results (9552267)

4:10pm Thursday 21st August 2014

MONMOUTHSHIRE students celebrated across the county as GCSE grades have improved by 8 per cent since last year’s results.

Woman's family and Usk locals rally round to pay for life-prolonging cancer drug

Free Press Series: Ann Wilkinson is part of a campaign in Usk to get the same cancer drugs available on the NHS in Wales as in England. Pictured is Ann at home in Usk with Julie Mcgowan. (9399377)

7:17am Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN USK woman who is campaigning for a drug she has said could prolong her life to be made freely available on the Welsh NHS has blasted the board that has denied her the medication.

Linkage between Caldicot ASDA and the town centre not ready for store's opening

Free Press Series: SITE: The ASDA store in Caldicot on August 14 photo by Patrick McMahon and courtesy of Caldicot Town Team

9:28am Wednesday 20th August 2014

LINKAGE plans to join the new Asda superstore in Caldicot to the town centre will not be ready for the store's opening this October, it has been revealed.

Cygnet injured from illegal fishing at Caldicot Castle

Free Press Series: INJURED: The cygnet was injured in the ponds at Caldicot Castle

5:34am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A CYGNET had to have two life saving operations due to an injury cause by illegal fishing in the pond of Caldicot Castle.

Tooth treatment for Abergavenny war veteran leads to £2,000 bill

5:05pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A WAR veteran from Abergavenny who was facing nine months of agony after the NHS said they could not treat an infected wisdom tooth before that time has had it removed privately - with his family now looking for charities to help cover the bill.

Woman running Monmouth horse hospital looking to hand over reins


3:04pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A WOMAN who has been running a horse hospital for 37 years is now looking to hand over the reins to someone else.

Monmouth student pianist passes tough exam

2:43pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

YOUNG musician Jack Hart decided to end his school career on a high note, by taking on a piano diploma usually reserved for specialist conservatoire players just days after sitting his A levels.

Boyfriend of Caerwent teen who died of TSS running half marathon in her memory

Free Press Series: IN MEMORY: Natasha Scott-Falber and boyfriend Tom Steer

12:59pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE family of a Caerwent teen who died of toxic shock syndrome will be supporting her boyfriend as her runs the Severn Bridge Half Marathon this weekend in her memory.

Mixed Monmouthshire response to Lib Dem Severn Bridge toll proposal

10:50am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A DIRECTOR of a Caldicot-based haulage firm said he was "very much in favour" of the Liberal Democrats’ pledge to axe the Severn Bridge tolls if they are elected in the next Parliament.

Council approves Chepstow light switch-off

5:51pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE lights will go out around Chepstow starting next Thursday night, after the cabinet member approved plans to help save £180,000 on street lighting costs.

Elvis performs at Abergavenny in charity gig

Free Press Series: Family Fun Day in memory of Terry Richards of Abergavenny RFC. Performers from Abertillery Youth Drama and Music Society on stage. (9370675)

2:23pm Monday 18th August 2014

ELVIS and other musical acts took to the stage at Abergavenny Castle in memory of a former rugby coach at the weekend.

Fun day out at Caerwent Show

Free Press Series: Caerwent Show - Steve Richards with his Owl Hooch. (9370884)

11:18am Monday 18th August 2014

THE CAERWENT Show was another success this year as hundreds turned out to enjoy the festivities.

Appeal to repair First World War flag

Free Press Series: Monmouth Museum is looking for help to find the funds to conserve a very important World War I item in the collection – a flag commemorating the sinking of HMS Monmouth in 1914. Pictured are Joanne Terry and Karin Molson with the commemorative flag.

9:41am Sunday 17th August 2014

A MONMOUTH museum is hoping to raise £2,000 to conserve a silk flag from the First World War which has been damaged from wear and tear.

Monmouthshire A-level results

Free Press Series: TRIPLE DELIGHT  Chepstow Comprehensive students Will, Hannah and Tom Leney of Itton, have secured their places at Birmingham University, after receiving their A Level results (9292869)

7:08pm Thursday 14th August 2014


Mini excavator burnt at Monmouthshire farm

2:59pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A MINI excavator was completely destroyed by fire at a Monmouthshire farm on Tuesday.

Funds for Caldicot tot move closer to target

Free Press Series:

9:27am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A FUNDRAISING appeal backed by the Free Press to raise £40,000 to help a Caldicot tot walk independently has the end in sight as funds top £30,000.

