February News


Meet the author – Wednesday February 13th at 7:30pm upstairs in The Wenvoe Arms. (Free entry; donations to the library) Ron Jones who lives is Risca is 101 years old and is the oldest Poppy seller in Wales. He was 23 years old when he became a POW in North Africa in 1942, and spent more than 2 years in the concentration camp in Auschwitz and survived the death march. Ron has written a book called the “The Auschwitz Goalkeeper”, where as a POW he played in goal for Wales in a football match at the Nazi death camp. Ron appeared on the One Show, when he returned to Auschwitz and relived some of his terrible memories.

Bus trips – Look out for dates of future trips to London and possibly Hay on Wye in the next edition of What’s On. We expect lots of interest so book early.

Village Show – Please make a note in your diaries that the annual Village Show will take place on Saturday 7thSeptember. This year we shall be making a few changes to the format of the show. We hope to involve the whole village and will be drawing on your skills and talents to make the show a success. There will be something for everyone to participate and enjoy. The full schedule of categories will appear in next month’s What’s On and the rules will be available in the library.

Clwb Clonc – Join the growing number of learners and first language Welsh speakers who want to practise their conversational skills. As well as our weekly meetings on Mondays in the café at Pugh’s Garden Centre at 11 am, we are also meeting at 7pm every second Thursday of the month in the Wenvoe Arms. Croeso i bawb.


If you have a few spare hours a month to help us in any way, please email us or call into the library for an informal chat and a warm welcome.

New books for November.

  • – Mary Higgens Clark & Alafair Burke, Every Breath you Take. A gripping mystery following television producer Laurie Moran’s investigation of the unsolved Met Gala murder, in which a wealthy widow was pushed to her death from the museum’s rooftop.
  • – Donna Leon, A Question of Belief. Set during an oppressive Venetian August, Leon’s 19th Commisario Guido Brunetti is presented with two puzzles that impinge on his most intimate beliefs.
  • – Susanah Gregory. The Habit of Murder. The 23rd Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew in which Matthew, Brother Michael and Master Langelee become enmeshed in the town’s politics of 1360.
  • – Meg Gardiner, The Shadow Tracer. Can a person ever really disappear for good by going off the grid? And what happens when vanishing is no longer an option?


•- Elisabeth de Mariaffi, I Remember You. Heike Lerner has a charmed life. But her world is shaken when her four-year-old son befriends a little girl at a nearby lake, who vanishes under the water. And when Heike dives in after her, there’s no sign of a body.

  • – Chris Ewan, Dead Line. What do you do if your fiancé goes missing, presumed taken? If you’re Daniel Trent, a highly-trained specialist in hostage negotiation, the answer is simple: You find out who took her and you make them talk.
  • – Oliver Tearle, Britain by the Book. A multitude of curious questions are answered in this fascinating travelogue with a literary theme, taking in unusual writers’ haunts and the surprising places that inspired some of our favourite fictional locations.
  • – Derek J. Taylor, Who Do the English Think they Are? When England, more than the rest of the UK, voted to leave the EU, polls showed national identity was a big concern. So it’s time the English sorted out in their minds what it means to be English.