Advice for GCSE students from Careers Wales

What next?’ is a question that will be facing many young people this week as students across Monmouthshire pick up their long awaited GCSE results.


For many it will be a day for celebration but for others it might be one of disappointment. Whatever your results, the message from Careers Wales is don’t panic.

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Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay to host quiz night for Raglan Church’s Raise the Roof campaign

THE roof of Raglan church is set to be raised even higher when Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay hosts a quiz and curry evening at Raglan Parc Golf Club on Saturday, September 6th.


Over £6,000 has so far been raised towards the £400,000 needed to repair the roof of St Cadoc’s Church, which is a Grade 11 listed building. The Raise the Roof appeal was launched last year by the Revd Joan Wakeling, who has since retired and the baton has now been passed to Raglan’s new Vicar, the Revd Canon Tim Clement.

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Relate Cymru offers top tips for coping with exam results day

Families across the country are experiencing the highs and lows of exam results days this August.


Relate Cymru, a relationship support organisation, offers tips for both parents and young people on how to cope with expectations, delight and disappointment.

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N war sculpture2A Monmouth sculptor has created a tribute to the survivors of the First World War after being inspired by a theatre trip.
Stephen Arnell has made a series of bronze statues remembering those who overcame the odds and prevailed despite the carnage all around them.

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Letters to an Unknown Soldier

The digital memorial, LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER, closed at 11pm on 4 August and has been declared a resounding success.
An astonishing 21,056 people took part in the project, which was inspired by Charles Sargeant Jagger’s statue of a soldier reading a letter on Platform One at Paddington Station.
LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER was created by authors Neil Bartlett and Kate Pullinger for 14-18 NOW, the Programme of cultural commissions to commemorate the centenary of WW1.

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Pictures of the final night of Monmouth Festival 2014

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Another Monmouth Festival came to a close last weekend (Saturday 2nd
August) with the presentation scaling new heights.
A new look stage and sound system helped to make this possibly one of the
best festivals yet as the money taken in the buckets broke all
records, topping £18,000.

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Chairman of the Festival Committee, Les Modget hailed the nine days
of music as a great success: “We took it to another level this year
with a better stage, sound and viewing screens which did incur an
extra cost.
“We have a very good festival team that works really hard on a
voluntary basis; no-one gets paid for their time.

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“I have been chairman for four years now and felt a really fantastic
feelgood atmosphere on the last night, everyone was having a good
time  Even the security guards said how well-behaved everyone was.”

The nine-day festival raised over £18,200.


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Monmouth commemorates start of First World War

N war castle 8A SOLEMN hush was broken only by unaccompanied hymns at Monmouth Castle’s cenotaph on Monday evening (4th August), as those present paused to remember  lives lost during the First World War.
Military personnel, MPs, members of the town council and members of the public met at 10pm to mark the moment that Great Britain declared war on Germany.
Candles were lit at Monmouth Castle and St James’ Square cenotaphs and as part of the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) Lights Out campaign in which households across the UK were encouraged to turn lights off in favour of  candles between the hours of 10pm and 11pm.

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Helping heroes with fundraising bash

Vicky in training at the summit of Pen-Y-Fan

Vicky in training at the summit of Pen-Y-Fan

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£280 was raised at Sunday’s cake sale


A Best of British party will be held on 30th August to raise money for two important military charities.

The party, to be held at Penterry, Chepstow, will celebrate Blighty whilst raising money for Help for Heroes and Rifles charity Care for Casualties.

Tickets for the night, which starts from 5pm, cost just £30 and include dinner, dancing, an auction, hog roast and some fantastic traditional games, including pig and terrier racing, apple bobbing and wellie wanging.

The barn, overlooking the beautiful Wye Valley, has ample parking and a babysitter on site.

For more information, call Vicky on 07515950169 or email

Money raised for Help for Heroes is going towards Victoria’s challenge trek, 100km across the Sahara Desert, in November.

The trek will take seven days and will see the 24-year-old tackle sand dunes, sand storms and hopefully the odd oasis across the Moroccan Sahara in temperatures of around 30°C.

Victoria said: “I needed something to take me out of my comfort zone and this is certainly it! I really don’t like the heat, am not a fan of snakes and scorpions and certainly prefer horses to camels, but this is a great cause and I am very excited to reach my £3000 target.

“The party is going to be a wonderful night and at just £30, it’s well worth coming along!”

Beacon deputy editor Victoria would also like to thank all those who visited or supported the Help for Heroes cake sale on Monnow Street on Sunday. The day raised £280.00 for the cause, well above the target of £200!


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Packed hall attends Monmouthshire’s 2016 National Eisteddfod launch

The 2016 Monmouthshire and District National Eisteddfod received a flying start last night (July 17th) at Abergavenny’s Market Hall as over 200 people attended a launch for the festival to be held within the town’s Castle Meadows.

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The decision to host the Eisteddfod was taken by the county council in May and means that it will be held in Monmouthshire for the first time since 1913.

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Garway pupils get crafty at Oldfield Forge Academy

YEAR 6 pupils from Garway visited Oldfield Forge Academy to create a unique leaving present for their school.

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Oak, Silver Birch, Beech and as their inspiration, the children shaped and moulded leaves which were then attached to a circular wrought-iron frame.

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