Three-year-old horse-riding prodigy from Abergavenny

Free Press Series: Three-Year-Old Phoenix Dene has already had success at her local equestrian centre in Llantilio Pertholey and will be going on to some big shows soon. Pictured is Phoenix and her pony Ellie at Uppe Triley Farm Equestrian Centre, near Abergavenny. (9198361

6:50am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A THREE-year-old Abergavenny girl is on course to become an expert at horsing around.

Usk head shave raises £700 for charity

Free Press Series: HEAD SHAVE: Alice Griffiths after completing her head shave in aid of Diabetes UK Cymru

7:32pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A CHARITY fundraiser collected £700 by shaving her head in memory of a woman who died as a result of an illness linked to diabetes.

Tintern cycle path petition clocking up support

6:21pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A MONTH on from it being featured in the Free Press a petition calling for a cycle path to be built from Chepstow to Tintern still needs signatures to reach its target.

Magicians of Chepstow showing off their new tricks

Free Press Series: Feature for the weekender
MONEY TO BURN  Marc Hay, chairman of Chepstow's magicians, shows off a hot trick (8693516)

6:04pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

MAGIC is being spread around Chepstow by a newly-formed group who are determined to show people their tricks.

Caldicot teen in coma for two weeks raises funds for hospital which helped him

Free Press Series: FUND RAISER  Ricky Bailey, of Caldicot, who will be doing a charity bike ride with the police, to help raise funds for the Heath Hospital in Cardiff (7016959)

5:05pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A CALDICOT teenager who fought back from a coma and had to learn how to walk again has raised more than £800 for the hospital which helped him.

Wind turbines in Undy will generate electricity for hundreds of homes

4:04pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

PLANS for two wind turbines in Undy will generate electricity for up to 1,600 homes according to the company behind the proposal.

Judging of Chepstow in Bloom competition held

Free Press Series: COLOURFUL Mencap in Chepstow get their garden judged by Bloom town councillors, Yvonne Havard, centre, and Dale Rooke, far right. Pictured also looking on are attendees to the centre, from left, Malcolm Jones, Pauline Phillips and Richard Rogers (9134985)

3:21pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

TOWN councillors took a trip around Chepstow on Monday to judge entries in its own In Bloom competition.

Chepstow town councillor takes on half marathon inspired by cousin

Free Press Series: RAISING FUNDS: Cllr Benjamin Smith with his cousin and goddaughter Elizabeth Jones

2:48pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A CHEPSTOW town councillor will be taking on the first Severn Bridge half marathon this month to raise money for a charity which helped his young cousin in her battle against cancer.

Monmouth group's doubt after pool meeting

Free Press Series: PROTEST: Residents and user groups protest at the proposed closure of Monmouth Swimming Pool. Photograph: Andrew Hubert.

2:04pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A MONMOUTH group campaigning for a new swimming pool in the town say they remain unconvinced it will be built, despite a meeting with Monmouthshire council last week.

Neighbours speak of shock after house fire in Govilon

Free Press Series: House fire in Govilon, near Abergavenny. The scene of a house fire in Govilon on Sunday night. (9175049)

1:05pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after five people were taken to hospital after inhaling smoke from a house fire in Govilon on Sunday evening.

Councillor angered by solar farm decision

12:04pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A MONMOUTHSHIRE county councillor has attacked his colleagues’ decision to pass plans for a 32,000-panel solar farm just north of the Wentwood Reservoir.

Surge in popularity for Monmouthshire tourism, stats show

Free Press Series: ATTRACTION: Events such as the Festival of Cycling have attracted more tourists to the county

12:04pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

MONMOUTHSHIRE has seen a popularity surge with tourists this summer, according to figures from a holiday rental company.

Chepstow concern over danger of street light turn-off

11:51am Wednesday 13th August 2014

MONMOUTHSHIRE council’s street light turn off could lead to deaths when drivers are forced to drive in darkness, according to an opponent of the move.

Thousands gather for Chepstow Agricultural Show

Free Press Series: Chepstow Show
FLIPPING 'ECK  Stuntman Jumping Jez turns upside down to please the crowd (9105427)

10:56am Wednesday 13th August 2014

AROUND 7,000 people gathered in Chepstow at the weekend for the town's agricultural show.

Woman caught shoplifting in Abergavenny avoids jail

6:49am Tuesday 12th August 2014

A FREQUENT shoplifter who denied being able to speak English when she was caught stealing groceries in Abergavenny has avoided jail.


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