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Local businesses celebrated in ‘biggest and best’ awards scheme yet

The finale of the 2015 Monmouthshire Business Awards took place last week when local businesses were celebrated for their “outstanding contribution” to the economy.

Almost 400 guests attended Friday’s black tie event at the Celtic Manor Resort, which played host to the largest Gala Dinner in the awards’ history.

Budding tycoons from local schools also attended the ceremony as part of a pioneering initiative by title sponsors Monmouthshire Business Awards to support grass roots entrepreneurism.

A total of 23 companies, ranging from start-ups and sole traders to major organisations, were shortlisted for honours in what host Hwyel James, the former ITV Wales presenter, described as the “most fiercely contested” MBAs yet.

But just nine businesses walked away with an award for demonstrating “innovation, talent and enterprise” in the wider local community.

The 11 category winners included Chepstow store Write From The Heart, which scooped both Most Promising Start Up and Young Entrepreneur in the first “inspirational double” of its kind.

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Future running of The Shire Hall

Monmouth Town Council

The Community Affairs Committee of Monmouth Town Council would like your views on the future running of The Shire Hall.

Monmouthshire County Council has employed consultants to assess its Cultural Attractions  The consultants have written to the Town Council, asking how we value the Museum and the Shire Hall. Before we reply, Town Councillors are seeking the views of all Monmouth residents.

So, please come to a meeting at 7pm on Monday 15th June in the Council Chamber in the Shire Hall.

Contrary to quite erroneous invented ‘quotes’ on social media, there is absolutely no threat of the closure of the Shire Hall.  At a time of continued pressure on its budget, MCC wants opinions and ideas to weigh up whether its cultural assets could be more effectively run.

On 5th May a lively and positive meeting came up with many varied and original ideas concerning Monmouth’s Nelson Museum. On June 15th we are extending the discussion to include Monmouth’s Shire Hall. It will, again, be run as a ‘workshop’ so that there will be an opportunity for everyone to record their views.

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Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome Provide Boot Cleaner

Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Walkers in Monmouth now have the chance to clean their muddy boots, to the delight of business-owners in the town. Collaboration between the Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome group, Monmouthshire County Council and Chris Grove, publican at the Robin Hood pub, has resulted in a brand new boot cleaner being installed in the beer garden at the Robin Hood.

Brian Ramsey, Chair of Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome said: “We were fortunate to be granted match-funding by MCC (from the adventa programme), which was aimed at improving facilities for walkers in Monmouthshire. Many walkers are reluctant to enter shops, restaurants and pubs in the town if they have muddy boots. By providing a very simple boot cleaner, in a secure location that will be accessible every day from 11am to 11pm, we will be encouraging walkers to be more confident about visiting businesses in the town, without having to worry about muddy boots.”

The walking group is fortunate to have Grahame Thomas, a retired Architect, on their Committee and, working with Chris Grove, publican at the Robin Hood and his maintenance team from Three Rivers Renovations, they quickly identified a suitable boot cleaner, decided on a location and installed it – all in the space of a week!

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YOUR TOWN NEEDS YOU

Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome

A Remembrance walk, organised by ‘Monmouth Walkers are Welcome’ last November, traced the footsteps of soldiers from the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) as they marched from Castle House, through the town to Troy Station, on their way to war.

Funding has now been provided for the creation of a lasting commemoration, in the form of a ‘Poppy Trail’.

Monmouth-based company, Platform One, is spearheading the creative side of the project and currently gathering information about the men who went off to serve their country in World War 1.

As part of their research they are putting out an appeal.

David Evans saidWe know that there are families in Monmouth and the surrounding area who have lived here for generations and that stories of their relatives’ involvement in the War may have been passed down. We would like to hear from them so that we can build a picture of those who served at home and abroad, and also discover what impact it had on their friends, families and community. Whilst the major focus of our project will be the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia), we are also keen to hear about those who served in the Royal Navy and the Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force. We’re also interested to learn any stories of people associated with Troy Station and the Railway.

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Charity urges volunteers to help Monmouth’s isolated older people

As national charity Contact the Elderly celebrates 50 years of combating loneliness in older people, the Monmouth group, which hosts monthly tea parties for isolated older people, is calling for more support in the local area.

The group in Monmouth is organised by local volunteers and will be celebrating the charity’s Golden Jubilee with a special ‘Big FifTEA’ party on April 19th.

With many over-75s isolated in their own homes and cut off from society, Contact the Elderly is appealing to Monmouth residents to help them to reach more isolated older people locally.

The charity aims to relieve the acute loneliness of isolated older people, aged 75 and over, by hosting monthly tea parties in the homes of volunteer hosts. Volunteers are able to provide older guests with much-needed contact to make new friendships with local older people and younger volunteers.

A monthly tea party can make such a difference to someone’s life and the group provides older people like Marie with valuable social opportunities each month.

Marie, 90, is Welsh born and raised and has been going to Contact the Elderly’s tea parties in Monmouth for just under a year. Marie, who lives on her own, often feels isolated but attending the monthly tea parties in Monmouth is a great way for her to meet other older guests and have a good chat and laugh.

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Grant from the Armed Forces Community Covenant

MONMOUTH WALKERS ARE WELCOME

Monmouth community organisations and members of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) - (RMRE(M)) - will be working more closely together thanks to a £30,000 grant from the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The grant, which was submitted by Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome, will ensure that residents and visitors to the town will recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community. This will be achieved by the installation of interpretation panels at the Regimental HQ at Monmouth Castle and a trail of Poppy Plaques from the Castle to the site of the old Troy railway station, where there will also be an art installation.

Armed Forces personnel from the RMRE(M) will be involved in the installation of the panels and the art installation, doing preparatory groundwork, using skills that they normally employ whilst in training and on operations.

The Poppy Trail, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, will consist of ceramic plaques, marking the route taken by soldiers of the RMRE (M) as they ‘marched off to war’ in August 1914.

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