Show Off at the Eisteddfod

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Mar 082016

The County Council is after groups, teams, businesses or individuals that can join us in Monmouthshire’s exciting area of the National Eisteddfod (29 July – 6 August).  They’re looking for those who can provide activities/stalls that show 155,000 visitors that Monmouthshire is a place that they want to come back to visit again. The application form and more information is at

All applications will be assessed and a final programme drawn up. The stalls will complement a full, exciting programme that is already planned for the area.   Contact with any comments, queries or suggestions.

Funding for Community Groups

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Mar 082016

The Vale of Usk Rural Development Programme is on tour this month explaining what funding is available for the area’s community groups.  Eligible areas include business development, digital technology, community renewable energy and delivering rural services.  For more information go to or contact

River Festival has Wings and Words

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Mar 082016

This year’s Wye Valley River Festival will be from 29 April to 15 May.  For more information go to and don’t miss the flocking of luminous origami-style birds at Tintern Old Station from 6 May.  Another event brings walkers and wordsmiths together in a unique strolling and storytelling project.

Help Needed with Tithe Maps

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Mar 032016

The Cynefin project is searching for volunteers across Wales and beyond to help transcribe tithe maps and documents from the 1840s.  The online availability of these pre-Ordnance Survey maps and related documents is proving a great convenience for researchers and others interested in local history. More information at

A Manifesto for Heritage

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Mar 032016

A recently formed alliance of high profile heritage organisations urges politicians to recognise the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits of Welsh Heritage. The Wales Heritage Group Manifesto calls on the political parties to acknowledge the worth of the sector and to support, resource and develop this vital part of Wales’ economy and identity. “Heritage is key for promoting sustainable development, supporting wider regeneration, facilitating investment and enhancing skills for jobs”, says the group of heritage experts. The Manifesto can be downloaded from: For more information contact