Pontypool

Footsteps To Pontypool We started from the Pontypool active living centre. Soon we were walking through Pontypool park to climb up to the shell grotto (groto cregyn) and the Folly tower. It was uphill to the grotto. As we climbed, we had good views of Pontypool behind us. The grotto itself was closed (coronavirus restrictions) but even from the outside […]

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Christopher Columbus’ Carers

Christopher Columbus’ Carers On September 23rd 1493, Christopher Columbus embarked on his second expedition to the New World, setting sail with a fleet of 17 ships. On September 23rd 2000, members of the Carers walk, discovered one of Columbus’s ships in the Old Harbour at Barry Island! The ship was certainly a colourful sight and looked like it had survived […]

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Offa’s Dyke To Cardigan Bay

Offa’s Dyke To Cardigan Bay In the 1960s, the war correspondent and journalist Wynford Vaughan Thomas was persuaded by the BBC to climb on a horse and ride from Pembrokeshire to North Wales, with no previous experience. He described the journey in “Madly in all Directions” in 1967, with an account superbly interspersed with personal anecdotes from his life and […]

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ChallengingTimes

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE As we head towards the end of this very strange year our members are still staying connected through our monthly Glamorgan Federation Newsletter and the WI Life Magazine. The WI Life is the essential link to our WI family and is extra important during these uncertain, challenging times when we are unable to gather for monthly meetings or […]

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Chocolate Gingerbread Brownies with Fudgy Icing

Chocolate Gingerbread Brownies with Fudgy Icing 400g dark chocolate, broken into chunks 25g cocoa powder 250g golden caster sugar 250g butter, plus extra for the tin 1 tbsp. ground ginger 140g ground almonds 6 large eggs, separated For the icing 100g butter, chopped 50g dark chocolate, broken into chunks 50g cocoa 200g icing sugar, sifted few chunks of crystallised ginger, […]

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Colourful Harvest Display

A Colourful Harvest Display In 1866 a visitor to Wenvoe church and churchyard commented on the “churchyard being prettily planted with flowers”. If the same visitor had visited the churchyard over the weekend of our Harvest Celebration he would have seen the churchyard cross prettily decorated with straw bales and pumpkins and apples, to celebrate the limited way in which […]

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