Bus Trip – Our trip to London was a complete success. Positive feedback was received from all. Following suggestions, we shall be making a trip to Bath and the Christmas Market sometime in December.

Book Sales – Many thanks to the Horse and Jockey for continuing to collect donations for our pre-loved books. We’re extending this provision to other venues in the village and any book donations would be very much appreciated. Please drop off your donations during library hours.

Clwb Clonc – Our opportunity for conversation practice for Welsh learners continues to flourish. We currently have ten people attending our weekly sessions on Mondays at 11am in the café at Pugh’s Garden Centre. For further information contact: Janet Tabor janet.tabor@hotmail.com

New Scientist and other magazines – We have been kindly donated with current science and history magazines for you to browse through in the library.


Summer Reading Scheme – Nicola the Head of Wenvoe Junior School has told the children that anyone who comes back to school with a medal for completing the Reading Challenge would start the year with 10 house points. Additionally, there will be a quiz throughout the summer with hidden pictures, which children will have to find in the library. We have two prizes, one for the older children and one for the younger.

Books, Bakes and Bric-a-brac – Saturday 10th November, at the Community Centre. Join us for refreshments, delicious cakes, with Christmas bakes for sale.


We have a real mixed bag for you this month; these are just some suggestions:

A Grand Old Time by Judy Leigh – Evie Gallagher is regretting her hasty move into a care home. She may be seventy-five and recently widowed, but she’s absolutely not dead yet.

Strange Fascination: An Essex Witch Museum Mystery by Syd Moore- The Museum has been re-launched with a new wing and picnic grounds. When the centuries-old Blackly Be boulder, said to mark the grave of a notorious witch but now in the car park of the Seven Stars, is moved, all hell breaks out.

Guilt by Amanda Robson – When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who killed who? And which one is now the woman behind bars?

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland – Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She's only a few months past the heart transplant that – just in time – saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . .

The Silenced by Stephen Lloyd Jones – Grim, gory and gripping from the outset,

Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion by Jenny T Colgan – Earth is under attack by power-hungry aliens. This is no time for the Doctor to be out of action.

An Orphan’s Courage by Cathy Sharp – Heartache and hardship in London’s East End, from the bestselling author of The Orphans of Halfpenny Street



Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was our book of the month. The story is told from the viewpoint of a young Nigerian girl, Kambili, whose life is ruled by schedules of prayer, sleep, study, and prayer. Her father is fanatically religious and at times a cruel man who shuns traditional culture and rules his family with a rod of iron. Outside the family compound he is seen as a pillar of society giving generously to all and supporting dissent from the ruling party at a time of political upheaval. In contrast, his sister finds it hard to make ends meet for her family and treads cautiously at her university. It is this sister who gradually realises the intolerable situation her niece and nephews are living in. She opens up another world for Kambili and her brother Jaja, helping them to understand local culture and providing them with aspirations and a refuge.

This was a book that most of us could not put down. It was beautifully written. The characters were well described and developed; you felt you were living their lives with them. The story was realistically set in the clash of cultures and state of political unrest. There was much food for thought; was not a book to skip lines or pages, each word was necessary. We highly recommend it and gave it a score of 9/10.



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